News and Events February 2018

HelliboreLent Course Dates

Wednesday 21st February 2018
Wednesday 28th February 2018
Wednesday 7th March 2018
Wednesday 14th March 2018
Wednesday 21st March 2018

Please see Church Notice Boards for further details.

Parish News Donations

Many thanks to the following groups who made a donation towards the running of the Parish News last year:

Party in the Paddock

Barnack WI

Barnack Bowls Club

Barnack Community Association

Barnack Flower Club

Barnack Youth Club

Bainton Buttercross Club

Barnack British Legion

Bainton PCC

Southorpe PCC

Barnack Church

Thanks also to those households who generously gave a personal donation. The support from individuals and groups towards the running of the Parish News is greatly appreciated.

Next month we will be publishing the accounts for the magazine and asking for donations once again. 

You will see from that report that, whilst there is some money held in reserve as contingency, the donations received last year and the advertising sold did not fully cover the cost of producing the Parish News during 2017.

The Parish News is a valuable village resource. Not only does it keep every household in the Parish up to date with events and news, but it also helps to build the wonderful community in which we live. It brings people together each month in groups to collate and bundle the magazines. And volunteers keep the accounts, run the website calendar and content, deliver the magazines through doors and arrange the advertising.

If your club, society or group uses the magazine, please  give a donation this year towards its upkeep. Householders, please also consider making a donation. £5 would be wonderful, but any donation would make a difference.

Barnack Village Hall

The Community Association is organising a quiz night on Saturday 28th April to raise funds for the much needed replacement of the storage shed.

Please make a note in your diary, more details to follow.


The purpose of this ancient charity is twofold-to provide grants and loans to those in need of financial assistance and, as the owner and freeholder of the Reading Room, it is responsible for the maintenance, upkeep and insurance of the building.

The grants and loans are available to anyone residing in the parish of Bainton and Ashton.

The Trustees held their Annual Meeting at the end of November and after reviewing the accounts and balance sheet, agreed to make a number of Christmas gifts. They also heard from Ian Abbott-Donnelly about progress on the grant applications for the repairs to the roof of the Reading Room. It was agreed that subject to the grant being awarded, the Charity had sufficient funds available to top up the grant to enable the works to be undertaken in the early part of 2018.

Subsequent to the meeting it was confirmed that a significant grant had been offered by the Augean Community Fund and work is now progressing to finalise all the details so that work can begin in the spring. Our thanks and congratulations to Ian for all his work in securing this grant.

At the meeting Michael Bratley expressed his desire to stand down as Chairman of the Trustees, although he will remain as a Trustee. The Trustees thanked Michael for his many years of service as Chairman. Nigel Clough was elected in his place.

The Charity still has funds available for small grants/loans-if anyone requires such assistance, or knows of anyone in the parish who might, they should contact Nigel Clough or any of the Trustees.

St Mary’s Church Bainton-Charitable Donations

The PCC met in December to agree its Charitable Donations for the year. These are met from Church Funds and the proceeds of the village Family Day.

Following a record contribution from the Family Day it was agreed to increase the donations by 40% over the level of recent years.

In total some 12 charities, both local and national, were supported. 

These include:

Children’s Society
Friends of Stamford Hospital
Evergreen Trust
Help for Heroes
Sue Ryder
Stamford Foodbank
St Luke’s Hospice

The PCC would like to record their thanks to all in the villages who support Family Day in such great numbers which enables these donations to be made. If anyone would like to nominate a charity for a possible donation in 2018 would you please contact Nigel Clough  ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

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 this school year in 2018 are as follows:- January 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.

Violin Lessons Wanted

9 year old boy from Barnack is interested in learning to play the violin.  If you are able to tutor him once a week in school term time, please contact 01780 740316.


The winners of the December Draw were:

26   £50   Jean Honour
27   £30   Brian Walsh
69   £20   Marie Harris
45   £10   Pat Barton

And for January

7   £25   Val Butcher
72   £15  Ray Hackett
88   £10  Becky Clark

As we are now at the start of 2018 members are reminded that their subscription of £24 is now due.  Cheques should be made out to Barnack Bowls Club and sent to me at 14 Whitman Close, Barnack, PE9 3EL. Nearly 50% of members were lucky in 2017 and if anyone else would like to join they would be very warmly received.  

You don’t have to play bowls to join the 200 Club and the proceeds are divided between the winners and providing for the upkeep of the rinks.

Barnack WI January 2018

Following routine Issues such as renewing memberships, preliminary voting for this years resolutions etc, 2018 kicked off with Dr Gail Hunt who came to talk to us about health in general. 

The basic theme of the talk was to inform and reassure everyone to take responsibility in caring for their own health.

As she explained most miner illnesses ie common colds,aches and sprains and usually influenza will be healed by the bodies’ own immune system given a sufficient period of time. Uncomfortable symptoms can be eased by over the counter preparations,such as paracetamol,together with rest,plenty of fluids and a bit of TLC. The important thing is to remember that the body needs time to repair itself.

In the event of accidents Gail gave a refresher for first aid treatments.

Altogether a pleasant and informative evening.

Our next months meeting is on February 13th when Jonathan Jones will be giving a talk on Voluntary Medical Work in Africa.

The meeting starts at 7.30pm in Barnack Village Hall,  everyone welcome.

The Buttercross Club

Our first meeting of the year will be the AGM on Wednesday, February 7th, 2018. As always meetings will be on the first Wednesday of each month at 7.45pm in Bainton Reading Room unless it is a visit out or an earlier start for a special event. Membership costs £10 and at the AGM existing and new members can join for the year and receive their diaries. 

The business meeting is also the opportunity to decide which charities we can support with money accrued up to the end of 2017 and which has not been needed to pay speakers, (though quite a few speakers waive a fee preferring to nominate a charity instead). The business section, which we shall try to keep as brief as possible, will be followed by a talk by a member of their staff on the kinds of visits organised by Shaws of Maxey with a view to getting ideas for a Buttercross trip later in the year. 


Our next get-together will be at The Wicked Witch, Ryhall, on Weds. 14 Feb at 12.30pm.


The Barnack School Fun Run returns for 2018!  This year it will be Saturday 21 April with races starting from 2pm.   There will be early bird discounts, free fitness training and medals for all finishers in the 2.5k and 5k distances.  More details and entry forms will  be available on the school website soon

Flowers in Church

I have been doing a new rota for 2018 for Flowers and Brass in Church.

Is there anyone who would like to do the flowers?  It could be a vase of flowers or a wonderful pedestal arrangement. Anyone who would like to do one , or even two friends who would like to do one, please get in touch with me. Joan Laycock 740267.

Barnack Church Coffee Morning

Coffee Morning Saturday 17th February 2018 at 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!       

Ewan Macdonald Brown

May I thank everyone concerned for their kindness, support and expressions of sympathy at the sad time of Ewan’s death.

Grateful thanks also for the huge attendance in Church and to the Revd Dave Maylor for his comforting service and fitting tribute to a special person. Mollie.

Barnack Flower Club

Members decorated St John the Baptist Church for Christmas. Thank you to everyone who contributed including those who provided evergreen foliage. 

Our Annual Meeting will be held on Wednesday 14th February 2018 at 2 pm in Barnack Village Hall. This will be followed by a brief workshop for which you need only bring your scissors and a wine glass. Everything else will be provided. 

Please let Ann Butland know if you will be attending to ensure there are materials available for you. (email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tel: 01780 740121.)


Little Lambs is a lovely, friendly, popular toddler group which takes place each Tuesday during Barnack School term times  (6th, 20th and 27th February), from 10am -12noon, in Barnack Village Hall.  It‘s for mums, dads, grandparents and carers with babies and toddlers from birth to 4 years. Little Lambs starts off with the hall set out with all sorts of toys, a slide, home play corner and carpeted area with cushions and bouncy chairs for babies.  Each week we have a craft activity for little hands and sometimes we have messy play activities.  Everything is cleared away at 11 o’clock and we sit down for coffee and cakes, with fruit and a biscuit or mini cake for the children.  Afterwards we have a very short bible story and lots of songs and rhymes with Rev Dave leading on guitar, then a quick whizz round on trikes and ride-on’s before going home. Just £1.50 for a family.  A very warm welcome to everyone - we look forward to seeing you.  Little Lambs is run by Barnack Church for everyone in our village communities.  To find out more please ring Carol Pickering (740438) in Julie’s absence.

MESSY CHURCH  with Barnack Church

Come along on Sunday 11th February at 4pm to Barnack Village Hall for lots of fun and creative crafts and activities all helping us find out about a Bible story. 

In January the village hall was buzzing with activity as we made hand-print camel pictures, star shaped sandwiches, tea-light holders, a giant arch and little clay models of the presents we would like to give to Jesus, and tried out a fascinating science experiment with mini LED lights and graphite pencil circuits.  All to help us think about the wise men who followed a star and found Jesus, light of the world. The craft time lasts for about 45 minutes then we gather together for a short very informal celebration time, with the bible story, lively worship songs and a prayer.  Afterwards everyone is invited to stay for a tea-time meal together usually sandwiches or soup and bread, with fruit and cake and plenty of time to chat.  All finished by 6pm.   A very warm welcome to everyone, of all ages.  To find out more please ring Rev Dave Maylor 740234. 

For your diary, the March Messy Church will be later in the month on Palm Sunday the 25th.


Our Christmas Coffee Stop on the last Wednesday before Christmas went with a real swing as David Laycock put us in the Christmas mood by coming to play for us.  There was a good turn out of village people, most of whom were willing to enter into the impromptu singing.

Coffee Stop meets every Wednesday and is held in Barnack Village Hall from 10.30am to 12.00 pm 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 24th February in Barnack Village Hall at 8.30am.  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

Bishop’s Bible Day 2018

The Bishop’s Bible Day for 2018 will be held on Saturday 24th February at Peterborough Cathedral (9.30am to 4.00pm). 

This Diocesan training day is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about the Bible, and the theme of the day will be ‘St Paul for Today’. It will include talks from Bishop Donald, as well as a choice of workshops, including ‘Would Paul be on Facebook? (led by Becky Wills), ‘We have no young families in our church – how do we attract them?’ (Charlotte Nobbs) and ‘“He welcomed us to sit and eat with him”: Including young children in Holy Communion’ (Pete White).

All you need to bring to the day is a Bible and a packed lunch. Entry is free, but donations are welcome to cover costs. However, booking is essential (by Friday 16th February at the latest). To book, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call 01604 887049.