News and Events Dec 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 Catherine Barker 740427
Ufford Peter Hudson 740475 Pam Chance
Bainton Michael Bratley 740269 John Wreford 40362


From Advent to Christmas.
Service by Candlelight

Dec 12th 6.30pm
December 12th is perhaps a little late for an Advent carol service and a little early for Christmas carols. So this year the choir has combined the two with a service of hymns, carols and readings suitable for both.
The service will be by candlelight and will start at 6.30pm. Do come and join us.


Yorkshire Tea & Postage Stamps
Please continue to save the bar codes from boxes of tea.
With Christmas coming please could you let me have your used stamps
Many thanks, Anne Harrison-Smith, Willow Cottage, Church Lane, Bainton
Tel 01780740136


A Tribute To Nan
No words can quite describe “Nan”. She leaves a huge hole in our lives and in those of the whole Bainton Community. She was a unique part of the Birkbeck family for 58 years, coming with them to Bainton House in 1960. Born in Earith, Huntingtonshire in 1921. Youngest of seven, one brother and five sisters, Nan was a wonderful person, if rather noisy, being well known for her cheery laughter and singing, always there and willing to do anything for anyone, especially children of all ages. She washed and ironed and made endless scones and buns for tea, welcoming all and sundry. Her integrity, discretion and loyalty were without question.
A regular Church goer, a keen and loyal member of the Bainton Buttercross Club, she was a great lover of flowers and birds and a natural flower-arranger. Also very well known on the buses, both to Peterborough and Stamford, to which she paid frequent visits.
Latterly she lived in Stamford at Newcomb Court, where she made many new friends and joined in the Community - before dying very suddenly and peacefully.
She will never be forgotten.


Points Mean Prizes! -
By popular request – another antidote to pub quizzes!Come and enjoy another fun evening and blow away the January blues,at The White Hart, Ufford – Wednesday 26 January – 7pm for 7.30pm.
This year’s quiz is being run by Friends of Rutland Sailability and is based very loosely on the well know gameshow mantra ‘Points Mean Prizes!’
Basically, if you get a lot of points you win prizes – simples! BUT, getting the points may be a bit confusing, so do be prepared for a real test of knowledge and quizzing strategy. All designed to be great fun!
The evening - including light refreshments - is sponsored by The White Hart, and the proceeds will go to support Rutland Sailability – your local charity providing sailing for people with disabilities, on Rutland Water.
Teams of six are invited to join us and tickets cost £5 for each person. Numbers are restricted, so do book in your team now – call Mike Baumber on (01780) 740289 or Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
We look forward to seeing you and your team on 26 January! Mike Baumber.


Barnack Community Association Supper Quiz
There is to be a Supper Quiz held on Saturday, 22nd January in Barnack Village Hall at 7.30p.m. in aid of the Hall funds. If anyone would like to book a place for this event, please ring 01780 740124.
Barnack Bowls Club
The winners of the 200 Club for October were
No 41 Tom Elwood £25
No 50 Margaret Broadbelt £15
No 11 Robin Logue £10
And for November:
No 93 Reg Thompson £25
No 3 Margaret Holden £15
No 65 Sandra Jones £10


Upstairs, Downstairs – the life of a Butler
Local resident, Mr George Waugh has very kindly offered to give a talk about the work of a butler. During the course of his 27 year career, he worked both abroad and in the UK and spent eight years at Burghley House. It is sure to be a fascinating insight into a world which most of us only get to see on ITV’s Downton Abbey!
The talk will be held at Barnack Village Hall on Wednesday 8th December at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £5 and will include a glass of wine. They are available from Barnack Post Office or call 740 010. Mince pies, teas and coffees will also be on sale. All money raised is going to Barnack Pre-School. Please come along to join us for an enjoyable and informative evening.


Bainton Buttercross Club – Nov
Chris Sharp is a level 3 Pilates teacher who runs classes in Bainton, Helpston, Ryhall and Western Hills. She gave us a very interesting talk on the development of Pilates and of its usefulness in helping both to keep us fit and to rectify the poor breathing and posture which can cause problems for so many of us, especially as we grow older.
Pilates creator, Joseph Pilates, a German, was a sickly child and he developed a series of exercises which improved his health and made him physically much stronger. He also believed the mind could help us overcome illness, hence Pilates, which is a mixture of exercise and concentration. Chris herself discovered its benefits following injuries acquired through horseriding and a career in IT which did nothing for her posture and exacerbated her existing problems.
The low impact exercise programme has recognised advantages such as improved posture, increased core strength and stability and a reduction of stress. In addition it helps to reduce aches and pains and the breathing exercises are very beneficial to people suffering from asthma. Chris emphasizes that there should be no pain when performing these exercises and she adapts her exercise routine to suit the needs of her individual students.
After her talk Chris took us through some warm up exercises which are suited to all ages and which were not too strenuous!
Sheila Bratley and Margery Coups will be demonstrating Christmas arrangements at the December meeting. Those wishing to create an arrangement should bring along some if not all of the following items: -
Wet or dry oasis according to the type of arrangement you wish to make, a container or a wreath base, fresh or artificial foliage such as holly/mistletoe, candles, baubles, ribbons, glitter, tinsel etc!
The Buttercross Christmas Party will be held in the Granary on Friday, 10th Dec and we are each providing food for the buffet. Last year’s party was a great success and we hope as many as possible will come.


New Yoga Class (Hatha)
Classes Tuesdays 9.45-11.15am, 7.00 per class, with Laura Goodliffe, starting Jan 18th, no booking req’d, bring yoga mat.


Marie Curie funds
I would like to thank the people in Little Northfields, who kindly put money in the envelopes for Marie Curie funds - The amount raised was £50. I have already recieved a thank-you from the charity. Rose Porter.


Barnack Methodist Chapel
Our Coffee Morning and Cake Stall on Saturday, 6 November was a sell-out and raised £156.72 for our funds. Thank you everyone who came. We will be selling mincepies and home-made mincemeat in addition to our cakes, jams and preserves at our December Coffee Morning and cake stall on Saturday 4 December from 10 to 11 am and look forward to seeing you then.
You are also warmly invited to join us for our Carol Service on Sun 19 Dec at 2.45 pm and for tea and mince pies after the service.


Barnack & Villages Horticultural Show and Fete
The annual horticultural show and fete has been a local event since 1892 and is run by a committee of volunteers, this year we are looking for a secretary and another committee member to help us organise this popular show. We meet every 6-8weeks from February until the show in August, if you have a few hours to spare we look forward to having new people on the committee who can bring new ideas and keep the show going for the next 120years! If you are interested please contact Debra Martin740048


Village Ladies’ Group
On 26th October, members enjoyed Ruth’s informative talk on the way of life in Russia, especially schools, during the Communist era. She experienced some amusing moments during her visit and was surprised, as we all were, by their more unusual attitudes and customs.
Our Advent Party, held on 23rd November, got us into the festive spirit. Thanks to all those who attended, contributed to the seasonal buffet and entertainment, which all helped make the evening such an enjoyable event.
December – no meeting.
25th January 2011 – Beauty Evening, 7.45pm Ufford Village Hall. Come along and pick up some tips from the expert, Tessa Jackson.


Wildlife Evening
Thank you to all those who came to support our “Wildlife” evening on Friday 22 Oct. There were representatives from most of the villages in the Barnack ward and experts from Natural England, Peterborough City Council, P’boro Wildlife Trust.
Frieda Gosling gave an update on the survey of hedges which had been undertaken by volunteers in the villages – and showed the audience the good and the bad! There are some interesting and lovely hedges in the area but there are also some which have been very badly managed. The Wildlife Trust are keen to discuss with farmers the importance of the management of hedges for wildlife as part of the Higher Level Stewardship scheme. The bee hotels had sold well in the area and the audience were encouraged to make their gardens as “wildlife” friendly as possible – which sometimes means leaving an area untidy – not easy for some gardeners!
Chris Gardiner explained the problems with dog fouling at the Hills & Hollows – too much protein in dog food and the by-product is too rich for the wild flowers which kills them – hence the desire to “clean up”. Once you know there is a logical explanation it is much easier to support a campaign.
We then moved on to discussing the priorities for next year and the panel of experts answered questions. Once again the importance of insects in our lives and helping them with their food and habitat was stressed, in particular butterflies and bees – an the area we shall concentrate on.
It was a very happy and productive evening, well organised by Frieda Gosling and June Woollard.The progress being made in forming our Wildlife Corridor and the support from residents is very gratifying – biodiversity is the “in” word and it is good to know that the Barnack ward group are part of such a worthwhile project.


The Good News Library Van.
The Good News Library Van will not be coming to Barnack in Dec, as it will be too near to Christmas. However it will be back in Jan when it will be at Mike and Pam Mill’s house 17, Bishops Walk Barnack. We would like to wish everybody a happy Christmas, and hope to see you in the New Year.


Friends of Barnack Church.
In addition to the monthly draw we have and end of year draw with several larger prizes. All our lucky winners are listed below.
November draw.
£20. No.177 Mrs. D. Huckerby
£10. No.7 Mrs. C. Dennis
£5. No.32 Mr. D. Chadwick
December draw.
£20. No.130 Mrs. S. Baker
£10. No.93 Mr. R. Hackett
£5. No.53 Mr. I. Burrows
End of year draw.
£100 No.17 Mr. I. Crowson
£50 No.25 Mrs. J. Woollard
£50 No.96 Mrs. P. Sindall
£50 No.55 Mrs. B. Hooper
£50 No.58 Mrs. K. Swann
We would like to thank all those who contribute to the 200 club each year.


Bainton & Ashton Allotment Assoc
Although allotment owners were unable to start cultivation until March/April, the year has been very successful in producing a wide variety of fruit and vegetables, some of which were prize winners.
The recent cold wet weather has called a halt to most work on the allotments but hopefully it will help to slow down the weeds and will give the allotmenteers time to get their plots ready for next year.
The 100 Club continues with draws held on the last Thurs of each month. The exception will be the Dec draw which will be held on 16th Dec. The Club will start again next year with the first draw in February but numbers are available to buy now. The cost is £22 for eleven draws, each with a chance to win one of the five cash prizes - the perfect answer to those difficult Christmas presents! Please contact Hilary 740036 or Elaine 740827
The winning numbers in the Oct draw: £50 No 10; £ 25 No 71; £10 No 63; £ 10 No 29; £5 No 41 Next draw Thurs 25th Nov.


Baptist Church Youth Club
Continues on Dec 10th, (the last meeting of 2010). The first Youth Club of 2011 will be on Fri 7th Jan All young people in years 7-11 are welcome. There is a tuck shop, table tennis, pool, air hockey, Wii, craft activities and team games to enjoy. For more info contact Graham Dunn 749198


Barnack Baptist Church
We are looking forward to a very active few weeks as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus. All are welcome to join us at the following events: 12th Dec – Christingle service. Come along and enjoy a traditional Christingle service. We will also be continuing our tradition of an ad hoc all-age nativity. If you ever wanted to be an inn keeper or a shepherd this is your chance.
19th Dec – Community nativity service. Why not join in with the fun as we invite all our community groups and clubs to get involved in this nativity service. Little lambs, youth club and junior youth club will be there as we think about the birth of Jesus and the significance of this event for us today.
Christmas Day Service this is held in the Village Hall at 10-30 am, bring along a present and challenge the Minister to link it to a bible story. This service includes our favourite carols (decided by a poll as you enter) and will last about 45 minutes. We look forward to seeing you there.We wish everyone a very happy Christmas.

Baptist Church - Not Just Coffee
Do you have a couple of hours free on a Thursday morning? 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. During Dec we will be having our Christmas Lunch. For further information please contact Julie Stanton – Tel. 01780 749123