News & Events October 2018

Bainton ChurchCOMMUNITY SURVEY : An update

Dear Bainton & Ashton Villagers

With many thanks for your response(s) to our Community Survey we recently put round to each household in our respective villages.  We have had a tremendous response both on line and by hard copy.  As a Vision Group we are currently collating the answers to then review and to plan what action we are able to and would like to make in light of the suggestions received.

We will be holding a community meeting to discuss the findings in the coming months and will advertise the date and time in due course.

Also our congratulations go out to the winners of the £50 worth of Waitrose vouchers who we will be contacting separately.

Once again out very many thanks for your participation in wanting to make our church more accessible, usable and part of our wonderful communities.

Village Ladies

Our venue for this month is The Six Bells at Witham-on-the-Hill on 10 Oct at 12.30 pm.  Joan (740 396)

A Villager’s opinion

I would like to make a few comments concerning the post box which has been installed in the village and is very disappointing compared to our last post box which was very grand and fitted in with the village quaintness. I would like someone to advise why we could not have the original post box back and ask what have the Post Office done with it?

It is disappointing that the Parish Council could not think of names suitable for the new Linden Estate roads when some families in the village lost family members in the first and second world wars. Names such as Cox, Snart and Knipe just to name a few. This would have been a fitting memorial  to those brave soldiers who gave their lives for us to live in freedom.

Given we are being encouraged to voice our minds as a community, it would also be fitting to enable people in the village to be able to request any help or support they may need. I recently became involved trying to find two strong men who could help an elderly person in the village move her heavy furniture around to accommodate a hospital bed downstairs. Despite Melinda at the Millstone  and I trying to identify someone, we were unsuccessful. I am sure with issues like this many people  in the village would be only too willing to lend a hand and give some of their time. Hence, could this be accommodated somewhere within the Parish News?

Doris Hamilton

Editor’s reply: As editor of the Parish News I would be delighted to help by publishing a list of volunteers who may be contacted when villagers are in need of help.

We did used to publish such a list of names and phone numbers of volunteers alongside the kind of help they could offer (which might be lifts, help with letter writing or help with odd jobs etc). Unfortunately the number of volunteers dwindled as people moved away or felt they no longer had time to offer help.

If anyone would be happy to volunteer, please email me with your name and phone number and how you might help and we can start to publish a list again. 

Let’s Keep our village litter free

Here in Barnack we are blessed to have some great places to walk. This is particularly so for those of us who walk our dogs or have the treat of going out with the family. For those living in cities I am sure they would love to have some of our lovely countryside on the doorstep. That said it is incumbent on all of us, young and not so young, to look after what we have. 

I was out walking with our son and daughter-in-law’s pooch the other day and happened to go down Chapel lane past the old post office. It is a lovely walk down through the wood on the way to the cricket field. I believe the thicket is owned by the Church Commissioners. This area is clearly used by some of the youngsters living in and around the village who have built or are building their den which, let’s face it, is something we have all done in the past – some harmless fun if you like. What however, is not so good or so harmless is the mess they have left behind, a small part of which is shown in the picture below:

This is only one small part of the mess that was left at the back of the little wood. It is dangerous. Can we ask those responsible to please go and tidy the area up before someone is hurt. By all means have your fun but remember we all live in this village and we all want to enjoy the lovely countryside in and around Barnack. So the message is have fun but don’t spoilt it for the rest of us and for the dog walkers, please clean up your dogs’ ‘poohs’ so it is not something we have to scrape off our shoes before we enter our houses. 

Concerned of Barnack

Shoebox Time

Christmas and all its busyness may seem a long way off but in some parts of Europe it is a time to dread as just day by day living is a struggle and there is nothing left over for presents...unless…unless some of us do something about it.

For at least twelve years Barnack and Bainton churches have taken part in the ‘Link to Hope’ appeal  sending shoeboxes wrapped in Christmas paper, filled with small items  either for a family or an elderly person. The boxes are then taken to countries such as Romania, Moldova,Bulgaria and the Ukraine. Many of you will remember the terrible pictures some twenty years ago of the awful conditions in Romanian orphanages and the surrounding poverty. Sadly not a great deal has changed Warm gloves and socks, toothpaste, shampoo, small toys are just some of the things, to us essentials to the people who receive the boxes a treat and a moment of joy.

I take my grandchildren to buy items for a box just from them and they enjoy choosing something for a family, always making sure there are extra sweets crammed into any spaces. It also helps them to appreciate that not everyone is as lucky as they are when it comes to Christmas presents.  We will be making up some boxes in Barnack School this year as well as the church community making them. It would be great if you could make one too. Buying a small item to go in the box each week as you shop means it doesn’t seem as costly as buying all at once and reminds me as well how fortunate I am.

If you are interested there are leaflets in church which tell you how to make up a box, suggested items and those which will not go through customs, the date boxes need to be in church for pick up (6th November) and if you want to see the work that Link to Hope does their website  as more information and videos of the boxes being delivered. I am happy to answer any questions you might have. Please help.

Canon Margaret

The Buttercross Club

On Wednesday, September 5th, we welcomed Dr. John Sutton. He gave a talk about ‘The Tomb of the Unknown Warrior’ because the centenary of the end of World War One in 1918 approaches.  A neutral name, ‘warrior’ was chosen at the time to allow for the fact that the person whose body is now in Westminster Abbey may have come from, for example, the then senior service, the Navy. The number of dead was horrendous, most dying of wounds from shells. Certain British generals disrespected volunteers and conscripts and a class system pervaded. Army padres conducted burial services but many of the buried later became lost because of artillery barrages.

At the end of the war the king, George V, completely misjudged the mood of the nation. Of course there was an immediate exhilaration because a dreadful war had ended but there was also immense sadness at the huge loss of life. People needed to be able to continue to mourn in an official way. One of the padres, the Rev. David Railton, in civilian life a curate in Folkestone, had conducted services for many young men killed in action (particularly on the first day of the battle of the Somme in 1916). The dead were buried in temporary graves. At an incident in Armentières he noted a rough wooden cross bearing the words ‘unknown of the Black Watch’ and he felt that what was needed was a grave like this which represented all the unknown fallen. It was his wife who urged him, two years later, to act upon this idea by writing to the Dean of Westminster to persuade him that there should be one tomb in Westminster Abbey to represent those whose identities were unknown but who had given their lives for their country. The Prime Minister of the time, David Lloyd-George, urged the king to agree which he did, eventually. 

In 1919 the Treaty of Versailles marked the official end of the war. Authorities decided that there should be a peace parade to be organised by the Home Secretary, Lord Curzon. For this event Sir Edward Lutyens designed a temporary Cenotaph (eventually replaced by a permanent monument in 1920 and which is still the focal point today for remembrance of those who died serving our country, not just in World War One but in subsequent wars). 

Four unidentified bodies were exhumed – though it may have been six - from which one was to be chosen as the unknown warrior. Lord Curzon really wanted it to be someone who had been a regular soldier from the start of the war ie. an Old Contemptible as they called themselves.

 The bags of earth to be used were brought back from the Western Front and the bodies were returned to England in the HMS Verdun. They were wrapped in sacking and in pine coffins. Finally from the four one was chosen and transferred to rest in an oak coffin made from a tree from Hampton Court gardens.

 The Union Jack which covered the coffin on the gun carriage taking it to its interment in Westminster Abbey on the 11th November, 1920, was the one that the Rev. Railton had used for the wartime burials and it is now called the Padre’s flag. It is still hanging in the Abbey today. Rose petals were thrown on the coffin. 

The rose has since been replaced by the poppy because of the poignancy of the poem, ‘In Flander’s Fields’ written in 1915 by Lt. Col. John McCrae. “In Flanders fields the poppies blow/ Between the crosses, row on row/ That mark our place”. A temporary tomb in Westminster Abbey was replaced by the permanent one we see today  and which is covered with a black marble slab quarried in Belgium. It is the only tomb in the Abbey upon which you are not permitted to walk and everyone so far has observed that.

Diary Dates: The next meeting is a lunch for members only on Wednesday, October 3rd at John Clare Cottage, 12:30 for 12:45. £10 deposit is to be paid to Helen Fancourt by 29th September. Look out for an email giving final details.


On the evening of Sunday, November 11th the local branch of the Royal British Legion and the Parish Council will be arranging a special tribute to those from our parishes who died in World War I. 

The event will be held at Barnack Cricket Club pavilion.

6.45pmAssemble at the Cricket Club pavilion.

6.50pmWelcome address and exhortation.

6.55pmLast post,  One minute silence, Reveille.

7.00pmLighting of the beacon.

7.10pmChildren to read out the names of 55 men who died.

7.20pmOur piper to play a lament.


The event will be our contribution to the tributes planned to take place simultaneously in towns and villages throughout the country. Please join us in this commemoration.

Barnack WI

During the summer break for Barnack WI. Some members met at Rutland water in August for a lunchtime picnic, it was very pleasant sitting by the waters edge to enjoy the food. Later some members went for a walk, while the majority enjoyed a cruise on the Rutland Belle .

Many members turned up for our September meeting to hear Ray Nicholson talk to us about his interesting career in Air Traffic Control.

Ray is currently at Fenland airport near Holbeach,but previously was a controller at both Heathrow and Gatwick airports where he found the job exciting and very intense .Technology has increased so much over the years but he maintains that flying is safer than driving and the training is so good that other countries send their staff here to be trained.

Although Fenland is a small airfield it is no less interesting to work there and has met some interesting people who have dropped in to refuel including Prince William and the Sultan of Brunei.

Fenland was the first in the country to produce an Airfield Manual .

Our next meeting is October 9th with a talk from Keith Rooney Estate Planning.


The winners of the August Draw were:

48£25Terry Rawlings

23£15Ann Henley

49£10Martyn Dennis 

and for September:

57£25Alan Rice

72£15Ray Hackett

88£10Becky Clark

The last match of the season was played on 30 August when the Octagoons played the members from the rest of the Club.  It was a very enjoyable game which had been arranged by Alan Rice but the stamina of the Octagoons was not as good as that of their younger opponents.  Everyone then enjoyed sandwiches and cake which rounded off the afternoon well.

Just a reminder that the final social event will be the Annual Dinner and Presentation evening  on Saturday, 6 October.  If you haven’t put your name on the list, please contact either Ann Butland (740121) or Jill Unsworth (740456) if you wish to come.

The Big Squeeze….!

6th October 2018. Bring a few apples (or lots) to Bainton & Ashton’s first ever big squeeze or Apple Crushing / Pressing Session Running from 10am to mid-day

Bacon butties, teas and coffees will be available

Or just come and look see how it’s done

To be held at Westlands, Ufford Road, 

Bainton PE9 3BB

c/o Graham and Su (01780 740034)

It’ll be in our front garden so you won’t be able miss the apple press and butty van !!!!  Hope to see you there.

October Bainton & Ashton Pub Nite

To be held in the Reading Room from 7.30pm to 9.30pm

Normal pub nite rules apply – bring your own drink, glasses and nibbles and take home any empties.  Thank you and hope to see you there.

Dog Fouling

There seems to be an increase in dog fouling throughout the villages, especially on grassy verges and edges of footpaths.  It is your responsibility to clear up after your dog - please bag it and bin it.

Coffee Morning Saturday 20th October 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!        

Little Lambs

Little Lambs is a lovely friendly toddler group for parents and carers with babies and toddlers up to 4 years old.  We meet in Barnack Village Hall on Tuesdays in Barnack school term time from 10am to 12 noon, so we’ll be there on 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 30th October but not the 23rd. 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, which all the children seem to really enjoy.  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 with other children, and for their parents and carers to meet new people, catch up with friends and to sit down for a nice coffee!    Little Lambs is run by Barnack Church for everyone in Barnack and the surrounding villages.   A very warm welcome awaits.  Please contact Julie Stanton on 07885563128 to find out more about Little Lambs.

Messy Church with Barnack Church

Messy Church this month will be on the 14th October in Barnack Village Hall from 4pm to 5.45pm.  Each month we begin with lots of cool activities, crafts and games, then a short very family friendly service and a light meal together.  Last time we decorated cakes as sheep, made ‘sheep pens’ from sticks and string, searched for lost sheep in trays of gooey stuff, made marble mazes, blew up balloons for a party and drew pictures of ourselves to place safely in God’s arms!  After the activity time, we found out all about the story Jesus told of a lost sheep, with the help of a yellow sheep called Cecil!  And then everyone had plenty of time to chat during the meal-time.

You are really welcome, do come along on the 14th when we will be finding out about another story Jesus told of a dad and his two sons.  Messy Church is great for families and all who are young at heart.  There’s no charge but donations are welcome.  To find out more please call Rev Dave Maylor 740234 or Julie Stanton 07885563128 or 749123.  Dates for the rest of the year are: 4th November and 9th December.


Numbers have been consistent at Coffee Stop during the summer and the word is getting round that it’s a great place to catch up with folk and enjoy homemade cakes, scones etc. to say nothing of ‘real’ coffee at very reasonable prices.  

We can now offer ‘Take out’ drinks too!  

Next week we are looking forward to being entertained by Dave and Henk who have offered to play some Scott Joplin pieces for us … but more news of that next time.

Coffee Stop is held in Barnack Village Hall every Wednesday from 10.30am to 12.00 noon in the side room   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 with (much appreciated) assistance from others in our community.

Barnack Flower Club

We will be decorating the church for Harvest Festival on Sunday 7th October.

The revised date for our workshop with Pam Ingham is Wednesday 10th October 2018.

Friends of Barnack Church 

200 Club

Recent winners have been:


£20   No. 35    J. Laycock

£10   No.176  L. Huckerby

£5     No.37    M. Groom


£20   No. 32   D. Chadwick

£10   No. 65   C. Robinson

£5     No. 66   J. Ward

Barnack Post Box

The replacement Post Box has now been unveiled and added to Royal Mail’s schedule.  If you haven’t spotted it already, it is located by the rear gates to the church and an afternoon postal collection is reinstated.


Friday 12th October - Quiz Night with Chilli Fiesta&a Paying Bar

Tickets: £8.50 per person which includes your Chilli Fiesta Meal. Tables of 8.

Tickets available via Sally Hullock–01780 740587 or email 

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The BCA are continuing to make improvements to your Village Hall and hoping the funds raised from the quiz along with other events, will help support our plans to bring you Wi-Fi, a lick of paint and some bright new curtains for starters!

As a reminder, the Village Hall Hire is £30.00 per session.

There are 3 sessions available: 

9.00am - 1.00pm; 1.30pm - 5.30pm; 6.00pm - 11.00pm. The cost includes the use of the equipped kitchen (microwave, cooker, crockery, cutlery and glasses) and comfortably seats 72 people and up to 95 standing. To make a booking or for further information please email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Tel: Michelle Goodwin – Village Hall Manager on 

01780 749337


The speaker at the next Men’s Breakfast will be talking on the subject of ‘Kosovo – The traumas left by war’ and he has forwarded the following text to explain a little of the content of his talk on this difficult subject: ‘The devastation and misery that normal peace-loving people in a post-war situation have to face is something few of us really understand. Kosovo was one example where many innocent people faced unbelievable death, destruction and heartache caused by religious intolerance.’The Breakfast will be held on Saturday 27th October 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.

The new housing development in Barnack - an opinion
When my wife and I moved to Ufford in 1990 and subsequently to Barnack some twenty plus years later it was because we enjoyed village life in all its aspects be it community spirit, a place for relatively quiet reflection or simply the rural aspect of life around us. Here in Barnack much of that will be taken away with the new housing development sandwiched between Uffington Road and the B1443. Before someone says it – yes I accept it is tantamount to – ‘Not in our back yard’ but for a variety of hopefully sound reasons.
On the plus side I accept that villages can’t stay entirely in the past and some development is healthy and worthwhile. Here in Barnack we have had a number of developments over the years which have undoubtedly enhanced the village. For example, the development around Kingsley house was done in an extremely sensitive way. Paynes field is also modern but in keeping with the village. Most of the developments over the years have not taken away the character of our village. However, the same cannot be said for the proposed development of initially 80 new homes behind Paynesfield. Most of these will be high end, 4 or 5 bedroom, houses with the compulsory ‘Affordable Housing’ incorporated in the development. I can hear a number of voices saying, ‘So what’. Well, let me expand on my concerns.
First, the road system around Barnack and into Stamford or further afield to Peterborough Is simply not up to coping with the additional traffic. Let us be honest - most households today have at least two cars so such a development will bring with it at least 160 extra cars into the village. Although my evidence is only anecdotal one would surmise that at least 2/3rds of these will be on the road each morning going to work and taking children to school. The traffic in and around Barnack is already a concern both in terms of volume and the speed that some vehicles traverse the village with impunity. Sooner or later there will be an accident and either adults or children will be hospitalised or worse.
Second, and this has already been raised as a concern, the roads themselves are in a very poor state of repair. This is particularly the case on the Uffington road which is narrow and the edges of the road in many places are dangerous. As far as I am aware, and I am quite happy to be proved wrong, the only upgrading that has been agreed are the areas around the development its self. I ask myself; ‘Are the councils in Stamford or Peterborough aware of the potential problems and have they budgeted for a major upgrading of our roads’. I suspect not.
During the Winter and indeed Spring it is not unknown for some of Barnack’s roads to be flooded. I would therefore ask the question – ‘Has an upgrade to village drainage formed part of the overall development plan?’.
With a development of this size it would be reasonable to suspect that there will be families with young children some of which will be of primary school age. Barnack school is close to being, if not already, fully subscribed. Who will pay for the development of the school to accommodate the additional number of primary school aged children? Again, I am very happy to be shown that I am wrong, but I am not aware that any significant money has been set aside for the expansion of the school. This would be not just teaching space but all the other requirements such as teachers, equipment etc.
Barnack used to boast a number of shops, pubs and a post office. All these are now gone and if I thought that the increased development would bring such benefits back to the village I would certainly see this as a positive argument for sympathetic development – providing it was in the round – i.e. roads, drains, the school etc. However, being cynic, I suspect that these facilities are lost forever. As it is, and this is only my view, the development is simply to fill the coffers of developers who do not live in the area and so will not be affected in any way by the potential problems I have highlighted. I would be interested to hear other villagers views on the points raised. 
Bernard Kane.