News and Events February 2016

New Contact for Advertising in the Parish News
Many thanks to Emma Stephens-Dunn who has volunteered to take on the organisation of advertising in the Parish News.
She has made a great start by contacting past advertisers to see if they would like to renew their adverts. Thanks Emma!
Anyone wishing to book advertising space or arrange for leaflets to be distributed in the Parish News should now contact Emma on 07974 440632, or send an email from this Website:

Barnack & District Branch Royal British Legion Trumpeter Takes Post.
14 year old Lawrence Hayes, a Year 9 pupil at Stamford School, receives his RBL tie and badge from Chairman Charles Clark upon his appointment as Branch Trumpeter at a ceremony held at ‘The White Hart Inn’, Ufford, last week. After the presentation, Lawrence entertained Branch members with a selection of Christmas Carols.
This cements the longstanding association with The Stamford Endowed Schools Combined Cadet Force, which is officially affiliated to the Branch.
Lawrence has played Last Post and Reveille at Barnack’s commemoration of Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day two years running and is now a junior member of the Legion, which also welcomes his parents, who have also recently joined.

Coffee Morning  Saturday 20th February  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!       
Barnack Community Association
A date for your diary
A Fish and Chip supper and Race Night is being held in the Village Hall on Friday, March 18th  at 7:30 to raise funds for the upkeep of the Village Hall.
The Fish and Chips are from the Millstone
Tickets are available at £7.50 from the Post Office

Fish & Chip Van, Barnack
Highly recommended FISH & CHIPS VAN : Tuesday evenings in Barnack ...
6:00 pm : Canon Drive
6:15 pm : The Square :
6:30 pm : Uffington Road
6:45 pm : Little Northfields
7:10 pm : Bainton
Roy Beck

The Buttercross Club, 2016
Members and potential new members please join us at our AGM on February 3rd, 2016 at 7:45 for a New Year’s drink and a special photographic trip down memory lane (as a precursor to our thirtieth anniversary celebrations which begin in earnest in May). We do have volunteers for the committee to replace retiring members and for whom we need your approval, and an interesting and diverse programme has been planned for this year. We shall also update addresses,  email addresses and ‘phone numbers.  The membership fee, which remains at £10, will be collected at the AGM and the yearly diary of events will also be distributed.

Barnack Flower Arrangers Group.
On 3rd February 2016 we are holding our Annual General Meeting at 2.30pm in the Village Hall.  We are having tea and cakes at 3pm and then Cannon Margaret  Venables is giving us a talk “Flowers in the Church”.

Bainton and Ashton Pub Nights
The Pub Nights continued to grow in popularity over the last year and we visited new hosts in both Bainton and Ashton during the year and a good time was had by all. Thanks to everyone who has attended or and hosted a pub night during the year and supported this valuable community initiative. The next Pub night is courtesy of Chris and Angela Womack at Langham Cottage on Church Lane in Bainton on Friday 12th February. Normal pub rules apply which are 7.30 to 9.30, bring your own drinks and glasses and have a good time. The calendar for 2016 is nearly full, with vacancies in April, October and November at the time of writing. Any questions, or queries regarding pub night should be directed to me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 01780 740709.
Rob McNeish

Village Ladies Group
Our next luncheon will be on Weds 17 Feb at The Bluebell, Helpston, 12.30 pm.  Please contact Joan on 740 396 by Fri 12 Feb if you would like to come.

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.
Youth Club Calendar Dates for 2016 school year are as follows:- 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.

Jack’s Journey:
We want to say a huge thank you to the wonderful people of Barnack for your support with the Santa float that came through the village on the 20th December! It was a fantastic evening and we raised an incredible £550.61
 We also want to thank Reverend Dave and the Barnack Church congregation for donating their Crib Service collection to Jack’s Journey – a fantastic £209.06.
Both of the above will go directly towards helping us achieve the £60,000 needed for a life changing operation for Jack. We are so grateful to our fantastic community – thank you so much. The Rickard Family

Jack’s Journey Toy Sale
We will be holding a sale of new, nearly new and preloved toys, books and puzzles on Saturday 27th February from 9.30am-12.00pm.
The sale will be held in Barnack Village Hall and there will also be home made cakes and teas on sale.
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 from the sale will go directly towards his surgery and aftercare.
Please contact Shona Rickard for more information on anything to do with ‘Jack’s Journey’ at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Facebook: JacksJourney6, or - Jackrickardsjourney Thank you!

Bainton & Ashton Family Day
Save the date
Kick off Stall Holders Meeting
Tuesday 17th May
7.30pm, Bainton Reading Room
Sunday 3rd July

“Singing is good for you!”
Recent surveys have suggested that singing in a choir is one of the healthiest activities you can undertake. Professor Graham Welch, Chair of Music Education at the Institute of Education in London has said, “Singing has physical benefits because it is an aerobic exercise… Singing has psychological benefits because of its normally positive effect in reducing stress, and because of the increased sense of shared endeavour…” Some people have even suggested that choral singing should be available on prescription!
We have all admired the work of Gareth Malone in encouraging people to sing together, not least the Military Wives, a group who certainly experience stress in their lives. Now we are not Military Wives, nor is Gareth Malone waiting in the wings to challenge us, but we do share with them a pleasure in singing together.
Our church choir sings on the first, second and third Sundays of each month, and a Carol Service at Christmas. We are also invited to sing at the occasional wedding and we endeavour to support village funerals.  We practise as needed, typically once a fortnight, but more often in the run up to Christmas, less often in the depths of winter.
And we have a summer break in August.
No audition is needed! No prescription is needed! The only requirement is to enjoy singing.  If you would like to consider joining us please get in touch with me or any other choir member, then come along to a practice. We are of all ages and voices, though no basses at present, and we would particularly welcome some more youngsters.  Liz Young (740347)  

Friends of Barnack Church 200 Club
Recent winners were:
December Draw
£20    No.168    R. Graham
£10    No. 97    C. Wright
£5    No.197    T. Elwood
End of year Christmas Draw
£50    No. 32    D. Chadwick
£50    No. 116     L. Pollock
£50    No. 2     K. Clarke

Community Church
We are looking forward to the 28th February when there will be a service of dedication and thanksgiving for Elsie, baby daughter of Rose and Sam Dunn.  Rose and Sam would be delighted for their friends in the villages to come and join them at 10.30am in Barnack School Hall for this special occasion.
The ‘get a part on the day’ nativity just before Christmas was a great success – none of the usual stress of trying to rehearse with lots of little ones and parents having to search for the perfect angel outfit!  And the village hall was packed out.  It was lovely too, to go outside and see Father Christmas and his carol singers who were going around the village raise money and awareness for ‘Jack’s Journey’.   The offering at the Nativity and on Christmas Day is to be shared between ‘Jack’s Journey’ and ‘Hope into Action’.
Everyone welcome to our Sunday and midweek activities.  Please talk to Julie Stanton our Elder if you would like to know more about Barnack Community Church.  The Community Church is a member of the Baptist Union of Great Britain.

Messy Church with the Community Church
This month’s Messy Church will be on Sunday 7th 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 story from the bible.  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, do come along and give it a try.  Messy Church dates for the next few months: 13th March, 17th April.    To find out more please contact Julie Stanton 749123.

Little Lambs
Little Lambs Toddler Group takes place every Tuesday at Barnack Village Hall in school term time from 10am-12pm.  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 toys and games, a home play corner, tunnel and slide and rugs to sit on.  There’s always a great craft activity to share and a jigsaw puzzle table. Midway through the morning, tea, coffee and cakes are served around a long table, with a tasty snack of fruit and small cake or biscuit for the children. This is followed by a bible story and song time, which the children all seem to really enjoy.  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, and hopefully an afternoon nap.
Little Lambs is a lovely, welcoming place to meet new people, catch up with friends and watch the children discover the fun of playing together. 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 27th February in Bainton Reading Room at 8.30am.  We would be really pleased for you to join us for a full English breakfast cooked by Rob.   It will be a very easy going, friendly get together, open to everyone (well - all men! ),  and if you live in Bainton it‘s only a short walk away! 
After the food there’s usually a talk on something of local interest.    You can just come along on the day but a quick call to Rob Porter 740663 beforehand helps to ensure there are plenty of sausages and bacon for everyone!  Organised by Barnack Community Church. 

The Coffee Stop in Barnack Village Hall
Coffee Stop is on Friday mornings in Barnack Village Hall from 10am to 12.30.   We serve cafetière coffee, lovely homemade cakes, scones and toasted teacakes.  The side room is 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. Open to everyone - we look forward to welcoming you.  Run by Barnack Community Church - please ring Anita Clark 740841 or 07880604186 if you want to find out more.

Barnack WI
February 9th at 7.30pm in Barnack Village Hall
The Stamford Cheese Cellar are talking about the history of Artisan cheeses.
Please join us.
Guests and new members are welcome.