News and Events from November 2015

children's societyThe Children’s Society
The Children’s Society works to build a better childhood for every child. If you are looking for an easy way to help children, or somewhere to put your loose change, why not support us with your own house collection box. Please call Catharine Wright on 740929 if you are interested in making a real difference to the vulnerable children that we support. Boxes are emptied annually in January - even small amounts help. Thanks

Refugee Appeal
The congergation of St John the Baptist Church in Barnack supported the appeal organised by the Green Backyard in Peterborough, for clothes and goods for refugees at Calais.
Many, many thanks to everyone who donated men’s clothing, wellingtons, trainers, tarpaulins, sleeping bags, blankets and toiletries. It was a great response.
The volunteers from the Green backyard took all these items and much more donated by people all over Peterborough, to Calais.
They also took with them “Rocket Stoves” which are a resourceful way of giving the refugees the ability to cook a hot meal.
You may read about the trip and see pictures on the Parish News website:
Click the “read more” link on the home page to see more pictures.
The congregation also took a collection and was able to donate £240 to World Vision’s Syrian Refugee Crisis Appeal. World Vision is working with refugees in the area, providing baby packages, support to lactating mothers and pregnant women as well as general hygiene items and clean water. They have also set up safe places for children to rest and be fed in safety. .
You can read more about this appeal and donate personally here:

Christmas in Ufford  
A children’s Christmas party will be held in Ufford Village Hall on Sunday 13th December from 3-4.30 followed by children’s tea at The White Hart. Disco, Santa, Games £4 per child. Please book tickets in advance. Call or email Emma 07769587753 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Carol Singing
Saturday 19th December Carol singing in the village. Please meet at the village Hall at 5pm . Tractor and trailer in attendance! Finishing at The White Hart at approximately 7pm. Please come and join us! Bring torches.
Lessons and Carols
Sunday 20th December. Lessons and carols in St Andrew’s church at 5pm Nativity tableau. Refreshments afterwards in the village hall. Please come and support this.

The 40’s Home Front Remembrance Sunday Tea Dance
Amanda and Steve of “The 40’s Home Front” would like to invite you to their Remembrance Sunday Afternoon Tea Dance at Peakirk Village Hall (PE6 7NG  opposite the Ruddy Duck pub) on Sun 8th November.  2.30pm til 5.00pm, £3 on the door to include free tea and coffee, or feel free to bring your own.  We will be playing period music to suit all dance styles including ballroom,  swing, lindy hop and communal dances such as St. Bernard’s Waltz, Valeta etc.  No obligation to dance -  you are very welcome to just come and enjoy the music, however if you are tempted to have a go we can provide basic guidance.  Any enquiries 01733 252209, find The 40’s Home Front on Facebook, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Come and wear your poppy with pride

... Gigaclear - is near ...
Traffic lights in Bainton - holes in the road,
Cones along the verges - next to my abode.
Yellow diggers digging - grinders ‘a’ grinding,
Big coils of cable - slowly unwinding.
Men in bright jackets - safety hats in place,
Working at the weekend - is this a race?
What’s it all about - when will it come clear?
Ultra modern living - cause Gigaclear is near!

How is your broadband - faster then than mine,
And your connection - when you go on line,
How many gigabytes - make up a zeltabyte?
If we could count that far - it would be alright.
Does your computer - drive you to despair? 
How about your hard drive - tearing out your hair.
Does your iPad listen - does it ever cheer?
Ultra modern living - cause Gigaclear is near

We may not understand - it’s all Greek to me,
IAN will sort it out - I’m not a geek you see.
He knows his onions - apps. and downloads too,
His Apple and his router - help for me and you.
Bainton’s  being updated - moving right ahead,
We’ll all be super-fast - improving our street cred,
Let’s all be friends  - there’s nothing else to fear,
Ultra modern living - cause Gigaclear is near!

Barnack & District Branch, Royal British Legion
Remembrance Sunday 8 Nov - 1000 Service in Barnack Church, then 1045 at the War Memorial.
Armistice Day Wednesday 11 Nov - Act of Commemoration 1045 at the War Memorial.
All, of course, are very welcome at both events.

Barnack Bowls 200 Club
The winners for October are:
 59    Paul Buckley        £25
 42    Jane Elwood        £15
 41    Tom Elwood        £10

The Buttercross Club
The annual Harvest Supper was on Wednesday, 7th 0ctober in Bainton Reading Room. There was a wonderful atmosphere with 51 people from the local area having purchased tickets. The general consensus was that the supper, prepared by the Buttercross Club Committee, was delicious.
We are very grateful to Sheila Bratley for stepping in to help the committee organise the food and to host her table because of the indisposition of one of our committee members, and to Janette Abbott-Donnelly, Jill Plant and Roe Yates for agreeing to host their tables and generally to help us out.
Thanks must also go to those people, not just Buttercross members but also friends from the village, who provided us with an array of superb desserts - pies, trifles, roulade, cheesecake, pavlova, Delia’s chocolate bread and butter pudding and lashings of cream! Coffee and chocolate mints followed.
We were entertained at the end of the meal by the Bainton Bards, Tony Gower and Chris Harrison-Smith.
Thanks to Roe Yates for taking charge of the raffle which proved as popular as ever.
Diary Dates
4th November: The Nene Valley Care Trust
9th December: Seasonal Celebrations

The Barnack Parish Home Group.
The Barnack Parish Home Group meets on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, from 7.30-9.00pm. 
The meetings are hosted by Liz Young and led by Mike Mills.  So far this year, we have had two series of studies, the first on each of the 12 disciples, and the second on eight “encounters” with Christ. 
The new series is about to start and will be on “Christian Disciplines”.   We now have about 15 members in the group, but there is always space for more! 
If you would like to join the Group, please contact Liz (tel. 740347) or Mike (tel. 740285). 
We would be delighted to welcome you!

Christmas Craft Morning
Saturday 5th December 2015 10.00am – 12.00noon at Barnack Church
Come and join us for creative fun for children, there will be art and craft activities based on the Nativity. Children need to be accompanied by an adult, tea, coffee and refreshments are available. For further details please contact Rev Dave Maylor 740234 or Allison Alexander 749110
The Light Party.
There will be a Light Party in the Barnack Village Hall from 6-30-8.00pm on Saturday October 31st.  This is for children aged 5-12 years, and will include food, games, crafts and lots of fun! 
It’s an alternative to Hallowe’en, so no Hallowe’en costumes please!  Application forms are available from the Benefice Administrator, Rachel Wright, on 07425-144998, or from Revd Dave and Kim Maylor (07584-469059).

‘Jingle all the Way’
Barnack Flower Group open evening will be on Wednesday 2nd December, 2015 in Barnack Village Hall.
Join us for a demonstration of Christmas arrangements by Pam Ingham, NFWI Flower Arranging Judge, NAFAS Area Demonstrator and member of Werrington Flower Club.
Mulled wine (or non-alcoholic alternative) and nibbles will be served from 7 pm.
Demonstration will commence at 7.30 pm. To avoid disappointment please buy your tickets early at £5.00 each from Joan Laycock (740267), Lyn Huckerby (740342)
or Ann Butland (740121).

Bainton/Ashton  Pub Night
The next Bainton/Ashton Pub Night is on Friday 13th November at Gamekeepers Cottage, Ashton, courtesy of Martin and Susie.  Normal Pub Rules apply.  The next organised pub night is on:
Friday 11th December at Bainton House, Bainton-courtesy of Chris and Sophie. 
Volunteers are required to host the Pub nights throughout next year
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.

Friends of Barnack Church 200 Club
Recent winners were,
£20      No.155      A.Alexander
£10      No. 79       B.Davies
£5        No.189      P.Hudson
£20      No. 39       P.Knights
£10      No.96        P.Sindle
£5        No.136      D.Gilbert

Stamford Street Pastors
If you have ever ventured into Stamford on a Saturday night you may have spotted a small group of blue-uniformed volunteers and wondered who they are.
The Stamford Street Pastors have been patrolling the town every Saturday night for over four years now.  Their motto is to ‘help, care, listen’ and this is exactly what they do.
Street Pastors are a national and inter-denominational Church response to urban problems; engaging with people on the streets late at night.  Set up locally with support from Lincolnshire Police and South Kesteven Council their presence has seen a rapid reduction in late night crime and ambulance call outs.
On a practical level the trained volunteers provide water to the inebriated, help find taxis for the vulnerable and provide flip flops to partied out girls who are at risk of cutting their feet.  Their role goes much deeper than that by providing reassurance to exasperated parents that their youths have someone keeping an eye out.  The Street Pastors will listen and provide advice to anyone they encounter.  There is absolutely no judgement or condemnation but in taking the time to care for and listen to upset, angry or vulnerable people they are providing the best preventative care possible for this late night community.
The team are all Christian but are not evangelical; there is also a prayer team back at base who support them as they take to the streets.
If you would like to find out more, get involved, or donate to this local charity please email for more information This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Village Ladies Group
We will be visiting the John Clare Cottage, Helpston, for a light lunch on 11 November at 12.30 pm. 
Will you please let Joan know of your menu requirements by Fri 6 Nov. 
Also, a reminder of our Xmas lunch on 2 December at 12.30 pm at The Red Lion, Warmington.  Menu selection and £5 deposit by 27 November please  (740 396).

Ref Gigaclear
It maybe worth an taking advice from an expert, but from the limited experience of an amateur:
The router Gigaclear provide only works on a 2.4 Ghz freq.  This is good for range but not for speed - our cabled 93 Mbps dropped to a miserable 21 Mbps over wifi.
We plugged their router into our own dual frequency (2.4 and 5 Ghz) router and the speed only dropped to about 60 Mbps.
The bottom line is that people may be disappointed with their Titanium-24 router which is a bit basic.  Gigaclear should be providing the -48 instead.  So people are paying for 100 and getting near that using cables, but only achieving 20 ish using wifi.
I phoned them to grumble and to see if I could upgrade. No luck, I’m afraid.
David Court

Barnack Church Christmas Coffee Morning
Saturday 21st November 2015 10.00am to 12noon. Just a reminder to invite you to come to the Barnack Church Christmas Coffee Morning. Various stalls will be offering cakes, Christmas gifts, greeting cards, candles, jewellery etc. Tea, coffee and mince pies will be there for you to enjoy and give you a chance to meet with friends. There will also be a Raffle. 

Ufford Village Bonfire
Please join us for a family friendly Bonfire Night celebration on Sunday 8th November, 5pm - 7pm.
North Lodge, Ufford.
Hot Dogs & Refreshments. Bring your own sparklers.
On foot - use main drive entrance to house. For parking, please use Clay lane entrance.
If you have garden waste / wood suitable for the bonfire, please take to Jim at North Lodge.

The Coffee Stop in Barnack Village Hall
Coffee Stop is on Friday mornings in Barnack Village Hall.   Do come along and give it a try.  Why not pop in before or after a walk around the hills and holes?  Or use it as a place to meet up with friends?  Or come in for a chat with the friendly folk who run the Coffee Stop.  
A warm welcome awaits for everyone.   We serve cafetière coffee, lovely homemade cakes, scones and toasted teacakes all at very reasonable prices.  We have the room all set out like a proper coffee shop and there’s a play corner for little ones who come with mums and is like a café, just drop in whenever suits you. 
Run by Barnack Community Church - please ring Joyce Murray 740114 to find out more.

Messy Church with the Community Church
This month’s Messy Church will be on Sunday 8th 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 gather together for a celebration time with a Bible story and songs.  Afterwards everyone is invited to stay for a light meal, this month it is likely to be homemade soup (as the days are getting cooler) followed by fruit and cake and plenty of time for a good chat.   
Everyone very welcome, we will be delighted to see you.  To find out more please contact Julie Stanton 749123.

Men’s Breakfast
The next Men’s Breakfast will be on 7th November in Barnack Village Hall at 8.30am.  Do come and join us for a full English breakfast cooked by Rob, in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.  Last month after the breakfast,
Martin Bloom gave a fascinating talk about his job as a solicitor and part time judge.  This month too there will be a short talk after the food.    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.  Next date for your diary 5th December.

Little Lambs
Little Lambs is a lovely, welcoming toddler group which takes place each Tuesday during term time, from 10am -12noon, 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 short bible story and lots of songs with actions 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.
A huge thank you to Louisa Gregory for being part of the Little Lambs team over the last year – all your efforts have been greatly appreciated! Little Lambs is run by the Community Church – for further details please contact Melanie Clarkson 07792667563.

Justice and Peace
by John Tanner. Consider two events, two thousand years apart:
1. Caius Pliny was a Roman aristocrat, as cultured and humane as any in his time. He was present, aged 19, at the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD and wrote an account of it. Some 30 years later he was governor of the province of Bithynia, part of present day Turkey.
One problem he faced was the presence of Christians who were growing rapidly in numbers. There was no systematic persecution at this time but the Government was concerned because it was wary of people assembling in large numbers for whatever reason. Also, the rise of any particular cult at the expense of others was seen as destabilising and there was disaffection among traders who were disgruntled through loss of business  in the shape of sacrificial animals and the like, not to mention traditionalists uncomfortable with change.
Where Christians were vulnerable was in the consensus that no worship should be permitted at the expense of the person of the Emperor. In this atmosphere individual Christians could be and were denounced by anyone who felt a strong enough need. And the penalty was death.
Pliny records in a letter to the Emperor, Trajan, that his practice when Christians are brought before him is to give them a chance to recant and to pay homage to an image of the Emperor. They are given three opportunities to comply, being warned severely each time of the consequences if they refuse. “Those who persist I order to be beheaded”.
2. A recent incident recorded by The Barnabas Fund: School-girl and pastor’s daughter, Monica, was amongst the group of 276 girls kidnapped in Chibok by Boko Haram last year. While others submitted to being forcibly converted to Islam, Monica refused. To punish her, the Boko Haram militants dug a hole, buried her up to her neck and stoned her to death. Her father said recently, “To die for the sake of Christ - that’s the happiest thing for me. I’m grateful she did not change her religion”. Monica’s mother added, “Monica is now in heaven because she refused to convert”.
I feel inadequate to comment on these two items. Perhaps it is a topic that could be discussed at a meeting of the Justice and Peace Group. 6.30 PM, Bainton church, each Wednesday. Everyone welcome.

Gigaclear - Outage Warning
Gigaclear have been advised by their National main trunk network provider that they need to perform important maintenance to their network infrastructure that will require outages which will affect local service. These necessary works will be performed overnight on Tuesday the 27th October from 00:00 am to 05:00 am.  During this time you will experience loss of service for a two hour period in this window.
Customer Action Needed:
No action should be required to recover your service. However if you have no service after 05:00 am, please reboot your router (turn off the power at the socket, wait 40 seconds, turn on again).
What if I have a problem?
We are not expecting anyone to have a problem after this work. However, if you do experience any issues please contact Gigaclear Customer Support on 01865 591131, or via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Christmas Decorations - Ufford Village Hall
Ufford Village Hall is in need of some more Christmas Decorations. If you have any old decorations (in good condition!), please donate them to us.
Contact Emma 07769 587 742. Thank you!

Christmas Services for your Diary
Sunday 20th December
Carol Service 4.00pm at St John the Baptist Church, Barnack
Carol Service 5.00pm at St Mary’s Church, Bainton
Christmas Eve
Crib Service 4.00pm at St John the Baptist Church, Barnack
Midnight Communion Service 11.30pm at St John the Baptist Church, Barnack
Christmas Day 2015
Christmas Morning Communion 9.00am at  St Mary’s Church, Bainton
All Age  Christmas Communion 10.15am at St John the Baptist Church, Barnack