News and Events May 2010

During the interregnum, the church wardens are your first point of contact for all church matters. Please feel free to contact them:
CHURCH WARDENS: Barnack June Woollard 740276 and Petrina McCarey 740854
Ufford Peter Hudson 740475 and Pam Chance
Bainton Michael Bratley 740269 and John Wreford 40362


Free Rabbit run
Free - outside run for guinea pigs) or small rabbit. Dimensions: 119 cm long, 61cm wide and 49cm high. Covered end.
Originally purchased from pet shop in Stamford Walk. To be collected. Tel: 01780 740527


Garden fete 2010
The Acres and Little Northfields Barnack, will this Year be on the 17th July 2010 to start at 2.0p.m
More information in JUNE Parish News.


Bainton & Ashton Allotment Association
The recent fine weather has meant a lot of activity on the new allotment site and not just from the rabbits! Allotment holders have been seen digging at all times of the day eager to get their first crops planted but there is also an element of competition creeping in. A bench has arrived on one plot and I feel this will be one of many! There is a sense of satisfaction to see the newly dug earth and is some consolation for the aching back muscles.
Meanwhile the winning numbers of the March 100 Club draw are as follows:
£50 - No: 22
£25 - No: 19
£10 - No: 76
£10 - No: 25
£ 5 - No: 31


Bainton Family Day
This will be on Sunday July 4th 2010. Everyone from the parish (and their friends) welcome as always. Lots of new stalls and family games being planned so mark your diaries now! BBQ and plenty of refreshments available.


Improved Sunday bus service
New Sunday bus service
From 16th May, Barnack and Bainton will have a new ‘Local Link’ bus service on Sundays and Bank Holidays!
An early morning service from Peterborough to Stamford will call at Bainton at 08.58, Barnack Square at 09.01 and run via Uffington, to Morrisons, Stamford hospital, leisure pool (open from 9am), and town centre.
The existing morning service to Morrisons, via Pilsgate, Stamford town centre and the leisure pool, will call at Bainton at 10.47 and Barnack Square at 10.50. The afternoon return journey will be re-timed to leave Morrisons at 14.19, giving timings that are far more convenient for a return trip to Stamford.
A new early evening service will depart Stamford town centre at 18.09 and run to Barnack and Bainton via Morrisons and Uffington.
The same vehicle operates other routes during the day, so a wide range of return journeys are possible. For example, morning services to Stamford continue to Peterborough via Wittering, Wansford, and Castor.
Over 60s travel free with bus pass and great value ‘all day’ and family tickets are available.
Why not use the new service to combine a swim at the leisure pool with a trip to the town centre for shopping and Sunday lunch, or a visit to Morrisons?
Please call at Barnack Village Stores for a copy of the full timetable.


Hunger Lunch
Very many thanks to all who supported the Hunger Lunch in Holy week. Donations on the day and afterwards amounted to £188. This was divided between Hope and Homes for Children, a charity which cares for children orphaned by war or natural disaster, and Family Care which works with vulnerable families in the Diocese of Peterborough. To the latter amount was added £41 taken from the Family Care jar in Barnack Church to which people contribute offerings of loose change on Sunday mornings, so that a cheque for £135 has been sent to Family Care. We are most grateful to all who gave so generously. Elizabeth Young and Jose Irving-Bell.


Barnack W.I.
At the April meeting final arrangements were made for the Clare Group meeting which Barnack is hosting on April 22nd. The Clare Group consists of the Institutes from Barnack, Helpston, Glinton and Northborough and joint meetings are held twice a year. At our own meeting this month the speaker was Nigel Adams who works as a volunteer with LIVES, Lincs Integrated Voluntary Emergency Services. He and Katherine, his colleague from Stamford, explained how they work as First Responders when a 999 call is received and how they often “hold the fort” until the ambulance arrives. They demonstrated the equipment they carry and described some situations where their presence had been crucial in supporting people who had collapsed or been injured. There were many questions after which they were thanked by Beryl Burrows. The next monthly meeting is on May 11th when we meet at the Millstone Inn in Barnack for a meal and to discuss the resolution to be presented at the Annula General Meeting in Cardiff on June. Please note that this meeting will begin at 7.00pm. Elizabeth Young.


Friends of Barnack Church
The Annual General Meeting was held on March 22nd. Treasurer, John Ward, reported that we have a little over £12,000 in the Bank. It is expected that we may be asked by the PCC to contribute to the cost of repairing the high clerestory windows in Barnack Church, which will necessitate the erection of scaffolding and so we are holding funds for this purpose.
Chairman, Elizabeth Young, reminded the meeting that next year the Friends, set up to help preserve the church building, will have been in existence for twenty five years. The present committee, three of whom have served for all this time, feel that it is time to hand over organisation of the “Friends” to the next generation, and will not be seeking re-election at the next AGM. We are therefore looking for a new Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary and Journal Editor. Help from the present committee will be available to ease the transition. The alternative will be to wind up the charity, which would be regrettable as something over £50,000 has been raised during the last quarter of a century to support repairs to and maintenance of the fabric of our ancient church.
The Friends is an independent charity whose sole function is to assist in maintaining the building and is entirely separate from the PCC and other church authorities. You do not have to be a church member, just have an interest in continuing to help caring for this lovely building.
If anyone reading this is interested in becoming involved with the Friends of Barnack Church please speak to me or to John Ward. Elizabeth Young, Chairman.
200 Club winners for March
£20 Mr. J. Sutcliffe
£10 Miss H. Morrice
£5 Mrs. B. Hooper


Bainton & Ashton Junior Church Club
When ? 2nd May, then 1st Sunday of
each month at 10am
Where? St. Mary’s Church, Bainton
Who? All children 10 and under
Parents and carers welcome
What? Activities, games, stories, fun!
Drinks and nibbles
Do come along, meet friends and join in.
Any queries, please contact Mary on 740097


Barnack Methodist Chapel
We will be back to holding our Coffee Morning and Cake Stall on Saturday,
1 May at the usual time of 10 am to 11 am and we look forward to seeing you there.
You are also warmly invited to join us at our Chapel Anniversary Service which will be held on Sunday, 9 May at and will be led by the Rev Gordon Tooth. Do come if you can.
On Sunday, 23 May, we will be hosting another Ecumenical Service entitled Pentecostal Praise which will be led by Rev A Fyall. This will be followed by light refreshments and will be another opportunity for all the denominations to join together on this special day.


Bainton Neighbourhood Watch
Following our previous advert, we have had a good response to volunteers for Neighbourhood Watch. So far, villagers have promised to look after Barnack Road, Badinton Lane, Ufford Road, Church Lane and St. Mary’s Close. There are still some bits of Bainton not yet covered, so please do volunteer by ringing Tony on 740097 if you can help.
What happens is that the police send regular emails on what crime is taking place locally, this will be distributed by email to local volunteers who then warn those who may be a possible target. Sometimes that means calling or ringing some of your neighbours. Other things also happen, such as encouraging all villagers to be on the look out for suspicious things happening and generally being vigilant.
The crime statistics in Bainton are very low- let’s keep it that way!


Barnack Community Association
This is to advise all Residents of Barnack and Pilsgate that the Community Association will be holding its A.G.M. in the Village Hall on May 20th at 19.30. Further details will be seen on the notice boards and in the Post Office.
The Village Hall plays an important role in the life of the Village, form Polling Station to Birthday Parties and all of the other activities that take place there. With the potential building of a new Cricket Pavilion these facilities will be extended for the benefit of the Village
Clearly these facilities do not run themselves, but are run by the Trustees of the Community Association Charity. Over the years many people have given freely of their time and expertise in ensuring that we have a Village Hall to be proud of, and indeed it is widely and constantly in use.
Currently two Trustees wish to retire at this A.G.M. so please consider if YOU can offer our community a little of your time in keeping this essential facility working for us all. Additionally the Chairman wishes to retire. None of the jobs are particularly onerous, the Trustees meet only four times a year. BUT if there is no committee there is no Village Hall’
Any bona fide Resident may stand for election, nominations signed by two by any other two Residents should reach the secretary Mrs Debbie Martin. Mistletoe House. Wittering Road. Barnack. 01780 PE9 3EY two weeks prior to the A.G.M. Further information can be supplied by Debbie or from the current Chairman Ian Burrows. Five Bar Gate Main Street Barnack 01780 749554 YOUR VILLAGE NEEDS YOU


Garden birds in February and March
The most frequently seen birds were: Blackbird, Blue Tit, Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Collared Dove, Dunnock, Great Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Robin, Starling, Wood Pigeon and Wren.
Occasional visitors were: Blackcap, Coal Tit, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Great Spotted and Green Woodpeckers, House Sparrow, Magpie, Pheasant, Song Thrush, Sparrow Hawk.
Buzzard, Carrion Crow, Common Gull, Cormorant, Pied Wagtail, Red Kite and Rook were seen overhead and the Skylark was heard.
Rare sightings were Reed Buntings at Barnack and Redpolls have been seen in both Helpston and Ufford, for the first time for 24 years.
It is time to look out for our summer visitors. Who saw the first swallow or heard the first cuckoo or nightingale?
Thank you for sending in your monthly records. Cameron had the longest lists once again!


Barnack Baptist Church
Holy week leading up to Easter was celebrated with a fellowship meal on Maundy Thursday and a presentation of Mark’s gospel on Good Friday. The fellowship meal was a light hearted event where we played party games and enjoyed a meal together. The mood for the Good Friday event was very different as we listened to a presentation of Mark’s gospel and considered the last days of Christ as he followed his destiny to the cross. On Easter Sunday Morning the mood changed once more as we celebrated Easter and the victory of the resurrection. The all age family service was followed by an Easter Egg Hunt in the school grounds and we were pleased to welcome a number of families to this annual event. We are now looking forward to our Summer programme when we will be following the life journey of Abraham from the Old Testament book of Genesis.


Youth Club – Barnack Village Hall 7-30 – 9-00 pm
Dates for Youth Club are Friday 30th April, 14th May and 28th May. Barnack youth Club is run by Barnack Baptist Church and is open to all young people in school years 7-11. Come along for a chat, play pool, table tennis, Wii, dance mat, craft activities and a short talk. We usually finish the evening with some optional team games.
Junior Youth Club
Junior Youth Club is to be held on Friday 23rd April from 7-00 pm to 8-30 pm in Barnack Village Hall. All young people in school year 5 and 6 are welcome. This is an opportunity to get a taste of Youth Club before going up to secondary school.


Little Lambs Toddler Group
Little Lambs meets each Tuesday morning from 10-00 to 12-00 up to 15 carers and their children meet in the Village Hall, there are lots of toys, games and books and activities for the children. We serve home- made cakes and proper coffee (for the adults!) and something healthier for the children). We have a bible story time and then lots of fun as we clear the hall of toys and the older children whizz around on tiny trikes. It is a great opportunity for carers to meet and chat and for the children to begin to explore the joys and challenges of mixing with others. Little Lambs is great fun for everyone, all are welcome. Little Lambs is run by Barnack Baptist Church.


Cool Colours Party (KS 1 + Year 4)
For all of you who enjoyed our ‘We Love Chocolate Party’, here is another opportunity to have loads more fun. We would like you to come dressed in as many colours as you can. There will be a prize for the person in the most colours. We will be playing lots of colourful games, doing some big colourful craft, having a colourful bible story, eating a snack and doing some groovy dancing!! The party is open to all children from foundation to year 4 and is on Tuesday 18th May from 5.30 to 7.00 in Barnack school hall. Come along and join in the fun.


Barnack School Fun Run
Saturday 15th May 2pm.
It’s time to get your trainers out again and get into training for the Barnack fun run! There are 2 distances to choose from 2.5km and 5km. All money raised will go towards the Barnack School Association. You can get entry forms from the school office, the post office or come along and enter on the day. The entry fee is £3 for children and £4 for adults before the day and £4 for children and £5 for adults on the day. Please come along and support this great village event.


Barnack Cricket Club starts coaching for Under 8s.
Barnack Cricket Club will be commencing Under 8 cricket coaching from May 14th for 8 weeks. Sessions are for any children from age 5 at any skill level.
The coaching will take place from 17.30 to 19.00 hrs every Friday until July 2nd, and will be run by ECB approved cricket coaches. There will be a one off fee of £5 per child to cover insurance costs and membership of the club. For parents, there is the added incentive that the bar will be open! This is a chance for Barnack to re-establish it’s youth teams and our aim is to get competitive matches from next year onwards.
If you are interested, please turn up at 17.30 on Friday, 14th May or any subsequent Friday. We will need a parent to complete a form prior to any child commencing, and the aim will be to work on the basics of cricket, improving the childrens’ knowledge and experience of cricket while providing a safe and fun environment.
If you want any further information, please contact Guy Spragg on 07973 551175 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
As we look forward to an exiting new season, Barnack Cricket Club also welcomes new players of any age or ability to come and play at our picturesque ground with a full fixture card on both Saturdays and Sundays; for more information, please contact Martyn Willgress on 07920 841680.


Bainton Buttercross Club
Mick Boyce came to talk to us this month about Rockingham Castle and the Watsons. Between 1070 and 1544 Rockingham Castle was used by the Kings of England as a holiday home. The name comes from :- ‘Rock’ meaning built on, ‘Ing’ old English for a broad fertile valley and ‘ham’ meaning a town , village or settlement. Edward Watson lived in Lyddington. He married Dorothy Montague whose Dad worked for Henry VIII. When Henry wanted to stop using Rockingham he asked Dorothy’s Dad if he knew of anyone who might want to rent it. He suggested his daughter and son in law. The family rented it until 1619. King James asked if he wanted to buy it for £350 (about £706,000 today). Not bad at all for the castle, village and acres of farmland!
The Castle had a hard time during the Civil War. The Watsons were Royalists and when they eventually had it restored to them after occupation by Cromwell’s troops it was in quite a state. They built a small house to live in while they did it up again. This is now the tea room. I suppose this is the modern equivalent of living on site in a caravan while you do up or build a house! Mr Watson was also fined £5000 by Cromwell (about £8.2m today).
Charles Dickens often stayed at Rockingham Castle and wrote ‘Bleak House’ while he was there. Chesney Wold the house of Sir Leicester and Lady Honoria Dedlock is allegedly based on Rockingham Castle. The notice outside the kitchen - ‘No Person whether belonging to the Family or not is ever under any pretext allowed in the Kitchen. Ring the Bell’ leads us to believe that Mrs Rouncewell, the old housekeeper at Chesney Wold is based on the cook at Rockingham Castle!
There are many surprising features – the double bailey, the indoor barbeque, the long drawing room, which looks the same now as it did in Dickens time and the Elephant Walk, the long yew hedge which takes 5 days to cut. The other surprising thing was how many of us could remember shots from the BBC’s ‘By the Sword Divided’ taken at Rockingham Castle. We all found this a very interesting talk and those of us who have not yet been to visit plan to do so soon.
The next meeting is on May 5th when Helen Fancourt will come to tell us about the events planned for the celebration of ’The Reading Room Centenary’ over the 21st, 22nd and 23rd of May. The Buttercross ladies will be in charge of afternoon teas on the Sunday. Sheila B and Ro will do the teas and Ro will give the vote of thanks. MC


Reminding Budding Flower Arrangers
The next practice will be on Friday 21st May at 2.00pm in Barnack Church. Pat Simmonds, in her inimitable and relaxed style, will be showing us how to put together an all-round arrangement.
You will need a ceramic bowl 6ins in diameter, which you can purchase at the practice if you haven’t already got one.
Please bring a selection of dainty foliage, and some money to buy flowers and oasis. Total cost will be about £5, for which you will get a beautiful arrangement to take home with you.
Practices are open to everyone; all you need is a love of flowers. For further information, call Petrina on 740854.

Village Ladies Group.
Next meeting will be held on the 27th April, the speaker for the meeting The Evergreen
Care Trust, a local group providing help and support for the elderly in Stamford and surrounding area. All new members and visitors very welcome
The May meeting on the 25th will be a outing in the afternoon , a walk around John Clare’s Helpston ,with a visit to The John Clare Cottage , with refreshments served at the Cottage.
Please come along to the April meeting for more details, & join us for a very interesting and pleasurable delightful English Spring afternoon in good company.
June meeting for the dairy 22nd Phil Rudkin will give a most enlightening talk on Summer Migrant Birds. July meeting 20th. A Summer Evening Garden Party held in Sandra‘s delightful garden in Barnack.
August meeting will see us out again on another afternoon visit details available at a later date.
Hopefully Ladies this little Taster of our group activities, will make you think of coming along to join our very friendly group, meet new people from the adjoining villages, make new friends and have fun, and enjoy our village ladies group.
Interested? Need more details? Contact telephone 740343.