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Stanhoe & Barwick WI wins a prestigious award for an outstanding year.

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Wine tasting

Don’t miss Stanhoe’s wine tasting event on 21 April.

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April film

Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge is showing in Stanhoe on 20 April.

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March film

Breathe is showing in Stanhoe on 23 March.

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Eddie Barber

Stanhoe’s former postmaster died yesterday after a heart attack.

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Grave matters

Stanhoe churchyard survey from 1980 now available to family historians.

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7 April 2018

Art and awards

Stanhoe & Barwick WI wins a prestigious award for an outstanding year.

It was a very happy occasion when 41 people, members and visitors, assembled for the April meeting of Stanhoe and Barwick WI.

Judith Key, a talented local artist, set up her easel with examples of her work beside it and proceeded to create a watercolour image of Baconsthorpe Castle.

photo: Rosemary Brown

Judith Key at her easel

Judith Key demonstrates watercolour

She had a number of helpful catchphrases useful for fellow artists; for the design “Think, identify, simplify, modify”; for the application of watercolours “Paint from light to dark, warm to cool, and bright to subdued”; “Remember it is a bit like riding a horse, you have to be on top of it for quick colour mixing and painting”; “and don’t forget the candle wax to mask out areas”.

She showed us the use of a thick brush, size 20, used in several different ways for effect, and a thinner brush, size 10, for more detailed areas.

All the while we were treated to anecdotes of her painting career, and her final remark was,”It takes 2 people to paint a picture, one person to wield the brush, and the other to shoot them before they go too far!”

Questions at the close of the demonstration, and afterwards, abounded.

Our business meeting was special too, as Coral Batchelor our Adviser was with us to conduct the vote for a change of timing of meetings in future. A majority of members voted to start at 2 pm.

Adviser’s Accolade certificateBut more excitement was to come. Julia Walton, as our delegate to the FAM in Norwich, gave a spirited report with pertinent asides on the day’s events which she thoroughly enjoyed.

At this event our president Pamela Austin had been very pleased to accept certificates for two prestigious awards on behalf of Stanhoe and Barwick WI. The first was a special Adviser’s Accolade for 2017 for “A WI’s Outstanding Year, with friendly meetings, friendly members, interesting programme, and community involvement.” The second was for our entry of a car sticker which was awarded third prize in the Rose Bowl competition.

Members also were pleased to hear more about our centenary commemorations. Fran Ulyatt, a long term member and former secretary, is searching through our old Minutes Books and is putting together a booklet of snippets from the history of Stanhoe and Barwick WI, in order that every member will be able to have a copy. Members also enthusiastically received the idea of a Centenary Mug for every member, each one bearing the member’s name, and made by the local potter.

It was a very busy meeting, and many people expressed their enjoyment of the afternoon.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 7 April 2018

2 April 2018

Wine tasting

Don’t miss Stanhoe’s wine tasting event on 21 April.

Stanhoe’s next wine tasting on Saturday 21 April celebrates both Earth Day (22 April) and St George’s Day (23 April).

Come along to the Reading Room to try interesting wines for spring and summer in the company of friends and neighbours.

Wine tasting poster

Click to download the poster (PDF, 288 kB) 

Up for tasting will be an English sparkling wine, two still whites and three contrasting reds, presented by your volunteer amateur wine guides Nic Hopkins, Kate Jewell and friends. There will also be a simple but plentiful home-prepared buffet.

Early booking is essential, so please tell Nic and Kate by 9 April at the latest if you’d like to come. Tickets are £16 each from  (tel 07785 387683), Lavender Cottage, Cross Lane, Stanhoe.

All profits will go to the Reading Room.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 2 April 2018

25 March 2018

April film

Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge is showing in Stanhoe on 20 April.

On Friday 20 April Stanhoe Village Screen continues its spring season with Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge (12A, biography/drama/romance).

Focusing on the incredible life and exceptional achievements of Marie Curie, this is a timely reminder of a female pioneer in both science and society, who spent a lifetime breaking precedent in search of progress..

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

Date: Friday 20 April

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: 25 March 2018

21 March 2018

March film

Breathe is showing in Stanhoe on 23 March.

This Friday (23 March) Stanhoe Village Screen continues its spring season with Breathe (12A, biography/drama/romance).

When Robin is struck down by polio at the age of 28 he is confined to a hospital bed and given only a few months to live. With the help of his wife’s twin brothers and the groundbreaking ideas of inventor Teddy Hall, Robin and Diana dare to escape the hospital ward to seek out a full and passionate life together raising their young son, travelling and devoting their lives to helping other polio patients. Starring Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Hugh Bonneville and Tom Hollander, this is a tale of triumph over adversity.

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

Date: Friday 23 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: Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge (20 April)

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 21 March 2018

20 March 2018

Eddie Barber

Stanhoe’s former postmaster died yesterday after a heart attack.

The sad news of the death of Eddie Barber, Stanhoe’s former postmaster and village organiser, comes from his son Neil.

Eddie was born in 1935 and grew up in King’s Lynn, where he attended the King Edward VII grammar school.

He came to Stanhoe in 1964 with his wife Jean and young son to run the post office and village shop, a job they did for many years.

photo: Rosemary Brown

Eddie and Jean in 2008

Eddie and Jean in 2008

Eddie was also very active in village affairs. He served on the Parish Council and looked after the Reading Room as an MEHM trustee. He also played a big part in converting the field around the Reading Room into a sports field for the village.

He was involved with John Wright’s Charity, organising the presentation evenings when there were many more children in the village than there are now. If there was a funeral at the church he recorded the names of mourners and sent a report to the local paper.

His shop was at the centre of village life, and a go-to place for all the villagers. It was the place to put up notices, find out what was happening, and pick up prescriptions from the surgery at Burnham. At one time it was also the local petrol station too.

In retirement Eddie contributed his memories of the village to Stanhoe Archive’s oral history recording project in 2008. You can hear some of his reminisces – including the “murder behind the WI hut” – here, and Jean has her own recording here. The Stanhoe photo collection also has other pictures of the Post Office building, the shop and the petrol pumps.

Crowded shop interior

The Post Office Stores some time between 1966 and 1976

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 20 March 2018

18 March 2018

Grave matters

Stanhoe churchyard survey from 1980 now available to family historians.

Stanhoe Archive is pleased to re-publish a survey of memorials and inscriptions in All Saints’ church, Stanhoe, and the surrounding churchyard. The survey was carried out in 1980 by local historian Gillian Beckett and her mother, but for some years it had been lost to public view.

Read more on our Stanhoe families page.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 18 March 2018

18 March 2018

Retweeting

@stanhoevillage automated Twitter feed is back.

After a long delay due to technical problems, news items from stanhoe.org should now be appearing automatically on the @stanhoevillage Twitter account. It’s a handy way to stay up to date with Stanhoe news.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 18 March 2018

14 March 2018

Ken Beckett

Ken Beckett died on 21 February after a short illness.

Wake at the Farmer’s Arms

Update 14 March: After Ken’s funeral there will be a wake at the Farmer’s Arms, Knights Hill, King’s Lynn.

The funeral is on Friday 16 March at 4.45 pm at King’s Lynn crematorium, his son Keith reports.

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

Gillian and Ken in their garden in Stanhoe

Ken and his wife Gillian lived for many years at Bramley Cottage in Stanhoe. Ken was not much involved in village affairs but supported Gillian in her work with the WI, Stanhoe Archive and many other activities.

Ken was a professional botanist who created the Stanhoe variety of geranium. He authored an impressive number of books for gardeners, as you can see on Amazon and Worldcat.

Gillian died in August 2016, and in February 2017 Ken moved to a smaller house in Docking.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 14 March 2018

10 March 2018

Speed Watch win

Mayor thanks Stanhoe’s Community Speed Watch team.

The Mayor of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk has recognised the contribution made by Stanhoe’s Community Speed Watch team, which has served the village since 2008.

On 8 March Pamela and Terry Austin represented the team at a “Citizens in Policing” recognition event hosted by the Mayor, Cllr Carol Bower, at King’s Lynn Town Hall.

photo: Simon Bower

Pamela and Terry (front right) at King’s Lynn
Town Hall for the award ceremony

The evening event was held jointly by the Council and police to thank community volunteers. Most of the people there were Special Constables or Police Cadets, and several road safety organisations were also represented.

Community Speed Watch (CSW) is a police-led initiative under which trained volunteers carry out radar speed checks of traffic in 30 mph and 40 mph areas. The Stanhoe team has been in existence since 2008, making it the longest-serving team in the Borough.

Speed Watch in Stanhoe began at a Parish Annual Meeting when Pamela, then the newly appointed Parish Council chairman, asked residents what they would like the Parish Council to do. “Deal with speeding traffic” received the highest number of votes. After learning about the CSW initiative, which began in 2007, several residents volunteered to join the team.

Since then, the number of team members has fallen quite a bit. “But we’re still running shifts, and any new members would be welcomed!”, Pamela says.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 10 March 2018

9 March 2018

True crime

The WI continues its fascination with murder.

photo: Rosemary Brown

The planned meeting for Stanhoe and Barwick WI was cancelled in March due to extreme weather conditions. But our efficient bookings secretary found us an alternative speaker for a meeting on the following Thursday, which members were pleased to attend.

Sue Parry came with one of her clever presentations on “My Night at the Crime Museum”. The Metropolitan Police Crime Society host a talk each year in their Crime Museum (not accessible to the public), and as a thank-you to the speakers invite them for a dinner and tour of the museum at a later date.

Sue showed us gruesome images of some of the displays (a collection of Hanging Ropes was one), and told us the stories of dreadful crimes perpetrated by Denis Nilson, John Haigh, Derek Bentley, John Christie, Ruth Ellis, and later on Fred and Rosemary West. We listened intently.

It was a gruesome afternoon, enhanced by little stories of personal reminiscences of some of the places involved, which lightened the proceedings.

Tea and biscuits and normal WI chatter followed on!

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 9 March 2018


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