News and Events from June 2015

Barnack Parish Church Fete:

Saturday 27th June 2pm

Granny's Attic, Tombola, Afternoon Teas,

Crafts, Cakes, Childrens Games, Books

Bainton Family Day:

Sunday 5th July, Bainton House

1pm BBQ and PImms, 2pm Stalls Open, 3.30pm Games, 5pm Evensong.

The Barnack Home Group.
The well-established Barnack Home Group meets fortnightly during “term time”.  It is from 7.30-9.00pm on Tuesdays, is hosted by Liz Young, and is led by Mike Mills.  Over the last few months, sessions have focussed on The Twelve Disciples, looking at each of them in turn.  Shortly there will be a new series of studies, focussed on the lives of eight other Bible characters who encountered Jesus, what happened and how their lives were changed.  If you would like to join the group for a time of Bible study and good fellowship, please contact Liz (tel. 740347) or Mike (tel. 740285).  There are only a few spare places still available, so please make contact as soon as possible!
The Barnack Home Group is Run by St John the Baptist Church.

Coffee Morning
Saturday 20th June 2015
10.30am –12 noon.
St John the Baptist Church would like to invite you to join us on each third Saturday of the month, 10.30am – 12 noon. You can enjoy tea/coffee and biscuits. We also have home-made cakes, scones, lemon curd etc. on sale to tempt you! We enjoy time for a chat with friends and for making new ones. Do come along and join us!

Bible Study and chat for Parents
Bible Study and chat for Parents with Children in Local Primary Schools Group:  We meet in Ashton on 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month from 1.45pm until school pick up if you fit the profile, come along. If you would like to join the group please contact Rachel Wright. 07425 144998

Barnack Fun Run
Barnack Fun Run took place on Saturday 18th April with glorious sunshine and blue skies. There were three races; a Schools Challenge, 2.5K Fun Run and 5K Run with over 230 runners competing in total.  Many thanks to all local residents, Barnack Cricket Club, the Millstone Inn and the Community Association for kindly working with us to enable the safe and smooth running of this event. Incredibly, this event requires 50+ volunteers, we are particularly grateful to all members in the local community who gratefully gave up their time to help out leading up to and on the day of the run. Barnack School Association.

Ufford Village Hall Cinema
Are you interested in regular film showings at the Village Hall?
Please fill in our survey so we can see if there is enough support for a Village Hall Cinema in Ufford.
The survey can be filled in online at:
Alternatively, please call Emma on 01780 740 436 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a printed survey.

Barnack Youth Club
Youth Club Calendar dates up to the end of the school year are as follows: 5th and 19th June,  3rd and 17th July. We welcome 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, an air hockey table (recent addition), 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. We will be holding a taster session for current Year 5’s and Year 6’s only on Friday 12th June from 7.15-8.45pm and very much look forward to welcoming you all. For further information or a membership form please call Kerrie Garner on 01780 740118.

The Buttercross Club
The meeting on May 6th was an open meeting. It was a very full house. Without doubt the attraction  was the subject of our talk by Frieda Gosling, ‘The Torpel Mystery Tour’, because the story of Torpel Manor is a local one and it offers an historic perspective on those who lived and worked in this area in centuries past. Torpel Manor no longer exists but the mounds and ditches, lumps and bumps in the field where it was located survive as evidence of its former presence. Now that it has scheduled monument status the field, which is located between Helpston and Bainton, is protected from development. There is a small visitors’ centre, built in 2012 thanks to heritage lottery funding, and archeological and historic research is ongoing. Various surveys have been carried out, the most recent being a resistivity survey which provides information about structures below ground. 
Five generations of Roger de Torpel owned the land so they are, for the sake of differentiation, called Roger 1, Roger 2 etc.! The first one came over with William the Conqueror and it is he who took the name ‘de Torpel’. King William decided he owned all the land, which upset many and lead to resistance from the likes of Hereward the Wake. It seems Roger 1 was rewarded for his loyalty to William by being gifted 12 hides of land, I hide being about 120 acres. They were distributed widely and included land near Helpston. When the last male member of the de Torpel family died without an heir in 1242  the land passed to his sister, Asceline. She was married to Ralph de Camoys and it was they who decided that the tower on the mound where the de Torpels had lived was too uncomfortable and that they would build a better dwelling. When the last de Camoys went bankrupt the land reverted to the king’s wife.
There is no trace now of Torpel village but it is not unusual for villages to disappear. The first documentary evidence that it existed was in 1301.  The population was probably about 30 of which only 8 were well off enough to pay a lay subsidy.  In Bainton at the same time there were 16 taxpayers in a population of 60. By 1605 the village of Torpel was deserted.
The field which lies to the north of Torpel has been examined by field walkers. The farmer granted them permission to walk between his rows of potatoes! The walkers found evidence of human habitation going back to pre-historic times -17 pieces of Roman and Anglo-Saxon pottery, 225 pieces of medieval pottery, 15 pieces of 19th and 20th century pottery and one flint arrowhead.
The manor house built by the de Camoys was probably a rectangular building with a hole in the roof to emit smoke, and  a small kitchen area at one end. It was designed for communal living . The addition of a ceiling provided a first floor and greater privacy. By 1624 there is evidence that the manor, having long since reverted to the king,  had fallen into disrepair as a result of a succession of absentee landlords. Apart from knowledge of its location just about all that remains of the manor house is the large door key which was found under a stone by a farmer in Ashton. The stone from which the manor was built has found its way into a number of local buildings!
There were also stone ruins in Lawn Wood which may well have been a hunting lodge because in 1198 Roger 3 enclosed some land to start a deer park. A 1466 bailiff’s account reveals that someone was paid to collect firewood for ‘my lady’s fire’ so presumably it was lived in from time to time if not permanently. It was supposedly discovered in 1969 but locals knew of its existence well before that.
There seems to be some connection between Torpel Manor and Eleanor of Castile. She married Henry 111’s son, Edward who became Edward 1, when they were both very young. Her husband encouraged her to acquire land which she did, very successfully, including Torpel land. Some people like to think she lived at the lodge in Lawn Wood but this is unlikely to be true as there was a much more pleasant residence in her ownership in the village of Geddington in Northamptonshire.
There are Torpel archives in Lincoln. The earliest documents are in Latin, the later ones in English, but they are all quite difficult to decipher. There is no shortage of information considering there is relatively little visible evidence.
Diary Dates for Buttercross Club
Diary Dates :- Tour of Peterborough Cathedral on Weds,  June 3rd at 2pm. Meet in the Reading Room car park at 1:10pm.

Ufford Summer Walks 2015
Sunday 21st June: Mid-Summer Stroll
Sunday 12th July: Geo Walk
Sunday 23rd August: Autumn Ramble
2pm - 4pm
Pick up your map at 2pm from the Village Hall (long & short  routes). Meet back at the Village Hall for tea and cakes.
adults £2.50, children £1 Everyone Welcome
All ages welcome, dogs, strollers, babies...
No need to book - just turn up on the day!
All proceeds to the village hall
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Open Garden for Thorpe Hall Hospice
The garden is at Fair View, Stamford Road, Exton  LE15 8QA, and will be open from 11am - 5pm on 7th June 2015. Entrance is £2, and there will be teas and stalls.
The gardener is Marian Foers, who has transformed her plot from a bare stretch of grass into a vibrant yet tranquil haven over the last decade. Using donated plants, Marian’s garden is now a supreme example of a late Victorian or early Edwardian country garden. It was featured in Amateur Garden Magazine in November 2014 and has been on BBC East Midlands Today Programme.
Having fundraised for Sue Ryder in the 1970s with a group of fellow RAF wives, Marian was delighted to receive a thank you letter from Lady Ryder herself, which she still has.
This time, the reason for her fundraising is much closer to home. Marian has been inspired by the story of James Duell, a 12 year old living in Exton who raised £600 for Thorpe Hall Hospice after his mum was cared for there. Combined with her own illness earlier this year, Marian realised how vital the new hospice at Thorpe Hall is for her community, and wanted to support it.
This garden opening is particularly poignant because her garden has been a great source of solace and therapy for Marian in her recovery from illness. In creating new life and another stage of living, Marian has found a great deal of peace. She now invites others to visit her garden to do the same.

Ufford Village Hall
‘Due to retirement and those moving from the village, Ufford Village Hall urgently seek help and support .
We have 4-5 meetings per year and organise 1-2 village functions per year.
It would be lovely to share this organisation with a few others to share ideas to enhance our community spirit.’
I wrote those lines around two weeks ago and since then Ufford has held its annual meeting. It was so refreshing that evening to witness enthusiastic new residents eager to help promote our community, hall, church and pub – keen to bring these together as a whole for the benefit of us all.
The hall is a fabulous amenity owned by the village for the village. Due to council cut backs we no longer receive any grants towards its upkeep. It is imperative we raise funds to cover annual costs. After many years of fund raising by many villagers in the late 60’s it would be tragic if the hall fell into disrepair. I now am hopeful that there will be a real uplift in support and am looking forward to the future of the village. It is lovely to see an increase in young children in the village. As was pointed out on Tuesday evening, they breathe life into a community and are the future.
There are exciting plans afoot to redevelop the playing field with updated equipment. This requires fund raising and if we work together I am sure this can be achieved together with security for the hall and help for the church.
There is a quiz (date to be confirmed) being organised for September and a set of three family walks in the Summer  followed by afternoon tea in the village hall. (June 21st/ July 12th and August 23rd ). Please look out for the posters/flyers confirming these dates.  If you are able to offer help or contributions  (cakes maybe ?)please contact Fiona Spires on 07795 111319 or Cath Rai on 07739 467761.
Please can I also draw your attention to a survey (mentioned elsewhere in this magazine) - the link will be delivered to all households- to assess interest for a possible regular village cinema slot.
Many thanks, Fiona Spires

Village Ladies Group
Our lunch for June will be at the The Red Lion - Warmington (PE8 6TN) on Wednesday 17 June at 12.30 pm.
If you would like to come please contact Joan by 12 June (740 396).

Flower Arranging Meeting
Our next meeting will be on 3rd June at 2pm in the Village Hall when a new demonstrator Pam Ingham will demonstrate a continental style arrangement.
Please bring with you:-
A plastic sheet to work on.
A bag for rubbish
A pair of flower scissors, secateurs or kitchen scissors.
A block floral foam.
A rectangular tray ( Oasis do a green one ).
A carrier bag of small sprigs of foliage (hebe,pittosporum,conifer, or similar are ideal).
Some larger ivy leaves.
5 straight sticks (green garden canes, cornus or whatever you have).
Flowers from the garden
OR 1 bunch mixed blooms.
OR Bunch spray carnations and a bunch of roses.
You may like to bring small pine cones or small fruits if you have them.
For any other information please contact Joan Laycock 740267 or Ann Butland 740121.

Friends of Barnack Church 200 Club
Recent winners have been,
£20    No 32    D. Chadwick
£10    No 79    B. Davies
£5      No 64    E. Young
£20    No 170  I. Graham
£10    No 72    J. Sutcliffe
£5      No 93    R. Hackett
Pottery Open 20th & 21st June
As part of Rutland and Stamford Open Studios Katherine Winfrey will once again be opening her pottery workshop to the public. Come and see some pots being made and a display of Katherine’s work.
10am - 4pm, Saturday & Sunday, The Old Butcher’s Shop, The Square, Barnack.

Justice and Peace Service:
There will be a Justice and Peace service held in St Mary’s Church, Bainton every Wednesday at 6.30pm. This is a new series of services for PEACE and JUSTICE, with prayers, readings and discussion on worldwide issues.

Messy Church with the Community Church 
This month’s Messy Church will be on Sunday 14th June at 4pm in the School Hall, Barnack.  As always there will be lots of different fun things to do and make which all help to find out about 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.
Recently everyone from 3 to 80 something really enjoyed getting creative and a little bit messy with marbling inks.    The craft time lasts about 50 minutes, then we all sit down for a short Bible story finding out more about the week’s theme and sing some 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.  Messy Church dates for the rest of the year: 12th July, 20th September, 11th October and 8th November.   To find out more please contact Julie Stanton 749123.

Sunny Hunny trip
The Community Church with Little Lambs and Messy Church are looking forward to our annual all age coach outing to the beach at Old Hunstanton 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.

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. 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 story and song time with musical instruments which the children enjoy joining in with.  Then 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.

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  to find out more.

Men’s Breakfast
The next Men’s Breakfast will be in early July, Sat 4th at the Community Chapel at 8.30am. Do come and join us for a great full English breakfast cooked by Rob, in a friendly, welcoming and relaxed atmosphere.   You can just to come along on the day but a quick call to Rob 740663 beforehand helps to ensure there is plenty of sausages and bacon for all!  Organised by BNC.  Dates for the rest of the year: 12th September, 10th October, 7th November and 5th December

Barnack Bowls 200 Club
The winners for May are:
40    Barbara Knights    £25
16    Jack Chung    £15
37    Jill Unsworth    £10

Barnack Parish Church Summer Fete
Saturday 27th June @ 2pm
Granny’s Attic, Tombola, Afternoon Teas, Stalls, Cakes, Crafts, Books & Children’s Games. Grand Draw at 4.30pm

Barnack Church bells will fall silent
After many years of service ringing and maintaining the bells of St John the Baptist Church, Barnack Dr Ian Burrows has now retired from this duty. We would like to sincerely thank him for his dedication and time which has been appreciated by all. We are looking for six volunteers to become bell ringers, full training will be provided.  Anybody who is interested in becoming a campanologist   please contact Rachel Wright 07425 144998.

Friends of Barnack Hills and Holes
In June we have two events planned. On Saturday the 6th June there will be a guided Wildflower walk starting off from the main car park off Wittering Road at 10:30. This will help those of us who enjoy the fantastic display of wildflowers present on the reserve put names to them and learn more about the site’s importance for certain red list species (see article on website to find out more about the red list). Later in the month Chris Gardiner will be leading the annual Glow worm walk.
Again we will meet up in the Main car park but obviously a late start 21:30 on Friday 19th June.  Both events are planned to last between 11/2 and 2 hours and will be free to members  and  at a small charge of £2:00 for non-members. Please do let us know if you would like to attend to help with planning 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.

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency - a view from the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE)
The CPRE in Cambridgshire is confronting major development proposals which impact on our market towns, villages and countryside. The demand and location for thousands of new homes and major road schemes could result in the loss of Green Belt, attractive landscapes and some of the country’s best high quality farmland,
There has been a huge increase in proposals for renewable energy developments. Whilst CPRE is broadly sympathetic to the need to reduce carbon emissions, we have to respond to vociferous concerns about the impact of on-shore wind turbines and solar farms which have an unacceptable impact on the landscape.
New research by Cambridge Architectural Research and Anglia Ruskin University, commissioned by CPRE, shows current Government policy may be misguided. It suggests we need a massive reduction in our energy requirements if we are to avoid inflicting widespread damage on the countryside.
Our Warm and Green report ( claims energy efficiency has been grossly underplayed in the approach to England’s future energy supply.
The report highlights the potentially huge impact of infrastructure on the countryside if old and new homes remain energy inefficient, and illustrates the dearth of funding for improvements, especially in rural areas.
To meet the UK’s carbon targets, one possible scenario would be to plant half of England with biomass crops, build 3,500 new wind turbines and install 8,000 hectares of new solar panels.
Researchers based in Cambridge  looked at case studies from across the country to explore barriers to making energy improvements in rural buildings. They found cost, the difficulty of finding skilled installers and payback time were problems too great for many people to overcome.
To ensure progress on reducing our energy demand, the report calls for:
* A bold national programme to reduce energy and carbon emissions from homes and community buildings
* The implementation of stronger zero carbon standards for new homes
* Rural communities to receive a fairer share of funding for energy efficiency.
Existing national programmes have failed to sufficiently reduce energy and carbon emissions. We must instead offer more persuasive and understandable financial incentives for all households. Such approaches would reduce both carbon emissions and energy bills, create jobs and help protect our landscapes.
To find out more about energy efficiency incentives in your area, we suggest you contact your District Council.  To find out more about CPRE please e-mail our office at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01480 39698.