News & Events June 2018

Parish News Directory

We would like to publish a directory of contact details for all the Clubs, Societies and Organisations in the villages.

This will appear on the website and will be printed from time to time in the magazine.

If you would like your group to be in this directory to make it easy for villagers to make contact, please email Lisa with a contact name, email and phone number.

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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!

Barnack School Report May 2018

Like all small Primary Schools Barnack School is facing some challenging times. The slashing of services by Peterborough City Council means that we are required to either pay for a service which has previously been provided by the city council or are unable to access any help at all. This impacts upon our own teaching staff, as well, more seriously, upon children who need extra support either in their learning or with personal or social needs. Barnack School has always been recognised locally as a school which supports children with special needs and this results in our having a high proportion of children with needs which our catchment area would suggest would not be the case.

However, all is not doom and gloom and our children have many things to celebrate. As we meet this evening Years 3 and 4 are away for two nights at an outdoor educational facility where they learn about themselves, are physically challenged and learn about living together as a group…as well as having fun! Many of you will have witnessed, or taken part in, the recent Fun Run round the village, our own pupils enjoy a weekly running club and many of them are excellent runners. The school has a strong link with Arthur Mellows College where various sports are experience using their facilities. 

As a church School we embed in the curriculum values education , this term is about making wise choices.  The children come to church twice a term for their own services. Revd Dave is at present taking Bible studies with Year 6 and takes a fortnightly assembly, Canon Margaret takesa weekly assembly and we have an Open the Book Team which dramatises Bible stories once a fortnight in which the children take part and insist on performing their own versions the weeks we are not there!  There have also been exciting and thoughtful visits to the cathedral.

Our academic results were disappointing last year, but we were aware that there was going to be some problems in that Year group. Predicted results for this year are good, this is SATS week and we wish the children continued success. Already of the 11 pupils who sat the 11plus this year 10 passed and we have a mix of children who will go on to Arthur Mellows, Kings , Bourne Grammar and Stamford School.  One girl won an outright place at Kings for music.

This report only touches on the variety of school life and if you would like to know more do look at the school website and if you go into class blogs you will see some very happy faces and some more of the activities that happen.

We are, like all schools, considering the benefits of becoming an academy and the governors have been much occupied by this in the past year.  There is also the problem that when the new houses are built in the village how we will provide for the extra children. At present we have 189 children on role, a few, admittedly, out of catchment. The physical capacity of the school is 206. Peterborough tell us there are no plans for extending the building and both Uffington and Helpston are already at capacity. 

We have been grateful  to the Parish Council for suggestions about the management of the grounds and we hope to continue to have conversations with you as we move forward. An open site is never easy and we do share the site with Pre-School and Home from Home. And I probably don’t need to tell you traffic is a nightmare!

Mr Fowkes, the staff and the governors will continue to do our best to provide the very best for our children, keeping in mind our stated vision for the school:

‘We strive for a happy, caring environment where we hope to develop the potential of each child. Our core aims are academic excellence, emotional security, social responsibility, physical wellbeing and spiritual growth.‘ Canon Margaret Venables, Chair of Governors

The Buttercross Club

Each year the Buttercross Club likes to fit in a garden visit. Last year, to mark our 30th anniversary as a club, we included a visit at just this time of year to Easton Walled Gardens. The weather was awful, very wet and cold, which naturally took the edge off the visit. This year our planned visit to a private garden looked all set to either take place in the wet or to be cancelled. However, we had every faith in the weather forecast, which promised a vast improvement in the afternoon of Wednesday, 2nd May, and sure enough by the time our visit took place at 6:30 the sun was shining and the rain had dried up.  The garden we visited was very new, designed and completed by Rasell’s of Little Casterton with input from the owners of the lovely new home. Last year the club went to Rasell’s Nursery so it was very interesting to see a private garden which had been designed and planted up by them. We had a delightful evening which we rounded off with a group photograph and refreshments. Our grateful thanks go to Mr. and Mrs. Sutcliffe for inviting us to their home.

Diary Dates.

6th June:  A Summer Soirée: Salad and Strawberries. Bring a friend/spouse. It will be in Sheila Bratley’s garden if the weather is good but in the Reading Room in the event of bad weather. Earlier than usual start: 6:30pm for 6:45pm.

4th July:  Tolethorpe visit.  ‘The School for Scandal’. Starting time of play is 7:45pm. 

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:- May 25th, June 8th & 22nd and July 6th & 20th.

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

Bainton and Ashton pub night

The next Bainton and Ashton pub night is on Friday June 8th, courtesy of Rob and Pam at the Blue Boar.  All welcome. 7.30- 9.30. Normal B & A pub rules apply. The rest of the year looks like this.

July 13th- Martin & Susie, Ashton

August 10th- Graham & Su, Bainton

September 14th- Bainton Allotments

October 12th- Host required

November 9th- Host required

December 14th-Martin & Susie, Ashton

Barnack WI

Our first guest of the evening was Sally Hullock. As the new chairman of the Barnack Community Association she came along to introduce herself.

Sally spoke enthusiastically and reminded us of the first big project which is the celebrations to see the royal wedding on a big screen at the village hall on 19th May.

It was good to meet Sally and hopefully show support by providing a few cakes.

Our second speaker was Karen Prestage vice chairmen of Huntingdon @ Peterborough Federation which is celebrating 100 years of the WI.

It was Karen’s good fortune that she chose to visit us on Tuesday and was able to stay for our main speaker of the night which was Barbara Farrow .who not only talked about chocolate but “encouraged “us to try lots of delicious free samples .

Barbara started her business as Stamford Cup Cake Company in 2009 after moving from Norfolk to this area. Being continually encouraged by her mother, she developed the business further by giving cupcake classes.

When this interest dwindled she attended a chocolate making course and now has a thriving business. When not busy making a large variety of chocolate items,shoes,unicorn eggs ,dinosaurs etc ,she gives children’s  parties ,adult truffle making classes, and takes orders via the internet.

Barbara amused us with tales of rare occasions when things go wrong, but we all went home with our chocolate cravings satisfied .

Our next meeting will be June 12th. Kim Denham Paper Craft.

The car park may be closed due to work being done on the outside buildings

Bainton & Ashton Family Day 2018

SUNDAY 8th JULY 2018 at Bainton House, Tallington Road.


2pmStalls Open

3pmChildren’s Games

5pmAll Age Praise


Enjoy a BBQ, Pimms & a Beer, Three Legged Races, Kiddies Corner, Tombola, Auction of Promises, Bottle Stall, Teddy Tombola, Goats, Chickens, Cakes &lots more!!

All dogs on leads please.

2018 Barnack Fun Run – A big thank you!

The organising team for the 2018 Fun Run would just like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped this make another fantastic event!   Now in its 15th year, we had the highest number of runners ever, raised over £1,000 for Barnack School and gave all our visitors an enjoyable afternoon in our lovely village.  The Girls and Boys teams won their respective races in the Schools Challenge and the newly introduced medals for all finishers in the Fun Run were very popular.  

The event could not take place without the support of so many people, particularly Barnack Parish Council, Barnack Cricket Club, Barnack Church, the Millstone Inn, Walcot Hall, and of course all the Barnack residents who show patience with the road closures and come out and cheer the runners on.  

I’m not sure the weather will be so kind next year (it was so unexpectedly hot we had requests for a water station on the course!), but we will endeavour to put on another great event in spring 2019.   If you’d like to be involved or have any questions please contact the team on 

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .   Sereena Davey


As part of Rutland and Stamford Open Studios Katherine Winfrey will once again be opening her pottery workshop to the public. Come and see some pots being made and a display of Katherine’s work.

10am - 4pm, Saturday & Sunday, The Old Butcher’s Shop, The Square, Barnack.

Barnack Community Association

We, as the new members of the Barnack Community Association, want to officially thank the departing members: Roy Chowings, Margaret Broadbelt, Maurice Egglestone, Judy Francis and Adrienne Collins,for all their hard work and commitment to this charity over the past 10 years and a few more! They have all decided that it is time to hang up their hats and pass on their vast experience and wisdom to a “new generation” – as they have liked to put it!

The new team officially takes over following the AGM on Tuesday 15th May. We are all really looking forward to the challenge of ensuring our Sports Pavilion and Village Hall continue to thrive with the activities and events already established, as well as introduce some new ideas and resources to maximise the full potential of their use. Our main goal is to raise the profile again of what our Community Association is all about; who we are as members and help bring together all the generations of our fantastic village through a wide variety of fun social events, over the up and coming months and years. 

New Members: Sally Hullock (Chair), Andy Cavaciuti (Treasurer), Richard Noyes (Secretary), Michelle Goodwin (Hall Bookings), Debra Martin (Health and Safety), Naomi James.


Come join us for a glow worm walk at Barnack Hills & Holes on Wednesday 27th June at 9.30pm.  We will meet at the main car park and have a night-time ramble to discover the hidden world of this mysterious insects with Reserve Manager Tim Starsmore-Sutton. The event is FREE however numbers are limited on night walks, so please ring 07798 645935 for details and to book a place or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . On the night wear sensible walking style boots and if possible bring a torch.


The winners of the April Draw were:

13£25Steve Gyles

12£15Chris Stead

44£10Pat Barton

And for May

26£25Jean Honour

20£15Margaret Andrews

33£10Sally Hutchins

The first fun afternoon  of the season was played in lovely weather and attracted 24 members, some of whom stayed for a barbecue afterwards.

The season is now in full swing and at the time of writing this, the Over 60s have played 2 games, there has been one friendly and the first round of the Boor & Wainwright has also taken place.  Let’s hope the good weather will predominate for the whole of the season.

Last year, we had a summer evening barbecue plus Pimms and strawberries and it was very popular and so we hope you will come along  on Saturday, 16 June to support it again.  Please put your name on the list at the Clubhouse to help us with the catering.

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.

Village Ladies

Our venue for this month is at The Wagon & Horses, Langtoft, at 12.30 pm.

A note in your diary for July.  We are visiting Deene Park Gardens (cost £6) on 11 July followed by lunch.  Do hope this will be convenient for you all.  Joan


We plan to hold a “Songs of Praise” event in the afternoon of Sunday, July 15th, at 3.30pm in the church.

As I have written before, “Singing is good for you!” Recent surveys have suggested that singing together with others is one of the healthiest activities you can undertake. Professor Graham Welch, Chair of Musical Education at the Institute of Education in London has said, “Singing has physical benefits because it is an aerobic exercise…Singing has psychological benefits because of its positive effect in reducing stress, and because of the increased sense of shared endeavour..” Some people have even suggested that choral singing should be available on prescription!

We have all admired the work of Gareth Malone in encouraging people to sing together, not least the Military Wives, a group who certainly experience stress in their lives. Now we are not Military Wives, nor is Gareth Malone waiting in the wings to challenge us, but we do share with them a pleasure in singing together.  

If you, too, like singing and have a favourite hymn, do please join us. Just pass your choice of hymn, together perhaps with a sentence or two saying why you like it and/or what it means to you, to me or the Rev’d Dave or either churchwarden, and we will attempt to raise the roof! 

Liz Young. (740347) 

“Holiday at Home”

The Acres in Barnack are kindly hosting a Holiday at Home event on Friday 13th July (don’t be put off by the date!) from 10.00-4.30pm.  

For those who haven’t been to Holiday at Home before it provides an opportunity to meet new people, enjoy various craft activities and share in a delicious lunch.  Children from the School will also be coming along to sing for us.

There will be a nominal charge for the day (more details in the July Parish News) and transport will be available if required.

Whilst Carol Pickering is organising this event, for further information and to sign up for the day please contact either Nick at The Acres, telephone 07795 605925 or Mike Mills, telephone 07523 312387.  Numbers attending will need to be in by Monday 2nd July please, together with any specific dietary requirements.

Holiday at Home is open to all in our community and is being organised by Barnack Church. 

Coffee Stop

Coffee Stop meets every Wednesday in Barnack Village Hall (even during building works) 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

Little Lambs

This is what a couple of our regular Mums/child-minders say about Little Lambs: “We have been coming to Little Lambs for about 6 months.  There is always a lovely welcome, superb toys and arts and crafts and delicious cake and drinks.  The song session is enjoyed by the children with Rev Dave playing guitar”.  “I would truly recommend this group to anyone.  The children and I love the singing and music circle time.  Little Lambs has always been a lovely, friendly group and very welcoming.  The activities and experiences they provide for the children are fab.  Toys and resources are clean and well kept with a great choice.  Great cakes and snacks”.

Building work will be underway at Barnack Village Hall during June, so we have alternative arrangements for Little Lambs Toddler Group on Tuesdays 5th, 12th and 19th June.  If the weather is good we’ll get together informally in Burghley Park, between 10.00am to 12 noon near the big tree trunk between the main car-park and the Sculpture Garden.  Please bring your own drinks and snack, and bring along any outdoor play things your children enjoy.   If it is forecast to be raining or cold, we will go instead to Bainton Reading Room, with a small selection of the Little Lambs toys, our usual coffee, tea, cakes and snack time and singing.  Please contact Julie on 07885563128 to confirm where we will be.   

We are expecting to be able to back in Barnack Village Hall for the session on Tuesday 26th June, between 10am and 12 noon with our usual format of free play time for the first hour when the hall is set up with all sorts of toys, a slide, home play corner and carpeted area with cushions and bouncy chairs for babies.  There’s also 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.

A very warm welcome to everyone - wherever we meet this month- 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.

Messy Church with Barnack Church

At Messy Church in May, there was a real buzz of excitement as we found out about Jesus’ first miracle, when he turned water into wine at a wedding in the town of Cana.  We had fun making confetti cannons using cardboard tubes and balloons (a must have for every wedding!), decorating mini wedding cakes, “wine” tasting,  painting a giant wedding-feast banner, and a water carrying relay race.  ‘Nothing’s too big big big for his power’ is becoming a favourite worship song.   We finished with a ‘high tea’ and those wedding cakes we had decorated!  

Messy Church usually meets in Barnack Village Hall but because of the building work that will be taking place in June at the Village Hall, the next Messy Church will be in Barnack Church on Sunday 10th June from 4pm to 5.45pm.   As usual there will be lots of themed activities and crafts then a short very family friendly celebration service exploring this month’s bible theme, 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 or 07885563128 for to find out more, or check out our facebook page @Barnack Church nearer the time.  July’s Messy Church will be on Sunday 1st back in Barnack Village Hall.

Men’s Breakfast

The men’s breakfast in the Village Hall on Saturday 23rd June (at 8.30am) will be really special, as Rt Revd Liverson Mngonda, the Bishop of Taita-Taveta in Kenya, will be the speaker at the event.  Bishop Liverson will be visiting Barnack from June 16th-24th; and on the Saturday morning, he will share with us what is now happening in his diocese, and particularly the issues and challenges of men’s ministry there.  Bishop Liverson is a truly remarkable man, and he has been a close friend of Revd Dave for many years.  We are very much looking forward to having Bishop Liverson and his wife, Miriam, with us for all of that week, including for the village fete on Saturday 23rd afternoon and the Patronal Festival Service on Sunday 24th; but please do come along for the Saturday men’s breakfast, as it will be a particular opportunity to hear about the issues affecting men and Christian ministry in that part of the world.

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