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Singer Joan Hocking entertains Stanhoe WI members.

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Stanhoe Road Closure - 6 December 2022

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Stanhoe residents get valuable advice on avoiding scams.

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Stanhoe Parish Council Agenda

Stanhoe Parish Council Agenda - 10 November 2022

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Deep thought

Research in political science stretches Stanhoe WI members’ brains.

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A photomontage takes us back to more settled times in Stanhoe.

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2 December 2022

Sounds good!

Singer Joan Hocking entertains Stanhoe WI members.

At the December meeting of Stanhoe and Barwick WI the room was filled with sound, both from members chattering happily together, and then from Joan Hocking a classically trained singer with a soprano voice range who came to entertain us.

photo: Rosemary Brown

Singer Joan Hocking poses theatrically in front of a colourful backdrop

Joan Hocking welcomes her audience to the show

Joan always knew that she wanted to be a singer from a very young age, singing both at home and in the local Methodist church. Since being trained she has enjoyed performing with The Higher Octave for many years, and with other groups at venues all over Norwich, including the Theatre Royal.

She has a very strong soprano voice, and entertained us with songs from the shows, songs from films, and three renditions from operas, finishing with several Christmas melodies. She says that singing makes her happy, and she invited us to join in on several occasions.

After the singing Joan stayed on to enjoy our WI meeting, and to chat to many members in the room whilst refreshments were being served.

It made a very relaxing afternoon, and having been given Christmas wishes from the committee, and copies of the very full programme for 2023, members are looking forward to the year ahead.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 2 December 2022

2 December 2022

Stanhoe Parish Council Minutes

Stanhoe Parish Council Minutes - 10 November 2022

The minutes from the Stanhoe Parish Council meeting held on 10 November 2022 can be found here.

Posted by: Wayne

Posted on: 2 December 2022

22 November 2022

Stanhoe Road Closure

Stanhoe Road Closure - 6 December 2022

NORFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL proposes to make a Temporary Traffic Order affecting the B1155 Bircham Road from its junction with U22194 Cross Lane for 200m south-eastwards in the PARISH OF STANHOE because of overhead cable works. 

The road will be temporarily closed (except for access) between 09:30 to 15:30 on 6th December 2022 for the duration of the works expected to be about 6 hours within the period. 

Alternative route is via: Bircham Road, Docking Road, Stanhoe Road, Fakenham Road (Docking, Stanhoe).

Posted by: Wayne

Posted on: 22 November 2022

17 November 2022

Don’t fall for it!

Stanhoe residents get valuable advice on avoiding scams.

On Tuesday 15 November, attendees at our weekly coffee morning were treated to a presentation by a local couple, Alex and Nick, representing “Operation Bodyguard” – an initiative of Norfolk Constabulary aimed at reducing the number of people tricked out of money, and more, by scammers, whether online or by telephone.

21 people attended the hour-long presentation, which began with one example of a scam which is becoming more common: a house owner was away, and received a phone call from a neighbour, asking “What’s going on?”, as there was work being carried out on his house. It transpired that in his absence, and without his knowledge, the house had been sold, and the new owner already had renovation in progress.

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Graffiti cartoon combines a running man with the word "thief"

Scammers are thieves!

Various scam alert services were recommended, including Action Fraud UK (tel 0300 123 2040). Norfolk Victim Support (tel 0300 303 3706 / out of hours 08 08 16 89 111) is a very proactive service, and although some are reluctant to ask them for help, are highly recommended. The Land Registry’s Property Alert Service is also recommended, as is using Google to search for “which scam alert service”. You can also refer to the Financial Conduct Authority for scam advice.

We were reminded that a telephone scammer can remain in the line for five minutes after the call recipient has ended the call – so if you were to have a quick think about, say, an “offer” and then decide to make a call about it, you may be talking again to the same person without realising. The advice was to “Take 5” – take at least five minutes to think through the call you received, before taking in haste any action which you may later regret. No bank or reputable organisation will ever give a time limit within which you must decide on anything to do with finance.

As most of us are probably aware, criminals can also use social media to collect information about users. Be careful about what is included in photographs you post, and be wary of revealing your location, birth date, or any other personal details. Always use different, and unique, passwords for accounts on line – make them illogical, mix upper and lower case letters, numbers, and punctuation marks at random – and keep a record somewhere in your house of those that you are using, and for which account.

If you do have to report to the police a fraud or scam which has meant that you have lost financially, for example, never be apologetic, or imply that you were in any way at fault, otherwise you could be held responsible or liable for some or all of the loss.

Scams are, we were told, now prevalent in Norfolk: “Remember, these people are professional, technological financial criminals.”

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 17 November 2022

4 November 2022

Stanhoe Parish Council Agenda

Stanhoe Parish Council Agenda - 10 November 2022

The agenda for the Parish Council meeting to be held on 10 November 2022 can be found here.

Posted by: Wayne

Posted on: 4 November 2022

3 November 2022

Deep thought

Research in political science stretches Stanhoe WI members’ brains.

It was a very different, brain-stretching meeting that Stanhoe and Barwick WI members had in November.

Sarah Tustin, a lively mature PhD student working out of Queen Mary University of London, but resident in Norwich, spoke about her research for a Political Science qualification, which she was conducting in Norfolk, asking opinions on how political decisions are made, and how people would like to see this changed if they had the option. So far 100 people have been asked and her aim is to ask 300 people altogether.

photos: Rosemary Brown

Sarah standing and speaking animatedly

Sarah Tustin: “What do citizens think ‘citizen-focused’ political decision-making should look like?” 

Of course we all took part in the research, which involved both a questionnaire and a complex statement sorting process. As many people as possible were given a bag of 43 tiles, each tile containing a statement relating to present and potential decision-making. These had to be sorted into three piles: Agree, Disagree, and No opinion. Then we were each given a large board with a pyramid arrangement of 43 squares, and we were asked to place our tiles on the pyramid in ascending order of agreement or disagreement, or noncommittal opinion. No squares were to be left blank, so much sorting ensued to find a considered placement of all 43 tiles.

A pile of tiles carrying statements such as: 'The winning political party should be able to enact its policies without interference'

Order, Order! Sorting the tiles

The result was photographed and will be put on computer and the results will be analysed and grouped into collectives of likeminded people. Sarah hopes to ask people of all ages their opinions to validate her research, and is visiting a wide range of organisations from schools, further education colleges, political groups, and special interest groups. She started her research seven weeks ago in the midst of our political turmoil and hopes to conclude it in the next few weeks.

It was a really thought-provoking afternoon, but after taxing our brains so much it was relaxing to be offered tea and cake and to participate in Institute business and to hear about upcoming events.

Read more about Sarah’s research here.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 3 November 2022

3 November 2022

Remember the Jubilee?

A photomontage takes us back to more settled times in Stanhoe.

Remember sunshine? And the time when you knew who was in the Cabinet? Local darkroom artist Pamela Austin has been working on images from Stanhoe’s celebration of the late Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June, when Britain was a very different place. The result is a fine montage in the tradition of the framed photos that used to decorate the Reading Room.

Montage of ten photos of the Stanhoe Jubilee celebrations, with Union Jack and caption

A fine time was had by all, despite the weather.
Click on the photo for a larger version

Read our original Jubilee story from June.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 3 November 2022

2 November 2022

Places of the past

A history talk in Stanhoe raised £800 for church funds.

More than 50 people came from all around North Norfolk to Stanhoe Village Hall on 22 October to hear Peter and Susanna Wade-Martins talk about some of their favourite places that feature in their book “A History of Norfolk in 100 Places”.

The MEHM Trust very generously lent the Hall to the Church for the event. Laura Faulks decorated the room with autumn flowers and jars of fairy lights and many of the guests commented on how lucky Stanhoe is to have such an attractive venue.

The Rev Peter Cook did an excellent job as Master of Ceremonies and after the talk had ended everyone stayed on to enjoy the drinks and canapés.

Thanks to the generosity of the audience, and to Mr & Mrs Wade-Martins who kindly gave a percentage of the sale of the books they sold on the evening, the event made a total of over £800 for All Saints Church.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 2 November 2022

28 October 2022

Scam Awareness Presentation in Stanhoe

Scam Awareness & Prevention Presentation in Stanhoe - 15 November 2022

Norfolk Police are holding a Scam Awareness and Prevention presentation in the Reading Room on Cross Lane on 15 November 2022 at 11.30am. To gauge numbers please email the Parish Clerk at parishclerk@stanhoe.org by 9 November if you think you may attend.

 

Posted by: Wayne

Posted on: 28 October 2022

28 October 2022

Stanhoe Emergency Plan Meeting

Stanhoe Emergency Plan Meeting - 16 November 2022

At the last Parish Council meeting on September 28th there was a  discussion about updating the Stanhoe Emergency Plan which had been produced some years ago. The concept of the updated plan would be to provide where possible advice, information and help in the event a major incident that may affect the village.

Generally the Emergency Services and Utilities would be the main responders but some emergencies may be so severe that for a short period the Parish might have to self-help.

This is when the Parish might have to rely on our its own emergency plan to provide support in the short term. 

Consequently, there will be an OPEN MEETING in the Reading Room on Wednesday November 16th at 7.00 pm to discuss issues and concerns that may be viewed as an ‘Emergency’, and whether these could be included in an updated plan. We want to have the widest involvement  because these issues could involve everybody in the Parish.

This is an informal discussion, please come if you can.

Posted by: Wayne

Posted on: 28 October 2022


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