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Gardens success

Damp weather didn’t deter visitors to Stanhoe’s Open Gardens day.

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Congratulations Ellen!

Ellen Finch, who lived in Stanhoe for many years, is 100 today.

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Open Gardens

Saturday 18 June is the big day for Stanhoe’s gardeners.

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A very special tea

Stanhoe WI celebrated the Jubilee in style.

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July film

Belfast (12) is showing in Stanhoe on Friday 15 July.

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Stanhoe Parish Council Exercising of Public Rights

Notice of Public Rights and Publication of Annual Governance and Accountability Return 2021/22

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Jubilee jollies

The Queen’s 70 reigning years have not gone unnoticed in Stanhoe.

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24 June 2022

Gardens success

Damp weather didn’t deter visitors to Stanhoe’s Open Gardens day.

This year’s Open Gardens day on 18 June was a wonderful success, writes Pen Roche. In spite of poor weather many visitors came to view the eight gardens on show – Barwick House, Cloves Cottage, Flint House, Moray Cottage, Isabel Lodge, The Coach House, The Grange and The Old Stores.

£3,143.75 was raised in aid of All Saints’ Church Stanhoe, which is a fantastic result. Sowerby’s Holiday Cottages generously supported the event with sponsorship of £200.

photos: Terry Austin

Table laden with cellophane-wrapped cakes

“We’ll never sell that lot!”, thought Pamela Austin on the cake stall – but they did

Flower beds and lawn at The Grange

The Grange looking fine in damp weather

The vintage clothes and bric-a-brac stalls did extremely well, returning a profit of £425.40. The plant stall was also a huge success, making a wonderful profit of £576.00. The Grange was the perfect venue for the cake stall which made £432.40 and, in spite of the weather, the cream teas made £235.00 and the Pimms £80.

The raffle was another great success, many quality prizes having been generously donated.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 24 June 2022

11 June 2022

Congratulations Ellen!

Ellen Finch, who lived in Stanhoe for many years, is 100 today.

Many Stanhoe residents will remember Mrs Ellen Finch, who is 100 today. She lived at Ivy Farm for many years, and raised her family there whilst her husband was Steward for Stanhoe Farms.

photos: Rosemary Brown

Mrs Ellen Finch with straw hat and birthday badge

Mrs Ellen Finch at her birthday party in South Creake

Ellen has lived independently in sheltered housing in Wells since moving from the village. There she has made the most of life, and always welcomes visitors, both members of her extensive family and friends, to her home.

Mrs Ellen Finch with birthday visitors

Ellen has many grandchildren (now grown up), and a lot of great grandchildren. There were 60 members of her family at the party in South Creake Village Hall, and over 90 people in the room, as well as a raft of young people on the playing field outside. It was a real reunion of family and friends, who chatted happily for three hours, enjoying the sumptuous catering, and each person having an “audience” with Ellen to wish her well.

Royal birthday greetings inside the card.

Greetings from the Queen

On display was Ellen’s “telegram” from the Queen, which was a beautiful card with a photo of the sovereign on the front, and the message, individually annotated and signed, inside.

A photo of HM The Queen on the front of the card.

At one point in the proceedings, absolutely spontaneously everyone erupted into singing “Happy Birthday To You”, at which Ellen jumped up and conducted the singing with obvious enjoyment.

Birthday cake with flower posy and photos

Finally the beautiful birthday cake was cut and distributed by family members. It was absolutely delicious.

It was a real pleasure to have been there, on 11 June 2022, and even more so to see the obvious enjoyment which Ellen was having from her special day.


Click here to listen to some of Ellen’s memories of Stanhoe, recorded by Rosemary Brown in 2008.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 11 June 2022

10 June 2022

Open Gardens

Saturday 18 June is the big day for Stanhoe’s gardeners.

Stanhoe Open Gardens returns on Saturday 18 June with eight gardens to explore, plus cream teas, a Pimms bar, and stalls selling vintage clothes, bric-a-brac, plants and cakes.

Stanhoe Open Gardens poster

A £5 ticket gives entry to all the gardens, which will be open from 2pm to 5:30pm. The event is in aid of All Saints’ church, Stanhoe.

Parking and tickets will be available at both the Village Hall and the church.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 10 June 2022

9 June 2022

A very special tea

Stanhoe WI celebrated the Jubilee in style.

The June meeting of Stanhoe and Barwick WI was organised as a Jubilee Tea in the Reading Room, to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2022 in style with our loyal members.

photos: Rosemary Brown

WI members and a table spread with food

A tea to remember

It all started off with each member receiving a formal invitation several weeks beforehand.

Official invitation to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee tea party

On the day, members arrived with plates of delicious food, both savoury and sweet, which eventually filled a table running the length of the room.

The room itself had been beautifully decorated by the committee with the WI bunting, Union flags and flower arrangements. The tables were dressed with the flowery WI tablecloths, and our vintage WI cups, saucers, and plates – too fragile for use at ordinary meetings – were used and much talked about.

Members assembled in small chatty groups around the room (it was suggested that about 40 ladies were present). The proceedings commenced with a medley of unaccompanied folk songs performed by Harmonise, a choir based in Fakenham, in which some of our members sing.

It was not long before everyone was invited to help themselves to food, accompanied by tea or coffee, and non-alcoholic punch. We all ended up being far too full of the delicious food eaten in a relaxed atmosphere.

More WI members and more food

…yet more food

Our president then woke us all up by announcing that a Jubilee quiz had been arranged, involving five questions on events that had taken place in the year of each previous Jubilee. Most of us struggled to remember accurately a great deal as we were so full!

Three seated members looking expectant

Waiting for quiz questions

Harmonise then treated us to a boisterous selection of melodies, for the last of which audience participation was encouraged. This consisted of three different songs sung at the same time, in relays, by different sections of the choir, involving both When The Saints Go Marching In and Old Man River.

A group of standing singers and their conductor

The Harmonise choir with leader Linds Bestwicke

When we all thought we could eat no more, a lovely celebration cake was cut and distributed.

And finally members were all invited to help themselves to any remaining food to take home, and they hurried away with serviette wrapped parcels for later on!

It was definitely a Jubilee Celebration as we formally acknowledged the Queen’s long reign before the afternoon’s proceedings commenced; and it was a WI celebration; and a day to remember for many years to come.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 9 June 2022

8 June 2022

July film

Belfast (12) is showing in Stanhoe on Friday 15 July.

Stanhoe Village Screen continues the summer season with Belfast (12A) (Drama) on Friday 15 July at 7.30 pm.

A young boy and his working-class Belfast family experience the tumultuous late 1960s.

Written and directed by Kenneth Branagh, and starring Jude Hill, Lewis McAskie, Caitríona Balfe, Jamie Dornan, Judi Dench and Ciarán Hinds.

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

Date: Friday 15 July

Time: 7.30 pm, doors open 7.00 pm

Place: Village Hall & Reading Room, Cross Lane, Stanhoe PE31 8PS

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

Next film: The Duke (12A) (Comedy/Drama/True Life), Friday 19 August

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 8 June 2022

8 June 2022

Stanhoe Parish Council Exercising of Public Rights

Notice of Public Rights and Publication of Annual Governance and Accountability Return 2021/22

The Exercising of Public Rights can be found here

The Annual Governance and Accountability Certificate of Exemption can be found here.

Posted by: Wayne

Posted on: 8 June 2022

4 June 2022

Jubilee jollies

The Queen’s 70 reigning years have not gone unnoticed in Stanhoe.

Stanhoe residents and visitors have been celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Nic Hopkins tweeted:

Tweet from Nic Hopkins: “Jubilee Party in Stanhoe despite the grey windy weather. Great community effort lovely  @stanhoevillage  organising committee people!”

Our correspondent Rosemary Brown writes:

It may have been cloudy and chilly in the wind but people turned out in droves for the Stanhoe Jubilee Lunch on Saturday 4 June 2022. And after some expert organisation behind the scenes, and on the day, everyone had a good time.

photos: Rosemary Brown and Terry Austin

Enjoying lunch under a gazebo

Red, white and blue were much in evidence

The doorway to the Reading Room and the fencing along the field edge was a riot of red, white, and blue, and Union flags abounded, not only from on high but from the cupcakes made for a lunchtime treat.

Our barbecuing parishioner and his team of helpers worked tirelessly to provide delicious, succulent burgers in buns, or a vegetarian alternative, for everyone, which was much appreciated. There was a Pimms bar, and alternative drinks on tap, and ice cream too.

Hunstanton Community Choir in action beneath a gazebo

Hunstanton Community Choir warming hearts, if not fingers. Choir secretary and Stanhoe resident Pamela Austin said: “We performed patriotic songs for 30 minutes in the freezing wind.”

And the entertainment flowed seamlessly on. A fitting start was made with a choral rendering of a medley of patriotic songs which eveyone was invited to join in, and was completed with singing of the National Anthem.

This was followed by the Loyal Toast to HM the Queen with wine donated by a local vineyard, and performed by our celebrity guest Tim Bentinck.

And a competition for the best crown attracted some clever entrants, with even one seen on a miniscule dachshund.

Most entertaining was the competition for the best dog, which attracted canines large and small. Owners paraded their dogs around the ring, as at Crufts, and the judges patted the friendly dogs – but were warned off one beautiful bruiser at the end! Rosettes and goody bags were awarded.

Stanhoe dogs on show. No corgis, unfortunately.

And finally it was off to the goal posts for the children, to show off their energy and skill.

It was a credit to the organisers, and to Stanhoe village. A good time was had by all, and it was a occasion to remember for years to come.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 4 June 2022

28 May 2022

Unmissable!

Fine new signage for Stanhoe’s Village Hall and Reading Room.

Visitors passing Stanhoe’s Village Hall & Reading Room will now find the building hard to miss, thanks to its handsome new lettering.

“Village Hall & Reading Room” in large white capitals on the gable end of the red-brick building

“The MEHM Trust are delighted to reveal the long planned gable end lettering for the Village Hall & Reading Room,” said Laura Pocock Faulks, Chairman of the MEHM Trust.”

“The project started under the late Mark Roche but was hindered by the pandemic. With this new signage, in addition to finger post signs soon to be installed to direct people from the Bircham and Docking Roads, we hope to make our wonderful village amenity more obvious to our immediate community and beyond.”

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 28 May 2022

28 May 2022

Summer’s coming

Stanhoe’s churchyard is looking very fine in the sunshine.

Summer is nearly here, and the weather continues mostly fine. Pamela Austin took this photo of foliage and forget-me-nots in All Saints’ churchyard a few days ago.

photo: Pamela Austin

Late spring sunshine in the churchyard, with red and green tree foliage and blue forget-me-not flowers

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Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 28 May 2022

26 May 2022

Stanhoe Parish Council Minutes

Stanhoe Parish Council Minutes - 11 May 2022

The minutes from the Stanhoe Parish Council meeting held on 11 May 2022 can be found here.

Posted by: Wayne

Posted on: 26 May 2022


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