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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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July film

On the Basis of Sex is showing in Stanhoe on Friday 12 July.

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Parish Council Accounts

Parish Council Accounts 2018/19

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Cartoon fun

WI members learn drawing secrets from a professional.

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WI on display

Stanhoe shows off WI achievements at Open Gardens.

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23 June 2019

Gardens success

Stanhoe Open Gardens raises a record sum for church funds.

This year’s Stanhoe Open Gardens Day, held on Saturday 1 June, was a great success all round, with lots of visitors commenting on the lovely atmosphere in the village.

Plant stall

A record amount was raised for church funds, thanks to all the hard work put in by those hosting our stalls and the generous contributions to the stalls from friends and neighbours.

It was a particularly bumper year for the plants, thanks to Laura Pocock (and her extended family!) and Pauline Campion, who put on a great show in Parsons Lane.

Cake stall

The attraction of the WI centenary exhibition in the Church was a very welcome addition to enjoyment of the day.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 23 June 2019

22 June 2019

Thank you, Mark

Stanhoe’s village hall trustees praise outgoing chairman.

On 22 June the MEHM Trustees and guests gathered in the Reading Room to thank retiring chairman Mark Roche for more than ten years’ service to the Trust.

Mark with MEHM Trustees and garden plants in the Reading Room

Mark with the MEHM Trustees: (l–r) Nick Lyons, Laura Pocock, Jill Husselby, Roddy Rowe, Mark Roche, Anne Jackson

Mark will remain a Trustee but is handing over the role of chairperson to Laura Pocock, who praised Mark for his dedicated service. The Trustees presented Mark and Pen with a selection of plants for the garden at Isabel Lodge, their new home.

The MEHM Trust looks after the Reading Room – Stanhoe’s village hall – which was founded in 1886. Notable events during Mark’s term of office have been the purchase of the freehold of the playing field in 2015 and the transformation of the inside of the hall, with new flooring, heating, blinds and furnishings. At the celebration Jane and Peter Coates, who run Stanhoe Village Screen, confirmed that they are applying for grants with a plan to install new audiovisual equipment including a hearing loop. 

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 22 June 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

12 June 2019

July film

On the Basis of Sex is showing in Stanhoe on Friday 12 July.

Stanhoe Village Screen continues the summer season with On the Basis of Sex (12A) on Friday 12 July at 7.30 pm.

The film tells the true story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights, and the early cases of a historic career that led to her confirmation as U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice.

Directed by Mimi Leder, starring Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer and Justin Theroux.

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

Date: Friday 12 July

Time: 7.30 pm, doors open 7.00 pm

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: 12 June 2019

11 June 2019

Parish Council Accounts

Parish Council Accounts 2018/19

Stanhoe Parish Council - Notice of Public Rights and Publication of Annual Governance & Accountability Return (Exempt Authority) 2018/19.

A link to the document can be found here.

Posted by: Wayne

Posted on: 11 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

6 June 2019

Parish Council Minutes

Parish Council Minutes - 16th May 2019

The minutes from the Parish Council Meeting/Annual Parish Meeting held on 16th May 2019 can be found here.

Posted by: Wayne

Posted on: 6 June 2019

22 May 2019

A “people’s poet”

We rediscover Stanhoe poet Nathan Fenn.

Pale blue book cover of "Country Lover Country Life"

Does anyone in Stanhoe remember the poems of Nathan Fenn or have a copy of his book Country Lover Country Life? If so, would like to make contact.

David lives in Cambridgeshire and believes Mr Fenn may have been his wife’s great-uncle. Looking through his late mother-in-law’s papers he has found what seems to be an original typed manuscript of the book, which was published by Firs Publishing.

David is also curious to find copies of the one-time village newsletter The Stanhoe Intelligencer, to which Mr Fenn contributed. He already has issues 3, 14 and 15, the latter containing the poem Good Morning.

Rosemary Brown notes: “Nathan Fenn and his wife lived in Grange Farm Cottages, the bungalows in Docking Road next to the pottery. He worked for Mr Symington and picked up all the flints that Anabel had and which once were in The Duck/Crown. He was a keen gardener and grew wonderful fuchsias, the descendants of which are in the bed under my kitchen window. And he also wrote poems, but unlike the flints they were not talked about a lot.”

Nathan’s son Ernie married Gill (née Tidd) who used to live at Brierville on the Bircham Road.

We do have a copy of one of Nathan’s poems in the Stanhoe Archive collection because it was published in a local newspaper. The text is below and you can see the original clipping here. To judge from the style, Mr Fenn was definitely a people’s poet.

Four-star Stanhoe

This is the best-kept village
Of under 400 people,
Where gardeners have tillage
But the church alas no steeple.

I live in this best-kept village
And boy! Do I feel good?
For all the houses have windows,
And the trees are mostly wood.

The cottages have chimneys
To let out all the smoke,
The smoke you see, through them can flee
So’s cottage-folk don’t choke.

The pond is full of water,
So that the ducks can float,
And there’s a water bailiff
Who never goes by boat.

The game warden lives quite nearby,
Nearby in case of need,
Should oggophipps or bulliphants
Break from the wild hogweed.

The air is fresh in Stanhoe,
Renewed by wind and breeze,
And that is why one rarely
Sees men’s naked knees.

The people of this village
Differ from each other,
And when you meet them walking
You can tell one from another.

And in this best-kept village
Of under four hundred folks,
Fruits grow on the apple trees,
And acorns on the oaks.

So come and visit Stanhoe,
Or even come to stay,
For this is where the penny dropped
Before it rolled away.

Nathan Fenn

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 22 May 2019

21 May 2019

Gallery changes

The Stanhoe photo gallery has a new look.

If you visit the Stanhoe photo gallery you will find that its design has changed.

I apologize for the fact that the new look is ugly. We’ve had problems with comment spam recently, so I have reluctantly added a CAPTCHA. If you want to comment on a photo – and we really appreciate comments – you will now have to copy four letters to prove that you’re human.

I hate CAPTCHAs, but this one is simpler than most and may do the trick. If it doesn’t, we will have to make it more complicated.

Unfortunately a bug in the original page design means that it doesn’t work with CAPTCHAs, so I have been forced to move to a new design. I hope this will be temporary, but thank you for your patience.

Update 23 May: the spammers are very clever, because we are still getting comment spam even after increasing the length of the CAPTCHA. I’ll keep trying.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 21 May 2019


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