News and Events Feb 2011

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

Christmas 2010
Congratulations and thank you again to Peter Farrer for getting the newspapers through to us in up to 8 inches of snow and minus 6OF... said to be minus 11O F on the Pilsgate Heights.Peter always makes it and never moans or at least I’ve never heard him!
Thanks also to Liz Young and her choir for the excellent Choir Concert before Christmas; all rehearsed in a damp, cold, dark church on numerous nights before Christmas. It was an excellent affair and thanks to Liz and all.

Bumblebee Count
Building on the success of our Barnack Ward Wildlife Corridor we wondered if this year we could ask you to take part in a Bumblebee Count for 2011 between March and October. This will produce baseline information that could be used for monitoring future changes in bumblebee populations – and we all know how important bees are for our survival. A leaflet giving all the details of identification and recommendations for completing the survey will be circulated/available with the Parish Magazine next month. It is also be available electronically from This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Your participation will be much appreciated!

Barnack Methodist Chapel
We hope to see you for our first Coffee Morning and Cake Stall of 2011 on Saturday, 5 February at the usual time of 10 am to 11 am.

Barnack W.I.
Our old year ended with a splendid social evening in December. Our new president, Sue Chowings, was elected and the annual reports were presented. After this we
enjoyed a delicious supper with mulled wine, all prepared by the committee, and to end the evening we played “parlour games” which led to much mirth and a lot of fun.
The first meeting of the New Year began with several new members joining us, and after the business we heard a very interesting and entertaining talk by Mr. Ken Mayer entitled “A life within the law”. Mr. Mayer was a police officer, first in the Metropolitan Police and later became Chief Constable of Wiltshire. In between he served for several years as a Royal Protection Officer, much of the time escorting Prince Philip for whom he had a high regard.
His talk led to several questions after which he was thanked by Sue Wiles. The next meeting is on February 8th when we have a talk entitled “The language of flowers.” New members are always welcome. You may come as a visitor to two meetings to help you decide whether or not you would like to join.
Meetings are always on the second Tuesday of the month, and are in the Village Hall, at 7.30pm, unless otherwise stated. Liz Young.

Village Ladies’ Group
We start 2011 on 25th January with a Beauty Evening – Make-up & Skincare. Tessa Jackson will be talking to us and giving a demonstration on how to apply products to make the most of our looks.
22nd February – Meal Out. We will be going for lunch at The White Hart, Ufford, 12.30 p.m. – 2 courses for £10. Please indicate at the January meeting or inform a Committee member if you wish to come along.
22nd March – Annual General Meeting
Meetings are held in Ufford Village Hall – 7.45 p.m.

Barnack School Report
Sorry for not contributing to the previous few editions of the Parish News, my sincere apologies. May I wish you all a belated Happy New Year and thank you all for your contributions to Water Aid and attendance at the Harvest celebrations and Christmas plays, it was very nice to speak with many of you and welcome you into school.
We have a very exciting term ahead with many fun events planned for the children (and staff!). We currently have a whole school topic on the Ancient Egyptians with class entrances decorated as entrances to tombs with hieroglyphics on. It has been fun seeing the children walking around the school deciphering the codes, eager to share with me what they say. We found a mystery ‘Egyptian artefact’ on the school field with police tape around in the second week of term, lots of investigative work to find out how it got there? What is was? Where is it from?
We have planned a problem solving day related to the Egyptians later in the term, where the children in their house teams will participate in some Ancient Egyptian tasks such as pulling stones for building pyramids across the playground on their own designed sledges.
This term we will also be having our annual pancake race on the playground and our handwriting week to show our best handwriting, headteacher included! We will also be having a Candlemas Service in the Church on the 2nd February.
I am also delighted to announce that we will be opening our newly decorated and installed children’s kitchen area at school which has been in much need of some care and attention. My thanks to the many parents who have helped with this project, from making curtains, fitting units, to tiling walls. We would be delighted to show you the new kitchen project if you are passing by.
Our school football and netball teams have also had continued successes in matches against Northborough School with more matches planned for this term. Congratulations also go to the Year 6 Maths Team who represented our school at the National Young Mathematicians Awards and were runners up in the regional final, winning the school £100.
We all look forward to another term of enjoyable learning and my thanks as always go to all the staff, parents, governors and children who make the school the great place that it is to work in!
Stuart Wainwright, Headteacher

The Good News Library Van
In February The Good News Library Van will be at Margaret Durdey’s house, 12 Canon Drive, Barnack from 10.30 until midday on Tuesday February 15th.
We are a small group and we invite anyone who hasn’t been before to come along on your own or with a friend and look at the selection of books, which are available for you to borrow for as long as you like, so don’t worry if you only have a limited time for reading! Margaret will make you very welcome.

Have your say
There will be a chance to have your say on proposals for future development in the Peterborough area when a number of consultations open 11th February – 24th March 2011.
These include the Peterborough Site Allocations development plan document, which sets out proposed sites for new development on a map; the Planning Policies Development plan document, which outlines draft policies for items including building design and car parking requirements; and the Design in Villages supplementary planning document, which helps give rural parishes more power to push for high quality design in their local village.
All documents can be viewed at: and copies will also be available in all local libraries and at the Council offices at Bayard Place. Comments can be made online or the email address for comments is: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Youth Club
Youth Club this month will be on Friday the 4th and Friday the 18th, with the usual tuck shop, table tennis, pool, air hockey, Wii, craft activities and time to just chill with friends. Towards the end of each session there’s a short talk , followed by some team games to end the evening. All young people in school years 7-11 are welcome. 50p subs per session. From 7.30 to 9pm. The Youth Club is run by Barnack Baptist Church, for more information contact Graham Dunn 749198.

Little Lambs Toddler Group
Little Lambs is held every Tuesday morning in Barnack Village Hall from 10-00am to 12-00 noon during school term-time. (So there’ll will be no Little Lambs on Tuesday 22nd February.) All carers and their children and babies are very welcome. We have lots of toys, games and books and activities for the children. Home- made cakes and proper coffee (for the adults!) are served about 11 o’clock, with fruit, biscuits and squash for the children. We then have lots of fun together with a bible story time and action songs, ending with a short time for the children to whizz around the hall on ‘ride-ons’. Little Lambs is run by Barnack Baptist Church, for more information contact Karen Dunn 749198 or Val Haines-Eynon 740017.

Not Just Coffee
Not Just Coffee is normally held every Thursday morning in Barnack Village Hall, unfortunately there’ll be no Not Just Coffee on the 3rd February, but we will be there on all the other Thursdays in February. It’s a very informal, friendly place for people of all ages to get together between 10.30 am and 12 noon. 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, board games, with scrabble our current favourite, and table tennis or just enjoy a chat. Everyone is very welcome, so come along and give it a try. It’s only £1 a week, including the refreshments, which goes towards the hire of the hall. Run by Barnack Baptist Church. For further information please contact Julie Stanton 749123

Christmas Charity Concert
The annual charity concert organised by Barnack Baptist Church took place two evenings before Christmas. It was a very cold night, with snow on the ground that had fallen the day before, but the Village Hall was full. We had wonderful evening of entertainment with talented performances of music, singing, dancing and seasonal poems. Mince pies and mulled wine complemented the festive mood during the interval. Thank you to everyone who came along and helped to make this a really successful and enjoyable event. All the ticket money, together with the offering at the service on Christmas Day, £420 in total, will be going to the church building project in Arua, in the West Nile region of Uganda. The money will be personally handed over to the church in the summer of this year.