News & Events April 2015

GIGACLEAR's Ultrafast Broadband is on its way!
Work on digging channels for Gigaclear’s Ultrafast Broadband to the villages started on March 10th.

On March 23rd teams had reached the Sutton Heath Road and they are expected to be in Southorpe by the beginning of April.

Keep up to date with progress here:

IN MEMORIAM Private John Bloodworth
1st Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment was severely wounded in November 1914 in Flanders. He returned to the front on 16th February 1915 and died of wounds received on 6th April aged 20.

He is buried at Bailleul Communal Cemetery ten miles south west of Ypres. He was a former Barnack schoolboy and son of Alfred and Sarah Bloodworth of Ufford.

View Progress at Ufford Church
Readers will be aware that St.Andrew’s church was officially closed in January 2011. After the closure the Church Commissioners failed to find anyone to lease or use it and so its future was uncertain. Fortunately the Churches Conservation Trust agreed to adopt St Andrew’s in October 2014.
St.Andrew’s is now undergoing a significant programme of repairs to save this beautiful building for future generations. Specifically this will include :

  • The re-roofing of the Collyweston slate and lead roofs
  • Complete overhaul of the rainwater goods
  • Conservation of hatchments and monuments
  • Masonry repairs and re-pointing mostly to parapets, copings and window traceries
  • Repairs to decayed timberwork
  • Repairs to stained glass and other glazing and provision of protective window guards
  • Installation of a roof alarm to protect the lead
  • Repairs to the bell installation
  • Electrical work and re-wiring, including an overhaul of the heating system

See a gallery of photos of work in progress in the gallery

Bainton Pub Night
The next Bainton pub night will be on Friday 10th April 2015, at  Westland’s on Ufford Road, Bainton, courtesy of Graham and Sue. Normal Bainton pub rules apply, which are 7.30-9.30, bring your own drinks, glasses, nibbles, etc. Everyone welcome.
Volunteers are still required to host pub night’s in June, August and the rest of this year , and are on 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 or by email.

Youth Club

Youth Club takes place in Barnack Village Hall every other Friday from 7.30 – 9pm during school term time. Dates to the end of the Summer term for 2015 are as follows:- March 20th, April 17th, May 1st and 15th, June 5th and 19th, July 3rd and 17th. There will be a break for Summer and we will 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, board games and tuck shop and usually the evening ends with team games.  It’s £1 to get in + a bit extra for the tuck shop.  For further information please call Kerrie Garner 01780 740118.

The Buttercross Club
The meeting on Wednesday, 4th March, 2015 was particularly well-attended. There were no apologies and we welcomed some guests.
We were privileged to have as our speaker Dame Mary Tanner who is a Bainton resident and who has had a fascinating career.  Her talk and power point presentation was entitled ‘Listening, laughter, weeping. The best job ever.’
Dame Mary’s career had its origins in being the naughtiest girl in the class. The lesson was Scripture and it was her Scripture teacher, Miss Boughton, who pointed out to her parents that their games mad daughter (who thought she might be a PE teacher in the future) was not concentrating sufficiently to reach her full potential. That was the spur that Mary needed and she set about proving that she could indeed achieve academic success.  Having read Theology at university she went on to teach Old Testament and Hebrew at Hull University and then at Bristol. After Bristol she moved to Westcott House in Cambridge where men (no women in 1978) were trained for the ministry.
Mary’s old Professor, a distinguished Cambridge Don, asked her to go as a proxy for him to Ghana to take part in an international Commission of theologians from different churches around the world.  The purpose of the Commission was to try and find enough agreement to bring the churches together. Nervous of deputizing for such an eminent man and with no idea of what  exactly to expect,  Mary set off for Ghana. There were 15 people in the group to which she was first assigned, three of whom were American feminists. They wondered if she was liberated, said that her protest about having received the same education as her brother and having equal opportunities was not enough. What about the evils of apartheid, the ravages of colonialism, the subjugation of women in parts of the world, trafficking and forced marriages? They made her listen, stand where others stand, see with their eyes and feel with their feelings.
  That meeting changed the direction of Mary’s life and exposed her to situations beyond her own experience. Shortly afterwards, Archbishop Robert Runcie invited her to be a member of the Anglican -  Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC). Eventually the Church of England appointed her as its member on the theological arm of the World Council of Churches which led to 30 years of work with the International Theological Commission, eventually becoming the Moderator in the 1990s. Ecumenically she gained enormous experience, and when it was suggested that she apply to be Theological Consultant to the House of Bishops of the Church of England and to the then Board for Mission and Unity of the General Synod it seemed a natural next step.
A supportive husband and good children made it possible for Mary to travel around the world, to make friends across the divide of churches and cultures, to seek understanding, to celebrate women in ministry, to meet and form friendships with a raft of eminent people including Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Robert Runcie and a young priest, now His All Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch. She received many awards internationally in recognition of her work, which she puts down to being in the right place at the right time! In the UK she was awarded the OBE in 1998 when she retired and in 2008 she was given the DBE. This happy news was celebrated locally the following Sunday by Elizabeth Snowball who played ‘There is nothing like a Dame’ as the congregation left church.
Diary Dates
Wednesday, March 25th, Daffodil Walk in Burghley South Gardens. Meeting outside Bainton Reading Room at 10:50am.
Wednesday, April 1st,  Fabergé Eggs. A talk by Gerry Burrows. Non-members welcome at a small charge of £1 to cover light refreshments. Easter themed raffle.

Friends of Barnack Church 200 Club
Recent winners are:
£20    No.153   J. Irving-Bell
£10    No.2       K. Clarke
£5      No.176   L. Huckerby
£20    No.142   A. Addison
£10    No.151   A. Collins
£5      No.32     D. Chadwick

Barnack Fun Run
Time to dust down your trainers and get out training! The Barnack fun run will be happening on Saturday 18th April at 2pm. There are 2 races 2.5km and 5km.
The runs start and finish at the school and go around the village. If you would like to enter then you can get entry forms form the post office and from the school office or you can enter on the day at the school.
Entry fees are £4 for children and £5 for adults before the day or £5 for children and £6 for adults on the day. Please come along and join in the fun we would love to see you.
There will be a BBQ and refreshments available during and after the race so even if you don’t want to run then you can still join in the fantastic atmosphere. We look forward to seeing lots of people

Justice and Peace
Few readers will be unaware of the recent horrific report of the brutal slaughter of 21 young Christian Egyptian men on the soil of Libya. These were simple labourers who had gone to Libya in search of a modest living. They were captured by ISIS and beheaded on camera. The video caption read “People of the Cross”.
The latest newsletter from the Bible Society of Egypt reports that the purpose of the video was to foment strife in Egypt between Christians and Muslims. The Islamic extremists clearly intended the 10 million Christians in Egypt to rise up violently against their Muslim neighbours.
Yet herein lies hope, because the newsletter adds: “loving and caring Muslims all over the nation softened the blow which many Christians felt. The Christians of Egypt have responded with restraint, sorrowfully calling out on God.” The President declared 7 days of mourning for the nation. The Prime Minister travelled to the small village where most of the men came from, sitting on the floor with their poor relations to express concern. All this is seen as a clear message that Christians are considered an integral part of Egyptian society. Already, family members of the martyrs have declared: “We forgive the killers”.
Turning to Iraq, the Barnabas Fund is making progress in locating sites to  build refuges for up to 200,000 Christians who fled for their lives when Islamic State forces advanced across the Northern part of the country. The vacated army base at Camp Bastion is being brought into the process. One site in Iraqi Kurdistan has been named Sawra Village. Sawra, in the local language, means “hope”.
A reminder that the series of weekly services under the title Justice and Peace begins on Wednesday 13 May. 7-45 in Bainton church.
Meanwhile, here is a prayer commended by the Barnabas Fund. Lord, we pray for Syria, which has now endured four years of bitter civil war, causing around half the population to flee their homes. We read in Your Word that you hate those who love violence (Psalm 11:5) and we ask that You will have mercy on that suffering country and bring peace and justice there. We remember especially our Christian brothers and sisters, who have been targeted for a long time by the Islamist rebel groups and in recent months even more severely by the Islamic State group. Thank you that many have found  their faith strengthened in these times of constant hardship and danger and have grown in their and commitment to You. May they shine for You in these times. John Tanner.

Ufford Park Cricket Club
Andy Larkin and Ross Keymer are holding two days of coaching for Juniors on Wednesday 1st April and Thursday, 2nd April.  For more details please contact Andy Larkin 07595759358 or Ross Keymer 07539740113.
The final draw of the ‘100’ Club for 2014/2015 took place at the White Hart, and the winners were -
£100    No. 14    J. Smith, Uffington
£20    No. 20    J. Babb, Ufford
£15    No. 88    E. Harrington, Stamford
£15     No. 48    A. Hinton, Newborough
£10    No. 69    P. Turner, Peterborough
£10     No. 65    R. DePear, Bainton
£10    No. 60    A. Maher, Northborough    

Barnack Bowls 200 Club
The winners for March are:
No 49    Martyn Dennis    £25
No 8    Phil Collins    £15
No 45    Doreen Walsh    £10

Civic Service in Barnack Church
This service is for the whole Benefice. David Over who represents our ward in Peterborough, is this year the Mayor of Peterborough. He has chosen to hold his Civic Service in Barnack at 2.30pm on Sunday, April 19th. The service will be conducted by his chaplain, the Revd. Dave Maylor.

Big Questions
During Lent this year some of us have been exploring some of the big questions that people of our time in the West ask. They are known as ‘belief blockers’ and we have tried to address them in our meetings in Helpston. We have been helped (on DVD) by such heavyweights as John Harrox (Professor of Maths at Oxford University), Prof Richard Swinburne, (an Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oxford), Rev Nicky Gumbel (Vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton, London) and Ard Louis (Professor of Theoretical Physics at Oxford University) – and that’s just the British contingent!
As academics and Christians they have helped us to look at such issues as Suffering, Science and God, Religious Violence, and the reliability of the Bible.
About thirty of us met in the upper room of Botolph’s barn in Helpston for discussion and coffee, sparked off by the excellent DVD presentations.
If anyone would like to explore any of the ‘Big Issues’ that are dealt with in the DVD series, please talk to Rev Dave Maylor who can lend you the DVD set.

Good Friday for all ages
Two things for all ages on Good Friday (don’t forget the hour meditation for adults in Bainton Church at Noon).
This Good Friday children and parents are all warmly invited to come to Barnack Parish Church in the morning  10-11.45 for some craft activities and a think about the events of the first Good Friday. Refreshments will be available and adults/parents are invited to help/join in.
At 2pm on Good Friday there will be an all-age walk from Helpston Church to Ashton. Along the way we will find bits of the Easter events hidden along the way and reflect on them (once we’ve found them!). Hot Cross buns and drinks will be served once we arrive in Ashton. Again, do come along as families or on your own to mark this special day.
Easter Day, Sunrise Service,
April 5th  Join us for this outdoor, service on Hills & Holes at 6.15am

Christian Aid Week
A reminder that Christian Aid Week occurs from 15-22 May. Here is one of many typical stories to focus hearts and minds.
It concerns Loko, a feisty mother in Ethopia. Afraid, alone and in pain, her current choice in life is tragically simple: “If I can’t collect firewood, my children will die.”
Four times a week, in a remote corner of the country, Loko makes a back-breaking eight-hour trip to gather wood. It’s a task she dreads, but she steels herself to do it because if she doesn’t her children will starve.
She prays to God as she walks. “I ask him to change my life and lead us out of this,” she says.
Just £5 could give Loko a loan to start her own business buying and selling  tea and coffee, freeing her from her desperate task and allowing her to spend more time caring for her family.
It is not too late to join our team of collectors. You would be one of 100,000 throughout the country. If you are interested, please contact Rev Dave Maylor on 01780 740234 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. John Tanner.

Flower Arranging Group.
We will be doing the flowers for Easter on April 2nd at 2pm . please bring your own flowers and greenery and   we will provide large leaves for arrangements.
Dates for your diary:- May 6th A.Taylor will be in the village hall at 2pm. Details to be given out nearer the time.
June 3rd P. Ingham will be doing Continental style arrangments at 2pm in village hall.
Look forward to seeing you all there.

Village Ladies Group
Our ‘get-to-together’ this month will be on 22 April for lunch at The Ruddy Duck at Peakirk at 12.30 pm.  Please contact Joan (740 396) by Fri. 17 April if you would like to come.

Friends of Barnack Hills & Holes
April’s event will be held on Sunday 19th April from 11:00-12:30 meeting at the main car park off Wittering Road. On the day Chris Gardiner from Natural England will be giving us an onsite “Introduction to the Butterfly Survey”. This will help those who want to contribute to the 2015 site survey programme and help those with an interest in butterflies to develop their knowledge of the site. The event will be free to members  and  at a small charge of £2:00 for non-members. There will be a limit on the number of spaces so please book your place by e-mailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please visit the website  and if not already a member please consider joining (£5 per year - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) and enjoy free events throughout the year, learning more about this National Nature Reserve.

Barnack School’s Spring Term
Whichever day you choose to go into Barnack School you will find it full of happy learners…161 of them all busy and yet it can be very quiet as they all go about their various activities. Teachers have been working especially hard as the new curriculum is being implemented, but it is not all about sitting at a table and doing writing and maths.  One class recently could be found knee high in cardboard boxes and numerous pieces of paper as they built replicas of Tudor houses and streets. On another day children in mixed age groups explored cultural differences in a special ‘Around the World’ day…..which included cooking and even practising the New Zealand rugby chant! On Book Day they were dressed as their superheroes from literature, the girls taking the opportunity to dress up in their prettiest outfits as well as special reading sessions happening in the afternoon. Of course there are also so many extra activities as well: there is a school orchestra and numerous individual instruments learned; cross country sees not only the Barnack Fun Run but a weekly club which is very popular; there is also netball, hockey and basketball, with multi-sports for the smallest children; a popular drama club and Zumba. If that doesn’t keep everyone occupied then the school grounds are well used after school when the children play with their friends and their parents chat, the main difficulty is getting your child to go home!
As a church school there are various displays in the Hall which reflect the Christian character of the school, at present there is a very special one of the Easter Story. To celebrate Easter the ‘Open the Book’ team are presenting  the story of the Last Supper and the children will spend the morning with various activities learning about Holy Communion. The Palm Service at the end of term will take place in church.
We are lucky to have such a vibrant school in the village - when there is an opportunity do come and see!

Bainton and Ashton Allotment Association
In view of the increasing interest in both “grow your own” and also the great benefits which result from outdoor exercise etc - the Association has decided to allocate approximately 30 square metres of good fertile land on their site for up to five small or mini community plots of roughly 25 square metres each.
The object vis to create  small, easily manageable plots of turned soil ready for planting, each with a path around to give easy access. The plots will be situated within 25 metres of ample supplies of water, manure and bark chippings for mulching etc.
The rent for each mini plot will be £10 per annum which is inclusive of ground rent, water, insurance and a little towards the general maintenance costs of maintaining the site.
Plots are situated almost alongside the car park and access to the site is via a locked gate for which tenants will be provided with a key.
The full range of green and root vegetables may be grown along with roses, sweet peas, herbaceous plants, strawberries and raspberries etc.
Tenancies will commence from this spring. Those interested should contact the secretary Malcolm Morrice on 01780 740865. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Easter with the Community Church
Everyone is very welcome to join us over the Easter period.  At the beginning of Holy Week on Palm Sunday we will be in the School Hall at 10.30am for a family service.  On Good Friday we will meet in the Community Chapel, Main Street, Barnack at 10am for quiet prayer and Bible reading as we remember Jesus’ crucifixion.   And then on to Easter Sunday –  when we’ll celebrate that Jesus is alive! - at Barnack School Hall at 10.30am, beginning informally with hot chocolate or coffee and an Easter Egg Hunt for the younger ones, leading in to our family friendly Easter Celebration Service. You are very welcome to join us on any of these days and at any other time.  
For all our other Community Church Sunday and midweek activities in April please see the centre pages of the magazine and the various articles, or feel free to contact Julie Stanton 749123.

Messy Church with the Community Church 
The next Messy Church will be on Sunday 19th April in the School Hall at 4pm.  Each month we explore a Bible story or theme through a variety of different craft activities and games.   
This month we’ll be making good news microphones, traffic light biscuits, getting creative with marbling inks and lots more.   Then we gather together for a short celebration time telling the story and singing some songs.  Afterwards we have a light meal together around long tables which gives plenty of time for a good chat, catching up with friends and making new ones,  all finished by 6 o’clock. Messy Church is great for young families and for all who are young at heart. Do come along and find out what happens in Messy Church, we will be delighted to welcome you.  Contact Julie Stanton 749123 for any more information.

Little Lambs
Little Lambs Toddler Group takes place every Tuesday at Barnack Village Hall in school term time from 10am-12pm.  So for April that’s the 14th, 21st and 28th.  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: a home play corner, a brand new play tool bench, a tunnel, a slide, puzzles, books and dressing-up.  During April, we’ll have some great craft activities all about our wonderful world.  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, welcoming 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.

The Coffee Stop at the Community Chapel
Every Thursday morning 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, 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.   We are delighted that the Coffee Stop is proving to be so popular with folk of all ages.   The play corner is regularly used by little customers. 
The Coffee Stop is for everyone in the village communities to enjoy, do come and give it a try.    Run by the Community Church – please ring Joyce Murray 740114  if you want to find out more.

Men’s Breakfast
This month’s Men’s Breakfast will be on the 25th April at the Community Chapel at 8.30am.  Do come and join us for a great full English breakfast cooked by Rob,  friendly company and a short talk.
You are very welcome just to come along on the day but a quick call to Rob Porter beforehand helps to ensure there is plenty of sausages and bacon for everyone!  Organised by Barnack Community Church.  Please call Rob Porter 740663.  Dates for the rest of the year: 23rd May, 4th July, 12th September, 10th October, 7th November and 5th December.

The Children’s Society  House Boxes
I am delighted to say that Mrs Catharine Wright of Barnack has kindly agreed to take over as the Children’s Society representative for the Parish and she will be getting in touch with all the box holders at the appropriate time to arrange for their collection.
I thank you all sincerely for the contributions you have given to the Children’s Society over the past 15 years when I have been looking after the boxes and which have gone towards supporting their vital work with children and young people.