News and Events Nov 2018

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Event Poppies 

Event poppies

As part of its commemoration of the 100th. anniversary of the end of WWI, the Barnack & District Branch of the Royal British Legion will be putting large Event Poppies outside the former homes of the WWI casualties listed on the Barnack War Memorial, which covers not only Barnack itself, but also Pilsgate, Ufford, Southorpe and Bainton.  Helpston, closely associated with the Barnack Branch, will also be displaying Event poppies. 

This event was made possible by the generosity of John Dawson (of Dawson of Stamford), who sponsored the poppies, and Andrew Jones (of the Verdon Timber Group, Casterton Road) who donated the wooden stakes to which the poppies will be affixed. The Branch is extremely grateful to both for their support. 

 Pictured at Barnack War Memorial, with a few of the poppies, are John Dawson and members of the Branch committee: (L to R) Joe Dobson, Elizabeth Young, John Dawson, Max Sawyer, Columb Hanna and Geoff Dunkley.


The Barnack & District Branch of the Royal British Legion and Barnack Parish Council are commemorating the centenary of the end of World War 1 over the weekend of November 9th, 10th and 11th. We are hoping that as many residents as possible will join in the events.

1. On November 11th Armistice Day services will take place at 9.45am in the Church and at 10.45 am at the War Memorial. The Church bells will be rung during the day.

2. In the evening,from 6.45pm to 7.30 pm, there will be a special tribute to the local men who died in the war - one of thousands of similar events taking place in towns and villages across the country. It will be held at the cricket field and will include lighting the Beacon to signify the return of light after the darkness of war. Eleven children will read out the names of the fallen. The Legion trumpeter and piper will play a reveille and lament. 

3. A commemorative exhibition will be staged from 10 am to 8 pm in the Village Hall on November 9th, 10th and 11th. The exhibition will show how the war affected Barnack and district. Every man who was killed is commemorated. Photographs, maps, letters and newspaper articles tell the story of the war. The exhibition will also include a children’s art display. There will be a short slide show and recordings of songs of the time. A number of war poems will be displayed.

We are also inviting anyone who wishes to commemorate a relative who was involved in the War, whether or not they came from our area and whether or not they were a casualty, to contribute to the exhibition. If you wish to honour a relative in this way please let me know.

4. With the agreement of residents, we will be placing large commemorative poppies outside, or near to, the homes of the 35 men from Barnack and Walcot who lost their lives in the conflict. This will help us appreciate the impact their deaths must have had on the village. The poppies will be put out on the weekend before Armistice Day and remain in place for two weeks.  Where we have been unable to discover where a man lived in Barnack we will place the poppy at the Village Hall, the former school that he almost certainly attended as a boy. Commemorative poppies will also be placed in Pilsgate, Southorpe, Ufford, Bainton and Helpston.

5. In the cemetery in Barnack, flags will be placed on the graves of those who returned from the conflict and on any memorials naming casualties. Four memorials are particularly poignant; they record the names of brothers who died. They are the Bryan, Cox, Reedman and Watson brothers. A map will be displayed at the gate to help you locate the graves and memorials. Brian Palmer 740988      This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ufford Quiz  

Unfortunately the committee took the decision to cancel the Quiz planned for September due to the low volume of ticket sales. This event will be rescheduled for spring 2019. 

Thank you to all those who bought tickets. 


Barnack Pre School and Wrap Around Care are seeking an energetic and enthusiastic individual to manage our busy breakfast and after school club. The individual will lead a small, committed team of play workers in providing quality care for children ages 3-11 before and after school.

Hours of work (Term time only) : Monday – Friday 7:45 -9:00 and 3:15-6:15. This includes management time.

Minimum of a Level 3 qualification in Early Years Education or a related subject required. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS.

Rate of pay: negotiable dependent on experience and qualifications. (Min L3)

Start Date: 29th October 2018 (or as soon as possible from this date)

To organise a visit or a full job description and application form please email:

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The winners of the October Draw were:

52£25Trevor Goodwin

56£15Malcolm Bayes

20£10Margaret Andrews 

Forty members attended the Annual Dinner and Presentation of Awards in the Village Hall on Saturday, 6 October, which was much enjoyed by all.

Answer to “Why can’t we have the old postbox?”

This was disposed of by Royal Mail almost two years’ ago as it was only a faceplate that had been set into a stone surround, which couldn’t be recreated in a new location due to cost and underground services (no room for footings!).  

Barnack Christmas Tree Celebration - Save the Date!

This year the Christmas Tree Light Switch-on event will take place on Saturday 8th December and promises to be bigger and better than before.  There will be carol singing, mulled wine, mince pies, a visit from Father Christmas and more! 

More information to follow - but festivities will likely begin around 5pm.

Reporting Potholes and Concerns

There is a free app available to download from the App Store and Google Play called ‘My Peterborough’ as well as a useful online reporting tool (‘Report it Online’) on Peterborough City Council’s website:  These can be used for reporting potholes, flytipping, anti-social behaviour and missed bin collections to name a few.  Alternatively, you can contact PCC to report issues by calling 01733 747474 (8am to 6pm Mon to Fri), or contact your friendly local Parish Council who will report an issue on your behalf.


Don’t you just love a situation where everyone wins!  Is your garden too small?  Would you really like more room to grow delicious fruit and veggies?  (Well maybe not this year ..)  I live in Pilsgate and have a large garden that I am struggling to manage.  If there is anyone out there who would like to share my garden – free of charge – please would you ring 740841 to find out more.

Bainton Harvest

It had been agreed that all proceeds from the Harvest Festival at Bainton Church be sent to Christian Aid. An initiative from the EU has decreed that for every £1 (or Euro!) raised from Harvest celebrations and going to Christian Aid would be matched by them on a 4 to 1 basis.

Our collection raised a total of £200 so this will mean that £1000 will reach this worthwhile charity.

Thanks to all who supported.

The Buttercross Club

On Wednesday, October 3rd, members of the Buttercross Club enjoyed lunch at the café in the John Clare Cottage in Helpston. The lunch replaced the usual October harvest supper as we felt a change was due. Some of our number walked from Bainton to Helpston and back. The atmosphere in the café was extremely convivial and we were very well looked after by David, Janet  and the other volunteers who worked so hard to cater for us. A number of us took the opportunity to have a look around the lovely gardens before returning home. 

Diary Dates: On Wednesday, 7th November it is our annual craft evening in Bainton Reading Room. Beryl Burrows is usually in charge but this year she is providing all the materials required plus instructions and Janette Abbott -Donnelly will be passing on the knowledge! 

On December 5th we are having our Christmas Party for members plus one guest per person – in the Reading room of course. Members are asked to bring a plate of something delicious and appropriately seasonal to eat – savoury or sweet. More details will be forthcoming at November’s meeting.

Village Ladies

Our luncheon venue for this month is The Wicked Witch on Nov 14 at 12.30pm.

A reminder for our Xmas lunch - The Red Lion, Warmington on 12 Dec at 12.30pm.  Joan (740396)

St David’s Day Quiz

Please join us in Ufford Village Hall on Friday 1st March (St David’s Day) for a fun Quiz. 7.30pm, with prizes for the winning team. £10 per ticket which includes supper. There will be a cash bar available.

Christmas in Ufford 2018

As per previous years we have a wonderful festive season planned in Ufford. Please look out for the following events:

    Children’s Christmas Party - Sunday 16th December 3-4.30pm at Ufford Village Hall. £5 per child, includes a present from Santa. Please contact Emma for tickets on 07769 587742

    Carol singing by Tractor - Friday 21st December – please come and join us on the tractor to bring festive cheer around the village – meet outside the White Hart at 6pm – All Welcome.

Carol Service Saturday 22nd December, 4pm at St Andrew’s Church, followed by refreshments in the Village Hall. 

Armistice Day/ Remembrance Sunday:

The church bells at St Andrews, Ufford, will be rung to mark Armistice day and at the same time there will be coffee and cakes served at the church, organised by the Village Hall Committee. The exact time is TBC But if you here the bells ringing that’s when to come! We hope to see you there.

Christmas “Songs of Praise”

The “Songs of Praise” service in the summer was enjoyed by all who love to sing. Now Christmas is coming and we plan a Christmas “Songs of Praise” on December 2nd. This is also Advent Sunday which begins the time of waiting and preparation for Christmas.

We will sing Christmas carols, but also perhaps some Advent carols and other favourite hymns which reflect the season. So please come and sing again. If you have a favourite that you would like included please speak to Revd. Dave or me and we will try to raise the roof again.

Singing will form the major part of the service, but it will conclude with a short communion service.

And remember, singing is good for you! Liz Young (740347)  

Friends of Barnack Church

200 club

Recent winners have been,


£20   No.169   J. Graham

£10   No.151   A. Collins

£5     No.34     M. Cannon


£20   No.7       C. Dennis

£10   No.153   J. Irving-Bell

£5     No.78     J. Browne 

Well done for the Clean Up!

In last month’s edition of the Parish News I mentioned the problem of rubbish in the woods down Chapel Lane, Barnack.

I was absolutely delighted to see that either the boys themselves or some other village people had made a significant effort to clean up much of the rubbish which had been left. 

Anyway whoever was responsible very well done and I hope we can keep it tidy from here on in without spoiling the fun that kids are obviously having with their den. 

Thank you, Concerned of Barnack

Barnack WI

At our October  9th meeting  Keith Rooney came to talk to about  Estate Planning. This included  the importance of  Wills, to be careful when writing a will. If you have a member of the family or a friend to  appoint as executor then this is so much cheaper that appointing a solicitor or a bank to do the job..

He spoke about Inheritance tax being £ 325.000 for  a single person of £650,000 for a married couple and  that  40% of the rest goes to the government in tax. It is important that when a man or woman dies and then remarries that his own family does not loose out !! 50% could go into a Child Trust.

He also spoke about the enormous cost of care home fees  being  approximately £1200.00 per week ,if  the person is unable to live alone, it is advisable to plan for this too, whilst still in reasonable health.

Revising Ufford Heritage Book - We need your help please!

Have you found anything of historical interest in your garden - coins, pottery, bones, clay pipes, tools, metal goods?  If there are enough items we could have a public display, otherwise please let me know and perhaps we could photograph them.  We may be able to help with dating them.

Do you have any pictures or photographs, in particular showing what a building looked  like before, during and after restoration or of village events?

Would you like to  contribute recollections or the results of your own research?

We had a most useful village meeting a month ago and many suggestions were made, in particular a need to make the book look more contemporary:

•use the expertise of a professional designer

•retain some of the original information, in particular about the old buildings such as the church, Ufford Hall, Old Rectory and some of the anecdotes about village characters

•keep some of the information about changes in farming and village life

•update facts, such as the archaeology and the Quarles family of Downhall, discovered in the past 20 years

•include more photographs.  There were reservations about the quality of photographs scanned from the original book but unfortunately the originals are no longer available.

•updates of the changes in the village in the last 20 years, in particular buildings and events

•some of the factual information such as lists and family trees and some of the maps and illustrations would be more useful online, so long as they are clearly signposted. 

My preferred time scale would be to have contributions by the end of November and completion of the book in about 6 months.  We now have offers of assistance but there is still time to volunteer.

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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. 

Youth Club Calendar Dates for 2018/19 are as follows:-  2018 - 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

Flower Group

Many thanks to helpers for the Harvest Festival, the arrangements they did  were very much admired.

We have now got tickets for our “ Ringing  In the  Seasons” by Pam Ingham on  Monday December 3rd 2018 at 7.00 for 7.30pm.   £5.00 to include  Mince Pies  and Mulled wine . Tickets from Ann Butland, Joan Laycock, Lynn Huckerby or club members

On Wednesday 5th December at 2pm in Barnack Village Hall our workshop will be led by Avril Boulton . We look forward to creating a Christmas Swag. 

Langdyke Countryside Trust Events

9th November  Conservation work party at Castor Hanglands with Froglife .

Meet at 10am on the reserve, entrance through the main gates off Helpston Road

10th November  Making homes for Beetles and Butterflies: Swaddywell Pit

Meet at 1.30pm at Swaddywell car park for a great conservation afternoon. Fun for adults and children

 Langdyke Countryside Trust is a community organisation dedicated to the preservation and conservation of the natural and built heritage around Peterborough and Stamford. See our website for more information:

Barnack Church Christmas Coffee Morning

 Saturday 17th November 2018 10.00am to 12noon. Just a reminder to invite you to come to the Barnack Church Christmas Coffee Morning. Various stalls will be offering cakes and Christmas gifts. Tea, coffee and mince pies will be there for you to enjoy and give you a chance to meet with friends. There will also be a Raffle.


Dear Villages over the past couple of months we’ve had some wonderful events.  Thank you to all the wonderful people who helped out at the recent Apple Day.  We have been able to donate £250 to Barnack School from the proceeds.  Also thank you to those who attended the Big Squeeze, the undercover apple pressing with bacon rolls, teas and coffees in the absolute downpour.  We raised £25 which again we have handed over to Barnack School to help with various school projects.

Thank you to all those who attended the Corby Male Voice Choir concert held at the end of September in St Mary’s church, Bainton.  We had over 90 people in the church and it wonderful to have the church filled with so many people and lots of noise.  We were able to donate a sum of £150.00 from the profits to Barnack School from this event.

Dates for your 2019 diaries

STAMFORD BRASS: Are coming to St Mary’s, Bainton

A date for your diaries the 30th March 2019 will see Stamford Brass – all 25 of them - coming to hold a concert in our wonderful church.  Tickets will be on sale but if you would like to reserve a place/ticket please get in touch.  Proceeds again will be split with Barnack School.

Su Fletcher, Home : 740034

Moblie : 0750 4444514

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Bainton & Ashton Family Day

Is to be held on the first Sunday of July the 7th.

Bainton & Ashton  Apple & Cider Day

Will next year be held on the 22nd September.

A thank you also to all those who attended my licensing at the end of September.  Thank you to all those who contributed by cleaning the church, for the amazing flowers, beautiful as ever.  To those who decorated the Reading Room and to all those who brought along such scrumptious food.  It was enjoyed by one and all.

Messy Church with Barnack Church

Messy Church this month will be on the 4th November 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 celebration service and a light meal together.  This month we’ll be thinking about a man called Zacchaeus, we’ll be making a giant tree, golden coin biscuits, finding out who is tallest and who is the shortest, making table decorations and lots more.  Then in the celebration time we’ll hear all about what happened when Zacchaeus climbed a tree to see Jesus.  And afterwards there’ll be plenty of time to chat during the meal.  You are really welcome.  Messy Church is great for families and all who are young at heart.  There’s no charge but donations are very welcome.  To find out more please call Rev Dave Maylor 740234 or Julie Stanton 07885563128 or 749123.  Next Messy Church is 9th December.

Response to “A Villager’s Opinion” from last time …

In the light of Doris Hamilton’s comments regarding the naming of roads on the new Linden Estate, and the fact that we are commemorating the end of the First World War in November, yes, I agree it would be appropriate and a fitting tribute to those from our village who lost their lives to have roads named after them.  Of course the choosing of any names would have to be done sensitively and thoughtfully.

What a great idea to compile a list of folk in our villages who would be willing to assist others in various tasks.  The Pickerings


Coffee Stop is 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!  We have recently enjoyed being entertained by Dave and Henk who played some Scott Joplin pieces for us on keyboard and cello.  (Dave and Henk have also kindly agreed to lead our ‘Christmas Sing Along’ on 19th December).  

On the 14th November we have Jill Pybus, who lives in the village, visiting us from a company called ‘Chocolates for Chocoholics’.  There will be lots of samples to taste with your coffee and the opportunity to order quality Christmas chocolate gifts at reasonable prices.  If the total of all orders taken exceeds £175 Jill will donate 7.5% to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC).

This is a charity that brings together 14 leading UK aid charities in times of crisis. Since the launch in 1963, they have run 70 appeals and raised more than £1.5 billion - saving millions of lives and rebuilding communities devastated by disasters. 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. 

MEN’S BREAKFAST – also open to women this time!

The next Men’s Breakfast will be held on Saturday 24th November at the usual time of 8.30-10.00am in Barnack Village Hall.  Mike and Pam Mills will be sharing about their recent visit to Guinea where their daughter and family are currently working on the Mercy Ship.  

An invitation is extended to all men – and women on this occasion - to come along to share in a full English breakfast and enjoy the company of others.  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. 

Little Lambs

Little Lambs is a lovely friendly toddler group for parents, grandparents 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 every Tuesday in November. The first hour each Tuesday is free play time with lots of toys, a slide and see-saw, home play corner, baby area, puzzle table and craft activity for little hands.   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