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Parish Council Agenda - 11th July 2019

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Garden meeting

WI members enjoy the fine weather.

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Sitting pretty

Stanhoe village hall gets smart new chairs.

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Stanhoe Social

Keep 10 August free for an evening of music and fun.

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Gardens success

Stanhoe Open Gardens raises a record sum for church funds.

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Thank you, Mark

Stanhoe’s village hall trustees praise outgoing chairman.

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Birthday tea

Stanhoe & Barwick WI members visit Morston Hall.

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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


8 March 2019

The Great War

Stanhoe WI members and guests are privileged to hear about a meticulously researched project on the lives of WWI soldiers.

There was a room full of people at the March meeting of Stanhoe and Barwick WI when Andrew Tatham gave a very moving talk, with an accompanying video presentation, regarding the 21 years of research that he had undertaken regarding a photograph of named soldiers in uniform.

Quite by chance he had found a photo of the 46 men of the 8th Royal Berkshire Battalion which included his great grandfather, taken on the verge of the first world war. He became determined to find out more about the men, and he tried to find one living member of each of their families so that from anecdotal evidence he could build up a picture of their lives. This led to contacts with an immense network of people and compilation of an immense quantity of data.

photo: Rosemary Brown

Andrew Tatham in front of a projected image of the group of soldiers

Andrew Tatham and the Royal Berkshires officers as they were in May 1915

How was he to present all this data to share with people in the future? He decided to make a film.

The backdrop was a pastoral scene of a grassy field on Salisbury Plain where the men had camped and trained for action. A rolling calendar of the years, starting at 1864 when the first man was born, ran throughout and each time a man was born a tree appeared in the field. Every now and then a photo of a soldier would appear, the soundtrack played music of the era and a photo of people in the dress of the time reminded us of his surroundings.

In 1914 gunfire sounded, and as the men fell on the battlefield the trees in the field fell too. By 1918 only 25 men were left of the original 46. A later composite photo showed the original photo colour coded with the fallen showed in black, the nine in red had substantial wounds, and the three in green were seriously wounded; only 10 men were left living in eventuality. The last survivor died in 1990.

Colours on the original photo show who would end up dead, wounded or surviving the war

Colours on the original photo show who would end up dead (black), wounded (red and green) or surviving the war

After a short break Andrew told us the life stories of three of the men in the photo, including one who planted many trees for continuity, right into old age.

photo: Pamela Austin

Visitors fill Stanhoe Reading Room

Stanhoe’s Reading Room was packed with WI members and visitors

It was a very thought-provoking presentation, and the message after all these years of research, as well as being one of human compassion, was, “Anything is possible, no matter how difficult it may seem, so whatever takes your interest, follow it up.”

More details: Andrew Tatham’s Group Photograph Project

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 8 March 2019


17 February 2019

Centenary lunch

Local celebrity Tim Bentinck entertains WI members at Brancaster.

On Saturday 16 February, Stanhoe & Barwick WI held their centenary lunch at Brancaster Sailing Club.

The ladies, and husbands, were treated to an excellent meal, followed by a talk from local celebrity Tim Bentinck. Tim is widely known for his role as David Archer in the BBC4 series, but, having established that his audience are not avid listeners, he spoke about his “other unusual ways of earning a living”. As well as acting roles and voiceovers, Tim is a computer programmer and music writer. Officially, he is best-known for his role as “conjoined twin, left, in Gnomeo and Juliet”!

Tim Bentinck and Pamela Austin

Tim Bentinck with WI President Pamela Austin

Tim entertained us with many humourous tales to round off a highly enjoyable afternoon.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 17 February 2019


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