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October film

Churchill is showing in Stanhoe on 25 October.


Daily bus service

Stanhoe now has a practical daily bus service to Docking, Bircham, the QEH and King’s Lynn.


Harbour tales

Wells Harbour Master Rob Smith gives an excellent talk to WI members and visitors.


Glass art and craft

Jill Husselby informed and entertained at her stained glass talk on Sunday.


Meet the angels

Don’t miss Jill Husselby’s stained glass talk on 3 September.


Parish Council Minutes

Parish Council minutes for the 20th July 2017.


Dusty but not dry

Stanhoe WI members learn the secrets of textile conservation from a National Trust expert.


Tide times

Hunstanton 26 Sep
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10:28 high (6.44m)
17:19 low (1.97m)
22:41 high (6.23m)

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25 September 2017

October film

Churchill is showing in Stanhoe on 25 October.

On Wednesday 25 October Stanhoe Village Screen continues its autumn season with Churchill (12A, biography/drama/thriller).

96 hours before the World War II invasion of Normandy, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill struggles with his severe reservations with Operation Overlord and his increasingly marginalized role in the war effort. A ticking-clock drama, starring Brian Cox and Miranda Richardson.

Tickets: £5 on the door to include a complimentary drink

Date: Wednesday 25 October

Time: 7.30pm, doors open 7.00pm

PlaceThe Reading Room, Cross Lane, Stanhoe PE31 8PS

More info: Jane and Peter Coates (tel 01485 518191)

Next film: To be announced

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 25 September 2017

9 September 2017

Daily bus service

Stanhoe now has a practical daily bus service to Docking, Bircham, the QEH and King’s Lynn.

After being without a regular bus since 2011, Stanhoe now has a proper daily service to and from King’s Lynn.

The new Go To Town 21 service started on 4 September and is operated by West Norfolk Community Transport (WNCT).

Stanhoe Parish Council is subsidising the service for at least the first year.

“We want people to use the new bus,” says Stanhoe bus champion Rosemary Brown. “Numbers will be monitored, and we want the service to continue in the future.”

Three buses every weekday

Both to and from King’s Lynn there are three buses every weekday and two on Saturdays.

On the later services returning from King’s Lynn, passengers will have to ask the driver to stop at Stanhoe.

Like the existing WNCT Dial A Bus service serving Stanhoe, Go To Town 21 is a wheelchair-accessible minibus. Unlike the Dial A Bus, though, it runs to a timetable and you don’t need to book in advance.

The official Stanhoe stop is by the pond, but you can hail the bus anywhere in the village as long as you know which way it’s heading (more about this below).

Bus passes are valid on the Go to Town buses, or you can buy a daily, weekly or monthly ticket.

Understanding the timetable

The timetable is somewhat complicated, since the buses make a loop between Stanhoe and Docking. Depending on the time of day, the bus to King’s Lynn stops at Stanhoe either before or after visiting Docking – and similarly on the way home.

Rosemary suggests thinking of the service as a circular route. On weekdays it calls at Stanhoe pond at:

  1. 07.48, coming from Docking and going to Bircham
  2. 09.25, coming from Bircham and going to Docking
  3. 13.36, coming from Docking and going to Bircham.

On Saturdays it calls at Stanhoe pond at 09.00 and 13.18, both times coming from Bircham and going to Docking.

The bus returns from King’s Lynn bus station at:

  1. 12.35, arriving in Stanhoe via Docking
  2. 16.40, REQUEST ONLY, arriving in Stanhoe via Bircham
  3. 17.45, REQUEST ONLY at all stops beyond the QEH.

On Saturdays it returns from King’s Lynn bus station at 12.35, and at 16.00 by request on getting on the bus.

Other stops of interest include:

  • Docking (chip shop, school, and Old Station corner)
  • Bircham (King’s Head and church corner)
  • Tapping House hospice
  • Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn.

See the link below for the timetable on the WNCT website. Alternatively, Google Maps knows about the new 21 service and is often handy for planning public transport, especially if you don’t know exactly where the stops are. However, at the moment it’s not clear Google understands that there are morning as well as afternoon buses from Stanhoe.

Financial support for a community service

Stanhoe Parish Council has been following the setting-up of the Go To Town 21 service since January this year. The original plan did not include Stanhoe, but councillors persuaded WNCT to change the route in return for a limited subsidy.

As a result, the bus will cost Stanhoe £700 in the first year. Next year the cost is projected to fall to £350, and zero in subsequent years. The Parish Council has asked WNCT for regular updates on the numbers of people using the service.

“There are not many of us to use it,” she added, “but it is necessary for the young people who need transport to the college in Lynn – one at present, two in two years’ time, and then after that. And it’s a service to the community.”

WNCT is a limited company and a registered charity. Launched in 1992, it aims to provide transport services that contribute to social inclusion.

WNCT runs ten Go To Town services, plus “ring and ride” services to Norfolk villages (Dial A Bus and Flexibus), and dedicated transport services for King’s Lynn residents.


Go To Town 21 timetable

West Norfolk Community Transport

West Norfolk Community Transport and Shopmobility on Facebook

Stanhoe Parish Council minutes for 20 July 2017

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 9 September 2017

8 September 2017

Harbour tales

Wells Harbour Master Rob Smith gives an excellent talk to WI members and visitors.

It was a packed room of Stanhoe and Barwick WI members and visitors at their September meeting who heard Rob Smith MBE talk about his work as the Harbour Master at Wells for the past 28 years.

At the start of his tenure just two people were employed to bring boats up the channel to the quay. Nowadays there are 13 people involved in duties encompassing the harbour and its environs.

We learnt of the historical background to the formation of the harbour and the quay as we know it, and about the responsibilities of the appointed Wells Harbour Commissioners who oversee everything.

In a more lighthearted vein we heard why Wells seamen are nicknamed “Bitefingers”; about smuggling now and years ago; and how the nature of the use of Wells harbour has been changed by the increase in tourism, and with the coming of the wind farms.

Rob finished with some funny stories of real events in his working life.

WI business, including a report from the Liverpool National Federation AGM, brought to a close a busy and very enjoyable afternoon.


Wells Harbour website, with live (moving and zooming!) webcam

EDP report from 2013 on the 350th anniversary of the Wells Harbour Commissioners

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 8 September 2017

3 September 2017

Glass art and craft

Jill Husselby informed and entertained at her stained glass talk on Sunday.

The audience for the latest presentation by the Stanhoe Archive was riveted by the wealth of information imparted by Jill Husselby on the subject of the stained glass windows in All Saints Church, Stanhoe.

Last given in 2014, shortly after the restoration of the windows, the talk started with an overview of stained glass windows and the methodology of their production, along with thoughts and comments on their destruction during the Reformation of the 1600s.

photo: Pamela Austin

Rear view of a group of people looking up at the large east window

An attentive audience captivated by Jill’s description
of the 1879 east window, by Charles Kempe

Visitors were then invited to join Jill at each window in turn, where she pointed out various details of the individuals depicted, the colours, the construction and the styles of each one, holding us all captivated by their clarity and beauty, enhanced by the light of the rather autumnal afternoon.

Much discussion followed, and light refreshments were served, with many people commenting on how we all tend to overlook the detail and beauty of the glass if we are unaware of much of the background information. We shall all see stained glass differently in the future, thanks to today’s talk. Our grateful thanks go to Jill for her input, and also for the leaflets given to participants, which were produced by the late Geoff Robinson of Syderstone, and kindly reproduced for us by, and with the kind permission of, his son Alastair.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 3 September 2017

15 August 2017

Meet the angels

Don’t miss Jill Husselby’s stained glass talk on 3 September.

On Sunday 3 September local architectural historian Jill Husselby will give a talk on the history and renovation of the stained glass windows in All Saints’ church, Stanhoe.

The event starts at 3.00 pm. It is organised by Stanhoe Archive, the local history society. Entry is just £3 per person, including refreshments.

The venue is All Saints’ church, Church Lane, Stanhoe, PE31 8QL.


Comprehensive Flickr album of All Saints’ glass

A smaller collection of photos at Corpus Vitrearum

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 15 August 2017

8 August 2017

Parish Council Minutes

Parish Council minutes for the 20th July 2017.

The Parish Council minutes for the meeting held on 20th July 2017 can be found here.

Posted by: Wayne

Posted on: 8 August 2017

5 August 2017

Dusty but not dry

Stanhoe WI members learn the secrets of textile conservation from a National Trust expert.

A roomful of Stanhoe and Barwick WI members and visitors from neighbouring WIs welcomed Terri Dewhurst from the National Trust Conservation Centre at Oulton Street, near Blickling, to talk about the work undertaken in the Conservation Studios.

Originally trained in fashion design, Terri decided that she preferred stitching and took an MA in textile conservation. This proved to be a wonderful foundation for working on a selection of the 65 tapestries, 20 state beds, and 31,000 costumes owned by the National Trust.

photo: Rosemary Brown

Terri in front of a screen showing a conservation workshop

We were treated to a step by step explanation, with samples as well as images, of the conservation of 11 of the Gideon Tapestries from Hardwick Hall, woven in 1578, which are 6 metres high and 70 metres in total length. We were even shown an original bag of dust vacuumed from a tapestry, which process came before wet cleaning, and then being supported by conservation stitching onto linen, and finally having Velcro applied for rehanging.

The Knole Spangled Bed, which was three years into detailed conservation, and the Congress of Vienna Chairs from Northern Ireland also amazed us.

It is detailed, methodical and meticulous work, often in chilly, damp, uncomfortable conditions, but one which fascinates the conservators, and leads them to pass on their knowledge by training National Trust house staff and volunteers.

Our speaker was enthusiastic, entertaining, and utterly enthralling, and we much hope to meet her in situ if we visit the centre next year.

After tea and delicious cake provided by members we despatched the business meeting with speed, and much clearing up was quickly carried out after a wonderful afternoon which was enjoyed by our visitors and audience in general.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 5 August 2017

2 August 2017

Flower festival

The annual Festival of Flowers at Syderstone church starts on 5 August.

St. Mary’s Church, Syderstone, invites you to share its 2017 Festival of Flowers. Dates and times are:

Saturday 5th – Wednesday 9th August: 10.00 am – 5.00 pm
Sunday 6th August: 12.30–5.00 pm

The flower arrangers of Syderstone’s ancient round-tower church invite you to share this annual Flower Festival and to enjoy the beauty of their floral displays. Support by individuals, clubs and local businesses ensures that St. Mary’s will overflow with the colour and scent of flowers.

Sale of artwork, homemade produce and other items.

Entrance free.

More info from .

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 2 August 2017

24 July 2017

Calling Applegates

Does anyone have information on the Applegate family in this part of Norfolk?

Readers interested in family history may remember that Angie Kitcher, who lives in Canada, has a strong Stanhoe connection through the Mitchley, Pygall and Scales families. Her Mitchley page gives some of the details.

Angie now writes:

“I would like to know if anyone in the village has any information on the Applegate family. Elizabeth Sophia Mitchley’s mother Sophia Pygall was an Applegate, born in 1821. She married John C. Pygall. I can’t seem to find any siblings for Sophia. Her parents were Henry, born 1788, and Elizabeth (Bradfield) Applegate.”

Anyone with information can contact by email.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 24 July 2017

10 July 2017

Garden delights

WI members enjoy the sunshine for their July meeting.

It was a sunny afternoon when a happy group of members of Stanhoe and Barwick WI assembled in the lovely garden of our president Pamela Austin.

The business meeting, which started with a complimentary report from our Adviser regarding her recent visit, evolved into the opportunity to make bookings for a wide variety of upcoming trips and events.

photo: Rosemary Brown

And then the treat of the afternoon followed with an invitation to take tea and to choose from a selection of scrumptious goodies made for us by our president.

Happily sitting out on the patio, we finished the afternoon with some hilarity. Each member was asked to give three statements about herself – two of them true and one untrue – and the group had to guess which was untrue. Was it an unexpected appendix operation in Mexico, lunch with the king of Norway, or much bungee jumping and abseiling from steep heights? Some surprises turned up!

We had a very happy time in the spirit of the WI and thank our president wholeheartedly.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 10 July 2017

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