News & Events July 2015

gamesBarnack Parish Council:
MUGA-Multi Use Games  Area - Public Meeting
All residents of Barnack and Pilsgate are invited to a Meeting which will be held at 6pm on
Monday 13 July 2015 in Barnack Village Hall.
(To be followed by the Monthly Meeting of the Parish Council)
The land to the east of Chapel Lane is no longer available as a location for a MUGA.
Therefore, we are exploring the suitability of an alternative site in the village and would like to hear your views.

Bainton and Ashton Allotments Association
Bainton and Ashton Allotments Association has allocated an area for some ‘Mini –Plots’. These will each be about 25 square metres of good fertile land ready for anyone who would like to grow their own fruit, vegetables or flowers.
There is nearby access to mains water, supplies of manure and wood chips for mulching etc. and a surfaced car park.
Access to the site is by a locked gate to which tenants are provided with a key.
The rent of each ‘Mini – Plot’ is just £10 a year which includes water, insurance and a little towards the general maintenance of the site.
Anyone interested should contact the secretary, Malcolm Morrice on 01780 740865 or e – mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Coffee Morning Saturday 18th July 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! 

Bainton & Ashton Family Day
Bainton House, Tallington Road
Sunday 5th July, 1pm  BBQ & Bar
2pm  Family Day is officially opened
3pm  Games, 5pm  Evensong
Please come along and support this wonderful celebration of village life.  The BBQ & bar is open at 1 and the stalls and the Family Day officially is opened at 2pm.  We have the usual stalls, Tombola, Auction of Promises and Cakes etc.  Lambs to guess the weight of and Chickens to name, singers to entertain you and of course there are the games for children – of all ages - at 3pm.  The theme this year is Country and Western so why not come along in fancy dress….!!!  Children please bring your decorated bike – as the Revd. Dave Maylor will be judging and there will be prizes for the best presented bikes, no theme just whatever you (and your Mum & Dads) come up with.  The day will close with optional Evensong at 5pm. 
See you on the 5th. 

The Buttercross Club
Our meeting on June 3rd was an afternoon outing to Peterborough Cathedral where our guide, Liz, combined a tour with an excellent commentary on various aspects of the Cathedral’s history. Its origins can be traced back to 655AD when the first monastery, a wooden structure, was built. This building was destroyed by the Vikings in 870 but rebuilt as a Benedictine Abbey between 960 and 970. It was still made of wood but survived Hereward the Wake’s attack on the Abbey in 1069. (He was a Saxon and despised the Normans). However it was destroyed by an accidental fire in 1116. It was rebuilt in stone between 1118 and 1238, parts of it being added as money came in. The majority of arches inside are Norman, made from Barnack stone. The building became the Cathedral of the Diocese of Peterborough in 1541.
The long history of the building serves as a reminder that the current congregation of the Cathedral is just one of many before and many to come. There is evidence of the very old and the very new. We went in through a beautiful new entrance, recently completed, we gazed at the magnificent painted ceiling of the nave made from German wood and preserved from the damage done by Oliver Cromwell’s men because it had been blackened by candle soot and its beauty hidden and we examined the magnificent vaulted ceiling of the so-called New Building built between 1496 and 1509. In the New Building there are two examples of the long history of the Cathedral. There is the Hedda Stone which is one of the few remaining remnants of the Abbey. It is very old, certainly earlier than the 870 which has been carved into its side. By contrast there is a beautiful sculpture of the Madonna and Child completed at the end of the 20th century.
We saw the tomb of Katharine of Aragon and learnt that Henry VIII may have made the decision to make the Abbey a Cathedral as a memorial to her. Although he divorced her with all its religious repercussions, he always seemed to retain some respect for his first wife. We were also shown the former burial place of Mary, Queen of Scots in the South Aisle. She was buried there after her execution at Fotheringhay in 1587. Her son, James I, exhumed her body and re-buried her in Westminster Abbey in 1612 in a tomb which was grander than that of Elizabeth I who had sanctioned her execution.
We were shown some wonderful carvings which are Victorian and are in the manner of Pugin. One series tells the story of King Oswald who is supposed to have been blessed by Bishop Aiden for his generosity to the poor. The Bishop is purported to have declared ‘may this arm that has been so generous never perish’. Apparently Oswald’s arm did not wither when he died and for a long time it was kept in a jewelled casket, guarded by monks from a watchtower which still exists. However, by 1539 it had gone and no-one has ever solved the mystery of its disappearance.
The stained glass windows are wonderful and we were lucky that the sun shone through them during the whole of our visit so we saw the colours at their very best. In particular we were shown the beautiful windows created by the pre-Raphaelite artist, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, who amongst his many creative talents was also an excellent glassmaker.
Like all the great cathedrals in this country, the maintenance of the building is both vital and expensive. During our visit craftsmen from North Norfolk were working on parts of the Victorian mosaic floor in the Apse. The Apse is one of the oldest parts of the current church but the floor and furnishings, Italian influenced, were created in the 19th century.
We concluded our excellent visit with light refreshments.
Diary Dates: July 1st, Chairman’s Supper at Willow Cottage. 7pm. £5. Bring your own drink. August 5th, Felting Demonstration by Eve Marshall. (Slight cost possible).

Ufford Church Official Reopening
The Churches Conservation Trust invites you to celebrate the completion of conservation work at St Andrew’s Church, Ufford.
St Andrew’s has been saved for the nation by The Churches Conservation Trust, the leading national charity protecting historic churches at risk.
Join us at 11.00 am on Sunday 5th July, 2015 for the official reopening of the church.
Refreshments provided. Church open until 3pm for visitors.
St Andrew’s Church, Main Street, Ufford, Peterborough, PE9 3BH.
Please contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 01223 324442 for more information.
Barnack Bowls 200 Club
The winners for June are:
  6    Mike Cannon    £50
48    Terry Rawlings    £30
13    Steve Gyles    £20
33    Sally Hutchins    £10
Mike very kindly donated his winnings to the Club funds

Chelsea Flower Show
Congratulations to Sophie Allport of Bainton House who won 4 Gold Medals for her Trade Stand at this prestigious  event.  
This is a fantastic achievement as not many ‘Golds’ are given out over the 200 Trade Stands, so very well done to Sophie and her team.  MG

Ultrafast Broadband Update
After excruciating delays and set-backs, mainly caused by Peterborough City Council, the Gigaclear Ultrafast Broadband project that will benefit us all is now gaining pace with the Ufford cabinet installed and ready to go live hopefully by the time you read this news. A 7.5km spur to Marholm will then be started to link that village in.
Southorpe and the southern half of Barnack are fed from the Ufford cabinet so they will all go live at the same time. An email will go out to everyone in the Peterborough Vale area to invite them to the Ufford Village Hall to try out their own tablets and computers on the new service.
It is expected that work will then accelerate and continue via Barnack, Bainton and Tallington with another cabinet going live in Barnack before the rest of the villages in the next few months. As soon as more news is available it will go on the community website: ultrafastpeterboroughvale.info
A Warning: The BT Superfast service MAY become available in a few local areas beforehand. Anyone wishing to have that installed are reminded that there may be an early termination charge from BT if you want to change over to Gigaclear later. The BT service is also only nearly as fast as Gigaclear’s in one direction but for approximately the same price - you pays your money and makes your choice BUT long term Gigaclear is future-proof and up to 1Gbps not 72Mbps....
Thanks for your patience - it will be worth it!

Christian Aid Week 2015
The doorstep envelope collection from Bainton and Ashton realised £607.20 plus Gift Aid £133.02, a total of £740.22.
This is a fine result, made all the better by the readiness of donors to contribute. We can be sure there is joy in heaven because it is well known that the Lord loves a cheerful giver.
It is hoped that next year more villages in the benefice will take part. Anyone who feels even a little inclined to join the army of collectors should please pass their name to Rector Dave on 01780 740234 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Benefice Administrator Rachel Wright on 01780 144998.
Many hands make light work. John Tanner.

The Barnack Home Group.
The St. John’s Barnack Home Group will meet from 7.30-9.00pm on two Tuesdays in July: on the 7th and then on the 21st.  As usual, the meetings will be hosted by Liz Young and led by Mike Mills.  The new series is focused on “Encountering Jesus”: eight Bible characters with changed lives, four men and four women.  
Four of these characters have already been studied by the Group in May and June, and two more will be studied in July.  The Group will then have a break from the fortnightly meetings in August, and will resume in September. 
The Group has recently expanded with two new members, but space is still available if anyone else would like to join.  If you are interested, please contact Liz (tel. 740347) or Mike (tel. 740285) as soon as possible!

Informal Praise and Worship
St John the Baptist Church in Barnack and St Botolph’s Helpston will be hosting some informal evening services from now on.
When?- 6pm, usually on the 4th Sunday each month. Where? - In either Barnack or Helpston Church.
Who is it for? - Everyone – the young (secondary school age+), the young at heart and anyone who wants to worship in a more informal style with modern “Psalms, hymns and spiritual songs”
Why? - Although more formal liturgy and Victorian hymns have served us well, our culture has changed and there is just so much good worship and praise music that we can use in our services. Many people want to worship using the resources of the culture they are part of.
Anything else? - Yes. There will be some extended times of singing, of prayer, some interactive bits, video, Taize chants…
When does it start? – You’ve just missed the first one, held on 28th June at Barnack Church. The next one will be 26th July in Helpston Church.

Barnack Youth Club
Youth Club Calendar dates up to the end of the school year are as follows: 3rd and 17th July. We have a break over the Summer holidays and resume on Friday 11th September. We welcome all young people in school years 7-11 who live in Barnack, Bainton, Ashton, Southorpe, Ufford, Pilsgate and Wothorpe. There are plenty of activities to suit all; table tennis, pool/snooker, table football, an air hockey table, craft activities and tuck shop, the evening usually ends with team games. It’s £1 to get in + a bit extra for the tuck shop.
The recent taster session for current Year 5’s and Year 6’s was very successful with a good turnout and everyone had lots of fun.  We look forward to welcoming the current Year 6’s in September, please ensure you bring along completed membership forms, alternatively a parent can complete one when you come along to the first session.
Youth Club Calendar Dates for 2015-16 school year are as follows:- September 11th & 25th, October 9th & 23rd, November 13th & 27th, December 11th, January 8th & 22nd, February 5th & 26th, March 11th, April 15th & 29th, May 13th & 27th, June 10th & 24th and July 8th & 22nd.
For information or a membership form please call Kerrie Garner on 01780 740118.

Flower Arranging Meeting
On 3 June members enjoyed making a continental style arrangement under the guidance of Pat Ingham.
The next meeting on Wednesday 22 July will be held IN THE CHURCH at 2pm when we will create a pedestal arrangement with Ann Taylor as our tutor. On this occasion we hope to be able to provide a pedestal for everyone to use, but if you have one of your own you may like to bring it, together with a bulb bowl (or similar container) and 2 blocks of oasis or a jumbo block.  You will also need a selection of garden foliage including trailing ivy (or similar), large leaves (e.g. fatsia, begonia, hosta) and a variety of flowers with different shapes and forms which may include flowers from your garden or supermarket flowers.                       
If you are wishing to use a church pedestal and/or bowl please let Joan Laycock (01780 740267 – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or Ann Butland
(01780 740121 – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) know. This is important so that a pedestal/bowl will be available for you. 

Paper Deliverer Wanted in Bainton
Bainton needs someone to cover  Monday to Friday morning paper delivery,about 50 mins work each morning, £20/week, starting on Monday
6/7/15 for 8 weeks, although it could become permanent.
If anyone is interested would they please phone Drift Rd News, Stamford, on 751575 and ask for more details.

Bible Study and chat for Parents
Bible Study and chat for Parents with Children in Local Primary Schools Group: We meet in Ashton on the 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
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 series of services for Peace and Justice, with prayers, readings and discussion on worldwide issues.

The 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 at St Kyneburgha Church, Castor on Saturday mornings 10.00am-12.00 noon. Anybody who is interested in becoming a campanologist please contact Rachel Wright 07425 144998.

August Benefice Services
Advance notice: in August there will be weekly Benefice Communion Services on each of the five Sundays. The children at these services would be catered for with a separate activity.
The services would be at 10am and would rotate around the churches in the benefice.  Schedule to follow.

Bainton Pub Night
The next Bainton pub night will be on Friday 10th July 2015, at  Bainton Farmhouse, Tallington road, Bainton, courtesy of John and Mary Tanner. 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.

Village Ladies Group
We had an excellent meal at The Red Lion, Warmington, in June with 10 members attending.  Our next lunch has been arranged for 15 July, 12.30pm at The Hare & Hounds, Greatford.  Please call Joan (740 396) if you want to be included.

Men’s Breakfast
The next Men’s Breakfast will be 12th September, 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

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.

Messy Church with the Community Church 
Messy Church will be on 12th July, 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: 20th September, 11th October and 8th November.   To find out more please contact Julie Stanton 749123.

Social Media: Barnack Parish Council & Clubs & Societies
If you attended the recent Annual Village Meeting you may recall me outlining the Parish Council’s intent to explore new ways to share information with village residents.
Modern communication methods have significantly changed the way that people keep in touch with news and events. It has also dramatically improved the ability of organisations to engage with their desired audience.
The Parish Council always seeks to inform and consult with residents and as the village grows and lifestyles change this is proving ever-more challenging through our existing media routes. The reports presented by many of the clubs and associations at the Annual Village Meeting highlighted a desire to engage with the wider village community to recruit members, gain support for initiatives or increase attendance at events. It seems that many organisations share our challenge to find a consistent and effective means of reaching a wider audience. 
To address this the Parish Council’s intends to arrange a meeting where a group of our councillors can learn about the advantages of using electronic communications to build discussions and interaction with people within our village.  We’d like to invite you and / or members of your organisation to join us in the hope that we may be able to develop ideas together and share the benefits. The meeting will take the form of a workshop during which we’ll hear from people familiar with social media. We hope they will help us understand how the likes of Facebook, Twitter and other platforms can improve the effectiveness of our communications and consequently the success of our clubs, associations and organisations and in turn the enjoyment residents get from being part of the Barnack and Pilsgate community.
Please let me know as soon as possible if you’d like to be involved as we can then make the necessary arrangements.
Yours sincerely, Phil Broughton, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.