News and Events January 2018

Parish News Thanks

The Parish News is a fantastic village resource which only exists because of the generosity of all the volunteers who staple, fold, organise into delivery areas, and trudge around every house in the villages to pop copies through letter boxes!
Whilst others maintain the online event calendar,  promote the advertising to raise funds, collect donations, and keep the accounts. Thank you to everyone!
The Parish News is more than just a magazine, it’s the embodiment of all that is wonderful about the community in which we live!
Thank you to Ria and John Sutcliffe for their help with collating over the years, but who have just moved into Stamford and so can no longer help.
Welcome to 2 new volunteers to the Parish News band - Rebecca Forster and Michael Cunliffe-Lister.

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.
Youth Club Calendar Dates for this school year in 2018 are as follows:- 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 Children’s Society

The collection boxes are now ready to be emptied. Please return your box to Skipport, Main Street, Barnack, or give me a call on 740929 and I will collect it. If you would like to have a box for your loose change please call me, and so help to support children in need.
Thank you, Catharine Wright


Our luncheon venue for 10 January is at The Bluebell Pub, Belmesthorpe, at 12.30 pm.  Please let Joan have your pre-orders by Fri 5 Jan (740 396).


We had a very successful meeting on 29th of November when we produced a table centre decoration for Christmas.  We had a record attendance and some superb arrangements were produced all so different, in colour and style.
Our open evening with Pam Ingham “Tis the Season “ was a very successful evening and everyone seemed to have a good time. The designs were raffled off at the end and there were some lovely designs and happy people who won them!!

Coffee Morning

Coffee Morning Saturday 20th January 2018 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! 

Barnack RBL News

Dates for your new 2018  diaries:
Mon 29 JAN - New Year Lecture, 1900 for 1930, Barnack Village Hall.
Subject - “Bomb Disposal” by Sqn Ldr (ret’d.) Alan Swan, MBE, QGM.
Alan is a hugely experienced former RAF Bomb Disposal Officer who has dealt with conventional weapons and IEDs during his long career.
£5 each (includes a welcome drink). Profits to the RBL.
Mon 5 MAR - 1900 for 1930, Winter Supper, Barnack Village Hall. Details tba.
Max Sawyer

Bainton and Ashton pub night

Happy New Year everyone and welcome to Bainton and Ashton pub nights 2018. A big thank you to everyone who has held or supported the pub nights during the last year, and if you haven’t, why not give it a go this year. You would be most welcome. The pub nights continue to be well supported and are a real treat to a village who does not have its own pub. We find a volunteer who is happy to have a pub night at their house on the 2nd Friday of the month, each month a different venue, it takes place between 7.30 -9.30 pm, we all take our own drinks, glasses, or anything else you might require, and just have an enjoyable evening having a social drink, meet friends and neighbours, and nobody has to drive. If you would like more information, or to host a pub night, call Rob on 740709, or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The 2018 calendar currently looks like this:
January 12th- Mary & Columb, Bainton
February 9th- Peter & Brigitte, Bainton
March 9th-TBA
April 13th- Tony & Mary, Bainton
May 11th- Pete & Ally- Ashton
June 8th- Rob & Pam, Bainton
July 13th- Martin & Susie, Ashton
August 10th- Graham & Su
September 14th- October 12th- November 9th- December 14th- TBA   

Volunteers wanted: Sacristans’ Rota

We are appealing for one or possibly two volunteers to join our Sacristan’s rota.
The Sacristan’s role is to prepare the altar for a communion service, firstly by arriving in church about half an hour before the start of the service. A churchwarden is always present to open the safe. The wine, water and wafers are set out together with the chalices and the altar candles are placed and lit. The altar is then cleared at the end of the service.
 This is an important duty and contributes to the smooth running of a communion service. If you are interested in becoming a Sacristan please have a word with me or with one of the churchwardens.  Elizabeth Young (740347)

The Buttercross Club

The last meeting of the Buttercross calendar for 2017, and our Christmas gathering, was on Wednesday, 6th December.  The Reading Room was transformed and looked very inviting.
The husband of one of our Committee members had thoughtfully provided us with an on screen snow scene which really did look as though we were gazing through the windows at the winter  weather outside. A large screen with the image of a fire burning in a grate, plus music, was placed where the original fireplace was. The tables were covered with red cloths and the LED candles on each table were flickering away. 
Each thing may have owed its existence to modern technology but it was remarkably convincing and, along with the Christmas tree, provided a wonderful party atmosphere. Mulled wine was served on arrival. We had a Christmas Quiz followed by a buffet supper, the food being provided by each of the members who attended. We had our usual Secret Santa gift giving and concluded the celebrations with tea or coffee.
It was a lovely evening of laughter and friendship. The room was tidied up with remarkable speed at the end thanks to the members pitching in to help clear away and wash up.
Diary Dates: Our next meeting is on the 7th February, 2018 at 7:45 in Bainton Reading Room. It is the AGM and the business meeting will be followed by an illustrated talk from someone from Shaw’s Coaches. We are hoping that we might organise a day visit with them at some time during 2018.
Please bring along your £10 subscriptions – still the same as 2017! New members are very warmly welcomed so please do come along if you would like to join us. We try to provide an interesting mix of talks and activities and we do welcome ideas from our members.


Little Lambs will be back after the Christmas holidays on Tuesday January 9th.   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‘s 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 very short bible story and lots of songs and rhymes, then a quick whizz round on trikes and ride-on’s before going home.    A very warm welcome to everyone - we look forward to seeing you.  Little Lambs is run by Barnack Church for the everyone in our village communities, to find out more please ring Julie Stanton 749123 or 07885563128.


Come along on Sunday 14th January at 4pm to Barnack Village Hall for lots of fun and creative crafts and activities all about the wise men who followed a star to find the new born king.    The craft time lasts for about 45 minutes then we gather together for a short very informal celebration time, with a bible story, lively songs and a prayer.  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, of all ages.  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.  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. 
Coffee Stop is run by Barnack Church


The next Men’s Breakfast will be on Saturday 27th January in Barnack Village Hall.  We are delighted that Rob Shaw has agreed to come to speak to us about his journey … so far!  Some of you may know Rob from occasionally preaching at Barnack or from drumming in Dave’s band. 
 We would be really pleased for you to join us for a full English breakfast.  You can just come along on the day but a quick call to Rob Porter (740663), Mike Mills (740285) or David Laycock (740267) beforehand helps to ensure there are plenty of sausages and bacon for everyone!  Lifts are available if needed.
Men’s Breakfast is run by Barnack Church

BIG Thank You’s

It’s unfortunate that sometimes a ‘Thank You’ is an afterthought but at the beginning of this new year please join with me in saying a BIG Thank You to all those who work faithfully in our villages for the benefit of others. 
Many serve on Parish Councils, PCC’s and various committees etc. A lot of the time what they do will be unseen and dare I say unappreciated!  So, THANK YOU to all of you out there, be encouraged, you’re doing a great job

Friends of Barnack Church 200 Club

Winners were as follows,
£20        No.96       P. Sindall
£10        No.186     L. Harley
£5          No.18       D. Martin
£20        No.64       E. Young
£10        No.10       R. Hackett
£5          No.63       C. Robinson
Special End of Year Draw
£50        No.79       B. Davies
£50        No.168     R. Graham
£50        No.1         A. Butland

Christmas Coffe Morning

Many thanks for all the help and support for the Barnack Church Coffee Morning. The total raised was £700.39p