News and Events Oct 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


Horticultural Show 2010 - Good move or not ? For us, probably not.
I am writing this from the viewpoint of a family that has been involved with the show for the past few years. My daughters have run the pony rides in Mr Brassey’s field adjacent to the school field with great success every year, raising money for various charities such as East Anglia Air Ambulance and more recently, Help for Heroes. Members of the public are usually very generous giving donations as well as having a ride. We raised £120 last year. This year was not so good – only managing to scrape together £26. We think the main reason for this was that we were positioned next to the car park away from all the activities. There were no notices at the main entrance by the cricket club, only a sign at the car park which was only of use if you drove to the show. When people did find us, they told us that it took some investigating. There did seem to be a distinct lack of advertising on the loud speakers also. We were told the pony could not go on the cricket ground as it was too ‘precious’ – despite dogs being allowed ! If it is so precious, then perhaps the old venue would be better? – there did appear to be an ideal strip running along the back of the ground, near the houses.
It seems such a shame that we only managed to raise such a small amount for such a great charity, especially in the current climate where our servicemen and women are sustaining such horrific injuries. Last year our money went towards a new rehabilitation centre at Headley Court. Having cared for and worked alongside these brave people first hand, I feel that it is such a shame that we could not raise more money because of a silly logistical problem. If anybody would like to donate any money I will very gladly send it on with ours. My number is 740706.
This is not meant as a totally negative ‘rant’, but when something is held precious to somebody, as this is to us, I felt that I needed to mention it. We do appreciate that a lot of hard work goes into organising such an event – thank you very much.
There were some good things about the day – the weather, and I won a bottle of wine ! Paul Dawson.


The Good News Library Van
We are sorry that we haven’t put news of The Good News Van in the Parish News for some time. However the van has continued to visit Barnack during the Summer.
This month it will be at Margaret Durdey’s house,12 Cannon Drive Barnack from 10.30 until 12noon on Tuesday October 19th. For those who are new to the villages this is a van loaded with books, DVD’s and CD’s on a Christian theme. It is an undenominational free lending library for everybody to use. Everyone is welcome to come and borrow books etc. or just to come and meet up socially for a cup of coffee and a chat. Do try us .We’d love to see you.


Brass On The Grass - Bank Holiday Monday - August 30th 2010
Brass on the Grass was the 3rd concert of its kind on Bank Holiday Monday. It came up to all expectations we have come to connect with this remarkable group of skilled young musicians. A fine dry evening, after a long stormy week enable an audience of nearly 200 people to revel in the talents and skills of Youth Brass 2000.
An excellent Barbeque in aid of that most worthwhile Charity, Hope for Heroes, was supplied by the Beattie and Franks Families and all those present had a really lovely evening. Most sincere thanks are due to everyone concerned especially to Mark and Debbie Bryce, and to those, connected with the Band. Much hard work went into planning this event and most especially our thanks are due to all the young Musicians for so generously sharing their skills and talents to give pleasure to all lucky enough to be in the audience.


Thanks from the family of Sid Tuck
The family of Sid Tuck would like to thank everyone for their kindness and support following his sudden death.
We would particularly like to thank all those who helped us organise his funeral particularly Margaret Venables, Elizabeth Snowball and the choir, the bell ringers and the British Legion.
We are sure Sid would have been wondering what he had done to deserve such loving support. God bless. Susan and Sandey.


Wildlife Corridor Update:
We are pleased to invite you to join us for a “Wildlife” evening on Friday 22 October at Barnack Village Hall at 7.30pm
There will be an update on the year’s achievements, in particular the results of the hedge surveys, wildlife in gardens, and protected verges. We have invited experts to join us and they will be pleased to answer your questions.
Refreshments will be free, with time to socialise and discuss future projects for our Wildlife corridors.
This is a Barnack Ward initiative supported by the Parish Councils of Bainton & Ashton, Barnack, Helpston, Pilsgate, Southorpe, and Ufford (formerly known as the Community Leadership group)
Please come along and show your support for this project which is so very important for the future of us all.
Frieda Gosling 740343 Zena Coles 740550


Joules Clothing Sale
A huge thank you to all who attended the ‘Joules Clothing Sale’ at The Granary, Manor Farm, Bainton in July. We raised about £350 for Barnack Pre School and Peterborough Cathedral Choir. As always our thanks to Michael and Sheila for their continued support. Jane Franks


Brass on the Grass
Many of you will have attended ‘Brass on the Grass’ at Bainton House, Bainton on Bank Holiday Monday. The Beattie and Franks Family would like to thank all those who purchased from the BBQ and Bar we raised £235 for Help for Heroes.


Thanks from Rose Porter
A big thank-you to all my family for their contributions to our family barbecue on the 21st of August. Special thanks to sons for doing all the cooking and all those who washed and cleared up after. Also welcome to all newcomers into our family. Love from Mum (Rose) Porter.


Bainton Buttercross Club – September Meeting
I think we were all amazed at how much Assistance Dogs do to help disabled people. Assistance Dogs (UK) is the umbrella organisation and includes Support Dogs, Dogs for the Disabled, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, Canine Partners and the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. It works on behalf of its members to improve their quality of life by helping with access, mobility and independence. Erica Grubb, who came to talk to us at our September meeting, has a Support Dog called Winnie. Erica had a major viral attack 15 years ago, which left her with walking and balance problems. Support Dogs are trained to match the needs of their owners. Winnie fetches things for Erica like the telephone or the post, closes and opens doors for her, operates buttons and controls and turns lights on and off, but she is not trained to put in and take out the washing! It takes approximately 180 hours to train a Support Dog, of which 1 week is residential and very intensive. Extra training is given for additional needs if the owner’s disability is progressive. It is estimated that it costs £10,000 to train a dog for life. Winnie is a very cute border terrier and sometimes has a mind of her own: if you do not appreciate what she has fetched she might just take it away again!
Seizure Dogs have dramatically improved the quality of life of their owners. Because they are trained to alert them many minutes prior to an epileptic seizure, it gives their owners time to find a place of privacy and safety. This takes away much of the stress of going out and this in turn has led to fewer seizures.
There is currently only one Autism Assistance Dog. She is called Lacey and has greatly improved the life of Joe and his Mum. Previously, Joe didn’t speak and would run off if they went out but now, supported by Lacey, he has started to speak and is quite happy to be fastened to her so that his Mum holds Lacey’s lead and Joe is attached too!
This was a wonderfully uplifting talk about how these amazing dogs give their all to help their owners lead more independent, happier lives.
Next month’s meeting on 6th of October will be the Harvest Supper. Tickets are £7.50 to include the first glass of wine. For tickets please contact Janette on 740009 or Mary on 740527.


Bainton Harvest Supper
Date:-6th October. Time: 7pm for 7:30 pm
Place:- Bainton Reading Room
Price:-£7.50 (includes first glass of wine )
Tickets from Janette 740009 or Mary 740527 or any Committee Member
Do come along as this is always a really good evening!!


Village Ladies’ Group
An informative walk in Helpston on 24th August with Peter Moyse, visiting places of relevance to John Clare, ended at his grave and the church. A tour of the John Clare Cottage followed, concluding with a delicious cream tea.
28th Sept – due to ill health, the talk on Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre has been postponed. Instead, members are invited to bring along up to three treasured items for those present to view and learn of their significance on our Cherished Possessions evening.
26th Oct - A Russian Experience. Ruth Hackett will regale us with an account of her visit to Moscow and Leningrad in her teaching days towards the end of the Communist era. She will bring along some artefacts and photos for us to see and will also play some Russian music.
Our meetings are held in Ufford Village Hall – 7.45pm, concluding with coffee/tea and biscuits plus a raffle. You are most welcome to come along.


Royal British Legion November Remembrance Services
Thursday 11th Nov Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month, Barnack War Memorial. 11.00am. A short Service of Remembrance will be held and Two Minutes Silence observed. It is hoped that children from Barnack School will be present at this increasingly popular national event.
Sunday 14th November. Remembrance Sunday. 10.00am Ecumenical Service at St John the Baptist Church, Barnack followed by procession to the Two Minutes Silence ceremony at 11.00am at Barnack War Memorial. A contingent of cadets from Stamford School’s CCF will be present and the Last Post sounded at both this, and the 11th November ceremony, with our Branch Standard on parade.


Royal British Legion Events
The Branch has had a busy summer culminating in our traditional Summer Evening Supper Party at the Millstone on 11th August attended by 70 members and their guests. A useful sum was raised for Legion Welfare and the families of RAF Wittering personnel due to return to active service in Afghanistan shortly.
In May we were invited to attend our Affiliated Stamford CCF Annual Inspection Parade at which the salute was taken by Commodore SJ Scorer, Elder Brother and Director of Operations Trinity House. On a blustery afternoon 27 members turned out to watch the impressive 400 strong parade and march past, staying on to enjoy a splendid concert by the Minden Band of the Royal Anglian Regiment.
We were also represented at the ‘Dining Out’ of Wing Commander Max Sawyer who is retiring as CCF Commander this Autumn. Max has been a staunch supporter of our Affiliation with the School’s CCF in recent years and we are delighted to hear that he and his wife Audrey will be staying on with us as Branch members.
Armed Forces and Veterans’ Day was recognised in June by a reception for 35 ex-service members at the Millstone Inn and we are most grateful to the management for their generosity in providing much appreciated refreshments.
We were represented at RAF Wittering’s ‘Battle of Britain’ Reception on 4th September as guests of the new Station Commander, Group Captain Richard Knighton, and again enjoyed welcoming visitors to our stand at this year’s Barnack Horticultural Show.
The Union Flat was flown at the War Memorial on 15th August to mark the 65th Anniversary of VJ Day in 1945.
Winter Lecture – Monday 29th November at 7.30pm to be held in Bainton Reading Room. ‘Operation Dynamo’ – The Evacuation of Dunkirk 1940 – 70th Anniversary. An illustrated presentation by a member of the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships. Tickets will be available from 1st October at a cost of £6.00 from Charles Clark (740441), Malcolm Morrice (740865) or Patrick Knights (740774).Charles Clark


Barnack Bowls Club
The winners of the September draw were:
No 69 Marie Harris £25
No 61 Peter Holt £15
No 99 Eric Pridmore £10


Barnack Methodist Chapel
We look forward to seeing you at two events during the first weekend in October.
Our Coffee Morning and Cake Stall will resume on Saturday, 1 October at the usual time of 10 to 11 am and we look forward to seeing you there. Our Harvest Festival will take place on Sunday, 2 October at 3 pm and it will be led by the Rev Heather Fyall. The service will be followed by a Harvest Tea and everyone is invited to join us.


Church Flower Group
The next meeting of the flower group will be on the 22nd of October at 2pm in Church. Sheila Brackley will demonstrate a pedestal. All are welcome.
Please contact Joan Laycock 740267 or
Cynthia Dailey for further information.


Chatsworth Christmas Fayre
Barnack WI have organised a trip to Chatsworth House on Tuesday November 30th at which time the ‘Russian Theme’ Christmas Fayre is being held.
There are some seats available on the coach which will leave the village square at 8:30am. The cost is £15 for the coach plus £9.25 (£7.25 for seniors) entry to the house and Fayre. Anyone interested please contact Sue on 07788672605


Barnack Baptist Church - Back To Church Sunday
This year Barnack Baptist Church will be celebrating ‘Back to Church Sunday’ on the 3rd October. This is an opportunity for anyone to come along to see what Barnack Baptist Church is like and to experience our less formal approach to worship. We welcome everyone to our Church and aim to provide a programme that suits all ages. Over the past few years many people have taken the bold step to join us in the SCHOOL HALL and found a genuine welcome and the opportunity to build a foundation of faith. Why not give come along and see for yourself? After the service we will be having a Bar-B-Que to which everyone is invited.


Youth Club
Youth Club will be meeting on the 1st, 15th and 29th October at 7-30 pm 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. Youth Club is run by Barnack Baptist Church, for more info contact Graham Dunn 749198


Little Lambs Toddler Group
Little Lambs meets 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.


Not Just Coffee
Do you have a couple of hours free on a Thursday morning? If so why not join us in the Village Hall for NOT JUST COFFEE. This is an opportunity to meet people, have a chat and en joy a coffee/tea and some cake. Not Just Coffee aims to be an informal opportunity for people of all ages to get together. For further info please contact Julie Stanton – Tel. 01780 749123


Thanks from George
May I, through your Parish Magazine, say a huge thank you to the people of Barnack, Bainton & Ashton, and Pilsgate, and of course to everyone who contributed towards the retirement collections that were held for me. The money that was raised has gone to purchasing the following items so far : A complete set of gardening tools, a small freezer, a music centre, a collapsible breakfast bar and for riding around the villages a new bike on.
As I now live in Barnack it is lovely to be among the people I have known for up to 23years and now I can proudly call them my friends. Once again, I thank you all so very much. George (ex Milky).

Barnack & Villages Horticultural Show
This year’s Horticultural Show at Barnack Cricket Club went really well, lovely weather and more volunteers made for a great family day out. The number of entries in the Show continues to rise with some fantastic work produced by young and older members of the community. Numbers of visitors was also up on last year.
Some new additions such as Milk a Cow, Plant Swap and Dog Agility proved popular attractions.
The Committee would like to thank all the volunteers and other community organisations that helped make the event such a good day.
We are now looking to recruit a secretary to take over from Jen Birch who has given 4 years of great service to the Show. If you are interested in joining the committee in this role please contact Debra on 740048.
To see photos from this year’s show and get up to date information on the 2011 Show or to see a list of this year’s prize winners, please visit
Bainton & Ashton Allotment Association
The winning numbers for the 100 Club August draw are:
£50 - No 73
£25 - No 34
£10 - No 35
£10 - No 23
£ 5 - No 38
The next draw is on Thursday 30th September.