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The Post is showing in Stanhoe on 22 June.

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Parish Meeting

Residents thank Stanhoe’s Parish Council and Clerk for their hard work.

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Beech cut down

The big beech tree next to Church Lane is no more.

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Reminiscing

Postwar tales from the East End keep WI members laughing.

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May film

Wonder is showing in Stanhoe on 18 May.

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Event success

Nic Hopkins thanks charity wine tasters.

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Art and awards

Stanhoe & Barwick WI wins a prestigious award for an outstanding year.

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21 May 2018

June film

The Post is showing in Stanhoe on 22 June.

On Friday 22 June Stanhoe Village Screen is showing The Post (12A, history/drama).

A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country’s first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government.

Director: Steven Spielberg. Starring: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson.

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

Date: Friday 22 June

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: Darkest Hour, 13 July

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 21 May 2018

11 May 2018

Parish Meeting

Residents thank Stanhoe’s Parish Council and Clerk for their hard work.

The Annual parish meeting took place in the Reading Room on Thursday 10 May. I was attended by about a dozen village residents, and local Borough Councillor Andrew Morrison, who met the Councillors and Clerk, and enjoyed the wine and ‘nibbles’ provided.

photos: Pamela Austin

2018 Parish Meeting in the Reading Room

Parish chairman David Lord welcomed everyone, and congratulated the village Community Speed Watch team on their award earlier this year. He outlined the major topics which have to be dealt with by the councillors, and gave a brief overview of matters in hand, before inviting visitors to have a look at the displays which had been set up in support of various high-profile village activities and initiatives: Stanhoe & Barwick WI, Stanhoe Archive, and Community Speed Watch.

2018 Parish Meeting in the Reading Room

Visitors enjoyed chatting to each other and to the councillors, and animated discussions continued for well over an hour. A vote of thanks was proposed to the councillors and to the clerk, for all their work in keeping things running smoothly in the village.

2018 Parish Meeting in the Reading Room

2018 Parish Meeting in the Reading Room

2018 Parish Meeting in the Reading Room

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 11 May 2018

8 May 2018

Beech cut down

The big beech tree next to Church Lane is no more.

The churchyard tree suffered from serious rot for several years, as we reported back in 2009. It was felled recently after its condition had become dangerous. 

photos: Pamela Austin

Gap in churchyard wall showing where the beech tree was felled

The stump, showing the extent of the rot inside

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 8 May 2018

4 May 2018

Reminiscing

Postwar tales from the East End keep WI members laughing.

It was a laugh a minute at the May meeting when Stanhoe and Barwick WI members heard Ruth Smith talk about her childhood growing up (to 4ft 11ins) in the East End of London in the 1940s and 1950s.

Her observations of life with her grandmother and two great-aunts were acute, and rang so many bells with the audience, many of whom had grown up in the same era.

photo: Rosemary Brown

Ruth Smith

Ruth Smith

Memories of tradesmen who came to the house, the everyday smells of everyday living, the “treats” and outings that occasionally happened, the entertainments, and the clothes which gave rise to the title of her talk – “The inconvenience of loose elastic” – all caused much hilarity as could be imagined.

There was a bumper turnout of members, and they left in lighthearted mood although we had explored the WI Resolution and dealt with WI business after the talk.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 4 May 2018

3 May 2018

May film

Wonder is showing in Stanhoe on 18 May.

On Friday 18 May Stanhoe Village Screen continues its spring season with Wonder (PG, drama).

Wonder tells the incredibly inspiring and heart-warming story of August Pullman. Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to mainstream school, Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to discover their compassion and acceptance, Auggie’s extraordinary journey will unite them all and prove that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.

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

Date: Friday 18 May

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: The Post, 22 June

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 3 May 2018

1 May 2018

Event success

Nic Hopkins thanks charity wine tasters.

Following the charity wine tasting held on 21 April to celebrate Earth Day and St George’s Day, co-organiser Nic Hopkins writes:

“17 of us got great enjoyment from the wines presented, Kate’s delicious buffet and the convivial company of friends and neighbours at the Village Hall.”

“Feedback was very positive, so perhaps next year we shall repeat.”

“Kate and I are delighted at the enjoyment shared and proud that including some generous donations the event contributed £144.58 to the Mary Esther Hollway Memorial Trust funds for the benefit of the splendid refurbished Village Hall!”

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 1 May 2018

7 April 2018

Art and awards

Stanhoe & Barwick WI wins a prestigious award for an outstanding year.

It was a very happy occasion when 41 people, members and visitors, assembled for the April meeting of Stanhoe and Barwick WI.

Judith Key, a talented local artist, set up her easel with examples of her work beside it and proceeded to create a watercolour image of Baconsthorpe Castle.

photo: Rosemary Brown

Judith Key at her easel

Judith Key demonstrates watercolour

She had a number of helpful catchphrases useful for fellow artists; for the design “Think, identify, simplify, modify”; for the application of watercolours “Paint from light to dark, warm to cool, and bright to subdued”; “Remember it is a bit like riding a horse, you have to be on top of it for quick colour mixing and painting”; “and don’t forget the candle wax to mask out areas”.

She showed us the use of a thick brush, size 20, used in several different ways for effect, and a thinner brush, size 10, for more detailed areas.

All the while we were treated to anecdotes of her painting career, and her final remark was,”It takes 2 people to paint a picture, one person to wield the brush, and the other to shoot them before they go too far!”

Questions at the close of the demonstration, and afterwards, abounded.

Our business meeting was special too, as Coral Batchelor our Adviser was with us to conduct the vote for a change of timing of meetings in future. A majority of members voted to start at 2 pm.

Adviser’s Accolade certificateBut more excitement was to come. Julia Walton, as our delegate to the FAM in Norwich, gave a spirited report with pertinent asides on the day’s events which she thoroughly enjoyed.

At this event our president Pamela Austin had been very pleased to accept certificates for two prestigious awards on behalf of Stanhoe and Barwick WI. The first was a special Adviser’s Accolade for 2017 for “A WI’s Outstanding Year, with friendly meetings, friendly members, interesting programme, and community involvement.” The second was for our entry of a car sticker which was awarded third prize in the Rose Bowl competition.

Members also were pleased to hear more about our centenary commemorations. Fran Ulyatt, a long term member and former secretary, is searching through our old Minutes Books and is putting together a booklet of snippets from the history of Stanhoe and Barwick WI, in order that every member will be able to have a copy. Members also enthusiastically received the idea of a Centenary Mug for every member, each one bearing the member’s name, and made by the local potter.

It was a very busy meeting, and many people expressed their enjoyment of the afternoon.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 7 April 2018

2 April 2018

Wine tasting

Don’t miss Stanhoe’s wine tasting event on 21 April.

Stanhoe’s next wine tasting on Saturday 21 April celebrates both Earth Day (22 April) and St George’s Day (23 April).

Come along to the Reading Room to try interesting wines for spring and summer in the company of friends and neighbours.

Wine tasting poster

Click to download the poster (PDF, 288 kB) 

Up for tasting will be an English sparkling wine, two still whites and three contrasting reds, presented by your volunteer amateur wine guides Nic Hopkins, Kate Jewell and friends. There will also be a simple but plentiful home-prepared buffet.

Early booking is essential, so please tell Nic and Kate by 9 April at the latest if you’d like to come. Tickets are £16 each from  (tel 07785 387683), Lavender Cottage, Cross Lane, Stanhoe.

All profits will go to the Reading Room.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 2 April 2018

25 March 2018

April film

Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge is showing in Stanhoe on 20 April.

On Friday 20 April Stanhoe Village Screen continues its spring season with Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge (12A, biography/drama/romance).

Focusing on the incredible life and exceptional achievements of Marie Curie, this is a timely reminder of a female pioneer in both science and society, who spent a lifetime breaking precedent in search of progress.

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

Date: Friday 20 April

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: 25 March 2018

21 March 2018

March film

Breathe is showing in Stanhoe on 23 March.

This Friday (23 March) Stanhoe Village Screen continues its spring season with Breathe (12A, biography/drama/romance).

When Robin is struck down by polio at the age of 28 he is confined to a hospital bed and given only a few months to live. With the help of his wife’s twin brothers and the groundbreaking ideas of inventor Teddy Hall, Robin and Diana dare to escape the hospital ward to seek out a full and passionate life together raising their young son, travelling and devoting their lives to helping other polio patients. Starring Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Hugh Bonneville and Tom Hollander, this is a tale of triumph over adversity.

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

Date: Friday 23 March

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: Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge (20 April)

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 21 March 2018


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