News and Events July 2016

heartBarnack & Pilsgate Defibrillator Training
Monday 4th July at 6pm in the Village Hall.
To book your place please call Susie on 07595 377236.

Barnack & Pilsgate  - We NEED Your Views!
Plans for traffic calming and chapel lane woodlands
Pop in to the Village Hall between 10am and 3pm on Saturday 2nd July 2016.
This is your chance to come and view plans for potential traffic calming measures in the villages and to look at plans for Chapel Lane Woodlands.
All feedback is welcome!
Call Susie on 07595 377236 for more information.

Rocket Science
Barnack School was lucky enough to be chosen to take part in astronaut Tim Peake’s Rocket Science experiment which started on 20th April and finished on 26th May.
We were sent two packets of rocket seed, one red and one blue, to grow in school. One packet has been in space on the International Space Station and one hasn’t, but we don’t know which is which!
The point of the experiment is to see what effect being in space has on seeds so that scientists know if plants could be grown in space in the future.
Year 4 were responsible for helping each class to plant and look after their seeds. We have recorded data throughout the experiment, such as the height of the seedlings and the percentage that were still alive at the end of the 35 days. We have entered our data into a national database and are now just waiting for Tim Peake to reveal which seeds were the ones that went into space.
We are very happy that our school was chosen to take part in the experiment and have really enjoyed it. We are excited to find out which seeds were which. I think the red packet went to space because there were slightly more rocket seedlings alive at the end from the red packet (Callum). I think that the blue packet went to space because the rocket grown from the blue packet seeds looked more yellow (Amelia).
By Callum McCutcheon and Amelia Kraskowska

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.

Barnack Bowls 200 Club
The winners for June are:
16     Jack Chung    £50
  7     Val Butcher    £30
17     George Butcher    £20
44     Pat Barton    £10

Buttercross Club
On 1st June, a very cool and very damp evening 16 ladies of the Buttercross Club met at Easton Walled Gardens, for a private tour of the gardens by Lady Cholmeley. It was a very interesting and informative tour of the Gardens, which cover over 12 acres and include a walled garden that dates back to Tudor times.
Lady Cholmeley began restoring the Gardens in 2002, which had been neglected since the start of the First World war, when the manor house was requisitioned. The gardens now reflect how parts of the estate may have looked over 450 years ago.
Afterwards we were treated to tea and delicious homemade cake, followed by a little retail therapy in the delightful shop.
At 6pm on July 6th we will be having the third of our our 30th anniversary celebrations, in the Reading Rooms, with music from Stewart and Friends, followed by supper. There will also be a small bar available on the evening. Tickets are £5 each, and can be purchased from Georgina Beresford. We are hoping to see many members and guests at what we are sure will be a very entertaining evening.
Our August meeting, on Wednesday 3rd we will be having a Beetle Drive, starting at our normal time of 7.45pm. Hopefully this should be a nostalgic and fun evening!

Little Lambs
Little Lambs Toddler Group takes place every Tuesday (in term time) at Barnack Village Hall from 10am-12pm, so this month it will be on 5th and 12th July.  Our last meeting on Tuesday 19th July will take the form of a summer outing to Burghley Park, meet by the ‘climbing tree’ at 10am and bring a picnic and any outdoor games your children enjoy.  If the weather is unsuitable we will meet in the Village Hall as usual.
Little Lambs re-starts on Tuesday 13th September.
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 about Little Lambs please contact Julie Stanton 749123.

The Coffee Stop – Wednesday 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 16th July 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 10th July 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.

Sunny Hunny Trip – Saturday 2nd July
We are looking forward to our annual all age coach outing to the beach at Old Hunstanton.  If you would be interested in joining us for a day of traditional seaside fun  please contact Julie Stanton 749123 to find out if seats are still available.

Coffee Morning  Saturday 16th July 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 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 call Rachel Wright 07425 144998.

Bainton and Ashton pub night
The next pub night is on Friday July 8th , courtesy of Rob & Pam, Blue Boar, Helpston Road, Bainton.
Normal pub night rules apply. A list of the pub nights throughout the year is below. 
August 12th- Susie & Martin-Gamekeepers Cottage, Ashton
September 9th- Steve and Sereena Davey, 1 Meadowgate, Tallington Road, Bainton
October 14th- Graham and Su, Westland’s, Ufford Road, Bainton
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

House Group, Helpston
The house group is run by Dave Maylor and hosted in Kay and Geoff Nichols’ house at 6 Glinton Road, Helpston every Thursday evening from 7.30 (ish) until 9.30 (ish) depending on our discussion . We have covered various subjects including J John’s series on the 10 Commandments and sections of the bible generally chosen by everybody. We are looking at Ephesians at the moment but we have also looked at Mark’s gospel. Everybody is catered for, wherever they are on their faith journey, as we all have something to bring to the table. We are a mixed age group who enjoy dipping into lots of different subject matter whilst enjoying good food and drink .
Geoff and I would welcome any body who is interested or would like to find out more about Jesus in a very informal environment. We have people who attend various churches in the vicinity of Helpston who bring different angles to all discussions. Anybody who would like more information please do ring me on 01733 252514 .”

Barnack WI
Freda Gosling and Mike Clatworthy gave a fascinating talk about Torpel Manor, which we intend to visit as part of our August Picnic.
The next meeting will be on Tuesday July 12th when Jill Coleman will be demonstrating jewellery design and the making of jewellery.
Everyone is welcome to join us and members are encouraged to bring along a guest for the evening.

Ufford Gala weekend
Following a very successful and enjoyable Ufford Gala Weekend the Village Hall and Social Committee is delighted that the funds raised were in the region of £2300! This will be divided between the playground improvement fund and the village hall fund. This donation completes the playground improvement fund and we continue with the Parish Council to the next phase of the project.
We have had much positive feedback about both the Open Gardens and the Ceilidh and hope that everyone enjoyed the events.
Finally the Committee would like to offer heartfelt thanks to all who opened their gardens, helped in the village hall and car park, offered use of their property, donated goods or cakes and supported our events in any way. 

Village Ladies Group
Our lunch this month will be on 13 July at The Ruddy Duck, Peakirk, at 12.30pm.  Please contact Joan by Friday, 8th July if you would like to come  (740 396)

Party in the Paddock
Although the British weather let us down a little bit, it didn’t deter over 600 people enjoying the fun! Huge thanks to the wonderful Reverend Dave Maylor his lovely wife Kim and their son Tom – not only for opening up their garden and beautiful walled paddock for the enjoyment of the Barnack community, but also for playing live music and baking delicious scones!
Many thanks to the army of volunteers who helped to make the event a great success – we couldn’t have done it without you and we are very grateful to you all.
Special thanks to Harold Croft for opening the day, Richard Noyes for his fantastic music and compering, Sam Trimmer Tree Services for the brilliant tree climbing competition, Woollard Electrical for preparing the electrics to power the event, Stoney Ford brewery for creating a special Jack’s Journey bitter, Donna Sackree for organizing Barnack’s Got Talent, Michelle & Mark Goodwin for clearing the site and TC Harrison, Stamford for sponsoring the event.
We raised around £3,000 which will be match funded by local group Stamford XT (ex-tablers) – meaning a wonderful £6,000 total for Jack’s Journey! Thanks to all those villagers who came and made it such a success! Lets hope we can repeat this family fun day next year!

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.
There will be an interval where we will be serving food and 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
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

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. 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.
The last and remaining Youth Club session for the school year is Friday July 8th.
Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to cancel the last Youth Club session on 22nd July. Apologies for this.
Youth Club sessions will resume in the Autumn term, the first one being on Friday 9th September 2016. All new Year 7’s will be very welcome, a membership form will need to be completed by parents/guardians either before or on the night.
For further information or a membership form please call Kerrie Garner on 01780 740118.

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”. 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 (740347) or Mike (740285). We would be delighted to welcome you!

Celebrating the Queen’s 90th Birthday in Barnack.
“The Servant Queen and the King she serves”.  This is the title of the beautiful publication produced by the Bible Society, HOPE and the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.  A copy was distributed to each household in Barnack in early June, prior to the open air service held in the village “square” on the 12th.  The title of the book was also used to illustrate the two main themes of the church’s “Songs of Praise” type celebration: the amazing commitment and service of Her Majesty, the longest reigning monarch in British history, to her people and indeed to people all over the world; together with her deep devotion and unwavering faith in God.  The church service started with the words that the Queen herself had said at her coronation in June 1953: “I have in sincerity pledged myself to your service, as so many of you are pledged to mine. Throughout all my life and with all my heart I shall strive to be worthy of your trust.” It then continued with hymns and songs of praise, with lively singing by the many members of the community who had been drawn together for the event, along with the choir of Barnack School, and with a group of children dancing to add to the worship of God.  Revd Dave Maylor led the service, gave a eulogy to the Queen, and spoke on the theme of service for others.  He also pointed to the lovely multi-coloured cross, composed of interwoven ribbons and fabric, that had been produced by church members to recognize and commemorate the recent bringing together of the local Community Church & the Anglican Church.  What a wonderful event it was, a time of thankfulness, commitment and friendship, with even the weather being kind!

Different Benefice Services
All Age Praise happens in Barnack church on the fourth Sunday of each month at 11am.  It isn’t a communion service, however we do still follow the set readings for that week.  Each service invariably will kick off with a light hearted way of looking at the bible passage from a different perspective to explain and introduce the theme.  There are hymns new and old, a “Talk” and prayers again that reflect the theme of the service and are in a differing formats.  Come along and learn about your faith, meet new people and explore this beautiful church.
First Sunday Fun is a different animal entirely.  It runs on the first Sunday of each month over at Wittering Church and could also be called Messy Church for children.  Again it isn’t a communion service and we have a theme which is brought out by the craft activities we plan for the children.  For example we have been looking at the Lord’s prayers and breaking it down line by line so one month we thought about “Communication” as this is how we can talk with God.  So we made telephones with a piece of string and a plastic cup – try it - it works.  We have 40 mins or so of activities and then we all come together for a “Talk” where we explain the theme and how it links in with our faith.  We then do a lively song – with actions – and then come to our prayers where we light candles for those people who need our prayers and who may not be with us at the moment.  We close with the Messy Church grace – with actions – it’s the best bit.  Please come along if you have little ones who would love this sort of thing or you feel inclined to help out.  This service on July 3rd will be at 11.  There will be no service in August but we start again in September when the time will then change to 10:30.  For more information contact Su on 01780 740034.