News and Events January 2017

Drone Concern
dangerOn Tuesday 22nd November I was driving home from Stamford to Barnack via Pilsgate. About 200 yards from Barnack   I noticed a light in the mirror. It was  small yellow hovering light with what looked like static bouncing on the glass of the rear window. In less than seconds the light filled the interior of the car and blocked the windscreen almost entirely. I bent my head and found a very small space at the bottom of the windscreen (about 4 inches) which enabled me to see a clear road. Immediately I did this,  the light vanished.
I spoke with a neighbour about this incident and he immediately knew that it had been a Drone and advised me to call the Police on 101 which  is what I did. A report was made and I was told to contact the number again should there be any further incidence.
I was told that there are strict guidelines concerning the use of Drones.  You may have heard recently about one which flew near a passenger plane.
If nothing else, I did not panic or think “little green men had arrived”. However, I am aware that there could have been an accident. I may have been hurt and the car smashed.  The sound of a Drone is like an incredibly loud strimmer. If anyone knows of the person/s who so irresponsibly is using this  “big boy’s toy” please contact the police on 101. Thank you.

Village Ladies
Our New Year ‘Get Together’ lunch will be at The Bluebell, Helpston, on 18 January at 12.30 pm.  Please let Joan know by Fri 13 Jan if you would like to come.  (740 396)
The Children’s Society
It is now time for your Children’s Society collection boxes to be emptied. I would be grateful if you would deliver your box to Skipport, Main Street, Barnack (beside the church) or I can come and collect it. If you do not have a box, and would be interested in supporting this worthwhile charity, please call Catharine Wright on 740929. Thank you.

Coffee Morning  Saturday 21st January 2017 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!       

Bainton and Ashton pub night
The next pub night is on Friday January  13th- Courtesy of Michael and Irene, Hawthorn Farm, Ashton
Normal pub night rules apply.  The dates for 2017 pub nights are listed below for anyone wishing to host a pub night during 2017.
February  10th, March  10th, April  14th
May  12th, June  9th, July  14th
Aug  11th-- Courtesy of Peter and Brigitte-Orchards End, Ufford Road, Bainton
September  8th, October  13th,
November  10th, December  8th 

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.
Remaining Youth Club Calendar Dates for 2017 school year are as follows:-  January 6th & 20th, February 3rd & 17th, March 3rd,17th & 31st, April 28th, May 12th & 26th, June 9th & 23rd and July 7th & 21st.
We have a special visitor bringing crafts along on our first session back in the New Year!
For further information or a membership form please call Kerrie Garner on 01780 740118.

Friends of Barnack Church
Recent winners have been:
£20      No. 96       P. Sindall
£10      No. 70       A. Davies
£5        No.176     L. Huckerby
£20      No. 198     M. Perkins
£10      No. 80       V. Ward
£5        No. 189     P. Hudson
End of year Christmas Draw
£50      No. 186     L. Harley
£50      No. 48       A. Kettleborough
£50      No. 64       E. Young

Barnack Flower Group
Thank you to everyone who supported our very successful Christmas Open Meeting.
The Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 1st February 2017 at 2 Barnack Village Hall.
This will be followed by a mini-workshop. On this occasion just bring your scissors.
Everything else you need will be provided.
It is essential you let Ann Butland (01780 740121) or Joan Laycock (01780 740267)
know if you will be attending so that materials are available for you.

Barnack & District Branch RBL
Bill Campbell
We heard the sad news about the passing of our old friend and comrade Major Bill Campbell just as we were assembling for the Remembrance Ceremony at the War Memorial. It was a poignant moment to reflect on his long association with the Branch, which he had helped to build up in recent  years and he will be greatly missed. He was in his 86th year.
A few months ago his son James - who lives in Chicago - arranged for his father to spend his last days with him and his family out there. Bill was Treasurer of our Branch for a long period in the 90’s and ran the Poppy Appeal campaign before handing over to Judith Morrice. Despite increasing frailty, Bill was a determined attendee at many of our functions and always proudly wore his Glengarry to mark his service as a company commander in the well known Territorial Regiment, The London Scottish, for which he was awarded the Territorial Decoration.
After training at the Mons Officer Cadet School in Aldershot and then Deepcut he was commissioned into the Royal Artillery and spent most of his Regular Army service in Scotland, based at the Gordon Highlanders’ Depot in Aberdeen. In civilian life he worked in the City with the well known Export/Import Merchanting firm - Walker Brothers.
Following cremation in the USA, Bill’s family brought his ashes back to the UK for interment in Barnack Cemetery next to his wife Juliet. Preceding interment a memorial service, conducted by Branch Chaplain the Rev. Dave Maylor was held in St. John the Baptist Church and attended by Bill’s family, friends and Branch members.
Charles Clark (Branch Chairman)
Winter Lecture
On the 18th November, nearly 50 members of the Branch attended the annual Winter Lecture. This year’s speaker was Col. Paul Loader, the Chief Engineer (Army) who gave an excellent talk on the Army 2020 and beyond. Paul ranged far and wide, covering future equipment, current and possible future deployments, changes in the structure of the Army, and much more besides.
He also dealt with the many questions that his lecture generated. A first-rate occasion and we would all be very happy to invite him back again.
Band concert
Over two dozen members attended a concert given by the Band of the Royal Engineers in Stamford School Hall on Thursday 1st December. The programme was of the meatier genre of film music including Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, James Bond and more.
It was good to see the involvement of pupils from the Stamford Endowed Schools in the band, following their workshop with them in the afternoon. Following the concert a collection was taken in aid of Military Charities.
Poppy Appeal 2016
With a few boxes still to come in, indications are of another excellent year, with the collection in excess of £6000 being raised for the Royal British Legion. The Branch thanks all contributors and also Poppy Appeal Coordinator Columb Hanna for his sterling work in marshalling his team.

Little Lambs Toddler Group 10th Anniversary Party! 
Little Lambs started 10 years ago in October 2006.        We have booked Activity World, Peterborough for Friday 27th January 2017 from 5.45pm to 7.15pm for a party for everyone who has come along to Little Lambs over the years – all the parents, carers and children.    It is a private booking so we will be the only people there and there will be no charge.  There is a separate play area for the little ones and as it is a private booking parents will be able to have a go on the big drop slide too! 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 your children’s and your own safety.   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 come to 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 and hope to see you there, Barnack Church Little Lambs team.

Little Lambs
Little Lambs Toddler Group takes place every Tuesday (in term time) at Barnack Village Hall from 10am-12pm.  Little Lambs meets on 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st January.
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 re-starts on Wednesday 4th January and 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 28th January in Bainton Reading Room (to be confirmed) 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 in Barnack Village Hall
Messy Church will be on Sunday 15th January starting at 4pm.  There will be lots of different fun things to do and make for children (from toddlers upwards), as well as something for the grown ups, just choose the activities which suit you.  The crafts provide lots of messy creative fun all linked to a bible theme.  The craft time lasts about 50 minutes, then we gather together for a celebration with a short bible message picking up the theme from the craft activity and some lively worship songs and a prayer.  Then everyone is invited to stay for a tea-time meal and a chat, all finished by about 6pm.
All very welcome, if you’ve not been before do come along and give it a try.  To find out more please contact Julie Stanton 749123 or Rev Dave Maylor 740234.  More dates for Messy Church: 19th Feb & 19th March.

enefice Prayer Breakfast
What are you doing at 8.30am on the first Saturday of each month?
Several of us from the various churches in our benefice group meet in Botolph’s Barn at Helpston to pray – for our local parishes, forthcoming church activities, for those who are sick or in need, our nation and the world, particularly current situations, crises etc.
You don’t have to pray if you wish to listen in silence, and add your “Amens”
At 9.00am or thereabouts we join together for a breakfast of freshly baked home-made bread and jams.
Do join us – make Saturday 7th January a New Year’s resolution!

Bainton and Ashton Buttercross Club
The Christmas Party in Bainton Reading Room was a great success and a lovely way to end the Buttercross year. Every member provided a plate of something savoury or sweet for a finger buffet. This resulted in two very long tables positively heaving with food.  The hall was not decorated with boughs of holly but there were boughs of fir, two sparkling Christmas trees, swags and wreaths. There was mulled wine on arrival and throughout the evening, and our competition to guess the purpose of unusual  vintage/ antique objects was great fun and exceedingly difficult. Even the winner  only guessed about a third of the objects! At the end of the evening Secret Santa gifts were distributed.
The Buttercross AGM will be on Wednesday, February 1st, 2017. There will be a short business meeting to agree the Committee and discuss the charities we shall be supporting. A talk given by Mary Hanna on her work as a Chaplain will follow. The subscription per annum remains at £10. There will, of course, be occasional extra payments to cover outing costs. Members will receive their diary of events which we have tried to make as varied as possible, and will include some open meetings at which we welcome non members for a very modest entry fee to cover the cost of coffee and biscuits. We welcome new members from Bainton and Ashton and from the surrounding villages. Do please come along to the AGM if you would like to join us. We meet on the first Wednesday of the month ( unless stated differently in the diary) from February to December.