News and Events April 2016

buntingBainton & Ashton Family Day
Save the date
Kick off Stall Holders Meeting

Tuesday 26th May
7.30pm, Bainton Reading Room
Sunday 3rd July

Barnack Space Project!

Project Blueberry Pi - otherwise known as the Barnack School Space Programme - aims to send a weather balloon into high altitude. Attached to the weather balloon, will be a Raspberry Pi along with some sensors, radio tracking equipment, a lego pilot (called George) and a paper aeroplane. If all goes well, the paper aeroplane will form part of a Guinness World Record attempt.
The project is being run by our Year 6 Coding Club and to cover the estimated total cost of the project (£750), Code Club is raising money through crowdfunding and sponsorship. So far the children have managed to raise over £400 putting us over half way to the grand total.
“We just can’t wait our wildest dreams are coming true! We’ve been planning since 2015 but now we’re closer than ever before. This is a once is a lifetime opportunity.” Tommy and Hugo-year six-coding club. 
Further information can be found at

Flower Arrangers Group.
Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 27th April 2016 at 2pm in the Village  Hall.  The theme is red, white and blue/ purple flowers any design or container, as a practice for the Queens 90th Birthday in June.
The red, blue and white need not be just the flowers, but can include the container or other accessories to complete the arrangement. We look forward to welcoming any new members. The cost is £4.00 to include tea and cake.
Tel: Joan Laycock 740267 or Ann Butland 740121.

Barnack WI
The next WI meeting will be on Tuesday 12th April at 7.30pm in the Village Hall will be a fun Craft evening.  All materials will be provided.
New members welcome or join us as a guest to enjoy the craft evening and to see what we do.
Events in April:-
Monday 4th at 2pm Book Club.
Walk on 20th April about 5miles.
Knit and Knatter group.
Dates to be confirmed including Luncheon Club at the next meeting. Further information from Beryl Burrows 749554.
Friends of Barnack Church
The winners in March were,
£20      No. 186      L. Harley
£10      No  96        P. Sindall
£5        No. 5          K. Duff

Buttercross Club
An interesting talk was given by Rebecca Davies from the Woodland Trust at our March meeting. Rebecca explained how the Woodland Trust was started and the work that it continues with today, both conserving ancient woodland and creating new woodland.
On the 23rd March we are planning our annual Daffodil Walk in Burghley. Members are asked to meet at Bainton Reading Room car park at 10.50 am, so that we can sort out car sharing.
At the next meeting on  the 6th April, we are looking forward to a talk from Jill Collinge  about Stamford, entitled ‘The Jewel in the Crown’.
On  the 4th May we are planning a cheese and wine evening, to start the celebrations for our 30th Anniversary year. Members are invited to bring along a guest for the evening.

Barnack Hills and Holes Exclusion Zones
As the days slowly begin to grow longer and colour returns to the Hills and Holes, this can only mean we are on the verge of Spring.  The Hills and Holes will be bursting with colour and wildlife.   Rare plants such as the Man orchid, Pasque flower, Frog orchid, rare spring sedge and the bee orchid will soon be making their annual appearance. 
These plants are extremely fragile and only appear in small communities.  As a consequence, just before Easter, exclusion zones will be erected around these vulnerable and extremely rare plants. These exclusion zones are put in place to avoid trampling by man or beast. 
I invite you all to support us to protect and preserve these beautiful plants for all to appreciate. Thank you the team at Natural England.  If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Steve at NE on 07770 332186 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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:- 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.
Ufford Open Gardens
On Saturday 11th June from 1pm to 5pm a collection of gardens will be open in Ufford to raise money for the Village Hall and the Playground Equipment Project.
We will be serving refreshments in the village hall and will have some fun activities for children including a bouncy castle and treasure hunt with prizes. Please come and support us for these local causes and enjoy a great afternoon.
If you have an Ufford Garden you would be happy to open please contact Karen on 749 581.

Barnack Fun Run - Count Down...

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.
Village Ladies Group
Our next luncheon will be on Weds. 13 April at the college, 12 noon.  Please let Joan know by Fri. 8 April and your requirements. (740 396)

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.

Jump over the cockerel!
Anyone visiting Barnack School last Tuesday would have wondered at just over 200 children and their teachers in a long line in the school hall all intent on jumping over a metal cockerel on a stand! Looking more closely, the cockerel could be recognised as resembling those to be seen on church towers. In fact it was from the top of a church tower  -  Bainton Church tower.
Cockerels have long been used as weather vanes, specifically on church towers. It was Pope Gregory who decreed that the cockerel was ‘the most suitable emblem of Christianity’ as it was the emblem of St Peter. This refers to the account in St Luke’s gospel when, shortly after Jesus’ arrest, Peter three times denies knowing Jesus. When the cock crows he realises what he has done. In the 9th Century Pope Nicholas ordered that all church towers should carry this emblem. So they are still to be found as weather vanes on many churches.
The cockerel on Bainton tower had ceased to turn in the wind and so has been taken down to be restored. Mr Hardy, the churchwarden of Bainton, brought the cockerel to school to show the children and explain the repairs that are being undertaken to the church tower, before being reglazed the cockerel will be returned to its rightful place. This fitted perfectly with a whole day the children were spending thinking and experimenting  about weather, a science project. Later in the morning the Year 1 children were to be found trying to fly the kites they had made, running round to imitate the wind……which somewhat surprisingly failed to blow that day.
So why the jumping? The previous Sunday a member of Bainton congregation  had told me of a friend who had done just that when at his school and for ever after, when he passes that tower in his car he remembers and can tell amazed people that he jumped over that weather vane!!  So we thought what a wonderful memory that would make for our children… and give them a lifelong story to tell!
Thanks are due to Mary Tanner who gave us the idea and Richard Hardy who made a stand for the cockerel to keep it upright and spent most of the morning helping children to jump. And I hear there are people in Barnack who remember a similar incident many years ago! Canon Margaret

Winter Wiki Cafe, Bainton Reading Room
This year the proceeds from the winter wiki cafe (£177) were donated to ‘Care International’ who specialise in responding to emergencies and systemically improving women’s ability to escape the issues of poverty.
The nice thing is that at the moment the UK government is doubling any donations so our coffee and conversation has been worth £354. Thank you to all those who participated, hosted or kept up the hubbub of conversation. 

Music @ Bainton Reading Room
Acoustic Blues and Gospel from the 1920s and Beyond
The event is free, however there will be a collection in aid of the Church to help with maintenance e.g. the current repairs to the spire. The suggestion is a donation of around £5 to £10 would be great.
Because numbers are limited to 80 there are no tickets on the door, so book your place via Eventbrite (the link is on
If anyone doesn’t have access to the Internet then contact Dave Maylor (740234) or Ian Abbott-Donnelly (740009) and they will log your booking on Eventbrite for you.
Coffee and Tea will be available during the interval, BYO for any other drinks.
Save the date Sunday 12th June
To all residents of Bainton and Ashton: Come and help us celebrate the Queen’s birthday with our own version of the Patron’s Lunch in Bainton churchyard from 12:00 noon. More details later.

Jack’s Journey Update:
We want to say an enormous THANK YOU for the wonderful support we received for the Toy Sale we held on 27th February in Barnack Village Hall.
So many people donated beautiful toys and delicious cakes for the event, and so many local Mum’s and Dad’s volunteered and helped us on the day.
We had a fantastic turnout and raised an astonishing £2,578.07!!! We also received matched funding for the event from Travalex, taking our total to £5,156.14. Thank you so much for all of your support!

Race Night at the Millstone Inn:
On Saturday 30th April at 8pm, we will be holding a Race Night at the Millstone Inn in Barnack.
A professional company will be running the evening, which will consist of nine races. We will also be holding a raffle with some great prizes, including champagne, Sainsburys and Grasmere vouchers.
Entry is free, and it should be a fun night – bring a friend and help support Jack on his Journey.
All proceeds to 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!

Coffee Morning  Saturday 16th April 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!    

Ultrafast Peterborough Vale Broadband
We are pleased to let you know that our preferred broadband supplier, Gigaclear, has almost completed an Ultrafast Rural Broadband service to nearly every property here in the villages of Marholm, Helpston, Ashton, Barnack, Southorpe, Ufford, Pilsgate and Bainton!
With minimum speeds of 50Mb upload and download and burst speeds of up to 1Gb for everyone, this is way, way above the competitors!
From about £40 a month (plus £7 for all your telephone calls) you can leave your old copper wire based broadband & telephone provider and transfer to a future-proof Ultrafast fibre to the home system. No more slow speed downloads, uploads to the cloud or extra line rental charges to pay!
Please remember - this was a local community effort to bring our area into the 21st Century, not living back in the dark ages of 1Mb speeds courtesy of BT!
Please sign up now on or ring them on 01865 591100 for the best rural community broadband service in England!
Many thanks for your support, from the Ultrafast Broadband champions.
In Ufford we can confirm the system is working well and we are getting a very good speed (100Mb/s and the option for 1Gb/s).

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 themed fun things to do and make. 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 Tuesday at Barnack Village Hall in school term time from 10am-12pm, so this month it’s the 12th, 19th and 26th.  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 23rd April in Barnack Village Hall 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 all men.  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 is moving to Wednesday mornings
The day for the weekly Coffee Stop is changing to Wednesday from the 30th March onwards. 
We will be opening a little later too, from 10.30am to 12.30pm.  In Barnack Village Hall as usual. 
We are hoping this will be a better day of the week for people to come along.  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. 
This week, with such lovely spring weather several people called in who were out for walks and cycle rides.  Run by Barnack Community Church - please ring Anita Clark 740841 or 07880604186 if you want to find out more.