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Stanhoe WI members learn about a very old craft.

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A service marks the start of WWII, and Stanhoe’s Rector is now a Rural Dean.

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Pond progress

A tidy-up has left Stanhoe’s pond looking very fine.

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Musical evening

Nelson’s Shantymen entertain at the first Stanhoe Social.

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Facebook for RAF group

The RAF Bircham Newton Heritage Centre has taken to social media.

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October film

Fisherman’s Friends is showing in Stanhoe on Wednesday 2 October.

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6 September 2019

Smocking

Stanhoe WI members learn about a very old craft.

At their September meeting Stanhoe and Barwick WI members were treated to a splendid display of work, and an illustrated talk, by Heather Flint, on the forgotten art of smocking.

Smocking, or Pleatwork, where surface stitching hold together folds of fabric in a decorative way to control the fullness of the fabric and give shape to the garment, was the forerunner of elastic.

photos: Rosemary Brown

Heather Flint with one of her creations

Heather with one of her smocking creations

Our speaker was inspired by the technique many years ago and created smocked garments for herself and her family before working to commission.

We were treated to images following the history of smocking through garments worn in medieval times to those worn by “flappers” in the 1920s and young girls in the 1950s, several of our members remembering the latter. In modern times the technique is used on special wedding dresses, furnishings such as cushions and lampshades, and on textile jewellery.

More smocking work on display

After the talk everyone was invited to look at the beautiful work on display. So many ladies found it inspirational.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 6 September 2019


2 August 2019

State visit

WI centenary attracts officials from Norwich.

As it is our centenary year Stanhoe and Barwick WI members were honoured at their August meeting to be visited by the Federation Chairman Margaret Collingwood, the Federation Secretary Louise Casson, the editor of WI News Sue Ovenden, and the local WI Adviser Coral Batchelor, as well as visiting members of Wells WI.

photo: Rosemary Brown

Louise Casson, Margaret Collingwood and Coral Batchelor seated in Stanhoe village hall

(l-r) Federation Secretary Louise Casson, Federation Chairman Margaret Collingwood and Adviser Coral Batchelor

Chris Armstrong kept us entertained for almost an hour with his talk “Anything from a pin to an elephant”, based on his book of the same name, giving background stories to the founding and running of three Norfolk department stores: Bakers and Larners of Holt, Roys of Wroxham and Palmers of Yarmouth. He also mentioned Break charity shops whose good works are dear to his heart.

The talk was followed by tea and cake made by members, before the business of the day was discussed. A collection of decorated wooden spoons created by members were presented to the Federation Secretary for use in Evelyn Suffield House, the Norfolk WI Federation Office in Norwich.

It was a very busy and interactive afternoon.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 2 August 2019


5 July 2019

Garden meeting

WI members enjoy the fine weather.

It was a beautiful sunny July afternoon when 15 members of Stanhoe and Barwick WI were welcomed into the garden of their treasurer Julia Walton.

photos: Rosemary Brown

Enjoying the sunshine

Business was very brief, with reminders about signing in and out at future meetings, and signing up to upcoming meals and visits. Volunteers were sought for various things and then we all relaxed and chatted over tea and delicious cakes made by members.

Enjoying the sunshine

Later we explored Julia’s delightful garden which is built on several levels, has a large collection of pots containing vegetables and an interesting variety of flowers, and all sorts of quirky decorative items abounded.

It was a very relaxed afternoon.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 5 July 2019


18 June 2019

Birthday tea

Stanhoe & Barwick WI members visit Morston Hall.

22 members of Stanhoe and Barwick WI celebrated 100 years since our formation in 1919 in great style this June.

We met for afternoon tea at Morston Hall, and from the animated chatter it was a much enjoyed celebration.

photos: Rosemary Brown

Looking out onto the gardens at Morston Hall

The selection of sandwiches and sweet things were delicious and the cake stands were cleared quite happily.

Some members bravely wore hats in reference to the formality of meetings gone by but we were all in celebratory mode for the afternoon out in a delightful setting.

A fine selection of cakes, sandwiches and scones

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 18 June 2019


9 June 2019

Cartoon fun

WI members learn drawing secrets from a professional.

Stanhoe and Barwick WI members and a large number of guests were entertained by a very clever cartoonist called Marko at their June meeting.

Marko shows how to draw cartoon animals

Over the years he has developed a series of cartoon characters: the elf with the red nose, the teddy bear, a range of Christmas characters, and a cat, which he cleverly drew for us with witty stories to aid the development of his drawing.

As well as being a cartoonist Marko is a well practised mimic, and his stories were interspersed with impressions of great comic characters from past eras.

To finish, everyone was turned into a cartoonist. We were each given a template of a circle drawn on paper, and a pencil, and were invited to follow step by step instructions to create a cartoon dog. To our amazement we achieved this, and the results were impressively varied.

The following business meeting was a more sombre affair as Fran Ulyatt was presented with a certificate in recognition of 25 years of membership of our WI; we were able to look at and marvel at the displays set up for the recent WI exhibition in the church; and we firmed up details for several outings including our upcoming birthday tea which we are looking forward to greatly.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 9 June 2019


7 June 2019

WI on display

Stanhoe shows off WI achievements at Open Gardens.

Although the general view of the WI is “jam, craft, and Jerusalem”, we in Stanhoe & Barwick do our utmost to persuade people that there is more than that to the WI.

photos: Pamela Austin

WI crafts and history on display in the church

Hence, despite a large number of breathtaking craft items on display in All Saints on Saturday 1 June, our information panels had headings like “We keep up with the times and listen to our members”; “We are about much more than craft”; and “Is this how you imagine WI members behaving?” (above a selection of photos from our WI albums).

We also had a display about our project to reunite descendants with letters from local servicemen abroad in the Second World War, writing to our WI to thank members for sending each of them a gift of ten shillings.

Just for a laugh, we included a caption competition, too – the results of which will be announced shortly! This showed a photograph from our tree planting ceremony in March:

Caption suggestions please!

WI crafts and history on display in the church

With the agreement of the MEHM Trustees, we have now been able to mark our centenary further by hanging three framed items in the Reading Room alongside our new centenary plaque:

WI certificates and other framed items on the Reading Room wall

On the left are the two carved plaques, the higher one commemorating our founder president, and the one below, our centenary, with the words “100 years of fun and friendship”.

Between the top plaque and the clock are a colour photograph – embellished with ribbon embroidery flowers – of Denman College, the WI’s own educational and recreational facility near Oxford; our official centenary certificate from the National Federation of Women’s Institutes; and a certificate of having been awarded third place in this year’s Norfolk Federation of WIs’ annual Rosebowl competition.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 7 June 2019


2 May 2019

Banners to baskets

A busy meeting continues the WI’s centenary year.

The May meeting of Stanhoe and Barwick WI, held in the Methodist Church, was a multifaceted one.

As part of our centenary celebrations we presented the vicar and leader of Stanhoe Methodist Church with a well received Christmas banner as thanks for allowing us to meet in their church.

For members, we distributed at tea time pieces of a beautifully iced celebration cake, ceremonially cut by our president.

Pamela cuts the cake

Pamela cuts the cake

And an individual member was presented with a framed certificate for 30 years of membership of Stanhoe and Barwick WI.

All members were given a wooden spoon and were invited to decorate it creatively for the Norfolk Federation at Evelyn Suffield House in Norwich, for the 2019 Norfolk Day display in July.

Rosemary and Pamela on the platform

Rosemary receives her certificate

And all members were asked to vote on the acceptance of two resolutions for the national AGM. One asks for positive action to be taken over the decline in rural bus services, and the other for action to increase the uptake in acceptance of the opportunity offered for cervical screening for all women.

We were updated on our centenary project, in which four letters from village servicemen, written in 1943–44 as thank-yous for a gift of 10 shillings each sent by members of Stanhoe and Barwick WI, were reunited with their descendants.

And we were informed that our WI now has a Facebook page for everyone to see.

Making the base of a basket

Jonathon makes a basket

Prior to this busy time we were all entertained by Jonathon Carrie from Norwich who is a professional willow basket maker.

He had brought a range of willow baskets to show us, as well as his workbench, tools, and some soaked willow. With great humour he then proceeded to make a willow shopping basket before our eyes. It took 50 minutes from start to finish, using very strong hands, a variety of weaving processes, and a great deal of experience.

It was a very busy, but very enjoyable meeting.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 2 May 2019


4 April 2019

Baby Basics

Stanhoe WI members hear tales of crime and collect £366 for charity.

Stanhoe and Barwick WI members were honoured in April to have as a speaker Peter Lawrence, who had spent his working life in the London Police Force, as he said “policing from the Krays to the Queen.”

He regaled us with tales of the many well known people that he had met, from life in the seamy side of London to many years working as a diplomatic protection officer and in royal protection.

It was a tale of an impressive career path delivered in an understated way.

Later in the afternoon we were treated to a presentation by Maggie Anderson and Wendy Leedham on their work with Baby Basics, a charity with a West Norfolk branch in Dersingham.

In front of our eyes they packed a new Moses basket with clothing and vital items needed for the care of a newborn baby up to the age of 3 months, all of which had been either donated or acquired by fund raising.

photos: Rosemary Brown

WI cheque presentation to Baby Basics, Stanhoe Reading Room, April 2019

Each Moses basket is given to a needy young mum living locally who has nothing, and has been referred by a midwife or social worker.

Stanhoe and Barwick members had, last year, saved money in Smartie tubes for Baby Basics, and a cheque for £366.55 was presented to them to further their work locally.

WI cheque presentation to Baby Basics, Stanhoe Reading Room, April 2019

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 4 April 2019


27 March 2019

Ten-bob appeal

Stanhoe WI seeks family members to receive wartime letters.

Stanhoe & Barwick WI is asking Stanhoe residents to help locate the families of some former villagers. “We have unearthed from our archives several thank-you letters from Stanhoe WWII servicemen,” says WI Secretary Valerie Robson. “The WI gave them each 10 shillings (50p) for Christmas in 1943 and/or 1944.”

Gerald Oldfield reads the WI letter written by his father Cecil

Gerald Oldfield with the WI thank-you letter from his father Cecil

“Our aim is to find a relative of each serviceman and present the original letter. We have already handed over two letters: to the son of Cecil Oldfield (Gerald) and to the younger brother of Maurice Ayres (Michael).”

Michael Ayres holds up the WI letter written by his brother Maurice

Michael Ayres with the letter written by his brother Maurice

If you can help locate the families of the following, please contact (01485 518033) or (01485 576261)

  • Eric Blackburn
  • H W Blower
  • (Wilfred) Jack Blower
  • Crook
  • E W Fisher (Ted)
  • Robert E Goodman
  • A Johnson (Albert?)
  • Arthur Kendle
  • D Mayhew
  • Tom Newstead
  • L Norman
  • Edgar W Smithson

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 27 March 2019


14 March 2019

Tree planted

Stanhoe WI members plant a tree and donate a bench.

photos: Peter Bird / Lynn News

WI members in warm coats with spades and maple sapling

Planting the centenary maple

Members of Stanhoe & Barwick WI enjoyed a lunch at The Duck on Monday 11th March and then braved the gales to plant a tree in honour of their centenary year. The maple and a bench are on the playing field. Trees planted in previous years are now marked with a plaque and can be found by the pond and in Bircham Road.

WI members sitting on the new bench

WI members on the new bench

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 14 March 2019


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