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Parish Council Minutes

Parish Council Minutes – 21 September 2017.


Grisly tales

The Red Barn murder holds WI members spellbound.


Family trees

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


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.


Tide times

Hunstanton 19 Oct
01:12 low (1.38m)
06:32 high (7.35m)
13:45 low (0.88m)
19:09 high (7.26m)

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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

5 July 2017

July film

Hidden Figures (PG) is showing in Stanhoe on 7 July.

On Friday 7 July Stanhoe Village Screen ends its spring/summer season with Hidden Figures (PG), based on a true story.

Putting man on the moon is one of humanity’s greatest achievements, but the women who played a part in getting him there have gone unsung for too long. The fact that some of them were African-American is the surprise draw of this inspiring, Oscar-nominated account, which stars Taraji P Henson, Janelle Monae and Kevin Costner.

The autumn/winter season will start in September.

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

Date: Friday 7 July

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: September

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 5 July 2017

28 June 2017

Open Gardens

Stanhoe’s Open Gardens day on 3 June raised around £2,700 for All Saints’ church.

photos: Pamela Austin

A fine day for Open Gardens

It was a fine warm day, with a refreshing hint of a breeze when we set up shop, and although not inundated, we did have a steady flow of visitors all afternoon. Many were very complimentary about the village and its gardens.

The weather remained fine, and a record (?) 10 gardens were open, with the addition of The Grange to the usual suspects, making a varied group of styles and designs.  The usual stalls were open, ranging from books via bric-a-brac to plants, and the cream teas at the Old Rectory were much appreciated as usual.

The interim total amount raised in aid of All Saints’ church was £2,700, although the final amount may be slightly different.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 28 June 2017

27 June 2017

PC accounts

The latest Parish Council accounts are now available for inspection.

The accounts for Stanhoe Parish Council for the year ending 31 March 2017 are now available for inspection by members of the public. The period for which the accounts will be available runs from 27 June to 7 August 2017.

To view the accounts, please contact the Parish Clerk:

Brewers Cottage
Bircham Road

tel: 01485 518570

The official announcement is here.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 27 June 2017

5 June 2017


A story of survival on the high seas inspires the WI.

It was a rather gory tale that Peter Elphick told to Stanhoe and Barwick WI members at their June meeting.

John Fryer, a local lad, was born in Wells in 1752, the son of a maker of wooden block – an essential on a sailing ship. He went to sea at 12 years old, was captured and imprisoned by the French, but later joined the Royal Navy and worked on several naval vessels before joining the famous HMS Bounty, a small sailing vessel captained by William Bligh.

It was a gruelling and cruel life as the ship sailed out to Tahiti to collect breadfruit plants for the Jamaican market. So in 1789 some of the disaffected crew seized control of the ship, and they set John Fryer, Captain Bligh, and several crew members adrift in a 20-foot open boat.

After many weeks adrift they managed to get to the East Indies and then found passage back to Britain, where the Admiralty were persuaded to apprehend the mutineers and get them convicted.

John Fryer returned to sea and became “the preferred master” under Admiral Sir Hyde Parker. He took part in several of Nelson’s battle campaigns.

He died in 1817 and was buried in Wells churchyard. His headstone is proudly placed inside Wells church for all to see. An unsung hero in our history.

What an interesting research project this has proved to be for our speaker.

After the talk we were addressed by Coral Batchelor, our WI Adviser on all aspects of her job. We then continued to organise a variety of outings and meetings for the future.

It was a very friendly, cheerful, and chatty afternoon.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 5 June 2017

5 June 2017

Syderstone gardens

Syderstone Open Gardens is on Sunday 25 June.

Syderstone Open Gardens takes place on Sunday 25 June 2017 from 1.00 pm to 6.00 pm.

“Nine lovely gardens will be open this year, with two popular ‘returnees’,” says co-organiser Dizzy Goff.

Other attractions include friendly and welcoming hosts, plus delicious refreshments from 2.00 pm in Amy Robsart Hall (opposite the church). Plants, paintings, crafts and books will be on sale at host gardens.

A “round robin” ticket costs £3 per person, with accompanied under-12s free. Tickets (with map) are available from host gardens, all of which will be clearly signposted.

There is on-street parking, and designated disabled access where appropriate. One garden is not suitable for wheelchairs.

All proceeds go towards the running of St. Mary’s Church, Syderstone – an ancient round-tower church open daily to welcome visitors to the village.

More information from Dizzy Goff (01485 578527) or Barrie Wells (01485 578280).

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 5 June 2017

21 May 2017

Parish Meeting

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

11 May saw a reasonably well-attended annual Parish Meeting. Most of the councillors attended, as did a number of Stanhoe residents.

Stanhoe villagers in the Reading Room

There was plenty of animated conversation, a large amount of which was on the old and thorny subject of speeding in the village, as the Parish Council was asking for residents to express their views on several proposals for improving the situation.

David Lord (chairman) gave a brief address, and all participants enjoyed snack food and generous quantities of wine, along with the greatly enhanced ambience of the newly refurbished Reading Room.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 21 May 2017

18 May 2017

Bibby birthday

Rev. Paul Bibby celebrates his 90th birthday.

Rev. Bibby celebrated his birthday in style at a gathering in the Reading Room that included family and many Stanhoe friends.



Nicola, Jeanette and Paul Bibby

Yellow Reading Room coffee morning poster

The party took place during one of the regular Tuesday coffee mornings, when villagers meet between 10:00 am and noon to socialise. Thanks to organiser Pen Roche for the details.

For anyone who has not yet had a chance to see the newly redecorated Reading Room, the photos above give an idea of how handsome it now looks. Thanks to the MEHM Trustees for their hard work, and notably to Jill Husselby for supervising the décor.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 18 May 2017

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