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Stanhoe WI members are fascinated by the abilities of medical detection dogs.

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Red Joan is showing in Stanhoe on Friday 8 November – with excellent new equipment.

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Stanhoe WI members learn about a very old craft.

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A service marks the start of WWII, and Stanhoe’s Rector is now a Rural Dean.

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5 October 2019

Wonder dogs

Stanhoe WI members are fascinated by the abilities of medical detection dogs.

The October meeting of Stanhoe & Barwick WI saw members transfixed by the role and abilities of medical detection dogs, about which previously we knew nothing. Our speaker Norma Howell, ably assisted by her husband and technological operator, gave us an immense amount of detail of the dogs, their training and operation, and the wonderful life saving work that they carry out.

Medical Detection Dogs logo

The Milton Keynes based charity Medical Detection Dogs, whose patron is the Duchess of Cornwall, was founded in 2004 by Dr Claire Guest, a scientist, whose breast cancer was detected by a dog. Dogs have 300 million sensors in their noses, compared to a human’s 5 million, and 40% more brain capacity than us for processing the information detected: dogs can also use their nostrils independently of each other! The dogs never interact at the diagnostic stage with humans, but breath or urine samples from patients are mounted on an apparatus which enables the dog to circle round and sniff each sample: as soon as they detect the unique odour produced in the body’s cells by disease, the dog will sit down in front of the relevant sample, as we saw in video clips.

Six medical detection dogs looking cute

There are 35 working dogs at Milton Keynes, and 125 across the country. It takes 4 to 6 months to train a dog, at a cost of £11,500, and the cost of supporting working dogs is £600 per month. Bio detection dogs have a 98% success rate at diagnosing a problem, and are primarily used for cancers and diabetes, with research now being carried out on lung infections and cystic fibrosis; another potential use in the relatively near future is for dogs to enter hospital wards and identify ‘superbugs’ – MRSA and C. difficile being examples. Dogs are also now being trained for research into detecting malaria.

Once a client is supplied with his or her own Medical Alert Assistance dog, the dog can obtain medical supplies for them, fetch help, attract attention, or alert the patient to changes in his or her condition. One patient, prone to needing help while asleep, credited her dog with alerting her 4,500 times in five years, and we saw a video of her dog pawing at her to wake her when an abnormality in her condition was detected. It takes 18 to 24 months to train a living-in dog fully, at a cost of £29,000.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 5 October 2019

2 October 2019

Cinema success

Red Joan is showing in Stanhoe on Friday 8 November – with excellent new equipment.

New audio-visual equipment installed by Stanhoe Village Screen is giving cinema visitors a better viewing experience – and making life easier for hard-working volunteers Peter and Jane Coates.

“Our first film, Fisherman’s Friends, using the new equipment was on Wednesday 2 October and attracted an audience of 32 people,” said Peter. “The film was a great success and Stanhoe Village Screen plans to continue showing monthly films.”

“We are grateful to the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, the Geoffrey Watling Charity and the Mary Ester Hollway Memorial Trust for their financial support.”

Stanhoe film show in progress with the new AV equipment

Fisherman’s Friends on 2 October was the first public showing of the new projection equipment

Stanhoe Village Screen continues the autumn season with Red Joan (12A) on Friday 8 November at 7.30 pm.

The film tells the story of Joan Stanley, who was exposed as the KGB's longest-serving British spy. it is directed by Trevor Nunn and stars Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson and Stephen Campbell Moore.

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

Date: Friday 8 November

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: 2 October 2019

23 September 2019

Parish Council Agenda

Parish Council Agenda - 26 September 2019

The Parish Council Agenda for the meeting to be held on 26 September 2019 can be found here.

Posted by: Wayne

Posted on: 23 September 2019

17 September 2019

Parish Council Meeting

Parish Council Meeting - 26 September 2019

The next Parish Council meeting is at 6.00 pm on Thursday 26 September in the Reading Room (Village Hall). The draft Agenda will be available shortly.

This is an ‘unusual’ date as the Parish Council normally meet on the second Thursday of the each alternate month, but holidays have had some sway.

All residents are welcome to attend.

Posted by: Wayne

Posted on: 17 September 2019

6 September 2019

Smocking

Stanhoe WI members learn about a very old craft.

At their September meeting Stanhoe and Barwick WI members were treated to a splendid display of work, and an illustrated talk, by Heather Flint, on the forgotten art of smocking.

Smocking, or Pleatwork, where surface stitching hold together folds of fabric in a decorative way to control the fullness of the fabric and give shape to the garment, was the forerunner of elastic.

photos: Rosemary Brown

Heather Flint with one of her creations

Heather with one of her smocking creations

Our speaker was inspired by the technique many years ago and created smocked garments for herself and her family before working to commission.

We were treated to images following the history of smocking through garments worn in medieval times to those worn by “flappers” in the 1920s and young girls in the 1950s, several of our members remembering the latter. In modern times the technique is used on special wedding dresses, furnishings such as cushions and lampshades, and on textile jewellery.

More smocking work on display

After the talk everyone was invited to look at the beautiful work on display. So many ladies found it inspirational.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 6 September 2019

30 August 2019

Church matters

A service marks the start of WWII, and Stanhoe’s Rector is now a Rural Dean.

On Sunday 4 August, the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War, a service in St Mary the Virgin church, Sedgeford, was led and organised by Stanhoe’s Rector, the Reverend Peter Cook, in his role as Chaplain of the Sedgeford & District Branch of The Royal British Legion.

In his usual style, Peter devised an emotional and moving service containing evocative readings and relevant hymns sung by the congregation, along with “Abide with me” sung between prayers by a small choir of seven local volunteers. Branch chairman Terry Austin led the Act of Remembrance and recited the Exhortation before the two minutes of silence; Steve Greef paraded our branch standard. The members of the congregation then lit candles and placed them at the back of the church, before the service concluded with three wartime songs played while everyone moved to the refreshments kindly provided by Sedgeford residents. A collection was made, and from this £196.90 was donated to branch funds, and gratefully received.

Our Chaplain has recently been appointed Rural Dean, an office that involves helping the Bishop with his work, being a friend to clergy and lay leaders of the parishes, and sometimes deputising for the archdeacon in his parish visitations. Rural deans also usually have a significant role during clergy vacancies, along with the churchwardens, and are often involved in the selection of new clergy.

Peter’s appointment as Rural Dean of Heacham and Rising is mentioned in the Church Times of December 2018.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 30 August 2019

28 August 2019

Pond progress

A tidy-up has left Stanhoe’s pond looking very fine.

Holidaymakers at Stanhoe pond

Holidaymakers enjoying recent fine weather and the very tidy state of the path behind the pond. Click on the photo for a larger version.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 28 August 2019

25 August 2019

Musical evening

Nelson’s Shantymen entertain at the first Stanhoe Social.

It was a few months ago that Laura, the chairman of the MEHM Trust which administers the Reading Room, mentioned the possibility of arranging an evening village social, which may include Nelsons Shantymen, and for this she received an enthusiastic response.

It was during July that notices and posters began to appear around the village, advertising the event on Saturday 10 August, and at 6.30 on the day, people were arriving at the Reading Room which was set up with tables and chairs, and with the eleven Shantymen ready and prepared to start.

photos: Laura Pocock

Nelson's Shantymen in Stanhoe Reading Room and Village Hall

We had all brought along refreshments, as requested, and everyone was finding seats, starting to chat, and beginning to share their snack food and drink as more and more residents and visitors arrived and the hall filled up.

The Shantymen handed out typed songsheets in anticipation of audience participation, and played two sets each of approximately half an hour, singing and playing a mixture of well known and less familiar shanties which were enthusiastically enjoyed, and joined in with, by those in attendance. During the break, the singers and musicians were treated to a selection of snacks given to them by attendees, and everyone had a very enjoyable evening. We look forward to more of the same in the future!

Nelson's Shantymen in Stanhoe Reading Room and Village Hall

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 25 August 2019

21 August 2019

Facebook for RAF group

The RAF Bircham Newton Heritage Centre has taken to social media.

The new Facebook page for the RAF Bircham Newton Heritage Centre has gained 40 members and some lively discussions since being set up just over a week ago by David Jacklin, the project’s Chairman of Trustees.

“We have a shared heritage with Stanhoe and I’m sure some of your residents will want to join and contribute to our discussions,” David says. “Lots of Docking residents have already joined and other local villages are also being invited.”

Historic view of RAF Bircham Newton

The remaining open days this year are:

  • Sunday 25 August
  • Monday 26 August
  • Sunday 29 September
  • Sunday 27 October
  • Sunday 10 November (Armistice Sunday)

The Heritage Centre is open from 10am to 4pm on each of the open days, with free parking and entrance. More details from the project website.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 21 August 2019

2 August 2019

Dogs welcome

Stanhoe reverses its dog ban on the playing field.

The new 'dogs welcome' notice

A new sign reminds dog owners
to do the right thing

Dogs are now welcome on Stanhoe playing field, as long as their owners keep them under control and clean up after them.

The announcement from the MEHM Trust comes with the arrival of a new dog waste bin near the Village Hall & Reading Room, on the boundary of the rough field and the playing field.

“We are delighted to say that dogs are now officially allowed to be exercised on the playing field,” said Trust chairman Laura Pocock.

“The playing field was purchased for the village by the MEHM Trust so please be responsible and pick up after your four-legged friends. You can dispose of dog waste in the new bin provided by the Parish Council near the Village Hall & Reading Room on your field.”

“We would also ask you to keep dogs on leads around the play equipment. We hope you enjoy using this valuable village amenity.”

View of the playing field with the new Dogs Welcome sign

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 2 August 2019


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