News and events in January 2019

The Children’s Society 

It is now time to empty your Children’s Society collection boxes for 2019. If possible, please could you deliver your box to Skipport, Main Street, Barnack or if this is difficult, give me a call on 740929 and I will collect it. Thank you for your donations in advance. They help many needy children. 

Catharine Wright



‘January brings the snow, makes your 

feet and fingers glow!

How better to blow away the January Blues than to come to The Coffee Stop café at the Village Hall on Wednesday 30January (10.30 to 12noon) for a warming cup of coffee or tea, scrummy cakes, good company and be entertained and ‘join in with all the songs you know so well!’

David Laycock will be on the keyboard, with Mike Baumber and Michael Cunliffe-Lister leading the singing. Volunteers are welcome!

We aim to run the ‘Sing-along’ on the last Wednesday on alternate months, so here are the dates for 2019 – 30 Jan, 27 March, 29 May, 31 July,25 Sept,  27 Nov  2019.  There will be a reminder in Parish News each month.

We hope that some of our local talent will like to take part in a Variety Concertthe Autumn of 2019 - for people of Barnack to entertain the people of Barnack with Songs - Recitations, Musical pieces, etc. Watch this space!

If you cannot make the Coffee Stop on a Wednesday, yet would like to be involved in a concert later in the year, please contact: Michael Cunliffe-Lister Tel: 01780-740705

Looking forward to seeing you on 30 January.

The Buttercross Club

Our Christmas celebrations in the Reading Room on Wednesday, December 5th were really enjoyable. Once again the wonders of modern technology transformed the hall into a festive party venue. A fire blazed in the hearth and the windows of the hall apppeared to look out onto a snowy Christmas landscape.  All of this was courtesy of Ian Abbott-Donnelly whose technological expertise enabled the transformation. In addition there were two Christmas trees, lovely Christmas lights and beautiful table decorations made by our Chairman, Sheila Bratley and raffled off as the evening drew to a close. These were in addition to our formal raffle for which there were a variety of good prizes. 

Our members brought plates full of delicious food, both savoury and sweet which formed a sumptuous buffet – very little was left over at the end of the evening! Each member could invite a guest and everyone was greeted with a welcoming drink of wine.  The entertainment was arranged by our treasurer, Helen Fancourt.  She asked Keith Downs, who operates as ‘Party Magic”, to perform a Christmas magic show. It was really clever – a fantastic example of sleight of hand.

The AGM is on February 6th, 2019, and the business meeting , which will include the distribution of the 2019 diaries, will be followed by a talk on their visit to India by Chris and Anne Harrison-Smith. It starts at the usual time of 7:45pm in Bainton Reading Room. We welcome new members at the AGM and membership currently costs £10 per annum. There will sometimes be additional payments required if, for example, we have a theatre visit. We always make charitable donations at the start of the year and the AGM is an opportunity to nominate which charities to support. 


The winners of the November Draw were:

71£25Christine Goodwin

21£15Jennifer Hutchins

88£10Becky Clark 

May I take this opportunity to thank all the members of the 200 Club for their past support and also gently remind them that as we are now moving into 2019 their annual subscription of £24 is now due.  If you read this magazine and would like to join the 200 Club (you do not have to be a bowls player to be a member) please contact me, Jill Unsworth 01780740456, and I would be more than pleased to allocate you a number.  It is a good way of supporting what is a very good amenity in the village as we have to raise quite a sum each year in order to maintain the rinks in good condition and every penny raised counts.


Looking back over the last few months, it’s amazing to see the range, scope and quality of the presentations at the monthly men’s breakfast meetings.  We’ve had a Bishop from Kenya telling us about his work and ministry there; an ordained minister who is also a judge reflecting on issues of faith and law in this country; a talk about reconstruction work done in Kosovo after the devastating war in the Balkans; a first-hand account of the Falklands conflict; pictures and an historical commentary from a Christian pilgrimage to the Holy Land; and most recently, an account of the Mercy Ships and the realities of being on board the Africa Mercy.  Numbers of participants have been building up, and we had a “full house” for the last breakfast of 2018, when ladies were welcomed to join us too. So it’s been a great year of fellowship, food and talks.  

Looking to the New Year, we’re delighted that Paul Wilson, an old friend of Revd Dave, will be the guest speaker at the Men’s Breakfast on 26th January.  Paul will speak about his “Post-career Gap Year”.  The meeting will be 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 great 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!  The Men’s Breakfast is run by Barnack Church

Lay Canon - Mary Hanna

It was a great pleasure to be in the Cathedral with members of Mary Hanna’s family in early November when Mary was instituted by Bishop Donald as a Lay Canon. The ceremony took place during Evensong, Mary being the only Lay Canon while several others became Reverend Canon. So, you may be asking yourself, ‘What is a Lay Canon?’  It is a title in the gift of the Bishop in recognition of work and ministry within the Diocese. Mary is the Bishop’s Advisor for Health Care Chaplaincy, an entirely voluntary, but at this time important role. A Canon, whether Lay or Reverend, is a special link between the Diocese and the Cathedral and has a seat in the choir. They are to pray for and support the work of the Cathedral and the Diocese; to attend the annual College of Canons meeting and to gather as a College to ‘elect’ a new diocesan bishop when the name is announced by the Crown. 

Bainton has the smallest population in our Benefice and yet God has called out three people in recent years to licensed ministries: firstly Mary Gowers as a Licenced Lay Pastoral Minister; then Su Fletcher as a Reader and Mary Hanna, who first became a Chaplain at Edith Cavell Centre in Peterborough Hospital and now a Lay Canon. Each of them had to undertake study and each of them gives generously of their time and skills to our churches.

Bainton Church has a real reason to celebrate! Revd Canon Margaret 

Home Communion

If you or someone you know is unable to attend church and finds themselves housebound but would like to receive Communion at home please contact the Priest in Charge, Dave Maylor who will organise Communion to be brought to you by either Dave or one of our Licensed ministers. Yours with every blessing for this new year. The benefice of Barnack with Ufford, Bainton, Helpston and Wittering

Dave Maylor 01780 740234

Coffee Morning Saturday 19th January 2019 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!        

LIGHT PARTY!! (Alternative Halloween)

Richard Morrison who founded the charity CROPS (Christian Options in Peterborough Schools) and who has spent many years working with youngsters, has agreed to run a Light Party in the village as an ‘alternative’ Halloween event.  This will be held in the Village Hall on 31st October.  More news on this later …

2019 Barnack Fun Run -  Saturday 27 April – Save the date!

Banish those winter blues and get training for the annual Barnack Fun Run!  The event features 2.5k and 5k races and a Schools Challenge where Barnack School compete against other local schools.

On behalf of the Barnack School Association, thank you to all those who support and accommodate this event every year.   This year our thanks go to Barnack Parish Council, Barnack Church, Barnack Cricket Club, Millstone Pub, Walcot Hall and Adam Frost Garden School.  All these organisations and businesses are either actively supporting the event or accommodating the impact of the road closures.  It really is a village affair to be proud of!    This year there will be a slight route change which will see road closures in School Road, Millstone Lane, Main Street and Jack Haws Lane between 1.30pm-3pm.  There will also be restricted traffic movements along Bishops Walk/Canons Drive.  Residents on affected roads will receive reminders through their door closer to the event. 

Last year, as well as providing a fantastic sporting opportunity for over 300 runners aged 3 to 70+, the race also raised a much needed £1,000 for Barnack school so thank you.

Information on entries and volunteer positions will be published in future editions of the Parish News, but if you have any questions in the meantime please email Sereena Davey on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Church Pews - a response

I welcome Doris Hamilton’s article on church pews in the December issue of the parish magazine. She mentions that Norwich Cathedral has removed their pews and replaced them with ‘chairs’. Doris goes on to say that in Barnack she understands that the church is replacing its pews with chairs. Firstly, my understanding is that an application to remove only a percentage of pews at the rear of the church will be made. For clarity, a change such as this can only be made providing a ‘Faculty’ has been granted which requires an application to Chancellor of the Diocese by the Diocesan Advisory Committee. Approvals are only given after the strictest of reviews to the request.

Pews actually only really came into being from the 16th century onwards. The main reason was that services, and sermons in particular, at that time could go on for hours and hours. Actually, these were not the first seating furniture as seats were often put round the wall of a church and it was later that they were brought into the centre of the church. Initially these were moveable benches without backs and only became fixed furniture at a later date. Interestingly when pews were first introduced churches could often not afford them so they were paid for by wealthy parishioners in in some cases they had doors and locks so other people could not use them.

So, I hope that Doris can be comforted by the fact that pews (in general) are a fairly recent introduction and indeed we know from the Bible that many activities, including money lenders, used to go on in the main part of a church or temple building. Actually, she only mentions Norwich Cathedral, but I think she will find that most Cathedrals general have moveable seating – including Peterborough Cathedral. Bernard Kane


An invitation is extended to all to join us for our first ever regular ‘Sing Along’ slot on Wednesday 30th January.  It is hoped that this is something that will run throughout the year on the last Wednesday of the month, every other month.

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!    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.  We have a wonderful team of helpers but there’s always room for one more!  If you would be willing to assist in any way, or bake an occasional cake, please speak to Carol (740438). 

Coffee Stop is run by Barnack Church with (much appreciated) assistance from others in our community.

Friends of Barnack Church 

200 Club.

Recent winners have been,


£20  No.30   C & J Fotheringham

£10  No.168 R. Graham 

£5    No.18   D. Martin


£20  No.136 D. Gilbert

£10  No.75   D. Walsh  

£5    No.170 I. Graham

End of Year Christmas Draw

£50  No.10   W. Bell

£50  No.93   R. Hackett

£25  No.53   I. Burrows


So,December 2018 marked the8th month anniversary of the new Barnack Community Association team.  We have been very grateful for all the support and positive feedback we’ve received since taking over in April and we are looking forward to the year ahead and our plans to keep improving your Hall and Sports Pavilion facilities, as well as providing community events for all of you to enjoy.

As a committee, we are particularly proud of our shiny new shed, which couldn’t have been done without Steve and his team’s skilled workmanship as well as the Parish Council’s donation which contributed to the cost. Those who use it, have all been very appreciative about much of a difference it has made to their respective groups and clubs.

The “Right Royal Party” in May, celebrating Harry and Meghan’s wedding, proved a huge success, and reminded us allhow important it is for us to join together as a Community,to celebrate such events and also have a bit of a sing alongwhilst waving a flag!

The October quiz also brought together lots of friends from all our local villages and raised a significant amount of money to help support our plans for 2019.

We would like to thank all the people who regularly give up their time to help run the various clubs and social gatherings at the Hall, without which, we would struggle to exist!

Our 2019 Calendar of Events will be published in the next edition but in the meantime….

SAVE THE DATE – Friday March 8th 2019 – Race Night, Barnack Village Hall


At St Mary’s Church Bainton on Saturday 19th January 2019. 7pm for a 7.30pm start

Come & Join the Party and hear recordings of the great music from the 1920s to the swing music of the 1960s and on to the present. Hear from Philip Richards about how the music developed and some of the stories of the great bands.  

Have some fun dancing in the aisles

Tickets are available in advance or on the night for a minimum donation of £5, which includes a complimentary drink on arrival & light refreshments during the interval.

For tickets contact Phil Richards on 749073

A bar will be open to purchase additional drinks

Congratulations to Denis Smith

Barnack resident Denis Smith has just returned from Belgium after taking part in the World Masters  Cyclocross Championships, at Zilvermeer, Mol. 

Denis was in the age group 75+ and raced to first place and won the coveted Rainbow Jersey plus Gold Medal by nearly two minutes from the European Champion.