News and Events May 2018

Bainton & Ashton Allotment Association

On Saturday May 26th members of the association are pleased to open their allotments to visitors. From 10.30am to 12noon there will be refreshments, coffee, tea, cakes and a raffle, coupled with a garden plant stall. Root crops and early spring vegetables should be available. Do come along and bring a friend too.

Ample parking

Big thank you

To Willie Franks for clearing aside the recent snow drifts along the length of Tallington Road.  The work was really appreciated by Baintonians. 

Ufford Barn dance

*Save the Date* - Saturday 23rd June 2018 , 7.30pm– Ufford Village Barn Dance featuring The Wagon Load of Monkeys Band and refreshments. More details to follow.

Hills & Holes Warning

Just a line to warn your parishioners that my wife (  ex Barnack girl) walked our dog in the hills and holes today and had her car broken into whilst on her walk. When she got back to her car another walker told her he’d had £350 Christmas presents stolen in December. When I reported this to Cambs police the dispatcher said she’d recorded other thefts from the same area. Please warn villagers to be on the look out. Maybe some warning signs might not go amiss?


Barnack Youth Cricket continues to go from strength to strength with 120 under 13’s signed up for the new season. Following a successful recruitment campaign, we can now boast 16 coaches who will be doing their best to control Friday evenings, starting on May 4th. We are now lucky enough to have 7 youth cricketers who represent the County, with Libby Moore becoming our first female player in the History of the Club as she was selected for the County Under 11 side.

The Club are very keen for this to become a social occasion for the village, and with a fully stocked bar, what better place to meet your neighbours and see the vibrant club in action.

Under 11’s - Friday evenings, from 17:30hrs for 9 weeks, starting May 4th. Bar opens at 1700hrs, all welcome.

Under 13’s - Sunday mornings, from 10:00hrs for 10 weeks, starting April 29th.

Home Matches:

Under 9 - Sunday mornings

Under 11 - Tuesday evenings

Under 13 - Thursday evenings

If anyone requires any further information please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or Guy Spragg (07973551175) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

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.


Save the Date: Saturday 7th July from noon

Once again we will be holding our family fun day in the beautiful walled paddock at The Rectory in Barnack.

We will have the Horticultural Show, live music, races, inflatables, the very popular ‘human table football’ tournament, tree climbing, a PIMMS tent and bar, barbecue, games and a Spitfire flypast!

As always, we will be donating 100% of the proceeds to Barnack School, and other children’s charities.

We hope to see you all there!

Bainton & Ashton Family Day

Kick off Meeting: Wednesday 9th May 7.30pm, Reading Room, Bainton See you there. 

Pilates Courses for Beginners: From April 19th to 10th May

Morning: 9.30 -10.30 or evening: 6.15 - 7.15

Bainton reading Room. 

Call Nichola on 7493338345

Village Ladies Group

Our venue for this month is The Six Bells at Witham-on-the-Hill at 12.30 pm on 9 May.

The Buttercross Club

At our meeting on the 4th April we welcomed Irene Walsh who lives in Ashton. Irene is the Cabinet Member for Communities on Peterborough City Council. She brought with her Gillian Beasley, the Chief Executive of Peterborough City Council, Jawaid Khan, the Cohesion Manager and Sameena Aziz who acts as a Community Connector. 

Ms Beasley spoke first on cohesion, and began her talk by saying how welcoming Peterborough has been across the centuries to people from all over the world who have made the city and its environs their home. In the 1950s and 60s Afro-Caribbeans, Italians  and Ugandan Asians settled here. Now second and third generations of these migrants have integrated well. 

In 1967 Peterborough was designated a New Town, there was migration from London and the population rocketed. Growth continued and during 2004-7 the city had to further manage migration from EU countries. There were too few school places and a pressing need to improve English Language skills to help the incomers seek suitable work. The rate of migration has slowed now because of Brexit but even so work on cohesion and integration must continue. There are at least 152 languages in Peterborough and it is said that half the world’s nationalities are represented. 9.1% of the incomers have no formal qualifications. It has been the task of the Community Cohesion Team to help all newcomers to integrate.

Irene spoke to us about integration, pointing out that, considering the diversity in Peterborough, there has not been the unrest and violence that we have seen in places like Bradford and Brixton. There is a multi-agency collaborative approach. The Syrian Refugees Resettlement Task and Finish group was set up to help the latest arrivals from wartorn Syria. (Some of the Syrian refugees took part in the Christmas Carol Service in Bainton Church in 2017). There is inter-faith work and a multi-agency forum for new arrivals. The Cohesion Team’s approach has been successful so far because there have been no terrorist incidents, no riots, an unsuccessful EDL march and very few recorded hate crimes. There is much work still to do. For example in some of the countries from which people come, women are offered few opportunities to work outside the home and it is necessary to change that culture.  

Jawaid Khan spoke about the necessity of promoting the idea that we are one community. In London five days of rioting in 2010 cost millions and affected business. That was the result of  both a lack of cohesion and of integration. He acknowledges that one size does not fit all so different methods have to be tried. The Cohesion Team has what is called the CDRP approach – Contact, Dialogue, Rapport and Partnership. An example of this in action occurred last year when there was a problem with parental engagement amongst the Muslim community, so Sameena Aziz set up a course of English at the City College to improve English skills amongst Muslim women. It cost very little and has achieved very positive results. Importantly, because resources are limited self-help must be encouraged. 

Sameena, as part of the Cohesion Team, works to get the different communities on board, encouraging inter-community events, faith dialogues, mutual respect, free speech, the rule of law and shared endeavour. We need to realise that there are more similarities than differences between us. 

Diary dates: Garden visit on Wednesday, May 2nd. Please meet at the Reading Room at 6pm so that we can share transport. Parking is limited. 

Wednesday, June 6th Summer Soirée,  salad and strawberries. 

Barnack Fun Run

At the time of writing there are just a few days to go until the 2018 Barnack School Fun Run on Saturday 21 April at 2pm.  Hopefully the weather was kind and everyone had a great time.  There will be a full report in the next edition of the Parish magazine.  

In the meantime, the organising team would like to extend thanks to everyone who helped make the event happen.  It is a crucial fundraiser for the school and a great way of encouraging people to come together as they get fit.  Thank you to everyone who marshalled or volunteered in other ways, and particular thanks to Barnack Cricket Club, Walcot Hall, Barnack Parish Council and Barnack Church for their ongoing support and use of their facilities and land, and to residents and The Millstone Pub for their patience during the road closures. 

If you read this before Saturday 21 April and want to take part in either the 2.5k or 5k races, come along on the day (registration is open from 1pm-1.30pm) or see more details on

The Acres and Little Northfields Coffee Morning

Every Tuesday From 10th April 10:30am

Please join us in the Community Centre for a coffee morning. 

Coffee Mornings are open to all so please invite family and friends!

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:-  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.

Barnack WI

Our W.I. meeting was  Colin Ray talking on *Talking Machines*. He came to talk about the early phonographs and gramophones. Thomas Eddison was the first phonograph maker but they  were unable to playback at that stage as they were made of tin foil. Alexander Graham Bell developed a wax cylinder with  a listening tube. He had brought a number of the original machines and did play tubes and flat discs on them. He also talked about the original dictation machines.

June Graham gave a report of the Federation day which had been very successful. On 8th May our speaker will be Barabara Farrow and she will talk about Chocolate and how it all began.

Bainton & Ashton Pub Night

The next Bainton and Ashton pub night is on Friday May 11th, courtesy of Pete and Ally in their new home in Ashton.  All welcome. 7.30- 9.30. Normal B & A pub rules apply. The rest of the year looks like this.

June 8th- Rob & Pam, Bainton

July 13th- Martin & Susie, Ashton

August 10th- Graham & Su, Bainton

September 14th- Host required

October 12th- Host required

November 9th- Host required

December 14th-Martin & Susie, Ashton

Date for your DiaryI Music Evening in Barnack

 In  Barnack Church on Saturday 26th May at 7.30pm., a musical evening performed by *The Fenland Consort* . Tickets on the door £7.50 includes light refreshments. Under 18’s free. We do hope you can join us.

Barnack Flower Club

Many thanks to everyone who contributed to the Easter flowers in Barnack Church and to the ladies who arranged them.

Our next workshop will be on Wednesday 16th May when Marjorie Coups will lead us in the creation of a modern arrangement.

Details of requirements will be circulated as usual.

On the 13th June we will have an afternoon in Petrina McCarey’s garden. There will be a Cream Tea and a plant stall. Please begin to pot-up your spare plants in readiness.

Six years of caring on the streets

Stamford Street Pastors started in April 2011. They are trained volunteers from local churches who care about their community. Street Pastors patrol in teams of men and women, usually from 10 pm on Saturday evening to 3 am on Sunday morning, to listen to, care for and help vulnerable (often young) people who are out on the streets. Volunteers are urgently needed. If you are interested, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information. Full training will be given.

Facebook: Stamford Street Pastors


The Friends of Barnack Church

Recent 200 Club winners are:


£20    No. 17   I. Crowson

£10    No. 96   P. Sindall

£5      No. 116 L. Pollock


£20    No. 41   A. Young

£10    No. 136 D. Gilbert

£5      No. 71   A. Holland


Little Lambs is a lovely, friendly, popular toddler group which takes place each Tuesday during Barnack School term times from 10am -12noon, in Barnack Village Hall, that will be 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd May.    It‘s for mums, dads, grandparents and carers with babies and toddlers from birth to 4 years, great for getting out of the house to catch up with friends and meet new people and for little ones to discover the fun of playing with and alongside other children. 

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.  We all help clear everything 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 Julie Stanton 749123 or 07885563128.

Little Lambs is run by Barnack Church


We all really enjoyed our Palm Sunday Messy Church on the Sunday before Easter, when we walked from the Village Hall to the Church.  We followed two of the children who had dressed up as a donkey and Jesus and waving the large palm leaves we had made before we set off.  

At the Church in our worship time, we heard all about what had happened on the first Palm Sunday when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, and then we enjoyed a lovely hot meal together with jacket potatoes. 

Messy Church will next get together on Sunday 13th May in Barnack Village Hall from 4pm to 5.45pm, for lots of activities and crafts when we will be thinking about a wedding when Jesus turned water into wine.  We will then gather together for a short very family friendly celebration service, and then everyone is invited to stay for a tea-time meal with plenty of time to chat, catch up and get to know each other.  

Messy Church is great for families and all who are young at heart, everyone very welcome.  Please contact Rev Dave Maylor 740234 or Julie Stanton 749123 for to find out more, or check out our facebook page @Barnack Church nearer the time.


All men are invited to the next Men’s Breakfast which will be on Saturday 26th May 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


Coffee Stop was even busier than usual on 4th April when we were joined by a group of U3A cyclists from Peterborough.  Fortunately we had been given advance warning of their arrival which had given us the time to prepare extra goodies.  We have received good reports back from them and they have promised to return!

Coffee Stop meets every Wednesday and is held in Barnack Village Hall from 10.30am to 12.00 noon 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) if you want to find out more.  Coffee Stop is run by Barnack Church

Barnack Hills & Holes:  Pasqueflower Walk, Barnack Hills and Hollows, Thursday 3rd May 2018 @ 1700hrs :

Natural England are conducting a pasqueflower walk around the Barnack Hills and Hollows National Nature Reserve.  The informal walk and talk will give you an insight into the history and management of the site, explain why we are so lucky to have the pasqueflower on the reserve and best of all the walk is FREE.  Please wear sensible walking style shoes or boots and bring a camera! We will be meeting at the main car park at 1700hrs on Thursday 3rd May 2018. Should you require any more information please contact Steve on 01780 444704 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Barnack Church Coffee Morning cancelled

The Barnack Church Coffee Morning on 19th May 2018 has been cancelled due to the Royal Wedding being on the same day.