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Barrowden Batting
Barrowden Batting


The Tixover Team
The Tixover Team


What a hit
What a hit


Will he make it?
Will he make it?


The Morcott Team
The Morcott Team


The presentation
The Presentation
SOUTH LUFFENHAM – Commemoration Service for WILFRED CHAPPELL SPRING – 14th MAY 2018

SOUTH LUFFENHAM – Commemoration Service for WILFRED CHAPPELL SPRING – 14th MAY 2018

A good number of villagers, along with family members and representatives of the armed forces turned out for a commemoration service on Monday afternoon.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission have provided a grave stone to mark the final resting place of Wilfred Chappell Spring who was born and brought up in South Luffenham.

Wilfred died during his initial training for active service at the start of the 1st World War.



Benefice Rounders Match

Sunday May 20th

12.30pm at Barrowden Cricket Club, Wakerley Road

All the villages of South Luffenham, Morcott, Tixover , Duddington and Barrowden have entered a team.

All welcome come and support your village.

There will be a bar and a barbeque available

Mixed teams of  9  Men Ladies and Children.



Angus Kennedy has retired after many years as treasurer to the Barrowden Parochial Church Council

At the Sunday Service on 12thMay 2018, the Parishioners offered their sincere thanks for his many years of stalwart service.

Angus Kennedy-  Presentation on the occasion of his retirement
Angus Kennedy- Presentation on the occasion of his retirement
General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

You may have heard about the new General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), that comes into effect May 25, 2018. To help us to comply with GDPR consent requirements, we need to ask you confirm that you would like to receive the weekly email digest from us which keeps you up to date with Church Services and Events around the Welland Benefice..

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We hope that you find the email digests useful. If you’d like to continue receiving these from us, please watch out for the email which will be sent on 17th May 2018 and click on the “Update Settings” and put your email address in the box provided.

In the event that you do not confirm your email address, we will no longer be able to send you the weekly digests.

If you have any concerns please contact Rosamund Cotton.



St Peter’s Barrowden – Church Warden’s Report – 2017

St Peter’s Barrowden – Church Warden’s Report – 2017

2017 was a significant year for our church. Following the approval from the DAC and the Chancellor at the end of 2016, we started fund raising in May to realise the plans that we had proposed. Our church plays an important role in the life of the village, but this is only one venue for all the activities taking place in a thriving village. Under the heading of ‘Barrowden on the Move’, we have been contributing to the development of a village hub which takes into account all the changes and activities that the village is considering. It is part of our objectives, with the re-ordering project, to be able to offer a wide range of facilities for the village, adding to the hub principle but not competing with other locations.

We had four sessions throughout the year where volunteers tidied up the churchyard and cleaned inside the church. During the year we also disposed of a range of surplus equipment. Our bell ringers continue to maintain the bells and their associated elements. We have some ingress of water into the tower which needs to be fixed and we have submitted to the DAC specifications of the work that needs to be carried out.

We have also identified problems with the chancel roof which will require a major refurbishment to the structure. The specifications for this have also been sent to the DAC for consideration.

When we started fundraising for the re-ordering, we concentrated on three areas which were local contributions, grants and events. We had a very positive response from the village where people donated one off payments or spread out payments over a three-year period. Steve Preston has headed up all our applications to grant giving bodies and commercial enterprises. This has been quite an undertaking as each application has to be tailored to the interests of the potential donors. So far, we have attracted funding from 11 bodies supporting the project.

Peter Voller has been co-ordinating our events programme and we are very grateful to Alison Tebbit, John Comber, Jean Swinbanks and John and Carol Harding for their support in organising these during 2017.

We sold the organ early in the year and replaced it with a Thirlmere two manual 30 stop organ from Church Organ World. The organ has been put in a temporary situation until the full re-ordering has been carried out.

The Churchwardens from the Benefice have worked very cooperatively over the past years, particularly with regards to parish shares and expenses. Chris Armstrong has further encouraged us to engage more widely on events and other projects within our parishes. The Benefice website was set up during the year and we are grateful for all who have been involved, particularly Gordon Brown and Rosamund Cotton.

We would also like to thank all the people who have contributed to the upkeep of the church building, who have helped with services, brass cleaners, flower arranging, flower bed maintenance and refreshments. We also thank the Bell ringers for their wonderful pealing of our bells. We are also very fortunate to have John Comber and Philip Riley playing the organ throughout the year and our thanks goes to them both and to Jean Swinbanks for her beautiful piano playing.

We look forward to the rest of the year when we hope that we may be able to start the work in the church which is such an important part for the future of the village.

Martin Beattie and Kay Bagshaw 02/03/2018



This year St Peter’s Church, Barrowden decided to hold a


as part of the fundraising for Christian Aid.

It took place at in Dovecote Close, Barrowden on Saturday morning 12th May 2018

The weather was good and everybody was able to enjoy their brekkie in the garden .

Thanks to everyone involved

Thanks to the helpers
Thanks to the helpers



Five Myths about Prayer as preached 7th May at Morcott

Five Myths about Prayer as preached 7th May at Morcott

Five Myths about Prayer

As  preached on 7 May at Morcott –background reading for the  Spring Study Group on The Lord’s Prayer


In the winter of 1871 The Prince of Wales fell ill from Typhoid. It was assumed he caught it in Scarborough during a hunting party.  His health declined and a committee including the Archbishop of Canterbury and The Prime Minister William Gladstone decreed that the nation should pray for the Princes recovery on the next Sunday, 10 December.  The following week the prince’s health took a turn for the better and in February 1872 a grand service was held in St. Paul’s Cathedral to give thanks for his recovery led by the queen herself.

We are approaching a period of special prayer in the life of Our Church: Rogation-tide, Christian Aid Week, The Archbishops’ Novena of Prayer which began on Ascension Day (Thursday) and a spring study group on The Lord’s Prayer starting on 21 May. So this morning I want us to think a bit about prayer and especially 5 myths which are commonly held about prayer.

Before we get into the 5 myths, just what is prayer?  Let me offer you a simple definition: prayer is seeking union with God. I had a conversation recently about holding people in our prayers.  I do a lot of that but what exactly am I doing?  If we hold onto that definition of prayer as ‘seeking union with God’ we can test it by exploring these 5 myths.


Firstly, there is the myth of the slot-machine God. This God is supposed to answer our prayers on demand.  It is a mechanical and random exercise.  We don’t always win because God seems to be biased against the user and in favour of the casino.  What is more, we seem to be guessing the answer to our prayers as if we knew what God’s will might be.  This sort of prayer to the slot-machine God put us at the centre of concern and not God.  Are we really seeking union with God or just displaying our selfishness?


Secondly, there is the ‘health and wealth’ myth – the expectation that God wants the best for us.  Well of course he does!  He wants us to have life in abundance (Jn. 10.10)! If we’re not careful, this is a prayer for material blessings and only one response is acceptable to us.  This seems to be a prayer to baby Jesus associated with Christmas presents and ignores the suffering Christ on the cross. Jesus too prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane that the cup of suffering would be taken from him.  It wasn’t; but the cross allowed us all to see and participate in a more abundant life.

Life takes many twists and turns.  We can only say, with Jesus, ‘nevertheless, not my will but thine be done’. How do we see the hand of God in all of it?


Thirdly, there is ‘feeding the meter’ God.  Regular prayer is critical and if we miss out on an opportunity then we think the lights will go out. Such regularity in prayer is important but it can be mechanical or superstitious, rather like professional footballers running on to the field and making the sign of the cross for good luck. Professor David Wilkinson of Radio 4’s ‘Thought for the Day’ fame talks about taking his family to Yorkshire for a Christmas break.  The cottage had a very thirsty electric meter and demanded a daily run to the bank and a convenient chair next to the meter so that the place could be kept warm.  However, they soon discovered that the oven was on a separate circuit so they basked in free heat for the rest of the holiday!  This is not like a God with whom we can have a personal relationship but rather a robot.  A union with such a robot is dehumanizing.


Then fourthly, there is making ready for a miracle.  I once went to an evangelical church in a carpet factory to observe what went on.  After a great deal of hype and emotion, the leader called people forward to be healed.  A blind student went up and a great fuss was made in prayer.  The result? Nothing – except for one distraught woman.  Sometimes in our prayers we ask God to break the very laws of nature he has established.  Why should he do that for one person?  How can God manage the expectation of the Norfolk holiday maker praying for fine weather and the Suffolk farmer wanting rain for his crops?  Surely, we seek a union with God whose presence must be predictable, reliable and generous?


Finally, ‘prayer doesn’t change anything’.  Billy Graham used to say that God answered his prayers except on the golf course!  If the laws of nature are immutable and nothing can change then there is no point in praying or even getting up in the morning!  We can’t change anything!

A simple scientific observation will tell us that this is not true. When water cools it actually contracts until it gets down to 4 degrees centigrade and then it expands, contrary to popular opinion. As we know to our cost this year, spring does not arrive on any given day. Humans are good at variation; the laws of nature are flexible and since the scientific revolution quantum theory and chaos theory have been discovered which have shown scientists that there is not so much predictability in the physical world as had been supposed.  It is an open system and it is here that God can work, in the variation and variety of life as we know it and much else that we don’t know about.  It is here that we come up against the mystery of God’s work which we must take into account as we seek a closer union with him.


We have explored 5 myths about the practise of prayer, mainly in connection with prayers of intercession.  This last myth – that nothing can be changed – leads us into the mystery of God and a whole new exploration of God in terms of listening, loving and waiting in simple adoration.

Jesus himself spent much time in prayer, often alone.  He taught his disciples to pray and encouraged his followers to pray. It was through prayer that Christianity first spread through the Mediterranean world like a blazing fire.  We too have the opportunity to work with that power for the glory of God. Amen.



The Welland Fosse Benefice.

Outline material for the Sunday sermons and discussion material for the

Monday House Group at Barrowden Rectory, 7.30 pm to 9.00pm. Please bring a bible with you to the house groups.  All are welcome.

“…in the prayer there is contained an epitome of the whole Gospel.” (Tertullian, 200AD)

Module 1: Sunday 20th and Monday 21st May

“Our Father, which art in heaven; hallowed be thy name.”  (Mt.6.9; Lk.11.2)

Whose father are we praying to?  What are the global implications of this prayer?  Who would you like to exclude?

Where is heaven today?  Have you experienced it?  And what about hell?  Is that a reality to you – or a nothingness as The Pope has recently implied?

How do we hallow the name of God in our daily lives? Can we make more room for God?

Module 2: Sunday 27th and Monday 28th May

                “Thy Kingdom come; thy will be done, on earth as in heaven.” (Mt.6.10; Lk.11.2)

How passionate can we be about the coming of the Kingdom?  How do we develop that kingdom in our own lives and in the lives of others? How real is the kingdom to you now?  And what hopes do you have for the future kingdom?  How do we live with that tension?

Module 3: Sunday 3rd June and Monday 4th June

                “Give us this day our daily bread.” (Mt.6.11; Lk. 11.3)

After 3 petitions where God’s greatness is proclaimed, this seems a very basic request.

Who is ‘us’?  For whom and for what are we praying this petition? Why do both gospel writers repeat themselves, stressing ‘daily’ twice? How do we participate in the provision of bread and how do we share our daily bread with others?

Module 4: Sunday 10 June and Monday 11 June.

                “And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted

to us;” (Lk. 11.4)

What is sin and how do we identify it? What value can we place upon that feeling of goodness when we have forgiven others?  Is our forgiveness dependent upon our willingness to forgive?

Module 5: Sunday 17 and Monday 18 June.

                “And led us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.” (Mt.6.13)

Is temptation always seen as negative?  Has Pope Francis got it right that God would not tempt us into wrong-doing?  Who or what is ‘evil’?