News & Events December 2015

Barnack Carol Service - Extra Voices welcome

extra voices wanted

Do you enjoy singing? Then please do consider swelling the ranks of Barnack Church Choir for the Christmas Carol Service on December 20th.  There are no auditions, no requirement to read music and no long-term commitment needed. All  you’ll  need to do is to  be able to hold a note and attend the practices held in Barnack Church from 6.30-7.30pm each Thursday (that’s  just  five evenings in total).  We welcome all-comers, of all ages from 9 to 99 and from all of the villages (not just Barnack).  If you’ve thought before about joining a choir but been too shy, this is the ideal opportunity to try it out - just have fun and contribute!  Contact Liz Young  or call David Chadwick on 740893 for more information.

Response to Gigaclear Router Quality Issue
In response to the complaint about the quality of the router provided with the basic home kit from Gigaclear (that will satisfy the vast majority of residential users), this is an extract from pages 6 & 7 of the Gigaclear Welcome Guide.
Ultrafast broadband WiFi performance can be improved with the use of a WiFi extender. Your Gigaclear router supports the (802.11n) WiFi standard which means it can upload and download wirelessly at up to 150Mbps in each direction. WiFi performance is affected by many factors which have an impact on where you should install your router.
a: Location of router relative to the use throughout your property
Your Gigaclear router provides ultrafast broadband connectivity using 2 methods to connect to the Internet. When deciding where to install your router bear in mind which devices you want to connect and how you want to connect them (WiFi or Wired). To get the best performance you should connect using one of the 4 Ethernet ports at the bottom of the router. These ports are Gigabit Ethernet ports and will run at 10Mbps,100Mbps, or 1000Mbps. The type, age and use of your devices will make a big difference to the speed you get from your Gigaclear service. Most modern devices are WiFi capable now and can connect using the router’s built in WiFi.
b. Type of device
The Gigaclear router supports multiple WiFi standards, which means it could upload and download at up to 150Mbps if you have a device capable of such WiFi speeds. If you have an 802.11n capable device and you are close to the router you will get the best possible performance. However, be aware that if you also have older devices in your property the router will adapt itself to the speed and technology of the oldest device it is connected to e.g. if you have an 802.11b device, the router will switch to up to 11Mbps mode to maintain compatibility with this older device. To maintain the best performance for your modern devices switch off any older devices.

c. Shared WiFi
Please note that even if all your devices use 802.11n, the WiFi signal in your property is shared between all the devices you have connected to it. So as you use more devices, the average speed available will decline.
To summarise: use a wired connection directly from the router for maximum speed and security. You can extend wired connections around the house using Homeplugs which use the normal house wiring. However, older devices may only have a 10/100Mbps internet card fitted. If the quality of the WiFi signal is poor in a distant room then a Homeplug (or similar) WiFi extender is available.
Further Donations to Refugee Appeal
The churches in Barnack and local parishes have been thanked by a volunteer team based in Wellingborough that is sending out supplies to support refugees coming into Europe. 
Donations from Barnack were channelled through a collection point at the Peterborough Diocese resource centre in Northampton, and have included clothes and food, as well as small tents and a large tent that went to Calais to be used as part of a field kitchen being set up there. 
The money collected has been sent to Leros in Greece, where an average of about 600 new refugees are arriving each day. This money is being used to buy supplies from local businesses, and include foil blankets for people rescued from the water.  The organizers and recipients are very grateful for this help at a time of such need.

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.

Private Victor Barratt 7th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment was killed on 20th December, 1915. He was 18 years old having enlisted in Stamford when he was 17. He was the son of Samuel and Roseanna of 14, The Terrace, Barnack and he worked at Burghley Gardens as a trainee gardener. Several of his letters home have survived. In them he describes the ordeal of life in the trenches.
‘Am sitting in a dugout now to write this and it is over boot tops in mud and still we keep smiling.’
‘It is quite an acrobatic feat to walk along the communication trench there are duckboards but you have to find them if you don’t there is always a hole about three feet deep to put your foot into.’
‘It has been bitterly cold……there have been a good few cases of trench feet…. We have to rub our feet with anti-frost bite grease.’
Victor was killed when the mine shaft in which he and his section were sheltering took a direct hit from an artillery shell. He had been at the front for only five months.  He is buried at the Menin Road South Military Cemetery near Ypres. His last postcard home to his parents was posted on the day he died.

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.
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

‘Jingle all the Way’
Barnack Flower Group open evening will be on Wednesday 2nd Dec in Barnack Village Hall. Join us for a demonstration of Christmas arrangements by Pam Ingham, NFWI Flower Arranging Judge, NAFAS Area Demonstrator. Mulled wine (or non-alcoholic alternative) and nibbles will be served from 7 pm. Demonstration will commence at 7.30 pm. Joan Laycock (740267), Lyn Huckerby (740342) or Ann Butland (740121).

The Barnack Flower Arranging Group.
This month we are doing the flowers for Philippa and Andrew’s  wedding on 19th December at the normal times and we will also need some help with flowers for Christmas in Church. Anyone with variegated greenery , spruce etc. which could be used on both occasions please  contact Joan Laycock 740267 or Ann Butland 740121

Christmas Services in the Benefice
Sunday 20th December
Carol Service 4.00pm at St John the Baptist Church, Barnack
Carol Service 5.30pm at St Mary’s Church, Bainton
Christmas Eve
Crib Service 4.30pm 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

The Buttercross Club
Our speaker at the meeting on Wednesday, 4th November, was Priscilla Padley who founded The Nene Valley Care Trust in 2008. She was assisted by her colleague Lady Anne Arculus. The Trust, which mentors children leaving care and actively helps them, was set up by Priscilla because her experience as a councillor and as a magistrate made her realise that children leaving care would benefit from extra support to find employment, suitable accommodation and opportunities to continue their education. The NVCT relies for its funding on charitable giving and the occasional grant and cannot therefore help all children who have left or are leaving care. It currently helps about half of the young people who leave care annually in Northamptonshire and Central Peterborough.
At first it concentrated its efforts on Northamptonshire but two years’ ago its help extended to Peterborough. Fifteen care leavers a year are supported in Northamptonshire and ten in Peterborough. The trained mentors provide intensive help and support for two years but the young people can ‘phone for help afterwards should they need it.
The average age of entry into care is 14. The reasons include bereavement, illness or neglect. These young people are three times more likely to be unemployed and to have mental health issues. 27% end up in prison (more children in care go to prison than to university), 20% end up homeless and probably the most worrying statistic is that 70% of sex workers are young people who have left care. Only 15% of care leavers have achieved 5 GCSEs at A* to C including Mathematics and English.
Youngsters leave care at 16 and a new category monitoring the leavers until 18 has been introduced by the Government. They can now remain in foster care until 18. There is also some limited support for young care leavers who decide to proceed to post 18 education. As those of us who are parents know, whether it be 16 or 18 it is still a very young age to have to take responsibility for oneself.
The Local Authority is responsible for children in care. What it has to do for care leavers is defined by the 1989 Children’s Act and the 2000 Leaving Care Act. The following has by law to be provided -  accommodation, but unfortunately it is frequently not really suitable hence the homelessness, a small income, which the children find difficult to manage, a social worker, whose work load is great so his/her time is limited and a pathway plan, but the children often have too little time to plan their pathway options. The NVCT’s aim is to improve the outcomes for children leaving care and they do so through Right Resolution, a community interest company which provides people trained to offer intense support and continuity of help to care leavers.
They assist with job application forms, interview preparation, acquisition of essential documents such as birth certificates, practical daily matters such as transport and even getting the young people out of bed on occasions! The Trust has also given money to the councils towards a care leavers’ pack which, amongst other things, contains practical advice about living on their own. There are more apprenticeships available now which has helped and, in co-operation with the University of Brighton, care leavers are given an idea of university life. The Trust also works closely with Moulton College in Northampton and Peterborough Regional College.
The Trust needs £3750 per child approximately and receives no public funding. Grants are very volatile. Four ways an individual can help to raise funds are by donation, by attending fundraising events, by registering with to buy goods and then making NVCT the charity of support or by becoming a sponsor. The Buttercross Club made a donation to this excellent charity both to offer our support and to thank Priscilla for taking time out to talk to us about its work.
Diary Dates Weds., 9th December: Seasonal Celebrations in the Reading Room. Please bring a plate of savoury or sweet food for a buffet.
Weds., 4th February, 2016: AGM

Barnack Youth Club
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.
Remaining Youth Club Calendar Dates for 2015-16 school year are as follows:- 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.

“Want to start running?  Want to get fitter? 
Then join the FREE 6 week training programme taking place in Barnack in March and April.  The programme will run on a weekday evening (time and day TBC - watch this space!) and is free to any adult entering the Barnack School Fun Run 5k race on Saturday 16 April. 
We will help you get fitter right up until race day so you can run your first ever 5k, or improve your 5k time. Everyone welcome!”

Coffee Morning Saturday 19th December 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 enjoy time for a chat with friends and for making new ones. Do come along and join us!      

The winners for November are:
 33    Sally Hutchins    £25
 46    Lynne Huckerby    £15
 10    John Innes    £10

Ufford Bonfire
It was great to see such a good turnout for Ufford Bonfire. We raised £155 for the Village Hall. Thanks for your support.

Father Christmas is coming to Barnack!
On Sunday 20th December a float carrying Father Christmas will be making its way through the village accompanied by a band of merry carol singers! We will start at 5pm in Paynes Field and wind our way through the village, finishing at The Millstone at 7pm for drinks and mince pies.
The event is being held in aid of Jack’s Journey, a registered charity supporting local 6 year old boy Jack Rickard.  Jack lives in Barnack and has cerebral palsy. He needs a life changing operation at Great Ormond Street. The operation is not currently funded on the NHS so all funds raised on the night will go towards his surgery and aftercare.
The family will be on hand at The Millstone to give more details about the charity. Please join us and support Jack on his journey.
Facebook: JacksJourney6, - Jack’s Journey.

Jack’s Journey Toy Sale – Donations Needed:
Have you been clearing out the children’s bedrooms to make way for new Christmas toys? If you have any toys, books or puzzles that are no longer needed, please donate them to Jack’s Journey charity. Equally, if you receive any unwanted Christmas presents, we would really appreciate it if you would think of passing them to us. We will be holding a toy sale in Barnack Village Hall in February .
We can collect any donations if needed. Please contact Shona Rickard for more information. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 07921724207. Thank you!

Village Ladies Group
Just a reminder about our Christmas Lunch which is at The Red Lion, Warmington on 2 December at 12.30 pm. 
Call Joan (740 396) for more information.

Ufford Art Society Exhibition
Ufford Village Hall
Ufford Art Society’s Annual Exhibition of paintings will be on display from 10am-4pm on Sat 28th and Sun 29th November at Ufford Village Hall.
Entry is free and refreshments will be available.

Christmas with the Community Church - 
We invite you to our All Age Community Nativity and Carols in Barnack Village Hall on Sunday 20th December at 4pm.  This will be a nativity play with a difference, everyone who wants to can join in, no rehearsals, just turn up and take part – children and grown-ups of all ages.   Over mulled wine and mince pies on arrival we will sort out shepherds from wise men etc.  It will be lots of fun,  lovely as always to see the children in their roles and by taking part we will all get to experience the nativity from a new angle.   There will be a break for refreshments and sandwiches and then we will sing carols.  

Christmas Day
On Christmas Day everyone is welcome to our Christmas Celebration in the Barnack Village Hall at 10.30am lasting about 45 minutes.  Everyone will have the chance to vote for their favourite carol as they arrive and we sing the top choices during the service.  Children are invited to bring a present to show and to challenge Julie and Sam to link it to a Bible theme!   Come and celebrate the birthday of Jesus.  We look forward to seeing you.
The Community Church will not be having a service in Barnack on the 27th , but we are welcome to Bretton Baptist Church, Copeland, Peterborough, PE3 6YJ at 10.45 for all age worship.
As a date for your diary, January 3rd  New Year’s Walk and Party, starting at 11am with informal all age worship in Barnack Village Hall , all the details in the January issue.
Everyone is very welcome to all our Christmas services and activities and throughout the year.   Wishing you a very happy Christmas from Barnack Community Church.   To find out more please ring Julie Stanton 749123.

The Coffee Stop in Barnack Village Hall
Coffee Stop will be on Friday mornings 4th, 11th and 18th from 10am – 12.30 in Barnack Village Hall.   During December we will be getting festive so do come along and give it a try.  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 dads and grandparents.  It’s like a café, 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 are having their Christmas Party on the 15th December in Barnack Village Hall starting at the usual time of 10am.  Lots of fun for the little lambs and mums and carers too.    Please bring a contribution towards the party lunch, there’ll be a list of suggested food items at Little Lambs over the next couple of weeks or ring Mel on 07792667563.   If you have not been before, Little Lambs is a lovely, welcoming toddler group which takes place each Tuesday during term time, from 10am -12noon, in Barnack Village Hall.  It‘s for mums, dads, grandparents and carers with babies and toddlers from birth to 4 years. We start off with a play time with lots of toys, then everything is cleared away and we sit down for coffee and cakes , with fruit and a biscuit or mini cake for the children.  After that it’s story and song time, then a quick whizz round on trikes and ride-on’s before going home.   For the craft table this month, Mel has lots of Christmas things planned.  A big thank you to Michelle Goodwin who has been part of the Little Lambs team for a number of years – all your efforts in getting everything in the right place at the right time has been much appreciated! 
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 5th 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.  Followed by a short talk.    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!  For your diary the next men’s breakfast will be on the 30th January.  Organised by Barnack Community Church.