News and events March 2018

Recycle your old inkjet and laser printer cartridges and help a charity

Every year, millions of printer cartridges are thrown out of homes and offices, needlessly wasting precious natural resources. By donating your old printer cartridges to a charity for recycling, you are helping to raise vital funds as well as protecting the environment.

Please note: It is only possible to recycle original manufacturer printer cartridges, not the cheaper alternatives. 

EG: Brother | Canon | Dell | HP | Lexmark | Samsung

Getting involved couldn’t be easier: simply go online and complete a form to request  freepost envelopes or print out a label, pop the used cartridges into the envelope and put them in the postbox!

There are several charities which can benefit from your donated cartridges in this way. Go online and follow the links below to find out more. 

Or Google: “recycle inkjet cartridges for charity” to find other charities of your choice.

The Children’s Society

The Children’s Society boxes have now been emptied and £771.80 has been paid into their account.  A big thank you to all those that contributed. If you do not have a home collection box and would like one please contact Catharine Wright on 740929. Your loose change could benefit this children’s charity. Thank you,Catharine 

The Buttercross Club

The AGM on Wednesday, 7th February, was well attended. Georgina Beresford stepped down as Chairman to become Secretary again, as the post has been vacant for several months since the previous incumbent, Sian Davies, left the area. Sheila Bratley has agreed to be Chairman. The diaries for 2018 were distributed. Anyone who was unable to attend can join and receive their diaries at the next meeting.  

The business meeting was followed by a talk given by a representative from Shaws of Maxey. The talk began with a brief rundown of the history of the company. The business was founded in 1922 by Edwin Shaw. He worked at Brotherhood’s but an elderly aunt who lived in Skegness left him a substantial legacy which he used to buy a secondhand bus. He set up a bus service which proved extremely popular as it provided a quicker means of travel in areas where people had hitherto had to walk or bike. 

Soon another bus was needed and so it went on. Edwin ran the company until 1965. His son, Harry, took over. He was more of a buyer and seller than a coach operator so the drivers employed never knew what they would be driving! In 1982 Harry became ill and died from a heart attack. His children brought in a manager whilst they wound up their own jobs and learnt the ropes. In 1983 de-regulation came in and this enabled the company to advertise and to diversify, so Shaws went into tours and excursions. 

There are now tours throughout the whole year, including over Christmas.  Door to door pick up is available within a 30 mile radius. There are holidays all over the United Kingdom. The coaches run as far north as the Shetland Isles, as far south as Cornwall, west to Wales and to Ireland. The accommodation is in good hotels, for example the Irish Jaunt includes a visit to the Ring of Kerry and the stay is in the  4* Woodlands Hotel in Adare which is a conservation village. 

There are visits abroad to Holland, to Italy’s Lake Maggiore, to France, (for example, Provence in Autumn) and to Christmas markets in Germany. You can spend Christmas on the English Riviera in Babbacombe or in Wales in Camarthan and New Year in Derbyshire. In addition to holidays there are day visits to historical monuments, to beautiful gardens, to concerts such as the Christmas Spectacular at Thursford and many more. 

Diary dates: On 7th March - Chocolate Heaven in Bainton Reading Room. Usual start time. On 21st March visit to the South Gardens at Burghley. Meet in the Reading Room car park at 10:45 am or make your own way there and meet at the gates near Burghley gift shop.

Barnack & District Branch, Royal British Legion 

On 29 JAN Stamford Town Councillor Alan Swan gave an excellent and very well received lecture in Barnack village Hall on bomb disposal to 40 members as our inaugural New Year Lecture. Alan is more than adequately qualified to do so, to put it mildly, having spent 49 years in the RAF, beginning as an Apprentice Armourer at RAF Halton and ending his career as a Squadron Leader explosive ordnance specialist with an MBE and the Queen’s Gallantry Medal. His talk ranged from the disposal of WWII weapons (Axis & Allied), those used during the Falklands War and the Northern Ireland troubles to the ingenuity behind the IEDs used by terrorists in the Middle East - and much else besides, illustrated by video clips and some “samples” from his long and distinguished career.

Ufford church Bell Ringers Needed

We need ringers! Young, old,  male or female ! I am sure you all know that this November 11th celebrates 100years since the Armistice of World War 1. All over the country bells will ring out in remembrance of this historic event. We are aiming to recruit 1400new bell ringers in memory of the known 1400 bell ringers who lost their lives in action.

It would be wonderful if Ufford tower could recruit ringers( we can always adjourn to The White Hart following practice)! Initial training would take place at Castor . Please contact Sally Hudson 01780 740475 if you are interested.

Bainton and Ashton pub night. 

The next Bainton and Ashton pub night is on Friday 9th March at Willow cottage, Church lane, Bainton, courtesy of Chris and Anne.  All welcome. 7.30- 9.30. Normal B & A pub rules apply. The rest of the year looks like this

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- Host required

October 12th- Host required

November 9th- Host required

December 14th-Martin & Susie

Bainton & Ashton Family Day 2018

Save the Date. 8th July 2018

Date for your diaries - one and all.  The second Sunday in July will once again see our Bainton & Ashton Family day being held at Bainton House very kindly once more hosted by the Saint-Johns.

Second date for your diaries is the kick off meeting to be held in the Reading Room for all volunteers new and old to come along and once more offer of your time and talents. 

Bainton & Ashton Family Day Kick off Meeting  Wednesday 9th May

Look forward to seeing you all.

Village Ladies

Our luncheon venue for this month is The Exeter Arms, Easton- on- the Hill on Weds. 14 March at 12.30pm. 

Bainton & Ashton Cider & Apple Day

Save The Date: 16th September 2018

Due to the outstanding success of our Cider & Apple Day last October we are already putting plans together to repeat the event this year.  Bringing the date forward to ensure we once again have beautiful sunshine.  Thank you for your support and we look forward to another wonderful day.  Cider, food, games and market stalls.  What’s not to love.

Barnack WI

Unfortunately our speaker was unable to come due to a bereavement, so we took the opportunity to get some volunteers to do the tablecloth or banner, and the mosaic due for Federation day on 5th April.We also sent the resolution votes  result to Headquarters which was “Stop Female Genital Mutilation”.

Our next meeting will be  Alan Grey  “You can’t be serious” tales from a Wimbledon Umpire  on March 13th. New members always welcome.

Ewan Brown

I have now been informed of the total of £800 received in memory of my husband Ewan Brown and wish to thank everyone who gave so generously.

The donations were divided between Progressive Supranuclear Palsy and The Cedars Care Home comfort fund.

Your kindness and generosity is greatly appreciated. Mollie

 Coffee Morning Saturday 17th March 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 Flower Club

On Februay 14th we had our AGM. This included the Chairmans report, Treasurer’s report and election of officers.

We have continued to have Fun with Flowers in 2017. We have had 7 workshops, and have been very sucessful. The average attendance being 12 people.

We had  a very successful Christmas Open Meeting with Pam Ingham which was well supported.

We decorated the Church for the main Religous festivals and one wedding.

We asked for nominations to replace the Chairman. Treasurer, Vice Chairman, and Treasurer but as we didn’t get any volunteers the committee will remain the same for this year.

We have introduced a Constitution this year which was sent to all members beforehand  and this was agreed and signed at the meeting. We thanked all members for their support. 

We would like to ask for contributions for the cost of the Easter Flowers, which we will be doing in the Church on  Wednesday 28th March at 9.30am  Any contributions can be given to Ann Butland, Joan Laycock  preferable in  cash before Sunday 25th March.

What to do with lent

Rev Dave Maylor’s February “Pause for Thought item”, welcome as ever, commends the practice of doing something positive for Lent, rather than, as has become traditional, giving things up.

Good old common sense may well approve of this but there is another way of looking at it. The time for positive action, the argument goes, is the rest of the year, all 46 months of it, leaving Lent as a time for taking stock in reflection and  contemplation. This is why Jesus went into the wilderness.

But don’t let me put you off any plans you have already made. The Lord loves a cheerful giver. John Tanner


Little Lambs will be meeting on every Tuesday in March and will return on Tuesday 17th April after the Easter break.  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 very short bible story and lots of songs and rhymes led by Rev Dave 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 everyone in our village communities, to find out more please ring Carol Pickering 740438 in Julie Stanton’s absence.


Join the fun!  Good Friday activities for children with Messy Church on Friday 30th March 2018, 10.00-11.45 in Barnack Church.  Refreshments available.Children to be accompanied by an adult.


Coffee Stop meets every Wednesday and is held in Barnack Village Hall from 10.30am to 12.00 pmin 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 March at 8.30am in Barnack Village Hall.  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 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


Come along and join us on Palm Sunday, 25th March, for our Messy Church. We will meet at 4.00 pm at the village hall. This month we are making palm crosses and then will walk in procession from the village hall to the Church for a short time of worship, concluding with fellowship over food and aiming to finish at 6.00pm.  (There will be no morning service in Barnack on this day).

We are still looking for a pony or donkey to accompany us walking to the Church, if you or someone you know has a pony or donkey and would like to join us please get in touch with Rev Dave 01780 740 234 or Josh Jackson on 07595 927 023.