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Green Book is showing in Stanhoe on Friday 10 May.

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Stanhoe WI members hear tales of crime and collect £366 for charity.

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Ten-bob appeal

Stanhoe WI seeks family members to receive wartime letters.

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More website changes at stanhoe.org.

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Tree planted

Stanhoe WI members plant a tree and donate a bench.

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The Great War

Stanhoe WI members and guests are privileged to hear about a meticulously researched project on the lives of WWI soldiers.

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11 April 2019

May film

Green Book is showing in Stanhoe on Friday 10 May.

Stanhoe Village Screen continues the season with Green Book on Friday 10 May at 7.30 pm.

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

Date: Friday 10 May

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: 11 April 2019

4 April 2019

Baby Basics

Stanhoe WI members hear tales of crime and collect £366 for charity.

Stanhoe and Barwick WI members were honoured in April to have as a speaker Peter Lawrence, who had spent his working life in the London Police Force, as he said “policing from the Krays to the Queen.”

He regaled us with tales of the many well known people that he had met, from life in the seamy side of London to many years working as a diplomatic protection officer and in royal protection.

It was a tale of an impressive career path delivered in an understated way.

Later in the afternoon we were treated to a presentation by Maggie Anderson and Wendy Leedham on their work with Baby Basics, a charity with a West Norfolk branch in Dersingham.

In front of our eyes they packed a new Moses basket with clothing and vital items needed for the care of a newborn baby up to the age of 3 months, all of which had been either donated or acquired by fund raising.

photos: Rosemary Brown

WI cheque presentation to Baby Basics, Stanhoe Reading Room, April 2019

Each Moses basket is given to a needy young mum living locally who has nothing, and has been referred by a midwife or social worker.

Stanhoe and Barwick members had, last year, saved money in Smartie tubes for Baby Basics, and a cheque for £366.55 was presented to them to further their work locally.

WI cheque presentation to Baby Basics, Stanhoe Reading Room, April 2019

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 4 April 2019

3 April 2019

Parish Council Minutes

Parish Council Minutes - 7 March 2019

The Parish Council Minutes from the meeting held on 7 March 2019 can be found here.

Posted by: Wayne

Posted on: 3 April 2019

27 March 2019

Ten-bob appeal

Stanhoe WI seeks family members to receive wartime letters.

Stanhoe & Barwick WI is asking Stanhoe residents to help locate the families of some former villagers. “We have unearthed from our archives several thank-you letters from Stanhoe WWII servicemen,” says WI Secretary Valerie Robson. “The WI gave them each 10 shillings (50p) for Christmas in 1943 and/or 1944.”

Gerald Oldfield reads the WI letter written by his father Cecil

Gerald Oldfield with the WI thank-you letter from his father Cecil

“Our aim is to find a relative of each serviceman and present the original letter. We have already handed over two letters: to the son of Cecil Oldfield (Gerald) and to the younger brother of Maurice Ayres (Michael).”

Michael Ayres holds up the WI letter written by his brother Maurice

Michael Ayres with the letter written by his brother Maurice

If you can help locate the families of the following, please contact (01485 518033) or (01485 576261)

  • Eric Blackburn
  • H W Blower
  • (Wilfred) Jack Blower
  • Crook
  • E W Fisher (Ted)
  • Robert E Goodman
  • A Johnson (Albert?)
  • Arthur Kendle
  • D Mayhew
  • Tom Newstead
  • L Norman
  • Edgar W Smithson

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 27 March 2019

26 March 2019

Site updates

More website changes at stanhoe.org.

Recent updates to how this website is organised:

  • The holiday cottages page has retired. Keeping it up to date was a challenge. If anyone else would like to take the job on, please let me know.
  • The page on Stanhoe businesses has retired. Keeping it up to date was a challenge, and it received very few visitors.
  • Our “home port” for tide times (at the upper right of each page) has reverted to Wells. For technical reasons since 2014 we had been showing tide times for Hunstanton, but Wells makes more sense for Stanhoe folk visiting Holkham, Burnham Overy and Brancaster.
  • If you have a stanhoe.org email address and you have not received any new mail since 19 March, please update your settings. You can find the instructions on our email page. All that has changed is the name of the mail server; your password is the same as before. If you need help, contact the  (tel 01603 873386).
  • The “cookie consent” banner is now more irritating, to fit our current interpretation of the law.
  • Links within text are now underlined for easier reading.
  • Search results are displayed more clearly, with dates for news items.
  • Added a (short!) list of recent crimes to the police page, which is once again separate from the council page. The crimes list gets its data from the police website, and may not be as up-to-date as we’d like.
  • Made a start on making the site look better on mobile devices. This is a work in progress!

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 26 March 2019

14 March 2019

Tree planted

Stanhoe WI members plant a tree and donate a bench.

photos: Peter Bird / Lynn News

WI members in warm coats with spades and maple sapling

Planting the centenary maple

Members of Stanhoe & Barwick WI enjoyed a lunch at The Duck on Monday 11th March and then braved the gales to plant a tree in honour of their centenary year. The maple and a bench are on the playing field. Trees planted in previous years are now marked with a plaque and can be found by the pond and in Bircham Road.

WI members sitting on the new bench

WI members on the new bench

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 14 March 2019

8 March 2019

The Great War

Stanhoe WI members and guests are privileged to hear about a meticulously researched project on the lives of WWI soldiers.

There was a room full of people at the March meeting of Stanhoe and Barwick WI when Andrew Tatham gave a very moving talk, with an accompanying video presentation, regarding the 21 years of research that he had undertaken regarding a photograph of named soldiers in uniform.

Quite by chance he had found a photo of the 46 men of the 8th Royal Berkshire Battalion which included his great grandfather, taken on the verge of the first world war. He became determined to find out more about the men, and he tried to find one living member of each of their families so that from anecdotal evidence he could build up a picture of their lives. This led to contacts with an immense network of people and compilation of an immense quantity of data.

photo: Rosemary Brown

Andrew Tatham in front of a projected image of the group of soldiers

Andrew Tatham and the Royal Berkshires officers as they were in May 1915

How was he to present all this data to share with people in the future? He decided to make a film.

The backdrop was a pastoral scene of a grassy field on Salisbury Plain where the men had camped and trained for action. A rolling calendar of the years, starting at 1864 when the first man was born, ran throughout and each time a man was born a tree appeared in the field. Every now and then a photo of a soldier would appear, the soundtrack played music of the era and a photo of people in the dress of the time reminded us of his surroundings.

In 1914 gunfire sounded, and as the men fell on the battlefield the trees in the field fell too. By 1918 only 25 men were left of the original 46. A later composite photo showed the original photo colour coded with the fallen showed in black, the nine in red had substantial wounds, and the three in green were seriously wounded; only 10 men were left living in eventuality. The last survivor died in 1990.

Colours on the original photo show who would end up dead, wounded or surviving the war

Colours on the original photo show who would end up dead (black), wounded (red and green) or surviving the war

After a short break Andrew told us the life stories of three of the men in the photo, including one who planted many trees for continuity, right into old age.

photo: Pamela Austin

Visitors fill Stanhoe Reading Room

Stanhoe’s Reading Room was packed with WI members and visitors

It was a very thought-provoking presentation, and the message after all these years of research, as well as being one of human compassion, was, “Anything is possible, no matter how difficult it may seem, so whatever takes your interest, follow it up.”

More details: Andrew Tatham’s Group Photograph Project

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 8 March 2019

5 March 2019

April film

Stan & Ollie is showing in Stanhoe on Monday 8 April.

Stanhoe Village Screen continues the season with Stan & Ollie on Monday 8 April at 7.30 pm.

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

Date: Monday 8 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: 5 March 2019

28 February 2019

Parish Council Agenda

Parish Council Agenda - 7 March 2019

The agenda for the Parish Council meeting to be held on 7 March 2019 can be found here.

Posted by: Wayne

Posted on: 28 February 2019

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


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