News & Events September 2015

sheepFriends of Barnack Hills and Holes:
Following the practical task of Ragwort pulling during August the Friends are hoping to organise with Natural England for a “Bats Walk and Talk” on the Hills and Holes. This is planned for one evening of the weekend 4th/5th/6th September. As this is significantly weather dependent we would ask that if you are interested you contact to register your interest by e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Those who do show an interest will be kept updated on the details.
We would like to provide a reminder that the sheep will again be present on the reserve from the end of September. Please visit the website (  later in the month for further details. These animals provide a very special service in helping to manage the reserve to encourage the profusion of flora and fauna we see during the spring and summer. Those who took part in the Ragwort pulling will testify that  keeping the vegetation under control would be a far more difficult task without them. In the past few years we have not had any serious incidents between dogs and sheep although a few incidents of disturbance and distress have been noted. We would therefore kindly remind all dog owners to continue to keep their dogs under strict control at all times whilst on the reserve and it is essential that, however well behaved they are, they are kept on leads in the paddock where the sheep are present. This helps ensure the sheep remain stress free and can continue to help manage the reserve for the benefit and enjoyment of all.

Bainton Pub Night
The next Bainton pub night will be on Friday 14th August 2015, at  Gamekeepers cottage , Ashton,  courtesy of Martin and Susie.  Normal Bainton pub rules apply, which are 7.30-9.30, bring your own drinks, glasses, nibbles, etc. everyone welcome.
Pub nights arranged to date are :
11th September- Nigel and Nicola - 2 Bainton gardens,Bainton
9th October- Michael and Irene , Hawthorn Farm, Ashton
Volunteers are still required to host pub night’s in November and December and all of next 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.
All the children and Mums, Grandmas, Dads and carers who together make Little Lambs Toddler Group so special.  Enjoy the summer holidays and welcome back for the autumn term starting on Tuesday 8th September.   Little Lambs is run by Barnack Community Church, please contact Melanie Clarkson 07792667563 for more details.

Bainton Harvest Festival Celebration
Please come along as we celebrate Harvest in
Bainton Parish Church
Sunday 27th September
5 o’clock followed by refreshments
If you would like to please bring along donations to our food bank appeal, non-perishable items thank you.

Carpet Bowls
The new season of Carpet Bowls will commence on Thursday 17th September at 7.30pm   and then the following Tuesday at 2.00pm.  New members are welcome to come to the Village Hall, try the game, and have a chat and a cup of tea/coffee and biscuits.  (Contact Pat on 01780 762538)

Barnack Bowls Gala
Another successful bowls Gala at Barnack
Barnack‘s August Gala day was another roaring success for the club drawing bowlers from Clubs far and wide with visiting teams from South Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Leicestershire adding to the normal strong turnout of local clubs who all praised the excellent conditions on the 6th August, the green was in perfect playing condition all due to the hard work of Mark Hammond the green keeper who has now looked after the facility for many years.
The day’s winners in First place were a Home team from Barnack skippered by Alan Rice, in second place Seagrave House a strong visiting team from Corby; it was a very close competition with not many points dividing the top four teams a good days bowling by all.
Catering was coordinated by Christine Goodwin & Adrienne Collins with a very willing team of helpers, who provided an excellent lunch for 100 players and guests with many complements from the visitors to the club for the first time.
Thanks should also go to the organisers of the day  Phil Collins , Roy Chowings and John Broadbent plus helpers for the smooth running once again of a major event.
Barack’s mid-week Gala days played traditionally in the first weeks of June and August each year are after many years a permanent fixture on many club calendars and a highlight of the Stamford area; we look forward to greeting many more clubs to next year’s events, dates will be published in the League handbook and web site.

The Buttercross Club
The Chairman’s Supper in July was held in the Reading Room. It was very well attended and was a thoroughly enjoyable, relaxing evening. The Committee prepared the main course buffet and club members provided a range of delicious desserts. The weather that evening was beautiful so we were also able to have Pimms outside in the sunshine before the supper.
The meeting in August, also in the Reading Room, was a felting demonstration by Eve Marshall. Eve comes from Boston in the USA and has lived in Aslackby for the past 5 years. She had been a primary school teacher but gave that up to concentrate on teaching felt making and on creating a vast range of items made from felt. She called felt making an ‘instant gratification craft’ and said anyone can achieve a finished item. She uses two kinds of felting technique, wet felting and needle felting. The quickest method is wet felting, which the Buttercross members were taught. They first made felt from Marino wool ( from New Zealand or Australian sheep), warm water and fairy liquid which provided the soap content.  They went on to produce a range of very colourful, pretty felt flowers. Needle felting is more laborious and can be dangerous as the needles are exceedingly sharp! Wool from British sheep is used for this type of felting as it is coarser in texture. Anyone who is interested in enjoying one of Eve’s craft workshops can get details of her classes on her website at  She also has exhibitions of her work and attends shows and craft fairs. For example, she will be at Stamford’s Georgian Festival on September 26th and 27th from 10am to 4pm each day.
Finally, many thanks to Jill Plant and Kitty Hardy for preparing the refreshments at Wednesday’s meeting and Sheila Bratley for her thanks to the Committee for their work.
Diary Dates
Wednesday, September 02, 2015: Visit to Helpston Garden Centre. 10% discount on purchases. Meet in the Reading Room car park at 10am so that lifts can be organised for people who need them. The visit starts at 10.15 am.
Wednesday, 07 October, 2015: Harvest Supper (open meeting) in the Reading Room. Tickets, priced at £10, will be on sale shortly. The Committee will be responsible for the main course but we are, as usual, asking for members to provide desserts. This year we are planning a dessert table so we are not sticking to the apple pie and trifle formula of the last few years. We thought we would aim for more variety! If you will help us out with a dessert please let us know. Telephone Anne or Georgina on 740136  and 740996 respectively.

Barnack Bowls 200 Club
The winners for August are:
  5    Geoff  Bell    £25
25    Doreen Walsh    £15
16    Jack Chung    £10
Parking in Barnack
The Parish Council receives many complaints about inappropriate parking in the village and is asking drivers to consider the consequences of leaving their vehicles in locations that are obstructive and sometimes against the law.
Examples are:
1.Cars parked on pavements, how can pedestrians and especially those with prams and push chairs continue their journey?
2.Cars parked too close to junctions, especially near the Church and on Main Street at the bottom of Bishops Walk.
3.Cars parked across residents’ driveways.
Because the rate of incidents is increasing, the Council is forced to take the matter to the Police and City Council Parking Enforcement.
Please, for the sake of your fellow road users and more importantly, pedestrians, think before you park.

Thank you to The Barnack Flower Arranging Group.
Gill and Paul Dawson would like to say a massive thank you to all members of the flower arranging group who worked so hard to create beautiful flower arrangements for Charlotte and David’s wedding on Saturday 15 August.
The flower arrangements were stunning and we received so many complimentary remarks. Thank you for contributing to a perfect day. The Dawson Family

VJ Day Commemoration
On Saturday 15 August at 18.00 the  Barnack and District Branch of the Royal British Legion held a very well-attended VJ Day Commemoration Service in St. Andrew’s Church at Ufford, the first service there since its reopening in July. On a beautiful sunny summer’s evening the Branch piper, Cameron Park, played as the congregation entered the church, with sunlight streaming through the windows. The Rev. Dave Maylor welcomed everyone and the service began with the singing of “Praise My Soul the King of Heaven.” Following a bible reading by Peter Hudson, Elizabeth Young explained the little-known origins of The Kohima Epitaph which has become a familiar feature of annual Remembrance Day services. In his address Dave Maylor reminded the audience of the sacrifice made by the “forgotten army” in the Far East and of the responsibility of subsequent generations, including our own, to ensure that their sacrifice was not in vain and to strive for a better and more peaceful world.
Charles Clark of the British Legion revealed that his studies had only revealed four men from the Barnack area who had been involved in the Far East campaign, Sid Tuck being the best known because of the re-telling of his experiences in the History of Barnack. Charles recalled how two of the four, including Sid, had been scheduled to be involved in the proposed attack to re-take Rangoon before it was cancelled with the dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan. He reflected on how his view on the morality of dropping the bombs had changed as he got older and how views generally of the Japanese people had changed over time and how he now enjoyed spending time with several Japanese friends.
Dave Maylor then offered prayers in memory of those who had fought and died in the Far East and in hope for a better world looking ahead.  After the congregation had sung “Who would true valour see,” Cameron Park played the lament “Pibroch” followed by a minute’s silence. Max Sawyer read the Kohima Epitaph and the branch standard was retrieved from the chancel steps and the standard bearer left the church followed by the piper. The congregation then assembled outside to watch a fly-past of a Tiger Moth and two Austers – one piloted by Peter Grist from Ufford – before being piped down to the White Hart where everyone enjoyed an evening of food, drink and convivial conversation with friends.  All who attended would like to thank The Barnack and District British Legion for all their efforts in organising such an excellent commemoration of the real end of the Second World War. KEITH LIEVESLEY    

Barnack Flower Group
Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 2nd September at 2.00pm in the Village Hall.
Please could you bring your choice of container and oasis, and a selection of greenery of different sizes and shapes and colours. Dates for your diary :- Friday 9th October at 2pm,  we will be decorating the Church for the Harvest Festival.
For more information please contact either Ann Butland 740121, or Joan Laycock on 740267.

Coffee Morning  Saturday 19th Sept
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!   

The St. John’s, Barnack Home Group.
We will resume meeting, after the summer break, on Tues 1st September, at the normal time of 7.30-9.00pm, and then on 15th September.  As usual, the meetings will be hosted by Liz Young and led by Mike Mills.  The current series of studies is focused on “Encountering Jesus”: eight Bible characters with changed lives, four men and four women. If you would like to join the Group, please contact Liz (tel. 740347) or Mike (tel. 740285).  All Welcome!  

Rugby World Cup on a Big Screen in Barnack.
Barnack Parish Church is organizing screenings of selected matches of the Rugby World Cup on a large TV screen in the Barnack Village Hall.
• Friday 18th Sept (8pm) England v. Fiji
• Saturday 26th Sept (8pm) England v. Wales
• Saturday 10th Oct (8pm) England v. Uruguay
• Saturday 17th Oct (4pm and 8pm) Quarter-Finals
• Sunday 18th Oct (4pm and 8pm) Quarter-Finals
• Saturday 24th Oct (4pm) Semi-Final
• Sunday 25th Oct (4pm) Semi-Final
• Friday 30th Oct (8pm) Bronze Final
• Saturday 31th Oct (4pm) Final
Tea/coffee and snacks will be provided.
The screenings are free of charge, but small donations would be appreciated to cover costs.
Please do come and join us!

Ultrafast Broadband goes live.
The Fastest Rural Broadband in the UK is HERE (in Ufford) and heading for your village NOW!
As anyone who has been outside recently, they can’t have helped but notice orange barriers everywhere with workmen digging up the roads and installing pots outside everyone’s houses - Ultrafast Broadband IS here with speeds between 50 and 1000Mbps up and down!
An open day is planned for 19th September in Ufford Village Hall so please bring your equipment along to see how fast it really can go without the limitation of copper wires! This true Fibre system really is Fibre To The Home not just Fibre To The Cabinet and then copper to the home (like BT) - slowing it down when you need it the most!
With the villages of Southorpe and Barnack (south) connected to the Ufford cabinet which went live early in August, residents can now request their installation from Gigaclear. The 7km spur from Ufford to Marholm should be finished - linking up with the work already completed in Marholm.
The rest of Barnack (with the exception of Uffington Road for a while) and Pilsgate will be connected shortly to the Barnack cabinet which will go live very soon. Customers are being contacted by Gigaclear or Boxcom for their installation slots now.
In Bainton, Ufford Road was completed recently as the works went to the village of Ashton which has now been completed. A revised route out of the village to Helpston has caused a slight delay as the new route goes near Bainton Green level crossing and complex traffic lights are required on the corner. Once complete, this fibre route will continue into Helpston via West Street.
The first Helpston fibres were laid in Heath Road before continuing down to the main road towards the Helpston cabinet which is expected to go by the bus stop. The rest of the village will then fan out from that to meet up with the link from West Street.
The Bainton cabinet has had the electrics put in and just awaits the fibre feed to come along the road from Barnack. Meanwhile work has started at the Bainton level crossing to come into the village from that end and Church Lane was completed on the 19th August. The rest of Bainton should be complete by the time this newsletter is published.
So that just leaves one village twiddling its thumbs waiting for Network Rail to allow the fibre link to go under the Bainton level crossing to Tallington. Well... better late than never! It WILL be worth it!
To those who haven’t yet signed up for this new broadband and telephone service please look at our local Broadband Champions website - and then contact Gigaclear if you want to join the rest of us getting the fastest broadband in the UK! (AND put the value of your property up by at least £5,000 according to the Daily Mail!) By having the optional phone service as part of the package your costs could be a lot less, as there are NO ongoing landline charges!
For those who still aren’t sure, the BBC East’s InsideOut program on September 7th will be showing the edited highlights of the August launch of the Gigaclear Broadband service from Ufford Village Hall.
Ken Otter 07761 452030

The Community Church
There are some changes for the Community Church.  From the beginning of September the chapel on Main Street will be closing and the formal arrangements between the Methodist Circuit and the Community Church will come to an end.   Later in the year the Stamford and Rutland Methodist Circuit will be holding a special closing service in the chapel.  Barnack Community Church will be continuing to meet for worship on Sundays in the School Hall, and the Coffee Stop and Men’s Breakfasts will be moving to Barnack Village Hall.  Please read the article below with all the details for the Coffee Stop in its new venue.  Little Lambs and Messy Church will continue as before.   As ever we warmly welcome you to our worship services, weekly activities and special events, please see the centre page of this magazine and the articles below for what is happening this month.
The Holiday at Home which took place on a sunny day in August went very well. We had a lovely lunch and afternoon cream tea, and there were craft activities and afternoon entertainment from singer songwriter Michael.   I think everyone who came along really enjoyed the day.     Julie Stanton, Elder

Messy BBQ Day
The Community Church will be having a family fun BBQ on Sunday 20th September starting at 12noon on the School playing field, with nice burgers and sausages and vegetarian alternatives.  There’ll also be fun crafts, games and activities too, all the kind of things we have each month at Messy Church and then about 2 o’clock in the School Hall a short celebration time with a bible story and worship songs, again showing what we do at Messy Church. 
We’d love you to join us, whether you have been to Messy Church before or not.  Children please do remember to bring mum and/or dad along too.  If you can please text beforehand, 07885563128, to say you are coming and numbers, that will help us get the right amount of food, but if you are not sure until the last minute please do come along anyway as there is bound to be plenty of food to go round!  More details from Julie Stanton, Barnack Community Church, 749123.
The Coffee Stop is moving to Barnack Village Hall
The Coffee Stop is moving to a new venue and new day.  The last Coffee Stop in the Community Chapel will be on Thursday 27th August.   In the following week there will not be Coffee Stop to give us a chance to get organised for setting up in the Village Hall.   Coffee stop will re-open on Friday 11th September in the side room of Barnack Village Hall. 
The same friendly team will be running the Coffee Stop serving cafetière coffee, a choice of teas, delicious homemade cakes and toasted teacakes, all at the same very reasonable prices.   We have been so pleased by the wonderful response to the Coffee Stop over the last year and we hope all our regular customers will be able to come along to the Village Hall on Fridays.  I
It would be lovely to welcome new customers too, so do come along and give it a try.    We will continue to have a play corner for little ones who come with mums and dads and grandparents.   Coffee Stop is open from 10am to 12.30, just drop in whenever suits you.  Run by Barnack 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. We will be returning after the summer holidays on 8th September. 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 short bible story and lots of songs with actions or musical instruments to play 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
The next Men’s Breakfast will be on 12th September at Barnack Village Hall at 8.30am. 
Do come and join us for a great full English breakfast cooked by Rob, in a friendly, welcoming and relaxed atmosphere.  This month there will be a short talk as usual after the breakfast, and there are speakers lined up for the following months too.  You can just come along on the day but a quick call to Rob Porter 740663 beforehand helps to ensure there is plenty of sausages and bacon for everyone! 
Organised by Barnack Community Church.  Dates for the rest of the year:  10th October, 7th November and 5th December.

Thank you from Peter Sindall
Everybody enjoyed my 65th Birthday party and £785 was raised for Dementia UK. Thank you so much.
Mum would have been proud. Peter

Rugby World Cup:  Bainton Pub Nights
Live on a big screen at the reading room
First round matches
Friday 18th September England v FIJI
Saturday 26th September England v WALES
Saturday 3rd October England v AUSTRALIA
Saturday 10rd October England v URUGUAY
All first round matches : Doors open 7.00 :  K.O. 8.00 p.m.
Quarter finals, Semi finals, and Final
Showings to be announced when teams are known       
Bring your own refreshments glasses etc. as for normal Pub Night
Admission/Donation £3.00 per match on the door
Proceeds to Reading Room and Bainton Church

Quiz Night Ufford Village Hall
Friday 25th September, 7.30pm for 8pm start
Tickets £10 per person, includes Fish & Chip supper, BYO
Maximum 6 people per team. Tickets to be bought in advance.
Please call or email Emma:
07769 587 742
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Village Ladies
Our next get-together will be at The Wagon & Horses PH Langtoft on 16 September at 12.30pm.  Please contact Joan if you haven’t already done so, and would like to come (740 396).

Barnack Youth Club
Barnack Youth Club has a break over the Summer holidays and resumes 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, 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.
We look forward to welcoming the new Year 7’s, 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 further information or a membership form please call Kerrie Garner on 01780 740118.

Justice and Peace
The Islamic State (IS), Boko Haram, Al-Shabab and Al Qaeda continue to threaten world peace and although some governments have reported modest success in dealing with them new groups continue to arise.
The problem that currently claims the headlines is migration. The topic is disconcerting because it is difficult to discern a common view. Hardliners want the unfortunate aspirants sent back where they came from. Soft hearts take them into their homes. The rest are baffled, especially in forming an attitude to people who risk everything to travel thousands of miles in search of a better life. It has been estimated  that already 2000 would-be migrants have been drowned in the Mediterranean having paid outrageous sums to unscrupulous boat owners. And yet some migrants are welcome if they can staff our hospitals or enhance the productivity of our industry and commerce.
Some of these migrants are fleeing persecution, often promoted by their home state. Sudan is particularly intolerant. Recently two Christian pastors visited a church which was feeling the weight of oppression. Their purpose was to bring comfort and yet they were arrested and accused of undermining the constitution and waging war against the state. They are soon to be put on trial and could face the death penalty.
 There are signs that the fanatical attitudes of some Muslims are infecting Hinduism. India is a secular state and the Constitution of 1950 guarantees freedom of religion. For many years, the country has been generally tolerant, with several religions existing side by side.
More recently a tendency has arisen in political circles to seek to regard Hinduism as a national religion. A specific term, Hindutva, has been coined to describe this attitude which has been gaining ground since the BJP party was elected only last year. In the first 300  days of BJP rule, to March this year, 168 incidents of violence against Christians have been recorded. Five of the 28 Indian states had already brought in local laws reflecting the Hindutva ideology. These are anti-conversion laws forbidding conversion to any religion other than Hinduism. Foremost among these is Orissa where, for example, at Christmas in 2007 mobs burnt 95 churches to the ground along with 730 houses occupied by Christians. A pastor whose house was demolished was forced to re-locate and not allowed back unless he denied Jesus Christ. He now practises his ministry in another town. A sixth state is currently poised to implement an anti-conversion law.
This mismatch between national law and radical feeling may or may not endure but will be difficult to contain. A gruesome example from Egypt, involving an incident reported in this column earlier this year, is a painful illustration. It concerns young Christian Egyptians who were beheaded by IS when working in Libya. Of these, thirteen came from one village and after a visit from the Egyptian Prime Minister, it was reported that the families of the victims had declared “we forgive the killers.” Since then, following permission given by the Egyptian President to build a Christian church in the village, Muslim residents went on the rampage shouting “no church will be built on this ground.” Several Christians were wounded, three of them seriously.
A bizarre situation has arisen in Ukraine, where politicians are shamelessly exploiting religion in that polarised country. In the east, the Russian Orthodox church is upheld and violence meted out to all protestant churches resulting in death, injury and theft. In the west, Russian Orthodox churches have been attacked. The country east and west, is in dire straits and in need of some sort of international solution.
Another divided country is Korea which was liberated from the Japanese seventy years ago. It was one country then and both North and South celebrate Independence Day on 15th August, the date of their liberation. This was swiftly followed by a struggle between a Communist backed North and an American led South culminating in the division of the country. Ironically, in the days of the Japanese occupation people moved freely about the whole country. Now Christians on both sides of the border focus on Independence Day with prayers to return to that state.
On a happier note, there is encouraging news from Cuba. This column has reported on the volume of religious freedom violations, 170 in the first half of 2014. The current negotiations surrounding the US intention to restore diplomatic relations have brought the religious community into the process. The general secretary of the World Council of Churches has commented “the new Cuba-US rapprochement was a sign on our pilgrimage of justice and peace: a sign that despite long and bitter divisions, peace and reconciliation is always possible.”
Happily again, the charity Freedom from Torture, which provides treatment and rehabilitation for victims of torture brought to the UK from all parts of the world, has secured access to Manchester United FC facilities. Torture survivors attend the training ground to receive coaching from the club’s staff, playing on the pitch used by the Premier League team for this purpose. One Afghan survivor has had an approach to join the Manchester United Academy.
Finally, at the same time that the nation is celebrating the activity at Runnymede 800 years ago when King John was obliged to defer to his barons, our Parliament is vigorously debating a proposed ‘British Bill of Rights’ in place of the Human Rights Act. Much of this will be above our heads but we should at least value the passion that continues to endure after eight centuries, bearing out the wise words, often quoted, “the price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” The comedian Tony Hancock put it this way: Magna Carta, did she die in vain? Evidently not. Praise God.
The Wednesday meetings that focus on the title Justice and Peace are currently in recess. They will resume on Wednesday 23rd September at Bainton Church at 6.30pm. This is a Benefice event. Everyone welcome.
John Tanner

The ‘100’ Club Draw took place at the White Hart and the winners were -
£50    No.52    Lisa King, London
£25    No.44    T. Starmer, Orton
£20    No.13    B. Hall, Baston
£15    No. 6    J. Clifton, Peterborough
£10    No.70    Mrs. A. Corder, Southorpe
£10    No. 2    N. Cole, Alwalton
£10    No.27    Mrs. I. Mason,    Deeping St. James

EXCITING UPDATE! Gigaclear is Live!
We are thrilled to announce that Ufford has been connected to the Gigaclear network and is officially live!
We would like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who was involved in the successful launch of our ultrafast fibre broadband service.
We are inviting you to come along to our Demonstration Day to find out exactly when your property will go live and to ask us any questions you may still have. On the day, bring your devices along and test the speeds for yourself- you’ll be amazed!
See you all there!
Event Details:
Where: Ufford Village Hall, Main Street, Ufford, Stamford, PE9 3BH
When: Saturday 19th September at 7:30pm- 9:30pm
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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

Civic Awards
Peterborough City Council launched its annual Civic Awards this month to recognise residents, groups, organisations and businesses who have made a real difference to their local community.
The council is asking people to nominate individuals or groups they think deserve to be recognised for their efforts and achievements.
The categories for the awards are as follows:
Young Person
Lifetime Achievement
Community Involvement
Contribution to Art and Culture
Contribution to Sport
Anyone can nominate a resident, group, organisation or business within the city for an award as long as the nominee meets the criteria for that award.
Nomination forms are available to download on the council’s website,, from the Town Hall reception, or by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The closing date for nominations is 5pm on Friday, 30 October 2015. Nominations should be emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or posted to Danielle Wright, Civic Awards, Governance Department, Peterborough City Council, Town Hall, Peterborough, PE1 1HG.
Following the closing date all nominations will be passed to the Honours Panel which will meet in November 2015 to draw up a shortlist of finalists and select the winner of each award category.
The winners of the Civic Awards will be announced at the Council meeting on 9 December 2015. Winners will be presented with awards at a Civic Award ceremony in February 2016.