News and Events Jan 2011

Burns Night
Ufford Village Hall is the venue for the unmissable celebration of the Scottish Baird’s life and work.
Come and join in the fun and dance to the Fruitcake Band, listen to the address to the Haggis and then eat the wee beastie (the Piper comes free)!
The date for your diary is Saturday 29th January 2011 from 7.30pm.
Tickets are £10 and can be bought from Liz James on 01780 740959.

Barnack Bowls 200 Club
Members of the 200 Club are reminded that subscriptions for 2011 are now due ie £24 for the year or £13 twice a year.  I know we are all experiencing financial constraint but I do hope you will all renew your subscriptions again this year. 
You will get 36 opportunities to win one of the monthly prizes whilst helping to provide financial help towards the maintenance of our beautiful green which is the envy of many in the area.
It goes without saying that new members of the 200 Club and the Bowling Club itself are always more than welcome.  Contact me, Jill Unsworth, 01780740456, if you are interested.

The Children’s Society
Once again we have come to the end of another year and it is time for our box opening to take place.  Last year I banked on your behalf £574.96 which was a little down on the previous year but still an impressive total.  The Children’s Society, like all charities, relies very much on donations to help them continue with the good work they do with homeless, runaway, abused and poverty stricken children or children who are carers of a parent or sibling.  This year, as cuts to local services are made, it could well be that more of these children will need the Society’s help and the money raised from boxes goes towards funding the various projects which the Society runs throughout the country.
If anyone would like a box for 2011 in which to collect odd loose change and support the work of the Society please contact me at the number below, I do have a few spares.
I would be extremely grateful if you could bring your boxes to church on Sundays in January or, if this is not convenient please give me a ring and I will arrange to collect direct from you.  Many thanks – June Graham, Pilsgate (Tel: 01780 740387)

Pristine Church.
Many thanks to everyone who came to brush away all the cobwebs which had gathered in out of reach places in the Barnack Parish Church.
Feather dusters, extremely long handled brooms and two vacuum cleaners, in the hands of enthusiastic workers, soon made a world of difference.
My sincere thanks are also extended to the team of ladies who cleaned the lower section once the dust had settled.
Your regular monthly support in keeping the building looking pristine is very much appreciated.
I wish you all a very happy new year and look forward to your continued support.
Thank you. Maureen Groom.   

Barnack Methodist Chapel
We managed to clear a path to our doors for our Our Coffee Morning and Cake Stall on Saturday, 4 December and were rewarded by  your company which helped to raise £153.20 for our funds.  Thank you everyone who came. We will not be holding a Coffee Morning in January and so look forward to welcoming you again on Saturday, 5 February at the usual time of 10 am to 11 am. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support during 2010 and also to wish you all a Happy New Year.

Bainton Buttercross Club
Unsurprisingly in view of the very icy weather, quite a few members were unable to make it to the December meeting. However, those that came had a really enjoyable and fun evening thanks to the expertise of Sheila Bratley and Marjorie Coups, who demonstrated Christmas floral arrangements and then helped those of us who were trying to make our own creations.
Sheila showed us arrangements made with fresh foliage whilst Marjorie made arrangements using artificial flowers and greenery. We learnt a lot, including the fact that it is a great deal harder than one might think to create a well-balanced Christmas arrangement!
The next meeting will be the AGM on February 2nd when the speaker will be from Peterborough Soup Kitchen. 
Newcomers will be given a very warm welcome. We have an interesting programme planned for 2011 but we are keen to attract new members with new ideas.

Village  Ladies’  Group
The Advent Party in November was enjoyed by all who attended.  Proceeds of the raffle amounting to £70 will be donated to this year’s charity – The Evergreen Care Trust.
There is no meeting in December, as members are busy with Christmas preparations.
We begin the New Year with a Beauty Evening on 25th January in Ufford Village Hall – 7.45pm.  Tessa Jackson will be telling us how to make the most of our looks.  Come and pick up some tips from the expert.
The Good News Library Van
The Good News Library Van will be coming to Barnack again this month on Tuesday January 18th. It will be at Mike and Pam Mill’s house, 17 Bishops Walk, Barnack, from 10.30 until 12noon.There will be a number of new books on the van this month, and there will also be DVD’s and CD’s for you to look at and borrow if you wish.
This is a venue that we haven’t been to for some time, so there is an extra special welcome for everybody to come for a coffee and a chat, even if you have never been before. Do come.

The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal 2010
I am so pleased to let everyone know that the total amount raised this year,
during the 2 week Poppy Appeal, was £4339.26.
Towards which the actual sale of poppies contributed    £3470.63
The balance comprised the Remembrance Day Church collection, sale of wreaths, very generous donations and  a sponsored run at R.A.F. Wittering.
 The Barnack and District British Legion Branch   covers:  Barnack and Pilsgate, Bainton and Ashton, Ufford and Southorpe,  Wittering village, R.A.F. Wittering, Certain points in Helpston also for this period!
A great total and surprisingly, in the current financial climate, very close to the total for 2009
So, once again and most sincerely, I want to thank everyone who has helped by collecting, supporting and donating to produce this wonderful result.    J Morrice

Thanks from Barnack Church
Our Christmas Coffee Morning was a great success - despite the dreadful weather! Your support resulted in a wonderful total of £316. Home-made cakes and donations for our raffle raised over £150 of this. Thank you to those who gave so generously.
We have received 35 Gift Boxes for the Romanian Orphans. These have been sent off and we are told that the gifts of sweets, smellies, pencils, crayons, scarves and gloves etc are welcomed by the children who have very little. Thank you very much.
Our recent 60/70’s Disco in the Village Hall raised a grand total of £506. It was a most enjoyable evening. The music was terrific, the food scrumptious and the company of friends greatly enjoyed. Thank you to everyone who helped in any way. Your support made it so successful.

Wildlife Proposals For 2011
We would like to thank everyone who supported our projects in Barnack Ward this year, either as a volunteer to help with hedge surveys or by encouraging wildlife to visit your garden.  We shall be concentrating on bumblebees and butterflies next year. 
Numbers of both have decreased dramatically, largely due to loss of habitats and the use of chemical sprays on farm land.  Both bumblebees and butterflies are indicators of the health of environments.
Tony Buckland of Gardener`s World says:
Bumblebees are one of the most endearing insect visitors to any garden.  Without their pollination services many flowers would produce no seeds, and vegetable yields would suffer.  To help bees we all need to find room for bee-friendly plants, many of which are extremely beautiful and look great in the garden.” 
We are advised to grow traditional cottage garden flowers and native wild flowers rather than highly cultivated bedding plants which have little nectar.  We should also aim to have flowers all through the season from the early primroses to the last Michaelmas daisies.  So, to cheer yourself up through these cold, dark days why not start to plan next year’s garden?
Two excellent websites will take your mind off the weather:
www.bumblebeeconservation.org.uk
www.butterfly-conservation.org.uk
We shall be back with details in a month’s time. Zena and Frieda

Youth Club
The first Youth Club of 2011 will be on Friday 7th January in Barnack Village Hall and will continue every other Friday after that, up until the Easter holidays.  All young people in school years 7-11 are welcome.
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.    50p subs per session, 7.30 to 9pm.
 The Youth Club is run by Barnack Baptist Church, for more information contact Graham Dunn 749198.

Junior Youth Club
Junior Youth Club is for school years 5 and 6 and takes place twice a term in Barnack Village Hall.  The children take part in all the activities of the main Youth Club but with a bit more emphasis on organised team games.   The next session is on Friday January 28th, from 7pm to 8.30pm, 50p subs + a small amount for the tuck shop and crafts.  All children in school years 5 and 6 are welcome.   Junior Youth Club is run by Barnack Baptist Church, for more information contact Julie Stanton 749123.

Little Lambs Toddler Group
Little Lambs starts up again after the Christmas break on Tuesday 11th January and runs every Tuesday morning during school term-time, from 10-00 to 12-00 in Barnack Village Hall.  All carers and their children and babies are very welcome.  The group is becoming very popular with over 20 carers and their children on our register.  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 , with the hall cleared of toys, the older children whizz around on a selection of ‘ride-ons’.  Little Lambs is run by Barnack Baptist Church, for more information contact Karen Dunn 749198 or Val Haines-Eynon 740017.

ot Just Coffee
Not Just Coffee in Barnack Village Hall will start up again after a short Christmas break on Thursday the 6th January (we are not getting together on the 23rd or 30th December).  This is a weekly opportunity for people of all ages to get together, between 10.30am and 12 noon.   It’s very informal, arrive when you like and stay for as long as you wish, but tea, coffee and homemade cakes are served about 11.15.  There are craft activities, table tennis and scrabble, or just have a chat.  So why not make it a New Year’s resolution to try out Not Just Coffee.   Run by Barnack Baptist Church For further information please contact Julie Stanton  749123