News & Events July 2011

Thanks to the High Clean Team.
Following the building works in Barnack Parish Church an enthusiastic team of volunteers swept and dusted those hard to reach places that desperately needed a clean. Spiders ran in all directions and dust clouds headed for the door. Thank you to everyone involved, your kindness is very much appreciated.
Thanks are also extended to the regular cleaning team who did a follow up sweep and polish after the dust had settled in the lower part of the church.
From the comments we receive, your dedication to keeping our lovely church looking its very best does not go unnoticed.
NB. There are two weddings in July in Barnack Church, one on the 23rd. and one on the 30th. Would the regular cleaners please time their July cleaning to ensure that the church is looking its absolute best for these events.

British Red Cross collection
A big thank you to everyone in Pilsgate who contributed to the annual collection during flag week in May.
We raised £70.06 which will enable us to give support to vulnerable people in crisis in the UK and overseas. Ria Sutcliffe

Barnack Methodist Chapel
Our Coffee Morning and Cake Stall on Saturday 4 June raised £121.93 for our funds and thank you once again for your support. The Coffee Morning in July will be held on Saturday, 2 July at the usual time of 10 am to 11 am and we look forward to seeing you again then.

Christian Aid
A big thank you to Sally H, Joan B, Lisa, Marion, Chris, Mary and Helen of Ufford who all worked hard to help collect the wonderful sum of £251 for Christian Aid.
A thank you also to all those in Barnack Church who supported C.A. with the sum of £407.51. Many thanks, Joan.

Village Ladies’ Group
Thanks to Joan Waller for entertaining us on 24th May, when Carole Roome came along to talk about Help for Heroes. It was most informative and opened our eyes to all the help and support this charity is providing for those wounded servicemen and women in current conflicts.
A group of us enjoyed the Pride & Prejudice matinee at Tolethorpe on 24th June.
On 19th July, Elaine Ward will be conducting a walk around St. Martin’s in Stamford. We will be meeting at the Arts Centre at 5.30pm The evening will conclude at Pizza Express. Come along and learn more about the area.

Barnack and District Horticultural Show & Fete
As the summer draws nearer the annual Barnack and District Horticultural Show & Fete is looking forward to its 2nd year at Barnack Cricket Club. With a great family day planned we hope you will rally around, support the event and come and enjoy yourselves.
We are looking for: Unopened bottles of any description for the tombola – call Debra on 740048. Second hand good condition books for the ever popular book stall – call Cynthia on 740418. Anybody willing to help on the day doing some setting up or clearing away – call Clare on 782296
Please support the event on Sunday 14th August from 1.00pm – 4.30pm
Programmes will be on sale in July at Barnack Post Office and Barnack Country Clothes. Our team of volunteers will also be coming round selling the programmes door to door in the villages.
For more information about the Show and this year’s classes you can visit

The Buttercross Club’s 25th Anniversary Celebration.
On Sunday, June 5th, the Buttercross Ladies organized a celebratory breakfast in the Reading Room for people from the villages of Bainton and Ashton and anyone else who cared to drop by. The Reading Room was adorned with bunting, photographs, pictures and flowers. The event was a huge success and everyone who came agreed that the food was delicious. For a mere £2 (£1 for the children) to cover our costs, there was an array of food – croissants with various jams, bacon butties made from superb dry cured bacon sourced locally and home made cakes. There was orange juice and a constant supply of fresh coffee - Taylor’s of Harrogate’s ‘Lazy Sunday’, which seemed appropriate! It was an opportunity to catch up with neighbours and old friends or to read the Sunday papers – it was in the Reading Room after all! The place was buzzing and there were a lot of requests for us to provide breakfast every Sunday ….!
The morning concluded with the presentation of prizes for the painting/drawing competition for young people up to 16 and the photographic competition for the adults. Thanks to all the people who participated in the competitions and whose work adorned the Reading Room walls.
Whilst the Buttercross ladies were clearing up we all agreed that there was no better way to celebrate the 25th anniversary of an organization which was created with the aims of bringing the people of the village, young and old, together, of providing interesting talks and outings for its members and of supporting local charities.
Forthcoming events
The next meeting is the ‘Candlelit Supper’ at Rockingham Castle on Wed, 6th July. We shall be leaving from the Reading Room at 6:15pm- shared lifts are being arranged.
The visit to Tolethorpe to see ‘Pride and Prejudice’ is on Wednesday, 13th July. Tickets have already been distributed to people who are going.
The annual Boules Evening will be on Wednesday, 3rd August. Members and friends are invited to attend. The members of the Buttercross Club will be photographed at the Buttercross at 6pm before the start of the Boules Evening.
There will be a meeting of the Buttercross Club in the Reading Room on Wednesday, 7th September. The speaker will be from the Leprosy Mission (to be confirmed).
Barnack Ward Wildlife: Big Butterfly Count
Last year 10,000 people in Britain took part and recorded 260,000 butterflies. Perhaps some of us could join in this year and help to make the event the biggest such count in the world? To find out more, go to and download the identification chart. If anyone is keen to take part but does not have access to a computer, please let me know and I will send them a copy of the sheet.
Also, as well as sending in results on line, I wonder if residents could send me their lists so that we have totals for Barnack Ward, which we can use as a base line for comparisons with future years.

Bumblebee Count
Have you seen the newly arrived Tree Bumblebee (Bombus hypnorum)? It is very distinctive, being orange at the head end, then black and it has a white tail. It flew in from France and was seen first in southern counties. It feeds on nectar and pollen and prefers open flowers like daisies to tubular flowers such as foxgloves. It doesn’t appear to be harming any of our native species and is a very effective pollinator. The Natural History Museum would like you to send them a photo and fill in a simple online form if you have seen one. Visit
It was not included on our bumblebee recording sheet but perhaps you could note any sightings. We have another 3 months to count our bumblebees so it is not too late to start now. Let me know please if you need another recording sheet. F.Gosling This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 01780 740343

Pub Night
Please note that ‘Pub Night’ will be cancelled during the months of JULY, AUGUST and SEPTEMBER reopening on the 14th OCTOBER and each month following on the 2nd Friday during the Autumn and Winter months at 7.30 - 9.30p.m. Hope to see you there to meet friends old and new.

Barnack Darby & Joan Club
Members celebrated the April Royal Wedding with a ‘Royal’. Afternoon tea provided by the Committee and several Members wore their ‘Wedding Hats’ to add to this happy occasion.
Members and Committee Members recently enjoyed lunch at The Oak, Easton on the Hill

Ufford Park Cricket Club -
The June Draw of the ‘100’ Club took place at the White Hart, and the winners were -
£50 No. 90 A. Hills, Ufford
£25 No. 12 J. Hurford, Helpston
£20 No. 57 A. Jones, Stilton
£15 No. 96 P. Taylor, Whittlesey
£10 No. 37 Mrs. R. Porter, Barnack
£10 No. 47 B. Casboult, Bourne
£10 No. 13 R. Bapodra, Peterborough
A Fund Raising Frog Race and Barbeque will be held at the Cricket Grouind on Friday, 1st July 6.30 p.m.

Barnack Pre-School
A very big thank you to everyone who came along to help us celebrate the opening of our new building on June 11th. It was great to see so many people mingling in the garden, enjoying the sunshine. We were also very pleased to hear so much positive feedback on our fantastic new Pre-School building!
The children too have been making the most of the sunshine so far this term, planting up their vegetable beds and enjoying the fruits of their gardening at snack time. They have also taken part in the annual Toddlerthon – a sponsored event, where they participated in ten different activities (balancing, throwing, jumping etc) and were rewarded at the end with a medal and an ice-lolly. Much fun was had by all!
Those children moving up to ‘big school’ in the autumn term will be visiting the school for stories and lunch in the coming half term to help smooth the transition in September.
If you would like any information on the Pre-School, please call our bookings secretary on 749407. From September, the Pre-School will be open 9am-3pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and 9am-12noon Monday and Friday. All children are welcome aged from 2 ½ .You can also visit our website :

Barnack Cricket Club
Kid’s Cricket
With the cricket season now well under way and the new Pavilion up and running, we will by now have finished another hugely successful and over-subscribed 8 weeks of Kid’s Cricket under the guidance and leadership of Guy Spragg and his ECB qualified coaches. The Cricket Club, and I’m sure all the parents, are very grateful to all of them as well as the very generous sponsorship of Moores I gather there are more parents out there that are willing to help out next year for children of all ages (both younger and older), and I would be delighted if you would get in touch as soon as possible in order for us to plan for next year.
Home fixtures for July and August are :
July 2nd 1st XI Ufford Park Colin Swann Memorial Trophy
July 9th The Jones Boy Day
July 17th 1st XI Market Deeping
July 24th 2nd XI Werrington
July 30th 1st XI Alconbury
Aug 6th 1st XI Waresley
Aug 7th 1st XI Stamford
Aug 21st 1st XI Oundle
Aug 28th 2nd XI East Carlton
Aug 29th John Wilcox Cup Final

Horticultural Show
The Horticultural Show will be held at the Cricket Club on Sunday 14th August between 1.00pm and 4.30pm. The Club looks forward to welcoming all exhibitors, stall holders and the village to the Club.

Fund Raising
Judy Francis arranged a very successful and well attended Quiz Supper in the Village Hall on 28th May with an incredible £782 raised towards Pavilion fixtures and fittings etc. Very many thanks to all those that attended, with a very special thanks to Judy and all her helpers.
Whilst we are always looking at ways to continue to raise funds to improve an already excellent facility, the Pavilion is now available and taking bookings for meetings, functions and parties etc. See or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for prices and availability.

Our Parish organist, Elizabeth Snowball, will be retiring on 9th. July 2011 from the Junior Music Department of the London College of Music ( based at the University of West London ) after 34years of teaching Violin and Piano. We wish her a happy and long retirement.

Wiki Café On The Allotments
Yes, Saturday JULY 9th -
One of the summer venues for the Bainton and Ashton WIKI Café will be the site of the new allotments on the B1443..
Work started here at Easter last year and everyone involved has been amazed at their results. Fifteen months of hard but satisfying work with last years harvest being enjoyed by everyone.
Already , this year , broad beans , onions , strawberries , currants and salads have been collected.
Another great attraction of this project is that you are never working alone - always comparing , envying , gloating or commiserating with fellow tenants.
The Allotment Association 100 Club , run to help boost the funds, has to date distributed £1,600 in prizes to the many local supporters.
Fair weather or fine , do come along and take this opportunity of seeing for yourself how this new joint community effort has been so successful.

Little Lambs
There will be Little Lambs toddler group in Barnack Village Hall from 10-00 am to 12-00 noon on Tuesday 5th and Tuesday 12th. On the 19th we are having picnic outing instead of the usual session in the hall, details for this will be given out Little Lambs. There will be no Little Lambs during the school summer holidays, we’ll back again on the 13th September. All parents and carers with their toddlers and babies are welcome to join in the fun at Little Lambs. Run by Barnack Baptist Church, for more information contact Val Haines-Eynon 740017.

Youth Club
The last Youth Club session before the school holidays is on the 8th July. Back again on the 9th September. For more information about Youth Club ring Rob Porter 01780 740663. Run by Barnack Baptist.

Summer Services
During the summer, 24th July to 28th August inclusive we’ll be meeting in Barnack Village Hall at the earlier time of 9.30am. We’ll start with a continental style breakfast and then a short informal service, finishing about 10.30am. Everyone welcome.
During the summer (July to September) Graham Dunn, our minister will be taking a break, so the contact for Barnack Baptist Church during this time is our pastoral worker Julie Stanton, tel 01780 749123. Graham will be returning on Sunday 2nd October when he will be formally ordained into the Baptist Church ministry at a special service in Barnack School Hall, following his successful completion of his training.

Barnack Baptist Church - Family and Friends fun time
Everyone is very welcome to come to our monthly afternoon service on Sunday 17th July at 4pm in Barnack School Hall. The service will be very family friendly and will include time all together and some time when children go to separate activities within the school premises. After the service everyone is welcome to stay around for a meal of sandwiches, salads, cake and fruit. Followed by some informal games on the school field – rounders etc – or if you’d prefer to be less energetic just stay around and have a chat with old friends and hopefully make some new ones. Contact Julie Stanton 749123.