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Nigel Wickens remembers Terry, who died last month.


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Temporary Road Closure in Stanhoe

Temporary Road Closure in Stanhoe - 4 June 2020


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Stanhoe Parish Council Agenda

Stanhoe Parish Council Agenda - 21 May 2020


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A cheering daily look at what’s not going on in Stanhoe.


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22 April 2009

Crash luck

Miraculously, no-one seems to have been hurt in Monday afternoon’s accident on the Creake road.

On Monday 20 April at about 5:00 pm a white Fiat Cinquecento ended up in a field on the Creake road. Coming from the direction of North Creake, it apparently left the road at the last bend before the junction with the Stanhoe–Burnham Market road.

Police, ambulance paramedics and the Air Ambulance all attended, but according to Norfolk Police, no-one needed hospital treatment. A police spokesman said that two males were interviewed near the scene, but could not confirm that they were the driver and a passenger.

Local photographer Martin Sutton caught the Air Ambulance on scene.

photos: Pamela Austin

vehicle on side in field


vehicle on side in field


tyre marks on road

photos: Charles Butcher

vehicle on side in field


vehicle on side in field


vehicle on side in field

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 22 April 2009

21 April 2009

Wind farm hits the press

The Lynn News, the EDP and BBC Radio Norfolk have all run stories on the proposed wind farm near Stanhoe.

Update 23 April: BBC Radio Norfolk carried the story this morning on Breakfast with Bumfrey, including interviews with Simon Peltenburg of RES and Syderstone protester Reg Thompson.

For the next week you can listen to the programme here; the five-minute item on the wind farms starts 1 hour 8 minutes into the programme (just push the slider along until the counter on the right reads 1:08).

Update 22 April: according to the EDP story, there would be fewer than 30 turbines, since RES says that not all of the locations are suitable. The EDP quotes RES project manager Simon Peltenburg as saying that consultation with local people might begin in the mid to late summer.

21 April: According to a Lynn News story published today, wind farm developer Renewable Energy Systems (RES) has asked West Norfolk Council for a “scoping opinion” before putting in a planning application for a 60 MW wind farm between Stanhoe, North Creake and South Creake.

The story quotes Reg Thompson of Syderstone, who believes the 30 turbines, each of which would have a hub height of around 70m, would be a hazard to pink-footed geese.

Provisional maps of the site are available on’s wind turbines page, where you can also find a link to the Syderstone protesters’ website.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 21 April 2009

21 April 2009

Parish Meeting

Your Parish Council needs you on 23 April.

The Parish Annual Meeting is a chance for all Stanhoe residents to meet the Parish Councillors, as well as our Borough Councillor, Rosalie Monbiot, and discuss village plans.

The meeting takes place on Thursday 23 April in the Village Hall, starting at 7.30 pm. There will be wine and cheese, and apart from the serious business, it’s a great opportunity to meet new people.

On the programme are:

  • information about the village, the Parish Council and the Borough Council
  • a presentation by Terry Austin about progress on the proposal for a footpath on the Bircham road
  • information on the proposed wind farm between Stanhoe and the Creakes
  • a short presentation by Charles Butcher about this website, and about a plan for internet access in the Village Hall.

Most of all, though, the Councillors want to hear your views, so if you have any comments, ideas or suggestions, please come along and let them know.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 21 April 2009

20 April 2009

Hedge heroes

Volunteers do good work in Cross Lane.

Update 25 April: Cross Lane residents have continued to work together on the big clear-up, Elspeth Newman reports. She points out that the volunteers have checked the hedge carefully for nests before removing any branches.

The mountain of cuttings is now big enough for a midsummer bonfire:

photos: Charles Butcher

large pile of hedge cuttings


trimmed hedge

The trimmed hedge is looking much better

John Seedhouse with sawJohn Seedhouse gets to work (right); other hedge helpers have included David Mountney, Derek Twell (chainsaw), and John Ireson (chainsaw and tractor).

“Perhaps we should get together to clear up the pond next,” John suggests.

20 April: The hedge in Cross Lane is looking a lot tidier thanks to the efforts of volunteers including Elspeth and Simon Newman of Stanhoe, and Richard Lynn of North Creake. On a warm day when a deckchair in the garden beckoned, these three were working hard with rope and chainsaw. The pile of cuttings they assembled is the closest we will get to a mountain in Stanhoe.

volunteer hedgers with rake and chainsaw

(l-r) Elspeth Newman, Simon Newman and Richard Lynn take a short break from their labours

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 20 April 2009

15 April 2009

Gardens Open

7 June is the day you should not miss.

magnolia flowersGardens all over Stanhoe will be open on Sunday 7 June in our annual charity fundraising event.

This year will see some new views as well as many old favourites. Blacksmith’s Pond Cottage and Honeysuckle Cottage are providing a perspective from the south of the village, while the parterres of Stanhoe Hall and the subtropical lushness of Bramley Cottage garden will be open as on many past occasions.

To volunteer your own garden, help with stewarding, or contribute bric-a-brac, books or produce for sale, contact Nigel Wickens (tel 518 655).

In the evening there will be a concert in All Saints’ church featuring performances by local talent Tim Bentinck and, fresh from the Dorchester Hotel, Jonathan Nickoll, singer, pianist and guitarist.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 15 April 2009

9 April 2009

Easter pilgrims

A group of cross-carrying pilgrims stopped in Stanhoe on Good Friday.

photos: Charles Butcher

pilgrims carrying their cross and singing

A beautiful morning for singing hymns, if a little warm to be carrying a heavy cross

On Good Friday morning, 17 pilgrims carrying a large wooden cross stopped for rest and refreshment at Stanhoe Methodist church, on their way to Walsingham.

The pilgrims, who represent the organisation Student Cross, had set out from Leicester the previous week. Walking an average of 16 miles a day, they arrived at Docking on the Thursday night and spent the night there. They then planned to follow the old pilgrim route along the green lane to South Creake, and from there to Walsingham.

For some members of the group this was their first pilgrimage on this route, while others had done the journey many times before. On last year’s pilgrimage the group rested by Stanhoe pond, but this was the first time they had made an official refreshment stop here.

Student Cross began in 1948 as a Catholic event. Today the pilgrims include people of all ages and Christian denominations. Ten Student Cross groups from all parts of the country – more than 250 people altogether – converged on Walsingham on Good Friday afternoon. Most had walked around 120 miles.

Throughout the middle ages, Walsingham was one of northern Europe’s most famous shrines. Many English kings and queens made pilgrimages to Walsingham, including Henry VIII, Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn.

It’s just possible that these monarchs stopped in Stanhoe on the way, perhaps at the chapel of St Peter whose foundations are believed to lie at the south end of Cross Lane, next to Chapel Field. “Stanhoe’s cross was almost certainly a way-marker for the route to Walsingham,” said local historian Gillian Beckett.

pilgrims drinking tea inside the church

Drinks and Easter buns served by Elizabeth and Roddie MacLeod and Gill Johnson were very welcome

Pilgrim links

The pilgrims’ Twitter feeds: northernpilgrim and studentcross.

Thursday’s report from the Fakenham & Wells Times.

Photos from 2007 on Flickr.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 9 April 2009

8 April 2009

First ducklings

The first brood of ducklings is swimming on the Pit.

Hands up if you think Stanhoe has too many ducks! At all events, we now have some more. Thanks to roving photographer Pamela Austin for snapping these.

photo: Pamela Austin

Ducklings and mother duck on the pond


Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 8 April 2009

2 April 2009

Toads in peril

Stanhoe’s toads are having a hard time of it in Church Lane.

photos: Charles Butcher

A nervous toad

A toad nervous of being run over

The toads around Blacksmith’s Pond and the lower part of Church Lane are suffering their usual spring mortality as they get flattened by traffic.

While toads are on the move, please consider not driving along the lower part of Church Lane after dark. It’s not a great inconvenience to go round by the main road, and the toads will be grateful.

A grateful toad

A grateful toad

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 2 April 2009

31 March 2009

Geese aloud

Six Egyptian goslings are to be seen near Blacksmith’s Pond.

Update 27 June: still six, now looking very much like adult geese. The parents have disappeared, perhaps to raise a second brood.

photos: Charles Butcher

Two Egyptian goslings, now looking much like adult geese

Update 18 May: still six, the larger ones now looking quite adult in their plumage. The mother bird is on the right.

Adult goose with two goslings, now looking quite grown-up

Update 7 May: still six, now bigger and uglier.

Six goslings, now much bigger and rather less fluffy

Update 15 April: all six goslings present and correct.

Two Egyptian goslings

31 March: The Egyptian geese that hang about near Blacksmith’s Pond have six goslings. Noisy at the best of times, these handsome geese are going to be especially vocal in defence of their little ones. Last year a record four goslings survived the summer.

Egyptian geese with goslings on the pond

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 31 March 2009

22 March 2009

Litter star

John Seedhouse works tirelessly to keep Stanhoe litter-free.

photo: Charles Butcher

John with his litter bag

John with a fresh crop of litter on his daily walk

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 22 March 2009

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