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New obituary highights Gillian’s botanical fame.

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Parish Council Meeting - 9th March 2017.

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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


1 February 2017

Parish Council Minutes

Parish Council minutes for the 12th January 2017.

The Parish Council minutes from the meeting held on the 12th January 2017 are now available to view here.

Posted by: Wayne

Posted on: 1 February 2017


25 January 2017

Broadband plans

Stanhoe makes a little progress on better connectivity.

Most of Stanhoe may get fast broadband in 2018 if the second phase of the Better Broadband for Norfolk project (BBfN2) goes ahead as planned, the Parish Council heard at the end of last year.

At a Parish Council meeting on 10 November 2016, Karen O’Kane, BBfN Programme Director, explained that “fibre to the cabinet” (FttC) technology could provide connection speeds of up to around 24 Mbit/s from the Docking telephone exchange (see presentation slides below). Actual speeds would depend on the distance to the exchange.

For comparison, the best lines in Stanhoe currently support a bandwidth of around 5 Mbit/s, though many people have to make do with just 1–2 Mbit/s.

The rollout would be take place in two tranches during 2018, Ms O’Kane said. The first of these would cover 101 of the 178 Stanhoe houses currently served by the Docking exchange. The second tranche would cover a further 50 houses, subject to survey.

The remaining 28 houses on the Docking exchange might not be able to receive an upgrade at all, Ms O’Kane said, because they are too far from the exchange. These properties are in postcodes PE31 8PT, 8PU, 8PX, 8QD, 8QN, and 8QP (see the BBfN map).

Three houses currently served from the Syderstone exchange might get fibre broadband as a result of a separate upgrade in 2019.

Wireless and satellite as possible alternatives

Residents who are not scheduled for a fibre upgrade and who currently have broadband speeds below 2 Mbit/s may be eligible for a subsidy of up to £400 a year towards the cost of alernative broadband systems based on wireless or satellite. For more details, see this BBfN page.

The ITSwisp wireless system claims to cover Stanhoe already. Prices start at £19.99 a month, with uncapped access at 8 Mbit/s costing £31.99.

Another wireless provider is WiSpire, which broadcasts from church towers. WiSpire recently conducted a preliminary survey of Stanhoe, though we have no information on the results yet. WiSpire is owned jointly by the Diocese of Norwich and newspaper publisher Archant. Prices start at £15 a month (plus £200 installation fee) for 6 Mbit/s.

A third wireless provider approved under the subsidy scheme is Symmetris. This company currently operates only around Yarmouth, and – like WiSpire – would only be available in Stanhoe if it decided there was an economic case to install its own broadcasting equipment. This is only likely to happen if the BBfN fibre scheme falls through for any reason.

Satellite broadband is available through Heacham-based Rural Broadband. Prices start at £21.95 a month before subsidies.

What about that existing fibre line, then?

Back in early 2014, the sight of optical fibre cable going in down the Docking road made Stanhoe residents think they’d have fast broadband soon. For a short period in January 2015, even BT Openreach said we could actually order fibre. Alas, those who tried were quickly disappointed.

We knew the fibre was put in to serve Jack’s Lane wind farm, but since it passes through the cabinet at the junction of Docking Road and Parson’s Lane, it was tempting to feel that it would be easy to upgrade the cabinet to supply local properties,

After a grilling from Parish Council chair David Lord, BBfN have confirmed that the Jack’s Lane fibre is a “point to point” leased line that can’t be used for other purposes. BBfN says it is currently waiting for a price from BT for a fibre connection that we could use instead.

The BBfN presentation

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Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 25 January 2017


17 January 2017

Website problems

The Stanhoe photo gallery is back on line.

Updated 20 January

The Stanhoe photo gallery is back on line after the recent hiatus, and all the missing news items have been restored.

There may still be some undetected damage, so I’d appreciate reports of anything that isn’t working. Please  with any comments.

Apologies all round for the botched upgrade.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 17 January 2017


9 January 2017

Helping paws

WI members learn about life with a guide dog.

In January members of Stanhoe and Barwick WI heard that Ruby, Ben, Sadie, Brian and Jasmine have all been wonderful companions, and saviours, for Gill Southgate for over 40 years.

A petite lady, keen to keep on living life to the full, Gill lost her sight in a road accident at the age of 18. A white stick proved to be a disadvantage, so a lucky meeting with Ruby, a trained Guide Dog for the Blind, acquired for just 50p, allowed for continuation of a remarkable lifestyle, with marriage, two small boys, and a job in the real world as an audio typist for the next 35 years.

photo: Rosemary Brown

Gill Southgate with her guide dog

Gill Southgate with her guide dog

The ups and downs of getting and living with a guide dog had us laughing, but also full of admiration for the pair of them.

We finished with a stern warning; “Guide dogs should never be fed by the public, and never be stroked or spoken to when in harness. They are at work and must not be distracted.” “But always offer assistance if it looks necessary as it is always gratefully received.”

It was a heart-warming afternoon, and further admiration came along when we tried to interpret Braille as used for notes and in a children’s story book.

So we were in good form when the WI business followed and Julia Walton talked us through the six Resolutions put forward by the NFWI for the 2017 AGM, to find our final choice. And our president suggested a range of options for events for safer driving in the coming year.

You never know what opportunities will be put forward at a WI meeting.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 9 January 2017


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