News and Events April 2019


At 7.30pm, prompt, on Saturday evening 27 April, The Stamford Concert Singers will present a programme of music from Musical Theatre  – including such favourites as ‘West Side Story’, ‘Phantom of the Opera,’ ‘Show Boat,’ ‘Oliver!’, etc.

Ensemble and solo pieces, including classical and humorous items will make up the programme.

Tickets are £10 each, including refreshments in the interval. Buy your tickets now,from: Peter and Sally Hudson  T: 01780-740475

(Also available on the door)

Proceeds from the concert will support the St John the Baptist Barnack Church  Heating Project

‘Enjoy a fun evening whilst helping to keep the church warm next winter!’


We are once again looking for a another volunteer to help with collating the Parish News just once a year. 

It is a good excuse for a group of friends to get together over a cup of coffee to do this task and help to keep the Parish News running. 

Please contact Lisa Chadwick, the Editor 740893 if you are able to help. 

Thanks from ValErie Butcher

I really don’t know how to begin to say thank you to everyone. I have been overwhelmed with support and kindness during these last six months of George’s life. Dishes of food,shopping,flowers, etc have all helped to sustain morale and brighten this sad time.

Dozens of people have offered to help in anyway they could, this has been so appreciated by myself and our family. 

Cards of condolences have poured in since his death. He would have been astounded that so many people took the time to show they cared.

From myself and his family, Thank You everyone of you. Valerie Butcher

SHEP - Stamford Housing Essentials Project

Peoples lives can so very quickly become devastated and they can loose everything they have.  This can be down to poverty, abusive relationships, illness or social isolation.  Individuals can quite easily fall off the radar of life and become invisible to the rest of society.  

SHEP is an amazing charity scheme whereby they store household items people no longer want and then when a request comes in from the council, care agency or from us in the Evergreen Care Trust they put whatever is needed into their van and one or two of their trusty volunteers will take it around to that person who needs help in rebuilding their life.  I’ve seen first-hand how someone’s life is transformed because they now have a chair to sit on, a table to put by the side of them and a rug on the floor.  

I know they have also helped people who have had to leave abusive and violent relationships with just the clothes on their back.  Not only is it these items that transform lives but it is the care that is given that makes the difference.  Making sure that everyone realises that they are significant and that they do matter.  

If you have any household items, furniture, bedding that you no longer need please get in touch and we can store them at SHEP for the next time someone is in need of a bit of TLC, a bed, bedding or a cup and saucer. 

Su Fletcher,The Evergreen Care Trust, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 01780 765900

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 29th, April 26th, May 10th & 17th, June 7th & 21st and July 5th & 12th

Give us back our ‘Hills and Holes’

I commend Peter Sindall for his article on the ‘Hills and Holes’. There are many dog walkers in our village and also many who come from the local area and beyond to walk and exercise their dogs in the ‘Hills and Holes’. As far as I am aware owners are generally responsible for their animals and indeed the law of the land can readily deal with transgressors should it be necessary. It is a tragedy that many of those who enjoyed this facility are now unable to do so because of a few horses who seem to have done more damage than good. Additionally, I know of people who have been molested by the horses. I raised a number of potential problems concerning their decision to allow this grazing including the length of time they would be there with Natural England (subsequently taken up and commented on by local councillors). This was Natural England’s reply:

Many thanks for contacting Natural England regarding Barnack Hills and Holes. The horses are indeed a new arrangement and are on site to see if we can make a better job of grazing, by supplementing the sheep with some larger animals.  The grassland, in a number of areas has been declining in condition and this action is hoped to improve the condition of the sward for the rarer plants that the site is renowned for.

We have received a number of anecdotal issues with the horses but far more positive reports and so we ask, and have asked that any issues be noted in detail and passed onto me of other NE staff.

I regret that it seems communication has been an issue and we are seeking to resolve this as a priority.  The site is Open Access under the CROW Act and as such dogs are welcome but must be kept under close control and on a short lead during Spring and when near grazing animals.  However, because of the issues we have had with dogs worrying sheep on a daily basis we are now asking the public not to enter the grazing compartments with dogs.  The rest of the site remains open for all.

The horses belong to a local grazier and no money is changing hands for this agreement.  Currently the trial is for the Autumn and Winter and we are monitoring the grassland during this period.  Your final question as regards any injury would depend on the circumstances of any incident, but can I please reiterate my earlier point of getting detailed reports of any issues as soon as anyone becomes aware of something having taken place.

Many thanks again for your enquiry and please do not hesitate to contact me further.

Winter is now past, thank goodness, and Spring is round the corner and so our Local Council should now raise these points with Natural England and ask them, particularly as no payment is being made, when the full facilities of site can be returned to the public for their enjoyment. We recognise that sheep will continue to graze but these areas are normally fenced off and dogs can have their free exercise in non-grazing areas of the site.

Bernard Kane

Ufford Quiz night success!

Thanks to all those who attended the quiz night in Ufford Village Hall at the start of March. We had a full house and some competitive teams making it a close contest.

The event raised £600 towards Ufford Village Hall expenses. Thank you for your support.

Ufford Open Gardens 2019

This year Ufford will be opening some of its gardens on Saturday 8th June. 

Please save the date - more information coming soon!

Village Ladies

Our Luncheon venue for this month is The Slater at Collyweston on 10 April at 12.30 pm.  (Joan 740 396)

Men’s Breakfast

The fourth Saturday of April is the 27th, so that’s the date for the next Barnack Men’s Breakfast in the Village Hall.  

We are delighted that Andrew Walker, who is now the Secretary of the Central Readers’ Council, will talk on “Not all Accountants are Boring!”  Trained originally as a mathematician, he was later an accountant and management consultant for many years, as well as being a Licenced Reader in the Peterborough Diocese.  

Please do come along at 8.30am for the usual: a hearty breakfast, great company and an inspiring talk.  Newcomers will be particularly welcome!

A jewel in Barnack’s crown?

Like Peter Sindall who wrote in last month’s magazine I have been walking my dogs on Hills and Holes for many years. It has always been a pleasure... until this year. There used to be trees in many places, a regular group of people walking their dogs who often provided company for those who otherwise lived on their own and spoke to no-one else during the day. The dogs had plenty of exercise playing together and were able to walk freely around all four of the areas, only avoiding places corded off for the varieties of wild flowers to grow and be photographed by visitors from far and wide.

Now it is very different: today, for example, I avoided the first gate as I knew the sheep who have been grazing since September had recently been moved from that field which would therefore be full of their excrement. I arrived at the next gate to see a notice telling me to keep the dogs on a lead as the ponies were grazing there. Somewhat annoyed I continued to the next field to find the ponies had moved again and were standing by the gate. This was after the day before when I had to retreat when I found the ponies in another unexpected place their hooves having ploughed up much of the ground and there were again piles of horse manure… I found no-one to speak with and my dogs remained on lead and just had to be walked round the village pavements. 

Quite simply the whole of this well recognised part of the countryside has been spoiled. I would even suggest vandalised. The ground is covered in twigs where many trees have been culled, there are pits where the larger branches have been burned, muddy tracts where heavy machinery has been used. In fact the whole area is a mess and no longer a beautiful amenity for the village. Visitors are few, children are unable to run about and friendships have been lost, dogs have lost a place to run and play. How the claim that this is to encourage wild flowers to grow I find impossible to believe. The pasque flowers were increasing in number, now they will find it hard to push through the muck before being trampled by hooves.

I hope common sense will prevail, the ponies found a more suitable place to graze and the whole area rested from sheep, so the ground can recover and the amenity restored to villagers. Margaret Venables


The winners of the March Draw were:

18£25Sue Chowings

15£15John Taylor

13£10Pat Gyles 

Hills & Holes - Consultation

Proposed Access Restriction on Hills & Holes

Barnack Holes and Hills NNR: Consultation on a proposed long-term direction to restrict access under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, case number 2018118766

Natural England proposes to give a direction to restrict access on CROW access land. As this restriction is likely to be in place indefinitely NE are consulting you on the proposal, as required by regulations.

The consultation summary and consultation map can be found on Citizen Space  If you wish to submit any comments on the above proposed direction please send them by 5th April to:

Sarah Haigh, Lead Adviser, Statutory Access Team (Coastal Access, Open Access & National Trails) Natural England, Worcestershire County Hall, Spetchley Road, Worcester, WR5 2NP

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Parish News Editor


Many thanks to everybody who responded to our Neighbourhood Plan questionnaire. We received replies from 98 people, 40 of whom used the on-line facility.

We are currently analysing the results. People living in Barnack and Pilsgate will find an insert in the May edition of the Parish News, showing the level of community support for each proposal in the questionnaire.

For more information about our Neighbourhood Plan contact Zena Coles ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

Margaret Palmer, Chair, Barnack Neighbourhood Plan Working Group


All the tables have now been sold for the Table Top Sale so there should be plenty of bargains to pick up on SATURDAY 30th MARCH in BARNACK VILLAGE HALL from 10-1pm

Enjoy refreshments at the COFFEE STOP CAFÉ which will be open all morning.  For information please contact Liz Young (01780) 740347.

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

Barnack’s very own Spring Fair

The village of Barnack is to see it’s very own Spring Fair being held for the first time on Saturday 4th May from 10am – 4pm. It’s organisers, Zoë Noyes and Megan Epperson, have been busying themselves since the beginning of the year planning the event, ensuring it has an appealing brand identity and reaching out to local artisans, crafters and small businesses to take up a stall and sell their products and produce. 

Zoë wanted to ensure that what was being sold was of exceptional quality, to attract plenty of customers and make the day a success; something she feels she has achieved with brands such as Orange Pippin, Hunters Interiors, Amanda Caroline Couture, Lisa ArmitageSkincareand her own Zoë Noyes Photography supporting the event alongside many other fantastic crafts people.

The event has been organised to raise money for and awareness of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust as well as the Barnack Community Association in helping to preserve the village hall. Zoë & Megan have spent some time working on who to support in their fundraising efforts and decided on a subject which was associated with wildlife. 

Megan said “Bumblebees are an important and cherished component of our biodiversity and several species are threatened with national extinction. Our commoner bumblebee species contribute significantly to our economy through the ecosystem service that their pollination of crops provides. Pollination is vital for many of the nation’s wild plants and it helps to maintain affordable five-a-day fruit and vegetables. Bumblebees also support the wider ecosystem by pollinating a diversity of wild plant species”. 

The day will also see a special café area which is bound to be buzzing, raffle tickets available to purchase with prizes supplied by each of the stallholders, a plant stall selling bee friendly plants and a couple of food & drink stands to ensure people are fuelled to spend some money. The fair will take place in the village hall on School Road, parking will be available and signposted in the village and further information can be found on Facebook (Barnackspringfair), or by contacting Zoë & Megan on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Barnack Fun Run and Schools Challenge - Saturday 27 April
Races at 2pm. This fantastic annual event is nearly upon us, and while it is anyone’s guess whether we will get the spectacular sunshine we had in 2018, it is sure to be a great afternoon out! 
The invitation only Schools Challenge race sees pupils from Barnack School compete against other local schools as they race to retain the girls and boys team trophies they won last year.  The Fun Run races are over a choice of 2.5k and 5k distances around the streets and fields of Barnack with a medal for ALL finishers. Fancy dress, and all ages and abilities very welcome.   
Early bird entries are just £4 per child and £5 per adult before Friday 5 April.  Prices go up on race day so don’t leave it too late to enter!  Further details and entry forms can be found at or email Sereena Davey on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call on 740630.  
 As mentioned in previous editions, there will be road closures from 1.30pm-3pm on School Road, Main Street (from Orchard Road entrance back towards School Road), Millstone Lane and Jack Haws Lane.   There will also be restricted movements on Bishops Walk, Canon Drive, Kingsley Close, Owen Close, Allerton Close and Saxon Road, but this will only last for less than in previous years, due to a route change.  All affected residents will receive notifications through their doors and we thank everyone in advance for their patience and support.
The organising team would like to thank again everyone who helps with this event.  It is a true village affair and thanks go to Barnack Parish Council, Barnack Church, Barnack Cricket Club, Barnack Community Association, Millstone Pub, Walcot Hall, Adam Frost Garden School and all the many residents who support or take part.
At the time of writing Coffee Stop anticipates its second visit from Jill Pybus(Barnack’s very own ‘chocolate’ lady!) from Chocoholics on Wednesday 20th March.  We hope this is a successful event for Jill and that folk will enjoy the samples that Jill will be bringing along.
The second ‘Sing Along’ will be taking place on Wednesday 27th March when our entertainers hope to include some of the requests from last time.  The Sing Along session takes place on the last Wednesday of the month, every other month.
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.
How lovely to see one of our regular clientele choosing Coffee Stop for an informal Birthday get together with her friends recently, they have promised a return visit for the Sing Along.
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).  
Thank you to everyone who contributes towards making Coffee Stop happen.
Concert by The Fenland Consort in Barnack Church
Saturday evening, 25 May 2019 at 7.30 pm
The Fenland Consort consists of 7 musicians based in the South of Lincolnshire.
 So far they have played in more then 20 different places in Lincolnshire. The players are active in the surrounding orchestra such as Boston Symphony Orchestra, Stamford Chamber Orchestra and City of  Peterborough Symphony Orchestra.
Come for an evening of a variety of music: well-loved classical and instrumental jazzy and folk song music. On the programme movement from  Vivaldi’s concerto for violin and cello, Gershwin’s “Walking the Dog” “Folk Song Suite” by John Hollins, Shostakovitch Valse from “Jazz Suite no. 2”, and much more.  A feast to listen to!
The Fenland Consort plays a variety of instruments in different ensemble combinations: flutes, violins, viola, cello, double bass, piano / harpsichord.
Tickets £7.50 (including refreshmenmts); under 18s free of charge. Tickets in advance or at the door: Call 01780-740267 or 01780-749420
All profits will go to church funds for acquiring a heating system in the church!
Coffee Morning Saturday 20thApril  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 enjoy time for a chat with friends and for making new ones. Do come along and join us!    
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
The Buttercross Club
On Wednesday, 6th March, our speaker was Dawn Blunden who, since 2003, has owned a small bakery in Woodhall Spa called ‘Sophisticake’ where she specialises in making the most wonderfully decorated cakes. Her talk was both informative and very amusing. She learnt her trade by spending two and a half years at night school, although judging from the cakes she produces, she clearly is naturally very artistic and a perfectionnist. She brought along her own television so we were able to see images of her work. For example, her step daughter wanted a feathery wedding cake so Dawn created a wonderful cake covered in white edible feathers which seemed to float in the air but which, within, was chocolate cake with chocolate ganache. 
Her proudest moment was when her son encouraged her to tender for the privilege of making the wedding cake for Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles. She was in competition with some well known cake bakers such as Jane Asher. She was thrilled to receive the commission. The cake was assembled and finished in the Methodist church in Woodhall Spa. It was intricately decorated in white icing with symbols significant to the Royal family. She had just four and a half weeks to make it (plus 1600 small cakes). 2500 slices would eventually have to fit into small commemorative tins to be sent out to people who did not attend the wedding. She received one herself. Her bakery is small so she availed herself of a friend’s bigger bakery facilities in Hunstanton in Norfolk in order to bake the cake. We were shown the thank you letter, written by the prince himself, and of which she is justifiably proud. 
Her success at this important commission is reflected in the subsequent commissions she has received from the Royal Family – providing fruit cake for the gift shop at Highgrove, making the topping decoration for the Queen’s  80th birthday chocolate cake, creating the Duchess of Cornwall’s 60th birthday cake and also one for the christening of  the Duchess’s grandchild. One of her most notable royal commissions was for Prince Charles’s 60th birthday when she was asked to produce a facsimile of part of the Highgrove garden. It was the same size as the wedding cake but with half the depth. It was a veritable tour de force. More recently she made a birthday cake for Prince Charles  when he was entertaining 70 inspirational people to afternoon tea to celebrate his 70th birthday. She was invited but was too busy to attend. However, she was pleased to receive two minutes of fame on Look North two days later! 
Diary Dates: 3rd April,  in Bainton Reading Room, Martin Chillcott on John Clare Countryside. This is an open meeting; guests are most welcome for just £2 to cover tea/coffee and biscuits.
Bainton and Ashton Allotments
 “Sweet April showers do spring May flowers”   (from a poem A Hundred Good Points of Husbandry published in 1557 by Thomas Tusser, 1524 - 1580)
Exercise. Whether you love it or loathe it, we need to do it according to the latest health advice.
If you are one of the many people who are full of good intentions to do more but are continually putting it off, have you thought about incorporating your exercise by gardening or renting an allotment?
The health benefits of gardening are greater than first realised. Working in a garden or on an allotment can have a positive impact on physical and mental health, so much so that GPs are now recommended to ‘prescribe’ gardening to help with many health conditions. 
However, does the thought of all the work needed to own an allotment put you off having a go?
Surprisingly, cultivating an allotment isn’t necessarily all about hard work. Digging for example is still an option but new thinking has proven that often it is best not to dig as it can disrupt the natural structure of the earth and damage the fragile balance of microsystems which are essential to healthy soil. And the same applies whether cultivating your garden or allotment or growing vegetables or ornamental plants.
Regular, moderate exercise can be just as beneficial as jogging or visiting the gym once a week. However, if you want to put in the physical effort and fancy a good workout then there is the challenge of turning that compost heap! But it’s not for the faint hearted! To make your own compost is so rewarding - it costs nothing, it provides natural nutrients for your soil and contains no chemicals. Plus you will have earned that cream cake and can enjoy it with a clear conscience!
But what about other health benefits? Well the obvious one is the end result. You will be producing vegetables which will be freshly harvested, not stored in a supermarket warehouse for days (even weeks) before going on sale, losing vital nutrients. Plus they will be organic - no chemicals added unless you choose to do so. Having your own regular supply of vegetables or fruit will encourage you to look at ways of using the surplus (and yes, you will have a surplus - ask any beginner who has enthusiastically planted several courgette plants at the beginning of the season). This means you will soon be enjoying your five a day, if not more.
So if you have a yen to have a go at growing your own veg whether it be on an allotment or in your garden, give it a try. You will be producing organic fresh vegetables, increasing your exercise levels and promoting that all important sense of well being. 
And all at the fraction of the cost of a gym membership!
If you would like to know more about renting an allotment, please contact the allotments secretary:-  Malcolm Morrice,  email:- This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Gardening Tips for April
  • Mow lawns when necessary and when the weather allows
  • Apply a combined lawn feed, weed and moss killer if required
  • Remove the dead flower heads from daffodils and tulips, 
  • apply a balanced fertilizer of liquid feed
  • Spray roses with a combined insecticide and fungicide 
  • Now is an ideal time to plant new evergreen shrubs
  • Prune early spring-flowering shrubs like forsythia
  • Sow salad crops such as radish, lettuce and beetroot.