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Goodbye Christopher Robin is showing in Stanhoe on 26 February.

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Josie Cooper

Josie Cooper’s funeral took place in Stanhoe on 16 February.

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Cheese, please!

An expert shares her love of cheese with the WI.

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January film

Victoria and Abdul is showing in Stanhoe on 29 January.

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Portrait pioneer

WI members hear about the remarkable photographic work of Olive Edis.

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23 February 2018

February film

Goodbye Christopher Robin is showing in Stanhoe on 26 February.

On Monday 26 February Stanhoe Village Screen is showing Goodbye Christopher Robin (PG, biography/family/history).

This film looks at the relationship between children’s author A. A. Milne and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Along with his mother and nanny, Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to many after the First World War – but the cost to the family was greater than any of them anticipated.

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

Date: Monday 26 February

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 films: Breathe (23 March), Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge (20 April)

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 23 February 2018

17 February 2018

Josie Cooper

Josie Cooper’s funeral took place in Stanhoe on 16 February.

photo: Pamela Austin

Josie Cooper in the Reading Room in 2010

Josie Cooper in 2010

The funeral of Josephine Cooper, who died on 31 January aged 85, took place at All Saints’ church on 16 February. The church was full of beautiful daffodils, which were enjoyed by family and friends, and Wordsworth’s poem “Daffodils”, chosen by her daughter Nicky, was read by Josie’s granddaughter. Josie was buried in the churchyard with her husband Roy.

Josie was born in what is now London Docklands, but in 1933 it was the real thing, and the story was told of Josie climbing across the bowsprits of moored ships in the docks. During the Second World War, Josie and her siblings were evacuated, first to Brighton and then Guildford, but back in London after the war, Josie worked as a secretary, and met and married Roy.

Because of moves with Roy’s work, they moved to Peterborough, and Northern Ireland – a place all their children remember with great affection. For much of Josie’s life she was an enthusiastic member of the WI, and she made many friends, as well as being very popular herself. She enjoyed practising her crafting skills, and displaying her handiwork at meetings.

On moving to Norfolk, Josie and Roy first took up residence in Syderstone, but after a while decided that Stanhoe was where they wanted to live, and they bought the Old School House – formerly the residence of the head teacher of the school next door – where they lived until Josie finally left the village to live with her daughter near Rye. With a large extended family, she and Roy spent many long holidays overseas, in particular in South Africa and Australia.

Josie was fondly remembered in many tributes and memories, particularly for her love of music, dance, and of nature and the natural world, and for the laughter and happiness that surrounded her throughout her life.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 17 February 2018

14 February 2018

Parish Council Minutes

Parish Council Minutes - 11 January 2018

The Parish Council minutes from the meeting held on 11 January 2018 can be found here.

Posted by: Wayne

Posted on: 14 February 2018

2 February 2018

Cheese, please!

An expert shares her love of cheese with the WI.

There was much enthusiastic munching and excited conversation at Stanhoe and Barwick WI’s February meeting when Estelle Bray visited with a selection of English cheeses.

photo: Rosemary Brown

Estelle Bray with a selection of cheeses

Estelle with her cheeses

Estelle had worked in a delicatessen specialising in cheeses for many years, and had sliced cheese from 56-lb truckles, as well as huge wheels, but our tastings were of a dainty size.

We were invited to taste Wensleydale, Red Leicester, Cheshire, Cheddar, Blue Stilton, and Shropshire Blue cheeses whilst being given the background to their production, and how to cut and store them.

With Stanhoe being a village where the two shops sold only Red Leicester cheese during the years they were open, this was eye-opening.

The afternoon was much enjoyed by a record attendance of 23 members.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 2 February 2018

26 January 2018

January film

Victoria and Abdul is showing in Stanhoe on 29 January.

On Monday 29 January Stanhoe Village Screen begins its spring season with Victoria and Abdul (PG, biography/drama/history), the extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of the remarkable rule of Queen Victoria (Judi Dench).

When Abdul Karim, a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he finds favour with the Queen. The two forge a devoted alliance that her inner circle attempts to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity.

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

Date: Monday 29 January

Time: 7.30pm, doors open 7.00pm

PlaceThe Reading Room, Cross Lane, Stanhoe PE31 8PS

More info: Jane and Peter Coates (tel 01485 518191)

Next film: Goodbye Christopher Robin (26 February), Breathe (23 March), Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge (20 April)

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 26 January 2018

5 January 2018

Portrait pioneer

WI members hear about the remarkable photographic work of Olive Edis.

It was an extraordinary afternoon when Stanhoe and Barwick WI members were treated to the story of “Olive Edis, Photographer to Fishermen and Kings”, recounted by Alistair Murphy, Curator of Cromer Museum.

Born into a well connected family in London in 1876, Olive moved to Sheringham in 1900 – one of the “places to be seen” – with her mother and sisters. To earn a living she set up a studio and explored photography by taking studio portraits of her sisters and herself, and really charismatic photos of local fishermen. She used a large camera with glass plates for creating negatives, and used natural light and her skill of relaxing her sitters to create many black and white photos, a selection of coloured Autochromes, and hundreds of glass negatives.

“The face is the X-ray of the soul,” she said. And her skill and her London connections meant that famous people such as Thomas Hardy, Nancy Astor, the Pankhursts and Edward Prince of Wales became part of her legacy.

In 1919 Olive became the first woman to be appointed as an official War Artist, and she had permission to travel round the battlefields of Europe capturing images of the devastation of war, and photographing the women involved in war work.

It was a fascinating afternoon hearing about this relatively unknown but legendary lady who pioneered photography locally, and eventually worldwide.

And the memories lingered with us even after discussing five WI Resolutions later in the afternoon.

More about Olive Edis

Cromer Museum has two galleries dedicated to the photographs of Olive Edis. A touring exhibition of her war work, “Road to Ypres”, will be at the Millennium Library in Norwich from 10–31 January, and then at Sheringham Museum from 6 June; click here for more details.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 5 January 2018

10 December 2017

Food Fair update

Photos from Saturday’s Christmas fundraiser.

Roving photographer Pamela Austin reports a busy atmosphere at Stanhoe’s Christmas Food Fair on Saturday, with food and gift items disappearing rapidly. Here are some pictures from the event.

photos: Pamela Austin

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 10 December 2017

8 December 2017

Festive crooner

Rat Pack numbers enliven WI meeting.

The sound reverberated around our newly refurbished Reading Room when Stanhoe and Barwick WI members and guests held their December meeting.

As members sipped warming mulled wine Martyn Shults raised his sonorous voice in appreciation of “The Rat Pack”, celebrity singers of the 1950s and 1960s.

photo: Pamela Austin

Martyn Shults in full voice

Martyn Shults

Little bits of personal biographies, and anecdotes, were interspersed between renditions of “The Lady is a Tramp”, “Memories are made of this”, “Born Free”, “Softly I will leave you”, and the finale of “And now the end is near”.

Many memories were revived as members enjoyed the programme.

The room had been festively decorated for us by our president, a Christmas message board for signing had been prepared for us by our secretary, and festive fare had been provided by members. Thus our follow-on business meeting was soon rapidly despatched.

We all left in Christmas mode looking forward to a Christmas lunch the following day.

Links

Click here to watch Martyn Shults with another great WI entertainer, Rachel Duffield, in opera mode at Holkham in 2013.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 8 December 2017

3 December 2017

Christmas Fair

Stanhoe’s Christmas Food Fair takes place on 9 December.

Come to the Reading Room on Saturday 9 December from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm to stock up on edible treats at Stanhoe’s Christmas Food Fair.

poster for the Christmas Food Fair

On offer will be home-made cakes and puddings, biscuits, sweets, pickles, chutneys, pot pourri, jams and more. Entrance is free, and refreshments will be available.

Cakes and other goodies at last year’s Christmas Food Fair

Tempting cakes at last year’s Christmas Food Fair

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 3 December 2017

28 November 2017

Parish Council Minutes

Parish Council Minutes – 9th November 2017.

The Parish Council Minutes from the meeting held on 9th November 2017 can be found here.

Posted by: Wayne

Posted on: 28 November 2017


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