Special Message: We have the new defibrilator installed.
The cabinet has an access code which you can get while calling 999. All of the Parish Council and Reading Room Committee also know the access code. - it is really easy because the kit speaks and shows you just what to do, so if needed just grab the device and follow the 1,2,3
Two new classes about to start:
Mondays from 11th September
and Wednesdays from 13th September
Contact Sam McGreevy to book your place
New event for the village Sunday 29th October:
We need help with the Bainton Reading 'Roof Project'
The Reading Room had a good year in 2016 with lots of activities. As you look through the activities and the calendar you might like to dream up some thing you would like to do in the Reading Room
The roof on the Reading Room is now 107 years old and in need of refurbishment:
repairing the blue slates, replacing some sections of roof joists and
fitting membrane and insulation.
A very enjoyble Quiz Night was had by all, many thanks to Nigel Clough for the excellent questions:
Quiz Night: Friday 24th February 2017
In aid of the ‘Reading Room Roof Refurbishment Project’
Tickets in advance only, by calling:
£12 per ticket, BYO drinks
Bainton& Ashton Family Day, Sunday 3rd July 2016
Queens 90th Birthday Picnic Lunch 12th June 2016
Pilates with Nicola Smith
To book your place or for more information Nicola has said just give her a call.
Music @ Bainton Reading Room Saturday Evening 2nd April 2016
Doors open from 7:30 for an 8:00 start
A Lighter Shade
Acoustic Blues and Gospel from the 1920s and Beyond
CELLO AND HARP with Rowena Calvert and Eleanor Turner
Reading Room Parking policy
How to make good use of the car park and how to not get blocked in when there is a big event going on.
The policy document is here - admittedly not exciting, but important to ensure fair use.
Bainton People & Places: a collection of old photos discussed at the Buttercross AGM
If you have any other old photos of Bainton then please let me know
Buttercross Ladies at their 2016 AGM (click image for large versions)
Wiki Café 2016
We are starting this year’s Wiki Cafés a little later in the month this year
From 10:30 to 12:00
All welcome… come in for tea, coffee and a chat.
Proceeds to the a humanitarian charity; in the past we have done, water projects, flooding relief, shelter boxes, local cancer charities and disaster relief. Each year the attendees choose something appropriate.
It’s a good excuse to get out and about, perhaps have a walk and certainly catch up on village news. I hope to see you there. Ian AD
Do you know where the nearest flood zones are to Bainton?
BAINTON & ASHTON FAMILY DAY
Please come along and support this wonderful celebration of village life.
The BBQ & bar is open at 1 and the stalls and the Family Day officially
is opened at 2pm.
Coming up 2015 Winter Wiki Cafe
Starts Saturday 10th Jan until 14th Feb, 10:30 to 12:00
Do come along, have a tea or coffee, catch up with village life and suggest things the Reading Room might do in 2015.
Old Maps of the Village
2014 More old Photos added by George Hayward as part of the new Village Brochure soon to be published
2014 Werrington Joggers visit Bainton ReadingRoom as part of the annual 'Rice Pudding Run'
2014 Wiki to Commemorate the Start of WW1
The 100 year anniversary of the start of WW1 has prompted many people
to look into their history - how the war affected their family.
2014: June 12th Thursday 7:30 to 9:30 What is your connection to 1914?
The second of our evenings o help you explore your links with WW1.
An informal get together to see how you can find out more ahead of the anniversary in August 2014.
Come alone and share what you know and discover what others have found. You are welcome to just come along and just listen or recommend what has worked for you.
The Reading Room now has a new bigger projector screen- fantastic images are now possible.
There is even talk of starting a film club - if you are interested or have a recommendation then let me know.
2014: March 17th Monday 7:30 to 9:30 What is your connection to 1914?
An evening to help you explore your links. How did it affect your relatives?
An informal get together to see how you can find out more ahead of the anniversary in August 2014
We aim to put on a small event in the reading room during August where we can display some of the history we find about locals and relatives.
Update: lots of people came to try out the Library Van and now regularly pickup some new books.
Next dates are here, however remember the Libary box in the Reading Room means it is with us all of the time!
at 10:25-10:45 on Wednesdays
Ashton at 10:25-10:35 on Wednesdays
2014 Wiki @ The Library Van
A one-off wiki cafe is being held to link up with the Library Van's launch of its new service and stopping point.
The Library Van will park outside the Reading Room once a month and will leave a box of books in the Reading Room to borrow from (and return) whenever we like. A trust system will operate; simply write on the sheet in the box details of which books you have borrowed.
Come along on the 17th to rediscover your library over a cup of coffee ... you know you will enjoy it!
2014 Bainton Winter Lunch
Wednesday 12th March 12:30 for 1pm @ Bainton Reading Room
The cost is £8:00, tickets from Jill Plant 740814
2014 Bainton Reading Room Quiz Night (All tickets now sold :-))
(a great evening was had... and the event raised
almost £600 towards the upkeep of the reading room)
2014 Winter Wiki Cafe (Find out what the Wiki Cafe is about... click here?)
(the winter wiki season is now finished, thanks to everyone who came and played host, we wer able to donate almost £400 to the Rotary UK appeal to help those affected by the recent floods)
Starts Saturday 11th Jan until 15th Feb, 10:30 to 12:00
The charity for last year was Evergreen Care Trust... what will it be this year?
Do come along, have a tea or coffee, catch up with village life and suggest
things the Reading Room might do in 2014.
2013 Riveting talks by remarkable people. This time the theme was: ‘Story’
A great evening was had by all and a special thanks to Ron Donaldson
our first 'live' speaker lived up the to high standard of TED and was
both remarkable and riveting. We now have a much better understanding
of how 'story' shapes the way make sense of the world.
The other two speakers were:
This event took place on: Thursday 28th Nov. 7:30pm
£5 raising funds for Bainton Reading Room
In addition to the one off wiki for the Philippines we also donated £319 form out normal Wiki Cafes during 2013 to a local care trust for the elderly
The Evergreen Care Trust seeks to serve older and vulnerable adults in our community by improving their circumstances through advocacy, friendship and practical support.
2013 One-off Wiki Café:
Thanks to everyone to who came, we raised a total
of £362.02 which is enough to buy a shelter for a family
Do come along , have a coffee and a village chat and donate something towards the Philippines Appeal – the hope is that we raise enough for a shelter box.
Even if you cannot come along consider donating on-line either directly on the Shelterbox website, the charity of your choice or via the donate button above.
2013 Autumn iPad Club @Bainton Reading Room
These events took place Wednesday evenings 7:00pm
Explore what you can do with the iPad and iPhone
£3 each evening, proceeds to Bainton Reading Room
2013 Catch up with Library Van Service in Bainton and nearby:
Ashton at 10:25-10:35 on Wednesdays
Bainton at 10:25-10:45 on Wednesdays
Barnack Church at 11:20-12:00 on Wednesdays
Barnack, Little Northfields at 10:45-11:15 on Wednesdays
Barnack, School Road at 11:45-12:15 on Wednesdays
Barnack, The Acres at 10:55-11:30 on Wednesdays
2013 Summer Wiki Cafe @ the Allotments
About 100 people visited this years event - great cakes, lots of talking and a good display of veg.
Here are some of the images from the day: (click to see larger images)
If you ever feel like a chat do drop by and have a look, there is usually someone around who would welcome a rest, or just have a quiet sit on the bench in the middle.
Here are a few of mine, click picture to see the details :
2013 iPad Club @Bainton Reading Room
NB this has now completed, a great time was had by all, so much so that we plan to do it again in the autumn :-)
4 Wednesday evenings 7:00pm
Explore what you can do with the iPad
£3 each evening, proceeds to Bainton Reading Room.
The Wiki Cafe season is now closed. Many thanks to everyone that hosted the events.
Particular thanks to the Buttercross Ladies for the 'Brunch Special'... this went down very well and to Jill for a home made cake on all the other weeks - the cakes resulted from an auction of promises which Nan's nephew John Chapman passed on the village. People did indeed enjoy the cakes.
We made £260, we just need to decide which humanitarian charity it will go towards. We have several options
2013 Wiki Cafe (Find out what the Wiki Cafe is about... click here?)
Starts Saturday 12th Jan until 16th Feb, 10:30 to 12:00
The charity for last year was Air Ambulance... what will it be this year?
Do come along, have a tea or coffee, catch up with village life and suggest
things the Reading Room might do in 2013.
2012 Archive below here:
2012 The TED evening was a real pleasure, a nice mixture of thought provoking insight and intersting discussion:
The links are here:
2012 TED evening coming up Thursday 29th November 2012, 7:30pm
No tickets, just pay on the door, tea/coffee included, BYO drinks and nibbles
£5 (all funds go to support the upkeep of the Reading Room),
if you want to see what TED is about look here: http://www.ted.com/
2012 Summer Wiki Cafe @ the Allotments
To give people a chance to see how the allotments are progressing do come along for tea, coffee, a chat and a look around... all welcome
With a little sunshine there could be some produce!
Saturday 14th July from 10:30 to 12:00
Not everything is a vegetable... this collection shows some of the flowers ( click to see large images)
first Aerial view of allotments 2012
2012 Bainton celebrations for Queen's Diamond Jubilee, DVD now available
Following a successfull, if wet, bank holiday enjoying the Jubilee celebrations,
a DVD has been produced giving a fly on the wall pictorial
2012 Queens Diamond Jubilee Celebrations
In true British style it rained a lot and we just carried on and enjoyed the day...
Here are Viki Birkbeck's photos, click to see the album
Royal Puddings were fantastic: (Ian AD photos)
Aerial view of Bainton 18th May 2012
Fish & Chip Van
He doesn't have a set place to stop, but is happy to be flagged down (I watch out for him passing the post box) Usually he is passing after 6:30 going North up Tallington Road. If you wanted more certainty then he can be contacted on 07904 842027
New Classes starting Monday 14th May:
Zumba: 9:30 to 10:30 Body Conditioning 10:30 to 11:30
Classes are £5 each and last for approx. 1 hour
for more information contact Nicola 07827 998779 email@example.com
We had a very pleasant TED evening listening and talking about some great speakers on a very diverse set of subjects.
If you missed it or want watch some of them again then here are the links:
2012 Bainton Pub Night:
Normally this is held each month at Manor farm, The 'Bainton Pub Night' is just a relaxed occasion for to chat over a drink for a couple of hours. People gather around 7:30 and depart around 9:30. People bring their own drink and glasses which means the organisation is minimal.
This year we will change things slightly and start a tour of the village with effect from Friday 11th May.
The intention is to hold the pub night at varying venues in the village, which will invariably be volunteers gardens whenever the weather is appropriate. When the weather deteriorates, the Reading Room will act as a reserve venue if needed, and may well be the location in the colder months.
Anyone willing to host the monthly pub night should contact Rob at baintonpubnight 'at' talktalk.net or phone 740709.
A calender of pub nights and the location will be kept up to date on the Reading Room website.
The next pub night on April 13th will be at Manor Farm.
TED evening comming up Wednesday 14th March 2012, 7:30pm
No tickets, just pay on the door, tea/coffee included, BYOB
£5 (all funds go to support the upkeep of the reading room),
Buttercross evening with local poets:
Words and wisdom from Tony & Chris
Tour of the Universe @ Bainton Reading Room , Friday Feb 24th 2012 at 7:30pm
Bainton is perhaps the centre of the universe... come an see what else is out there.
£5 (all funds go to support the upkeep of the reading room), no tickets, just pay on the night, tea/coffee included
Great images and insight from Graham Edridge our local astronomer
Winter Lunch 22nd Feb 2012
As a resident of Bainton & Ashton you are invited to our annual Winter Lunch
Wednesday 22 Feb 2012, 12:30 for 1:00
£7:00, please contact Jill Plant as soon as possible, places limited.
2012 Wiki Cafe (Find out what the Wiki Cafe is about... click here?)
Update: Winter wiki is now finished - the charity for this year will be Air Ambulance
Do come along, have a tea or coffee, catch up with village life and suggest
things the the reading room might do in 2012.
Live@Bainton Reading Room: James Goodwin... "From Ragtime to Rock n' Roll
Saturday 4th February 2012 at 7:30pm Sold Out
Tickets £10 (Includes a Licenced
Bar) NB: Tickets need to be purchased in advance
since seating is limited
James Goodwin will give a performance which follows the history and styles of blues piano and boogie woogie music.
'Goodwins piano playing is a joy to behold'
To hear a preview of his excellent playing see his website here: http://www.jamesgoodwin.co.uk/sounds.html
'Laura's Yoga' www.laurasyoga.co.uk
2012 New Village Potato
An intereting article by Kerryn Ramm
Norman DePear, 78, from Bainton, Cambridgeshire got the surprise of his
life earlier this year when he discovered this strange shaped potato growing
on his allotment. The whopping three and a half pound Romano potato grew
after being left in the ground over the winter. “I’m surprised
it lasted the harsh frost! There were three of them in the ground last
year so I just left them, only one was left when I came to dig them. It’s
an ugly thing!” Mr DePear said. The potato measures 12 inches from
head to toe but also sports many uncanny human characteristic features
such as a mouth and an arm. As if that didn’t make it lifelike enough,
there are also indentations for eyes and a raised area similar to a nose!
2011 Archive below here:
2011November Parish Council minutes now available Click here or use Parish Council menu on left
2011 Werrington Joggers : come to Bainton for the annual 'Rice Pudding Run', all welcome, Sunday 27th November 9:30
A lot of chatting over tea after the talk about the work of 'Help for Heroes'
2011 Quiz Night in aid of Bainton Reading Room on
Friday 16th September
7.30 start, Tickets £10
2011 A special Summer Wiki Cafe @ the Allotments
To give people a chance to see how the allotments are doing we are holding
Do come allong for tea, coffee, a chat and a look around... all welcome
Saturday 9th July from 10:30 to 12:00
The Bainton Allotments are flourishing...
2011 Come and help celebrate the Club’s
2011Joules Clothing Sale
Catalogue returns/Sample Items FRIDAY 17th JUNE
12 noon until 7pm
Stamford Shoestring Roadshow
Saturday 21st May 2011 at 7:30
Tickets include the first glass of wine £8 from Helen Fancourt 01780740091
After much discussion about the possible options for celebrating the wedding this was thought would work and would be simple to organise
Bring and Share Royal Wedding Tea!
Village photo at 5:00pm (sharp) followed by a Royal Toast to the happy couple.
To enable everyone to enjoy the event please bring:
Other events for your 2011diary…
May 21st An evening with Stamford Shoestring at the Reading Room
2011 Allotments are starting to look good, if you want to try it then we have a half a plot available.
Some great old photographs of Bainton residents
Click image to explore large version of thes pictures.
2011 Friends of Bainton Reading Room
As you may know Bainton Reading Room receives funding from Peterborough City Council each year to help cover its’ running costs. This year due to a lack of funds itself, PCC is proposing that instead of £1,250 which we have received for many years now, only £400 can be guaranteed with may be some extra cash for special projects.
Each year it costs nearly all the money we receive from grants, donations and room hire to run the Reading Room. The loss of several hundred pounds will make a big difference and whilst there are a couple of thousand pounds in reserve for emergencies we really need to cover the running costs with income each year.
The Reading Room is so important to our villages and a facility we could not let disappear. With this in mind we invite you to become a Friend of Bainton Reading Room. We ask for an annual donation of £20 to help towards the running costs. In return we can offer the satisfaction of knowing that the Reading Room will continue for our benefit. As a token of thanks to our Friends, a 25% discount will be available when booking the Room.
If you are interested please sign up by providing the details below and return to Helen Fancourt (3 Bainton Gardens) Treasurer with your £20 donation.
2011 Monday mornings at Bainton Reading room
Friendly and relaxed Pilates group lessons given by level
III qualified Pilates instructor.
2011 The TED evening was enjoyed by about 20 people and we launched the 'Friends of Bainton Reading Room'
The programme for the evening was:
Rory Sutherland: Sweat
the small stuff
An Evening of TED, Thursday 17th February 2011, 7:30pm
Riveting talks by remarkable people
To raise funds for Bainton Reading Room, £5, BYO
2011 Wiki Cafe (What is a Wiki Cafe?)
Something for your new diaries - we will be running the wiki cafe each
Saturday morning from 8th January to 12th February at 10:30 to 12:00
2010 Archive below here:
2010 The winter sale queues start early at the Bainton Reading Room:
Werry Joggers winter 'Rice Pudding run'
Autumn tidy up around the Reading Room Saturday
16th October 2010 10:00 to 12:00
As Autumn draws in the outside of the reading room needs
a bit of a tidy up, weeds, plants and a bit of sweeping. A good excuse
for a cup of tea.
I am please to announce that the new booking secretary is Andy Totten, he can be reached via email (Booking Enquiry) or on 740381
2010 See our new booking calendar
See what is on, get confirmation you booking is in the calendar
The ideal steps if you want to book the reading room or hire equipment are:
1. Look on the Booking calendar to see
if it is available
2010 August & September Parish Council minutes
Charles Milner: 1923-2010
On the 23rd of May 2010 Charles Milner passed away peacefully.
2010 The Bainton Literary Festival
It all worked well, many thanks to all who helped and participated... the photos can be viewed here
2010 Bainton and Ashton Allotment Association
As of Jan 2010 we have an acre of land containing 10 allotments next
to the pump house on Helpston Road.
These are starting to take shape as the tenants get established. There is still space to develop further and anyone interested in taking on an allotment or part of an allotment can ring:
Graham Fletcher - 01780-740034 ( Association Chairman ) or
2010 Laura Goodliffe is hoping to restart Yoga/Pilates/Meditation
About 20 people joined in the Reading Room Spring Clean 24th May 2010
Many thanks to all the Spring Cleaners who washed, mended, planted, painted, wired, swept, weeded, de-cobwebed, polished, pruned and made tea. The looks much better for it.
Dates for your diary: The weekend of 21st, 22nd,23rd May 2010
2010 Bainton Parish Council Information
Bainton Parish Council has its very own page, giving you information on how it works and the latest minutes.
2010 Allotments have been allocated:
We had a great talk by one of the authors of the handbook Geoff Hodge (See it on Amazon)
Please note the actual plots are not quite as show - I will update the diagram once it has settled down
2010 Wiki Cafe season now over
What’s new in 2010
at the Reading Room
Walks and runs around Bainton: to see them in Google Earth download them here: Download KMZ file
See Bainton Reading Room on Google Earth Download KMZ file here and then open in Google Earth
Also new views on Google Streetview:
2010 January Parish Council minutes now available:
2009 Archive below here:
Bainton Reading Room Committee Notes 3rd Dec 2009
To enable people to see what goes on to keep the Reading Room in good shape here are my notes of what we are working on (of course we also have our official minutes which we will start to put on the website)
The big news is that in 2010 the Reading Room will be 100 years old and we will be organising a weekend of Reading Room things 21st/22nd/23rd May 2010. Perhaps the smallest literary festival in the world! If you have any ideas or wish to help then do get in touch. – We are imagining things like poets reading, Stamford Shoestring doing ‘With Great Pleasure’, storytelling for children, local Mercury newspapers from 1910, book swap, TED, Joyce Grenfell performance… etc
The things we need to spend money on are:
Car parking was discussed: We feel that as a shared resource it should be available to everyone in the village – if you need to park your car and you are not part of a booked event then just check first with the booking secretary (Elaine 740323) to ensure it is available, there could easily be a wedding, a funeral or an activity that is just about to fill the car park.
We have a couple of mid week evenings where we could start some new activities, if you any ideas of what you want and better still someone who would like to organise it then do get in touch (Ian 740009)
Latest News on Allotments Meeting : 28th Sept 2009
Thank you for responding with your preference on the choice of land to use for allotments in the village. Just in case you were unable to attend the meeting on Monday night, the results of the survey were:
Poors land: 19 votes
Monday's meeting was attended by over 30 people where a lively debate took place over the issues raised. The Parish Council then held a meeting chaired by me because the Council Chairman registered an interest and did not participate in the meeting. At the end of the meeting the Council voted in favour of Michael Bratley's land ( voting 2:2 with my casting vote as chairman).
The Parish Council is now putting into place the agreement to rent the land from Michael Bratley, and to prepare the necessary action plans to bring it to a suitable condition for those people in Bainton & Ashton who wish to have allotments. This could well require a combined effort from the whole village so it was very encouraging to know that over 30 of you were willing to give up your time on Monday to be involved in the debate. Even though the decision might not have been in line with your own preference we hope that the true spirit of Bainton & Ashton residents will move this project forward with the required pace.
You can follow ( and contribute to) the progress of these plans by speaking to any of your councillors, or by coming to the next Parish Council meeting on Monday 9th November at 7:30.
2009 Wiki in the Porch
Celebrating the Colleweston roofing project at the Old Schoolroom, Ian and Janette had a Wiki in the porch. Thanks for those people who came and the welcome advice during the project. We raised £50 for Breast Cancer Care in support of Ocean Angels Mary's niece and friends who rowed across the Indian Ocean
Proposed changes to the position of the fence to create a new 'patio' space outside the reading room.
Following on from our first TED evening, here is another chance to
experience some of the best ideas in the world:
TED Conference @ Bainton Reading Room. Saturday 21st February
2009 Wiki Cafe season is now over.
When Helen has counted up the proceeds I will let people know, however my guess us that it will be about £150... not bad for sitting around chatting. This will go to charrities people suggested - probably one local and one international. Thanks for attending many people said how much they enjoyed the conversation.
If you would like to participate in a Wiki in the Garden during the summer do let me know.
Sewing circle meet on Mondays
from 2:00 to 4:00
Table Tennis meet twice a week during the season
contact Chris Gardiner (via Elaine Ward for details 740323)
2009 Bainton Parish Council Information
New, the Bainton Parish Council has its very own page, giving you information on how it works and the latest minutes.
Parish Council Page with minutes November minutes now available
See the photostory of installing the Bainton Stone: (click picture)
The Reading Room is a village facility that is used for a wide range of social, sporting and educational events and is a focal point for the village
New Google map feature for Bainton Reading Room
If you have Google earth click here to see where we are on the planet
has arrived & we have a wireless hotspot...