News and Events August 2019


Many thanks to Peter Jackson for volunteering to take responsibility for organising the advertising in the Parish News.

All future advert enquiries should be sent to Peter 

Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 01780 740562. 

Thank you too to Margaret Broadbelt who has volunteered to take up the September Parish News collating slot.

An opinion: reply to Mrs L. Barker

Thank you for your concern.

If you live in Bainton or Ashton, please send me your home address via the Editor, as I cannot find a Mrs L. Barker on the Electoral  Register. 

We will then not plant bulbs near your house frontage.

The planting as stated is for common ground, verges, Bainton Pinfold and Ashton Green. David Hare

JOIN Bainton & Ashton in Bloom

Community Bulb Plant Sats. 12th & 19th Oct. To plant daffodil, snowdrop, crocus bulbs and cherry trees, on common land, being verges, pinfold,and Ashton Green.

It will bring long-term improvement  to our environment, with young and old  planting bulbs together.

Thank you, Peterborough Communities Fund

Hills & Holes Update

At the time of printing, work will have begun on the revetment on the public footpath that runs along the Walcott Hall. This is the first stage of the project to fence off the public footpath from the reserve.  As discussed at the village meeting, there will still be pedestrian access gates to the reserve from the footpath, however livestock will be isolated from the path in the grazing season.  Further works and fencing to the footpath project will be ongoing throughout the autumn and winter, so please look out on the reserve notice boards for notices and dates.

The sheep will be making their return to the reserve towards the end of August (look out for dates on the reserve notice boards).  There will be some additions to the flock as we plan to purchase some Herdwicks and some extremely rare Leicestershire long wool sheep.

The recent sunny period has finally brought out the butterflies in large numbers on the Hills & Holes which reminds me that the ‘Big Butterfly Count’ will be running again this summer.  Butterflies as well as other pollinators play an important role on our planet.  It is key that we continue to monitor their numbers, especially in regards to climate change.  You can play your part and take part in the survey by counting numbers in your garden.  Further details and butterfly chart can be found on their website (See p18 for more info).

Have a great summer.  Steve Bighi, Warden BHH

Barnack Youth Club

We are now finished for the Summer and look forward to welcoming new Year 7’s in September. We welcome all young people in school years 7-11 who live in Barnack, Bainton, Ashton, Southorpe, Ufford, Pilsgate and Wothorpe. 

There are plenty of activities to suit all; table tennis, pool/snooker, table football, air hockey table, craft activities and tuck shop, the evening usually ends with team games. Entrance Fee is £1.50 + a bit extra for tuck shop (optional).

Youth Club Calendar Dates for Sept 2019 - July 2020

2019, September 6th & 20th, October 4th & 18th, November 1st, 15th & 29th, December 13th

2020, January 10th & 24th, February 7th & 28th, March 13th & 27th, April 24th, May 15th, June 5th & 19th, July 3rd & 10th


You will be assured of a warm welcome on a Wednesday morning when Coffee Stop is operating in the village hall.  Coffee Stop provides an opportunity to meet different people, build new friendships and continue to grow existing ones.  It’s also a great place to keep a ‘look out’ for the Library van whilst enjoying your coffee.

The next Coffee Stop Sing Along will take place on Wednesday 31st July – you can reserve a table! The Sing Along session takes place on the last Wednesday of the month, every other month.

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.  

Thank you to all those who brought their bottles along to Coffee Stop for the bottle tombola at Party in the Paddock and those who purchased raffle tickets – hope you were lucky!  A big thank you also to those stalwart Coffee Stop helpers who did such a great job in the Cream Tea Tent and on the Cake stall on the day, not forgetting all those who baked for the event.

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).

The Buttercross Club

Our meeting on Wednesday, 3rd July, which was very well attended, was an illustrated talk entitled ‘Our Amazing Bacteria and What They Do For Us’, given by nutritional therapist, Sophie Driver. Sophie lives in Helpston and works at the Broad Street Practice in Stamford. She concentrated her talk on the bacteria in the gut and we were surprised to learn that there are 300 times more bacteria in our gut than there are stars in the Milky Way! These bacteria behave rather like an ecosystem where one species’ waste is another species’ dinner. The different bacteria aid digestion and the break down of food in the gut. The approximate weight of the total gut microbiota is 2kg. 

Good bacteria help us to have a healthy gut, thus providing us with protection against some forms of cancer, lowering the risk of diabetes and aiding in the fight against obesity. We can help ourselves by getting enough sleep, eating healthily and lowering our stress levels. Antibiotics have created problems, not just because overuse affects their efficacy, but also because they kill both the good and bad bacteria. Obviously there are extremely serious illnesses such as sepsis where antibiotics are vital but their use has an adverse effect on the health of our gut and they should only be used in emergencies. 

Sophie said that we are too clean nowadays. We definitely need some bacteria. The impact on our health of overuse of antibacterial cleaners is as follows: there is a greater likelihood of illness; there is an increase in allergic and autoimmune problems; there is increased inflammation in the gut; we can age more quickly; our brain function alters and sleep, mood and pain sensitivity are affected. 

In conclusion she said we need to nurture our microbiomes and can help ourselves by eating prebiotic and probiotic foods: prebiotic such as garlic, onions, greens, soya beans  and bananas: probiotic such as yoghurt, kefir (a milk), sauerkraut, pickles, fish sauce and fish paste and fermented foods.

Diary dates: The meeting on Wednesday, August 7th, is at Dame Mary Tanner’s house. It is a games evening – boules in the garden or a quiz in the barn if the sporting activities are rained off! There will be Pimms and nibbles. 

NB: We are starting at the earlier time of 6:30pm.

Village Ladies

Our luncheon venue for this month is The Bluebell, Helpston on 14 August at 12.30pm.

Friends of Barnack Church

Recent winners are:


£20  No.88  F. West

£10  No. 169  J. Graham

£5    No. 186  L. Harley


£20  No. 46  M. Farka

£10  No. 18  D. Martin

£5    No. 53  I. Burrows


Party in the Paddock

 – A Big Thank You from Barnack Community Association

On behalf of Barnack Community Association (BCA), I wanted to say a huge thank you to the amazing bunch of volunteers that joined our PIP Organising Team back in February this year.

It took 10 meetings, every 2 weeks, to bring you this year’s Party in the Paddock and the Villages’ Horticultural Show! The PIP team comprised of: Carol Pickering, Liz Young, Mike Mills, Rev Dave, Kim Maylor, Steve Rickard, Ann Mackay, Hollie McCoy, Helen Pearman, Debra Martin, Lauren Craig-Tyler, Rachael Thorn, Holly Edge, Vicky Shaw, Sarah Spademan, Sally Walton.

It was a fantastic day and we have raised an incredible £4,500 profit which will be shared between the BCA, Barnack Church and Barnack School.

I also want to thank all the community volunteers who stepped up to prepare the paddock in the 8 weeks running up to the big day – the ride-on mower training by Steve Rickard generated much excitement! 

The people who turned up the weekend before and helped erect all the marquees and staging; then all the people who helped on the day serving refreshments; cream teas & cakes; selling raffle tickets; entry gate ticketing; running human football; doing crafts and tattoos; stewarding and judging the Hort show; running all the games; the Rowing Machine Challenge and then the clear down on the Sunday – a lot of hard work but all worthwhile when you see everyone coming together as a Community and enjoying themselves on the day!

A final big thank you to the Rickard Family, who started the event back in 2016, and who have kindly passed on all their knowledge and insight (and amazing spreadsheets!), that contributed to this year’s PIP being such a success.

We said this event could only happen if we generated enough village support and enthusiasm, and I think we have proved for this year, at least, we have had plenty of it!

Sally Hullock – Barnack Community Association

PARTY in the PADDOCK Thanks from – The Barnack Church Team

After many months in the planning, Party in the Paddock went ahead on 13th July.  We were fortunate that the rain held off until later that evening and the whole event was buzzing with people and a great atmosphere.  

This year, for the first time, folk from the church were involved in the planning and execution of various aspects of the day, namely the fete-type games, the bottle tombola, cream tea tent and cake stall.

For those of us who attended the planning meetings it was interesting, and pretty astounding, to witness the huge amount of work that goes into the event. At the first planning meeting back in February, the emphasis was on the sourcing of sponsors which enabled the compilation of the programme to begin.  

Like many other things, one doesn’t appreciate the amount of work that goes into something until you are involved yourself.  Working alongside others in the community, and specifically the members of Barnack Community Association, has been a privilege, and fun, and has laid the foundation of friendships and an opportunity to unite facets of our village.  

Thanks are due, once again, to Rev Dave and Kim Maylor for opening their home and garden and accommodating all the challenges PIP poses, not just on the day but for weeks prior to the event itself. 

Also a huge thank you to those members of the BCA who seem especially endowed with endless enthusiasm, stamina and positivity.  The fantastic monetary result was a reflection of all the energy and commitment that had gone into Party in the Paddock 2019 and will be used to benefit and enhance our wonderful village and its amenities.

Coffee Morning Saturday 17th August 2019 10.30am –12 noon 

St John the Baptist Church would like to invite you to join us on each third Saturday of the month, 10.30am – 12 noon.

You can enjoy tea/coffee and biscuits. We also have home-made cakes, scones, lemon curd etc. on sale to tempt you! 

We enjoy time for a chat with friends and for making new ones. 

Do come along and join us!      


The winners of the July Draw were:

21£25Christine Goodwin

57£15Alan Rice

35£10Beryl Burrows

Messy Church with Barnack Church

For your diary - the next Messy Church is on the 8th September in Barnack Village Hall from 4pm to 5.45pm, then 13th October,10th November and 8th December.  

Lots of family fun discovering the full story of Joseph of the multi-coloured coat fame, with crafts, activities, bible story, singing, prayers and food.  To find out more talk to Rev Dave Maylor 740234.   

We are planning other Messy Church events through the autumn too, details will be in Parish Magazine in the coming months.

Little Lambs

Little Lambs toddler group is taking a summer break.  

We will be back from Tuesday 10th September in Barnack Village Hall 10am til 12 noon.  We look forward to seeing you then.   

For more information please call Julie Stanton 07885563128.


August: the month of apples and falling stars. Victor Nekrasov 1911-1987

Last month the BBC Gardener’s World programme highlighted the loss of our wildflower meadows -apparently 97% have disappeared since the Second World War due to changes in farming practices and an increase in the use of chemicals. But does this loss matter? 

For anyone who didn’t see the programme, Monty Don asked the question -  are these meadows just something beautiful to look at or are they actually necessary? The answer, provided by a representative from the charity Plantlife was a definite yes, they are essential.

Yes they give immense pleasure visually but they also serve many important functions. They can help in flood control and lock up carbon in the soil; create habitats for wildlife and food for beneficial and not so beneficial insects which in turn, attracts and supports their predators. They also provide a rich and varied nectar source for bees and other vital pollinators. 

It’s all about the natural balance of nature - something which has been gradually lost over the years. 

So how can we all help to restore this balance?  

Well you will be pleased to know that you can make a big difference by doing less! Gardens and gardeners can play a vital role. If you own a garden don’t worry about it being immaculate. Wildlife needs ground cover so leave areas overgrown and undisturbed and don’t weed too often. Leave your lawn or roadside verge to grow that little bit longer and watch the pollinators enjoy the wildflowers and long grasses which will gradually appear. Reduce as much as possible the use of chemicals, better still stop using them altogether. If pests attack your flowers, don’t spray, hold your nerve and wait. The predators will come. Don’t use slug pellets – instead encourage hedgehogs and amphibians who will polish off your slugs and snails with relish. 

The village allotments are already doing their bit. The grass paths are cut only once or twice a month and the variety of crops and flowers grown on the site provide a haven for wildlife and food for pollinators. The bund to the west of the site which used to be covered in nettles has now been cleared and the growth of wild flowers is being actively encouraged and managed.

Of course with nature you have to be careful what you wish for. Wildlife comes in all guises. Hedgehogs, frogs, toads are always welcome but what about the rabbits, moles, pigeons, magpies, slugs and snails! The list goes on! With nature you have to take the good with the bad. 

It’s all about that balance!

Meanwhile, a date for your diary: 

There will be an open morning on the allotments on 31st August, 10.30 - 12 midday.

There will be coffee and cakes available and fresh produce to buy plus the opportunity to have a look round the allotments. We look forward to seeing you there.

Join LifeLab on 27th & 28th Sept to make new discoveries

You’re living in a global centre for new discoveries and Fri 27th and Sat 28th September are your chance to make your own breakthroughs, when LifeLab will transform shopping centres, cafes, bars and public spaces around Cambridge, Peterborough and Ely into discovery zones for all ages. 

For these two days, researchers from five world-leading research organisations: the Wellcome Sanger Institute, the EMBL European Bioinformatics Institute, the Babraham Institute, the University of Cambridge, and the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, will be sharing what they’ve found with you. And the best part is, most of it is free!  We’re currently working hard to finalise a stimulating range of activities and the full programme of events will be announced in early August.

For more details about LifeLab, please visit and follow @camlifelab on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram for the latest updates.