News and Events May 2016

defibrillatorBarnack’s own Defibrillator - Please spread the word!
Barnack Parish now has a defibrillator, a life-saving machine for use in case of a suspected heart attack.  It is located on the side wall of the Village Hall, as you go through to the car park and the box in which it is stored is alarmed.
The machine will talk the user through the process of what to do but to give you an idea of how easy it is to use you can view a user manual on the Parish Council website and notice boards.

IMPORTANT: In the event of an emergency, dial 999 and ask for an ambulance before you do anything else.
The operator will confirm the location of the nearest defibrillator and give you the number code to unlock the door of the defibrillator cabinet and access the equipment.

Why Have a Defibrillator? Following a Cardiac Arrest, the chance of survival decreases by 23% per minute. It is therefore very important medical treatment starts as soon as possible. The UK Resuscitation Council suggests an Automatic Emergency Defibrillator (AED) should be available wherever medical treatment is more than 5 minutes away. In practical terms this means the whole of the UK.
An AED is a portable defibrillator which uses intelligent technology to shock a ‘shockable’ heart rhythm. When applied to a patient, a sequence of voice commands and screen messages guide the user through the defibrillation process. This means the machine may be used safely by people with no medical background. The simplicity of modern AED technology has opened a window for the public to take on a key role supporting the emergency services who may be hindered by the time it takes to reach a patient.
Survival: 5% with Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) alone; 50% with defibrillation. The rate of survival of a Sudden Cardiac Arrest is dependent upon time. The quicker the intervention, the better the outcome. Brain death starts after 3 minutes so urgent action is needed, particularly in rural areas where it can take several minutes to get a competently trained person to the scene.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest or SCA is an electrical malfunction of the heart (most commonly Ventricular Fibrillation) in which the heart stops pumping blood to the body and brain due to an abnormal heart rhythm known as an arrhythmia.  As the victim consecutively loses pulse, consciousness and ability to breathe, the victim is termed “clinically dead” and can only be physically brought back to life in a very small window of time using a defibrillator.

Barnack’s defibrillator has been kindly donated by the East Midlands Ambulance Trust. The Trust will also deliver training to up to 16 people.
Please support the use of this important equipment by joining our training session.
Contact the Clerk, Robin Morrison on:
07944 054546 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Proposed large housing development in Barnack: the story so far
In September 2015, all households in Barnack received a leaflet from Gladman Developments Ltd., outlining a plan for a large new housing estate in a field on the northern edge of the village. Residents made clear their strong opposition to the proposal at a packed meeting, arranged by the Parish Council. A residents’ protest group was formed, which encouraged people to write to the City Council, and the Parish Council contacted the local MP, Shailesh Vara. He visited Barnack, inspected the site and declared his opposition to the development.
In November, Gladman Developments applied for outline permission for up to 80 houses. The Parish Council responded to the City Council expressing numerous objections, including these:
-    Barnack is designated a Limited Growth Village, so it is an inappropriate location for a development that would increase the number of houses by 20%;
-    the proposed development site lies in countryside, outside the village envelope;
-    it would have a significant urbanising effect on a Conservation Village;
-    the development is unsustainable because the village roads, facilities and services are inadequate to support a large increase in population;
-    the proposal does not meet any exceptional local need for affordable housing;
-    Barnack has already contributed its fair share towards Peterborough’s housing target;
-    the development would threaten a badger colony and increase recreational pressure on Barnack Hills and Holes National Nature Reserve.
The application was referred to the City Planning Committee meeting in March. Barnack Parish Council, a resident and the Ward Councillor, David Over, made representations objecting to the development. The Committee unanimously turned down the application.
On 29th March 2016, a notice of refusal of planning permission was issued by Peterborough City Council, reiterating the first five of the Parish Council’s objections (see above) and adding:
-    there is no need for the development because the City Council can demonstrate a five-year supply of land available for housing elsewhere;
-    archaeological features could be damaged or destroyed.
We now wait to see whether Gladman Developments will appeal.  An appeal must be lodged within six months of the date of refusal of planning permission.
Barnack Parish Council, 11th April 2016     This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bainton & Ashton Family Day
Save the date
Kick off Stall Holders Meeting
NOTE CHANGE OF DATE: Tuesday 26th May
7.30pm, Bainton Reading Room
Sunday 3rd July

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.

Happy Birthday Your Majesty
To celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday, Barnack Community Association are organising a ‘Village Day’ on Sunday 12th June.
There will be a number of activities within Barnack starting with a Church service at 10:30 in the Village Square
There will be a Village Show in the Village Hall with over 60 categories including: Garden produce, Home baking, Arts and crafts and children’s competitions. Copies of the schedule are available from the Post Office, Village Hall, The Millstone or direct from Debbie Martin (740048 or 07519678576)
In addition the gardens will be open at The Old Bakehouse in the Village Square where tea, coffee and light refreshments will be available.
Also there will be a Party in the Paddock in the gardens of the Rectory and of course drinks will available all day from the Millstone. Please make a date in your diaries for our Village Day

Village Ladies
Our next luncheon is on Wednesday, 18 May, at The Golden Pheasant, Etton at 12.30 pm.  Please confirm by Friday 13 May.  (Joan 740 396)

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.

Christian Aid Week 15-22 May
There will be no door to door envelope collection this year. This is because there are no volunteers. I am not too sad about this because it seems to reflect a growing trend. A lower proportion of Christian Aid’s current funding is achieved by this means than in the past and this is the experience of other charities.
The modern way is to make a regular donation by direct debit. Contact PO Box 100, London SE1 7RT. Tel 0207 7620 4444. Email One-off donations by credit card or similar means are of course also welcome.
Or you may wish to become involved in projects. Contact our local group: Christian Aid Upper Rooms, Loughborough LE11 1TG. Tel 01509 265013. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Again, you might find ideas on the main website: where you will find, for instance, details of a Big Brekkie pack.
Please try to contribute somehow if only by attending a dedicated coffee morning. Christian Aid is the churches’ main charity, not just Anglican, but embracing many denominations, truly ecumenical. It operates world wide and is insistent that “ the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty”
Note the insistence on a full life. A TV comedian of proven good will once put up on the screen a picture of an African girl, about 15 years of age. He said, “this is Lobo, she has to walk 20 miles to the nearest disco”. Many a true word John Tanner

Buttercross Club
Nine ladies made their way to Burghley House for the annual daffodil walk. The weather was kind and we enjoyed our stroll through the gardens, and we were relieved that the daffodils were still in bloom, having started flowering so early this year! We finished the morning off with coffee and pastries in The Orangery.
The April meeting was well attended and the ladies were treated to a very interesting talk, delivered by Jill Collinge, all about the history and architecture of Stamford. The talk was both very witty and informative. I think we all learned something new about Stamford, including famous visitors and residents and a glimpse into the beauty regimes of the Georgian wealthy socialites and their ‘Waterloo’ teeth!
The next meeting on May 4th, will be a Cheese and Wine evening, which will mark the start of our 30th Anniversary celebrations. Members are allowed to bring along one guest, for whom there will be a £2 charge.

Bainton and Ashton pub night
The next pub night is on Friday 13th May at Limrose, Barnack road, Bainton, courtesy of Clive and Linda.  Normal pub night rules apply. A list of the pub nights throughout the year is below. 
June 10th -Matt & Jo Durrands, Springfield house, Meadowgate
July 8th-Rob & Pam, Blue Boar, Helpston road, Bainton
August 12th- Susie & Martin-Gamekeepers cottage-Ashton
September 9th- Sereena Davey, 1 Meadowgate, Tallington road, Bainton
October 14th-Michael & Irene, Hawthorn farm, Ashton
November 11th - Peter & Brigette, Ufford road, Bainton
December 9th- Bainton House Tallington road, courtesy of Chris and Sophie
For any more info on pub night or to go on the email list, contact Rob  01780 740709

Clean for the Queen in Barnack
2016 marks the Queen’s 90th birthday and to celebrate this momentous occasion the nation has been encouraged to ‘clean for the Queen’.  The Parish Council would ask that you help this initiative by picking up any litter you spot on your local streets.  Also, please join us in supporting The Community Association’s ‘Village Day’ on 12th June.  If you would like to fly your flag, or bunting, for the Queen it would be great to decorate your homes in preparation for the village festivities.

Friends Of St. Andrew’s Ufford
Following the adoption of St. Andrew’s by the Churches Conservation Trust and its re-opening last July the last piece in the jigsaw was the establishment of a local group to work with Trust to promote the church’s heritage, ensure its upkeep and foster its use. So, on Thursday 31 March, a meeting was held of those who had attended the conservation events or the re-opening ceremony and expressed an interest in becoming a Friend of St. Andrew’s.  Peter Hudson was elected as Chairman of the Friends’ Group, Keith Lievesley as Secretary and Jane Ash as Treasurer. David and Kate Ames and Peter Symonds were elected as Committee Members. In order to guarantee availability of funds to carry out the above remit it was agreed that annual membership will be £10-00 for individuals and £15-00 for families. If anyone who did not sign up at the open days would like to support St. Andrew’s and protect its future then please contact Jane Ash (email : This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) to obtain a membership/standing order form. Your support would be greatly appreciated. Keith Lievesley, Secretary 

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 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 WI
The next meeting is on Tuesday May 10th at 7.30pm in Barnack Village Hall.
Maureen Hudson will talk about Genealogy. She will show us how we might start our own family trees and uncover our ancestors’ stories.   Please join us.  Guests and new members are welcome. Contact Beryl Burrows 749554 for further information.

Barnack & District Royal British Legion - Funeral of Archie Dick
The Chapel at Marholm Crematorium was full to overflowing as family and friends met to say farewell to much-loved branch member Wing Commander Archie Dick, who died in his 93rd year. The Humanist service was led by Vanessa Corbishley, who gave the eulogy, and there were readings of “High Flight” by family friend John Sessions, “Fear no More” by his grandson Tom Dick and a family tribute by his daughter Frances Parker. RAF Wittering was represented by Wing Commander Georgina Williams, the current holder of the post once held by Archie at the base, and the Air Training Corps by Squadron Leader David Francis. The entrance music was the intermezzo from Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana”, “Eriskay Love Lilt” formed the background to the Time for Reflection and the exit music, chosen by Archie himself, was “Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines”.
Archie, born in Brazil to Scottish parents and with Portuguese as his first language, had a long and distinguished career in the RAF, including as a Lancaster pilot with Bomber Command, flying Halifaxes in Palestine, piloting Hastings during the Berlin Airlift (under the command of “Wings” Day), as an instructor on the Vampire and Jet Provost, navigating a Canberra to New Zealand and back, Officer Commanding the School of Refresher Flying at RAF Manby, training National Servicemen, Staff Officer at Command HQ in Cyprus, attending the Royal Navy Staff College at Greenwich and, his final appointment, OC Admin Wing at RAF Wittering. On his retirement from the RAF, Archie became Wing Administrative Officer with the Air Training Corps. Retiring from that post at the age of 65, he very contentedly devoted his time to his family and playing golf.

Concert Ufford Church
There will be a concert in St Andrew’s Church on Saturday 9th July starting at 7 30. More information in the June Parish News!

Bainton & Ashton Patrons Lunch
To celebrate the Queens 90th  Birthday Sunday 12th June 2016 12:00 noon until about 3:00pm  To coincide with The Queens
Patrons Lunch being held on The Mall and celebrated  across the UK, Bainton & Ashton residents  are invited  to join our own picnic in the centre of the village.
From proceeds of the Jubilee celebration, a special savoury picnic box will be provided free to the first 90 residents that apply.
Tea, Coffee and a toast to the Queen will be provided and as at the Jubilee celebrations we would like people to bring along a home
made Red, White & Blue themed dessert to share with the village.  (Bring it on the day to the Church.)
Some tables and chairs will be available  but feel free to bring your own picnic chairs, table, rugs to set up in a spot of your choosing. Apply now to reserve you ticket and picnic box
Call either Sheila Bratley (740269) 
or Ian Abbott-Donnelly (740009)

Jack’s Journey Update:
We want to say a big thank you to the Barnack Community Church and congregation for their recent donation of £100 from their Christmas collection.
We also want to say a big thank you to the owners of the Stamford Cheese Cellar (Barnack residents). Karen has been donating the proceeds from charging for carrier bags to Jack’s Journey and has already raised £85.87!
We would like to say an enormous THANK YOU for all of the wonderful support we have had with our fundraising for Jack’s Journey so far! We have raised over £30,000 to date – we are over the halfway mark! Please continue to support us – we are so grateful to our fantastic community.

Race Night at the Millstone Inn –
On Sat 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.

Bateman’s Auction – 10th June:
We are holding an Auction for Jack’s Journey on Friday 10th June and already have some amazing lots including various signed sporting memorabilia, tickets, spa days and ‘promises’ from different companies and individuals. If you have something that you could donate for the auction, we would be very grateful to hear from you. Please contact Shona Rickard on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07921 724207.

Party in the Paddock – 12th June:
As part of the Barnack Queen’s birthday celebrations, we will be hosting ‘Party in the Paddock’ on Sunday 12th June from 2pm. Reverend Dave Maylor has kindly offered his beautiful walled paddock as the venue for the event (opposite the Millstone Inn).
There will be live music from different bands, food, games, competitions and fun for the children throughout the afternoon and evening.
To help us make the event as fantastic as we can for our community, we are asking for help with the following:
•    Do you have a marquee / gazebo we can borrow on the day?
•    Are you able to volunteer for an hour on the day (manning a stall)?
•    Are you able to donate any cakes?
•    Do you have a large tarpaulin we can borrow on the day?
•    Do you have any square hay bales we can use for seating?
•    Do you have a laptop projector and screen suitable for playing movies that we could borrow?
•    Do you have an empty freezer we can borrow (for selling ice lollies)?
•    Can anybody help with the hire of a bouncy castle?
If you are able to help with any of the above, please contact Shona Rickard on 07921 724207 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
All proceeds will go 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!

The Coffee Stop – now on Wednesday mornings
The day for the weekly Coffee Stop has changed to Wednesdays and this seems to be working well.  Coffee Stop is held in Barnack Village Hall from 10.30am to 12.30pm, in the side room which is all set out like a proper coffee shop.  We serve cafetière coffee, lovely homemade cakes, scones and toasted teacakes all at very reasonable prices.   We have a play corner for little ones who come with mums, dads and grandparents.   It’s a good place to meet up with friends and to make new friends or for a break when out for a walk - just drop in whenever suits you.  Open to everyone - we look forward to welcoming you.    Please ring Anita Clark 740841 or 07880604186 if you want to find out more. 

Barnack Flower Group
A big thank you to overyone who contributed to the Easter flowers in St. John the Baptist Church and to the ladies who created the arrangements.
The next Flower Group meeting is on Wednesday 25th May in Barnack Village Hall at
2pm We have a visiting tutor from Werrington Flower Club. As well as being the President, Gill Shanks is a City & Guilds qualified tutor and has been teaching flower arranging for over 25 years. In Gill’s words ‘this is meant to be an afternoon of fun, friendship and flowers’.
Please check your email for the list of requirements or obtain a hard copy from
Ann Butland (01780 740121) or Joan Laycock (01780 740267).New members are welcome so if you have an interest in flower arranging please do come and join us.

Messy Church
The next Messy Church will be on Sunday June 19th, sorry there is no Messy Church in May.   See next month’s Parish Magazine for the details.  Please ring Sam Dunn on 07734853481 to find out more about Messy Church.

Men’s Breakfast
The next Men’s Breakfast will be on 21st May 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.     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! 

The Perils Of Walking From Bainton To Barnack
Before setting off on a walk, I would recommend that you put on walking boots (or even wellingtons in wet weather), an old jacket that you don’t mind being ripped, and a helmet with full face visor.
On leaving the centre of Bainton heading towards Barnack do not be distracted by the  views over the field to your right – keep your eyes peeled ahead for the first dangers –the wall may collapse by you or you could sprain your ankle walking on a wall stone; watch out for those brambles that hit you in the face and be careful not to trip where the pavement is cracking up.  The pavement is also very narrow in places with a lot of debris against the wall. 
After passing Park Lodge you now come to an area with rotten trees on the verge – be very careful here!  Branches can drop on your head or, if already fallen, will trip you up.  The overgrown verge and hedgerow have encroached onto the pavement to such an extent that you have to walk on the edge of the pavement to avoid being hit in the face - this also leads to the danger of being hit on the other side by the bus or lorry that comes wizzing round the bend.  This is also a favourite dog toilet area – watch out for the poo in the middle of the pavement.
As we head out into “no mans land” (neither Bainton nor Barnack’s responsibility) the pavement can be very erratic.  Various trip hazards – mainly vegetation sprouting up through the surface, uneven ground and breaking concrete.  If it is raining,  beware of puddles – on some days the pavement turns into a shallow stream and the blocked kerb gullies turn the road into huge ponds so you can be guaranteed a good soaking (forgot to mention to wear “waterproof trousers”).  The day following a downpour can be quite treacherous – the “puddles” have now turned into bowls of slimy mud – be careful not to slip and fall over.  When it is ploughing or harvest time be careful of the huge lumps of mud thrown up by the tractors – this is where walking boots come in handy for kicking them into the gutter. 
Whoops – don’t walk into the big dollop of horse manure in the middle of the pavement!! (Pause for thought – would Peterborough City Council allow the city centre pavements to reach such a terrible and dangerous state?)
If you have not already suffered a severe injury – you will now reach Barnack and Jingle Cottage – here again is another favourite pavement area for dogs.  (It was particularly bad December/January time when a large dog left fresh faeces almost every day, but not so bad recently).  Stride out now with not too many worries unless you are pushing a pram, as you will have to go onto the road to get round the car that is often parked on the pavement in front of the gate to the field with the horses.  On crossing the road and entering Main Street again be extremely careful in the Autumn and when wet – leaves are left for considerable periods of time and become decidedly dangerous (still very slippy on 5 April).  After this you can head to the Post Office with not too many worries – apart from the odd poo by the Church Wall – but if you have a dog with you – just check before you let it sit under the notice board outside the PO – it has been known for dog poo to be left there as well!!  Isobel Duff

Barnack Fun Run
The annual Barnack Fun Run took place on Sat 16th April. Three races; a Schools Challenge, 2.5K Fun Run and 5K Run with approximately 250 runners competing in total.  Many thanks to all local residents, Barnack Cricket Club, the Millstone Inn, the Community Association and the Parish Council for kindly working with us to enable the safe and smooth running of this event. Incredibly, this event requires 50+ volunteers, we are particularly grateful to members of the local community who gave up their time to help leading up to and on the day of the run. BSA.