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Parish Council Minutes

Parish Council Minutes for the 9th March 2017.


Glorious food

A globetrotting chef entertains the WI.


Gillian Beckett

New obituary highights Gillian’s botanical fame.


Slow site

Recent website slowness seems to be fixed for now.


Parish Council Meeting

Parish Council Meeting - 9th March 2017.


Fire safety

WI members get advice from King’s Lynn firefighters.


Parish Council Minutes

Parish Council minutes for the 12th January 2017.


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5 December 2016

A bit of glitter

WI members try a new crafting technique at their Christmas meeting.

What an industrious gathering there was at Stanhoe and Barwick WI’s December meeting. Equipped with a reel of fine silver or gold wire, a packet of 80 colourful beads, and a rope of brightly coloured wire, we each threaded, twisted, squeezed, and squashed, encouraged by Mandy Seales our speaker, until a range of delicate filigree bowls emerged.

photo: Pamela Austin

Filigree bowls and baskets

They were of many shapes and sizes but each one glimmered in the light and looked like bejewelled sculptures. Maybe helped along by gluhwein and Christmas cake, we all had a laughter filled time, and went home with a treasure. We left looking forward to another happy year ahead in 2017.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 5 December 2016

28 November 2016

Christmas bazaar

10 December brings a special event in Syderstone.

St. Mary’s church, Syderstone, invites you to a Christmas bazaar on Saturday 10 December, 10.30 am to 3.00 pm, in the Amy Robsart Hall

One offer are coffee and light lunches, seasonal stalls with crafts and other gifts, tombola, a raffle of Christmas hampers, and guessing games with prizes. Santa Claus will make an appearance for the young at heart.

Entrance is free, and visitors will also receive a free raffle ticket for a special hamper.

More info from  .

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 28 November 2016

17 November 2016

Website changes has had a few tweaks recently.

Nothing stays the same for long these days, and that’s especially true of websites. This one badly needs a redesign to make it work better on mobile phones, which currently make up around a fifth of our visitors.

We are also overdue for a technical upgrade that will simplify maintenance, improve security, and hopefully make pages load quicker.

Having moved out of Stanhoe recently, I would like to make the site as easy as possible to use and maintain, without losing the important stuff.

To prepare for these changes I have deleted some old content and moved other things around. The most important updates are:

  • Promoted Saints Alive to the top level of the menu.
  • Promoted the “news archive” link to the top level of the menu.
  • Moved the heating oil price page to the “about Stanhoe” section.
  • Removed the “renewable energy” page. With the Jack’s Lane and Chiplow wind farms now part of the skyline, I don’t see this as a live issue. We’ll cover Jack’s Lane Solar Farm in the news.
  • Removed what was left of the “hot topics” section. If you prefer the agenda view for the calendar that formerly headed up this section, use the calendar on the home page and just click the “Agenda” tab.
  • Removed the Twitter feed. As I explained on Twitter, the service we formerly used to tweet news items automatically has closed its doors and I can’t find a suitable replacement. The @stanhoevillage account remains live, but will see even less traffic from now on. If anyone would like to take it over, just ask.
  • Removed the broadband speed tester and broadband technical advice. I don’t think many people read the latter, the web is awash with speed testers, and broadband changes are afoot in Stanhoe – we’ll cover those in future news items.

There will probably be more changes in due course. I’m not sure that the pages for local businesses and holiday cottages earn their keep, for instance, but I would be interested to hear your views.

I’ve also abandoned news updates by email. The last one was a long time ago, and I no longer have the time. If anyone would like to take this over that would be great.

Other help is always welcome, even if it’s only sending me a quick email about a broken link.

(tel 01603 873386)

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 17 November 2016

13 November 2016

Make a hat

Try a millinery lesson with Judy Bentinck on 3 December.

Stanhoe’s very own milliner Judy Bentinck has two places left on a course which takes place at her house on Saturday 3 December.

Students will learn how to make a version of the freeform sinamay hat shown here.

Contact Judy on 07966 272469 or via Twitter @judybentinck.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 13 November 2016

13 November 2016


Stanhoe marks Remembrance Sunday with customary dignity.

photo: Pamela Austin

(l–r) Eric Jackson, Rev Peter Cook
and Steve Greef at the ceremony

Twelve village residents were in attendance (the usual suspects!) today for the Act of Remembrance at the war memorial, led by Peter Cook, Honorary Chaplain of Sedgeford branch of The Royal British Legion. Also in attendance was Steve Greef, the standard bearer for the branch (having already attended Thornham and Sedgeford earlier in the day!). The names of the fallen in both the 1914–18 war and 1939–45 war were read, and the exhortation delivered, by Eric Jackson. The usual service of remembrance followed at All Saints’ church.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 13 November 2016

13 November 2016

Theatre comes to Stanhoe

On 25 November a play in the Reading Room remembers women in the First World War.

“Momentous Times” is a short play dramatising the extraordinary experiences of five real women in Europe during World War I, taken from their diaries. Three's Company will perform in the Reading Room, Stanhoe, in the afternoon of 25 November. All proceeds will go to the Red Cross.

More information from  (tel 518 191).


A review of Momentous Times

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 13 November 2016

13 November 2016

Church Lane closure

Church Lane will be closed to through traffic 30 November–2 December.

Church Lane will be closed to through traffic from 30 November to 2 December. The closure is for work on a water main, and affects the northernmost 40 metres of Church Lane at the junction with Docking Road. 

More information from Simon Turner (Norfolk County Council, Community and Environmental Services), tel 0344 800 8020.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 13 November 2016

13 November 2016

Popular bunch

The WI’s AGM attracts four potential new members.

Stanhoe and Barwick WI members had a very happy time at their November AGM. The word must have spread that we are a friendly bunch as we welcomed four potential new members from neighbouring villages.

Our president Pamela Austin was unanimously voted in for another year, and once more came up with lots of ideas to please us; the secretary and the treasurer gave full reports; and all were thanked for their hard work.

But it was after tea that the fun happened. Members, sitting in the usual circle, were asked to introduce themselves by name and give a short chat about themselves mentioning something that no one probably knew about them. This brought to light motorcycling pasts, an avid football supporter, a rugby fanatic, and a holiday at a naturists’ camp, amongst more usual revelations.

We all got to know one another even better!

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 13 November 2016

8 October 2016

George, don‘t do that!

WI members enjoy an afternoon with Joyce Grenfell.

Stanhoe & Barwick WI had the pleasure of spending an afternoon with Joyce Grenfell at their October meeting.

photo: Pamela Austin

Pat Knights in character as the American socialite

Pat Knights in character as “the American socialite”

Our speaker, Pat Knights, a talented interpreter of Joyce’s monologues, told us a little of Joyce’s life, in particular how she would practice making different faces in the mirror to obtain the voices required for these. Pat then went on to re-enact a take of a WI meeting that Joyce had seen at the home of her aunt Nancy Astor. Several others followed with appropriate voice and items of costume. Joyce Grenfell died in 1979 and a memorial service was held in Westminster Abbey attended by over 2000 people. Much enjoyment and laughter greeted each item. We never did find out what ‘George’ was doing!!

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 8 October 2016

7 September 2016

PC agenda

Agenda for the Parish Council meeting on 8 September. All are welcome.

Stanhoe Parish Council will meet in the Reading Room, Cross Lane, at 7.00 pm on Thursday 8 September. All villagers are welcome to attend, and there will be an opportunity to join the discussion.

The main points of the agenda are:

  • Co-option of a new Councillor
  • Stanhoe broadband upgrade
  • Devolution for Norfolk and Suffolk
  • Rangers visit
  • Safer Neighbourhood Action Panel report
  • Compostable food waste bags update
  • Playground: equipment inspection, waste bin, and sign
  • Circulation of comment sheets
  • Parish Council meeting dates for 2017
  • Planning applications and information
  • Financial report and approval of payments

More information from Parish Clerk , tel 01485 518 570.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 7 September 2016

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