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A survivor of a wartime Stanhoe plane crash has died.

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Puppets in the sun

Norwich Puppet Theatre invites you to an afternoon of fun at the Bishop’s Palace.

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Wool educated

WI members learn from an expert spinner.

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Parish Council Minutes - 10 May 2018

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Gardens record

Saturday’s Open Gardens raised around £2,800.

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Parish Council Accounts 2017 - 2018

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A plantsman remembered

An appreciation of the late Ken Beckett by his friends and fellow botanists.

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18 June 2018

A brave airman

A survivor of a wartime Stanhoe plane crash has died.

Sergeant Ivor Prothero, who escaped from a burning aircraft with the help of the late Charlie Seaman, died on 22 May aged 95.

The news comes from Sgt Prothero’s son-in-law John Lister. “He enjoyed a long and happy life, with thanks to the help given to him by Charlie Seaman,” Mr Lister reports.

Ivor and Beryl Prothero with Charlie Seaman and Margaret and Mick Ayres

A photo from 1996 at a reunion to commemorate the crash:
(l-r) Margaret Ayres, Mick Ayres, Charlie Seaman with his medal, Ivor Prothero, Beryl Prothero

Sgt Prothero was the rear gunner in a Wellington bomber that crashed behind Stanhoe Hall in the early hours of 12 June 1943. Seriously burned, he was one of the three crew members who escaped; the other two were killed. Air Raid Precautions (ARP) warden Charlie Seaman received the Imperial Service Medal for his part in the incident.

You can find more details of the crash here.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 18 June 2018

10 June 2018

Puppets in the sun

Norwich Puppet Theatre invites you to an afternoon of fun at the Bishop’s Palace.

“Many thanks to all of you who collect materials for Norwich Puppet Theatre workshops!” writes Nic Hopkins. “So why not find out a bit more and join Norwich Puppet Theatre for a special afternoon in the beautiful setting of the Bishop’s House Gardens, Norwich?”

“This is a rare opportunity to visit the gardens, explore the grass labyrinth, the rose garden and bamboo glade with the chance to buy a plant from one of the stalls on the day. And the puppet theatre will have a full programme! All proceeds from this special event will provide vital funds to support the ongoing work of Norwich Puppet Theatre.”

When and where

  • Sunday 8 July, 1 pm to 5 pm.
  • Entrance £4 per adult for gardens only.
  • SuperTickets also available to include a puppet performance and a puppet making workshop. More details at the Norwich Puppet Theatre website.
  • Entrance to the gardens is free for children and wheelchair users. Assistance Dogs only are allowed into the gardens.
  • The Bishop’s House Garden is accessed from St Martin at Palace Plain, NR3 1SB (opposite the Law Courts) and from Bishopsgate.
  • Nearest parking is pay and display by the Adam and Eve Pub.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 10 June 2018

8 June 2018

Wool educated

WI members learn from an expert spinner.

It was a very busy June meeting when members and guests of Stanhoe and Barwick WI were treated to Celia Gwynn demonstrating spinning a woollen thread.

We were shown exactly how a small tuft of wool could be transformed, either by hand or by the use of an Ashford Wheel into a long length of yarn which could be twisted into various plys and produced as a skein. It was the history of spinning accompanied by a deep knowledge of sheeps wool and with a commercial spinoff into associated products made from the oil from the wool.

We were well educated and entertained for the afternoon.

Much merriment broke out later on as we were all persuaded to be part of a group photograph of members ready for our centenary year.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 8 June 2018

5 June 2018

Parish Council Minutes

Parish Council Minutes - 10 May 2018

The Parish Council minutes from the meeting held on 10th May 2018 can be found here.

Posted by: Wayne

Posted on: 5 June 2018

4 June 2018

Gardens record

Saturday’s Open Gardens raised around £2,800.

Stanhoe’s Open Gardens event on Saturday raised a record provisional total of around £2,800, according to Jill and Roger Hargreaves.

photo: Pamela Austin

A cold and drizzly morning caused a good deal of worry, reports Pamela Austin, whose garden at Longwall Barn was one of the nine open to visitors. But by the afternoon the weather was much better, even though the sun never managed to break through, and visitors poured in.

245 tickets were sold at £5 each. All the stalls bar one increased their takings compared to last year. The cake stall, with fewer donations than last year, did not do as well.

The proceeds will go to All Saints’ church, Stanhoe.

 

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 4 June 2018

4 June 2018

Parish Council Accounts

Parish Council Accounts 2017 - 2018

Stanhoe Parish Council - Notice of Public Rights and Publication of Annual Governance & Accountability Return (Exempt Authority) .

Here’s a link to the document (647 kB).

 

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 4 June 2018

1 June 2018

A plantsman remembered

An appreciation of the late Ken Beckett by his friends and fellow botanists.

The following tribute to the late Ken Beckett of Stanhoe was first published in the May 2018 edition of The Norfolk Natterjack, the quarterly bulletin of the Norfolk & Norwich Naturalists’ Society. It is reproduced here with the kind permission of the N&NNS.

Kenneth Albert Beckett

1929–2018

Ken Beckett, who died on 21st February 2018, was a knowledgeable and talented botanist. In addition, he was a well respected writer of many books on garden plants, trees and horticulture. This combination made him outstanding as a field botanist in his ability to recognise and identify the minutest weedling. If he couldn’t work it out immediately, he would grow it on until he could identify it. He and his wife Gillian, who died in late 2016, were BSBI Vice-County co-Recorders for West Norfolk, (v.c.28) for 23 years.

Ken was born in Brighton on 12th January 1929, and was an only child. From an early age he had a keen interest in natural history, and left school at 14. His first job was to barrow coal at a nursery near the South Downs, up to the greenhouses. It was hard graft but he stuck at it and was rewarded with work in the greenhouses. He also worked at Highdown Garden, Worthing. This was the start of a 75-year career, which he loved. According to his son, Keith, Ken was one of those lucky people whose work was his passion in life.

photo: Keith Beckett

Gillian (standing) and Ken (squatting) in the garden with flowers and birdbath

Ken and Gillian in their garden at Bramley Cottage in Stanhoe, 2007

He spent the first 20 years in practical horticulture gaining experience in nurseries, public parks, research institutes and botanic gardens. He moved around often as a young man and would soon leave a job if he wasn’t happy there. He obtained a diploma (1951–53) at RHS Wisley. He worked at John Innes in Bayfordbury, Herts., then in the USA at Reef Point garden, Maine, and subsequently as Curator at Missouri Botanical Gardens. Later he returned to John Innes to work on the national potato collection and around this time he began to write. In 1965 he resigned as Assistant Curator at Glasgow Botanical Gardens, to become technical editor for the Gardeners’ Chronicle.

Ken wrote numerous books, articles and monographs about plants and horticulture; as an author, co-author or an editor, he was involved in some 124 works in his lifetime. One of the earliest was the spiral-bound, initial edition of ‘Growing under Glass’, in 1960, in association with RHS. Other books were, ‘The Love of Trees’ and, with Gillian as co-author, ‘The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Indoor Plants’, and also ‘Planting Native Trees and Shrubs’. He was technical editor for the Hardy Plant Society for 14 years, and was on various RHS committees, including the RHS Joint Rock Garden and the Scientific committees. He was also a judge at the Chelsea Flower Show in the 80’s and 90’s.

He joined the BSBI in 1958 and met Gillian for the first time at a field meeting in Yugoslavia, where she was leading her first foreign field meeting in April 1973. They were married soon after and went to live in Essex for a few years, where their son Keith was born. Not long after, they returned to Norfolk to live in Bramley Cottage in Stanhoe, where Gillian had lived with her parents.

In the 80’s, work on ‘A Flora of Norfolk’ was begun, and Ken attended the meetings which Gillian organised in West Norfolk. According to a local naturalist, ‘He just hovered quietly in the background, occasionally contributing the correct name for something under discussion’. In 1987 he was awarded the prestigious Veitch Memorial Medal, an international prize issued annually by the Royal Horticultural Society, to “persons of any nationality who have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement and improvement of the science and practice of horticulture.”

He was modest about his knowledge which extended beyond vascular plants into many other aspects of general natural history, but his main interest was in plants and especially trees, and following this love he travelled widely abroad, especially in New Zealand, Australia, Japan, North and South America, Austria, Hawaii and China.

In later years his eyesight failed him and he became registered as blind. He also had severe arthritis, but remained cheerful and always interested in talking about the world of plants. Those who knew Ken were frequently amazed by the breadth of his knowledge and interest in botany and horticulture. He was extremely generous and always interested in “new” species and unusual varieties, propagating seemingly tirelessly and distributing widely. A true plantsman.

After Gillian died he moved to live in a smaller house in Docking, near his son, Keith, and had a large greenhouse erected in his garden, in order to pursue his passion. He became ill and went in to King’s Lynn hospital and whilst there he contracted pneumonia and sadly died. He leaves his son Keith and daughter-in-law Kathy, granddaughters Chelsea and Sophie and grandson Chris.

Our thanks go to Keith for his help in writing this tribute to his father Ken Beckett.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 1 June 2018

21 May 2018

June film

The Post is showing in Stanhoe on 22 June.

On Friday 22 June Stanhoe Village Screen is showing The Post (12A, history/drama).

A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country’s first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government.

Director: Steven Spielberg. Starring: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson.

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

Date: Friday 22 June

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: Darkest Hour, 13 July

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 21 May 2018

11 May 2018

Parish Meeting

Residents thank Stanhoe’s Parish Council and Clerk for their hard work.

The Annual parish meeting took place in the Reading Room on Thursday 10 May. I was attended by about a dozen village residents, and local Borough Councillor Andrew Morrison, who met the Councillors and Clerk, and enjoyed the wine and ‘nibbles’ provided.

photos: Pamela Austin

2018 Parish Meeting in the Reading Room

Parish chairman David Lord welcomed everyone, and congratulated the village Community Speed Watch team on their award earlier this year. He outlined the major topics which have to be dealt with by the councillors, and gave a brief overview of matters in hand, before inviting visitors to have a look at the displays which had been set up in support of various high-profile village activities and initiatives: Stanhoe & Barwick WI, Stanhoe Archive, and Community Speed Watch.

2018 Parish Meeting in the Reading Room

Visitors enjoyed chatting to each other and to the councillors, and animated discussions continued for well over an hour. A vote of thanks was proposed to the councillors and to the clerk, for all their work in keeping things running smoothly in the village.

2018 Parish Meeting in the Reading Room

2018 Parish Meeting in the Reading Room

2018 Parish Meeting in the Reading Room

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 11 May 2018

8 May 2018

Beech cut down

The big beech tree next to Church Lane is no more.

The churchyard tree suffered from serious rot for several years, as we reported back in 2009. It was felled recently after its condition had become dangerous. 

photos: Pamela Austin

Gap in churchyard wall showing where the beech tree was felled

The stump, showing the extent of the rot inside

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 8 May 2018


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