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Syderstone Open Gardens is on Sunday 25 June.


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


Bibby birthday

Rev. Paul Bibby celebrates his 90th birthday.


The naked truth

Life model Ruth Smith amuses the WI.


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


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Parish Council Minutes for the 9th March 2017.


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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

February film

The Fencer is showing in Stanhoe on 6 February.

Stanhoe Village Screen starts 2017 on Monday 6 February with The Fencer (PG) (in Estonian with English subtitles).

Fleeing from the Russian secret police because of his controversial past, a young Estonian fencer named Endel is forced to return to his homeland, where he begins to train a group of young children in the art of fencing. The past however catches up with him and Endel has to choose between letting his students down or putting his life in danger. The movie is partially based on the real life story of Estonian fencer Endel Nelis (1925–1993). A well-crafted and touching tale of heroism without fanfare.

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

Date: Monday 6 February

Time: 7.30pm, doors open 7.00pm

PlaceThe Reading Room, Cross Lane, Stanhoe PE31 8PS

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


Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 9 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

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

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