News and Events August 2017

bainton apple dayBainton & Ashton Apple & Cider Day - SAVE THE DATE: 29th October 2017
Opening at 12 noon with a hog roast
Come along & join in a Cider & Tea Tent, Dog Show, Kiddies games, Morris Dancers, open mic sessions….and so much more.
Tickets to go on sale soon.
Village Ladies Group
Our venue for this month is The Six Bells, Witham on the Hill, on Weds 16 August at 12.30 pm.  Please let Joan know by 14 Aug if you would like to come (740 396).

Bainton & Ashton Family Day 2017
Thank you to everyone who helped out, volunteered and attended the Bainton & Ashton Family Day 2017.
It was a tremendous success due to all the hard work put in by everyone.  We did really well on the Saturday setting up - thank you - and Sunday was just glorious.  All the stalls looked amazing.  Thank you for all your hard work.  The games as usual were spectacular.  Brilliant fly past and of course we were blessed by beautiful sunshine. 
Thank you to everyone again for all you gave, your donations and hard work.  A great team effort.  Thank you also to Sophie, Chris, the boys and doggies for once again opening their house and grounds to our villages. 
Till the next time.

Ufford Summer Gala
Thank you to everyone who attended and supported this event which has raised almost £800 for the village hall. It was great fun and lovely to see so many village faces enjoying the event, including all the local dogs! More events coming soon...

The new season of Carpet Bowls in the Village Hall begins on Tuesday 26h September at 2pm and the following Thursday evening 28th September at 7pm. 
We will be holding OPEN SESSIONS  on these dates for you to come and try the game and have a cup iof tea/coffee etc with us.  We look forweard to seeing new members.
Contact Alan Rice (740538) or Pat Barton (762538).

Coffee Stop
The Coffee Stop will be open every Wednesday during August as usual.  It is held in Barnack Village Hall from 10.30am to 12 noon, in the side room which is all set up like a proper coffee shop.  We serve cafetière coffee, lovely homemade cakes and scones, and toasted teacakes all at very reasonable prices. 
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.

The Buttercross Club
Our meeting on July 5th was a visit to the John Clare Cottage.  Members could set off from the Reading Room at 5:30 pm and walk to Helpston for a 6:30 start or drive there. Five hardy souls chose to walk. It was very hot!
We were given a very warm welcome by David, Janet, Esther and Paul who gave up their time to provide us with a really enjoyable evening which concluded with a delicious finger buffet and tea or coffee.
Before we looked around the cottage David talked to us about the life of John Clare, son of a farm labourer, who wrote exquisite poetry about the countryside he loved. He was a complex character whose later life was marked by mental illness. He had a twin sister who died before she was baptized and this had a profound effect on her brother.
During his lifetime he had four books of poetry published though he made very little money. He wrote 3,500 poems and there are hundreds of documents which are an ongoing source of study for scholars. For example, Professor Eric Robinson spent forty years studying his works and  Roger Rowe from Devon is also engaged in research on Clare’s life and works. There is considerable interest in America in this Northamptonshire ‘peasant poet’. (The Soke of Peterborough, which included Helpston, was in Northamptonshire at that time).
By 1832 his mental health was of great concern. He was given use of a cottage in Northborough courtesy of the Fitzwilliam family. However, his wife was increasingly finding it difficult to cope with his mental health difficulties and he was sectioned to High Beech Asylum in Epping. Asylums were deemed places of safety, not prisons. Clare continued writing poetry there. Some gypsies whom he befriended showed him the way out of the asylum and he walked all the way home to Helpston. However, he ended his days in Northampton General Lunatic Asylum. He died of natural causes in 1864 aged 70 and is buried in Helpston churchyard. The memorial to Clare in Helpston village, erected in 1869, was funded by public subscription.
The cottage opened to the public in 2009  but funding ceased in 2014. It now opens just 3 days a week and, apart from one paid employee, is run by volunteers who do a fantastic job of welcoming visitors, manning the excellent café facilities organising art courses and so on. Thanks to the enthusiasm of the people who work at the cottage and the scholars who are researching his work, John Clare is finally receiving the recognition he deserves. Unfortunately he was born at a time when it was very difficult for a highly intelligent man of humble origins to have his work viewed seriously.
Diary Dates: On Wednesday, August 2nd we shall be meeting in Dame Mary Tanner’s garden at 7pm for an informal games/social evening (‘Phone Georgina on 740996 if you are unsure of the location).  I will email or ‘phone further details re. guests to bring etc. asap. In the event of wet weather we’ll meet in the Reading Room instead. 
On Wednesday, September 6th we hope to have a cookery demonstration by Veronica Hewin.

Little Lambs Toddler Group
Little Lambs has had a fantastic year, with lots and lots of mums, grandmas and carers and children enjoying getting together each Tuesday morning in Barnack Village Hall.  It has been great to welcome many new mums and dads too and of course all the families who have been coming along for a long time. A big thank you to everyone who is or has been involved in the Little Lambs team, working hard each week to help everything run smoothly and make it such a lovely toddler group.  At the end of January we had a birthday party at Activity World for all the families who have come to Little Lambs over the ten years that it has been running.  There were over one hundred people there, from babies to teenagers, mums and dads, grandparents and helpers.  The dads seemed to have just as much fun as the children on the giant play equipment!  By the time you read this, we will have had our end of year picnic in Burghley Park and will have started our summer break.  We will be back again in Barnack Village Hall on Tuesday September 12th from 10am to 12noon.  As that seems such a long way off, Rev Dave Maylor has invited everyone from Little Lambs to come along to the Paddock at the Rectory, Millstone Lane, Barnack on 8th August from 10am to 12noon for play and a chat.  Please bring any toys your child/ren would like to play with and older brothers and sisters are welcome too.  We look forward to seeing you on the 8th August if you can make it, or after the holidays in September.  Little Lambs is run by Barnack Church – for further details please contact Julie Stanton 07885563128.

Messy Church
Messy Church will be back again after the school summer holidays on Sunday 10th September, in Barnack Village Hall from 4pm to 6pm. We look forward to seeing you then.  If you would like to contact us in the mean-time please call Rev Dave Maylor 740234 or Julie Stanton 07885563128.

Men’s Breakfast
The August Men’s Breakfast will be on Saturday 26th in Barnack Village Hall starting at 8.30am.  As usual there will be a traditional English cooked breakfast, followed by a talk – all very relaxed, friendly and informal. 
This time the speaker is Mike Freeman, he will be talking about his involvement in disaster relief abroad and in the tragic situations this year in this country, he writes, ’Wherever I go is Disaster!   After 30 years in the Police service working in many parts of the UK, I then considered I may have ‘been there and done it’. I then became involved for 14 years or so on International Disaster Relief work, this took me to Sri Lanka after the Tsunami, Pakistan after the Earthquake, Burma after a cyclone and Haiti after an earthquake. All of this culminated in my being inspired to initiate and launch Response Pastors in the UK. 
More recently Response Pastors have been involved in the aftermath of the Westminster terror attack, the Manchester Arena explosion, London Bridge attacks and the London Tower Block Fire. All the teams sharing hope and compassion to hurting communities including emergency responders.’   
Come along for a great breakfast, good company and what promises to be an inspiring talk. 
Everyone very welcome, you can just come along on the morning, but a quick call to Rob or David helps to ensure there are plenty of sausages and bacon for everyone! 
Please call Rob Porter 740663 or David Laycock 740267.   Men’s Breakfast dates for your diary: 23rd September, 28th October, 25th November.

The Club have 3 teams in the Stamford League and the Saxons and the Vikings are at the top of division 3 and Barnack B after a slow start are now comfortably in the middle of division 2.
The main event in August is the second Gala Day of the season and this will take place on Wednesday August 2nd.

Barnack Flower Group
The next meeting will be on Wednesday 13 September at 2 p.m. in Barnack Village Hall.  Our workshop will be led by Avril Boulton and friends from Werrington. Details of requirements will be circulated as usual.
Bainton and Ashton Pub Night
The next Bainton and Ashton Pub Night is on Friday 11th August at  Orchard End,   Ufford Road, Bainton, courtesy of Peter and Brigitte. Normal  Bainton and Ashton Pub Night rules apply.
Host still required for November this year.

Winners for July are:
35    Beryl Burrows    £25
29    Dianne Lunn    £15
17    George Butcher    £10