News and Events June 2016

Barnack Pre-School Awarded Ofsted Outstanding

ofsted outstandingWe are delighted to announce that Barnack Pre-School has been awarded Ofsted Outstanding in its recent inspection.
The Pre-School was found to be Outstanding in every area.
Highlights of the report include:
•    Children’s happiness and successful learning are at the centre of everything the staff and management do.
•    Children are extremely confident and happy in this pre-school. They quickly settle to their chosen activities when they arrive and separate from their parents with ease. Children’s behaviour is excellent.
•    Staff know children extremely well. They use observations to identify children’s starting points and next steps in learning. Staff are skilled in extending children’s interest and learning through linking activities together, both indoors and outside. They recognise that some children prefer to learn outside and make excellent use of the garden area to promote children’s curiosity.
•    All children make rapid progress, preparing them for future learning and school.
•    Managers and staff undertake continual reflection of practice and develop robust action plans to enable them to respond to children’s changing needs. They are committed to continually looking at ways to develop children’s thinking and how to link their ideas and experiences together.
•    The committee and management team work exceptionally well together. Highly effective communication and respect result in staff being very well supported.
Barnack Pre-School is situated 3 miles from Stamford. It is open term time 9am-3pm and accepts children from the age of 2. The Pre-School has a forest school ethos and is purpose built and well resourced with a lovely garden – perfect for young explorers. It is managed by a voluntary parent run committee.
Barnack Pre-School is currently enrolling for September. For further details or to arrange a visit, please contact Diane Wright: 01780 749355 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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

Bainton & Ashton Family Day - Save the date
Kick off Stall Holders Meeting
NOTE CHANGE OF DATE: Tuesday 26th May
7.30pm, Bainton Reading Room
2016 BAINTON & ASHTON FAMILY DAY
Sunday 3rd July

Concert in St Andrews Church Ufford
The concert will be on Saturday 9th July at 7 30 by St Martins Singers. Stamford’s  choir of female voices. The program will include the best bits of Messiah plus music by Faure  Theodore Morrison and Poulenc . Tickets are £8, concessions £6 including a glass of wine. Accompanying school children free. Tickets and are available from Sally Hudson 01780 740475. Proceeds to Friends of St Andrews and Churches Conservation Trust.

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Barnack Youth Club
Youth Club takes place in Barnack Village Hall on the Friday’s listed below (generally every fortnight) from 7.30 – 9pm during school term time. Youth Club takes place in Barnack Village Hall on the Friday’s listed below (generally every fortnight) from 7.30 – 9pm during school term time.
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.
Remaining Youth Club Calendar Dates for 2016 school year are as follows:- May 27th, June 10th & 24th and July 8th & 22nd.
We will also be holding a taster session for the current Year 5 & 6 children only on Friday June 17th 7.15-8.45pm. Come along and have a taste of what Youth Club will be like when you are in Year 7. A form must be completed either before or on the evening. Parents to sign children in and out.  For further information or a membership form please call Kerrie Garner on 01780 740118.

Village Ladies Group
Our lunch this month will be at The Waggon & Horses, Langtoft, on 15 June at 12.30 pm.  Please let Joan know by Friday, 10 June, if you would like to come (740 396).

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

Buttercross Club
On May 4th the Buttercross Club began its 30th Anniversary celebrations with a Cheese and Wine Evening in the Reading Rooms. This meeting was the first of three celebratory events, to represent each of the three decades. This was a very fitting event for the first decade, as the very first meeting of the Buttercross Club was also a Cheese and Wine evening hosted by Mary Birkbeck at Bainton House!
The evening was well attended by members and their guests, who were treated to an array of cheeses, breads, chutney and grapes, all washed down with a selection of wines, which was courtesy of good housekeeping on the part of the  treasurer. Guests were just asked to make a small payment towards the cost of the cheese , biscuits and fruits.
Members also enjoyed looking down memory lane in the many photo albums assembled over the years. In our thoughts during the evening was Elaine Ward, a long standing member,who had passed away only days before our meeting. The second decade will be celebrated by a visit to Easton Walled Gardens on 1st June, where we will have a guided tour around the garden, followed by tea and cake. The cost will be £14 per member.
The tour starts at 6pm, but we shall meet at 5pm at the reading rooms so that we can car share. The third decade will be celebrated with a summer party on 6th July with musical entertainment from Stewart and Friends, at the Reading Rooms. This will be an earlier start at 6pm, and is an open meeting for which there will be a small charge, for both members and guests.

Coffee Morning  Saturday 18th June 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!       

The Barnack with Ufford Village Fete
The Barnack with Ufford Village Fete will be held in Barnack churchyard and church on Saturday 25 June. Julie Stanton has kindly agreed to be the special guest and cut the tape at the west gate at 2.00pm.
Plans are well in hand and it promises to be a busy and thoroughly enjoyable afternoon for all age groups. There will be things to buy, competitions to enter, raffles and a tombola to enjoy, a wide variety of stalls including homemade cakes, paper backed books, jumble jars for the children, Phoenix Cards, good quality second hand goods and collectables, together with a good variety of craft stalls with a variety of hand made craft items, bags, jewellery, and new for this year’s fete the Stamford Cheese Cellar will have a stall with their excellent selection of cheeses.
There will also be plenty for the children with a variety of games for them to enjoy.
Teas with homemade cakes will be served throughout the afternoon.
All we need is a bright and sunny day, but if it is wet it will all be inside the church. Do come along and bring your whole family and all your friends to enjoy the afternoon together.

The Barnack Parish Home Group.
Want to learn more about the Bible and share some time together?  Come and join the Barnack Parish Home Group which meets on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, in school term time, from 7.30-9.00pm.  The meetings are hosted by Liz Young and led by Mike Mills.  In recent weeks, we have been talking about “Christian Disciplines”, and we’ll be continuing this series on June 7 and June 21. 
After the summer, there will be the final session in this series on “Christian community” on September 6.   The new series, starting on September 20, will be on “Heroes of Faith”.  We now have about 15 members in the group, but there is always space for more! 
If you would like to join the Group, please contact Liz (tel. 740347) or Mike (tel. 740285).  We would be delighted to welcome you!

Celebrating Pentecost with Barnack School
Barnack School celebrated Pentecost with a morning of activities followed by a church Service in the afternoon.
Rev Dave started the day by telling all the children the story of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was given to Jesus’ disciples. There was a sound of rushing wind, flames appeared above the disciples’ heads and they found they were able to speak in many languages. Such a story is full of symbols and the children went away to work on them. The oldest children learnt to say ‘Holy Spirit’ in many different languages.
Some made pictures of doves with transparent backing that they have placed on their classroom window. Year1 cooked dove biscuits and made colourful envelopes in which to take them home……..though many were eaten before they reached their destination! Years 3 and 4 made a fantastic banner which includes not only people leaping for joy on Pentecost day as they heard the Good News, but also carries the words of the gifts of the Spirit. The banner can be seen attached to the screen in Barnack Church. It is very special. The smallest children made necklaces with the gifts of the Spirit…love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control on paper ‘beads’ which they coloured. They hung these on a twig in the church during the service.
It was a very special day when the whole school learnt so many things about the Christian Festival of Pentecost. Canon Margaret

Celebrating Pentecost - by a Barnack School Pupil
Today here at Barnack School we have been celebrating Pentecost throughout the year groups. In Foundation they have been colouring the fruits of the spirit such as: joy, goodness and so on. They then made a necklace out of them. In Year 1 they have made dove biscuits (they smell amazing)! Year’s 2, 3 and 4 were drawing pictures of Pentecost like flames, doves and people. In Year 5 they created pictures of people from over the world saying Holy Spirit in a selected language for the different languages the disciples could speak and finally in my class, Year 6, we made mini windmills to symbolise the wind that gave the disciples the Holy Spirit. Then we all went to the village church and had a service led by Reverend Dave. Overall today has really helped us all understand the true meaning of Pentecost that Jesus is always with us to the end no matter what.’

The Good News Van
The Van will be in Barnack on Tuesday morning June 21st at Pam Mills home,17 Bishops Walk from 11am until noon. All are welcome to come for a chat, coffee and to view the books & videos available to borrow
Barnack Flower Group
Our next flower group workshop will be held on Wednesday 22nd June 2016 in Barnack Village Hall at 2pm. We will create a contemporary design under the leadership of our Tutor, Pam Ingham. You will remember Pam as the demonstrator at our highly successful open meeting in December. The list of requirements will be emailed where possible. Hard copy available from Ann Butland (01780 740121)   or Joan Laycock (01780 740267). It is important you let Ann Butland know by Wednesday 15th June if you will be attending as some items will be purchased for your use.

Barnack Church Bell Ringers 
Barnack Church are currently looking for more volunteers  to become bell ringers, full training will be provided at St Kyneburgha Church, Castor on Saturday mornings 10.00am-12.00 noon. Anybody who is interested in becoming a campanologist please contact Rachel 07425 144998.

Parking In Barnack.
The Parish Council has received a number of complaints about inappropriate parking in the Village.  Please can residents think about where they leave their vehicles, so that they are not obstructive or parked illegally.
Examples include:  Parking on pavements, particularly along Uffington Road, preventing residents using wheelchairs or pushchairs continuing their journey safely; parking too close to junctions, particularly at the bottom of Bishops Walk; parking across residents’ driveways causing restricted access and double-parking along School Road preventing emergency vehicles gaining access to the School. 
Please help keep the residents of Barnack safe by parking considerately.
Barnack Parish Council

Pottery Open 18th & 19th June
As part of Rutland and Stamford Open Studios Katherine Winfrey will once again be opening her pottery workshop to the public. Come and see some pots being made and a display of Katherine’s work.
10am - 4pm, Saturday & Sunday, The Old Butcher’s Shop, The Square, Barnack.

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 will be on 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th.  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 is 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.  To find out more please call Julie Stanton 749123.

The Coffee Stop – Weds mornings
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 is 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. 

Men’s Breakfast
The next Men’s Breakfast will be on Saturday 4th June 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 is 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! 

Messy Church
This month’s Messy Church will be on Sunday 19th June 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 Sam Dunn on 07734853481.

Friends of Barnack Church 200 Club
Recent winners have been
May:     £20   No. 186    L. Harley
    £10   No. 66      J. Ward
    £5     No. 198    M. Perkins
June:    £20   No.  153   J. Irving-Bell
    £10   No.  80     V. Ward
    £5     No.  176   L. Huckerby

Jack’s Journey Update:
We had a brilliant month of fundraising in April. The Barnack 2.5km Fun Run was such a fantastic day, with Jack himself actually taking part in the event. The sponsorship that Jack raised, added to that of his fellow pupils at Barnack Primary School, amounted to £2,000! This was very generously matched by Stamford XT (ex tablers), meaning £4,000 was added to Jack’s fund. Thank you to all of those that raised sponsorship for Jack!
We also want to say a big thank you to local resident, Matt Tyers, who did a skydive at Sibson for us in April. He raised an absolutely amazing £1,480.00! Well done to a very brave Matt!
The Race Night at the Millstone Inn, was also a great success. Thank you to Malinda and the team for hosting us and to all of the villagers that supported the event – we raised a fantastic £1,079.78!
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 now raised over £40,000 – please continue to support us – we are getting there!

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 12pm. Reverend Dave Maylor has kindly offered his beautiful walled paddock as the venue for the event – The Rectory, Millstone Lane (opposite the Millstone Inn). Entry is £5 per family (2 adults plus children) or £2 per person. There will be live music from different bands, a fully licensed bar, food, games, a tree climbing competition, ferret racing, bouncy castles, cream teas and fun for everyone throughout the afternoon and evening.  There will also be a Barnack’s Got Talent competition for children and adults – if you have a talent, and would like to enter, please contact Donna Sackree for an entry form 07789 817505 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - completed applications to be received by June 1st 2016).

Barnack School Choir & Botolph Ladies Singers – 27th June:
On Monday 27th June at 7pm, there will be a musical evening featuring the Barnack school choirs and also the Botolph ladies choir. The concert will take place in the hall at Barnack Primary School starting at 7.00pm and finishing at 8.30pm. In the interval we will be serving food & drink. Everyone from the village is welcome to join us. Entry is £3 an adult. To book a place, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Bateman’s Auction – 22nd July:
We are holding an Auction for Jack’s Journey on Friday 22nd July, 7pm at Bateman’s Auctioneers, Ryhall Road, Stamford. We have some amazing lots including various signed sporting memorabilia, tickets, spa days and ‘promises’ from different companies and individuals.
Entry is £5 and includes a program and drink on arrival. If you are unable to make the event, ‘live’ bidding can take place on the night by visiting www.the-saleroom.com.

Jack’s Journey Ball – 15th October:
Save the date! We will be holding the ball in The Ballroom, Stamford Arts Centre on Saturday 15th October, 7.30pm. There will be a 3 course meal, cooked by the extremely talented head chef Dameon Clarke from The Wicked Witch.
We have a fantastic band booked and will have a raffle and photo booth. More details to follow…
All proceeds from the above events 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 www.justgiving.com - Jackrickardsjourney

Barnack WI
The next meeting is on Tuesday June 14th at 7.30pm in Barnack Village Hall. Freida Gosling and Mike Clatworthy will give us an insight into the history and archaeological findings at Torpel Manor Field. This is an impressive Scheduled Ancient Monument found on the edge of Helpston. Please join us.  Guests and new members are welcome. Call Beryl Burrows 749554 for more info.

Sunny Hunny Trip - 2nd July 2016
Lots of traditional seaside fun for all ages
Coach Leaves Barnack Village Hall at 9am,  for a day on the beach at Old Hunstanton,
please bring your own picnic lunch.
Mid afternoon the coach takes us to the town of Hunstanton where we can buy ourselves fish and chips for tea, before leaving at approx 6pm to return home.
£5 per adult for the coach. children free.
Please pay by Tuesday 28th June.
Contact Julie 749123 to find out more and to put your name down for the trip.

Barnack Parish Church Summer Fete Raffle
Please get your raffle tickets for the Barnack Church Summer Fete Raffle and support your local Church. Tickets are £1 each with many wonderful prizes to be won. 1st Prize: HTC one A9 MOBILE Phone, 2nd Prize: Case of wine, 3rd Prize: Champagne & canapes for 2 at the George Hotel, 4th Prize: Family Pass for Burghley House and Gardens, plus many more Prizes. Raffle tickets are available from Rev Dave Maylor, The Barnack Post Office and the Millstone Pub, Barnack. The Grand Draw will take place at the Barnack Parish Church Summer Fete on Saturday 25th June at 3.30pm.   

Tuesday at The Barn
During Lent 2007, some people from Helpston attended a Lent Course at Glinton where the emphasis was on singing.  We enjoyed it so much, we decided we should like to sing more regularly, and not always the usual hymns, but more modern songs.  At the same time, our Reader, Mark Hotchkin expressed a wish to do some bible study with a group.  We decided to put the two ideas together and hoped that as a mid-week regular meeting, we might encourage each other, learn together and hopefully attract some people on the ‘outside’ of church, who might find just stepping over the threshold of a church difficult.  It was, I suppose a kind of ‘Fresh Expression’.  There were about eight of us and the music was led by two members of Eye Church, Tony Edge and Lionel Brown who enjoyed modern music and were looking for an outlet for ministry.  The Bible Study was led by Mark, who now exercises his ministry in the Glinton Benefice.  Our idea met with some opposition at first.
But so it was that Tuesday at the Barn came into being.  We continue as a group of about eight (there have been a few changes among the faces), and we stick to the name so that there is no excuse for anyone to not know when we meet!  We meet at Botolph’s Barn, Church Lane, Helpston, which the church was fortunate to purchase some years ago.  It is a very suitable setting, with, (what seems to us), a special holiness about the upstairs room which we appropriately dubbed ‘The Upper Room’ from the start.  Rev Dave finds it a perfect venue for the service for Maundy Thursday as the church gathers to commemorate the Last Supper.
It has always been an ecumenical group when EVERYONE is welcome from whatever denomination or, indeed anyone who has no faith at all.  It is an opportunity to listen to the Bible and to others, adding our own opinions if we want to, and there are no judgemental attitudes about what anyone thinks or says.  Having said that, as Leader of this group, I use texts to help me which are approved by the C of E.  Mostly we use the NRSV version of the Bible.
We meet at 7.30 am and usually have a look at the texts according to the Lectionary (recommended readings), from the previous Sunday.  We explore anything useful (or puzzling!) that the preacher has said.  One member is from the Glinton Benefice so we get input from more than one source on that.  We don’t pretend to have all the answers, but as we continue to meet, we do feel we grow in faith and thereby closer to Our Lord.
The Bible Study lasts about three quarters of an hour, when we have a cup of tea/coffee and at 8.30 we have our Worship session.  This is for about half an hour and is a time which we find strengthening and uplifting.  Beginning with a prayer, we incorporate some sentences from the texts we have studied.  There is a slot for Intercessory prayer, where some speak and some are silent.  We sing about five songs, which are actually not very modern dating from the seventies and eighties, and occasionally introduce some new ones.  There is also a five minute time for silent prayer when we can be still and listen to God or worship him in silence – a rare opportunity when our world is full of noise and a something which in our busy lives we can find hard to achieve on our own at home.
There are several groups operating in the Benefice, I know, but we should love to have some new people come along.  If you just want to come to the Bible Study, you are welcome to leave at the break (as some do), or alternatively, if you would just like to pray and worship with us, come at 8.30pm.
As we close with the Lord’s Prayer and the Grace, we go home refreshed.
If you have yet to visit us, please make the effort while the evenings are light and travel is easy.  When you try something new, you can, as Gerard Hughes says be ‘Surprised by God’.
If you are thinking about God and want to find him, but find Sunday services difficult, come along, be easy, ask the questions, rest awhile. If you already have a faith, come for the Bible, when we have time to read those parts we don’t always get at church, or to sing (for as we all know singing is healthy).  We are a varied group with varied views – just like the good old Church of England - all welcome under His Banner of Love.
For further info contact Sue Young ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )