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Christmas sale

Seasonal goodies will be available in Syderstone on 25 November.


Phone no more

Stanhoe’s phone box vanishes in a flash.


Murders return

Classic crime fiction has a Syderstone link.


WI expands again

The WI’s AGM marks a year of significant growth.


Vote for puppets

Take a moment to help Norwich Puppet Theatre get grant money from Aviva.


Parish Council Minutes

Parish Council Minutes – 21 September 2017.


Grisly tales

The Red Barn murder holds WI members spellbound.


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11 November 2017

Christmas sale

Seasonal goodies will be available in Syderstone on 25 November.

St. Mary’s church, Syderstone, is holding a Christmas bazaar in the Amy Robsart Hall on Saturday 25 November from 10:30 am till 2:00 pm.

There will be seasonal stalls, gifts, crafts, cakes, tombola, and raffle of Christmas hampers.

Morning coffee and light lunches available.

Free entrance, and a free raffle ticket to win a special hamper for all those supporting the event.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 11 November 2017

8 November 2017

Phone no more

Stanhoe’s phone box vanishes in a flash.

On 24 October Stanhoe finally lost its public telephone box.

photos: Pamela Austin

View from across the road

Reports Pamela Austin: “Whilst Terry, Peter and I were on a Speed Watch shift, a BT van came along and parked, and the team proceeded to remove the empty phone box.”

“They have made a very good job of removing the base and sculpting the bank to match the rest, and one would truly never know that we had a phone box in the village for so many years.”

Kerbside view

The old red phone box is just visible in an aerial photo of the old Coal Yard, some time before 1980. This was later replaced by a modern glass kiosk. In 2010 the Parish Council asked BT to remove the phone box, which was in a poor state and seldom used. The council refused the necessary planning permission, so the phone box earned a reprieve – until this year.

As Pamela says, “Now all we need is a consistent and reliable mobile signal…”

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 8 November 2017

7 November 2017

Murders return

Classic crime fiction has a Syderstone link.

Book cover for The Plumley Inheritance by Christopher BushFans of vintage crime fiction may be pleased to know that Dean Street Press has re-published ten murder mysteries by Christopher Bush, and plans to release the remaining 53 books in due course.

Bush published his first novel featuring the eccentric Ludovic Travers in 1926. The books have been out of print for many years, though they remain popular with classic crime enthusiasts. Visit this list on the publisher’s website to order e-books or paperbacks from Amazon.

“So what does this have to do with Stanhoe?” you may well ask. “Not a great deal” is the honest answer, but there is a connection with nearby Syderstone through Bush’s great-niece Avril MacArthur. Avril and her husband Malcolm lived in Syderstone until last year; Stanhoe residents may remember them for their work on Syderstone parish council, the village hall committee, and the RAF Bircham Newton Memorial Project.

Christopher Bush was born in Great Hockham, between Thetford and Attleborough. His father was a farm labourer, and although Christopher went on to become a schoolmaster – as well as serving in both World Wars – he retained a deep knowledge of Breckland ways.

He later put this rural background to good use in a series of Breckland novels he wrote under the name Michael Home. “The pseudonym was a vain attempt at distancing himself from a book drawing on village characters,” Avril says.

Poster in bookshop windowSuspicious neighbours notwithstanding, the Breckland books were quite successful. Critics described the first of them, God and the Rabbit (1934) as “a great novel of English country life”. Its successor, In This Valley (1935), was chosen by Howard Spring as his book of the month. The photo at left shows In This Valley in the window of Foyle’s bookshop in Charing Cross Road, London.

Avril plans one day to publish a biography of Christopher Bush, though she is finding it hard to match her great-uncle’s speed of writing. Bush produced over 80 books in total, sometimes writing four a year.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 7 November 2017

2 November 2017

WI expands again

The WI’s AGM marks a year of significant growth.

November is the month of the AGM for Stanhoe and Barwick WI.

Our retiring treasurer Mary Lancefield had balanced the books admirably for another year, and was presented with a small gift in recognition of her committee work for several years.

Our secretary Valerie Robson reported with wit on our varied activities, acknowledging the efficacy of emails for administration.

Our president Pamela Austin reported on our increase in membership from 17 to 28 members over the year, and praised us for continuing success with our aim of  “friendship and socialising” within our group.

To round off the proceedings and for us all to get to know one another better we finished with “2 true and 1 false statements” from everyone. Who knew that one of our members had climbed to the top of Kilimanjaro, that another had been charged by a bull elephant, or that another had worked in Downing Street? Much laughter ensued.

We now look forward to a workshop on stained glass work, an afternoon tea visit, a Christmas Lunch, and a fun filled December meeting.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 2 November 2017

1 November 2017

Vote for puppets

Take a moment to help Norwich Puppet Theatre get grant money from Aviva.

Many Stanhoe residents will know Nic Hopkins and Kate Jewell for their work with the excellent Norwich Puppet Theatre as well as their wine tasting events and loyal support for other village activities.

The Puppet Theatre is seeking money from the Aviva Community Fund to help support their work with children who need help – and your votes could help them get it. Take a few moments to sign up (you can use Facebook) and you’ll get ten votes to cast as you wish. You can give them all to the Puppet Theatre, or split them among other worthy causes. The projects with the most votes will get funding from Aviva.

The Puppet Theatre says: “The aim of this project is to build on and develop the successful Voice of the Child project of 2016 to ensure that the Puppet Theatre has the necessary up-to-date technical equipment to deliver our performances and workshops.”

“It will also help us continue to make the venue a more inclusive space by continuing to offer holiday activities to children under the umbrella of Norfolk Children’s Services and to start working with children who have complex needs to break down barriers of isolation.”

The Puppet Theatre currently has 588 votes, but it will need a lot more to stand a good chance of success in this nationwide competition. Voting closes in less than three weeks, so don’t hang about.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 1 November 2017

13 October 2017

Parish Council Minutes

Parish Council Minutes – 21 September 2017.

The Parish Council Minutes from the meeting held on 21 September 2017 can be found here.

Posted by: Wayne

Posted on: 13 October 2017

5 October 2017

Grisly tales

The Red Barn murder holds WI members spellbound.

Stanhoe and Barwick WI members and guests assembled at their October meeting to hear Sue Parry, who has a great interest in “True Crime”, give a presentation on “The Red Barn Murder”.

It began with a story of small village life (in Polstead in Suffolk) in the early 1800s.

Maria Marten, daughter of the village mole catcher, had a series of relationships with local young men, who fathered several children. But it was William Corder in 1827, who proposed taking Maria to Ipswich to marry her, after an assignation at the red barn in the village. Unfortunately, after an altercation en route in the village Maria died from gunshot wounds in the barn and was later found buried beneath the floor, whilst William moved to London, happily advertised for a well-off wife, and remarried.

But justice prevailed and William was brought back to Bury St Edmunds for trial and in 1827 was hanged before a large crowd, and his body was later offered for dissection.

The notoriety led to plays being performed about the murder; to pamphlets and illustrated mementoes being produced; and even to Staffordshire china figurines being constructed.

Our speaker then surprised us with an up to date and unusual ending by showing us family trees from the original Marten family and showing that she was related to Maria through lineage from Maria’s sister Anne.

It was an amazing afternoon.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 5 October 2017

4 October 2017

Family trees

We’ve been asked for information about the Collison and Shaul families.

Some months ago, received two separate requests for information about long-ago residents of the village. One was about the Collison and Taylor families, and the other about the Shaul and Mountain families. Both relate to the late 1700s and early 1800s. If you can help, please visit the links above to find out more and see how to contact the enquirers.

While you’re there, check out the various other old Stanhoe families for whom we have some information or enquiries. We don’t have the time to become a genealogy website, but it’s good to help put people with Stanhoe connections in touch with one another.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 4 October 2017

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,” Rosemary 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

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