News and Events June 2010

During the interregnum, the church wardens are your first point of contact for all church matters. Please feel free to contact them:


Barnack June Woollard 740276 and Petrina McCarey 740854
Ufford Peter Hudson 740475 and Pam Chance
Bainton Michael Bratley 740269 and John Wreford 40362


For Ted
An Epitaph

Here lies Ted, no thoroughbred,
A longhaired daschund cross, instead
A handsome dog, it must be said
With a heart as big as an elephant’s head.


He’d guard his home with afury rare
Big bark, big snarl, big gnashers bare;
A goblin guaranteed to scare
The pants off anyone standing there.


But he could also be as sweet.
With bouncing bark his friends he’d greet
And when inside they took their seat
He’d graciously lie on their feet.


He loved to walk to the Hills and Holes
To chase the rabbits and water the moles.
To exchange scents with kindred souls
And relish all the canine roles.


As Death made his approach, I swear,
Our sensibilities to spare,
He hurtled headlong up the stair
Where his heart burst - and he died there!


A livlier, loving, loyal hound
Here on this planet won’t be found
To generate grief so profound
As Ted, who lies here underground.


Thanks from Valerie Kettleborough
I would like to express my sincere thanks to all the hind people who sent cards, flowers, chocolates and gifts to me during my recent stay in hospital. I am now home and improving as the days go by. A special thank you to my family for their help and support during my time in hospital and also now that I’m home. Valerie Kettleborough
Barnack Bowls Club
The winners of the April draw were:
No 38 Barbara Knights £25
No 3 Margaret Holden £15
No 36 George Unsworth £10
A message from Jill Mayhew
I am making use of the magazine to express my grateful thanks to all who so kindly sent cards and letters with messages of sympathy and condolence following Charles’ sudden death. They have all been much appreciated by the whole family. Thank you for your kindness.


17th JULY 2010 Saturday
2 pm ~ 4pm


We hope to have the following:
Cake stall, Bric~a~Brac, Tombola, RAFFLE, Guess the Weight of the cake, Sweets in the Jar,Refreshments, Face Painting,Lucky Dip.
Please come along and enjoy a afternoon in the SUN.


Pet Service.
There is a Pets service at St John the Baptist Church, Barnack at 10.15am. Pets and their owners are invited to take part in prayer and worship. The service will be lead by Canon Margaret Venables on July 18th,.


Bainton & Ashton Allotment Association
Digging, planting and chatting all continue down on the allotments but not necessarily in that order! Everyone is taking great pride in their own allotted space and as it all matures, the allotments should prove to be a real asset to the village, visually and socially. Do come and have a chat when passing - an excuse for a rest is always welcome!
Results of the April 100 Club draw are:
£50 - No 76 £25 No 28
£10 - No 63 £10 No 23 £ 5 No 74
Barnack Horticultural Show & Fete
This year the Show is doing a free plant swap stall so if you can donate any cuttings or plants to get the stall going, please contact Carol or Malcolm on 740438
More info:


Bainton Family Day
Come and join families from Bainton, Ashton, Barnack and Ufford at Bainton House on Sunday 4th July 2010 from 1pm. BBQ and Pimms tent, plenty of stalls, children’s sports, entertainment, afternoon tea and competitions. Prize giving will be at 4.30 followed by Family Evensong around the campfire at 5pm. Everyone welcome!
The Family Day planning meeting will take place on Thursday 10th June at 7.00pm at Bainton House. All welcome. Any prizes to give, donations for the Auction of Promises, or would just like to help out on the day, please contact Jane Franks on 740 004.


Barnack Methodist Chapel
Our April Coffee Morning and Cake Stall on Saturday, 1 May raised the wonderful sum of £177.50 and we thank you warmly for your support. Our June Coffee Morning will be held on Saturday 5 June at the usual time of 10 am to 11 am and we look forward to seeing you then.


Offender Profilng
I’m aiming to build up, from the recently jettisoned evidence produced in and around the lanes of Barnack, a profile of the offenders who might be responsible.
Evidence: Discarded cigarette packets, fast food packaging, empty energy drink bottles. Scene of the Environmental crime: The country lanes of the village.
Studying the evidence and the scenes of crime, I would put forward, for your delectation, the following offender profile:
They are local villagers They travel, fairly regularly, from the A1 North and into the village via Barnack Drift and along the Wittering Road They are Mayfair and Benson & Hedges smokers They may also savour the culinary delights of McDonalds fast food and wash down these feasts with Red Bull & Lucozade drinks. They do seem to be quite rum characters. Any ideas? S. Holmes.


Flower Arranging Demo and Practice
The next class will be on Fri 25th June at 2.00pm in Barnack Church. Marjorie Coups will demonstrate a modern arrangement in a long tray, and then there will be an opportunity to create your own arrangement.
Trays and oasis can be purchased at the class (approx £2). You will need to bring large leaves (eg ivy) tall straight greenery plus 2 bunches of flowers (roses, gerbera or single carnations.) For more information ring Cynthia on 470418.


Bainton Buttercross Club – May
‘The smallest literary festival in the world’ was the subject for this month’s meeting. Helen Fancourt came to tell us about ‘The Bainton Literary Festival – Celebrating 100 years of the Bainton Reading Room’ which will happen over the weekend of Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd of May. There is a selection of events over these dates which are currently being advertised starting with an evening with Joyce Grenfell on Friday night and ending with an Edwardian afternoon tea on Sunday afternoon.
The Reading Room was built and opened in 1910. Many people did not have books or newspapers of their own so they could go to borrow them from the bookcase to read in the Reading Room. It continued to be a Reading Room but was also gradually used for dances, whist drives and parties. Despite trawling through editions of the Stamford Mercury for 1910, the Festival Committee unfortunately couldn’t find any reference to the opening of the Reading Room but found several references to it being used. The Mercury at that time was a broadsheet and covered Skegness to Huntingdon. News about Bainton was usually three quarters of the way down page 6!
The next meeting on Wed 2nd June will be ‘A Bridge Evening’ led by Tony Ross. This will be an open evening so husbands, partners and friends are invited. It is designed as a FUN introduction to Bridge so we will play ‘mini bridge’. It will NOT be difficult so please come along. Laura & Elke will do the teas & Anne will give the vote of thanks. MC.


Barnack Garden Open Day
Sun July 11th. 2-5pm. in aid of The Pavilion Fund. A variety of village Gardens Open. Teas served in Close House Gardens.


Barnack Carpet Bowls Club
The Carpet Bowls Club held their A.G.M in April followed by a Fish & Chip Supper. The new season will commence on Thursday 16th September at 7.30pm and Tuesday 21st September at 2.30pm in the Village Hall as usual. Three couples went to the triples competition at King’s Lynn and the men’s team of Brian Barton, Bryan Leverett and Reg Thompson finished Runners Up.


Not Just Coffee
Every Thursday morning in Barnack Village Hall from 10.30 to 12 noon.
It’s not just a coffee morning but a weekly time to meet for friendship, for a chat and a go at various craft activities, for playing board games or if you’re feeling energetic there’s table tennis, Wii Sports and even a dance mat! All activities are optional, just come in whenever you like and stay for as long as you like. Real filter coffee, tea and home-made cakes are served about 11.15am. All for £1 a week. If you’re out for a walk why not call in for a cup of coffee.
Not Just Coffee is organized by Barnack Baptist Church. A warm, friendly welcome for everyone, do please come along and give it a try. Lifts can be arranged if you would find it difficult to get to Barnack Village Hall, please call Julie Stanton on 749123.


Barnack Baptist Church
We meet in Barnack School Hall each Sunday at 10-30 am. Through the week we run a range of different programmes including, youth club, children’s events, toddler group, midweek friendship group and various house groups. At the Sunday services we have recently begun a series looking at the life of Abraham.
We are currently making plans for our annual coach trip to Hunstanton on Saturday 12th June. This is a great day out for all ages. We spend the day on the beach at Old Hunstanton and then wander into Hunstanton for fish and chips, returning to Barnack at around 8-00 pm. This is an old fashioned bucket & spade and rounders on the beach experience which everyone seems to love no matter what age.


Youth Club – Barnack Village Hall
Dates for Youth Club are Friday 28th May, 11th June, 26th June -7.30-9pm.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 team games.


Little Lambs Toddler Group
We meet each Tues morning from 10-00 to 12-00 in Barnack Village Hall, carers and their children are all welcome. We have lots of toys, games and books and activities for the children. Home- made cakes and proper coffee (for the adults!) is served with 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, run by Barnack Baptist Church, is great fun for everyone.


Barnack Pre-School
As part of our fundraising towards our new building, Pre-School have organised a collection by ‘Bags2School’ of second hand, but usable, clothes, paired shoes, handbags, belts, bedding, curtains and soft toys at 9am on Thurs 8th July 2010. If you have anything you’d like to be included, please bring it, in bin bags, to Pre-School between 9am & noon each day from Mon 5th July.
Pre-School children are enjoying the better weather, spending lots of time outdoors gardening, doing woodwork and on assault courses! We do have a few spaces so please contact Val Haines-Eynon on 740017.


Barnack W.I.
At the May meeting we met at the Millstone. The main business of the meeting was to discuss and vote on the resolution to be put forward at the national AGM in June. This asked for HM Government to make it a mandatory requirement for all meat, fish and poultry products to be correctly labelled with their country of origin. At present the label need only reflect the country where the last change has taken place. For example a chicken pie can be labelled as British if the pie was made in Britain whereas the chicken may have been reared elsewhere. After discussion and a consideration of the points for and against, members voted unanimously in favour of the resolution. After completing the business part of the meeting we enjoyed a tasty supper and each other’s company. Next meeting will be in the Village Hall on Tues, June 8th at 7.30pm.


Friends of Barnack Church
The 200 Club winners for April were
£20 No.88 Mrs. F. West
£10 No. 6 Mr. D. Smith
£5 No. 82 Mrs. Court


Birds seen in April in Barnack and Ufford gardens
Blackbird, Blue tit, Chaffinch, Collar dove, Dunnock, Garden Warbler, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, House Martin, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Long-tailed Tit, Magpie, Rook, Song Thrush, Sparrowhawk, Swallow, Wood Pigeon. Seen overhead or nearby – Buzzard, Carrion Crow, Common Gull, Kestrel, Pied Wagtail, Red Kite, Rook. Heard – Skylark, Pheasant, Tawny Owl (at midday).
The first fledglings (blackbirds) were seen on April 27th. T he first Swallow was seen on April 6th and the first House Martin on April 23rd.
Notes: the sighting of the Greenfinches was particularly good news as it means that the hard winter may have killed off the disease which decimated them last year. The Goldfinches appear to have been attracted by the neighbour`s niger seed.
Thanks to Cameron and Rosemary for their reports. Shall we limit ourselves to the less common birds for the next few months?


Barnack Ward Events
The Birdsong Walk in Castor Hanglands on May 12th must rank as one of the highlights of 2010. It was led by Phil Rudkin, whose enthusiasm was infectious. We heard 5 nightingales, a cuckoo, 3 kinds of warblers, whitethroats, chiffchaffs, blackcaps as well as our garden favourites such as blackbirds, robins and wrens.
We searched for droppings of green woodpeckers on ant hills. We saw a wonderful display of bluebells, cowslips and marsh marigolds and found a clump of twyblades and some toothwort, a parasitic plant living on hazels. As the sun was setting, a solitary fox appeared on the Heath, tail outstretched, but he retreated into the bushes when he saw us.
Two more events are planned in June.
Beginning with Peterborough Wildlife on Sunday, June 27th, 10am-4pm, including indoor sessions at Barnack Village Hall and an outdoor session at the Hills and Holes. For further information and booking, call Juliette Butler on 01604 405285 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. under the Activities for All section.
Garden Watch Weekend in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough on June 26th and 27th. Record what comes into your garden. An online form will be available on If you are unable to download a form please let Frieda know on 01780 740343.
The aims of the Wildlife Trust and the Barnack Ward group are identical – to create landscapes where wildlife can move freely between sites and expand in range and numbers. Frieda Gosling.


Open Studios - Visit The Pottery.
On 12th and 13th June, for one weekend only, Katherine Winfrey will have her pottery workshop open to the public at The Old Butcher’s Shop, The Square, Barnack, between 10am and 5pm. All welcome.
Barnack Church ‘s Christmas Disco
Here is a note for your diaries! There will be a Christmas Disco held in Barnack village hall on Saturday, 4th December 2010 starting at 7.30p.m, so get out your dancing shoes and come along. Further details will be sent out nearer the time!


Calling all cricket lovers!
On Wednesday 9 June, Martin Lawrence, Chairman of Northants County Cricket Club will be the guest speaker at an informal supper at
The Garden House Hotel, Stamford. 7pm for 7.45pm, 10pm finish - Dress ‘comfortable!’
A two-course dinner starter + main / main + pudding with coffee to follow – for only £10! Plus - Cash bar and entertainment from an experienced and interesting speaker!
This event is one of a number of informal supper evenings organised by The Friends of Rutland Sailability- your local charity providing sailing for people with disabilities.
Numbers are limited to 45 and bookings have already been received – so tell your friends NOW and call Paul Fieldhouse on 01780-740741 / 07860-616093 OR e.mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your tickets.


Barnack Horticultural Show & Fete
Please note an amend to the class list that came out recently in the Parish News. The size for Class number 60 ‘a cross stitch picture’should have read 18” not 14”
More info


News from Barnack church
The church fete this year will be in the churchyard on Saturday 26 June. There will be all the usual stalls and attractions with craft stalls in the church games and plenty of games and activities for the children. Teas will be served and we hope everyone will come and enjoy a real village afternoon. All we need is a fine afternoon!!
We have a coffee morning on the third Saturday every month when we serve teas and coffees and home made cakes or biscuits. Our regular visitors enjoy coming for a chat with friends. Everyone is welcome so why not make a date in your diary for Saturday 19 June from 10.30 a.m. till 12.00 noon. We often have home made produce for sale as well.
Our kneeler group meets at June’s house every other Tuesday. If you go into the church you can admire our work! The Village Flower Club met in the church on Friday 21 June for a practical session. The next meeting will be a demonstration. Do keep your eye open for the date and come along and join in.
On the third Sunday each month we have a short family service. This is an informal service for all the family. Our theme this last week ‘Michelle the builder’. It was led by two of our children’s church leaders and told the story of the house built on the rock with modern hymns and prayers read by the children. Coffee and tea is served each week at the end of the service, so that we can all have a chat and catch up on the news. The children especially enjoy the biscuits!.
Churchwardens Cathy Barker and June Woollard