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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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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

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