News & Events August 2018

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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.

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.

The Buttercross Club

On Wednesday, July 4th,  the Buttercross Club went to Tolethorpe to see Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s ‘The School for Scandal’. The weather could not have been better and quite a few members decided on a picnic in the grounds beforehand.  The setting for the play was lovely and the scenery and costumes were, as always, of a very high standard. The theatre was full, there was a great atmosphere and a lot of laughter, especially in the second half.

Diary Dates: The next Buttercross meeting is a games evening at Dame Mary Tanner’s.  If the weather remains fine we shall play boules but if, like last year, it rains we shall be in the barn and there will be a quiz - and a drink and nibbles of course whatever the weather! Grandchildren are very welcome. The evening begins at 6:30pm. 

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.

100 years since the end of WW1

The Barnack& District Branch of the Royal British Legion and Barnack Parish Council are planning to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War 1 over the weekend of November 9th, 10th and 11th.

1. On Nov.11th, in addition to the Armistice Day services in the Church and at the War Memorial, there will be a special tribute to the local men who died in the war - one of thousands of similar events taking place across the country. It will be held in the evening at the cricket field and will include lighting the Beacon. Detailed arrangements will be announced later. (In the meantime, it is worth visiting online, ‘Battle’s Over – a Nation’s Tribute’ to see what is being planned nationwide).

2. We are hoping to have the Church bells rung on Nov 11th.

3. A commemorative exhibition will be staged in the Village Hall over the three days and this will include a children’s art display.

4. We plan to place large poppies outside, or near to, the homes of Barnack men who lost their lives.

5. In the Cemetery, flags or wreaths will be placed on the graves of those who returned from the conflict and on any memorials naming casualties.

6. Finally, we are hoping that anyone who has memorabilia from WW1 concerning a relative, will contribute to the display. If you would like to commemorate someone in this way, whether or not they came from this area, please contact me to discuss this idea.

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Bainton and Ashton pub night

The next Bainton and Ashton pub night is on Friday 10th August at Westlands, Ufford Road, Bainton, courtesy of Graham and Su. All normal B & A pub rules apply. 7.30-9.30. All Welcome.

Hosts still required for pub nights in October and November this year.

Barnack Community Association

Did you Spot the Deliberate Mistake?

So, I don’t know if any of you more discerning readers out there, may have spotted our deliberate mistake in the June edition of the Parish News? 

We announced the new members of the Barnack Community Association but missed out one very important member: our very own “Man that Can” - Steve Rickard!

This error has only been exacerbated by the fact that Steve, along with his fantastic team: Paul Clay and Andy Robson, have gone on to build the most amazing and beautiful looking new shed for the Village Hall in the space of only a few weeks – as well as Steve planning and organising Party in the Paddock at the same time.

We are all incredibly grateful for all their hard work, dedication and practical skill - something the rest of us on the Committee are distinctly lacking - which has enabled us all to benefit from a much-needed new shed. The shed will now house all the equipment for the various Clubs and Committees that use the hall on a regular basis. So, on behalf of all us on the Committee, as well as the Barnack Community as a whole, we just want to say a huge thank you to Steve, Paul and Andy for a brilliant job!

WATCH THIS SPACE – Quiz Night - September; Race Night - October – dates to be confirmed!

KEY AMNESTY – please let us know if you have any village hall keys that you no longer need. Thank you!

Village Ladies

Our venue for this month is The Bluebell, Helpston on 15 Aug at 12.30 pm.

A villager’s point of view

I’m concerned by the apparent lack of support for the Parish News (judging by the drop in donations). I hope Barnack will not just become a postscript in the Village Tribune or the Village Diary.

A village has identity, but are we losing it in Barnack? There are lots of different associations doing their own thing - could they work together more?

It is pleasing to see residents of Paynes Field being involved with the community association, but what will happen when the new estate is established?

Villages evolve, but the heart must remain!

My suggestion - have a village festival where all the main associations come together and get involved. It is our village... we must all contribute in whatever way we are able to.

The Post Box saga!

I pointed out to a Royal Mail representative where he was surveying the area that boxes were originally placed when the village was more of a ‘drive through’. With the village developing, the boxes should reflect the needs of the residents, such as having ones on the new estates and one in the centre of the village.

If I’ve offended anyone, I am sorry, but at least I might get the community talking and coming together. I look forward to observations from other people in the coming months.

I’m now an old ‘village codger’ who loves this village and I wish to see it flourish as a community in the future.

Peter Sindall


The main car park at the Hills & Hollows will be closed for essential maintenance from Mon 6 Aug-Fri 10 Aug inclusive.  The closure is for safety reasons and to allow for essential maintenance to be carried out on the car park, including re buttressing of the cattle grid, addition of a soak away to avoid flooding and regrading of the pathway from the MCP to the reserve.  The smaller car parks on Wittering Road and Walcot Road will remain open. Natural England apologises for any inconvenience caused and thanks you for your patience during this period.  Any queries can addressed to reserve warden This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Let’s make it a community project?

The proposal for a revised and updated version of OUR UFFORD HERITAGE is gaining support.  We all agree that we can improve the content and design.  The millennium version was based largely on oral history but now we have access to numerous on-line sources which will add to our knowledge and understanding.

Some of the national and county archives can now be accessed on-line.  We already have some census and church records but are still lacking Directories which list some of the residents` occupations and services.  It is also possible to create family trees, causes of death and so on.

Some of the most interesting sources of information on-line are 19th and early 20th century village reports in local newspapers, such as local events, advertisements of house sales and contents and residents` achievements and scandals.

For those who live in an old house, deeds and wills as well as old maps reveal information for house detectives.

Most exciting of all, especially for children, is the information buried beneath our feet!  Wherever you dig in Ufford you will find something, perhaps no older than clay pipes and fragments of “granny’s tea service”, but you may find a collection of Roman and medieval pottery. The accepted technique is a “test pit”, a 1 metre square hole.  We are hoping to start a project in the autumn.

We are hoping to arrange a meeting in the autumn to share all our ideas.  Please give it some thought and let me know if you would like to be involved.

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The next Messy Church will be on Sunday September 9th and Little Lambs will be back on Tuesday September 11th.

The Party in the Paddock

The Party in the Paddock kicked off to a great start on Sunday 6th July , for once we were not worrying about the weather our biggest challenge was ensuring the village footie fans could watch England in the quarter final. 

The Paddock is a beautiful setting for a village fete and we are grateful to Rev Dave and Kim for allowing us to use this every year not only do they provide us with the perfect setting Dave and his son Tom also provide the live music for us along with Bobby and Dom Zizzer and Richard Noyes who kept us entertained throughout the afternoon.

The competitive spirit of the village was in full force as adults and children competed at inflatable football, all sorts of races and we also had over 200  entries for the Horticultural show. The finale of the day was Barnack’s Got Talent who showcased the wonderful talent we have in this village. Our winners of the day for The  Horticultural Show were Vanessa Brown  and Florence Cavaciuti and the winners of the talent competition were  Zarla Wilson, Oliver Cavaciuti, Camelia and Lauren Davey who were presented their prizes by Miss Rutland.

One of the many highlights was the amazing flypast by a Hurricane Hawker Mk2c flown by Mark Sugden who is part of the Battle of Britain Memorial team. The Hurricane was one of the last WW2 planes to be built. After a few loops of the paddock and a tip of his tail he left us full of British patriotic spirit to watch England get through to the Semi final.

As always we had a brilliant day, Barnack is a wonderful community we could not have done it without you. A huge thank you to The Barnack Community Association, Rev Dave and Barnack School Association  for all your hard work  setting up and helping on the day and also Goodwin Property Services and Stamford stoves who without their  sponsorship we would not be able to raise as much for our charities.  With your support we managed to raise almost £3000 which will be divided between  Barnack School, Faith’s Journey and the Chilli children. 


The new session of Carpet Bowls starts on Thursday 20th September (7pm - 9pm) in the Village Hall .

We meet on Tuesday afternoons  2pm - 4pm and Thursday evenings 7pm - 9pm for a game of bowls, tea/coffee and biscuits and  plenty of ‘chat’.  No equipment or special shoes needed and  everything is very casual and suitable for all ages.  Come and have a cup of tea and  try the game.

Contact  Pat (762538) or Alan (740348) for further details.

Ufford Barn Dance

Ufford Barn Dance was a great success. Thank you to everyone who came and supported us. We raised over £1000 which is fantastic and will help with ongoing up-keep, maintenance and improvements to our Village Hall.

Ufford Quiz Night

Saturday 15th September, 7pm. Ufford Village Hall. Max teams of 6 people. £10 per person includes Ploughman’s supper.

Quiz, Bar, Raffle.

Please reserve tickets in advance. Contact Emma 07769 587 742.  


The next Men’s Breakfast will be on Saturday 25th August at the usual time of 8.30-10.00am in Barnack Village Hall.  

The speaker this month will be Mike Mills who will talk on “A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land” which will include pictures and reflections from Mike Mills’s recent visit. An invitation is extended to all men to come along to enjoy 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.


Once again a group of U3A cyclists from Peterborough have used Coffee Stop as a welcome place to re-fuel and relax briefly whilst out cycling in the area.  Coffee Stop will continue to meet during August and is held in Barnack Village Hall from 10.30am to 12.00 noon in the side room   

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.  Whilst Coffee Stop is run by Barnack Church it has been encouraging recently to see other members of our community being willing to get involved as well.


A huge thank you goes to Steve and Shona Rickard, and their team of helpers, who once again made the Party in the Paddock such a resounding success.  A substantial amount of money was raised for local charities which include the following: The Barnack School Association, Faith’s Journey - supporting a little girl Faith (6) who needs an operation similar to the one Jack Rickard had two years ago, and Chillie Children Trust - a charity based in Uganda helping children with life changing operations at Kisiizi Hospital in Uganda, performed each year by a surgical team from Peterborough Hospital.

Coffee Morning Saturday 18th August 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!