News & Events May 2017

Save The Date - Party in the Paddock
On Saturday July 8th, we will once again be holding ‘Party in the Paddock’ in Reverend Dave’s beautiful walled garden. The Barnack Horticultural Show will also be held in the paddock on this date.
Lots of family fun with food, music, games, races and inflatables.
More information to follow in next month’s Parish News!

Car Boot & Table Top Sale:
On Saturday June 10th (9.30-11.30am), Barnack School Association will be holding a car boot sale in the school grounds and also a table top sale in the school hall.
If you would like further information, or to secure a ‘pitch’, please contact via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ufford Summer Gala 10th June 2017
Please save the date!
We are planning a fun dog show, children’s games, BBQ, Pimms, stalls and much more fun for all the family.

Save the Date 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

Volunteer Drivers Needed
The Stamford Community Transport Scheme, which is run from Christchurch in Green Lane, Stamford, is seeking new drivers. 
The Scheme provides a service to elderly or vulnerable people who need transport for medical appointments, shopping, hairdressers or visiting friends. Using your own car, with a  mileage allowance being paid, you would provide essential door-to-door transport for people to make journeys they would otherwise be unable to make. 
If you have some spare time, even if it’s only one day a week, please contact Ian Collis, the Scheme Manager, on 01780 482380.  The office is open Monday to Friday between 9am and 1pm.

Buttercross Club
The open meeting for the Buttercross Club on 5th April was well attended for the talk by Allison Purkis from Dementia Care, an outreach programme of the Alzheimer’s Society. The talk consisted of a workshop where all were challenged to explore what dementia was (a disease of the brain that affects 1 in 14 people over the age of 65).
We learnt that people with Dementia can still live well with the correct care and support, and that although some memories disappear, the emotions of pleasure and sadness are still active. By completing the workshop everyone at the meeting became a friend of Dementia Care and were challenged to take at least one action to help change the way people think, act and talk about Dementia.
The May meeting on 3rd of May is a visit to Rassell’s Nursery, the cost of which is £7.50 which will include a talk and refreshments. Please meet at the Reading Rooms for 6pm, and let Georgina Beresford know that you are attending.
The meeting on 7th June is a midsummer Pudding Tasting, with wine, if you would like to provide a pudding with the recipe can you let Georgina know as soon as possible, to help with preparations for the evening.

Need to find local health services quickly?  New ‘MyHealth’ app for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
A new app to help Cambridgeshire and Peterborough residents find local NHS services available to them has been launched.
Quick and easy to use, the ‘MyHealth Cambridgeshire & Peterborough’ app will direct you to your nearest appropriate NHS service. This includes local GPs, pharmacies, minor injury units, and dentists, based on your location or postcode. 
Free to download and available in five other languages, including Polish, Latvian, and Lithuanian, MyHealth provides up to date information on current services  including directions, opening hours, and contact details.
The app is available to download for iOS via Apple Store, Android via Google Play, and Windows phones via Microsoft Store by searching for ‘MyHealth C&P CCG’. 

St Patrick’s Day Quiz - Thanks
The teams had lots of fun and the competition was hot, with a very close result. The event raised £312 for the Villlage Hall, and the committee would like to thank everyone who attended for their support.

Barnack & District Branch, Royal British Legion
On the evening of Monday 6 March 68 members and guests of the Barnack & District Branch of the Royal British Legion met in Barnack Village Hall for the annual Winter Supper. The guests included Warrant Officer Tony Hobson, the Station Warrant Officer from RAF Wittering; cadet Petty Officer Natasha Hinch, cadet Corporal Marcus Baker and CCF staff member Lt-Col Don Pease-Macauley from the Stamford Endowed Schools CCF.
The guest speaker was Wing Commander Elizabeth Nicholl who, after a distinguished career in Armed Forces media operations has recently been appointed as the PA to Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, the Chief of the Air Staff 
The evening opened with a welcome, the Royal British Legion Exhortation and a one minute’s silence in memory not only of those who have lost their lives in the service of their country but also, closer to home, “absent friends” - the four Branch members who have died over the previous year - Agnes Dick (widow of Archie), Major Bill Campbell (former Branch Treasurer), Judith Morrice (former Branch Poppy appeal organiser) and, most recently, Iris Harris. Grace was then said by Branch Chaplain, the Rev. Dave Maylor.
At the conclusion of the meal, the Loyal Toast was proposed by Mr Geoff Dunkley. Branch Chairman Mr Charles Clark then introduced Wing Commander Nicholl, who gave a splendid talk on media operations in conflict zones, illustrated by her own experiences under fire in the front-line, from which it became apparent that accounts in the media of high profile events tell only a very small and highly selective part of the story. She concluded by proposing a toast to the Royal Air Force. After questions, the vote of thanks was proposed by Mr Columb Hanna.
Catering for the evening was, as usual, by Lucy’s Kitchen and the menu cards were very kindly donated by Stamford School. Sadly, this was Lucy’s Kitchen’s last event, as they are closing down. In recognition of their sterling work catering for Branch events over a number of years, Mrs Elizabeth Young proposed a vote of thanks, which was enthusiastically supported.
Max Sawyer, Branch Secretary

Coffee Morning Saturday 20th May 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!       

It’s all happening at Wittering!
We are a growing congregation at Wittering and have been busy in the lead up to Easter. The Lent group which studied Paula Gooder’s book ‘Let me go there’ has been a real point of growth for those who have taken part and we have all learnt new ways of thinking about discipleship.
The Tuesday toddler group has plans to do some new things and they had a special Pancake day, keeping Mike and Pam Mills busy! Second Sunday Fun continues to attract young families with lots of special activities, while Su Fletcher and her team encourage the children to learn about Bible stories and ways they can pray. On the fourth Sunday there is a more formal Morning Praise service with children’s church and the numbers for that are steadily growing.
The children share the Peace and take the collection as well as bringing their own prayers into the service. As I write this we have just had our Palm Sunday service which included walking round the church waving palms, singing ‘We have a  King who rides a donkey’ after the adults had joined the children in making paper palm leaves on which they had written some amazing prayers which some read out as intercessions. On Easter day we are looking forward to a special Communion Service with a baptism…really lovely for such a special day.
We then have a Benefice Service and hope to see many of you then. Our numbers are quite small compared with the rest of the Benefice, but we are in touch with an increasing number of people, it’s a beautiful building for worship and the only way is up! Please pray for continued growth.
Canon Margaret

Bainton and Ashton pub night
The next pub night is on Friday  May  12th- Courtesy of Chris and Anne, Willow 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 towards the end of the year.
June  9th- Courtesy of  Matt and Jo Durrands- Springfield House, 4 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, Helpston Road,Bainton
October  13th
November  10th
December  8th 

You are invited to the Annual Village Meeting on Tuesday 9th May 2017. Come along to the Village Hall from 6.30pm for drinks and nibbles and meet your parish councillors and fellow residents.
The Annual Meeting will start at 7.00pm and you will be able to listen to the annual reports from Ufford’s local organisations, raise any issues of your own and suggest ideas for new projects.
The Parish Council is delighted to welcome Guest Speaker Gillian Beasley, Chief Executive of Peterborough City Council & Cambridgeshire County Council to the meeting.

You are invited to the Annual Village Meeting on Monday 8th May 2017.
 Join the village local organisations and the Parish Council in the Village Hall to hear what’s been happening over the last year.  Residents will have the opportunity to raise any issues relevant to the village and suggest ideas for new projects.
Drinks and nibbles will be served from 6.30pm, with the Annual Meeting beginning at 7.00pm.

Barnack Church and Fourth Sunday of the Month (May 28th)
On the fourth Sunday of each month, there is an informal, family service at 11am at Barnack Church.  In March, this coincided with Mothering Sunday, when there was a special celebration with the church bells being rung and a junior music group, with various special activities and daffodils being distributed, and with refreshments starting at 10.30am before the service itself started.  At the forthcoming informal service on 28th May, there will again be special activities particularly for children, as well as refreshments starting at 10.30am before the service.  As this Sunday coincides with a new initiative (“Thy Kingdom Come”) by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, there will be also be a particular focus on prayer.  Please come along and join in the praise, worship and fun too.

Village ladies
Our lunch for this month will be at The Exeter Arms, Easton on the Hill, on Weds. 10 May at 12.30. 
Please let Joan by Mon. 5 May if you would like to come.  (740 396)

Exciting New Season for Barnack Cricket
Come and watch Village cricket....April sees the much awaited start of the cricket season, with our beautiful ground currently looking it’s best ever!
The 1st XI play on Saturdays in the Hunts Cricket League Division II and on Sundays in the Rutland League Division I.
Our Youth section continues to grow every year. The Stamford and Rutland Sports News (SRSN) 2016 ‘Youth Coach of the Year’ will lead the SRSN 2015 ‘Youth Team of the Year’ in a tough Border Counties Youth U13 League West, with training on Sunday mornings starting on 22nd April and matches predominately on Thursdays at 8.00pm.
The U11s will play in the Border Counties Youth U11 League East, with matches generally on Tuesdays at 6.00pm and the U9s in the U9 League West, with their matches scheduled for Sunday mornings at 9.00am.
Youth Coaching remains at the regular popular slot on Friday evenings at 5.45pm with a well-stocked and popular bar, as always!
Upcoming home fixtures (subject to variation) are:
Thur 27 April    U13 v Nassington
Tue 2 May    U11 v Bourne
Sun 7 May    1st XI v Bourne
Tue 9 May    U11 v Spalding
Thur 11 May    U13 v Peterborough
Sun 14 May    1st XI v Bourne (Wilcox Cup)
Thur 18 May    U13 v Uppingham
Sat 20 May    1st XI v Ickwell
Sun 21 May    U9 v Ufford
Wed 24 May    Over 50s Hunts v Norfolk
Sun 28 May    U9 v Uppingham
Sun 28 May    1st XI v Stamford
Tue 30 May    U11 v Deeping
Please come and join us!

Barnack Bowls  Club
The rinks are now open and are in excellent condition.  The first game took place on Wednesday, 12 April, and was the Chairman’s match.  Eighteen members turned up to play and the result was a triumph for the Chairman’s team over the Treasurer’s team. 
Everyone enjoyed what was the first opportunity to play on the rinks and also admired the improvements which have been made to the clubhouse itself.  All the work was done by some of the members themselves and they have achieved a very professional result.
The draw for the internal competitions will take place on 4 May and so make sure your name is on the list in the clubhouse before that date.
The other game (apart from the league games) is the Fun Afternoon on 10 May and, if the weather is kind, members can have a barbecue afterwards.

The winners for the 200 Club for March were:
36    George Unsworth    £25
56     Malcolm Bayes    £15
22    Carol Cairns    £10

And for April:

56     Malcolm Bayes    £25
26    Jean Honour    £15
20    Margaret Andrews    £10

Men’s Breakfast
The next Men’s Breakfast will be on Saturday 27th May in Barnack Village Hall at 8.30am.  The speaker this month is Dr Jonathan Jones who will be talking about his recent visit to Kisiizi Hospital in Uganda.
We would be really pleased for you to join us for a full English breakfast cooked by Rob.  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

Little Lambs
Little Lambs Toddler Group takes place every Tuesday (in term time) in Barnack Village Hall from 10am-12pm.  Little Lambs meets on 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd May.
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.
Little Lambs is run by Barnack Church

Messy Church
This month’s Messy Church will be on Sunday 21st May starting at 4pm in Barnack Village Hall .  There will be lots of different fun and creative things to do, make a seismograph from a bottle a stick and a pen to track the strength of an ‘earthquake’, test the power of the wind, make a dessert and lots more as we find out about Elijah and the still small voice.  
The activity time lasts about 45 minutes, then we gather together for a short very family friendly service with the bible story and short message thinking about what the bible story means, some lively 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.  Messy Church is great for children and their families and all who are young at heart.
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.  For your diary upcoming Messy Church dates: 11th June and 9th July.

The Coffee Stop - Wednesday mornings
Coffee Stop meets every Wednesday during May 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