News and Events March 2017

Lent Course
This year we will be meeting in Bainton during Lent to worship together, pray together and to look at the book “Dethroning Mammon”. Dethroning Mammon is the Lent study book written by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.
It reflects on the impact of our own attitudes, and of the pressures that surround us, on how we handle the power of money, called Mammon in this book. Who will direct our actions and attitudes? Is it Jesus Christ, who brings truth, hope and freedom? Or is it Mammon, so attractive, so clear, but leading us into paths that tangle, trip and deceive?
Lent Course Dates
Tuesday 7th March 2017 - The Granary at Bainton
Tuesday 14th March 2017 - Reading Rooms at Bainton
Tuesday 21st March 2017 - Reading Rooms at Bainton
Tuesday 28th March 2017  - Reading Rooms at Bainton
Tuesday 4th April 2017 - Reading Rooms at Bainton

Parish News Treasurer’s Report See Report
Thank you to everyone who has supported the Parish News this year.
We have had an increase in personal donations which is very encouraging - thank you to all who were so generous. Disappointingly donations from groups who rely on the Parish News to spread the word have fallen for the second year running. Fortunately the income from advertising has enabled us to continue to hold funds in reserve. Thank you to Emma Stephens-Dunn for managing the advertising so efficiently.
After more than 15 years in the job, Helen Fancourt retired as Treasurer and Peter Sindall has done a sterling job taking over this position. Many thanks both to Helen and to Peter for their hard work.
Enclosed with this issue of the Parish News is a small brown envelope for your donation towards the cost of producing the magazine. (As previously suggested £5 per household would be greatly appreciated). Please hand these to any of the  Church Wardens:
Barnack    David Laycock  or  John Ward
Bainton    Richard Hardy or John Wreford
Ufford    Peter Hudson
Or directly to the Treasurer: Peter Sindall , The Old Bakehouse, The Square, Barnack.

Bainton and Ashton pub night
The next pub night is on Friday March  10th-  Courtesy of  Chris and Angela ,Langham  cottage, Church lane, 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.
April  14th
May  12th- Chris and Anne, Willow cottage, Church lane, Bainton
June  9th- Courtesy of  Matt and Jo Durrands-1 Meadowgate, Bainton
July  14th -Courtesy of  Neil and Jean, Devonshire cottage, Ashton
August  11th-- Courtesy of Peter and Brigitte-Orchards end, Ufford road , Bainton
September  8th -Courtesy of  Rob and Anne, Cobleys farm, Helston road,Bainton
October  13th, November  10th, December  8th 

Thanks from Judy Francis
I would like to say a very big thank you for all the help,  support and kindness shown from everyone when my car was stolen with my dog inside from Barnack.  I only left my car for seconds in a Friends drive to deliver something.  Fortunately my dog and car were found a few hours later by the police who were wonderful.  Lesson learned, Lock up everything.  Judy Francis.

Sausage, Mash & Quiz night
Come and join us for a fun evening and help raise funds for a New Shed at the
Village Hall.  On Saturday 25th March we are having a  Sausage, Mash and Quiz Night.   £10 per head plus Raffle.  Bring your own Wine, Beer etc.  7 for a 7.30pm.  For tickets ring 740300.

Pilates Classes  For Beginners
The course continues after half term in Bainton Reading Room at 9.15am.
Contact Nicola 0749 333 83 45 to book or for more information.
New members most welcome.

2017 Barnack & District Branch Royal British Legion Annual Winter Supper
Monday 6 March in Barnack Village Hall
19:15 for 19:45. Bring your own wine
Cost £20 each, which includes a welcome drink, a two-course meal with coffee to follow - and raffle tickets
All welcome - members, families, friends
Guest Speaker - Wing Commander Elizabeth Nicholl, formerly of RAF Wittering,
now PA to Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, Chief of the Air Staff

Bainton & Ashton Family Day 2017
Save the date: Sunday 2nd July
& Kick off Meeting - All welcome
~ volunteers old & new, young & not so ~
Wednesday 26th April, 7.30pm
Bainton Reading Room

Wittering  Second Sunday Fun
Our  Second Sunday Fun over at Wittering Church runs each second Sunday of the month and starts at 1030am.  We look at a different theme each month which is then explored through craft activities.  We had a wonderful belated Epiphany last Sunday with Wise Men and stars all over the place..!
We have 40 mins or so of activities 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 we come to our prayer time where we light candles and say the Lord’s prayer together. 
We close with the Messy Church Grace – with actions again – 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.  For more information contact Su on 01780 740034 or 0750 4444514.  Thank you and hope to see you and your little ones there.
Wittering Church : All Saints Church, Church Road, Wittering PE8 6DZ

Wittering Church Parents/Carers and Toddlers Group
Each Tuesday in term-time, from 10am to noon, Wittering Church is the venue for the Parents/Carers and Toddlers Group to meet.  The span of ages for the children is from infant to pre-school, and all are extremely welcome.  There are fun activities, lots of toys to play with, music and singing with Revd Dave.  Plus healthy snacks are served.  The Group is run by a team of volunteers, though more are always needed if anyone can spare some time to help set up and put away the tables and chairs, staff the kitchen and prepare the food.  Please do come and join in the fun, make new friends, and participate in a great weekly activity.  For more information, call Mike Mills on 01780-740285 or 07523 312 387.
PS.  Pancakes on Shrove Tuesday (Tuesday 28 February)!

Village Ladies Group
Our venue for this month is at Stamford College on 15 March at 12 noon.

W.I. Group.
At our February group meeting  we welcomed Pat Wallace-Pope and husband who gave us a superb evening talking about her family’s business making hand  sewn kilts and the History of her Grandma starting the business near St Andrew’s in Scotland. She brought sample’s of the kilt which she makes for Highland Regiments and also people from all over the world.
Our  next meeting on March 14th will be William Ashley-Norman talking about Chicken wire sculptures so I am sure he will give us some new ideas.  Every-one welcome.  Book Club:- March 27th    2pm at Mary Seymour Smiths. Knit and Knatter 2pm 16th March Beryl Burrows. Joan Laycock.

All Saints Wittering has lots happening. 
Second Sunday Fun has a growing number of families enjoying learning about their faith and enjoying a variety of activities. On the fourth Sunday we have a more traditional Service based on Morning Prayer, when the adults have time for their worship and the children go to their own activity, but also help with the collection and join in the Peace. Everything is run by a group of enthusiastic volunteers. Su Fletcher leads the second Sunday, Canon Margaret leads the fourth and Mike Mills co-ordinates the Tuesday toddler group. Writing this I have just come from a morning ‘tidy’ of the church and churchyard. We started with a short Communion Service then people climbed to the guttering and cleared leaves and mess and cleared moss from around the edge of the building, led by David Standish-Leigh. Meanwhile, inside, furniture was put so it doesn’t have to be moved too often for the various groups and we even moved the organ so the organist will be able to see and hear what is happening . We stopped for a coffee break and Su provided cake. There is a lovely atmosphere at All Saints. Do come and join us. All welcome

Lent Course at Wittering
This is to be held in the Coffee Stop.  Wednesdays beginning on 8th March at 7.30 pm.  We are thinking about Paula Gooder’s book  ‘Let Me Go There’ which reflects on some of the key events of wilderness experiences in the Bible. It shows that while the desert can be a place of fear and loneliness it can also be the place where we meet God.

Friends of Barnack Church 200 Club.
Recent winners have been,
£20       No. 78       J. Browne
£10       No. 168     R. Graham
£5    No. 39       P. Knights
£20       No. 41       A. Young
£10       No. 176     L. Huckerby
£5         No. 66       J. Ward

Coffee Morning  Saturday 18th March  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!

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, 21st and 28th March.
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.
Not to be outdone by the quotes from mums above, some of the children have also been vocal in their praise of Little Lambs saying how much they liked “painting and sticking”, “sliding” down the slide and “singing”.
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.
Everyone had a great time at the Little Lambs 10th Anniversary Party at Activity World last month, there were over 100 people there.  It was a lovely reunion of families who have been part of Little Lambs over the last ten years.
Little Lambs is run by Barnack Church

The Coffee Stop - Wednesday mornings
Coffee Stop meets every Wednesday during March 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 March 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
This month’s Messy Church will be on Sunday 19th March starting at 4pm at 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, this time it’s all about a very expensive bottle of perfume!  The activity time lasts about 45 minutes, then we gather together for a celebration with the bible story and short message thinking about what the bible story means, 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.  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 month there will be a Craft Activity Morning in the church on Good Friday, 14th April, look out for more details in next month’s Parish News.
Messy Church is run by Barnack Church.