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Remembering Mary Lancefield of Stanhoe, who died on 9 July.

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Blickling Belles

Powerful women in history inspire Stanhoe WI members.

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Parish Council Minutes

Minutes of 12 July meeting.

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Archive is ten

Stanhoe’s local history group and website mark their first decade.

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Guinea pig found

Stray rodent turns up in Stanhoe.

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Warm weather

Stanhoe’s ponds dry up as the drought continues.

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Parish Council Agenda - 12 July 2018

Parish Council Agenda - 12 July 2018

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11 August 2018

Mary Lancefield

Remembering Mary Lancefield of Stanhoe, who died on 9 July.

Mary raises her glassZita Mary Lancefield – amazing lady with an extraordinary range of interests involving so many friends. Those friends who have met Mary through teaching and schools, making glass, supporting the hard of hearing, church recording, WI, lace making, singing, swimming, fitness classes, lunching, coffee drinking, supporting Mike with beekeeping and honey making (and a whole list of other activities!) will all feel her loss keenly. Mary didn’t just turn up – she was a real roll-your-sleeves-up-and-get-involved person with strong opinions of what was going on.

Mary was strong on family – we all looked forward to the stories of the annual holidays in Lyme Regis which involved numerous members of her family. She looked forward to these trips all year and would discuss the logistics of travel and accommodation for hours. She adored all her grandchildren, following their lives and supporting as much as she could. They have the most beautiful quilts and knitwear courtesy of her busy fingers!

Mary lived the last years of her life with humour at the challenges illness and its treatment brought her. She had always had such a great sense of humour and she didn’t lose it then. Even at her worst moments she tried not to let it all get her down, but some of us saw the annoyance at moments when she couldn’t just get on with life. Such a lovely normal human reaction which would pass quickly. That’s what she was – a warm loving human being who gave time to love and listen.

R.I.P. Mary, loved and missed by so many.

Mary Lancefield and Mary Hall show off two pieces of their glass art

Mary Lancefield (l) and Mary Hall (r)
with their glass art in 2012 

Mary’s funeral took place at Norfolk Bluebell Wood Burial Park, Hainford, on 10 August.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 11 August 2018

3 August 2018

Blickling Belles

Powerful women in history inspire Stanhoe WI members.

A small group of members plus guests from Wells WI enjoyed Kate Barnes speaking on “The Blickling Belles” at the August meeting of Stanhoe and Barwick WI.

photo: Rosemary Brown

Kate next to her projected image of Blickling Hall

Kate Barnes with a slide showing Blickling Hall

The three ladies featured by portraits accompanied by intriguing and scandalous stories were: Henrietta Howard, Harriet Viscountess Lothian, and Lady Amelia Hobart later Countess Castlereagh.

All three had complicated home lives and marriages through which they all managed to shine in Society, with royalty and government connections.

We shall all look at the portraits in a different way when we next visit Blickling.

It was pleasing to hear that the speaker is donating her fee to fund a Conservation Cabinet for the Antiquarian Library at Blickling.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 3 August 2018

1 August 2018

Parish Council Minutes

Minutes of 12 July meeting.

The Parish Council Minutes from the meeting held on 12th July 2018 can be found here.

Posted by: Wayne

Posted on: 1 August 2018

26 July 2018

Archive is ten

Stanhoe’s local history group and website mark their first decade.

Stanhoe Archive, our local history group, is ten years old.

It all began in 2008 when a small group of Stanhoe residents applied for a National Lottery grant to buy a professional sound recorder and a digital projector and screen for the Reading Room. With special thanks to Mary-Anne Hallinan for her work on the grant application, we received some money and the project kicked off.

Since then we have held well-attended talks, notably by the late Gillian Beckett, who was a true expert on the history of the village and the local area. We’ve operated a treasure hunt and published a guided walking tour of the village targeted at holidaymakers. And on this website we have assembled an impressive collection of oral history recordings, old photos and historical notes.

2008 also saw the launch of stanhoe.org, which owes much of its success to support from Stanhoe Archive. The website has allowed many thousands of people over the years to learn about Stanhoe, its people and its history – and continues to record events that one day will be history in their turn.

This is a good moment to remember with affection three former Archive members who have died: Ken Foskett, Gillian Beckett and Mary Lancefield.

We also thank everyone who has told Rosemary their memories of Stanhoe and allowed the recordings to be published. And we remember the interviewees who are no longer with us: Margaret Ayres, Eddie Barber, Eva Blackburn, Doreen Cox, Noel Linge, Ronnie Newell and Olga Ransom.

For the next ten years we need new people and new ideas. If you are interested in local history and would like to help, just contact (tel 01485 518033). Expertise is always welcome but above all we need enthusiasm!

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 26 July 2018

26 July 2018

Guinea pig found

Stray rodent turns up in Stanhoe.

A guinea pig was recently found on Station Road. The guinea pig is rather skinny and has a crusty skin. It is black and tan in colour, but is mainly black.  If you have lost a guinea pig, or are aware of someone that may have, then please contact the Parish Clerk on 01485 518570 or at parishclerk@stanhoe.org.

Posted by: Wayne

Posted on: 26 July 2018

26 July 2018

Warm weather

Stanhoe’s ponds dry up as the drought continues.

Update 24 July:

photos: Pamela Austin

Main pond now almost dry

For any readers who are outside the UK: we’re having some fine summer weather at the moment. Pamela Austin snapped this picture of the little pond in Cross Lane, which has dried up completely.

Dry pond with willow tree and irises

With no rain in sight for another couple of weeks, farmers are worrying about their crops and villagers about their gardens.

Update on 9 July – here’s another photo taken by Pamela on 8 July showing low water in the Pit:

Low water in the Pit

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 26 July 2018

8 July 2018

Parish Council Agenda - 12 July 2018

Parish Council Agenda - 12 July 2018

The Parish Council Agenda for the meeting scheduled for 12 July 2018 can be found here.

Posted by: Wayne

Posted on: 8 July 2018

6 July 2018

WI relaxes

Stanhoe and Barwick WI keeps business to a minimum at a sunny garden meeting.

On the first Thursday in July, sitting under sunshades in the garden of Valerie Robson our secretary, Stanhoe and Barwick WI members had a delightful, sunny, Garden Meeting.

photos: Rosemary Brown

Stanhoe and Barwick WI members at their garden meeting

President Pamela Austin (l) with secretary Valerie Robson (r) in Valerie’s garden 

The business was kept very short, encompassing future outings to Peter Beales Roses, Elgoods of Wisbech, East Ruston garden, and Petals Tea Rooms. We were encouraged to hear that our fund raising last year raised a sum of £326 as a donation for the Womens Refuge run by Leeway. And we were reminded that future meetings will commence at 2pm starting with a talk on The Blickling Belles in August.

Stanhoe and Barwick WI members at their garden meeting

The business was followed by a sumptuous tea prepared by the Syderstone ladies. And we all socialised happily in the garden, under the sunshades, and in the kitchen, for the rest of the afternoon.

Stanhoe and Barwick WI members at their garden meeting

A big thank you is given to all the Syderstone ladies for all their hard work which made the afternoon such a success.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 6 July 2018

23 June 2018

July film

Darkest Hour is showing in Stanhoe on 13 July.

On Friday 13 July Stanhoe Village Screen is showing Darkest Hour (PG, history/drama).

In May 1940, the fate of Western Europe hangs on British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Adolf Hitler, or fight on knowing that it could mean a humiliating defeat for Britain and its empire.

Director: Joe Wright. Staring: Gary Oldman, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas.

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

Date: Friday 13 July

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: 23 June 2018

18 June 2018

A brave airman

A survivor of a wartime Stanhoe plane crash has died.

Sergeant Ivor Prothero, who escaped from a burning aircraft with the help of the late Charlie Seaman, died on 22 May aged 95.

The news comes from Sgt Prothero’s son-in-law John Lister. “He enjoyed a long and happy life, with thanks to the help given to him by Charlie Seaman,” Mr Lister reports.

Ivor and Beryl Prothero with Charlie Seaman and Margaret and Mick Ayres

A photo from 1996 at a reunion to commemorate the crash:
(l-r) Margaret Ayres, Mick Ayres, Charlie Seaman with his medal, Ivor Prothero, Beryl Prothero

Sgt Prothero was the rear gunner in a Wellington bomber that crashed behind Stanhoe Hall in the early hours of 12 June 1943. Seriously burned, he was one of the three crew members who escaped; the other two were killed. Air Raid Precautions (ARP) warden Charlie Seaman received the Imperial Service Medal for his part in the incident.

You can find more details of the crash here.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 18 June 2018


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