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Syd and Sylvia

Two long-term Stanhoe residents will be much missed.

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Centenary lunch

Local celebrity Tim Bentinck entertains WI members at Brancaster.

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March film

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story is showing in Stanhoe on Monday 4 March.

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Votes for women

The story of Millicent Garrett Fawcett enthuses WI members.

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Parish Council Minutes

Parish Council Minutes - 10 January 2019

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Fibre is here

Fast, reliable broadband is now available in parts of Stanhoe – at a price.

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WI reaches 100

Stanhoe WI members unveil a centenary plaque and meet a mayor.

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19 February 2019

Syd and Sylvia

Two long-term Stanhoe residents will be much missed.

Syd and Sylvia Turner, who lived in Stanhoe for 30 years, have died within days of one another: Syd on 1 February aged 91, and Sylvia on 5 February aged 88.

A joint funeral will take place at All Saints’ church, Stanhoe, on Wednesday 27 February at 2.00 pm, followed by burial in the churchyard.

Syd and Sylvia moved to Norfolk from Hertfordshire when Syd retired from the Metropolitan Police in 1978, writes their daughter Gillian.

They toured the countryside with their tiny caravan to find somewhere on the coast to retire to, so Syd could fulfil his ambition to have a sailing boat. They discovered a house in Brancaster Staithe with a garden that stretched down to the salt marshes and harbour.

Syd and Sylvia spent the next 12 years there, usually with at least one of their three children in residence. They transformed the land into an amazing garden which took up most of their time, but Syd found time to sail his Drascombe Dabber.

They later downsized to a house in Stanhoe with a smaller garden and continued to live there for the next 30 years.

Syd and Sylvia lived a wonderful life together, travelling all over the world and trying lots of new things, including a long safari on elephant back and white-water rafting in their late seventies. They were both excellent dancers, and Syd was a talented artist. 

They were fortunate to make many wonderful friends both in Brancaster Staithe and then in Stanhoe and surroundings, and never regretted making the move from Hertfordshire.

Sylvia and Syd both stated their wish to be buried in the churchyard at Stanhoe. North Norfolk became a true home for them and their final resting place.

Their 70th wedding anniversary would have been in September 2019.

Two lives well lived

Despite growing up during WWII and starting work by the time they were 14, both Syd and Sylvia read extensively and were ambitious for themselves and their three children: Martin, Gillian and Richard. All three children went on to achieve one or more degrees and higher qualifications, as well as marrying and starting families of their own.

As a young man Syd served on a minesweeper in the Mediterranean before he joined the police. He became a trained marksman and did a couple of six-month stints in diplomatic security. He also helped to drive suspected bombs out of London when the security services were overwhelmed at the time of the IRA bombings.

After leaving the force Syd found that retirement didn’t suit him, so after a short spell working with young offenders he became a County Court bailiff until his second retirement at age 65.

He had a very dry sense of humour. He never swore. I never remember him going to the pub. He rarely spoke about his work. He simply wanted to come home to his family.

Mum was the rock of the family, particularly during the years when Dad was working shifts and rarely was home for Christmas.

She was a qualified nursery nurse and for some years ran the playgroup in Burnham Market. She was a great believer in children learning through play, often very creative and very messy.

Sylvia later started an investigation agency and was joined by Syd after his second retirement.

They were both old-school but not old fashioned. Neither would hear a word said about the other. There are so many photos of the two of them going back over 70 years and the love they shared shines through all of them. They were the luckiest people.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 19 February 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

13 February 2019

March film

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story is showing in Stanhoe on Monday 4 March.

Stanhoe Village Screen continues the spring new season with Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story on Monday 4 March at 7.30 pm.

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

Date: Monday 4 March

Time: 7.30pm, doors open 7.00pm

Place: The Reading Room, Cross Lane, Stanhoe PE31 8PS

More info: Jane and Peter Coates (tel 01485 518191)

Next film: Stan & Ollie, Monday 8 April

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 13 February 2019

8 February 2019

Votes for women

The story of Millicent Garrett Fawcett enthuses WI members.

Stanhoe and Barwick WI members were in for a treat at their February meeting when Hazel Gillingham, dressed as a suffragette, complete with sash in the suffragette colours of green, white and violet (“Give Women Votes”), spoke about Millicent Garrett Fawcett “the quiet suffragette”.

Born in 1847 into a large and wealthy Suffolk family, Millicent was always interested in women’s rights and education. She worked tirelessly as a suffragist (a non-militant suffragette) throughout her life, forming the National Union of Womens Suffrage Societies who succeeded in getting some women the vote in 1918, and all women the vote in 1928. She was made a Dame in recognition of her work in 1924.

photo: Rosemary Brown

Hazel Gillingham looking formidable in hat and suffragette sash

Hazel Gillingham in her suffragette outfit

In promoting education for women she co-founded Newnham College, Cambridge, for women only, in an era of male academic dominance.

The Fawcett Library, founded in 1926 and now holding all the paperwork regarding the fight for the rights of women, and the Fawcett Society still campaigning for the same, are her legacy, as well as the books which she wrote herself.

Our speaker supplemented her talk with photographs of Millicent Garrett Fawcett, a copy of the newspaper “Votes for Women” dated 1918, and 3 intrigueing colour postcards with different illustrations and wording, each with a suffrage message and probably intended for publicity for the movement. It was all so interesting.

To round off the afternoon members put their names forward for several events organised for our centenary year, including an upcoming members centenary lunch, and the planting of a tree and installation of a seat on the playing field next to the Village Hall. Everyone in the village is invited to attend the tree planting ceremony at 3pm on 11 March.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 8 February 2019

27 January 2019

Parish Council Minutes

Parish Council Minutes - 10 January 2019

The Parish Council Minutes from the meeting held on 10th January 2019 can be found here.

Posted by: Wayne

Posted on: 27 January 2019

26 January 2019

Fibre is here

Fast, reliable broadband is now available in parts of Stanhoe – at a price.

After years of waiting, some Stanhoe residents should now be able to get fast fibre broadband.

Peter Hallinan, who lives in Docking Road, reports that he had fibre installed by BT on 14 January and that it is both better and cheaper than his previous service.

The new service uses the technology known as “fibre to the premises” (FTTP) instead of the more common “fibre to the cabinet” (FTTC). Frustratingly, in Stanhoe it seems only to be available on Docking Road.

Fast but not cheap

At £30 to £50 a month FTTP is not cheap, but it should be fast and reliable. Both speed and cost vary according to who you buy the service from. BT offered Peter Hallinan 55 Mbit/s, which is well short of the 100 Mbit/s the company guarantees for its standard “Ultrafast Fibre” service. It’s possible that this is a technical limit in Stanhoe.

FTTP on Docking Road seems to be available from BT and Zen. According to wholesaler Openreach there may be a few other providers too.

FTTP versus alternatives

As the name suggests, FTTP uses a direct optical fibre connection from the Docking telephone exchange to the customer’s house. It is capable of blistering speeds – 300 Mbit/s or more – but traditionally has been too expensive for home use.

Recently, though, it seems that in rural areas BT has decided that FTTP can be more cost-effective than FTTC.

For Stanhoe residents who don’t live on Docking Road or don’t want to fork out for FTTP, the situation is less promising.

Standard ADSL broadband delivered over traditional copper cables doesn’t really cut it in Stanhoe. Some households get 4 Mbit/s or more via this route, but many others are limited to an unreliable 1–2 Mbit/s service. This situation probably won’t change.

Fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) costs more than standard ADSL but delivers higher speeds. However, it doesn’t seem to be widely available in Stanhoe. You might want to look at the BT broadband checker just in case, but even if FTTC does become available it’s quite possible that it won’t be cheaper than FTTP.

Screenshot from the BT broadband checker

If the BT broadband checker shows “VDSL” you should be able to get the FTTC variant of fibre broadband, which might be cheaper than FTTP. “ADSL 2+” is ordinary (copper) broadband.

The Better Broadband for Norfolk campaign shows that several Stanhoe postcodes are on the waiting list for fast broadband (see map below), so perhaps the situation will improve. If you manage to get either FTTP or FTTC the would be interested to hear your experiences.

Better Broadband for Norfolk map of Stanhoe

Stanhoe’s current status according to Better Broadband for Norfolk seems to be a bit out of date. The yellow dots show postcodes where “a fast broadband solution is planned for all properties”. Blue dots show “fast broadband plans for some properties within the postcode, but not all”. Green dots – of which there currently are none – would show that some properties already have access to fast broadband.

Stanhoe residents have been hoping for better broadband since the first plans to bring fibre to the Docking exchange in April 2014. In January 2015 we though we’d got there, but it turned out to be a false alarm. In January 2017 we were told that 2018 was a possibility. It’s nice to have finally made some progress.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 26 January 2019

11 January 2019

WI reaches 100

Stanhoe WI members unveil a centenary plaque and meet a mayor.

The first meeting in this Centenary Year of Stanhoe and Barwick WI was a memorable one. A beautiful carved wooden plaque was unveiled in the Village Hall to commemorate the centenary and to mark our history in the WI movement.

photos: Rosemary Brown

WI members in front of the centenary plaque

WI members and speaker Carol Bower in front of the centenary plaque

On the theme of “Women Inspiring Women” our speaker was Carol Bower, a recent mayor of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, who told us about her year in office. As well as chairing meetings of 65 Councillors her interest in the community came to the fore. It was a year of travelling all over West Norfolk to meet people, to meet organisations and businesses and to open events, mostly wearing her mayoral gold chain and often with the heavy robes and hat of office too.

Carol Bower

Carol Bower, ex-mayor of
King’s Lynn and West Norfolk

All of this was backed up with a series of photographs and funny stories. Far from being a totally serious time, Carol’s experiences involved riding on the back of a motorbike, taking part in a cycling event, climbing to the top of a very tall tower, and experiencing the archaeological dig at Sedgeford. Her mayoral portrait depicting the cliffs of Hunstanton in the background rather than a scene in King’s Lynn really showed the inclusiveness of her year.

It was an illuminating talk.

We later had a swift move through the business, addressing the six national Resolutions which we were required to vote on, involving mostly community-based ideas and women’s health issues. As well as discussing future events in our centenary year and showing the hampers which we all subscribed to as a gift to the carver of the plaque.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 11 January 2019

9 January 2019

January film

The Children Act (12A) is showing in Stanhoe on Monday 28 January.

Stanhoe Village Screen begins a new season with The Children Act (12A) (drama) on Monday 28 January at 7.30 pm.

As her marriage to Jack flounders, eminent High Court judge Fiona Maye (Emma Thompson) has a life-changing decision to make at work. Should she force a teenage boy to have a blood transfusion that will save his life? Her unorthodox visit to his hospital bedside has a profound impact on them both. It is a remarkable, literate, nuanced film in which Emma Thompson gives a performance that deserves a standing ovation!

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

Date: Monday 28 January

Time: 7.30pm, doors open 7.00pm

Place: The Reading Room, Cross Lane, Stanhoe PE31 8PS

More info: Jane and Peter Coates (tel 01485 518191)

Next film: To be announced

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 9 January 2019

7 January 2019

Parish Council Agenda

Parish Council Agenda - 10 January 2019

The Agenda for the Parish Council Meeting to be held on 10 January 2019 can be found here.

Posted by: Wayne

Posted on: 7 January 2019

7 January 2019

Mystery key

Door key found near Stanhoe church.

Pamela Austin found this rather battered door key near All Saints’ church, Stanhoe. If you recognise it, contact (tel 518 033.) 

brass key on wooden table

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 7 January 2019


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