News and Events September 2016

clerk vacancyVacancy for Ufford Parish Clerk

Ufford Parish Council has an immediate vacancy for a Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer.  Home-based, flexible working, 20 hours per month, including attendance at one evening meeting. Overtime required at times.   Experience of Local Council administration ideal; you will need to have excellent organisational skills and be prepared to attend training.  Computer literate and able to manage all financial matters.  Employed only, starting salary £16,772 - £19,939 FTE depending on experience.  Enquiries and CV to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Closing date 19 September 2016.

Barnack& District Branch, Royal British Legion
The Branch AGM was held at the White Hart, Ufford at 1230 on Wednesday 27 July 2016. Reports were received from the Chairman (Charles Clark), the Secretary (Max Sawyer), the Membership Secretary Geoff Dunkley), the Welfare Member (Mrs Elizabeth Young) and the Treasurer (Ken Waller). Full minutes of the meeting may be found on the Branch website

The Buttercross Club
The meeting on Wednesday, August 3rd, was a Beetle Drive organised by Janette Abbott-Donnelly and Jane Mason. It was a really enjoyable evening with a pretty good turnout of members considering that at this time of year people are holidaying, entertaining grandchildren and so on. Small prizes were awarded after each game – one for the first to complete a beetle and one for the person who never got started. (You needed to throw a six to begin!) There were some amusing variations, such as the Ashton version, the Bainton version, the most feminine beetle and so on!  At the end of the evening we added up our scores for each game and the person with the highest score won the big prize. The person with the lowest score received the booby prize.
Diary Dates
At our next meeting on Wednesday, September 7th, we will be welcoming someone from Hambleton Bakery. The usual starting time of 7:45 applies and it promises to be an interesting evening.
The Harvest Supper will be on Wednesday,  October 5th, at 7pm for 7:30. Tickets will be £10 a head (to include a glass of wine on arrival).  They will be on sale in September. As usual this event is open to the guests of Buttercross members.

Barnack Youth Club
Barnack Youth Club has a break over the Summer holidays and resumes on Friday 9th September.
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.
We look forward to welcoming the new Year 7’s, please ensure you bring along completed membership forms, alternatively a parent can complete one when you come along to the first session.
Youth Club Calendar Dates for 2015-16 school year are as follows:- September 9th & 23rd, October 7th & 21st, November 11th & 25th, December 9th, January 6th & 20th, February 3rd & 17th, March 3rd,17th & 31st, April 28th, May 12th & 26th, June 9th & 23rd and July 7th & 21st.
For further information or a membership form please call Kerrie Garner on 01780 740118.

Ufford Playground Update:
Good news! the new play equipment has been ordered and will be installed either the first or second week of September. During this one week period the whole field will need to be closed, and we apologise for the inconvenience this may cause, but it is essential for safety and for the correct installation of the equipment. The equipment will be available for use as soon as the installation is complete.
We are trying to organise a volunteer party to paint the football goals and renovate the existing bench so that the whole area looks smart when the new equipment is installed - if you can offer time/ skills/ outdoor paint or varnish please contact Karen on 749 581.
There will be an official opening event on 24th September at 2pm at the playground, followed by tea and cakes at the Village Hall. More details to follow.
Finally we would like to request that dog owners please clear up after your pet. There have been reports of fouling on the playground which can pass on parasites and illness to children using the area as well as being really unpleasant. There is a dog waste bin located near the entrance for owners to use.

Ufford Quiz Night
Friday 21st October, 7.30pm: Following the last successful and competitive quiz night, there will be another quiz night in the village hall. Tickets are £10 per head which includes ploughman’s platter, and bring your own drinks. Tickets available only in advance, please contact Emma on 07769 587742.

Bainton & Ashton Family Day-Charitable Donations
As reported in last month’s Parish News, we had another very successful Family Day blessed by good weather and enjoyed by all at which total of over £3,500 was raised.
It has been a long standing tradition that some of the funds raised on the day are donated to charities by the PCC as part of the Church’s charitable giving programme. In recent years we have donated between £1,000 and £1,500 per annum to a variety of local and national charities which have included UNICEF,Help for Heros, Children’s Society, Sue Ryder, Evergreen Trust, Stamford Foodbank and St Luke’s Hospice.
The donations are agreed at the PCC’s half yearly meeting in October and  we would be pleased to hear of any charities which members of the villages would like us to consider supporting. We cannot guarantee to support every nomination but all will be given serious consideration.
If anyone has a charity that they would like to nominate please e-mail Nigel Clough at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the end of September.

Bainton and Ashton pub night
The next pub night is on Friday August 12th-Courtesy of Martin and Susie at Gamekeepers cottage, High Field road, Ashton.       
Normal pub night rules apply. A list of the pub nights throughout the year is below. 
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, Orchards End, 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

Coffee Morning at the Allotments
Bainton and Ashton Allotment Association is having an open morning on Saturday, 17th September, from 10am until noon. Please come and visit our allotments, have a chat with members and buy some produce and plants. You will also be able to buy teas/coffees and cakes.

Request for copy of Ufford Village Photo 1999
Readers may recall that we had an Ufford village photo taken in 1999 of all the village inhabitants. I dragged mine out the other day but sadly damp has got into it and it has been damaged.
If anyone has an electronic copy of the photo and would be willing to email it to me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , I’d be most grateful to have a copy.
Bernard 01780740388

Bainton Harvest Festival Celebration
Please come along as we celebrate Harvest in Bainton Parish Church on Sunday 2nd October at 5 o’clock
Followed by refreshments
If you would like to, please bring along donations to our food bank appeal, non-perishable items only thank you
See you there

Second Sunday Fun
So our children’s church over in Wittering has had a name change. It’s now Second Sunday Fun as ..wait for it….we’ve moved it to the second Sunday of each month. 
We have also changed the time to a 10.30am start, running through to 11.30, nice time to finish just in time for lunch.  It’s still going to be the same format: again it isn’t a communion service and we will be looking at different themes which is then brought out in the craft activities we plan for the children.  The Lord’s prayer we looked at recently worked out really well.  Breaking it down line by line so one month we thought about our “asking” prayers and we made/coloured-in glasses to wear.  As sometimes we pray for things we want but with “God Glasses” on and when we pray we sometimes see things differently. 
We will still have 40 mins or so of activities and explain why we are doing whatever activity we are working on, then we all come together for a “Talk” where we explain the theme and how it links in with our faith.  We then do an incredibly 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 you think would love this sort of thing or you feel inclined to help out.  Kicking off again on September the 11th and then each second Sunday thereafter. 
For more information contact Su on 01780 740034 and for details of all the other church services please refer to the service information in the middle of this newsletter.  Thank you and hope to see you and your little ones there.

Village Ladies Group
Our next luncheon will be on 14 September, 12.30pm, at The Fitzwilliam Arms, Marholm.  Please contact Joan (740396) by Friday, 9 September.

Little Lambs
Little Lambs Toddler Group takes place every Tuesday (in term time) at Barnack Village Hall from 10am-12pm.  Little Lambs re-starts on 13th and then will meet on 20th and 27th 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.
Little Lambs is run by Barnack Church.

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. 
Coffee Stop is run by Barnack Church.

Men’s Breakfast
The next Men’s Breakfast will be on Saturday 10th September 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! 
Men’s Breakfast is run by Barnack Church.

Messy Church
There is no Messy Church in September.  

The Barnack Parish Home Group.
The Tuesday evening dates for the Barnack Parish Home Group are September 6th and 20th, October 4th and 18th, and November 1st and 15th.  We meet from 7.30-9.00pm at the home of Liz Young, with Mike Mills leading the group.  The final session in the series on “Christian community” will on September 6.   The new series will then be on “Heroes of Faith”.  We now have about 15 members in the group, but we would love to have some newcomers too. If you would like to join the Group, please contact Liz (tel. 740347) or Mike (tel. 740285).  We would be delighted to welcome you!

Barnack Church Bells
The purpose of this article is to let you know why the local church bells will be ringing on Monday nights.
The bells at Nassington Church have been rung continuously since 1552.  There are 5 bells, and the frame based in the tower has to support the total weight of nearly two tons.  Unfortunately this frame has deteriorated badly and has to be refurbished with parts of it replaced, (it was last replaced in 1920), if the bells are to continue ringing in future. The work will encompass removal of the bells and frame, rebuilding of the frame and the erection of the new frame and bells in the tower, plus improving the access into the bell chamber. A new bell was last added in 1640, soon after the spire was built, and we will add another bell as a part of this work, which was cast in May, as well as recasting two of the existing bells to improve the sound.
John Taylor and Co of Loughborough are bell founders, and have been appointed as the contractor for the work, at a cost of about £70,000, which is being funded by grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Peterborough Guild of Bell Ringers and donations.
In mid August, the bells and frame were removed from the tower, so are unavailable to ring until they are returned probably at the end of November.  The Nassington Bell Ringers are an enthusiastic group, who want to continue their practice every Monday evening, so whilst the bells are removed we will be going on tour to Barnack, Wansford, Thornhaugh and Warmington Towers.  We are very grateful to Churchwardens of the various parishes for their permission to ring the bells.
We will be ringing at Barnack on the second, third and fourth Monday each month, until the end of November. The purpose of choosing to ring at Barnack is that we know that there isn’t a regular practice there, although there are some young people who have learnt to ring over the past year, and we want to encourage them.  We will be ringing at the other Towers on the first Monday of the month in rotation, so Thornhaugh on September 5th, Warmington on October 3rd, and 31st, and Wansford on November 7th.  We may return to Thornhaugh on December 5th, if the Nassington bells are not ready to ring again.
Any local ringers will be very welcome to join us - we ring from 7.30 to 9pm. Please contact me if you want any further information, or would like to learn to ring.
Brian Hardie, Nassington Tower Captain
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 01780 783855

Coffee Morning  Saturday 17th September 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!       

Friends of Barnack Church 200 Club
Recent winners were,
£20    No. 96     P. Sindall
£10    No. 70     I. Graham
£5    No. 48       A. Kettleborough
£20    No. 101    I. Jackson
£10    No. 30     C. Fotheringham
£5    No. 18       D. Martin

Barnack Flower Group
We will be decorating St John the Baptist Church for a wedding on Saturday
17th September.  If you would like to help please let Ann Butland (740121
email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or Ann Wightman (740521) know. The schedule will be Wednesday 14th September at 1.30 pm to condition flowers, etc. and  Thursday 15th September at 9am to arrange flowers or give general assistance.
On Wednesday 5th October at 2pm in Barnack Village Hall our tutor will be Pat Symonds for a workshop entitled ‘Harvest Home’. Details of requirements will be circulated as usual or may be obtained from Ann Butland (as above) or Joan Laycock
(740267). New members always welcome.
Advance Notice: Christmas Open Evening in Barnack Village Hall on Monday 5th December.

Fotheringhay Choral Evensong
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Introit: Crux fidelis (John iv of Portugal)
Responses: Richard Ayleward
Setting: Walmisley in d minor
Anthem: Fauré Requiem
St Mary’s Singers
Guest Conductor: Anthony Zerillo
Accompanist: James Reed
The Parish Church of St Mary & All Saints