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Speeding tops discussion at the Parish Council’s annual presentation.

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Bibby birthday

Rev. Paul Bibby celebrates his 90th birthday.

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The naked truth

Life model Ruth Smith amuses the WI.

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Eating well

Nutrition tips have the WI fired up for a busy summer.

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Parish Council Minutes

Parish Council Minutes for the 9th March 2017.

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Glorious food

A globetrotting chef entertains the WI.

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Gillian Beckett

New obituary highights Gillian’s botanical fame.

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21 May 2017

Parish Meeting

Speeding tops discussion at the Parish Council’s annual presentation.

11 May saw a reasonably well-attended annual Parish Meeting. Most of the councillors attended, as did a number of Stanhoe residents.

Stanhoe villagers in the Reading Room

There was plenty of animated conversation, a large amount of which was on the old and thorny subject of speeding in the village, as the Parish Council was asking for residents to express their views on several proposals for improving the situation.

David Lord (chairman) gave a brief address, and all participants enjoyed snack food and generous quantities of wine, along with the greatly enhanced ambience of the newly refurbished Reading Room.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 21 May 2017


18 May 2017

Bibby birthday

Rev. Paul Bibby celebrates his 90th birthday.

Rev. Bibby celebrated his birthday in style at a gathering in the Reading Room that included family and many Stanhoe friends.

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Nicola, Jeanette and Paul Bibby

Yellow Reading Room coffee morning poster

The party took place during one of the regular Tuesday coffee mornings, when villagers meet between 10:00 am and noon to socialise. Thanks to organiser Pen Roche for the details.

For anyone who has not yet had a chance to see the newly redecorated Reading Room, the photos above give an idea of how handsome it now looks. Thanks to the MEHM Trustees for their hard work, and notably to Jill Husselby for supervising the décor.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 18 May 2017


4 May 2017

The naked truth

Life model Ruth Smith amuses the WI.

photo: Rosemary Brown

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Ruth Smith

Gales of laughter reverberated around the Methodist Chapel when 19 members and guests of Stanhoe and Barwick WI listened to Ruth Smith regale them with her “Tales of a Life Model”.

A diminutive Londoner, with a gift for comical commentary, Ruth started life as a copy typist and had an endless string of boring office jobs before moving to Norfolk as a vicar’s wife.

After three children had come along, a friend illustrating a children’s book asked if she could draw the back of Ruth’s knees, commenting on how still she kept. That was the start of the second career for Ruth as a life model.

Norwich Art School hired her immediately as she was adept at striking a variety of poses, both individually and in the company of another model. To alleviate the boredom of maintaining poses for three hours she would count passing cars, or think of things with different alphabet letters, or silently sing songs such as “100 green bottles”, or even hymns. Her “mermaid pose” was her most popular.

Ill health brought an end to Ruth’s modelling career, but she soon found a replacement speaking to groups, relating racy tales of her previous 10 years’ work. We really did laugh and laugh a lot, as every sentence involved a joke.

Well done Ruthie!

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 4 May 2017


9 April 2017

Eating well

Nutrition tips have the WI fired up for a busy summer.

Seventeen ladies assembled at the April meeting of Stanhoe and Barwick WI to hear Jane Rose-Land, a trained nutritionist (www.nutritioninnorfolk.co.uk), give many tips on using good practice with nutrition to avoid or cope with health problems. Her message was threefold: to eat regularly, to eat protein foods at every meal, and to eat wholefoods as far as possible.

Concentrating on blood sugar management, and essential oils, she carefully explained the technical aspects.

Then to our surprise our speaker donned an apron and proceeded to concoct delicious spiced toasted seeds as a “nibble”, and “apricot snowdrops” as healthy little cakes. All of which disappeared rapidly on tasting.

We followed this by organising two (not so healthy) afternoon teas, a couple of craft workshops, and a day out in Norwich. We shall have a busy summer.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 9 April 2017


29 March 2017

Parish Council Minutes

Parish Council Minutes for the 9th March 2017.

The Parish Council minutes from the meeting held on the 9th March 2017 are now available to view here.

Posted by: Wayne

Posted on: 29 March 2017


5 March 2017

Glorious food

A globetrotting chef entertains the WI.

The room was really packed when Stanhoe and Barwick WI and visitors from neighbouring villages were privileged to have Robert MacNaughtan speak on the theme of “My life as a chef”.

From an inauspicious start with part-time work on a Romford market stall, selling fabrics from an East End warehouse and washing up in his uncle’s restaurant, Robert was offered a place on a course at Westminster College. This prestigious training led to work as a chef at the Grosvenor Hotel, the Post Office Tower revolving restaurant, many London restaurants, and catering for many famous private clients, before moving into management.

photo: Rosemary Brown

These jobs were interspersed with travels to 44 different countries worldwide, working casually in all to explore the foods, and ending up with a liking for Japanese and Asian foods.

Whilst speaking, and entertaining us with funny tales of his days working with food, he quickly created a beautiful Seafood and Asparagus Summer Pudding, making it look so easy.

We all had a most enjoyable afternoon and were happy to collect donations to a local kidney charity on his behalf.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 5 March 2017


18 February 2017

Gillian Beckett

New obituary highights Gillian’s botanical fame.

When Gillian Beckett died in August 2016 we published a short appreciation of her great contribution to Stanhoe in several fields.

Now the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI) has published a much more detailed obituary that centres on Gillian’s talent and dedication as a botanist.

With the BSBI’s kind permission we have re-published this in the “People” pages of stanhoe.org’s local history section. Click here to read it.

We thank Frances Schumann, Tim Doncaster and their BSBI colleagues for their hard work.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 18 February 2017


18 February 2017

Slow site

Recent website slowness seems to be fixed for now.

Apologies, dear readers, but you may have found stanhoe.org slow or even unavailable at times during the last couple of weeks.

The company that hosts the site, Vidahost, has been working hard to improve the site’s technical performance. Fingers crossed, I think the worst of the problems are now over. We hope to see further reliability improvements in the future.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 18 February 2017


15 February 2017

Parish Council Meeting

Parish Council Meeting - 9th March 2017.

The next Parish Council meeting will be held in the Reading Room, Cross Lane at 7.00pm on 9th March 2017. Agenda to follow soon.

Posted by: Wayne

Posted on: 15 February 2017


8 February 2017

Fire safety

WI members get advice from King’s Lynn firefighters.

A very chatty ex-Marine from Texas, courtesy of Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, kept Stanhoe and Barwick WI members busy at their February meeting with hints and tips on keeping safe from fires in the home.

Did you know that you need a smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector correctly positioned on all levels of your home, and that you need to test them once a week?

It will take a fire engine and four crew members 20 minutes to travel to Stanhoe, so make sure that you have door and window keys accessible upstairs as well as downstairs, and that you exit rapidly, feet first, from the nearest window if necessary.

Never shout “Help”, but shout “Fire” to alert people, and try to have a phone available on all levels too for emergency use.

But above all keep all doors closed, as a closed door will hold back fire for 20 minutes. And never go back in once you have escaped.

Tea lights are one of the greatest hazards in the home for causing fires, we were warned. A set of them was prominent on our sales table, and no one took them home!

Well, we live and learn at the WI.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 8 February 2017


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