News and Events Sept 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


Milkman George Burbage retires
George Burbage has retired from delivering milk to the doorsteps of Barnack, Bainton and the surrounding area after 23 years.He first worked for Horrells when they were a small family business, and they were taken over by Kirby and West wo in turn were taken over by Dairy Crest, the firm that George is retiring from.
George has moved to Barnack in retirement with his wife Jeannie. Villagers and others on his round threw a leaving do for George on Friday. The village hall was packed for the occasion, and George was presented with a large cheque from a collection made to mark George’s retirement.
George said ‘I was absolutely overwhelmed by the surprise do put on for me. There were hundreds of people! For once I was lost for words when I was presented with the cheque. People ask me why I worked at the dairy for so long, but it was because of the people I met each and every day. I loved it’.
Fiona West, one of the organisers of the leaving do said ‘George was also known by all the dogs on the round as he always had a biscuit for them. He was always, always cheerful, and a very good milkman. He was always good for a chat. I am really pleased he has moved into Barnack’.
You can contact George on 01780 740209, or at number 4 in the Alm’s Houses, far end one.


Bainton “Pub” Eve - Holiday Break
Please note that there will be no social evenings on the second Friday of each month during September due to holidays and other village events. We will be resuming on Friday 8th October and every second Friday in the month thereafter.
Usual time - 7.30pm to 9.00pm
Usual venue - the Granary (by kind permission of Michael and Sheila Bratley)
Usual format - bring your own preferred tipple and glass. All residents of Bainton and Ashton welcome.


The Rutland Roadshow Returns
‘September 10th. 10.30am - 3pm at Rutland Sailing Club, Edith Weston. A date for your diary! - Bring your antiques and collectables for valuation by experts from Tennants, Auctioneers, and enjoy the beauty of Rutland Water, with refreshments available all day.
Only £5 for two valuations, £10 for more than two. Supporting Rutland Sailability - you local charity providing sailing for disabled people.
Enquiries to: Mike Baumber T: (01780) 740289 or E: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Barnack Carpet Bowls Club
The new season of Carpet Bowls starts on Thursday 16th September - 7.30-9.30pm and Tuesday 21st September - 2.30-4.30pm in the Village Hall. All welcome for bowls, tea/coffee and biscuits. Suitable all ages.
Any enquiries telephone Ray (740884) or Pat (762538)


Harvest Service in Bainton Church
Come and join us in making harvest thanksgiving special this year inBainton Parish Church on Sunday 26th September at 6pm Family Harvest Evensongwill be led by the Dean of Peterborough, The Very Reverend Charles Taylor
The young people of our villages will provide some of the music and lead us in readings and prayers gifts of food will be offered and given to those in need
The service will be followed by wine and soft drinks ...and it’s ‘back to church Sunday’. What better day to return than harvest!


Barnack Methodist Chapel
Our August Coffee Morning and Cake Stall on Saturday, 7 August raised the sum of £150.58 which has been sent to the Pakistan Relief Fund so thank you for helping us to send off this donation. We will not be holding a Coffee Morning in September because it clashes with Burghley Horse Trials.


Barnack Bowls Club
If you have a Baby Burco Boiler that we could borrow 3 - 4 times during the outdoor bowling season, or would like to sell one to us please contact Pat Barton (01780-762538) or Phil Collins (01780-7401240)


Church Flower Group
The next meeting of the flower group will be on the 24th of September at 2pm in Barnach Church .
Pat Symonds will demonstrate and lead a workshop on a basket arrangement.
You will need to bring a basket and foligage but flowers will be provided
Please contact Joan Laycock 740267, or Cynthia Dailey 740418 to book your place.
Thanks from the Acres Garden Fete Committee
The residents would like to give a big thanks to the Local business that donated very generously,Cross Keys Homes,the people that came to the event and their wonderful support in the present hard times. It gives the residents a very positive feeling in the present “we don’t care” times. A very big thanks to all the helps on the day.
Also to the Parish news for their help over the last three years.
Thanks, Mike Hodgson, Social Club Sec


Bainton Buttercross Club – August Meeting – Boules At Bainton House
We were not lucky with the weather for our August Open meeting – Boules at Bainton House. It started off well with 16 teams of 2 competing to try and win this renowned event! Sadly after 2 rounds we had to retire to the refreshments tent. The rain by this time was almost torrential and continued at a steady drizzle for the rest of the evening. On the positive side we were rewarded with a beautiful complete rainbow over the grounds of Bainton House and a good social time was had by all!
At our next meeting on September 1st Erica Grubb will tell us about Support Dogs and how they are assisting disabled people.


Friends of Barnack Church.
The latest 200 club winners are as follows:
£20 No. 15 Mrs. M. Spencer
£10 No. 64 Mrs. E. Young
£5 No. 130 Mrs. S. Baker
£20 No. 82 Mrs. K. Court
£10 No. 6 Mr. D. Dennis
£5 No. 198 Mr. M. Perkins


Christian Aid. A message from Jose Irving-Bell.
I apologise for the delay in reporting the amounts collected for Christian Aid in May. They are as follows: Bainton £362.30 and Barnack £1,178.71.
Thank you to everyone who donated. I would especially like to thank all the very local collectors, some of whom have collected for over 25 years. I also want to thank Mary Dooley who has been treasurer. Yvonne Goodwin started the collection in 1971 and has collected every year since. I took over as organiser in 1978 and have decided to make this my last year. If anyone is interested in organising the collection in the future I will be pleased to give them every assistance. Jose Irving-Bell. Telephone number 740513.


Village Ladies’ Group
The Summer Punch & Puddings Garden Party held at Sandra’s in Barnack on 20th July was enjoyed by members and friends on a beautiful evening. Net proceeds of £166.50 will be donated to The Evergreen Care Trust - this year’s charity. Thanks are due to Sandra for her hospitality and efforts in making this event a success, Committee members for providing the scrumptious puddings and all those who gave their support.
On 28th September, the Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre will be the subject of Mike Leigh’s talk, commencing at 7.45 p.m. in Ufford Village Hall.
Our evenings always conclude with a chat over coffee and biscuits. If you would like to come along, please join us - you would be most welcome.


George’s Retirement Collection
On 23 July George, our milkman for 23 years, was presented with a cheque for £650 which had been collected from the villages of Barnack and Pilsgate. Thank you to everyone who helped make his afternoon cream tea party so enjoyable. We wish George a long and happy retirement.


Bainton & Ashton Allotment Association
The winning numbers for the July Draw of the 100 Club are:
£50 - No 8
£25 - No 38
£10 - No 22
£10 - No 51
£ 5 - No 5
Next draw will be on Thurs, 26th August


Alpha Course
Barnack Methodist Chapel is hosting an Alpha course beginning Thursday 23 September. It is for people wanting to know more about the Christian faith, new Christians, newcomers to their church or those who want to brush up on the basics of faith.
Anyone who is interested will be very welcome. It is not a Methodist course. It is about Christianity, so if any person from another church would like to come, please do so. There will be no charge.
For further information, contact the Methodist minister, Rev Andy Fyall, on 01780-762282 or email:
andyand This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. As an alternative you could contact Margaret Durdey on 740459. Hope to see you there!


Hills and Holes – update from Natural England
Dogs: As we enter the season for sheep grazing on the Hills and Holes, we find it necessary to give a reminder of the need to keep dogs under control. Last year two sheep were killed by a dog on the Reserve and there were several incidents where they were chased or injured. It’s usual to blame a few irresponsible dog owners but the offender last year was a normally responsible dog owner, whose dogs ran off and followed their instincts. We endeavour to keep all the sheep in one or two paddocks at a time, but on such a hilly site there will always be strays who jump the fences. The Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953 makes it an offence for a dog to be at large in a field or enclosure in which there are sheep – so if in doubt, keep your dog firmly on a lead.
Another problem which seems to be increasing is that of dog mess. One visitor to The Hills and Holes contacted me recently, saying that dog owners “are treating the area as a dogs’ latrine” and we often hear similar views. The amount of dog waste - including numerous bags of the stuff, that are left littered around the site - seems to be more noticeable every year. There are bins at each entrance but only a small minority of owners use them for dog waste.
This winter we are reviewing how we can encourage responsible dog use on the site. Clearly we need to work with the local community and dog owners in particular to ensure that any policy on dogs is realistic and sensible. We are genuinely interested in your views on these issues:
Are you concerned about the litter and health risks from dog mess?
Should the Hills and Holes be a ‘poop scoop’ zone?
Or are you happy with the use that dog owners make of the site?
Are any restrictions on dogs necessary?
Would you be interested in attending a meeting or forum to discuss dog use (or other aspects of the Hills and Holes)?
All thoughts, positive or negative, can be sent to: Chris Gardiner, Senior Reserve Manager,
Barnack Hills & Holes Email me at:
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Women Connect
Women Connect is on Sept 9th at Maureen’s home. This is the much-loved summer meal. Please arrive at 7.30pm so we can eat at 8pm. Please let Maureen know whether or not you will be attanding by Monday the 6th, so that she can plan for the meal.
Barnack Baptist Church
Through the school holiday period Barnack Baptist Church has been meeting in the Village Hall at the slightly earlier time of 9-30 for communal breakfast followed by a family service. Once again these less formal services have proved to be popular. From September 5th we shall be resuming our normal service time and venue meeting in the School Hall at 10-30 am.
Through the autumn period we shall be looking at Paul’s letters to the Corinthian Church and asking ourselves what these letters have to say to society and the church in the 21st Century. On September 28th we shall be joining with thousands of churches across the country in holding a ‘Back to Church’ service, these is services are held to encourage people to go back to church. Why not give it a go?


Youth Club
Youth Club will start again at 7-30 pm on Friday 3rd September, we meet in the Village Hall. This is an opportunity for young people of Secondary School age to meet their friends and have some fun together. There is a tuck shop, table tennis, pool, air hockey, Wii, craft activities and team games to enjoy. Each week there is a short talk. The first youth club is an opportunity for all those young people who have started secondary school for the first time to come along and keep in touch with all their primary school friends who may have gone on to different schools. Youth Club is run by Barnack Baptist Church, for more information contact Graham Dunn 749198


Little Lambs Toddler Group
Little Lambs starts again on Tuesday 7th September, we meet each Tuesday 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 is great fun for everyone, all are welcome. Little Lambs is run by Barnack Baptist Church. For more information contact Karen Dunn 749198 or Val Haines-Eynon 740017.


Business Mission to Uganda
On Tuesday 20th July Graham Dunn returned from a 3 ½ week visit to Uganda where he had been leading a number of business conferences across the North of Uganda. This was Graham’s fourth visit to Uganda in 2 years and is part of a commitment he has made to encourage business men and women to be successful while following ethical business practices. This is a challenging task, particularly as the north of Uganda is still recovering from years of violence and rebel activity by the notorious Lord’s Resistance Army which is infamous for kidnapping children to be used as soldiers.
The business conferences were very popular with a total of 300 people attending the four conferences which were held over 2 days 3 different locations. Youth With a Mission, the Anglican Diocese of Arua, Pentecostal Assemblies of God and the Baptist Union of Uganda as well as the Baptist Missionary Society are all supporting and encouraging this programme. Plans are underway for the 2011 programme. We plan to encourage other Christians from the Barnack Area who possess business experience and skills to join the programme and offer their services. It is a challenging trip but very rewarding. If you would like to find out more why not come along to the Baptist Church on Sunday 5th September when part of the service will focus on ‘Mission to Uganda.’


Open Air Concert In Bainton Bank Holiday Monday
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to listen to Britains leading youth brass band, Youth Brass 2000, appearing at Bainton House on Mon 30th Aug 2010, 5:00pm.Come along, pack a picnic, buy at the BBQ, purchase a Pimms and enjoy the Big Band sound. Tickets from Barnack Post Office, Stamford Music Shop or phone 01780 749278.

Barnack Bowls Club
The winners of the August Draw were
15 Brian Bagshaw £25
8 Phil Collins £15
42 Jane Elwood £10