News and Events December 2017


Here are some diary dates for Christmas activities in Ufford this year…

16th December: The Children’s Christmas party at Ufford Village Hall

17th December, 4pm: The carol service at St Andrew’s Church 

21st December: mobile carol singing.

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 2017-18 school year are as follows:-  November 17th, December 1st & 15th, January 12th & 26th, February 9th & 23rd, March 9th & 23rd, April 27th, May 11th & 25th, June 8th & 22nd and July 6th & 20th.

For further information or a membership form please call Kerrie Garner on 07786417036.

The Buttercross Club

On Wednesday, 1st November, we enjoyed an excellent craft evening led by Beryl Burrows. First she demonstrated how to make a very pretty and rather intricate Christmas decoration. She had brought along all the necessary materials so that we could make our own afterwards. As usual Beryl’s instructions were so clear that we managed to produce some surprisingly impressive looking decorations without too many difficulties!  We had a thoroughly entertaining evening which was rounded off by light refreshments.

Although we usually wait until the AGM to decide our donations to charity, we have this year made an early donation to Crisis. We made a modest profit at the Harvest Supper and one of our members suggested that we give some money to Crisis for homeless people at Christmas. It was agreed upon and our treasurer has duly sent 5 x £26 08 to provide five homeless people with the following:-

•Christmas dinners over nine days

•Advice on housing, benefits, finances, employment, and legal matters

•Healthcare, including TB and hepatitis screenings

•Dental treatment and eye tests, including glasses

•Hairdressing and massage treatments

•Learning and skills opportunities, internet cafés and IT workshops

•Specialist centres providing safe accommodation 

•Access to Crisis’ year-round services for training and support in the year ahead.

Diary Dates: On Wednesday, 6th December, we shall be celebrating Christmas in the Reading Room starting at 7:45.  There will be our usual mulled wine and also Secret Santa present giving.  Please bring a gift up to the value of £5, suitably wrapped. Members are also asked to provide a plate of either savoury or sweet food for the finger buffet.  

The start of the next Buttercross year is  7th February, 2018 when it is the AGM. It is the time for renewing membership and to welcome new members.

The Men Who Went To War 1914 -18

This book has recently been produced as a tribute to the fifty five men from our district who lost their lives in the First World War. It contains pen portraits of every man lost, along with a list of the one hundred men known to have returned from the fighting. There are 48 pages containing over forty illustrations and numerous extracts from the Stamford Mercury of the time. 

The book is on sale at £5, with proceeds going to charity. 

Copies are available from the author, Brain Palmer on 01780 740988 and at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Walkers Books.


The Annual General Meeting was held on 6 November and was well attended.  The Officers for the coming year were elected and 3 new volunteers were greatly welcomed. 

The winners of the October Draw were:

88£25Becky Clark

41£15Tom Elwood

44£10Pat Barton

The final social event of the year is a Carpet Bowls afternoon with a bring and share tea on Sunday, 17 December at 2 pm. Everyone is invited to come along and join in the fun. Happy  Christmas and a prosperous New Year to everyone.

Barnack Flower Group

Just a reminder of our Christmas Open Evening on Monday 4th December 2017 at 7 for 7.30pm ‘Tis the Season’.

Pam Ingram is our Demonstrator, the tickets are £5.00 to include mulled wine and mince pies. Still tickets available.

NB: COPY DATE for the January 2018 issue  of the Parish News is 

Friday November 8th December before 6pm.  

Bainton & Ashton Apple & Cider Day

On the afternoon of Sunday 29th October, the grounds of Paddock View, Bainton, kindly donated by Clippers Dog Groomers, were transformed, as families and children from the Barnack Ward community celebrated the season of ‘mists and mellow fruitfulness’. The weather was kind and the day was bright and sunny.

The event, the first of its kind in the Ward, was supported by a grant from the Ward Community Fund, administered by Councillor David Over, and organised by a small local team led by Chairman of the Bainton and Ashton Parish Council, Graham Fetcher.

The key theme of the event was apples, with local variety apple trees on sale and demonstrations of apple pressing and cider making. Warm apple pie and cream was also available, as well as several varieties of cider and apple juice. More conventional refreshments included tea, coffee and homemade cakes. A hearty portion of fresh hog roast, prepared by the team from the Granary at Willow Brook Farm, came along with the price of the entrance ticket.

Entertainments included a variety of live music, including ‘Millstone Grit’, and singers Dan Perrin and the trio of Peter & Claire Prentice plus Rob Shaw. There was a raffle, children’s games and competitions, and an easy-going dog show that included categories like ‘waggiest tail’ and ‘cutest puppy’. Local owners of vintage cars mounted an impressive display of beautifully maintained if ancient vehicles.  There were also craft stalls and indeed the chocolate stall almost sold out.

The afternoon finally concluded with The Rutland Morris Dance Side strutting their stuff.

Following the success of the event, attended by nearly 300 people, and the purchase by the Parish Council of a cider press, there seems every probability that the event will be held again next autumn and indeed for many years to come.

With thanks for your support from the Bainton & Ashton Apple & Cider Day Team


Our Xmas luncheon venue is The Red Lion, Warmington, at 12.30.  Please check menu on- line and let Joan know your requirements by Fri 8 Dec  (740 396).


Coffee Mornings at The Acres and Little Northfields Community Centre, The Acres, Uffington Road, Barnack

Tuesday 5th December 2017   09:45am

Friendly coffee morning with carol singing by children from Barnack CE Primary School.

Thursday 14th December 2017  10:00am

Scheme Manager’s coffee morning and talk by Simon Hanna, Clinical Exercise Specialist from the Falls Prevention Service, on how to stay active and independent in later life.

Thursday 25th January 2018  10:00am

Scheme Manager’s coffee morning and presentation by Lorraine Rowe, Estate Planning Practitioner, on Wills, Power of Attorney, Trusts and pre-paid funeral plans.

These coffee mornings are open to all in the community so please come along  for a friendly cuppa and chat.

For further information please contact Lizzie Lowther, Scheme Manager, on 07795 605876.

AGM of Friends of Barnack Hills and Holes 

7.30 pm, Wednesday 29th November, Barnack Village Hall.

The AGM will be followed by a talk by Richard Astle on The Langdyke Trust.


Our speaker for November 2017 was Dorothy Dewdrop who spoke to us about her hobby of hat making and how she came to get started. She gave a very interesting speech about hat making, which we all agreed was much harder that  we imagined it would be.

She had made 3 very nice hats which she showed us.

Next month we have our A.G.M  on 12th December 2017  and then our fun will start; food will be provided by the committee. We look forward to seeing you then.

Peterborough Diocesan Conference

We’re just back from the diocesan conference that is held every three years or so.   The venue this year was a lovely conference centre located in rural Staffordshire and we were part of nearly 300 Ordained and Licensed Lay Ministers meeting together for 4 days.   The theme of the conference was ‘Sent by Jesus’ and we were both encouraged and challenged by some excellent teaching (including by the Professor of Divinity at Cambridge and also Bishop Anne Hollinghurst!) on the Gospel of John.   The key question for us is:  What does it mean to be sent by Jesus?   Jesus’ disciples were told by Jesus  ‘As the Father sent me, so I send you’  and this is a statement for us all to consider for ourselves,  especially as we come into the Advent Season.   We do hope you’ll be able to come along to one of the Christmas Services in our parishes, details of which can be found in this issue.

Rev Dave Maylor, Mike Mills, Mary Gowers and Josh Jackson.


Approximately once a month Barnack Church will be sending out an email newsletter designed to keep parishioners up-to-date with developments within the church and to publicise events.

If you would like to receive this newsletter, please send your name and email address to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Barnack Church Food Bank Collection Basket

With the introduction of the Universal Credits System being currently phased in across the local area, it is likely that food banks will experience an increase in demand, as this involves a delay of up to six weeks in recipients receiving their first payments. Coming at a particularly tough time of year, it may be worth helping out by donating items to the collection basket for Peterborough Foodbank, which always sits just inside the entrance to Barnack Church.

St. Mary’s Church, Bainton  Key and Flower rosters:

I will be arranging the new rosters at the end of December for 2018 and wonder if there are any more persons who would join our teams.

We open and close the Church each day - about 9am when not a Eucharist service.  But on the 2nd and 4th Sunday it needs to be opened just after 8am so a sidesman can prepare for the service.

We close the Church at dusk or after 7pm when there is Evensong.

We arrange Altar and Memorial flowers and clean the brasses each week - no flowers in Lent or Advent but the brass needs a polish.   They are much admired by our congregation and visitors so again if you would like to join either team I would be delighted to hear from you.

Please email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 01780740269 if you are able to help.    Thank you.   SRB


Tree Lights Switch On and Visit from Father Christmas. On Saturday 9th December, the Parish Council are hosting the first official Christmas Tree Lights switch on event in The Square. 

Father Christmas will be joining the festivities, arriving in Barnack by sleigh, starting his journey on Uffington Road at 4.30pm and touring each road before ending up at the The Square at 6.00pm, where mince pies, mulled wine and refreshments will be served.  Barnack’s very own TV Gardener Adam Frost will switch the lights on at 6.15pm. 

All are welcome to join the family fun, either joining the sleigh on its journey around the Village, or congregating in The Square from 5.30pm to tuck into mince pies, mulled wine and refreshments.  There will be photo opportunities with Father Christmas and his sleigh in The Square.

Father Christmas and his helpers will be carrying charity buckets and any donations will be shared equally between Barnack Primary School and a local children’s charity.  If you would like to help with bucket collections, please contact Shona on 07921 724207. 

Special thanks go to:  Burghley House Preservation Trust, Woollard Electrical, Will Armitage, Adam Frost, Steve and Shona Rickard and all those who volunteer to help with the event, without you it would not be possible.  (Timings are approximate).


The dark and cold winter months without family and friends are something we all would hope to avoid, but many people will be alone this festive season. Let’s all make sure that the no residents of Barnack, Pilsgate and the surrounding villages go without friendship and comfort. 

Please let’s all take time to make sure that anyone we know who may be living on their own has the pleasure of company and friendship. Take time to knock on their door and make sure they’re OK and have all they need. Better still, spend time with them or invite them to spend time with you. 

A little attention or reassurance means a lot. Our villages are rightly considered friendly places to live, so let’s be sure our warmth and kindness leaves no one without a smile.


Little Lambs are having their Christmas Party on Tuesday 19th December in Barnack Village Hall starting at the usual time of 10am - 12noon.  Lots of fun for the little lambs and mums and carers too.    Please bring a contribution towards the party lunch, there’ll be a list of suggested food items at Little Lambs over the next couple of weeks or ring Julie on 07885563128.  

If you have not been before, Little Lambs is a lovely, friendly toddler group which takes place each Tuesday during Barnack School term times, from 10am -12noon, in Barnack Village Hall.  It is for mums, dads, grandparents and carers with babies and toddlers from birth to 4 years. We start off with a play time with all sorts of toys and a craft table, then we clear everything away and  sit down for coffee and cakes, with fruit and a biscuit or mini cake for the children.  After that we have a short bible story and lots of songs and rhymes, then a quick whizz round on trikes and ride-on’s before going home.   For the craft table this month, we have lots of Christmas things planned.  A very warm welcome to everyone - we look forward to seeing you. Little Lambs re-starts after the Christmas break on Tuesday 9th January 2018. Little Lambs is run by Barnack Church for everyone in our village communities, to find out more please ring Julie Stanton 749123 or 07885563128.


Messy Church in Barnack Village Hall

Come along on Sunday 10th December at 4pm to Barnack Village Hall for lots of themed crafts and activities as we journey to Christmas.  We’ll be making lots of different things to help think about some of the characters of the first Christmas and what they might have needed to do to get ready for the birth of Jesus.  The craft time lasts for about 45 minutes then we gather together for a short very family friendly service, with songs and a prayer, and we’ll look at all the things we have made and think about getting prepared for Jesus this Christmas.  Afterwards everyone is invited to stay for a tea-time meal together with sandwiches, fruit, cake and time for a chat.  All finished by 6pm.   A very warm welcome to everyone.  To find out more please ring Rev Dave Maylor 740234 or Julie Stanton 749123 or 07885563128.


Coffee Stop meets every Wednesday and is held in Barnack Village Hall from 10.30am to 12.00pm 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. 

A Christmas ‘Sing-Along’ is planned for Wednesday 20th December when David Laycock has agreed to come and play for us.  Seasonal refreshments will be on the menu that day.

Open to everyone - we look forward to welcoming you.   Lifts are available if required. Please ring Carol (740438) or Anita (740841) if you want to find out more.


Could you spare a couple of hours just once a year to staple and fold the printed copies of the Parish News?

This is a good excuse for a group of friends to get together for coffee and a chat whilst folding and stapling the magazines.

We are looking for volunteers to take over a vacant slot in February 2018.

If you can help, please email Lisa: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 740893