News and Events Feb 2010

Change to Collectors for Parish News
Please could all contributions for the Parish News be emailed direct to the editor (on the email at the back of the magazine) rather than to village collectors. Anyone who does not have email may still post contributions through the door of the village collector, but all emails should be sent to the editor direct please. Thank you. Lisa


Barnack Church Notes

A Happy New Year to you all.
It is a while since we up-dated you regarding progress on the Open Door Project – the installation of a toilet and servery in the church.
Thank you to everyone who has made a donation or who has been involved in fund-raising; we now have £17016 in the kitty, a fantastic achievement. We still have £33,000 to raise, so 2010 will be another active year.
So far, we have completed some of the preparatory work, involving re-locating the oak cupboards at the back of the church, repairing the plaster-work and applying new lime-wash finish to the repaired walls. We are now looking at ways of lime-washing the whole church, which has not been undertaken for many years.
We have also started to improve the crèche area, and Children’s Church teachers are working hard to create a well-equipped and welcoming space.
You may have noticed that the bells have been rung for every service over Christmas, thanks to the commitment of the band of ringers – ten members at present. Stuart McCarey is now organising the next tutoring group; if you are interested in joining, please ring him on 740854, or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
In February, we will be saying good-bye to our Priest-in-charge, Canon Margaret Venables. Having extended her ministry from last July, she will be retiring, which will leave the benefice interregnum. However, Margaret will be conducting services occasionally in future, together with Rev Haydn Smart, who has also agreed to help.
The Archdeacon, who is responsible for local church organisation, has asked all the benefice to consider amalgamation with Helpston and Wittering. By re-organising in this way, our interregnum could be made shorter, and the new minister could be resident in the Barnack rectory. We will keep you informed of any further developments.
We would like to take this opportunity to express our heartfelt thanks to Margaret for her hard work, inspiration and pastoral care during her incumbency. We wish her health and happiness in her retirement.
Petrina and June (churchwardens)


Buttercross Club

The Granary was a-buzz with festivity last month when the Buttercross Club’s Xmas party merged with Bainton Pub Night for the first time. The array of food provided for the buffet was mouth-watering and the mulled wine was greatly appreciated by all. Our thanks go to Kitty Hardy and the girls from King’s School choir who led the carols and to Sheila and Michael Bratley for kindly providing the venue.
Our AGM will be held on Wednesday, 3rd February; also Fiona Hardy will be giving us an insight into the preparation needed to run a marathon, from her extensive experience in long-distance running and walking. JJ


Village Ladies’ February 010

We hope you had an enjoyable Christmas and New Year.
Our next meeting will be January the 26th and we have a member of staff from
Shaws Coaches talking about visits, holidays and experiences, please feel free to come and join us, we meet at Ufford Village Hall at 7-45 pm.
On Tuesday the 23rd of February we hope to go for a lunch-time meal at the Lady Anne’s hotel in Stamford, the time will be 12-15pm for 12-30pm,we will be taking names of those interested at our January meeting.
Tuesday the 23rd of March is our AGM however we try to keep it as short as possible to allow for a speaker, this year we have another visit from the East Anglian Air Ambulance which has been our charity for 2009/10 and we will present them with a cheque for approximately £300, A big Thank You to speakers, members and visitors who all contributed so generously to our cause, The meeting will start at 7-45pm at Ufford Village Hall, guests are most welcome.


RSPCA Blanket Collection Thanks

Thanks to everyone who left blankets by my back door, I had an overwhelming response and they were very gratefully received by the RSPCA. They thank the people from Barnack who kindly donated. Laura Woollard


February Quiz.

Why don’t you and seven of your friends come along and put your general knowledge to the test on Saturday 27th February, at the Village Hall, 7.30pm, quiz starts at 8pm. Bring your own drinks and refreshment. Tickets £5.00 per person available from Tessa Jackson on 740127, Proceeds go towards new equipment for the children’s corner in St John Baptist Church, Barnack. If you can’t make up a team, but would like to come along we will match you up on the night.


Barnack Bowls Club

The winners of the January draw were:
No 1 Ann Butland £25
No 68 Bill Harris £15
No 11 Robin Logue £10


Barnack Methodist Chapel
Our first Coffee Morning of 2010 will be held on Saturday, 6 February at the usual time of 10 am to 11 am and we very much hope to see you there.


A Message from Sheila Dalton:
A rather belated thank you to all the kind people who sent me Get Well Cards and good wishes after I fell and broke my hip. I am pleased to say I am making a good recovery and hope to be out and about again when the weather improves.


Doreen Rice

Alan Rice and family would like to thank everyone who has supported us recently after the sad loss of Doreen. It was a real help to know that so many people were thinking of us and were there for us. We received so many lovely messages and we have some lovely memories.


Working Together for Wildlife

Can you believe it is only 4 months since that inspirational “Bugs Life” evening at Barnack? Think back to that long, sunny autumn when we marvelled at all the berries in the hedgerows and wondered why we saw so few birds in our gardens. They certainly came back to us in January!
The parishes in Barnack Ward will continue to co-operate to create wildlife corridors within and between the villages and will send out details of a workshop day, another evening meeting and hedge and verge surveys in due course. Suggested projects which you could start now include:
1. Make a list of all the different kinds of birds you have seen in your garden each month. The children might also like to help us with this. Please include your name, age if you are still at school, and the name of your village. Send all lists at the end of each month to Frieda, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that a summary can appear Parish News.
2. In due course, make a list of the butterflies you see each month, and if possible their food sources.
3. Try to set aside a patch of your garden for wildlife.
4. Let your parish council representative know if you would like to take part in next summer’s surveys. After initial training to co-ordinate the work, each group of volunteers will be able to decide exactly when and how often they do their surveys. The number of volunteers and the amount of time they can offer will determine what we can achieve in each parish.
We would like to hear from you, particularly about your gardens. Please share your experiences.
To achieve all our aims we need your ongoing support. Please contact your parish councillors with further suggestions or offers of help.
Ashton and Bainton: Zena Coles 01780 740550 Barnack: June Woollard 01780 740276 Helpston: Syd Smith 01733 252903 Southorpe: Nick Lodge 07836 514675 Ufford: Frieda Gosling 01780 740343


Fair Trade Sunday
Both Barnack and Bainton Parish Churches have recently pledged to become Fair Trade churches – this means we will only serve fairly traded tea and coffee and will support Fair trade whenever possible as well as educating ourselves about Fair trade. To this end we will have a speaker at our Services on 7th February who will also answer questions. Anyone not a regular church member is more than welcome to attend at Bainton at 9.00 am or Barnack at 10.15 am.
Well Done Peter Farrer!
A few inches of snow and it is a good excuse to give up: schools close, roads become impossible, the trains stop; yet every week day Peter delivers our papers without fail, all before dawn. Well done Pete. Roger Browne
60’s & 70’s Disco
Barnack Village Hall 7.30pm on January 30th. Tickets are £6 to include light refreshments. Available from the PO
Friends of Barnack Church
Congratulations to all those who were successful in the End of Year/Christmas Draw. The winners were as follows:
£100 No. 126 Mr. A. Knight
£50 No. 168 Mr. R. Graham
£50 No. 9 Mrs. M. Creswell
£50 No. 129 Mrs. E. Venables
£50 No. 14 Mrs. G. Bunce
£5 No. 116 Mrs. L. Pollock
£20 No. 30 Mr. C. Fotheringham
£10 No. 1 Mrs. A. Butland
£5 No. 63 Mrs. V. Kettleborough


Barnack W.I.
The committee regrets that we had to cancel the January meeting because of the icy weather. As many of you will know, the car park at the Village Hall was more suited to the skills of Torvill and Dean than to us mere mortals, and our speaker had to travel from Bourne. We very much hope that the February meeting can go ahead as planned and look forward to seeing you all on Feb 9th. Please try to renew your membership on that evening. The subscription for 2010 is £29. If at all possible could you pay by cheque? This will make life easier for our hard working treasurer. Thanks. Liz Young.


Barnack Darby & Joan Club -

Members enjoyed their Christmas Lunch at Ketton Sports complex when they were entertained by Stamford U3A Singing for Pleasure Group. Presentation of the Cups for points scored in the competitions was made by Mr. John Bird. The Betty Warters Cup was won by Mrs. E. Hudson and winners of the other two cups were Mrs. R. Porter and Mrs. I Briggs. The first meeting of 2010 will be held on Wed, 10th February 2.0 p.m. at the Acres. New Members welcome.

Reading Room Celebrations.

A great weekend is being arranged to celebrate our centenary on Friday, Saturday and Sunday 21st, 22nd and 23rd May. More details later - watch this space. Over many years one of the social events held in the Reading Room was a Whist Drive. The late Mrs. Scott Ward held these on a regular basis to raise money for Stamford Hospital. Her son Bob continued organising these for many years for Reading Room Funds and various Charities. The Christmas Drive was the highlight of the year in Bainton.
The Committee are, therefore, reinstating the Whist Drive (one night only) and on Friday, 16th April a Progressive Whist Drive will be held in the Reading Room. More details will be give in the next issue.