News and Events January 2015

Good News vanThe Good News van
The Good News van will be coming to Barnack on January 20th, at 11am to The Lodge, Bainton Road. Jesse Goodacre will give all a very warm welcome for coffee and a chat and also to view the selection of books and videos available to take home.

We wish everyone a very Happy and Blessed New Year.

Private William Grooby,
1st Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment, was our first fatality of  World War I. He was from Bainton and was a regular soldier before the war. Billy was brought up by his mother, Fanny, in one of the five cottages that once stood between the bakehouse and the village hall.
He was severely wounded at Mons but later returned to the front and was killed in action at La Bassée on 29th January, 1915 in his early 20s. He has no known grave and is commemorated in Bainton church and on the memorial at Le Touret.

Royal British legion lecture
This year’s lecture was given, as part of National Pathology Week, on November 24th by Dr. John Nottingham, a retired pathologist from Northampton. His theme was the impact of diseases on troops during wartime.
His interest in the topic stemmed from a discovery that one of his ancestors, William David Sells, was born in Barnack in about 1833 but died in 1863 at Wartrace, Tennessee during the American Civil War. Research showed that this young man emigrated to America and enlisted in the Union forces only to die of chronic diarrhoea during a campaign. Regimental records show that the majority of casualties were caused by disease, often water-borne, and not by battle wounds. It is estimated that during the civil war twice as many men died of disease as died on the battlefield.
John went on to dispel the myth that it was the bitterly cold winter that was responsible for the deaths of most French troops during Napoleon’s advance on Russia in 1812. In fact of the 500,000 soldiers who left France during that campaign, over 300,000 died of disease, predominantly typhus transmitted by body lice.
In the Crimean War (1854-56) cholera was the main killer. Four times as many men died from disease as were killed on the battlefield. Florence Nightingale did much to mitigate the conditions suffered by the troops, but she failed to recognise that contaminated water was the cause of the disease, maintaining until her death in 1910 that it was spread through the air. The pioneering work of Dr. John Snow in London proved the link between cholera and contaminated drinking water.
Vaccines against typhoid were first used during the Boer War of 1899 – 1902, but disease still accounted for a large proportion of deaths. However, by the time of the First World War the tide had turned. Diseases such as malaria still proved a scourge in mosquito infested areas right through to the Second World War, but the death toll from diseases in war zones has been dramatically reduced. In the recent conflict in Afghanistan there were 453 British deaths of which 393 were caused by hostile action, 39 by accidents and 21 by other causes (only 1 from a medical condition).
We are indebted to John Nottingham for an extremely informative and authoritative talk after which he answered many questions from the audience. A vote of thanks was proposed by Dr. Elizabeth Young and this was enthusiastically endorsed by the audience.

The Clerk to Bainton & Ashton Parish Council is retiring in the New Year.
Those interested in the part-time (approximately 5 hours a week) position
May obtain details of pay and conditions for this interesting job by contacting:
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Barnack Community Association
A date for your diary: A Fish and Chip supper and Race Night is being held in the Village Hall on Friday March 13th to raise funds for the upkeep of the Village Hall.
Details of ticket sales etc will follow in next month’s Parish News

The Children’s Society
How quickly the months seem to pass!  It is January again and time for the opening of the boxes which some of you hold at home in which to put loose change etc.  I would be most grateful if you could bring your box to church on a Sunday during January but if this is not convenient please give me a ring and I will arrange to collect the box from you direct.
I was able last year to bank on your behalf a record amount of £909.58 from our villages which went towards assisting with the many activities the Society runs to help and protect vulnerable children.  It is a sad fact that in this day and age so many children still live in poverty. The percentage of children in poverty has increased since 1979 when the figure was 14% to 27% in 2012.  It is estimated that if the current trend continues, by 2020 one in three children in the UK will be living in poverty..  The Society tries to help as many of these children as possible by setting up several different schemes such as The Children’s Commission on Poverty to ensure that the voice of these children is heard.  A panel of 15 children and teenagers ranging in age from 11 to 19 is at the heart of the Commission and they will direct the research that will be carried out to uncover the real experiences and thoughts of young people living in poverty.
Probably one of the hardest things a teenager has to face is the lack of support and nurture which they need to flourish and this is why one of the Society’s key areas of work is to tackle the problem of teenage neglect.  The Society has been helping runaways since 1881 and continues to do so today.  Sadly, children who run away today face many of the same problems as they did in the 19th century; times may have changed but neglected teenagers need love, support and refuge as much as ever.
Your donations over the years have contributed to the good work done by the Society and grateful thanks are extended on behalf of the children who are helped in so many ways.
June Graham, Local Hon. Secretary. 
Tel: 740387

Wiki Café in its 10th Year
Six Saturday Mornings: 10th Jan to 14th Feb 2015 - 10:30 am to 12 noon
The ‘Wiki Café’ idea came from the need for a quick response to the Boxing Day Tsunami Appeal in 2004 (in Hawaiian wiki means ‘quick’). Since then we have annually donated the proceeds of the cafes to various humanitarian charities.
It’s a great opportunity to get out after Christmas, go for a healthy walk, a cycle ride or run, or just meet up and have a ‘cuppa’ and a chat. Tea, coffee and biscuits available in return for a small donation.

The Buttercross Club
The meeting on December 3rd started earlier than usual at 7pm. The evening began with entertainment - songs and reminiscences aptly called a Christmas Miscellany and presented by Mr. & Mrs. G. Frisby. This was followed by distribution of ‘Secret Santa’ gifts and a delicious buffet provided by club members. The evening was a very pleasant way of both celebrating Christmas and spending our last meeting of 2014. Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, February 4th, 2015. This will be our AGM followed by a talk on the work of the Stamford Street Pastors. We welcome new members. The meeting, in Bainton Reading Room, begins at 7:45pm and the calendar of events for 2015 will be distributed. Christmas greetings to everyone and a happy and prosperous New Year.

Bainton Pub Night
The next Bainton pub night will be on Friday 9th January 2015, at  Gamekeepers cottage, Ashton, courtesy of Martin and Susie - Normal Bainton pub rules apply, which are 7.30-9.30, bring your own drinks, glasses, nibbles, etc. everyone welcome. In the coming months the pub nights will be held at: Friday’s 13th February- Blue Boar, Helpston Road, Bainton, courtesy of Rob and Pam. Volunteers are required to host pub night’s on Friday 13th March, and 10th April and all pub nights throughout the year, which are the 2nd Friday in each month. . If you would like to be notified of Pub Nights dates and locations,- email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   To volunteer to be a host, or any questions regarding pub night, contact Rob McNeish on 01780 740709

The Church Youth Cell
This is a meeting for the young people in the Parish who want to meet up and explore areas of their faith and grow as disciples. At the moment we are looking at some apologetics. We meet in Ashton on 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 7.30pm.
Any secondary aged children who would like to explore being confirmed in the spring, this is the place to be. Talk to Rev Dave on 01780 740234 for more details.

Meeting  Group for Parents with children in local primary schools.
There is a new group run by the Parish Churches which meets in Ashton on 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month from 1.45pm until school pick up time.
At the moment we are looking at Mark’s Gospel using some helpful DVD’s. If you fit the profile, come along. Talk to Rev Dave or Amy Gibson for more details.

Coffee Morning
On Saturday, January 17th  from 10.30am-Noon there will be our usual Coffee Morning and homemade cake sale at St John The Baptist Church, Barnack. Drop in for a coffee and a chat and stock up on delicious home made cakes. All warmly invited

Barnack and District Royal British Legion Poppy Collection 2014
I am pleased to let you all know that another record amount was raised by the sale of Poppies in our area last year.
As a result of your generosity and the dedicated work of all the  collectors our grand total was £6,493.32
This year I have handed over the position of Poppy Area Organiser (PAO) for our district to  Columb Hanna of Bainton. 
He generously volunteered to take on the responsibility for which I am  very grateful.
The organiser for the Wittering area has, for the last  3 years been Geoff. Dunkley. He and his wife, Marie, have worked so hard each year  and also had a record result in 2014.
So, I would like to sincerely thank everyone who has supported me in  this vital cause  over the last  11 years.  I know that you will continue to do the same for Columb and Geoff.
Very many thanks to you all Judith M.

Barnack CE School Winter Fayre - Nov 28th
The Barnack School Association would like to thank everyone who showed their support for the fayre by having a Hurfords sign outside their house!
Thanks also to Josh Hurford for agreeing to support us too! We raised a huge amount of money on the day as well, the fayre was well attended and everyone really enjoyed themselves!
Many thanks BSA

Village  Ladies’  Group
On 21st January 2015, we shall hope to pay a return visit to The Wicked Witch in Ryhall.  At present, this is only a provisional date.  Once confirmed, we will be in touch.  Alternatively, ring Joan on 740396 for further details nearer the time

‘No Cold Calling’ stickers
‘No Cold Calling’ stickers are available to householders in Bainton and Ashton, from Wendy Jackson.

Youth Club

Youth Club takes place in Barnack Village Hall every other Friday from 7.30 – 9pm during school term time. Initial dates for 2015 are as follows:- January 9th and 23rd, February 6th, March 6th and 20th, April 17th, May 1st and 15th, June 5th and 19th, July 3rd and 17th. We will then break for Summer and resume in September. 
It is for all young people in school years 7-11 who live in Barnack, Bainton, Ashton, Southorpe, Ufford, Pilsgate and Wothorpe.   There’s table tennis, pool, table football, craft activities and tuck shop and usually the evening ends with team games.  It’s £1 to get in + a bit extra for the tuck shop and the craft activity.
At time of writing we are one week away from our Christmas Party with lots of festive team games planned... For further information please call Kerrie Garner 01780 740118.

Local Broadband News.
A Happier New Year is assured for all those who have ordered Gigaclear Ultrafast Broadband!
Everyone who has ordered already, should have received notification that the project is going ahead as soon as possible. This phase of the project covers the villages of Marholm, Helpston, Ashton, Ufford, Southorpe, Pilsgate, Barnack, Bainton and Tallington.
Please note: Every property will have a connection point placed outside the boundary for connection later if you haven’t already ordered it - but if you want the special double-speed for a year free offer, please order it now!
Gigaclear Broadband is expected to be extended to other villages in the area once all of the current ones have been connected to the fastest broadband in the UK - up to 1Gbps!
Our local website has a lot more information on: or you can order direct on

Barnack Bowls 200 Club
The winners for November are:
30    Adrienne Collins    £25
74    Arnold Dennis    £15
23    Cynthia Dailey    £10
December will be the final draw for this month when the first prize will be £50.  Thank you to everyone who has been a member this year and I hope you will all rejoin for 2015 – subscriptions are £24 for 12 months and £13 for 6 months.  New members are always welcome and you don’t have to be a member of the Bowls Club to join. A happy & successful 2015 to everyone.

The Barnabas Fund
A warm thank you to all who supported the recent coffee morning. The proceeds of this, together with some monies from the Barnabas jar in church, and two private donations made at the same time means that we shall send £283 to the Barnabas Fund.
We continue to remember in our prayers those of our fellow Christians who endure great hardships when practising their faith.  Liz Young

Friends of Barnack Church
Recent winners have been,
£20    No.93    R. Hackett
£10    No.100      I. Jackson
£    No.194      A. Butland
£20    No.53       I. Burrows
£10    No.196     J. Elwood
£5    No.70       A. Davies
The winners of the end of year “bumper” draw were,
£100      No.67       S. Berrill
£50        No.155     A. Alexander
£50        No.98       P. Sindall

Ufford Park Cricket Club -
The draw for the ‘100’ Club took place at the White Hart, and the winners were
£50    No.  49    J. Harrington, Stamford
£25    No.  73     C. Taylor, Helpston
£20    No. 15      G. Fisher, Northborough
£15    No.  36     M. Baumber, Maxey
£10    No.  88     E. Harrington, Stamford
£10    No.  69     P. Turner, Peterborough
£10    No.  42     S. Ward. Whitley Bay

Barnack Carpet Bowls Club.
We will re-commence our usual social sessions on Tuesday, 6th January 2015 at 2 - 4pm and on Thursday
8th January at 7.30pm.  All welcome to join us.
Congratulations to Mary Hanna
CONGRATULATIONS to Mary Hanna in Bainton for being awarded an MA in Christian Spirituality.   Well done Mary - all your hard work and regular travelling paid off!  MG

Barnack Community Church
We will be starting the New Year on Sunday 4th with an all age service in Community Chapel which will be all about the wise men visiting the infant Jesus, then a family walk (buggy friendly), coming back to the chapel for hot chocolate, some party games then a nice hot meal.  
Please bring along a packed lunch to eat after the service and before we set out on our walk.  Everyone welcome to come and join in what should be a really lovely way to round off the Christmas holiday season and begin the New Year.  If you can’t make it to everything that’s going on that day, just come and join in whenever you can. 
We are really pleased that Rev David Whitlock, Lead Minister of Bretton Baptist Church in Peterborough has agreed to take on the role of Moderator for Barnack Community Church.  We have had friendship links with Bretton Baptist Church for many years.    
David’s role as Moderator will be one of support and encouragement for us and we are very pleased that we will be able to benefit from David’s many years of experience as a minister.   The day to day running of the church will not be changing, so please continue to contact Julie Stanton 749123 for all things to do with the Community Church or see the articles about Little Lambs, the Coffee Stop and Men’s Breakfasts for who to contact for these activities.

Messy Church with the Community Church 
The next Messy Church will be in Barnack School Hall on Sunday 18th January at the usual time of 4pm.  Come along for lots of fun crafts and activities all helping us to find out about Jesus when he was growing up. 
After about fifty minutes we sit down together for a celebration time with a bible story and songs. 
Then we have a light meal for everyone to stay and enjoy, homemade soups are on the menu for the winter months and cakes of course!  The mealtime around long tables gives plenty of time for a good chat, catching up with friends and making new ones.
Messy Church is great for children and families and all who are young at heart. We really look forward to welcoming you.  To find out more about our Messy Church please call Julie 749123.

Little Lambs
Little Lambs Toddler Group takes place every Tuesday at Barnack Village Hall in school term time.   That’s every Tuesday in January.  
Little Lambs is for mums, dads, grandparents and carers with babies and toddlers from birth to 4 years.  Each session starts off with the hall set out with toys and games, a home play corner, tunnel and slide and rugs to sit on.  There’s always a great craft activity to share and a jigsaw puzzle table. Midway through the morning tea, coffee and cakes are served around a long table, with a tasty snack of fruit and small cake or biscuit for the children.
This is followed by a bible story and song time, which the children all seem to really enjoy.  Then, with the hall cleared, there’s ten minutes or so for the toddlers to let off a bit of steam whizzing round on cars and trikes before going home for a well-earned rest, and hopefully an afternoon nap. 
Little Lambs is a lovely, friendly place to meet new people, catch up with friends and watch the children discover the fun of playing together.
Little Lambs is run by the Community Church – for further details please contact Melanie Clarkson 07792667563.

Men’s Breakfasts
The next Men’s Breakfast will at the Community Chapel, Main Street, Barnack on Saturday 31st January at 8.30am.  As usual a great full English breakfast will be served followed by a short talk.  Do come along, everyone very welcome.  
To help us plan the catering it would be great if you could let Rob know beforehand that you will be coming,  although it is fine to just turn up on the day if you make a last minute decision to come.    Organised by the Community Church, to find out more please ring Rob Porter 740663.

The Coffee Stop at the Community Chapel
Every Thursday morning, from the 8th January, at the Community Chapel, Main Street, Barnack 10am to 12.30am, with delicious homemade cakes, scones and toasted teacakes, cafetière coffee or instant if you prefer and a choice of teas, all at very reasonable prices.
The Coffee Stop is held in the back room at the chapel which is looking really welcoming with cheerful tablecloths, flowers and a play corner for little customers.   Our aim is for it to be a friendly, inviting place to meet and relax, a place for making new friends and meeting up with old friends. The Coffee Stop is for everyone in the village communities to enjoy, do come and give it a try. 
We were delighted that the Coffee Stop was so popular in its first three months, but if you’ve not been there yet why not make it a New Year’s resolution to come in one Thursday morning for a nice warming toasted teacake and a mug of real coffee.  The Coffee Stop is run by the Community Church – please ring Tracy Porter 740663 if you want to find out more.

A reply to Dora’s letter in Dec Mag.
We are village residents, agree the pavements are clean, the “dog pooh” is all at the Hills and Holes!
The Creamer’s are from Lincolnshire and Leicestershire farming stock, and we do know the difference between dog pooh and sheep faeces.
Just a reminder of the Dog Walkers etiquette on the Hills and Holes.
* Dogs should be under close control at all times. – are they?
* Dogs should be on a lead when animals are grazing. – are they?
* Your ”Dog’s Pooh” (dog faeces) should be cleaned up and removed from the amenity. – do they?
The Health Hazard is real.
Human Toxocarosis is a round worm infection caused by the ingestion of eggs in soil contaminated by dog faeces, the larvae once hatched in the host migrate through out the body penetrating tissues Inc. heart, brain and eyes and can cause severe local reactions  -  Children are at particular risk, so please remove your dog’s “pooh”.
We agree the closure of the Hills and Holes to dogs would be extreme, should consideration be given by the Parish Council and Natural England together with the proposed increased warden activity to levy “on the spot fines” for the irresponsibly dog owners?.
Only the action and efforts of Barnack residents in supporting the Parish Council and Natural England, will then change for ever the prevailing “dog pooh” toilet at the Hills and Holes, your support Dora is most welcome.B & A Creamer