News & Events July 2018

singingBARNACK CHURCH Songs of Praise

Sunday, July 15th, at 3.30pm

Choose your favourite hymn and come  and sing it with us!

Please contact Liz Young (740347) for details.

It would be great if you could add a sentence or two saying why you like it and/or what it means to you.

Always remember that,  “Singing is good for you!” 


The Buttercross Club

On Wednesday, June 6th, the Buttercross Club held a ‘Salad and Strawberries’ evening in the garden of our Chairman, Sheila Bratley. The weather was very pleasant - blue skies and sunshine. It was an open meeting which meant members could bring along a guest. There were some  fifty people in attendance and everyone really enjoyed themselves. They were welcomed with a drink, either chilled rosé wine or elderflower cordial.  There was an array of delicious salads, ham and quiches prepared by the Committee, followed by strawberries and cream. 

It was a relaxing and convivial evening in lovely surroundings and our thanks go to Sheila for inviting us to her home.

Diary Dates:- 

1) On Wednesday, July 4th, there is an outing to Tolethorpe to see ‘The School for Scandal’ by Richard Brinsley Sheridan. The performance starts at 7:45pm and those members who have purchased tickets can either make their own way there or arrange lifts with friends. If it is a lovely evening it is good to get there early as there is a bar, restaurant and gardens if you would prefer to picnic. If there is any problem with transport please email the Secretary of Buttercross. 

2) Unusually we also have another Buttercross event in July. On Wednesday, July 11th we have been invited to visit a mosque in Peterborough. A number of people have already asked to be included and if you are a  member and would like to attend please let Georgina Beresford, the Buttercross Secretary, know by email or telephone. 

We are to be there for 10:30am (until 12 noon). We should set off about 9:45am to ensure that we get there in time and we will organise lifts so that there are not too many cars to park. 

3) Our meeting on Wednesday, August 1st will be at Dame Mary Tanner’s like our August meeting last year. It will be a ‘boules’ evening weather permitting, if not we shall be in the barn and there will be a quiz, nibbles and a drink.


Only a few of us can remember what Ufford was like 20 years ago.  Ye Olde White Hart consisted of two main buildings separated by a space open to the elements, plus a few outbuildings.  Inside it was like someone`s sitting room. Lady Gretton lived at the Old Rectory and opened up her garden for garden fetes.  Lord Airedale had died in 1997 and Ufford Hall lay empty for nearly 20 years.  The Hall, Fountain Court and other properties were bought by Ken Blacklock, all the former tenants were forced out and the village lost about a 6th of its population and much of its rental property.

Most depressing of all was the condition of the old Compass Barns.  The frontage on Main Street looked like a permanent building site, with piles of stones, bricks, wood and rubble, even an open drain, barely hidden by the nettles and ragwort.

Despite all this it was a vibrant village, with a bus service, weekly coffee mornings and monthly lunches, an active Ladies` Group and regular social events at the Village Hall.

The original Ufford Heritage book was written for the Millennium.  It was based mainly on the reminiscences of long-standing residents, many of whom are no longer living in the village and we would like to keep their memories for posterity. However, so much has changed  and new documentary evidence has become available and has been suggested that it is time to update the book.  

There was general support at the Annual Village Meeting in May and your help would be greatly appreciated:

1.  Photographs of buildings and events,  past and present.

2. Design suggestions to make the book look more attractive and appropriate for readers in 2018 and in the future.

3. Editorial help such as selection of essential material and proof reading.

4.  Fund-raising to pay for printing costs and later on marketing.

Please let me you if you are interested.

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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.

Royal Wedding Party at Ufford Village Hall 

Many thanks to all those who came and supported this lovely event. Well done to Matilda for winning the fancy dress prize. The party also raised £244 of much needed funds for the village hall, the committee thanks you for your ongoing support.

Save the date - quiz night

Quiz night at Ufford Village Hall – Saturday 15th September 7pm for a 7.30pm start, with a ploughman’s supper, a bar and a raffle. Teams of 6 maximum, £10 per head. We hope to see you there!

Save the date- open gardens

Open Gardens! This event will return to Ufford on Saturday 8th June 2019. If you have a garden that you would be happy to open, please let Sally Hudson or Karen Howard know.

Ufford Village Hall Bookings Clerk

The village hall committee are seeking a new bookings clerk. If you think that you could fulfil this role, please speak to one of the committee members.

Ufford Village Hall

As you may notice Ufford Village Hall has been redecorated inside and out recently, and also had a new sign erected. The committee would like to thank Mark Spridgeon and John Kelly for their hard work with the painting. This work was only possible due to a grant for the work being awarded by Augean at Thornhaugh, as part of their Landfill Community Fund. The committee are very grateful to Augean for providing this money.

Barnack Flower Club

A social afternoon was enjoyed in Petrina McCarey’s garden. Thanks to Petrina for her hospitality and delicious refreshments.  A plant stall raised money for Club funds and a quiz taxed brains, but only a little!

Our next meeting will be IN THE CHURCH at 2pm on Wednesday 18th July 2018. Pam Ingham will give us a fresh look at flower arranging in Barnack Church.

Barnack W.I.

Unfortunately our speaker was unable to come due to illness, so we had an informal evening.

Lyn reported on the Conference in Cardiff the speakers being Stella Rimmington of M15 and  Hugh Edwards the broadcaster. Another member gave a talk on the impressionist  painters including Monet.


Friends of Barnack Church 200 Club

The following were successful in the recent draw.


£20    No 48    A. Holland

£10    No  2     K. Clarke

£5      No  88   F. West


£20    No 142  A. Addison

£10    No 25    J.  Woollard

£5      No 37    M. Groom 

BBC Gardeners World broadcast

BBC Gardeners World broadcast on 22nd June (available on iPlayer) featured an item recorded by Adam Frost on the Hills and Holes which shows what a special place we have on our doorstep. It broadens the value of the reserve as not just for those interested in wildlife, particularly wild flowers, but as a source of inspiration in garden design. It is also well documented that open spaces and contact with nature is good for our mental health. Therefore with ever increasing visitor pressure on the reserve it is more and more important that we look after the site this summer if we are to retain and even enhance its beauty (Orchids are just starting to establish in the vicinity of the area cleared of trees and scrub in the early 2000s). 

You can help by keeping to the established footpaths, not leaving behind any litter and taking care not to damage any flowers or plants that appear adjacent to the footpaths. There has been significant improvement, since waste bins were introduced, with the problem of dog fouling but it has not been eliminated. So please remember if you do bring along a dog to pick up and deposit in the bins provided all dog waste. If you want to participate actively in preserving the reserve for future enjoyment then donations can be made following the instructions on the signs at the entrances or consider joining in with the organised working parties to keep the scrub at bay. 

Your assistance in ensuring this reserve maintains its status as an outstanding National Nature Reserve (with 8 red list species) and does not become just a “great place to walk the dogs”, is very much appreciated.


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.   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.


Messy Church will be back in Barnack Village Hall on Sunday 1st July starting at 4pm.    As usual there will be lots of fun activities and crafts then a short very family friendly celebration service,  all exploring our bible theme for the month.  Afterwards everyone is invited to stay for a tea-time meal with plenty of time to chat, catch up and get to know each other.  Everything is finished by 5.45pm.   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 to find out more, or check out our facebook page, @Barnack Church, nearer the time.  Looking ahead to the summer holidays on August 12th we’re planning a family fun get together in the Paddock at the Rectory on Millstone Lane during the afternoon, please look out for details in next month’s Parish News. Next Messy Church in Barnack Village Hall: Sunday 9th September.

“HOLIDAY AT HOME”– Cancellation

Unfortunately the “Holiday at Home” event which was to take place in July has had to be cancelled, apologies to those who had shown interest in attending this.  It is hoped that this could perhaps be scheduled for 2019.

Village Ladies

Our lunch venue for 18 July at 12.30 pm will be at ‘The Bertie Arms’, Stamford.  (Deene Park visit cancelled). Let me know by 16 July if you can make it.  


After holding Little Lambs in Bainton Reading Room during June, which was really nice even though we weren’t able to have all our play things there, we are hoping that the work on the new shed at Barnack will be complete so that we can be back in Barnack Village Hall for Tuesdays 3rd July and 10th July. Then the 17th July will be the last Little Lambs session before the summer holiday break, and the tradition is to go out somewhere for a picnic.  The venue for this will be confirmed at Little Lambs soon or phone Julie (see below). 

Little Lambs is a toddler group for babies and children up to 4 years with their mums, dads, grandparents and carers, and runs from 10am to 12noon on Tuesdays during Barnack school term times.  At the Village Hall we begin with free play time for the first hour when the hall is set up with various 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.  It’s just £1.50 per family for a session.  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.  Little Lambs will be back after the holidays on 11th September in Barnack Village Hall.


We are very much looking forward to having Revd Adrian Holdstock join us as the speaker for the Men’s Breakfast on July 28th.  After careers in the RAF and Severn Trent Water, Adrian trained in Theology, was ordained in 2012, and then came to Peterborough to work in an inner-city parish and multi-faith environment.  He is in his 60’s, and married with three daughters and three grand-children.  Adrian served in the Falklands conflict and will speak about this and how it brought alive his Christian faith. Men’s Breakfast is held 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.