News and Events in September 2018

Youth clubBarnack 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. 

Youth Club Calendar Dates for 2018/19 are as follows:-  2018 - September 7th & 21st, October 5th & 19th, November 2nd, 16th & 30th, December 14th. 2019 - January 11th & 25th, February 8th, March 1st, 15th & 29th, April 26th, May 10th & 17th, June 7th & 21st and July 5th & 12th.

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

Taize at The Cathedral - Anyone up for a spot of Taize?

The third Sunday Evensong at Peterborough Cathedral is given over to a Taize service at the end of which there is the opportunity for those who wish to go up to receive individual – for yourself of someone else - healing prayer.

I am planning to go to the October 21st service and if anyone would like to tag along perhaps we could organise lifts etc. ?

However, it is a wonderful opportunity for having 45 minutes of peace – how often does that happen - withblissful music and the good thing is you don’t need to know the service format etc. as the service is structured but not as a normal church service.  

Drop me a line or call and then we could organise lifts etc.  Su 01780 740034 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Start time is 5.30pm

The Cathedral website puts it much nicer:-

“On selected dates the Cathedral hosts a reflective service in the style of the ecumenical Taizé community in France. The worship incorporates distinctive musical chants, periods of silence and the opportunity to receive the ministry of laying on of hands with prayers for healing.

“The Taizé style of worship is an opportunity to seek communion with God in prayer, singing, silence and reflection.  It seeks to offer people the rediscovery of an inner peace, reminding us that Christ is waiting for us in our day-to-day lives. The Brothers of the Taizé community are inspired by two aims: to live in communion with God through prayer and to be a leaven of peace and trust in the midst of the human family.”

As an aside Bainton church are also developing a Taize style service so there may be some good ideas to borrow, steal…!

Hope to hear from you, Su.

Why Exercise?

Most people know that regular exercise helps maintain a healthy weight and build muscle. It’s well documented that combining aerobic and strength training exercises help tone and sculpt the body, building muscle mass whilst burning fat. 

But did you know that regular exercise provides so many other benefits?

Studies have linked regular exercise with reducing the risk of cancers such as ovarian, prostrate, colon and breast and exercise is recommended in the Management/Prevention of Type II diabetes and obesity. Regular exercise can also reduce your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and osteoporosis. 

Nobody likes getting sick and regular exercise can help boost your immune system and the bodies ability to fight infections.

Feeling low? Regular exercise not only helps you look better, thereby improving confidence but is also a  great stress buster. During exercise, endorphins, mood enhancing hormones are released which has and anti-depressant effect.

The brain also gets a workout too! During exercise, the brain is supplied with more oxygen and energy, which can boost your memory and help you learn better. A healthy brain is crucial in the battle against degenerative diseases such as Parkinsons and Alzheimers.

Sleep issues? The National Sleep Foundation  says that regular exercise (-not too closely to bedtime) can help you sleep better.

Want better Posture? Regularly exercising your abs, back and other muscles can go a long way into fixing your posture, both sitting and standing . Stretching and flexibility exercises also improve balance and coordination, keeping joints, tendons and ligaments flexible, reducing the risk of falls in elderly people.

These are just a few ways in which regular exercise can positively affect your life. It’s always recommended to build up an activity programme gradually and to talk to your GP before commencing an exercise programme, particularly if you have any health issues / disabilities.

If you want to be motivated on your fitness journey by highly qualified and experienced fitness instructors, check out the numerous exercise classes on offer right on your doorstep! Boxercise, Aerobics and Weight workouts and Pilates are currently running at Bainton reading Room.

Pop along and make new friends and have some fun in a welcoming environment whilst working on a better you! 

Sam McGreevy,   07887 802621

 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.

Village Ladies

Just a reminder - I have booked us for lunch on 12 Sept at The Jackson Stops Inn at Stretton, Oakham,at 12.30pm.  (Rookery Lane, LE15 7RA)

MacMillan Coffee Morning

Bainton Reading Room, Bainton, Friday 28th September, 10.00am-2.00pm, raffle and stalls.

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.

Brian Palmer   740988      

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The winners of the July Draw were:

51£25Peter Sindall

20£15Margaret Andrews

50£10Margaret Broadbelt

We are almost to the end of the season and our next social event will be the Annual Dinner and Presentation evening.  This will be held in the Village Hall as usual on Saturday, 6 October.  A notice containing the menu choices has been put up in the Club house, so please put your name on the list if you wish to come.

The Buttercross Club

On Wednesday, 1st August, Buttercross members and guests assembled in Dame Mary Tanner’s lovely garden for a ‘boules’ evening. The weather was superb and fortunately it was not too hot. There were several teams of two or three players and when the games concluded there were three teams who were tied in first place. Each of these winning teams nominated one person to play another roll of a ‘boule’. The overall winner was the team whose boule was nearest to the jack. There were prizes for the winning team and a booby prize for another team who managed very convincingly to come last! The evening was great fun and the games were not taken too seriously! A plentiful supply of alcoholic and non-alcoholic Pimms was available plus some delicious nibbles to improve flagging energies. 

An extra outing for Buttercross members took place on Wednesday, 11th July. As a result of the talk we had on community cohesion for our April meeting, we were invited by the Cohesion Committee of Peterborough City Council to visit the Faizane Madina mosque in Gladstone Street, Peterborough. There were 20 of us and for most it was our first visit to a mosque. It was a very interesting tour followed by tea and biscuits plus a question and answer session in the mosque’s library. 

Diary Dates: on Wednesday, 5th September, we are in the Reading Room for a talk by Dr. John Sutton on an aspect of World War One because this year marks one hundred years since the war concluded. It is an open meeting and guests are welcome for a modest £2 to cover the cost of tea/coffee and biscuits. There will not be a Harvest Supper in October as we have had several open meetings this year and we had a lovely salad and strawberries evening in June to which guests were invited. We feel it is time for a change. Instead members only will have a lunch out as our harvest celebration and they will be informed as soon as possible about venue and price. It does seem a bit early to talk about Christmas festivities on the first Wednesday in December (in the Reading Room as usual) but there is a change from the members only event we have had in the last few years. Members’ guests are invited to join in with the celebrations and some special entertainment has been organised also.


Little Lambs toddler group will be back after the summer holidays on Tuesday 11th September in Barnack Village Hall from 10am to 12 noon.   Little Lambs is a lovely friendly toddler group for parents and carers with babies and toddlers up to 4 years old.  The first hour each Tuesday is free play time with lots of toys, a slide and see-saw, home play corner, baby area, craft activity for little hands and this term we will be having a ‘tuff-spot’ activity most weeks.

Just before 11am everyone helps clear away the toys so that we can put out tables and chairs for snack time.  Snack time at Little Lambs is very special with cafetiere coffee or tea and homemade cakes for the grown-ups and a snack bowl with fruit and a little cake or biscuit for the children.  Afterwards we go into the side room for a very short bible story and lots of action songs.  Usually Rev Dave is there with his guitar to lead the singing. Then for the last 5- 10 minutes there are ride-ons in the main hall for the children to use up their last bit of energy before going home for lunch - and perhaps an afternoon nap!  

Little Lambs is great for the babies and toddlers to experience the fun of being with and playing alongside other children, and for their parents and carers to meet new people, catch up with friends and to sit down for a nice coffee!  Just before the summer holidays we had a lovely time at the playing field in Ufford for our end of term picnic, thank you Zeinab for the ice-creams and fruit - perfect!   For some that was the last Little Lambs, with children going off to pre-school or big school, or families moving away, we wish you all well in your new adventures and will miss you.   The picnic seems a long time ago now and we are starting to get ready for the new term and looking forward to seeing everyone.   Little Lambs is run by Barnack Church for everyone in Barnack and the surrounding villages.   A very warm welcome awaits you.  Please contact Julie Stanton on 07885563128 to find out more.


Messy Church this month will be on the 9th September in Barnack Village Hall from 4pm to 5.45pm.   For the first three quarters of an hour there are lots of fun activities, crafts and usually a science experiment which help us start to think about a bible story.  Then we gather together for a short interactive and very family friendly service. We find out more about the bible story, sing some lively songs and share in a short prayer time.

Afterwards everyone is invited to stay for a light tea-time meal together, last time we enjoyed jacket potatoes with a choice of fillings.  The meal-time gives everyone plenty of time to chat.  Messy Church is great for families and all who are young at heart.

Everyone is really welcome, do come along,  we’d love to meet you.   To find out more please call Rev Dave Maylor 740234 or Julie Stanton 07885563128 or 749123.  Dates for the rest of the year are 14th October, 4th November and 9th December.

Barnack Flower Club

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 19th September 2018 in Barnack Village Hall at 2pm. Details of requirements will be distributed as usual. Any queries to Ann Butland Tel: 01780 740121, 

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Community Association Quiz

Friday 12th October at 7.30pm – Village Hall. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for tickets information.

Race Night has been postponed as the Millstone will be holding a Race Night in the Autumn, so please support the pub if you are a keen Racer!

“Hall Overhaul” - following the successful build of the beautiful new Storage Shed, we are continuing our efforts to update and modernise the Village Hall for community use. August brought the “Big Clean Up” volunteering morning with special thanks to Carol and Malcolm Pickering who joined us,Marigold-Clad, and helped us shampoo and scrub 60 material chairs and 58 plastic chairs - a long overdue task that has been requested by many! Debra Martin also spent 2 hours at the top of a pair of stepladders hoovering cobwebs and cleaning all the windows internally. The curtains have gone away for a very cool-cycle wash in the hope they may look a little brighter – thank you Mike and Pam Mills for risking your washing machine drum with all that material.

We are also in the process of exploring various funding opportunities to help support the cost implications of our long list of prioritised actions – many of which have been suggested by you – we intend to keep you all updated on these actions and our progress with them.

August Disappointment – on a more subdued note, we have sadly had to deal with a break-in to the village hall which luckily caused no damage or loss but did incur costs for changing locks. The incident has been reported to the police and security is now obviously key to our discussions.

RESPONSE TO – “A Villager’s Point of View” 

Well, Peter you did say in your article last month you “look forward to observations from other people in the coming months”, so here’s a few to kick off with …

As you are Treasurer for the Parish News I can appreciate your concern for the drop in donations towards the funding of the magazine, even if every household only contributed £1 what a fantastic result would be raised.  Personally, we really value the wonderful resource that the Parish News is, it is an invaluable means by which we can be informed of all that is going on in Barnack and surrounding villages and also gives us all an opportunity to share opinions and personal news throughout the community.  We refer to the Parish News frequently each month, highlighting articles that may be of interest to us.  When talking with others about events etc. I often find myself saying “It’s in the Parish News”, for those who don’t bother to read it I would encourage you to.  Whilst writing on this subject a big thank you to Lisa and her wonderful team who produce, assemble and deliver the magazines, all voluntarily and always on time!  Surely, this in itself says something about villagers working together.

In response to your comments such as “There are lots of different associations doing their own thing – could they work together more?” and your suggestion of holding a village festival where “all the main associations come together and get involved”, it got me thinking about just some of the wonderful (and dare I even say ‘elderly’) people who are willing to give of their time and energy in many areas of our village life, without naming names here are just a few …

•A church goer who plays a big part in ‘The Friends of Barnack Church’, who is involved in the village’s branch of the British Legion, who rolls her sleeves up at Coffee Stop and Little Lambs …

•Someone again from the church who supports the Bowls Club and has recently joined the team of helpers for Coffee Stop

•Another practical and willing body helps to set up for Little Lambs, Coffee Stop, Women’s Institute and Flower Group as well as contributing hugely to the life of the church

•A lady who used to worship at the Methodist chapel but now attends church in Stamford remains loyally baking cakes for Coffee Stop

I could go on but hopefully I have gone a little way to illustrate how our Barnack villagers from many different ‘associations’ all work together for the good of our community.  Peter, I don’t think you need worry about our community not flourishing.

Coffee Morning Saturday 15th September 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!    


The next Men’s Breakfast will be on Saturday 22nd September at the usual time of 8.30-10.00am in Barnack Village Hall.  An invitation is extended to all men to come along to share in a full English breakfast, listen to a good speaker and enjoy the company of other men. 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 has continued to be well used during the summer, attracting new visitors who have dropped in whilst visiting the village, some have even returned!  Coffee Stop is held in Barnack Village Hall every Wednesday 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.

It lies under our very noses

The first archaeological investigations in Ufford were in 2005 and 2006.  They were led by Carenza Lewis and a team from Cambridge University, assisted by the expert in pottery identification,  Paul Blinkhorn.  It was part of the outreach work undertaken by Access Cambridge Archaeology.   The actual digging was done by  students  from several Peterborough secondary schools.  A total of 23 test pits were dug.  These are 1 metre square holes, dug out in 10 centimetre layers.  The soil is sieved and all man-made items are kept, recorded, labelled and bagged.

In 2007 the research continued and two trenches were dug in the garden of Ufford Farm.

With documentary evidence, surviving landscape features and old maps it is possible to trace the evolution of settlements.  We have now received from Carenza their follow-up reports from 2005, 2006 and 2007.  It appears that there were Roman remains in the pits at the top of the hill close to the church but so far there is no evidence of a Roman building,  The Roman pottery was found close to the surface and may have originated in manure and rubbish which had been ploughed in  the soil.  There is evidence of Saxon and medieval settlement in the area near the church and continuous settlement ever since.

The most striking find in the garden of Ufford Farm at the northern end of the village  was the remains of a stone wall, built of local stone, with a right angle bend, quite separate from and predating the existing farmhouse which was built  about 1770.  There was also evidence of a late Saxon ditch. There was pottery evidence from Roman, late Saxon, medieval, post medieval and Victorian activity at the Ufford Farm site and the finds near the wall suggest that the date of the building  was no later than AD 1400.  It appears to have been an average wealth medieval building, potentially even a manor house.

There is scope for further investigations, particularly in the vicinity of Ufford Farm and nearby Downhall.

Ufford Heritage book revision

A meeting to discuss its content and printing costs will be held on September 18th at 7.30pm at Ufford Village Hall.  You will all be most welcome.

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