News & Events December 2016

New Years Day 2017
The Barnack Community Association (formally The Village Hall Committee) will be hosting a lunch on New Years Day 2017.
Tickets are available from Roy Chowings (740755) or Adrienne Collins (740124) and are £7.50 each.
We look forward to seeing you at the lunch, which will be served at 12:30, and please remember to bring your own booze!

Bainton and Ashton pub night
The next pub night is on Friday December 9th- Bainton House ,Tallington road, Bainton, courtesy of Chris and Sophie
Normal pub night rules apply.  The dates for 2017 pub nights are listed below for anyone wishing to host a pub night during 2017.
January  13th- Courtesy of Michael and Irene, Hawthorn Farm, Ashton
February  10th, March  10th, April  14th, May  12th, June  9th, July  14th,
August  11th, September  8th, Oct  13th, November  10th, December  8th
Thanks to everyone who has supported Bainton and Ashton pub nights throughout the year, either by hosting a pub night, or attending pub nights in the various locations between the two villages. Merry Christmas and a happy new year to all.

Christmas  Fete in the Acres Barnack
On the Saturday 3rd December at the Community  hall at 2.00pm.
With the following:
Raffle, Tombola, Craft Stall, Cake Stall
Do come along and join the fun.

Barnack Youth Cricket – 2016 Season Report
Barnack Youth Cricket Club recently celebrated the end of another very successful season. This year a total of 110 players signed up, coached by 14 volunteers, with teams at Under 8 and Under 9, as well as two Under 11 sides (the Arrows and the Blades).
The Under 11 Arrows won their league for the second year in a row and special prizes were awarded to the following players: Teddy Crooke (Batsman), Alex Spragg (Bowler), James Bennett (Fielder) and Ben Moore (Most Improved). The Under 11 Blades won more games than they lost and, as most were under 10 years old, will be around to compete again next year in the same league.
The Under 9 team featured 22 players, including 6 girls. They played a total of 8 matches and won half of them. Special prizes were awarded to Freddie St John (Batsman) and Jack Buik (Bowler). The prize for Overall Youth Player of the Year was awarded to Harry Leverton and The Mike Harley Sportsmanship Award went to Theo Gompertz.
Particular thanks go to Guy Spragg, who runs the Barnack Youth Cricket Club and invests a huge amount of his time and talents into its success.  An Under 13 side will be formed for the 2017 season, so hopefully the club will continue to go from strength to strength.

The Buttercross Club
At the penultimate meeting of 2016 on Wednesday, November 2nd, Sheila Bratley brought along red, gold or silver Christmas Crackers which had been specially designed for flower arranging,  and which would look attractive on the dining table at Christmas. She also supplied the wherewithall to do either a dry display or a fresh flower display. First she provided us with a master class on how to make an attractive arrangement and then we chose our Christmas Cracker and we each proceeded to make one for ourselves. The finished displays were set out on a table where they looked most impressive. We are very grateful to Sheila for organising the evening and it was pleasing to see such a full house.
The next meeting is on December 7th and is our Christmas celebration. Please bring along a ‘Secret Santa’ Christmas present up to a value of £5 and a plate of savoury or sweet food for our annual Christmas buffet. Drinks will be provided. If you have a vintage or antique item whose purpose isn’t exactly obvious, please bring it along as we are having a competition to see who can come up with the most accurate description of the item’s function.
The new Buttercross year begins on Wednesday, February 1st,  2017, when we have our AGM. Events diaries will be issued at this meeting.  We also welcome new members so anyone wishing to join please make a note of the date.

Barnack Bowls 200 Club
The winners for November are:
32    Rosemary Roberts  £25
  9    Peter Sindall          £15
  2    Ann Butland           £10
A Happy Christmas to everyone.

Children’s Christmas Party
We will be holding our annual children’s Christmas party in Ufford Village Hall on Saturday 10th December, from 3.30pm - 5pm. There will a disco, games and a special visit from Santa and then a kids tea at the White Hart to follow. Tickets are £5 per child, please reserve in advance by contacting Emma on 07769 587742.

Carol Service
This years carol service will be at St Andrews Church, Ufford on Saturday 17th December at 4pm, with refreshments to follow at the village hall. We hope to see you all there.

Carol Singing
We will be taking festive cheer around Ufford with a tractor and trailer based carol singing on Tuesday 20th December. Meet outside the White Hart at 6.30pm. All welcome.

Please Save the following items:
POSTAGE STAMPS. Please save your used postage stamp.
YORKSHIRE TEA PRODUCTS Please save the barcode as they buy wheelchairs. For example an 80 teabag pack has a value of 1 unit 75 units buys & delivers a wheelchair.
If you require further information about this charity please visit the website below.
Please save these for me.
Many thanks,
Anne Harrison-Smith
Willow Cottage,Church Lane,Bainton

Vehicle Break In Attempt
I just thought that the residentsof Barnack should know that someone attempted to break into my van on the 9th November.  The person has used a sharp object and tried to force the back doors open but failed. The police have been notified, even though they cannot do anything.
If you leave your vehicle parked outside, you should be aware that there may be someone intending to try to break into it.

Barnack WI .
On Tuesday 8th November the speaker was Mr Ian Burrows who spoke about Peterborough Gentleman’s Society.
Our next meeting will be on December 13th which will be our A.G.M. We will have to elect a new Chairman as Beryl Burrows has done her  3 years and we are looking for anyone who feels they would like to take on this role. We would also like members for the committee and some-one to look after the refreshments.
We will then follow on with our social evening, singalong and refreshments served as usual by the committee.

Barnack Flower Group.
We are having our Open meeting with a demonstration by Pam Ingham in the village Hall at 7.00 for 7.30pm. Pam will inspire us with “Festive Flowers” and will raffle the arrangements afterwards. There will be mulled wine and mince pies included in the £5.00 ticket price.
Tickets still available from the committee or on the door .

Church Decorating Help Required
On Thursday 15th December at 1.30pm we would welcome help with arranging the evergreens and candles in the windows over the altar and down the side of the church. We would like Holly and other greenery if anyone has any to spare, please contract Ann Butland  (740121) or Joan Laycock (740267) or Lyn Huckerby (740342).
We would also like donations of flowers for the Christmas services. Anyone who could help please give names to Ann, Joan or Lyn.

Village Ladies
Just a reminder.  Our Xmas lunch is booked at The Red Lion, Warmington, on Wednesday, 7 December for 12.30 pm.
Joan (740 396)

Barnack & District Royal British Legion
11 NOV 2016 - Armistice Day. Members, friends, families and pupils from Barnack School gathered at Barnack War memorial, where were remembered not only the UK and Commonwealth casualties of WWI & II, but also those from the many conflicts since 1945, the numbers of whom were read out. Branch Piper Cameron Park played the traditional Remembrance air ‘Flowers of the Forest’, and Branch Trumpeter Lawrence Hayes of the Stamford Endowed Schools CCF sounded Last Post and Reveille to mark the beginning and end of the Silence.
13 NOV 2016 - Remembrance Sunday. The Congregation assembled at Barnack Church for the 1000 service which was conducted by the Rev. Margaret Venables (kindly standing in for recuperating Branch Chaplain the Rev Dave Maylor). A detachment of cadets from the Stamford Endowed Schools CCF, accompanied by two officers, formed a guard of honour by the South door. During the processional hymn at the beginning of the service the Branch and CCF Standards were piped into the Church for presentation to the Altar and were piped out at the conclusion in readiness for the procession to the War Memorial.
During the service a collection was taken in aid of the Royal British Legion. After the service our Branch Piper led the procession, consisting of the Cross, the Standards, the Cadets, the Choir and the Congregation, to Barnack War Memorial, where the names of local casualties of war from Barnack, Pilsgate, Southorpe, Ufford, Ashton and Bainton and were read out. The Branch Trumpeter sounded Last Post and Reveille to mark the Silence, after which ‘Flowers of the Forest’ was played.
The turnout this year was a record, with over 200 in attendance.
Max Sawyer, Branch Secretary

The Friends of Barnack Hills & Holes
The AGM will be held at 7.30 pm on Monday, 16th January, in Barnack Village Hall.
Chris Gardiner will give an illustrated talk about Castor Hanglands National Nature Reserve.

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.  
On 23rd and 30th November and 7th December there will be the opportunity to buy some turned wooden items at very affordable prices.  The proceeds will go to the Village Hall.
On 21st December Coffee Stop will have a Christmas theme with complimentary mince pies and Christmas music.
Coffee Stop will re-commence on Wednesday 4th January 2017.
Consideration is being given to possibly holding a Traidcraft stall at Coffee Stop in the future.
Please ring Anita Clark 740841 or 07880604186 if you want to find out more. 
Coffee Stop is run by Barnack Church.

Coffee Morning Saturday 17th December 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 enjoy time for a chat with friends and for making new ones. Do come along and join us!       

Men’s Breakfast
There is no Men’s Breakfast in December
Organised by Barnack Church.

Little Lambs
Little Lambs will be meeting as usual on 6th and 13th December and will be holding their Christmas Party on the 20th December in Barnack Village Hall starting at the usual time of 10am.  Lots of fun for the little lambs and mums and carers too.    Please bring a contribution towards the party lunch, there will be a list of suggested food items at Little Lambs over the next couple of weeks or ring Julie on 07885563128.  
If you have not been before, Little Lambs is a lovely, welcoming toddler group which takes place each Tuesday during term time, from 10am -12noon, in Barnack Village Hall.  It is for mums, dads, grandparents and carers with babies and toddlers from birth to 4 years. We begin with a play time with lots of toys, then everything is cleared away and we sit down for coffee and cakes, with fruit and a biscuit or mini cake for the children.  After that it is time for songs and a bible story, then a quick whizz round on trikes and ride-ons before going home.   For the craft table this month, we have lots of Christmas things planned.
Little Lambs will re-commence on Tuesday 10th January 2017.
Little Lambs is run by Barnack Church – for further details please contact Julie Stanton 749123 or on the number above.

Little Lambs Toddler Group is 10 years old! 
This autumn Little Lambs had its 10th birthday.  We would like to celebrate with a party for everyone who has come along to Little Lambs over the years – all the parents, carers and children.  As there is such an age span of children (the first Little Lambs are now in year 9!), we thought that Activity World would be a good venue, with fun for all the children from the tots to the young teenagers and the parents!    We have booked Activity World, Peterborough, Padholme Road East, PE1 5XH for Friday 27th January 2017   from 5.45pm to 7.15pm.    It is a private booking so we will be the only people there and there will be no charge.   The café will be open for you to purchase drinks and light snacks eg crisps (cash only) and we will bring a birthday cake!
Little Lambs Toddler Group is now run by Barnack Church and a warm invitation to the party goes out to everyone who has been to Little Lambs over the 10 years.  The party is for family groups, so we ask that all children, including the older ones, are accompanied by a responsible adult at Activity World.  Please note that you will be responsible for the safety of your children and yourself.  There is an upper limit on the number of people who can be accommodated at Activity World, so please contact Julie Stanton 749123 or 07885563128 by Wednesday 25th January to let us know that you are coming.
If you know people who have attended Little Lambs in the past please tell them about the party and invite them to join in the fun.   We are really looking forward to this Little Lambs reunion, hope to see you there, Barnack Church Little Lambs team.

Barnack Traffic Calming
Further to the Village Traffic Calming presentation in the Summer, the working group have written to Peterborough City Council with a plan of action.  Please visit and click on the link on the home page to view the letter.  Alternatively a copy can be requested from the Clerk via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  A meeting with Peterborough Highways is scheduled for 5th December.  Residents will be kept informed of developments.

Santa Sleigh – Barnack Village
On Saturday 17th December, Father Christmas will once again be visiting the residents of Barnack on his sleigh.
 We will start at 5pm from Barnack School, making our way around the village.
The approximate route will take us from school to the War Memorial, down Bainton Road, left onto Uffington Road and into Paynes Field. We will stop and carol sing for 10 minutes in Paynes Field.
 Leaving Paynes Field at 5.30pm, we will go back down Uffington Road, turning left onto Bainton Road. We will turn right into Main Street and up Orchard Road. We will stop and carol sing for 10 minutes in Orchard Road.
Leaving Orchard Rd at 6pm, we will go down Main Street, turning left into Bishops Walk and visiting all the adjoining roads. We will then come back onto Main Street and continue on to the school. We will stop and carol sing for 10 minutes in The Square.
 The sleigh will return to Barnack School at 6.30pm where we will be serving hot drinks, mulled wine and mince pies from the gazebo.
 **Please note all times are approximate**
 Monies collected in our buckets will be donated equally to Barnack School and a local children’s charity.
 You are most welcome to join us carol singing or help with bucket collecting. If you’d like to help, please contact Shona on 07921 724207. We look forward to seeing you all on the night!

An Awesome Autumn Day - written by Year 5 Barnack School
As the morning sun rises, the birds begin their sweet morning song,
Morning dew that drips onto sparkling spiders webs,
Misty, murky mornings creating frost patterns on the window,
Skelton leaves with no leaves, Leaves as crisp as bacon crunch under foot.
Autumn alleys as cold as fridges with frosty winds,
Smoke drifts through the windows as I tie up my laces.
The frosty breeze biting your ruby red cheeks,
Leaves as golden as the sun shine as bright as diamonds,
Crushing conker shells to find treasure.
Clouds as fluffy as the marshmallows floating in my hot chocolate
,Animals’ eyes glowing in the mist,
Fireworks crashing in the sky in a cacophony of noise, as loud as cannon fire,
Colourful explosions light up the night sky.
That’s an awesome autumn day!

It may seem strange to see a poem about Autumn in the December magazine, but we just missed the deadline last month. This poem was written by Year 5 pupils at Barnack School as their contribution to the school’s Harvest Festival when each year group interprets their ideas about Harvest. This poem is so good that it needed wider publication and I hope that parents who were unable to be at the celebration will enjoy reading it. Well done Year 5 and thank you to Mrs Maxwell for helping them to create it.
At present everyone in the school is writing poetry, so there may well be others for you all to enjoy after Christmas.