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Facebook for RAF group

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

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October film

Fisherman’s Friends is showing in Stanhoe on Wednesday 2 October.

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Dogs welcome

Stanhoe reverses its dog ban on the playing field.

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New surgery meeting

6 August sees a public meeting to discuss the proposed new doctors’ surgery in Burnham Market.

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Parish Council Minutes

Parish Council Minutes - 11 July 2019

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State visit

WI centenary attracts officials from Norwich.

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Parish Council Agenda

Parish Council Agenda - 11th July 2019

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Tide times

Wells 25 Aug
02:15 high (2.01m)
08:27 low (0.08m)
14:54 high (2.13m)
21:58 low (0.09m)

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The Coal Yard

Aerial photo of the Coal Yard next to the Post Office

The Coal Yard is on the left of this aerial photo. Note the double-decker bus. The old red phone box is just visible.

The Coal Yard (or “the Dump”), situated between the Post Office and telephone box on the Burnham Road, was set up by Russell Brown some time between 1925 and 1929. (It is mentioned in Kelly’s Directory of 1929 for the first time).

Russell Brown bought the field when Stanhoe Hall Estate sold much of their land. He first built the tin clad building at the front and later added the concrete compounds at the back.

Michael Ayres took over the business in 1953 and used the site until he built the yard next to his new bungalow (on the Bircham Road near the Bircham crossroads), in about 1963 when the railway closed down and coal no longer came by train. When coal had to be collected by road he needed a larger storage area and a more accessible site.

Tom Ransom used the buildings as a workshop for his agricultural engineering business from 1964–1967.

Cyril Brown built the bungalow called Marches Close (named after the old name of the field) in 1980, on the site of the old coal shed, which was then demolished.