News and Events March 2019

Barnack and Pilsgate Neighbourhood Plan Questionnaire

Barnack Parish Council has appointed a Working Group that is drawing up a Neighbourhood Plan, with the aim of giving local people more influence over future development in the area.

If you live in Barnack or Pilsgate, don’t miss out on your opportunity to answer the questionnaire and to express your opinion on what should be included in the Plan. The questionnaire was circulated with the February edition of the Parish News, but the deadline for responses isn’t until March 10th. So you still have time.  

Zena Coles (01780 740550, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )can provide more paper copies. Completed questionnaires should be returned via the Barnack Parish Council letter box at the Village Hall, or to Zena at 3, Owen Close, Barnack, PE9 3EH. 

If instead you wish to complete the questionnaire electronically, you can do this by visiting

The results of the questionnaire will be displayed on the Barnack Parish Council website.

Your Community – Your Future – Your Neighbourhood Plan.


As some of you will already be aware, Barnack Community Association has taken over the ownership and responsibility for Party in the Paddock. After gathering positive feedback and support from various community groups and individuals, we are delighted to announce that this wonderful event will be taking place this year on SATURDAY 13th JULY 2019.

Steve and Shona Rickard started the concept of Party in the Paddock (PIP), back in 2016, and have worked incredibly hard for the last 3 years,along with all the PIP supporting team, to bring you this annual event.  In order to protect the event for the Barnack community, it was proposed that this event should now be managed by the Barnack Community Association (BCA), and become embedded as a community event for future years. Any funds now raised will be for the benefit of the village and community only.

This year Barnack Church will be joining forces with the BCA to support PIP, instead of running their own Church Fete and Barnack Primary School are also on board to support the event.

In addition to this joint effort, Party in the Paddock is totally dependent on the support from YOU: residents of Barnack and neighbouring villages. It can only take place if a significant number of volunteers can be generated – not only on the day, but the weeks and months leading up to the event, with all the organising and planning required.   This is OUR event to come together and we encourage you to help and shape it to the event you look forward to each year 

Key jobs requiring support are clearing and maintenance of the paddock; generating advertising and sponsorship for the event; planning the stalls, children’s games and activities; running the entertainment programme on the day; setting up the infrastructure for the event ie. Marquees, staging, catering equipment; running the food and refreshment tents,as well as a number of other key jobs on the day.

The Horticultural Show will also be running again this year alongside PIP, and this event has been brilliantly managed by Debra Martin in previous years. Debra is continuing to the lead this event, but will require several volunteers to support her in organising entries and preparing the marquee

If you are keen to be involved either in the run-up or on the day and happy to volunteer for a job – however small – we would love to hear from you. We are very grateful to all those who have already offered their time and support – you are on the list,so stand by for a phone call!

To contact the BCA team, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact Sally Hullock: 07795 565658 or Debra Martin: 01780 740048

In other BCA NEWS!

•A BIG BIG THANK YOU to Michelle Goodwin, who has stepped down from her role as Hall Manager. Michelle has been instrumental in ensuring the Hall is always tidy, stocked and suitably prepared for all the different events that take place within it. She has managed all the regular club/group bookings as well as the external ad-hoc enquiries - it’s no mean feat keeping track of all those key holders! Michelle has been a key member of the team and always been highly efficient and organised in everything she has done. Thank you Michelle and enjoy your new found time with the family!

In the interim, Sally Hullock and Debra Martin will share the role and bookings can still be made via the same email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact Sally Hullock 07795 565658 or Debra Martin 01780 740048

•Race Night – Friday March 8th – SOLD OUT


•The Barnack Variety Show – Saturday 14th September – do you have a secret talent?? – look out for more detail in future Parish News editions!

Launde Abbey programme of events

Launde Abbey is the Diocesan Retreat House shared between the Diocese of Peterborough and the Diocese of Leicester. 2019 sees the 900th anniversary of the founding of the original priory at Launde, and there will be a weekend of events at Launde Abbey to mark this milestone from Friday 21st to Monday 24th June.

The programme of events will be as follows:

Friday 21st June: David Newman, Warden of Launde Abbey since March 2017, will give his acclaimed performance of The Gospel of Mark.

Saturday 22nd June (daytime): ‘The Big Celebration’ – a service led by the Bishops of Leicester and Peterborough, followed by an open-air hog roast and an afternoon full of events – from archery to walks and from tours to re-enactments. 

Saturday 22nd June (evening): Gala Dinner with guest speaker Adrian Plass.

Sunday 23rd June (daytime):  Classical Concert in the gardens, followed by a sumptuous cream tea. 

Sunday 23rd June (evening): ‘Choirs Together’ – a special celebration Evensong led by the choirs of Leicester and Peterborough Cathedrals, who will be singing together for the first time.

Monday 24th June: Remembering Cromwell – A unique conversation between Hilary Mantel (author of Wolf Hall) and Diarmaid MacCulloch (author of Thomas Cromwell: A Life) about Reformation England, the life of Cromwell and the place of Launde in that incredible story.

For more information and to book, please contact Launde Abbey on 01572 717254, visit its website at or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Ufford Bridge Lunch

There will be a bridge lunch in Ufford Village Hall on Friday 3rd May 2019 at 10 for 10 30 in aid of St Andrews Church Wall Repair. Tickets are £17 to include lunch and a glass of wine. Raffle. Car parking at St Andrews Church. Tickets available from Sally Hudson 01780 740475 or sallyhudson This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A Musical date for your diary!

Saturday 27 April, 7.30pm at St John the Baptist, Barnack. The Stamford Concert Singers will be performing  ‘Favourites from Musical Theatre!’ to support the church heating project Tickets £10 each including interval refreshments, available from:

Peter and Sally Hudson  T: 01780-740475

Book your tickets now!

Village Ladies

Our luncheon venue this month is The Six Bells, Witham-on-the-Hill, on 13 March, 12.30 pm.  (Joan 740 396)

Just a Thought

I have been a dog walker for more than 45 years in the ‘Hills & Holes’. Pasque flowers have bloomed naturally with other flora, birds singing in the trees - a truly beautiful and relaxing environment.

Two years ago, after prolonged sheep grazing, the footpaths became dangerous through being slippery. The last year, with the cutting of trees and the introduction of sheep and ponies along with the absence of birds, the footpaths have become a mudbath although some flora has continued to flower.

The undergrowth on the paths have become churned up making it impossible to walk safely. Recently visiting dog walkers to the site, without prompting, complained to me and said they would not return, much to my disappointment, due to the conditions of the pathways making it impassable with mud and pony droppings.

Last autumn I made observations to the tree surgeons who I respect and know they were doing their jobs as instructed.

The walkway incline from Wittering Road car park has been widened - a great improvement. I offered to pay for a handrail for the elderly as a legacy to the village, but it was not taken up due to health and safety!

I am wondering whether the recent changes have been too severe. I acknowledge what National Nature are trying to achieve but perhaps feel some of the planning needs more thought in the long term.

I was a member of the ‘Friends of Hills and Holes’ and donated annually. Unfortunately I feel we have not benefitted from the donations.

Barnack is a jewel in the crown, but to flourish it needs full support... whether villagers, visitors and my friends , human and canine.

I thought whether to write to National Nature, Barnack Parish Council.... then decided on the Parish News to see if others express their views - positive or negative.

Peter Sindall.

Bainton and Ashton Allotments

“I love Spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden”  

(Ruth Stout 1884-1980)

Welcome to the first in a series of updates about the Bainton and Ashton Allotments which have been up and running now for almost ten years. Despite initial misgivings, the allotments have gone from strength to strength. There are currently eighteen plot holders and this is the time of year when they, (affectionately known as allotmenteers) emerge like Mole from their winter hibernation, blinking in the early sunlight and wishing they had done more in the Autumn!

This year the allotment committee are providing, for a very modest rent, micro plots, measuring approx 3m x 1.25m (10’ x 4’.)  Can you be tempted? If you don’t have the time or energy for a full size plot then one of these small plots could be the answer. They are large enough to grow a row of strawberries and a row of autumn raspberries, providing you with fruit from June to October. Or, new potatoes could be planted now followed by your choice of veg for the summer months – Helpston Garden Centre offers a wide range of potatoes and vegetable seedlings, with free advice! Of course growing veg isn’t your only option, try annuals or dahlias to give you flowers for the house – with not an air mile in sight!

So if you are a Bainton or Ashton resident who is concerned about the levels of chemicals sprayed onto your fruit and veg, or you want to reduce your food miles whilst enjoying the flavour of freshly dug potatoes or freshly picked peas, come along to the allotment’s open day on March 16th between 10am to 12 noon. You will be able to have a look at a micro plot, chat to allotment holders and (hopefully) get some help with your gardening queries.

We look forward to seeing you there.

The Allotment Committee

Meanwhile here are a few gardening tips for March:

1. If you haven’t already done it, prune out any damaged or crossing branches from trees whilst they are still dormant - this should be done as soon as possible before the new buds begin to swell.

2. Hard prune your buddleia 

3. Transplant evergreens in late March when the soil is warm.

4. If you have a frost free area, pot up dahlia tubers to get them started

5. Put your feet up and enjoy reading your gardening magazines with a cuppa!

Barnack Hills & Holes Winter Update

Despite the recent cold weather there are obvious signs of spring in the air.  It won’t be long before colour returns to the Hills & Hollows, in the form of the wildflowers and orchids.

The sheep and ponies have done a fantastic job over the winter, grazing back the scrub and rank grasses.  The sheep especially, have been ravenous. They are an upland native breed (Shetland), much hardier than the commercial sheep the site has hosted before.  They not only hit the grass and scrub hard, but have been stripping the bark off the blackthorn saplings.  This grazing and the scrub management are making real inroads into restoring the sites condition to what it was before the 2nd world war, when it would have been grazed as common land and the rare wildflowers that colonise only a small portion of the reserve now, would have be prevalent throughout the reserve.

  We wish to thank you all for cooperating with keeping dogs out of the compartment with livestock in.  The livestock not being worried has certainly helped add to the success of this year’s grazing.  I look forward to seeing the results when the wild flowers begin bloom.   

By the time this month’s issue is printed, we will have installed a water pipe leading from the car park to compartment no.1 (Walcot hall/field entrance).  This was the last compartment without a mains filled trough and this will save hours during the grazing season, not having to keep the livestock watered by hand and tractor.

Steve Bighi – Reserve Warden Barnack H&H, Natural England

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. Entrance Fee for 2019 will be  £1.50 + a bit extra for the tuck shop. 

Remaining Youth Club Calendar Dates to Summer 2019 are as follows:- March 1st, 15th & 29th, April 26th, May 10th & 17th, June 7th & 21st and July 5th & 12th.

Thank You Phil Richards

Our huge thanks go out to Phil Richards for the amazing, interesting, informative and just great fun evening he gave us back in January.  When he took us on a journey through the history of the Big Band sound, it’s music and indeed the characters we know well, not so well and the ones we had never heard of but none-the-less they took their part in forming the big band sound that we have and love of today.

The clarity of the music was outstanding and filled St Mary’s, Bainton to it’s very rafters.  The lighting was also amazing and no doubt the likes of which have never been seen before in any church - I wouldn’t wonder.  With thanks then also to Graham who I know rehearsed the music and script with Phil for quite a few afternoons to ensure that it all went like clockwork on the night.  Which it did.

The script I know took hours of deliberation.  Not an easy feat to achieve - to put together some 4,000 words in such a succinct and interesting format. Our many thanks again Phil.

Onward and upward for the Vision Group of St Mary’s Bainton.  What next ?  Will Stamford Brass equal this extravaganza – come look, see and find out.

Stamford Brass 30th March 2019

7 for 7.30pm. STAMFORD BRASS ARE COMING TO ST MARY’S, Bainton Parish Church, Tallington Road, Bainton Nr Stamford, PE9 3AF

All 25 of the Stamford Brass band are to come and perform at St Mary’s parish church, Bainton on the 30th March.  Tickets are £10 in advance or £12 on the night.  It will be an outstanding evening, a night to remember.  Come for the music, come for the lights, come for the fun. 


This is a non-profit making charity currently recruiting for paid positions for Home Support workers.  Domestic to medical staff are required.  Flexible working and either full or part time positions are on offer. Phone 01780 765900 for an application form.

The charity works with the elderly and vulnerable adults and is Stamford based but the work does extend out to Bourne, The Deepings and the surrounding villages.

The charity also recruits volunteers to carry out our free services such as befriending and advocacy.  If you might be interested and have a few hours to spare a month then please call to discuss how we can work together to help give our elderly and vulnerable people the friendship and care that they so rightly deserve.

Saturday 27 April - 2019 Barnack Fun Run

Well we may not get the sunshine we did in 2018 but this year’s event is shaping up to be just as spectacular!   With medals for every single finisher and a route change to take in more of the lovely Barnack sites do come and take part.  There is a 2.5k Fun Run for all ages and abilities with fancy dress welcome, and a 5k Run for those who fancy a more challenging distance.  Early Bird entry is just £4 for children and £5 for adults.  Entry forms and information available to download from  Races  start at 2pm.

The event needs over 50 volunteers to run successfully so if you can spare some time to help out between 1pm-3pm please do contact the Race Organiser Sereena Davey on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 740630. As a reminder there will be road closures on School Road, Main Street, Jack Haws Lane and Millstone Lane between 1pm-3pm and restricted access for a short period of time on some other roads in the village.  On behalf of the Barnack School Association thank you to all those village residents and organisations that make this event possible.  THANK YOU!

The Buttercross Club 

On February 6th the Buttercross Club held its AGM in the Reading Room. Two additional Committee members were appointed which was very pleasing and the existing Committee were all re-appointed, with Sheila Bratley as Chair, Helen Fancourt as Treasurer and Georgina Beresford as Secretary. The 2019 diaries were distributed. The subscription remains at £10 per annum and anyone who wishes to join but was unable to make the meeting can do so on March 6th when our guest speaker is ‘Sophisticake’ who was the creator of the wedding cake enjoyed by Charles and Camilla. 

The business meeting was followed by a talk about her recent visit to India by Anne Harrison-Smith. She and her husband spent 6 days in Delhi and also flew to the south of India to Kerala. There were many excellent photographs illustrating what she and her husband, Chris, saw. 22 languages are spoken in Delhi. Many thousands come there to find work but there are 70,000 beggars and 36% of the population are below the poverty line. Tourism helps.

The photographs showed thronging streets and a great deal of traffic. There are 90,000 tuk tuks, 65,000 taxis and 17,000 city buses. One of their photographs showed a family on a motorbike. A small child sat at the front with the father behind him driving and the mother, holding a baby, was side saddle behind the father. Perilous! 

Anne and her husband visited the Red Fort, built in 1639, They also went to the Lotus Temple which has won awards for its architecture. It is a splendid modern building which resembles in part Sydney Opera House. It is open to all religions and has magnificent gardens. People have to observe silence there. In contrast the Sikh temple, which they also visited, was much more relaxed.  

When Chris and Anne flew on to the south they stayed with an Indian family, providing an insight into their way of life. However they also had accommodation elsewhere at different points of their stay. For example, they spent a night on a houseboat. On one side of the canal there were paddy fields but on the other there were people washing their clothes and also bathing and washing their hair. It was peaceful and the people seemed very content. There was even a floating pharmacy, a ‘bus’ stop for boats and a boat doing the school run!  They also stayed in an old colonial house on a tea plantation in the mountains. The Indians drink a lot of tea and 70% of the tea grown stays in India. The bushes are kept at a level which enables easier picking. Pickers usually collect between 100 an 120 kilograms a day for which they earn only £6. 

Other visits included one to a national park where they saw wild elephants and another to a village – a sort of sanctuary - where mistreated elephants are cared for. However, for Anne one of the main purposes of her visit to India and the highlight of her stay was her visit to the Taj Mahal. It is located in Agra, 176 km from New Delhi as the crow flies. There is a four storey high entrance and the Arabic calligraphy is the Quran. Gem stones are inlaid in the marble. The grounds are immaculate. It was built so that the fifth mogul emperor could honour his second wife and pay homage to her beauty and her life. She bore him 13 children and  died giving birth to his 13th child. 

Diary Dates:  

March 6th,  in the Reading Room, Sophisticake, Cake Maker to Royalty and who are based in Woodhall Spa. March 20th Daffodil Walk, South Gardens, Burghley. Meet at 10:45am in the Reading Room carpark or 11am at Burghley (the gates near the gift shop).

Barnack, Pilsgate and Ufford Community Speedwatch Group

Recently a group of volunteers undertook training with Cambs police in order to start a new Community Speedwatch group for Barnack, Pilsgate and Ufford. Speeding through the 20 and 30mph zones in these villages is an increasing problem and the volunteers are concerned about the safety of pedestrians, especially children. 

The purpose of the scheme is to re-educate speeding drivers, rather than penalise them. Any vehicle logged doing more than 10% +2mph over the speed limit (so 35mph or above in a 30 limit) will be reported to Cambs police and the driver will receive a letter about their speed. Repeat offenders throughout Cambs county will receive a visit from the police and potentially a penalty.

The volunteers  are due to begin some sessions shortly, using signs to announce that speed monitoring is taking place. We do not get to hear about the follow up to any information sent to the police, partly as this is deemed unnecessary and partly for data privacy reasons, however we are assured that all speeding reports are followed up.  We would love the support of the community with this scheme – so please come and chat to us if you see us, and if you wish to volunteer the police are happy to provide roadside training at one of the sessions (you then need only sign up to their indemnity insurance). There is no minimum expectation for time and commitment as a volunteer. Please also do watch your speed through the villages to set a good example to drivers from outside the community. 

For further information please contact either Barnack or Ufford Parish Council on 07595 377236.

Barnack Preschool

Children at Barnack Preschool had five chances to win a yummy cake as part of a special fundraiser.

The Barnack Preschool Bake-off is just one of a number of events being organised to raise money to revamp the book corner.

Five parents kindly donated homemade cakes and other parents bought raffle tickets for the chance to win one.

The book corner is being transformed into a fantasy garden with rainbows, clouds,  toad stall cushions and new child-friendly bookcases. 

Manager Kirsty Adams said: “We want the book corner to be a special place for our children to inspire a real love of reading and books. However, to transform this area of preschool will cost us several hundred pounds so our committee are now busy coming up with fun ways to raise the funds and this bake off is just the first.”

If you would like to donate to the preschool to help fund the new book corner then get in touch with kirsty on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01780 749355

Bainton and Ashton Pub night

The next Bainton and Ashton pub night is on Friday 8th March at the Blue Boar, Bainton, courtesy of Rob and Pam. Volunteers are required to host a pub night on the 2nd Friday of the month for the remainder of the year. Normal Bainton and Ashton pub rules apply and all welcome. See you there.


The winners of the February Draw were:

49£25Martyn Dennis

42£15Jane Elwood

97£10Eric Pridmore 

The lovely days we have had so far make us think about bowling outdoors in the summer and the Registration Morning will be held at the home of Margaret Broadbelt, 14 Saxon Road, Barnack from 10 to 12.  If you are new to the village and would like to join us come along and have a coffee and a chat.

Bainton Speedwatch

We have a small dedicated team of volunteers who man the Speedwatch sessions in Bainton.  We have to have three trained volunteers at each session.  The frequency of the sessions depends on whether we have three trained volunteers available at any one time.  We will be able to hold sessions more frequently if we had a larger pool of volunteers to draw from.

Each session usually lasts an hour and we log the details of vehicles passing at 35mph or above.  These details are emailed to the police who will write to the owners of the vehicles reminding them of their responsibility.  The details are also entered onto a national police database and drivers caught for the third time anywhere in the country or exceeding the limit by a large amount will receive a visit from the police.  The aim is not to prosecute the drivers but to educate them.  The police take notice of our reports and use them to plan enforcement sessions where they may prosecute offending drivers.

The relationship between speed and injury severity is particularly critical for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists. For example, pedestrians have been shown to have a 90% chance of survival when struck by a car travelling at 20mph or below, but less than 50% chance of surviving an impact at 30mph. Pedestrians have almost no chance of surviving an impact at 50mph.  We have recorded speeds in excess of 50mph in Bainton and regularly report vehicles travelling at more than 40mph through the village.

Please contact Cliff Stanton (01780 749123) if you would like more details.  He will arrange for you to have a short training session with the police if you would like to join us.  

It should be stressed that once trained, the volunteers only take part at times suitable to themselves.

Friends of Barnack Church 200 Club

Recent winners are -January:

£20No.73J. Sutcliffe

£10No.169J. Graham

£5No.151A. Collins


£20No.93R. Hackett

£10No.25J. Laycock

£5No.97R. Wright

Barnack W.I.

Several more ladies renewed their membership at our February meeting, taking the total so far to nearly 30. The meeting was well attended and we were rewarded by hearing an excellent talk by Mr. Jonathon Jones on his surgical work in Africa. 

Mr. Jones began by describing the career path which brought him to Peterborough City Hospital as an Orthopaedic Surgeon specialising in hand surgery. He then spoke of working in Africa in Sierra Leone, Malawi, and most recently in Uganda. Surgical teams travel regularly from Peterborough to Uganda to undertake treatment not otherwise available to patients in great need.

The team consists of the surgeon, theatre staff, physiotherapist, and others as needed, and there is no shortage of volunteers from the staff at Peterborough. Mr. Jones showed many pictures of the distressing conditions encountered and explained that sometimes treatment has to be tailored to the local situation, which for some patients would involve a longer stay in hospital than would be the case here. 

Another important facet of the work in Africa is to train local staff, surgeons and others, so that as time goes by more treatrnent is available locally. After questions Mr. Jones was thanked on our behalf by Maureen Groom and members expressed a wish to have a fundraising event to contribute to this inspiring work being carried out in Africa.



Our first ‘Sing Along’ slot at the end of January was a great success and many participated in the singing of traditional folk songs.  On that occasion a list of ‘requests’ for another time was taken so we look forward to a varied programme being offered – watch this space!  It is hoped that the Sing Along session will take place on the last Wednesday of the month, every other month.

Jill (the ‘chocolate’ lady!) from Chocoholics is visiting us again on Wednesday 20th March.  Those folk who purchased chocolate items from Jill before Christmas were impressed with the quality and presentation of the goods.  Brochures offering Easter gifts will be available at Coffee Stop in the weeks preceding Jill’s visit so you can get tempted all over again!  On this occasion there will not be items to buy on the day but Jill will be bringing samples along and taking orders.

A Saturday Coffee Stop will be taking place on 30th March (10-1pm) and will be running alongside the Table Top Sale to provide refreshments for stall holders and those popping along to pick up a bargain!  See more details elsewhere in the magazine.

New people continue to come along every week to see what Coffee Stop is all about.  Many have said what a great way it is of meeting people.  Joan and Ray said how it had helped them fit into the village when they made Barnack their home recently.

Homemade cakes, scones and tea cakes, ‘real’ coffee (plus ‘Take out’ drinks) at very reasonable prices are always available.  If people would like to see anything else being offered we will always listen to your suggestions.  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). 


Is it that time of year again when you are thinking of de-cluttering?  Instead of just thinking about it here is your opportunity to do something about moving on all those unwanted items.  

There is to be a Table Top Sale (like a car boot sale, except it is a table top!) on Saturday 30th March In Barnack Village Hall from 10-1pm.  

If you are interested in booking a table please contact Liz Young (01780 740347).  Large tables £10.00, small tables £5.00.  (For those with a table booked the hall will be open from 9.30am).

Come along to catch those bargains and enjoy refreshments at the COFFEE STOP CAFÉ which will be open all morning.

Proceeds from the ‘sale’ of the tables will support the St John the Baptist Barnack Church Heating Project.

Barnack Men’s Breakfast

The next Barnack Men’s Breakfast will be held at 8.30am Saturday 23 March in the Village Hall.  We are delighted that, this time, one of “our own” will be the speaker.  Mike Baumber will educate, illuminate and entertain us on subject of “The Policeman’s Lot”.  Please do come along and join us. 

Coffee Morning  Saturday 16th March 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!   

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 during Barnack School term time from 10am to 12 noon, so every Tuesday this month. 

The first hour is free play time with lots of toys, a slide and see-saw, home play corner, baby area, craft activity for little hands and sometimes a sensory play activity.  Recently we have added a farm set and a doll’s house for more small world play.   

Just before 11am everyone helps clear away the toys and 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 biscuit or little cake for the children.  Afterwards we go into the side room for a very short bible story and lots of action songs, with Rev Dave on 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.      

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 Sunday 10th March in Barnack Village Hall from 4pm to 5.45pm.    

We are looking forward to another busy fun filled time, there will be lots of cool, bible themed activities, crafts and games then a short very family friendly celebration service, with the bible story, songs and a prayer.   Afterwards everyone is invited to stay for a nice hot tea-time meal together, with plenty of time to chat and get to know each other.   

If you have not been before do come along and give it a try.  Everyone really welcome.  Messy Church is great for families and all who are young at heart.  There’s no charge but we welcome donations to help cover the costs.  To find out more please call Rev Dave Maylor 740234 or Julie Stanton 07885563128 or 749123.  

For your diary: April Messy Church will be the 14th - please check in next month’s magazine for where we are meeting for this Palm Sunday Messy Church.

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.

The benefice of Barnack with Ufford, Bainton, Helpston and Wittering

Dave Maylor 01780 740234.