100th Anniversary of the end of WW1

Remembrance 100th anniversatu
Event Poppies 

Event poppies

As part of its commemoration of the 100th. anniversary of the end of WWI, the Barnack & District Branch of the Royal British Legion will be putting large Event Poppies outside the former homes of the WWI casualties listed on the Barnack War Memorial, which covers not only Barnack itself, but also Pilsgate, Ufford, Southorpe and Bainton.  Helpston, closely associated with the Barnack Branch, will also be displaying Event poppies. 

Read more: 100th Anniversary of the end of WW1


On Saturday at 10:50 a short commemoration for Armistice Day was held at Barnack War Memorial, where the Garden of Remembrance had been laid out a few days previously. An introduction to the poem “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae was given and then the poem was read. This was followed by the remembrance of Rifleman Eli Alfred Hensby of the Rifle Brigade as part of the Royal British Legion’s “Every One Remembered” project, then the Legion Exhortation, Last Post, 2 minutes’ silence and Reveille.

The Remembrance Sunday commemoration began at 0945 with a service in Barnack Church, conducted by Branch Chaplain the Rev. Dave Maylor, during which the Branch Standards and that of the Stamford Endowed Schools CCF were presented to the Altar and a wreath was laid on behalf of the Royal British Legion. At 10:40 the congregation moved to the War Memorial in bright sunshine (and a rather cold wind!) to join many others already there - attendance this year was close to a record. 

The names of those to be remembered from Barnack and the surrounding villages were read out, CCF cadets read the Exhortation and the Kohima Epitaph, Last Post and Reveille were played either side of the two minutes’ silence and wreaths were laid on behalf of the Royal British Legion, RAF Wittering, Barnack Parish Council, the Stamford Endowed Schools and the Falklands Islands Association. In addition, there was one personal wreath laid. 

Thanks to the generosity of the congregation, the Church collection raised £250 for Legion funds.

One feature of both days was that Branch Trumpeter Lawrence Hayes (of Stamford School CCF) used a bugle presented to our late chairman Charles Clark when he was an OTC cadet at Warwick school, which Charles’ son Jonathan presented to Lawrence after the memorial service earlier this year. 


Obituary - Charles Clark

Charles Clark (1 APR 1929 – 22 MAY 2017)

Charles was born in 1929 in Selly Oak, West Midlands, the only child of Donald, a former Airship crewman and travelling salesman in the family jewellery business and Grace, a Secretary from the same firm.

From an early age Charles’ taste for adventure and excitement was evident - he burnt down a haystack at the tender age of three and in his youth was struck by lightning while out walking with his mother.  He attended the local Baddesley Clinton Village School where he was to meet his future wife Margaret. Charles would wait outside in the school porch after church just to be able to spend some time with her.

Read more: Obituary - Charles Clark 

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Visit to Belgium and France

My wife and I and two friends recently went on a WW1 battlefields trip.

We went to Belgium first to Ypres . We visited the Menin gate on the first evening at 8pm to pay our respects after the last post was played as it is every evening. We were surprised to see that there were about five hundred people in attendance on a Thursday evening. It was pretty emotional to be there . We went again the next morning to lay a wreath on behalf of the Barnack Royal British Legion Branch. We then visited the Flanders Field Museum which was really interesting.

Read more: Visit to Belgium and France

Theft of heating oil - advice to residents

Location of tank
The position can have a significant effect on its vulnerability.  If it is close to the house and overlooked then the thief may consider the chances of being seen too high.  If close to the road or other access points then it will be as easier target.  Many tanks are hidden behind the garage or other structure but this could be an advantage to the thief.  Therefore the following security measures should be considered:

Padlocks:  closed shackle padlocks offer the most resistance to bolt croppers
Oil level gauges:  consider using oil level gauges alarms; these remote control alarms activate if the tank level suddenly drops or falls below a quarter full. 

Proximity alarms:  battery operated motion sensor alarms can alert designated mobile phones that monitor activity detected around the tank.

Security lighting:  if your tank is visible from your home, this can deter thieves.  Low level ‘dusk to dawn ‘or motion detection lighting can be an effective crime deterrent.

CCTV: This can be set up to watch over an isolated tank and may act as a deterrent to thieves – you need to consider lighting to support the camera – a product such as a security light with a wireless alarm can be purchased online for under £100 and would allow motion across the detection zone with 220 degree detection zone up to 20m range with day and night time motion or heat detection and a wireless audio alarm.

Defensive planting:  the planting of thorny bushes to prevent entry to the tank and the addition of walls, fences or trellis all help to hide the shape or site of a green heating oil tank

Remember to check the oil level in your tank regularly, look for any spilt fuel, marks on locks or anything suspicious.

Please report suspicious activity to the police by dialling 101

Dial 999 when lives are at risk of violence or serious injury, serious crime is happening or a criminal is at a scene or nearby

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Meeting on the Future of Ufford Church 22nd January 2014

Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 Ufford St Andrew  (Diocese of Peterborough)

The Church Commissioners will be publishing a Pastoral (Church Buildings Disposal) Scheme in mid January 2014 to provide for the Churches Conservation Trust to be responsible for the care and maintenance of the closed church building of Ufford St Andrew.

Ufford ChurchKaren Abaka-Wood and representatives of the Diocese of Peterborough will be available to answer questions about these proposals at

Ufford Village Hall
on Wednesday 22nd January 2014
between 3 pm and 6.30 pm.

For details of this process see www.ccpastoral.org (follow links to closed churches/ representations to the Committee) or phone Karen Abaka-Wood on 01727 818117 before 20th December 2013 or after 6th January 2014.


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Minor Illness and Injuries Unit Peterborough

Patients living in and around Peterborough can now use a new Minor Illness and Injuries Unit (MIIU) based in the City Care Centre on Thorpe Road, Peterborough.

This new service offers a wider range of treatments and urgent care services such as stitching wounds, applying casts, treating burns and taking X-rays. Its main aim is to help take the strain off the accident and emergency service, which is often used unnecessarily at a cost of £1.3million a year. 
Open seven days a week from 8am to 8pm and led by staff with both nursing and medical backgrounds with enhanced skills, enabling them to see, treat and discharge patients independently. No appointment is necessary and the service aims to see and start patients’ treatments within 45 minutes of their arrival.

The new MIIU has been commissioned by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), who are responsible for the £850 million NHS healthcare budget for Peterborough, Cambridgeshire and parts of Hertfordshire and Northamptonshire.
Cath Mitchell, Local Chief Officer Borderline and Peterborough Local Commissioning Groups (LCGs), said: “The new Minor Illness and Injury Unit (MIIU) is a significant development in our plans to improve and reshape GP and urgent care services in Peterborough.  It will offer wider access to a range of treatments and facilities which will reduce the need for people to attend A&E with non-life threatening illnesses and injuries alongside strengthening the current out of hours GP services in the city.”

The MIIU will be run by Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS), which has extensive experience of providing this kind of care through Minor Injuries Units in Spalding and Gainsborough, Urgent Care Centres in Louth and Skegness, and Lincoln’s Walk-in Centre.

Liz Ball, General Manager for the South of LCHS, said “In the MIIU we can treat minor injuries and illnesses from strains and sprains, to broken bones, minor burns and bites. It is often unnecessary to make a trip to A&E, when you can easily be treated here, with your local pharmacist or GP.”

Minor Illness and injury Unit (MIIU)
Thorpe Rd, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire PE3 6DB