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Barton LINK October 2013

Little Compton Film Society in September

You can join the Film Society and attend films free of charge, or make a donation each time you visit (recommended donation of £3 plus).

Tuesday 8 October, 7 pm


A successful hedge-fund magnate (Richard Gere) is desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire, when he makes an error that looks likely to lead to the unravelling of everything he has built.

Tuesday 22 October, 7 pm

Star Trek : Into Darkness

After saving a civilisation from destruction in the true TV series style, the crew of the Enterprise are ordered into a manhunt on the Klingon homeworld.

But orders are not always what they seem. This takes Star Trek back to the TV series, with wonderful one-liners from the characters.


Barton Village Hall

Beneficial Book Group

We talked about ‘How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia’ by Mohsin Hamid.  This novel is intriguingly structured as a self-help manual with short, easily read chapters which chart the rise of the unnamed hero from extreme poverty via education, luck, crime and hard work to being ‘filthy rich’.  The, also unnamed, ‘pretty girl’ who weaves in and out of his life adds the love interest and certainly made me want to keep on reading.  The reader is really drawn in by the unusual use of the second person – ‘you’ as the hero, not ‘I’ or ‘he’.   There was a mixed reaction among our group with some really not enjoying the book and all of us felt that his previous novel, ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’ had been much better.

We meet on Sunday 13 October at 5.30 pm in the Village Hall to discuss ‘Midnight in Peking’ by Paul French.

Gillian Cathie, Coordinator, 674303


Barton Village Stall 

The village stall closed at the end of August and went into wraps until next year.

Open for four months this summer, it made a profit of £1457 which will be used to fund small works at St Lawrence Church.

A big thank you goes to all our customers.


Barton’s New Website

The redesigned Barton village website is now live and can be found online at  Still a work in progress, we have opted for a simple, clean design which provides good readability and allows us to add new content easily.

Our new website gives us another medium to enhance communication and our sense of community. Not only aimed at existing residents, it will allow a wider audience to stay in touch with all that’s going on here.

The success of the site will depend very much on relevant and interesting content. We look to our fellow villagers to provide news and articles (including images) which may be of interest to the wider community.

Please forward any content, comments or suggestions to our email address:   Above all, we hope everyone will enjoy the new site!

Steve Johnston and Linda Graham


Barton and Little Compton 2014 Fete Dates 

The Barton Fete Committee have agreed that the 2014 fete will take place on Saturday 14 June.

Little Compton’s fete will take place a week later on Saturday 21 June.


Barton Parish Council Meeting

The next meeting takes place on Friday 25 October at 7 pm and will include the setting of the precept for 2014.


Warwickshire Historic Churches Trust Cycle Ride

I set out early on 14 September to cycle to each of the seven churches in our Benefice. I was struck by the fact that there were no other cyclists on the roads. A bad sign for this annual event, I wondered?

Cherington, Burmington and Barton-on-the-Heath ensured there was a personal welcome for those who had chosen to ride or stride for the event. What a difference a personal welcome makes: refreshments are offered, arrival documents are completed and there is time to chat.

I should like to commend St John the Baptist Church in Cherington for being so perfectly presented. The approach to the church is perfect, the church itself was beautifully clean and someone had lavished much care in the churchyard.

On reaching Stourton I decided I’d cycle the extra few miles to Sutton-under Brailes and Lower Brailes. I was rewarded by finding three beautifully presented churches: St George’s Church, and then the chapel of St Peter and St Paul in Lower Brailes and Thomas à Beckett Church at Sutton-under-Brailes. St Peter and St Paul Chapel is particularly interesting as it was originally the upper floor of a medieval malt barn and has the most beautiful ancient polished oak floor. It gave me huge pleasure to sit in one of the pews and rest there.

On my return I had first to cross the dreaded A3400 road. This is no road for cyclists so I decided to take the longer and safer road back to Great Wolford and home via Todenham, visiting the parish church there en route. Todenham has a superb, bright red, old-fashioned telephone booth and also a sign on the 30 mph poles saying “but 20 is plenty”.

I reached Barton at 5.30 pm, having seen some wonderful churches and countryside, thanks to my very old Oxford bike. One sees very little from the four-wheeled tin boxes we spend so much of our lives in.

Barney Henderson


St Lawrence United Benefice Service

A monthly united Benefice service shared between the seven parishes is a most popular and appreciated innovation.

Nearly 50 people packed into St Lawrence to follow the service taken by Stuart Allen on 22 September, assisted at Holy Communion by Anthony Wells. Julian Grimshaw, much in demand these days as an organist in other churches, played the organ. Four hymns were lustily sung – what a noise we must have made.

Stuart preached a good sermon on wealth and money-grabbing, based on the parable of the unjust steward.

One story he told I will not forget. At the funeral of a prominent banker the hymn ‘Guide me oh thou Great Jehovah’ was sung. Late in the hymn, instead of ‘Land me safe on Canaan’s side’, the hymn sheet read, ‘Land my safe on Canaan’s side’.

After the service, Gillian Cathie provided coffee and biscuits outside the church in the fine weather, much enjoyed by everyone.

Caroline Henderson


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