News and Events May 2015

Barnack Community Association
The committee would like to thank all those who attended the Fish and Chip Supper and Race Night. Your generosity enabled us to raise £450 towards the upkeep of the Village Hall
This year’s AGM will be held in the Village Hall on Thursday,   May 21st at 7:00pm. This year is a special event as there will be the unveiling of a plaque to recognise the work of the volunteers who worked so hard to improve the Village Hall in readiness for the Millennium.
Everyone is welcome to attend.

Private Reginald Knapp 2nd Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment was killed in action at the battle of Aubers Ridge on May 9th, 1915 aged 23. He is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial. As a child he lived with his grandparents Daniel and Sarah Knapp on Main Street Barnack.
Private John Quin 1st Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment was also killed on the same day at Aubers Ridge, aged 24. He is commemorated on the memorial at Le Touret. He was born and brought up in Barnack, the son of Sarah Ann Quin.
The battle at Aubers Ridge, six miles south west of Armentières, was an attempt to take advantage of the suspected withdrawal of German troops to the Eastern Front and was planned to give support to a French offensive to the south. A forty minute artillery bombardment began at 5am and the troops advanced on the well-defended German positions.
Throughout the day further bombardments failed to dislodge the enemy whose machine guns took a terrible toll. The battle was an unmitigated disaster for the British Army and over 11,000 men were killed or wounded. The 1st Northants suffered 560 casualties and the 2nd Northants 426.

Southorpe Garden Opening
On Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st June, from 2.00 until 5.30 both days, we are opening our garden with the National Gardens Scheme.  The garden is large, about 2 acres, and we have developed a variety of different areas.  These include a large ‘family’ garden with herbaceous borders and wildflower meadow, an allotment-sized vegetable plot with large fruit cage, orchard, wild, woodland area with mown grass paths, small woodland garden, beach garden with decking, wildlife pond, large courtyard garden with garden-sized croquet lawn, cutting flower garden, gravel/pergola walkways.  We garden using organic methods, providing a rich wildlife habitat.  Free range bantams so chicken-friendly dogs on leads welcome!
We will be serving tea, coffee, cakes and ice creams and there will be a plant stall of home grown plants.  On the Sunday we are lucky to have the Beauvale ensemble playing music in the garden.
So if you fancy an hour or two out in the fresh air, with delicious refreshments, please come and visit us.  All proceeds go to charity.  Admission £4.00, children free.
(If you want to see some pictures, go the National Garden Scheme website.)
Vanessa and Carl Brown, Abbot’s Barn, Southorpe, PE9 3BX.  01780 740803
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The Buttercross Club
  At the open meeting on April 1st, 2015, we were very pleased to welcome several visitors from neighbouring villages. Our speaker, Mr. Gerry Burrows, who does historical research for the BBC and works with the likes of Lucy Worsley and David Starkey, gave us an excellent illustrated talk on the work of the jeweller to the tsars of Russia, Peter Carl Fabergé. Fabergé is best known for the beautiful, ornate eggs he created for the Russian royal family and which, in keeping with tradition, were given as Easter gifts.
  The first definite knowledge of the Fabergé family was in seventeenth century France. Louis XIV signed ‘The Revocation of the Edict of Nantes’. This deprived Protestant citizens of religious and civic liberties and subjected many to torture. Some 500,000 found refuge abroad and the Fabergé family fled from Piccardy in Northern France. Over the years they travelled around Europe, finally settling in St. Petersburg in Russia in 1842.  Carl Fabergé was born in 1846. As a young man he was apprenticed to a jeweller in Frankfurt and travelled abroad to learn different techniques. In 1870 he took over from his jeweller father. His business was highly successful and by the 1890s the shop had doubled in size. Essentially, Fabergé was the designer and he employed highly skilled craftsmen, supervised by workmasters, to produce his objets d’art. He demanded exacting standards.
  The name Fabergé is inextricably linked with the jewelled eggs but his work was much more wide-ranging. For example, he was asked by Edward VII to create models of the domestic animals at Sandringham. He also created carved hard stone flowers mounted in gold and placed in rock crystal vases. A coronation gift to the Tsarina Alexandra Federovna comprised a beautiful basket of lilies-of-the-valley in which gold had been made to look like soil. Indeed Fabergé was able to produce a vast range of different coloured golds. In addition he perfected the art of enamelling -  a labour-intensive skill! He also modelled ordinary people, the Peasant Woman, the Dancing Moujik and even the Chelsea Pensioner which was purchased by Edward VII. He made mirrors, clocks, cigarette cases and so on.
   Fabergé dealt with many royal and titled customers and a shop was set up in London to cater for the demands of these wealthy people, particularly Edward VII who purchased gifts for his wife. He remained successful until the 1917 Revolution. His business in Russia ended and he left for Wiesbaden in Germany.  In 1920 he moved to Lausanne in Switzerland where he died on the 24th September that same year. His creations now command enormous sums of money, both for their rarity and their splendour. Mr. Burrows’ description of the Fabergé eggs, supported by photographs, allowed us to appreciate the beauty of these objects. To give just one example, the Coronation Egg (to mark the double coronation of Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra) made for Easter 1897 was created from red gold and covered in opalescent yellow enamel, itself surrounded by a golden lattice studded with black enamelled Romanov double-headed Eagles. Inside the egg is an exact replica of Alexandra’s coronation coach which is fully articulated and decorated with red enamel and diamonds.
Members enjoyed an Easter themed raffle and at the end of the talk Sheila, Marjory and Pip served us all with delicious refreshments. It was a very good evening!
Diary Dates
06 May 2015: A talk by Frieda Gosling on Torpel Manor. Members’ guests invited.

Flower Arranging
We recently arranged the flowers for the Easter services which have been very much admired and will be doing the flowers for the Civic Service for the Mayor and Council on Sunday the 19th of April .
Our next flower arranging class is on Wednesday 6th May at 2pm in the Village Hall when Ann Taylor is leading us.
She has asked that we bring Longiflora Lilies, Kerria Stems, and Fatsia Japonica leaves and Arum Italicum.  We need a woven ring and a small oasis dish.
For more information please ring Ann Butland  740121 or Joan Laycock 740267

Thanks from the Daileys
Thank you to all our friends for their good wishes , cards and gifts for our move to Salisbury.
Our move from Barnack , after nearly thirty years, was tinged with sadness, but we bring with us many happy memories. The move went very well, and we are gradually settling into our new home with Rosie our cat. We are enjoying having the family close by.
Best Wishes Cynthia and Brian Dailey   .

Wanted - Stamford Town Ambassadors
Based in Stamford ‘bus station, work in pairs, meet and greet visitors arriving by coach, wear Georgian clothing (provided free, courtesy of Sukie’s), spread goodwill among visitors, give out town maps, give directions, pose for photographs (very popular with visitors from the USA), must be over 18.
Hours: Fridays (busiest day) & Saturdays 1000-1200 & 1200-1400, only expected to do one two-hour session. Any availability would be helpful (ie no long-term commitment expected).
No pay, but a guaranteed glow of satisfaction from a job well done!
Please let me know if you or any of your friends or family members are interested
Max Sawyer     This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   01780 765507

Christian Aid Week
Christian Aid Week is close upon us, a time to reflect on the scope of the Charity’s work. Recent high profile disasters in the likes of Haiti, the Philippines, South Sudan and Syria have called for emergency aid, but this is just the beginning.
Working with local partners, Christian Aid has set about the task of rebuilding local communities. This inevitably takes time. The infamous Tsunami that hit the Indian Ocean communities on Boxing Day 2004 claiming a quarter of a million lives has so far taken £45 million of the Charity’s funds. The effects of epidemics, such as HIV/AIDS and Ebola, are there to be addressed for as long as it takes.
And yet, to Christian Aid these problems are just a beginning. Dearer to its heart is the widespread scourge of poverty. This is where its true  philosophy lies: helping people to help themselves. Women merit a particular focus. Christian Aid programmes all over the world train women in the skills they need to earn a living, and give them the financial and practical opportunities they need to find work or start their own businesses.
Their menfolk are often an obstacle. In India Christian Aid works with a partner organisation known as Ekal Nari Sangathan (Strong Women Alone), an example of how the Charity is challenging social contexts that discriminate. Not that men are entirely forgotten. Take Jamaica, which has one of the highest murder rates in the world. 80% of victims are men aged between 18 and 35. Christian Aid supports a project called Male Awareness Now (MAN) that works with young men between 14 and 25 to help them out of vulnerable situations and find a future.
In all this, Christian Aid helps people of all faiths and none, and it gives no money to governments. Better still, it sees itself as just one example of many in the West determined to promote justice and prosperity throughout the world.  J  Tanner

WIKI Thanks
A total of £285 was given to the local branch of the NSPCC.  This included the donations received from the 2015 ‘season’ of Wiki Cafes held in the Reading Room in January and February, the Wiki at the Library and the WW1 Wiki (both held in 2014).  Many thanks to everyone for your support and generosity over the years.  Particular thanks go to the volunteers who man the events so willingly.
Bainton Pub Night
The next Bainton pub night will be on Friday 8th May 2015, at  21 Church lane, Bainton, courtesy of Colm and Mary. 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 September 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.

Bainton & Ashton WW2 VE Day Commemorations
St Mary’s Church - Saturday 9th May From 11.00 to 12.00 noon
Bainton and Ashton will be supporting the Nation’s VE Day activities commemorating 70 years since the end of WW2 in Europe by joining in the church bells ringing across the land at 11.00am on Saturday 9th May. Villagers are invited to join their community and country by coming to St Mary’s Church where wine and coffee will be served.   Video archive footage of VE Day in May 1945 will be displayed in the background together with thoughts and reminders of the War in which over 60 million people were killed from across the world. 
If you have any questions please contact: John Wreford (740362) Malcolm Morrice (740865) or Ian Abbott-Donnelly (740009)

Christian Aid Week
This year Christian Aid week is from Sunday, May 10th to Saturday May 16th. Christians across the country will be collecting or arranging special fund raising events so that the work of Christian Aid can continue.
Christian Aid began in 1945 in Europe. Churches from Britain and Ireland worked to help resettle the millions displaced and made homeless during the Second World War. In 1948 it became Inter Church Aid and in 1964 Christian Aid with its own designated week and with a more global remit.
Sadly the needs addressed by Christian Aid do not diminish, and we were told in last month’s Parish News of an Ethiopian mother who had to walk many miles each week to procure wood to keep her family warm. Her prayer to God was, “I ask Him to change my life and to lead us out of this.” We can help to answer her prayer by supporting Christian Aid. In Barnack this year our third Saturday coffee morning which falls at the end of Christian Aid week will be for the charity. We plan to have a display of information about the charity and all monies raised will go to the work of Christian Aid. So please come along as usual to enjoy coffee and a chat, buy some cakes and give what you can to help further the work of Christian Aid.  Liz Young

Barnack Bowls 200 Club
The winners for April are:
70    Colin Lunn    £25
40    Barbara Knights    £15
72    Ray Hackett    £10
Barnack Post Office & General Stores.
We are now happy to stock a range of Grasmere Farms Ltd products.
These very popular lines include their various range of sausages,farmhouse sliced ham, and dry cured bacon.
We will also be stocking several varieties of pies and burgers.

Friends of Barnack Hills & Holes
With spring well and truly underway and Pasque flowers blooming at the time of writing we can look forward to the annual display of  Orchids. With that in mind the “friends” have organised a Wildflower Photography workshop on the morning of Saturday 16th May. Numbers are very limited so if you would like to attend please send an e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to check availability and receive details (£2 charge for non-members, members - free). This month’s main event will be held on Saturday 30th May starting at 10:00am. We shall meet at the car park off Wittering Road. This will be our annual Man Orchid count led by Chris Gardiner from Natural England.
Last year in pouring rain a brave number of volunteers managed to complete a full sweep of compartment 1 (south west quadrent) locating 161 flowering spikes. This event will be free for all volunteers and there is no requirement to book a place but if you are planning to attend an e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. will help us plan the area to cover. 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.

Village Ladies
Our ‘get-to-together’ lunch this month will be at The Fitzwilliam Arms at Marholm at 12.30pm.  Please contact Joan (740 396) by Fri. 15 May if you would like to come.

Justice And Peace
Islamic State forces have taken a brief rest from killing people to destroy priceless archaeological treasures. A video has been released showing the ancient city of Nimrud, which had stood since the 13th century BC, now reduced to rubble, its priceless relics denounced as “symbols of the infidel”. And the people of Iraq and Syria continue to live in terror.
The election of a new President in Nigerta offers a glimmer of hope for some improvement in the fight to deal with Boko Horam. He has said as much. Meanwhile, the terrorists flourish and the world has been shaken by a new horror, al-Shabaab, a terror group from Somalia linked to al-Qaeda. This group has swooped on Kenya, attacking the University of Garissa. Christian students were separated from Muslim and killed in large numbers, 147 to date. This follows an attack on a bus in Kenya where passengers were similarly separated and 28 Christians killed, and another attack on quarry workers where 36 non-Muslims were killed, some shot in the back of the head, others beheaded.
Hatred of Christians is not confined to Islam. Violent incidents have been reported from Karnataka and Hyderabad in India where churches have been vandalised by Hindus in the course of worship. In one case they complained that the promoters of a carol service were attempting to convert people by force. No chance of that in Brunei where the government banned all public celebrations, even Christmas decorations
Bibles have a difficult time in some places. The Barnabas Fund reports that an Iranian Christian was arrested in 2010 for “illegally” distributing them. He is still in prison apparently awaiting trial. A pastor in Central Asia was recently arrested and tortured by police for possessing a bible. The court discharged him but he was slandered on television and the community turned against him, leaving him without a job and his family without support.
Similarly, a Christian couple in Pakistan were brought before a court on a charge of blasphemy resulting from an argument between their children and a Muslim neighbour’s chlldren. The case was dismissed but the couple became outcasts; the family now live in poverty. On the other side of the world, it has been reported that a boy attending an elementary school in California could not bring in his bible for “free reading time”. The incident has come to the point where The National Center for Law and Policy has felt the need to issue a letter to the school stating that its action violates the Constitution and legal action will follow if the school does not relent.
Three of these instances arise from prejudice not condoned by law, but the law still has a long way to go. Currently the government of Myanmar is passing a bill on religious freedom; one provision is that anyone wishing to convert from one religion to another must seek permission from the authorities or face punishment.
To reverse such trends and advance improvements already made will take patience as well determination. At the time of the first of the series of  services for Justice and Peace, Wednesday 13th May, the topic of the Magna Carta will be in the news and we shall be made aware that it has taken 800 years to get this far.
Meanwhile, it might be of interest to reflect on an interesting statistic that has recently emerged on the subject of capital punishment. This was effectively abolished in Britain in 1965 even though public opinion was overwhelmingly in favour of retaining it. A survey of opinion on the subject began in 1983 when it was found that 75% were still in favour. Now at last the pendulum has begun to swing (excuse the pun) the other way with support falling to 48% Perhaps this topic will arise at our first service which consists of prayers, readings and discussion. Bainton Church 7-45pm.
Here is another statistic: In 1948 the Christian population of the Holy Land was more than 18% and to-day it is less than 2%. Once Bethleham was more than 90% Christian. Now Christians there are a mere 15%.
Perhaps someone will have something to say about that at our first service.
John Tanner

Barnack Annual Village Meeting
The Council invites you to give a presentation to the Annual Village Meeting which will be held on Monday 11 May 2015 in Barnack Village Hall. This is an opportunity for organisations to report on their activities during the past year and for local residents to find out what is going on in their Parish.
Gillian Beasley, Chief Executive of Peterborough City Council will give a talk about the future development of Peterborough and balancing the interest of rural communities.
The format of the evening will be:
• Refreshments at 6.30pm for 7.00pm start
• Welcome by the Chairman
• Apologies for absence
• Minutes of the previous meeting held on 12 May 2014
• Talk by the Chief Executive of Peterborough City Council
• Parish Council Chairman’s report
• Reports from local organisations
•Public forum

The Community Church
‘Holiday at Home’ is back again this year.  This time it will be a bit different with one day later this month Thursday 28th May and another day on August 6th.  We felt this would give two occasions to look forward to rather than having it all happen in one go as we did last time.  Again the focus will be on friendship and fun, we are planning craft activities to try out, a nice cooked lunch, and some kind of entertainment in the afternoon.   Look out for posters around the villages or pick up a leaflet from the Post Office during May or ring Margaret Durdey on 740459.  Just £4 for the day with activities, lunch and tea in the afternoon included, and the Coffee Stop will be open during the morning for coffee and cakes.  We look forward to welcoming you.
We are also looking ahead to our all age annual coach outing to Sunny Hunny on the 20th June.  If you would be interested in joining us for a day of traditional seaside fun – building sandcastles, playing rounders, flying kites, collecting seashells, or just soaking up the sun (that has happened at least once!), you would be very welcome.   Please contact Julie Stanton 749123 to find out more.
For all our other Community Church Sunday and midweek activities in May 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 
This month’s Messy Church will be on Sunday 12th May at 4pm in the School Hall, Barnack.  As always there will be lots of different fun things to do and make which help to explore a Bible theme.   Many of the crafts provide lots of messy creative fun for children from toddlers upwards, and there is always something for people of all ages, just choose the activities which suit you.     The craft time lasts about 50 minutes, then we usually play a game all together before we all sit down for a short Bible story finding out more about the week’s theme and sing some worship songs. 
Afterwards everyone is invited to stay for a light meal all together, through the spring and summer months we generally have cheese, cold meats, salad, dips and nice bread followed by fruit and homemade cakes and a good chat.  Everyone very welcome, we will be delighted to see you.  To find out more please contact Julie Stanton 749123.

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, toasted teacakes or scones, 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.   The Coffee Stop is for everyone, of all ages, in the village communities to enjoy, do come and give it a try.   Our little customers enjoy the toddler play corner.   Run by the Community Church – please ring Joyce Murray 740114  if you want to find out more.

Little Lambs
Little Lambs is a lovely, welcoming toddler group which takes place each Tuesday during term time, from 10-12, in Barnack Village Hall. 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 a home play corner, a tunnel, a slide, puzzles, books and dressing-up. We always have a craft activity – perfect for creative little hands. Then we clear the toys, set out tables and serve tea, fresh coffee and cakes for the adults and a snack bowl of fruit and a biscuit for the children – a popular time with everyone.
This is followed by a song time with musical instruments which the children enjoy joining in with.  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. Little Lambs is run by the Community Church – for further details please contact Melanie Clarkson 07792667563.

Men’s Breakfast
This month’s Men’s Breakfast will be on the 23rd May 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:  4th July, 12th September, 10th October, 7th November and 5th December.

Barnack Fete - June 27th
The Barnack with Ufford Fete will be on Saturday June 27th from 2-4. Stalls, craft stalls, photo displays, teas and games for the children.  Come along for a fun afternoon for the whole family

Bainton Conservation Area:   
We are delighted that so many people and children are enjoying this area but we respectfully ask that NO FIRES are lit when building dens or picnicking.  Thank you.
St. Mary’s Church Clock, Bainton:
Many of you will have noticed that this is now silent. Mr. Yates who has for many years wound the clock for us has now retired from this duty. We place on record our sincere appreciation of his help.
Is there anyone out there who would be interested in climbing the  church tower to wind the clock for us once a week?
We are actively looking into electrifying the winding of the clock but believe the cost will be prohibitive so if anyone is interested in this weekly duty (possibly on a rota perhaps) please contact either Church Warden or M. H. Bratley. Thank you.   

Ultrafast Broadband Update
After several delays and set-backs, the Gigaclear Ultrafast Broadband project that will benefit us all is now gaining pace.
Originally just Kingscliffe and Apethorpe were being done before us but another 3 villages have recently come on board, Nassington, Yarwell and Wansford.
As part of the Peterborough Vale project, Southorpe properties are now having their pots installed and work is under way in Ufford to get the new cabinet and village hall connected. More groundwork gangs are being taken on to try and make up for the lost time.
It is expected that work will then continue via Barnack and Bainton before the rest of us in a month or two. As soon as more news is available it will go on the community website:

Good News Van
The Good News Van will be coming to Pam Mills home 17 Bishops Walk, Barnack, on Tuesday May 19th at 11.00 to noon. All are welcome to come for a chat and coffee and to browse the books and videos available to borrow. Hope to see you there.