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Please support Tapping House in memory of Linda Scales.

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Linda Scales

Stanhoe remembers Linda, who died recently.

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Festive flowers

Stanhoe and Barwick WI learn flower arranging with local expert Gary Bocking.

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Gardener wanted

Long-time Stanhoe homeowner needs garden help.

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Downtime

Apologies for Tuesday’s brief loss of service.

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Village gates

Stanhoe’s “gates” may help cut speeding, says the Parish Council.

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Another crash

Serious accident at the B1454 crossroads, Stanhoe, this morning.

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9 December 2019

Christmas lights

Please support Tapping House in memory of Linda Scales.

The Christmas light show in The Green is bigger and better each year, thanks to the hard work of the Scales family, and this year Stanhoe has a display to rival Blackpool and Thursford.

photo: Terry Austin

Distant view of the Scales's Christmas lights from Bircham Road

A view of the lights across the field, from Longwall Barn

photo: Rosemary Brown

Close-up view of the Scales's Christmas lights

Close up reveals the full splendour

In past years, Derek Scales has raised money for All Saints’ church, Stanhoe, by making a collection from those who appreciate his time and effort. However, since his late wife Linda’s illness, he has been raising funds instead for Tapping House, the Norfolk Hospice, as is the case this year.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 9 December 2019

6 December 2019

Linda Scales

Stanhoe remembers Linda, who died recently.

Linda Scales (1957–2019) died peacefully on the 25 November, at Tapping House Hospice, after a long illness borne with courage, dignity and humour, writes her close friend Maureen Corrigan.

Linda Scales

Thoughout her ordeal, she never stopped thinking about others which was the style of her life – giving and never asking. Even at the end, she was still asking that all who had cared for her should be thanked and ensured of her gratitude.

Linda was a very special human being, and remarkable woman, spreading her love and warmth to all with whom she came into contact

She is deeply missed by her devoted family and her many friends, but we are all the richer for having had her in our lives.

Visit Linda’s Facebook page to read many more fine tributes.

Linda’s funeral will take place on Tuesday 10 December at 1 pm in All Saints’ church, Stanhoe. All are welcome.

The family writes: “Mum insisted that this be a celebration of her life, she requested that people attending wear something colourful, not just black.”

“Family flowers only, Mum requested donations to The Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House. Donations can be made on the day or to John Lincoln funeral directors.”

“We would like to invite everyone back to the Duck Inn following the service to raise a glass to Mum!”

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 6 December 2019

6 December 2019

Festive flowers

Stanhoe and Barwick WI learn flower arranging with local expert Gary Bocking.

At the December meeting of Stanhoe and Barwick WI the room was packed with members and guests to see Gary Bocking, a local flower arranging celebrity, create some Christmas flower arrangements.

photo: Rosemary Brown

Gary Bocking with his newly-made Christmas wreath, decorated in blue and silver

A self-taught florist, Gary was full of hints and tips on creating both a Christmas wreath for the door, and a table arrangement. These tips varied from preparation of the supports, where to buy them, wiring flowers and fruit, adding candles, and creating a ribbon bow. He used a wide range of foliage which was both varied in texture and fragrance, and he explained clearly the names of the various foliage plants used. Both frosting and glitter were easily added.

Everyone admired the stunning wreath and the table arrangement on completion. Generously Gary gave the table arrangement as a raffle prize, which was won by a lucky visitor.

After tea and delicious cakes members concluded the meeting with WI Business, and a presentation of a centenary booklet written by a member, and a centenary mug made by a local potter, was made to every member.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 6 December 2019

28 November 2019

Gardener wanted

Long-time Stanhoe homeowner needs garden help.

Gardener wanted for holiday cottage in Cross Lane to keep lawns mowed, hedges trimmed and paths weeded. Please contact Pat Forster on 07515 880862.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 28 November 2019

19 November 2019

Downtime

Apologies for Tuesday’s brief loss of service.

stanhoe.org was down for about half an hour this afternoon (Tuesday). Sorry about that. I don’t know what caused it, but we are back up and running now. This was our first loss of service since August, and generally the new server has been running very well.

I wasn’t going to bother to mention this, but now that I’m here I will: the transcript page for our newspaper clippings collection has improved a bit thanks to new technology for converting scanned documents to searchable text. A lot of the text is far from perfect, but it’s better than before. Have a read – there’s some fascinating stuff – and follow the instructions at the top of that page if you want to see the original clippings.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 19 November 2019

14 November 2019

Village gates

Stanhoe’s “gates” may help cut speeding, says the Parish Council.

Most sharp eyed drivers and other wanderers in recent weeks will have noticed the new “village gates” that greet motorists entering the village from either Docking, Bircham or Burnham Market, writes David Lord, Chairman of Stanhoe Parish Council. They carry the speed signs and also serve to signify Stanhoe as a “community” in the hope that more notice is paid to the speed limits in effect. We are not in favour of too many signs, but hope the effect will on balance be positive.

photo: Pamela Austin

White gates with 40 mph signs on the verges either side of the road

The new gates on Bircham Road, just before Church Farm as you enter the village

The cost was partly borne by a contribution from Norfolk County Council under the Parish Partnerships Scheme, and a grant from our Borough Councillor’s office with technical assistance from the Highways Department of Norfolk County Council; the result being that the cost to Stanhoe was £1,182 out of £4,364 being approximately 27 percent of the total.

Stanhoe experiences a vast amount of traffic for its size; something of the order of 16,000–40,000 vehicles per month drive through. Invariably one or more of these each month get recorded at over 80 mph within the 30 mph limit! Your Parish Council has spent a lot of time and effort to try to ensure public safety. We are restricted by physical and financial constraints in that various types of pavements or rights of way are impractical, unfeasible or unaffordable.

The SAM2 speed sign does appear to be having some effect in discouraging speeding, and we hope the gates will help further. This is in addition to the invaluable work carried out by the Stanhoe Speed Watch Team.

We will report again on what effect the gates may be having.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 14 November 2019

12 November 2019

Another crash

Serious accident at the B1454 crossroads, Stanhoe, this morning.

An accident this morning (12 November) at the crossing of Bircham Road (B1155) and the B1454 Docking–Fakenham road, Stanhoe, left one car seriously damaged.

Pamela Austin reports that at 10:30 am an ambulance and three police cars were on scene and there was a queue of traffic. By 2 pm the only visible sign of the incident was the wrecked car, which was missing most of its front end.

photo: Pamela Austin

White car in the ditch with front bashed in and police tape

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 12 November 2019

11 November 2019

Parish Council Agenda

Parish Council Agenda - 14 November 2019

The Parish Council agenda for the meeting to be held on 14 November 2019 can be found here.

Posted by: Wayne

Posted on: 11 November 2019

7 November 2019

Presidents’ plans

Sandra Carr takes over from long-serving Pamela Austin as Stanhoe WI President.

It was a momentous occasion at the November meeting of Stanhoe and Barwick WI, their AGM, when Pamela Austin retired as President after eleven years in the position. She was thanked heartily by members for her sterling work and wonderful ideas and for leading our WI forward in the past few years, as well as through our centenary year.

photo: Rosemary Brown

Pamela with a bouquet of flowers

Outgoing WI President Pamela Austin

Our new President, elected wholeheartedly by members, is Sandra Carr, who also lives in Stanhoe and has been a committee member for several years.

During the meeting members received, and passed unanimously, a very detailed financial report from our treasurer, a positive and wide ranging report of our past year from the secretary, and an all-encompassing report from our president.

Several future outings were discussed, such as the forthcoming Christmas Lunch, a spring visit to the National Trust Textile Centre to see the conservation work outlined enthusiastically by a speaker last year, and a second visit to RAF Marham.

In December, the final month of our centenary year, members are to receive their individual Centenary Mugs, and will each be presented with a specially prepared book relating to aspects of Stanhoe and Barwick WI from its formative years.

It was a very happy meeting.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 7 November 2019

1 November 2019

Wartime letters

Radio Norfolk highlights Stanhoe WI members’ sleuthing skills.

Listeners to Radio Norfolk on 13 October had the chance to hear Stanhoe and Barwick WI members Valerie Robson and Nicola Smith explain how they have been tracing the families of local servicemen and women who wrote to the WI during the Second World War.

Out of 14 letters thanking the WI for gifts at Christmas in 1943 and 1944, only two writers’ families remain to be contacted, Valerie and Nicola told Breakfast Show host Anthony Isaacs.

“To start with it was quite easy, since a couple of the families still live locally,” Valerie said. “After that, it got to be rather more of a search.”

Listen to Valerie and Nicola’s conversation with Anthony Isaacs on BBC Norfolk. “We went into the BBC studios in the Forum and did the interview live,” Valerie said. “It was interesting to see how it all works and especially what a tiny space the producers and programme hosts work in. We were rather nervous, but it was all over and done with quickly.”

Their tactics have included scouring electoral registers and phone books for likely-looking names. “On one occasion, just googling the gentleman’s name brought up his death notice from a local newspaper. That had the funeral director’s name on it, so I asked if they’d pass on a letter to the family.”

Back in March we explained how WI members were trying to locate the families of Stanhoe people serving in the forces to whom they had sent wartime Christmas gifts of ten shillings (50p in today’s money). The story came to light when WI historian Frances Ulyatt turned up thank-you letters from several of the recipients in the WI archives.

Now 12 of the letters have been returned to the families of the people who wrote them. Still to be tracked down are Robert E Goodman and D Mayhew.

Robert was probably the son of Albert Goodman, the blacksmith. He had sisters Evelyn and Beryl, but seems to have moved away from Stanhoe by 1943.

D Mayhew wrote from the Salisbury area, where she or he was a clerk for the RAOC. Valerie and Nicola suspect that this was Daisy Mayhew, but have no further information.

The journey has been emotional at times, Valerie said: “When somebody turns up on your doorstep and says, ‘I think it’s my brother that you’re talking about,’ it rather takes your breath away. I’ve had one lady sitting in my kitchen in tears, holding her father’s letter, and that got me going as well.”

“A lot of the families didn’t know anything about the wartime service of their parents, brother or whoever, let alone about these letters. So actually to be holding something written by Father all those years ago was was quite something.”

“Some of the letters are very much as you can imagine someone being taught in school to write a letter. Others are very personal. One man’s writing from his ship, apologising for his bad handwriting because the ship’s in bad weather. Another is talking about how they celebrated Christmas late because ‘they were a bit busy’. You can only imagine what that meant during wartime!”

Nicola knows that her family have served Stanhoe and Barwick WI for four generations, but was surprised and proud to discover that it was her grandmother who had sent out the letters in her role as Secretary. “So it was my grandmother who received most of the replies, and that was a lovely connection,” she said.

The WI’s Norfolk Federation has helped to spread the word about the project, and in due course the researchers hope to locate the Goodman and Mayhew families too.

Our original story on the “ten-bob” appeal, with all 14 names

Stanhoe and Barwick WI Facebook page

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 1 November 2019


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