News & Events June 2019


As part of Rutland and Stamford Open Studios Katherine Winfrey will once again be opening her pottery workshop to the public. Come and see some pots being made and a display of Katherine’s work.

10am - 4pm, Saturday & Sunday, The Old Butcher’s Shop, The Square, Barnack PE9 3EA 

Are you feeding  my cat?

I wonder if someone has been feeding my fluffy tabby cat.   I live in Bishops Walk and she seems to be spending more and more time away from home.  

Would be grateful if you could call me if Dolly is spending time at your house.   Thank you.   Helena  01780 740488


The winners of the April  Draw were:

56£25Malcolm Bayes

18£15Sue Chowings

19£10Lynn Robinson

On April 24 the green was a lovely sight.  All the rinks were occupied for the first match of the season which took place between the Chairman’s team and the Treasurer’s team.  Although there were a few drops of rain the match took place mainly in warm sunshine and the eventual honours went to the Treasurer’s team by 3 shots.

Barnack Flower Club

Our thanks to those who contributed to the flowers in the Church for Easter and for the compliments received.

On Wednesday 19th June we will have a members only visit to Anne Egglestone’s garden with Afternoon Tea and a Plant Stall for Club funds.

Dates for your diary

8th & 9th June - Wittering Church

Flower Festival. All Saints, Church Road, 

Wittering 10am to 4pm

Come see the flowers, something for the kids as well and have a cream tea whilst you are at it

6th July - Cottesmore Military Wives Choir

Wittering Church

7th July - Bainton & Ashton Family Day

Bainton House All welcome

1pm start with a BBQ. Stalls open at 2pm

22nd September - Bainton & Ashton Apple & Cider Day, Paddock View, Bainton

Rutland Yukalayee are already booked in as part of the entertainment

There might even be some cider on sale.

Wittering Flower Festival

Sat 8th June 10:30 – 4:00

Sun 9th June 11:30 – 4:00

Every one welcome Cream Teas on sale

All money from the teas to support Wittering Church. The Barnack & District branch of the RBL is supporting this event with a donation.

Village Ladies

Our luncheon venue for this month is The Bertie Arms in Uffington on 12 June at 12.30 pm.   Please contact Jenny (740 792) if you would like to come but haven’t already put your name down. 

Bainton Allotments

No price is set on the lavish summer;

June may be had by the poorest comer.

James Russel Lowell 1819 – 1891.

June is the month that reminds the allotment plot holders why they did all that work in spring. A dinner of freshly picked new potatoes, broad beans and asparagus followed by strawberries and cream is hard to beat. Yes the supermarkets will have new potatoes from Egypt grown in the shadow of the pyramids under copious amounts of camel dung but nothing beats the flavour of freshly picked fruit and vegetables grown under organic principles. This is without mentioning air miles, heavy use of pesticides and the need for refrigeration whereas a gentle stroll back to the little stone built cottage in Bainton or Ashton with roses round the door is suitable exercise to develop a modest, healthy appetite. 

The allotments are, not surprisingly, a microcosm of modern life. Some of us garden their plot in a traditional allotment style of plants in rows in a large single plot whereas many use a variant on the more modern style of raised or deep beds with paths either side for access to plants. 

Mostly we raise traditional crops of potatoes, root crops, brassica, alliums and peas/beans with some having a greenhouse for frost sensitive plants such as tomatoes, melons, chillies and sweet peppers. 

However we have one member who raises leaf crops common to the Indian sub-continent in square raised beds with gullies on either side. There are imports from China in the form of spinach alternatives such as Pak Choi and also exotic Cucumelon from South America although to be honest the latter are not worth the effort. 

When we have our open morning with tea and cakes in late August, come along and see what is going on.

The Buttercross Club

The meeting on Wednesday, 1st May, was a talk by Jill Collinge who is a Blue Cross guide in Stamford and an expert on the history of both the town itself and beyond, into the heart of Lincolnshire. She has been a guest speaker at the Buttercross before so we knew we were in for a treat. The topic we chose from her repertoire of talks was’Affairs of the Heart’, and we were not disappointed. She dealt with love affairs ranging from the clandestine to the tragic to the scandalous. Jill has a phenomenal memory; the only reference to written material was when she read us fragments of poetry or quotations pertinent to what she was describing. In one hour we learnt the story behind at least sixteen love affairs, of which just three are described below to give  a flavour of a very enjoyable evening.

People have wondered why the Dukes of Rutland own Haddon Hall in Derbyshire as well as their seat at Belvoir Castle. Sir George Vernon was a prosperous landowner who lived in Haddon Hall. His second daughter, Dorothy, was the apple of his eye and he became very upset when she fell in love with John Manners, son of the first Earl of Rutland, who lived in Belvoir Castle. Some say Sir George’s disapproval was because the Vernons were Catholics and the Manners were Protestant. It seems the young couple used the wedding breakfast of Dorothy’s older sister to elope and they were married the next day. There was a happy ending to their tale. There was a reconciliation between the couple and Sir George and when he died, two years’ later, they inherited the Haddon Hall estate - which is how the Dukes of Rutland continue to own Haddon Hall. 

Jill told us about Anthony Jenkinson of Teigh in Rutland who worked for the Muscovy Company and his illegitimate daughter Anne Whakeley who was expected to marry a certain William Shakespeare. Although the banns of marriage between the two were read, on November 27th, 1582, he actually married Anne Hathaway who gave birth to their oldest daughter, Susanna, six months later. Anne Whakeley, so it has been said, joined a convent as she was so upset. There is speculation that she may have been the dark lady of the sonnets or even the model for Rosalind in ‘As You Like It’.

A descendent of William Cecil, Lord Burghley, whose name was Henry Cecil married bigamously in April,1790, a farmer’s daughter called Sarah Hoggins. He had fled to Great Bolas in Shropshire because he was in considerable debt following the separation from his wife Emma (who had been having an affair with the Reverend William Sneyd). He was living in humble circumstances with the Hoggins family under an assumed name, John Jones. In 1791 he obtained a divorce by Act of Parliament and went through a legal marriage ceremony with Sarah in the same year. In December, 1793, Henry’s uncle, the Earl of Exeter, died and Henry inherited the vast Burghley estate and the title, Earl of Exeter. Sarah was called the cottage countess. She bore him three sons and a daughter but sadly died aged just 23 after the birth of their youngest son, Thomas. When Henry died the estate was inherited by his son Brownlow. Alfred, Lord Tennyson, wrote a poem about this episode in Burgley history called ‘The Lord Of Burleigh’ published in 1842 and there is a portrait of the couple with one of their children in the Billiard Room of Burghley House.

Diary dates:- on June 5th for our annual garden visit we are going to the Old Vicarage, Church Road, Burley on the Hill. Please note that it is in the afternoon. It is £8.50 per person to include tea and cake. Please meet at the Reading Room punctually at 2pm as we are expected at 2:30pm. We shall travel four per car to assist parking. On July 3rd there will be a talk by Sophie Driver on ‘Our amazing bacteria and what they do for us’. On July 19th there is also our visit to John Clare Cottage to see the play, ‘Sense and Sensibility’ by the Pantaloons Theatre Company. Tickets cost £13:50.

Little Lambs

Little Lambs is a lovely friendly toddler group for parents, grandparents and carers with babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers up to 4 years old.  We meet in Barnack Village Hall on Tuesdays during Barnack School term time from 10am to 12 noon, so that’s every Tuesday this month.  

The first hour is free play time with lots of toys, a slide and see-saw, home play corner, baby area and craft activity for little hands.

Just before 11am everyone joins in with clearing away the toys and we put out tables and chairs for snack time.  Snack time at Little Lambs is very special with cafetiere coffee or tea and  cakes for the grown-ups, which are usually homemade,  and a snack bowl with fruit and a biscuit or bread-stick for the children. 

Afterwards we go into the side room for a very short bible story and lots of action songs, with Rev Dave on guitar to lead the singing. Then for the last 5- 10 minutes there are ride-ons in the main hall for the children to use up their last bit of energy before going home.     

Little Lambs is great for the babies and toddlers to experience the fun of being with and playing with other children, and for their parents and carers to meet new people, catch up with friends and to sit down for a nice coffee!    Little Lambs is run by Barnack Church for everyone in Barnack and the surrounding villages.   A very warm welcome awaits.  Please contact Julie Stanton on 07885563128 to find out more.

Messy Church with Barnack Church

Messy Church this month is on Sunday 9th June in Barnack Village Hall from 4pm to 5.45pm.    We are looking forward to a busy fun filled time, with lots of bible themed activities, crafts and games then a short very family friendly celebration service with the bible story, songs and a prayer.   

Afterwards everyone is invited to stay for a tea-time meal, usually sandwiches, cake and fruit, with plenty of time to chat and get to know each other.   If you have not been before do come along and give it a try.  Everyone really welcome.  

Messy Church is great for families and all who are young at heart.  There’s no charge but donations are welcome to help cover the costs.      To find out more please call Rev Dave Maylor 740234 or Julie Stanton 07885563128 or 749123. 


Thank you to the Stamford Concert Singers for so ably entertaining us last month.

Their programme was varied, lively and accomplished!  It was encouraging to see the church so full and for the building to be used for such an occasion.  

Thank you to all those who had worked hard to make the evening such a success, a substantial amount of the money raised was kindly donated to the Barnack Church Heating Project.

Barnack Church Coffee Morning

There will be NO Barnack Church Coffee Morning in June. Please visit again in July.

Barnack W.I.

The evening began with expressions of sadness at the recent death of Judith Browne. Judith was a member for very many years until ill health made it difficult for her to attend evening meetings. And being Judith she was always ready to volunteer her help with whatever project was being planned. She wiil be much missed by W.I. members and by many more in this village and we offer her family our sincere sympathy.

Our speaker this month was Colin Deeley. He is a mine of information on the National Trust and had spoken to us before. This time his subject was Belton House, probably our nearest National Trust property. We learned about the Brownlow family, of how the building had changed over the years, notably with first the removal and then replacement of turrets and pinnacles on the roof! 

Many of us will know Belton as much for the splendid adventure playground as for the house, as I suspect that we will often have visited to the delight of our children and grandchildren! Colin told us of recent refurbishments to the playground which now boasts a shop, an eatery and toilets. The present Lord Brownlow gave the building to the National Trust some years ago and no longer lives in the house, but took one particular treasure with him to his new home, a copy of the Mona Lisa! After questions Colin was thanked by Chris Power.

Next month our speaker is another Colin, Colin Ray. His talk has the intriguing title, “Building Curios”.

So do come and find out what that is all about!


If you are free on a Wednesday morning why not come along and see what Coffee Stop is all about – that is if you don’t attend already!  You will be assured of a warm welcome.  We continue to be encouraged by seeing new faces (yes, young and older!) coming along most weeks.  

Coffee Stop provides an opportunity to meet different people, build new friendships and continue to grow existing ones.  

The next Coffee Stop Sing Along will take place on Wednesday 29th May and then on the last Wednesday in July.  The Sing Along session takes place on the last Wednesday of the month, every other month.

Don’t forget that Coffee Stop is also a collection point for any bottles donated for the bottle tombola for the Party in the Paddock (13th July).  There are also raffle tickets on sale until the end of June, the list of excellent prizes keeps on growing.

Homemade cakes, scones and tea cakes, ‘real’ coffee (plus ‘Take out’ drinks) at very reasonable prices are always available.  If people would like to see anything else being offered we will always listen to your suggestions.  Coffee Stop is held in Barnack Village Hall every Wednesday from 10.30am to 12.00 noon in the side room   Open to everyone - we look forward to welcoming you.   Lifts are available if required.  

It takes a wonderful team of helpers to ensure that Coffee Stop runs effectively every week, thank you to all those involved.  If you feel you would like to assist in any way (even if it is helping occasionally to set up or put the tables and chairs away) or bake a cake now and then, please speak to Carol (740438).

Barnack Church Patronal Celebration (Sunday 23rd June)

The celebration of the Barnack Church patronal anniversary this year will be a little different from that of previous years.  As there will be a major focus on the Party In The Paddock (on 13th July), with the Barnack Community Association, the Barnack School Association and St John’s Church all collaborating closely together, there will not be a separate Fete as part of the Church’s patronal celebration on 23rd June. 

Instead, there will be a Songs Of Praise service in the Church at 10.30am, followed by a Holy Communion service afterwards; and in the afternoon, there will be a Cream Tea event at 4pm, with the opening of the Grand Draw raffle at 5.30pm.  

Please do come along and join in the celebrations in both the morning and afternoon!  

Barnack Church Men’s Breakfast (Saturday 22nd June)

The monthly Men’s Breakfast will be at 8.30am Saturday 22nd June (the fourth Saturday of the month) in the Barnack Village Hall.  

As usual, there will be a “hearty” breakfast (no calorie counting!), a very interesting speaker, and time for the guys to chat and put the world to rights! 

There is no need to book a place in advance, but please tell David Laycock (740267) or Mike Mills (740285) if you plan to come with loads of friends (they would be extremely welcome), so that catering can be adjusted accordingly!

 Barnack’s Annual Village Meeting

I always look forward to hearing the reports from our various village groups as they share news of what has been happening over the last year.  Not only our Parish Council, but a huge number of other villagers, give of their time and energy to promote great activities and initiatives within our village and to such people we say thank you, what you do is appreciated.  

I think Barnack is a great place to live and feel fortunate that many people work to ensure that the village remains lively and dynamic.  However, I was saddened that all the positive aspects of the meeting appeared to evaporate in the light of the criticism and negativity that was expressed by some residents.

Carol Pickering


A recent survey of the residents of Bainton and Ashton by the St Mary’s Vision Group indicated a demand for a Community Choir. Such a Choir would be open to anyone not just those with a musical or choral background.

The Group is exploring the possibility of establishing such a Choir and would like to open it up to anyone within the Benefice.

We are also looking for someone to lead and rehearse the Choir and also someone to provide musical accompaniment at rehearsals. Subject to funding these may be paid positions. These two roles would not involve much by way of administration as we already have a volunteer administrator.

If you would be interested in joining or leading please contact Nigel Clough email ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or phone-01780 740043.


Big thank you this month to Zoe Noyes – our very own Paynes Field resident, and Megan Epperson, who did a fantastic job of organising Barnack’s first Spring Fair on Saturday May 4th at the Village Hall. Despite the rather chilly, unpredictable English weather, the event attracted a constant stream of shoppers from opening time at 10.00 until closing time at 4.00pm. There were some great stalls not only in the hall but also a marquee in the car park, selling beautiful items from Hunters Interiors,Alice Darking, RH Prints, Lisa Armitage Beauty Products, Michael Taylor’s Art, Amanda Caroline Couture and many others…

Zoe organised the event to support the Bumble Bee Conservation Trust as well as donating a share of her profits to the Barnack Community Association to help maintain the Village Hall. 

Thank you so much for your support!


Another big thank you to the mowing team volunteers who shifted a tonne of grass cuttings from the Rectory Paddock on a sunny Sunday morning. Thank you also to local gardener Edward Haynes who kindly provided the trailer and disposed of the cuttings! The volunteer mowing rota is now agreed for the next 8 weeks running up to the big day, to ensure you have a beautiful looking paddock on July 13th!

Raffle tickets are on sale NOW – contact Sally Hullock 07795 565658 or Debra Martin 07519 678576 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . £1 a ticket or £5 a book. Hot Air Balloon Ride, Wheelbarrow of Booze, Restaurant vouchers, Hindmarch Petrol Vouchers some of the great prizes to win


Please drop off any donations at your local Tombola Bottle Station collection points! 

Coffee Stop Wednesday 10.30-12.00

Rev Dave - Rectory House, Millstone ln 

Debra Martin – Mistletoe House, Wittering Road.


FRIDAY 19th JULY at 7.30 pm at the Village Hall. All welcome.


parish newsWe are looking for a volunteer to help with stapling and folding the Parish News JUST ONCE A YEAR. 

This would be in September each year.

It is a good excuse for a group of friends to get together over a cup of coffee to do this task and help to keep the Parish News running. 

Adverts organiser Wanted

Could you spare some free time to volunteer with organising the advertising in the Parish News? 

This involves accepting enquiries from potential advertisers, invoicing them when they book space and checking that the invoice is paid.

If think you could help or would like to know more, please contact Lisa Chadwick, the Editor 740893 if you are able to help.