News and Events February 2017

Ufford St Patrick’s Day Quiz
Friday 17th March, 7.30 for 8pm start.- Come and join us for a special St Patrick’s Day themed quiz, in the village hall.

Teams of 6, tickets are £10 per head, which includes fish and chips.

There will also be a raffle. 

Please purchase tickets in advance from Emma 01780 435 007.

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.

Ufford Gigaclear Reinstatement
If any residents have areas of concern outside their property affected by installations of Gigaclear, please get in touch with the Parish Clerk at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07595 377236.

Bainton and Ashton pub night
The next pub night is on Friday February  10th -Courtesy of Rob and Pam, Blue Boar, Helpston road, Bainton
Normal pub night rules apply.  The dates for 2017 pub nights are listed below .  Volunteers still required for a number of pub nights throughout the year.
March  10th
April  14th
May  12th
June  9th- Courtesy of  Matt and Jo Durrands-1 Meadowgate, Bainton
July  14th -Reserved- to be confirmed
August  11th-- Courtesy of Peter and Brigitte-Orchards end, Ufford road , Bainton
September  8th
October  13th
November  10th
December  8th 

Women’s Institute News
The new year got off to a good start with Margaret Bennett teaching us how we should sing “ Jerusalem”. We certainly sounded better after a few basic lessons so hopefully we will remember for the next meeting.
Afterwards we had our Resolutions discussion and then we voted for our own choice  to send to Headquarters. We had our business meeting and finally our refreshments which was just biscuits and a  drink.  We will vote after three months to see whether we continue with biscuits or go back to savoury and sweet things.
Joan Laycock.

Barnack Bowls 200 Club
The winners for January are
89    Reg Thompson    £25
55    Judy Francis    £15
17    George Butcher    £10

Coffee Morning  Saturday 18th February  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!    

The Barnack Church Home Group
The Barnack Church Home Group will be finishing the current series of “Heroes of Faith” on January 31.  In February, we will be meeting on the 7th and the 21st.  The Group will then join the Lent course (being held on five Tuesday evenings March 5, 12, 19 and 26, and April 2).
A new series will start after Easter.  As usual, newcomers are welcome to join the Group.  If interested, please contact Liz Young (tel. 740347) or Mike Mills (tel. 740285).

Benefice 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 4th February a New Year’s resolution!

Ufford Christmas Events
The Christmas events were a great success and brought lots of festive cheer to the village. In addition we raised some much needed funds for the village hall. The Children’s Christmas party was well attended with 30 Children enjoying the disco and a visit from Santa. This raised just over £50.
A trailer full of carol singers braved the chilly wind to sing some Christmas spirit into the village. These hardy souls managed to raise £140 in donations.
Finally St Andrews Church was packed for the annual Ufford Carol Service. Many of the village children took part and really brought the event to life (as well as providing some straw-related mischief). This lovely event was organised by Sally Hudson and we thank her for all her hard work. The service raised around £225 in donations, shared equally between the Village Hall and the Churches Conservation Trust.
These funds raised have allowed the committee to make much needed repairs to the fire door.

Ufford St Patrick’s Day Quiz
Friday 17th March, 7.30 for 8pm start.- Come and join us for a special St Patrick’s Day themed quiz, in the village hall. Teams of 6, tickets are £10 per head, which includes fish and chips. There will also be a raffle.  Please purchase tickets in advance from Emma 01780 435 007.

Save the Date - Ufford Village Gala Day -
The Ufford Village Hall and Social Committee is planning a summer gala day on Saturday 10th June 2017. Please save the date! More details to follow.
Ufford Village Hall AGM Public Invitation.
The Ufford Village Hall and Social Committee is having its AGM in the village hall on Tuesday 28th February at 8pm. All are welcome - come and have a say in future social events you would like to see in the village. New committee members are also welcome.

Beware of this Trader
I think that the village should know about the fly tipping in orchard road (near the garages). a contractor has been pressure washing 2 roofs in the street (14th & 15th January) and dumped the moss, mud, debris from the work near the garages when it was dark.
While carrying out the work, he had no regards or respect for public safety or the roofs he was walking over. I have reported the fly tipping to the council so I assume they will look into it further. His van has no company logo, he is oblivious to the HSE either to himself or the public, and the village should be informed of how he operates.  Concerned local resident

Village Ladies
Our venue for this month is at The Bluebell, Belmesthorpe on 15 Feb at 12.30pm.  Please contact Joan (740 396)  to advise of your menu requirements if you haven’t already done so, by Fri 10 Feb.

Little Lambs
Little Lambs Toddler Group takes place every Tuesday (in term time) in Barnack Village Hall from 10am-12pm.  Little Lambs meets on 7th, 14th and 28th February.
Below are comments from some of the Mums who attend …
“Little Lambs is a very friendly toddler group with wonderful activities for the children, including a fun singing session and bible story.  A lovely opportunity for mums to chat, have coffee and enjoy delicious homemade cakes!”
Bryony said “Little Lambs is so welcoming and the wide variety of activities keep both our older and younger toddlers entertained”
“A friendly bunch of mummies, grandparents and carers with wonderful children.  The homemade cakes are delicious and Rev Dave on his guitar is a real treat some weeks!”
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 singing which is led by Rev Dave on his guitar 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 meets every Wednesday during February 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 25th February 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! 
Unfortunately the January Men’s Breakfast scheduled for 28th January has had to be cancelled.
Men’s Breakfast is run by Barnack Church

Messy Church
This month’s Messy Church will be on Sunday 19th February starting at 4pm in Barnack Village Hall .  There will be lots of different fun things to do and make for children from toddlers upwards, and there is always something for people of all ages, just choose the activities that suit you.
The crafts and activities provide lots of creative fun all linked to a bible theme.  Last month we made treasure maps, oysters out of biscuits, searched for ‘pearls’ in slimy green tagliatelle ‘seaweed’, and followed clues to find hidden treasure.  The activity time lasts about 45 minutes, then we gather together for a celebration with a bible story and short message thinking about what the bible story means, some lively worship songs and a prayer. 
Everyone is invited to stay for a tea-time meal and a chat, all finished by about 6pm.  Usually the meal is nice bread and fillings for make your own sandwiches, plus fresh fruit and cake.
Everyone is very welcome to come along to Messy Church with Barnack Church, we look forward to meeting you.   To find out more please contact Julie Stanton 749123 or Rev Dave Maylor 740234.  Next Messy Church: 19th March.
Messy Church is run by Barnack Church

 TUESDAY at the BARN TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY
ou live in the area served by the Parish News, but you may not be aware that the Tuesday at the Barn Group (Helpston) has now been meeting regularly for ten years. 
This is an ecumenical Christian group.  We welcome anyone who has an interest in learning a bit more about the bible in a VERY non-threatening atmosphere.  At present all are Anglicans, some with a Methodist background, so it would be wonderful if someone with a Roman Catholic, Baptist or Quaker faith would come along and give us some input.
We are a very mixed group, some quiet who mainly listen, some who contribute often, some who offer challenges.  The main thing is that we are happy to learn from one another as well as consulting the usual resources such as bible commentaries and not forgetting the internet or the vicar’s sermon!
At the beginning, our intention was to welcome people who were perhaps shy of coming to church and making that huge first step across the threshold when you have a job to grasp just what exactly is going on: Stand up, Sit Down, Kneel, Respond, Don’t Respond etc.  As a latecomer myself to Christianity Proper and the Church this is how it seemed to me.  A lady showed me the place in the book. Sometimes I took my young baby and struggled to follow, but I found a certain refreshment there.  Eventually, aged about 40, I went to confirmation classes and was confirmed.  Since then I have been very involved with the church and was Lay Pastoral Minister for Etton with Helpston & Maxey for 20 years.  I lead the Tuesday group, but everyone has their say.
The aim of the Group is to look at the Bible, chat about the meaning of what we have read and so deepen our faith.  Usually we concentrate on the readings from the previous Sunday when we can puzzle over something Rev Dave might have said! Another important part of the meeting is prayer for our church, friends, the needs of the world etc and a short time of silent prayer for reflection.
Following the Bible Study, we have a cup of tea and then about a 20 minute time of worship which is where the prayer times come in.  We sing traditional hymns but tend to concentrate on the more modern songs which are only about 30 years old!
You are welcome to attend the Study part at 7.30pm and/or the Worship part 8.30pm.  If you are wondering about your faith, the first part will be best for you.
If you feel you won’t be able to take much from this experience, you may be able to GIVE to it.  I would ask readers to have a little think; a little pray. Pray for your neighbour’s interest; interest from the rest of the village. Importantly, just give us a try?  It’s easy to remember.  EVERY TUESDAY 7.30pm at Botolph’s Barn, Church Lane, Helpston. For further information: Sue Young 01733/252223 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

‘Springtime in Maxey!’
The Stamford Concert Singers will be presenting a concert of songs for all, at Maxey Village Hall on Saturday 18 March, from 7pm.
Performing ensemble and solos from shows, opera, traditional, comedy, etc.
Featuring excerpts from ‘Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’ and ‘Guys and Dolls.’
This event will be supporting the Macmillan Cancer Support Wellbeing Service, and Maxey Village Hall.
Cash Bar and Raffle
Tickets £10 each – including interval snacks
From: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 07710150825
or – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   / 01778-346-332
“Join us for a fun evening out, helping to support your community!”