News & Events January 2016

The Children’s Society
It is now time for your Children’s Society collection boxes to be emptied. I would be grateful if you would deliver your box to Skipport, Main Street, Barnack (beside the church) or I can come and collect it. If you do not have a box, and would be interested in supporting this worthwhile charity, please call Catharine Wright on 740929. Thank you.

Village Ladies Group
Change of venue for 20 January - I have now booked us at The Fitzwilliam Arms, Marholm.  Please let me know if not convenient by Fri 15 January.  Joan (740 396) 

Barnack Flower Arranging Group
We would like to thank all the people who attended our recent “Jingle all the Way” demonstration.  We had a really good evening with Pam Ingham.
Our next meeting is at the village hall on 3rd February 2016 when Canon Margaret Venables will be giving a talk about “Church Flowers”

British Legion Winter Lecture
This year’s illustrated lecture was given in Barnack Village Hall on Monday, December 8th, by Warrant Officer Alex Leivers of the Princess Mary’s  RAF Nursing Service. His subject was Aeromedical Evacuation from Conflict Zones.
Alex traced the evolution of the service from 1918 when the first recorded movement of wounded men took place in Egypt. Stretchers were loaded into the fuselage of a De Havilland DH9 bi-plane for a 15 mile flight to Cairo. During World War II over 300,000 men were moved in De Havilland Dragon Rapides and similar small aircraft. The invasion of Kuwait by Iraq in 1990 led to the first large-scale compulsory call-up of medical reservists since World WarII.
A method of rescuing men was developed which entailed bringing the wounded back from the front to a forward medical base by helicopter, the largest being the Chinook. Later, the Merlin with a greater range and sixteen stretcher capacity was used. From hospitals at bases such as Qatar the men would be evacuated to Cyprus in fixed-wing aircraft such as the Hercules, a short take-off and landing plane capable of carrying 75 stretchers. From Cyprus the men would be flown back to Brize Norton and taken to hospital in Birmingham. Longer range aircraft such as the VC10, Tri-Star and Boeing C17 replaced the Hercules. The Airbus A400M is now the aircraft in use.
The medical teams followed a triage system for flying wounded men back to the UK.  Those with serious injuries were brought back within 24 hours, those with less serious injuries within 48 hours and others within 7 days. Often those with the worst wounds would be rendered unconscious by their injury and then having been anaesthetised would not regain consciousness until they were in their hospital beds in the UK.
Cuts in military expenditure have led to the closure of all our military hospitals and so men are treated in NHS hospitals, though many of these, including Peterborough City Hospital, have had their specialist facilities for treating war casualties closed.
On behalf of the fifty members present, Max Sawyer, the Branch Secretary, thanked Warrant Officer Leivers for his very informative talk.

The Buttercross Club
Our December meeting was a week later than usual on the 9th as it was our seasonal celebration and we wanted it to be just a tad nearer Christmas.  It was an excellent evening. The Reading Room was suitably decorated for this festive season and Christmas music played quietly in the background.
Each member who attended provided a plate of savoury or sweet food and as a result two long tables were groaning with delicious buffet fare.  We each received a “Secret Santa” gift – the variety was amazing considering we had a £5 limit!
Diary Dates
On Saturday, January 9th, 2016  there will be a Wikki Café in the Reading Room and the Buttercross Committee are going to meet up at 11am to finalise the 2016 programme in time for the AGM on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 at 7.45pm. Buttercross members please do come along to Wikki and have a chat because we welcome your input/ideas

Coffee Morning  Saturday 16th January 2016 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!       
Justice and Peace
The Justice and Peace Group has been meeting every Wednesday at 6-30 PM in Bainton Church. From January this will change.
The time has proved too early for working people who commute, so the starting time will change to 8-00 PM. For logistical reasons this is too late for a meeting in Bainton Church, so in future the group will meet at Bainton Farmhouse in Meadowgate (off Tallington Road), Bainton. This is my home.
The meetings consist mainly of discussion centered in particular on religious persecution in our own time, and run for about one hour. They will take place not weekly but fortnightly on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month, beginning on Wednesday 13th January. Items for discussion need not necessarily be religious.
Everyone is welcome. Feel free to call me on 01780 740216 if you would like further details. Anyone who would like to focus on the topic, whether alone or in small groups during the day will find relevant material in Bainton Church on the shelf beside the North door. John Tanner

Ufford Village Hall & Social Commitee
Ufford Village Hall is run by volunteers. We are looking for people interested in helping with village events and running the village hall.
If you would like to help in any way, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and/or come along to the AGM on 1st February 2016, 7.30pm at the village hall.

Messy Church with the Community Church
This month’s Messy Church will be on Sunday 17th at 4pm in the School Hall, Barnack.  As always there will be lots of different fun things to do and make all helping to explore a bible story .  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 the bible story and songs.  Afterwards everyone is invited to stay for a light meal, usually homemade soup in the winter months followed by cakes and fruit and plenty of time for a good chat.    Everyone very welcome, we will be delighted to see you. 
Messy Church dates for the next few months: 7th February, 13th March, 17th April.    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 school term time (that’s every Tuesday in January), 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, and an area for mums and babies.
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. Little Lambs is run by the Community Church – for further details please contact Melanie Clarkson 07792667563.

The Coffee Stop in Barnack Village Hall
Coffee Stop is on Friday mornings (but not the 1st  January!) in Barnack Village Hall.   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, dads and grandparents.  Just drop in whenever suits you.  We look forward to seeing you.  Run by Barnack Community Church - please ring Joyce Murray 740114 if you want to find out more.

The winners for December are:
50    Margaret Broadbelt    £50
31    Stan Goodacres    £30
74    Arnold Dennis    £20
21    Christine Goodwin    £10
Thank you for your support for 2015 which helped me to give the Club £850 towards the upkeep of the rinks.  The subscriptions for 2016 are now due and I look forward to receiving them and of course anyone is welcome to take part – the cost is £24 for the year which is only £2 per month.