News and Events March 2016

Race Night at the Millstone Inn
The Millstone Inn are kindly hosting a professional race night on Saturday 30th April at 7pm. More details to follow in next months Parish News - save the date! All proceeds to Jacks Journey.

Sky Dive at Sibson Airfield, Wansford
Local resident, Matt Tyers will be doing a tandem skydive on Sunday April 17th to raise funds for Jacks Journey. If anyone wants to join him and do something wonderful for charity, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.
Both of the above events are 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!

Barnack SchoolHow to play our part for a better Internet
- Year 5/6 Barnack Primary School
On Tuesday 9th February it was Safer Internet Day. Across the school, we all took part in activities thinking about how we could make the Internet a safer and happier place. We came up with some ideas of how we can play our part to make the Internet a better place.
The Year 5 and 6 children say to play our part in a better Internet we will:
•    Be kind online and have fun!
•    Tell an adult if you are worried about something
•    Only get a social media account when we are 13+ and we feel ready
•    Respect everyone online and do not discriminate including different cultures,
    religions and races.
•    Always ask permission before posting pictures of other people to social media
•    Always report inappropriate comments (to a responsible adult, CEOP or childline)
•    Treat people as we would want to be treated
•    Never give out any personal details online
•    Always check with an adult before playing games online
    (including XBox or Playstation), going on sites such as You Tube or before clicking
    on links and only go onto sites we know are safe.
•    Think before we speak.

We have an Internet Safety section on our school website- - if you would like any more information about Internet safety issues.

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

The Children’s Society -
Following collection of the boxes I have paid £796.32 into the account. Many thanks to all those who donated to this worthwhile charity that supports needy children. If you do not have a collection box and would like one please contact me on 740929. Catharine Wright.

Bainton and Ashton pub night
How can two local villages, neither of which have a pub, advertise a pub night for locals in those villages every month. Well, read on and I’ll tell you how. Ashton as far as I know has never had a pub in the village. Bainton had the Blue Boar from the early 1800s until 1964. So it’s not that surprising that by roughly 2006 some locals were getting a little thirsty. Yes, there are other pubs not too far away that we could use, and do use, but sometimes just being able to walk a short distance to a pub and not bothering to get the car out, is very appealing.
The idea of getting together some where in the villages for a drink once a month was thrown forward as a good idea by some locals, Michael and Sheila Bratley agreed to provide a venue, and the pub night was launched. It is now more popular than ever and is a good way for anyone in either village to get to know your neighbours. The pub nights take place on the 2nd Friday of every month in someone’s home or garden in Bainton or Ashton.
Locals volunteer to host a pub night when and if it suits them, there is absolutely no pressure to host a pub night yourself, unless you wish to. The venue is advertised , both in the parish news, and by email. The times are normally 7.30 pm to 9.30pm. You take your own drinks, glasses, nibbles, everything you will need. And you just turn up, pour yourself a drink, and enjoy the company. You don’t need an invite, you don’t have to say you’re going, or can’t make it, just turn up. Easy as that. So now you know.
If you want a reminder of where the next pub nights are, drop me a line to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I’ll put you on the list.

Could you spare an hour just twice a year to help put together the Parish News?
Carole Darlow, in Ufford, would like someone to join her for a cup of coffee and to help her to staple and fold the magazines.
If you’d be willing to help, please give her a call or email her:
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01780 740946

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:- February 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.
Barnack Fun Run - FREE Training Sessions
“Want to complete the Barnack School 5k Fun Run but never run that far before? Want to improve on your 5k time? 
Then come along to 4 weeks of FREE fitness training on the following dates - Mon 21 March, Tues 29 March, Mon 4 April, and Mon 11 April.
All ages and abilities welcome! Meet outside Barnack School main gate at 7.15pm.  To register or for more info please email Sereena Davey This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 740630.”

Barnack Fun Run

Time to dust down your trainers and get out training! The Barnack Fun Run will be happening on Saturday 16th April. Our Schools Challenge race starts at 2pm and the Fun Run shortly after. There are 2 races 2.5km and 5km. 

The runs start and finish at the school and go around the village. If you would like to enter then you can get entry forms from the post office and from the school office or you can enter on the day at the school.
Entry fees are £4 for children and £5 for adults before the day or £5 for children and £6 for adults on the day. Please come along and join in the fun we would love to see you. 
There will be the usual refreshments available during and after the race so even if you don’t want to run then you can still join in the fantastic atmosphere.
We look forward to seeing you all.

Flower Arranging
Our next flower arranging  meeting will be on Wednesday March 2nd at 2pm in the Village Hall. We are going to make spring flower baskets so will need a basket, oasis, any spring flowers of your choice to do your arrangement. We look forward to welcoming new members who would like to come.
Joan Laycock 740267

Barnack Community Association
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.

Christian Aid Week  15 -21 May
Christian Aid Week this year takes place from 15 to 21 May.
The main feature of the week is a door to door collection involving envelopes. These envelopes are deposited through letter boxes and collected later, hopefully (and usually) containing a donation. This process requires a small army of collectors; in total something like 100,000, throughout the country.
At the present time the Benefice is woefully short of collectors, so more volunteers are needed. It’s a pleasant task carried out in Spring sunshine. May I appeal to anyone who feels in the their heart that they would like join our team, to take a deep breath and come forward, if only to learn more.
It is worth bearing in mind that this is not just a matter of raising money. The exercise is also a means of mission, bringing to a wider public the Church’s role in contributing to good works throughout the world. If you feel even mildly tempted, please contact our vicar, Rev Dave Maylor, on 01780 740234 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
In one version of the Holy Communion service we offer ourselves to be a living sacrifice. This is one way to do just that.

The Buttercross Club
Wednesday February 3rd saw the AGM of the Buttercoss Club, where members were welcomed with a glass of Prosecco, which helped to give a festive air at the beginning of our 30th year.
Georgina Beresford was voted in as the new chairman, taking over from Ann Harrison-Smith who has done such a sterling job over the last few years. Helen Fancourt has taken up the mantle  of Treasurer, following the retirement of Laura Pollock who has steered the club finances so well. Sian Davies has taken the role of secretary.
The business of the evening was followed by a PowerPoint presentation on the subject of People and Places of Bainton and Ashton, prepared and delivered by Ian Abbott-Donnelly. It provided a most entertaining trip down memory lane for members!
Diary dates:
March 2nd  Rebecca Davies will give a talk about the work of The Woodland Trust.
Members are asked if they can bring along any broken or odd items of gold and silver jewellery, and costume jewellery and watches which are being collected in aid of both Alzheimer’s Society and the Girl Guides.
March 23rd Annual Daffodil walk at Burghley Park. Please meet at the Reading Rooms at 10.50am April 6th Jill Collinge will give a talk entitled The Jewel in the Crown

Happy Birthday Your Majesty
The weekend of 11/12 June is the time to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.
The Barnack Community Association are planning to organise a Village event to mark the occasion. We are still at the planning stage, but there will be competitions for crafts, cookery and some seasonal gardening produce. We are hoping that the Millstone and the Church will also be involved.
We would like to set up a small working group consisting of representatives from other Village organisations to take the project forward.
If you would like to help, then please contact Roy Chowings on 740755 or e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Village Ladies
Our next luncheon will be on Weds 16 March, 12 30 pm, at The Millstone, Barnack.  Please confirm whether you are able to come by Friday, 11 March.  Joan  (740 396)

Justice and Peace
Two years ago a benefice Lent course examined the subject of persecution of the Christian church in our own time. It took as its theme the well known observation that more Christians were martyred for their faith in the 20th century than in all the preceding 19 centuries put together, with the further observation that the situation is not improving in our own.
At that time the likes of Boko Haram, Al Shabab and even ISIS were scarcely known so in an effort to raise awareness this column has featured a series of articles on the topic. Horrors have since grown to such an extent that the subject is daily in the news  and awareness is arising rapidly to the extent that it is felt there is no longer the same need  to take up space in this busy magazine.
Anyone wishing to read specialist literature on the subject and reflect on the issues and events will find a pack in Bainton church. The pack can be found on the shelf beside the North door and contains a simple form of service.
Or you could obtain further literature from the following specialist charities:
Christian Solidarity Worldwide, PO BOX 99, New Malden, Surrey, KT13 3YF.
Tel 0845 456 5464  Net
Open Doors, PO BOX 6, Witney, OX 29 6 WG.
Tel 01993 460015  Net
Barnabas Fund, 9 Priory Row, Coventry, CV1 5EX Tel 024 7623 1923  Net
Especially recommended at this time is a book entitled City of Thorns by Ben Rawlence, published by Macmillan and available on Amazon. It is an account of life in a refugee camp, “the size of Bristol”, on the Kenya - Somalia border. The inmates, evidently sustained by a sense of humour, have given it the nickname “Bosnia”.
The work was recently read on BBC Radio 4 as their book of the week.

John Tanner
Messy Church- Community Church
This month’s Messy Church will be on Sunday 13th at 4pm in the School Hall, Barnack.  As always there will be lots of different fun things to do and make. This month we will be thinking about mums and the people who care for us. 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 short bible message picking up the theme from the craft activity and some worship songs, Our God is a Great Big God remains a firm favourite.  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 followed by fruit and a homemade cake and plenty of time for a good chat.    Everyone very welcome, do come along and give it a try.  To find out more please contact Julie Stanton 749123.

Little Lambs
Little Lambs Toddler Group takes place every Tues at Barnack Village Hall in school term time from 10am-12pm, so this month it’s every Tuesday except the 29th.  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 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.

The Coffee Stop-Barnack Village Hall
Coffee Stop is on Friday mornings (not 25th March) 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.

Bainton and Ashton Pub Night
The next Bainton and Ashton Pub Night is on Friday 11th March in the Reading room on Barnack road, Bainton. Normal pub rules apply. Volunteers are still required to host pub nights on October 14th and November 11th. Everyone welcome
Millstone Inn Reburbishment.
We thought that you might like to know and News for the Village that The Millstone Inn Barnack has just had a refurbishment carried out in January and we would like to invite you all to come and have a look

Friends of Barnack Church 200 Club
Recent winners were:-
£20    No.195    L. Harley
£10    No.176    L. Huckerby
£5      No. 18    D. Martin
£20    No.60      H. Croft
£10    No.103    B. Hunt
£5      No.88      F.West

Easter Flowers
Barnack Flower Group will be decorating St. John the Baptist Church for Easter.
If you would like to make a contribution towards the cost of the Easter flowers please place your donation in an envelope (cheques payable to Barnack Flower Group) and pass it to Joan Laycock at church or 21 Orchard Road, Barnack no later than Sunday 20th March.
We welcome all flower arrangers. Please let Joan know if you would like to help.
If you are able to provide evergreen foliage please leave it tidily in the tower before
Wednesday 23rd March.

Carpet  Bowls  Club  -  Tea  Towels
If you have taken any tea towels home to wash will you kindly bring them back and put them in  the Village Hall kitchen.  We had 6 tea towels, some with The Twelve Days of Christmas pattern and some with Robin and Kettle design.  We do need these tea towels to dry our crockery ready for others to use.

Hills & Holes Working Party Wanted
Natural England are holding a scrub clearance day in one of the paddocks on the Hills & Hollows, Barnack on Wed 9th March.  It would be a great opportunity for villagers from the community to come out and help out the team.  All equipment and PPE will be provided and training given.  We will meet in the main car park in Barnack for 0930hrs.  Please bring coffee and a packed lunch and suitable clothing for the weather.  We will aim to finish around 1400hrs, however people can join us throughout the day and leave when they can. Further details can be obtained from Steve on 07770332186 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Good News Van
The Good News Van will be in Barnack on  Tuesday. March 15th at 17 Bishops Walk, 11am..noon. Pam Mills will look forward  to  welcoming those that come, for a coffee, chat and to look at the large variety of books and videos available to borrow.