News & Events October 2015

rugbyRugby 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.
• 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 31st 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!

The Buttercross Club
On Wednesday, 2nd September, members of Buttercross visited Helpston Garden Centre where we received a warm welcome from John Broadhead and his staff. There were 17 of us and we had light refreshments before we assembled for a talk by John and a question and answer session rather like “Gardeners’ Question Time” on Radio 4! 
John told us that in autumn in the garden cleanliness is next to Godliness and it is the time of year to tidy up in readiness for winter and to make preparations for spring planting. It is also the time to plant out good quality bulbs for a spring display of daffodils and tulips. His bulbs are purchased from Taylors Growers and they use a seven year crop rotation which enables them to produce particularly strong bulbs.
Using riddles, bulbs are graded from 1 to 5. A ‘1’ bulb may not flower for two years but a ‘5’ will flower in its first year of planting. We were advised that if the bulb grows blind ie: without producing flowers, we should leave it in as it may well go on to produce flowers in subsequent years. The bulbs do need a granular feed which can be purchased at garden centres.
John also mentioned the importance of layering bulbs, for example daffodils then tulips, so when one display of flowers is over another takes its place. It is also a good time of year to plant succulents. They require a gritty, peaty soil if they are to be planted in pots. You need to make up your own grit mixture (which can include ground up bark).  Use rain water not tap water when watering them.
Most Buttercross members are enthusiastic gardeners and this was apparent from the many questions John was asked. When quizzed on how to avoid insect/slug damage etc. he pointed out that a great deal can be done by encouraging certain wildlife whose diets include some of the pests which cause problems. For example, hedgehogs eat slugs. 
For those amongst us who would like a lower maintenance garden or who have a particularly large garden John pointed out that growing roses can involve less work.  One can use bug or mildew spray to prevent/cure leaf curl and washing up liquid, diluted, also helps. Someone asked about fruit trees and John said that there are now several varieties of trained fruit trees, such as espalier trees, which, when grown against a wall or sturdy fence, take up less room and look very attractive. You can also grow fruit trees in containers and they will need feeding twice a year but not from September to February. He concluded by stressing the importance of February in the gardening calendar. It may be a very cold month but it is also the period during which the gardener should start preparing for spring and summer planting, commence pruning of existing plants and so on.
John was warmly thanked for his talk and his helpful answers to our questions.
Diary Dates: Harvest Supper on Wednesday, 7th October. 7 for 7.30pm in Bainton Reading Room. Tickets £10 to include a free glass of wine.
Telephone Anne Harrison-Smith on 740136 or Georgina Beresford on 740996 for tickets. Members and guests warmly welcomed.
4th November: The Nene Valley Care Trust.

Bainton Pub Night
The next Bainton Pub Night is on Friday 9th October at Hawthorn Farm, Ashton, courtesy of Michael and Irene.  Normal Bainton Pub Rules apply.  The next organised pub night is on:
Friday 11th December at Bainton House, Bainton-courtesy of Chris and Sophie. 
Volunteers are still required to host the Pub night on Friday 13th November
To volunteer to host a pub night or to go on a list to be informed of future pub nights, contact Rob on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Booking adverts in the Parish News
A big thank you to Helen Bavister for volunteering to organise the advertising in the Parish News.
Anyone wishing to book an advert should now contact Helen on 07739456879 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
You may also contact her through the Parish News website:

Barnack Bowls 200 Club
The winners for September are:
 89    Barry Davis    £25
 27    Brian Walsh    £15
 61    Peter Holt    £10

The Acres Christmas Fete
The Acres & Little Northfields Barnack Christmas Fete at 2.00pm to 4.00pm. on 28th November in the Community Hall The Acres. With the following :Craft Stall, Tombola,Raffle,Cake Stall,Tea/Coffee,and maybe other Stalls.

Evening Prayer Group:
Evening Prayer Group meets every Monday at 6.00pm at St John the Baptist Church, Barnack.

Flower Arranging.
Our next meeting will be to organise the flowers for the Harvest Festival  in Church on Friday 9th October 2015 at 2pm. We will be using the normal harvest colours leaves,and fruits and if you would like flowers please bring these too. We have not allocated who will do any pedestals but people can decide what they would like to do.
Dates for your diary;- Saturday October 31st at 9.30 - 12.00 we will be having a workshop to make things to sell at the Christmas Coffee morning Cost £ 5,00.
We would ask that you bring wool, buttons, a stick and oasis or any other Xmas decorations.  We hope to make crackers, cone trees, rings etc.  This will be a fun morning with friends.

Children’s Church at St John the Baptist Church:
Children’s Church meets on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Sunday of every month, during the service in St John the Baptist Church, Barnack. Children of all ages welcome.

The Barnack Home Group:
The Barnack Home Group meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month during term time. It is from 7.30pm – 9.00pm and is hosted by Liz Young and is led by Mike Mills. If you would like to join the group please contact Rachel Wright.

Morning Prayer:
Morning Prayer will normally be said on Wednesdays at 8.30am at St John the Baptist Church, Barnack.
Bible Study and chat for Parents with Children in Local Primary Schools
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

All Age Praise Service: 
A service is held in St John the Baptist Church, Barnack every 4th Sunday at 11.00am. This service is especially for families and their children and is not a communion service.

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

Coffee Morning  Saturday  17th October 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!       

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Barnack Youth Club
We have had a fantastic start to the new school year, with many new and old members coming along to our first session on 11th September. We welcome all young people in school years 7-11 who live in Barnack, Bainton, Ashton, Southorpe, Ufford, Pilsgate and Wothorpe.
We are a friendly bunch and new comers soon make friends. There are plenty of activities to suit all; outdoor games, 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.

Staff Required for Home from Home out of school club based in Barnack School
As the school has expanded our out of school cub has grown.
We are looking for a special person who enjoys the company of children and the outdoors.
We are a voluntary run parent committee with paid staff. We need to expand our team.
We are open
Monday-Friday Breakfast club 7.45am-9.00am
Monday – Friday 3.20-6.00pm.
We are looking for relief staff of which could lead to a permanent positon.
Please phone Susie Caney on 07747033990  for further details

The Community Church
At the beginning of the month we are off to Bretton Baptist Church for the believer’s baptism of Rose Dunn.  We would be delighted for friends from the community to join us for this very special event, Sunday 4th October 6pm.  Bretton Baptist Church is in Copeland, South Bretton, Peterborough, PE3 6YJ.   We won’t be meeting at Barnack School on that day. 
To find out more about what’s happening this month at Barnack Community Church please see the centre pages of this magazine or please ring our elder, Julie Stanton on 749123.

The Coffee Stop is moving to Barnack Village Hall
Coffee Stop has got off to a good start in its new venue in the smaller side room at Barnack Village Hall.  If you have not been to Coffee Stop before, do come along and give it a try. 
We serve cafetiere coffee, homemade cakes, scones and toasted teacakes all at very reasonable prices.  We have the room all set out like a proper coffee shop.   There’s a play corner for little ones who come with mums and dads and grandparents.   Coffee Stop is open from 10am to 12.30, every Friday, just drop in whenever suits you.  A warm, friendly welcome awaits.  
Run by Barnack Community Church - please ring Joyce Murray 740114 if you want to find out more.

Messy Church with the Community Church
Messy Church will be on Sunday 10th October at 4pm in the School Hall, Barnack.  As always there will be lots of different fun things to do and make, this time helping us to find out about the bible character Hannah.  
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 and sing some songs. 
Afterwards everyone is invited to stay for a light meal all together, make your own sandwiches with cheese, cold meats, salad, dips and nice bread or maybe homemade soup (if the days are getting cooler) followed by fruit and a homemade cake and a good chat.   
Everyone very welcome, we will be delighted to see you.  To find out more please contact Julie Stanton 749123.

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, so no session on the 27th October.  
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 10th October 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:  7th November and 5th December.