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Ken Beckett

Ken Beckett died on 21 February after a short illness.


Speed Watch win

Mayor thanks Stanhoe’s Community Speed Watch team.


True crime

The WI continues its fascination with murder.


RAF centenary

Bircham Newton celebrates with a Veterans’ Day.


Parish Council Agenda

Parish Council Agenda - 8 March 2018


Wine tasting

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


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17 March 2018


@stanhoevillage automated Twitter feed is back.

After a long delay due to technical problems, news items from should now be appearing automatically on the @stanhoevillage Twitter account. It’s a handy way to stay up to date with Stanhoe news.

In due course I’ll try to expand the amount of information that appears in each tweet. For the moment it’s rather cryptic, so you’ll have to click the link within the tweet to see the full item on the website.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 17 March 2018

14 March 2018

Ken Beckett

Ken Beckett died on 21 February after a short illness.

Wake at the Farmer’s Arms

Update 14 March: After Ken’s funeral there will be a wake at the Farmer’s Arms, Knights Hill, King’s Lynn.

The funeral is on Friday 16 March at 4.45 pm at King’s Lynn crematorium, his son Keith reports.

Gillian (standing) and Ken (squatting) in the garden with flowers and birdbath

Gillian and Ken in their garden in Stanhoe

Ken and his wife Gillian lived for many years at Bramley Cottage in Stanhoe. Ken was not much involved in village affairs but supported Gillian in her work with the WI, Stanhoe Archive and many other activities.

Ken was a professional botanist who created the Stanhoe variety of geranium. He authored an impressive number of books for gardeners, as you can see on Amazon and Worldcat.

Gillian died in August 2016, and in February 2017 Ken moved to a smaller house in Docking.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 14 March 2018

10 March 2018

Speed Watch win

Mayor thanks Stanhoe’s Community Speed Watch team.

The Mayor of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk has recognised the contribution made by Stanhoe’s Community Speed Watch team, which has served the village since 2008.

On 8 March Pamela and Terry Austin represented the team at a “Citizens in Policing” recognition event hosted by the Mayor, Cllr Carol Bower, at King’s Lynn Town Hall.

photo: Simon Bower

Pamela and Terry (front right) at King’s Lynn
Town Hall for the award ceremony

The evening event was held jointly by the Council and police to thank community volunteers. Most of the people there were Special Constables or Police Cadets, and several road safety organisations were also represented.

Community Speed Watch (CSW) is a police-led initiative under which trained volunteers carry out radar speed checks of traffic in 30 mph and 40 mph areas. The Stanhoe team has been in existence since 2008, making it the longest-serving team in the Borough.

Speed Watch in Stanhoe began at a Parish Annual Meeting when Pamela, then the newly appointed Parish Council chairman, asked residents what they would like the Parish Council to do. “Deal with speeding traffic” received the highest number of votes. After learning about the CSW initiative, which began in 2007, several residents volunteered to join the team.

Since then, the number of team members has fallen quite a bit. “But we’re still running shifts, and any new members would be welcomed!”, Pamela says.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 10 March 2018

9 March 2018

True crime

The WI continues its fascination with murder.

photo: Rosemary Brown

The planned meeting for Stanhoe and Barwick WI was cancelled in March due to extreme weather conditions. But our efficient bookings secretary found us an alternative speaker for a meeting on the following Thursday, which members were pleased to attend.

Sue Parry came with one of her clever presentations on “My Night at the Crime Museum”. The Metropolitan Police Crime Society host a talk each year in their Crime Museum (not accessible to the public), and as a thank-you to the speakers invite them for a dinner and tour of the museum at a later date.

Sue showed us gruesome images of some of the displays (a collection of Hanging Ropes was one), and told us the stories of dreadful crimes perpetrated by Denis Nilson, John Haigh, Derek Bentley, John Christie, Ruth Ellis, and later on Fred and Rosemary West. We listened intently.

It was a gruesome afternoon, enhanced by little stories of personal reminiscences of some of the places involved, which lightened the proceedings.

Tea and biscuits and normal WI chatter followed on!

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 9 March 2018

7 March 2018

RAF centenary

Bircham Newton celebrates with a Veterans’ Day.

2018 is the 100th anniversary of the former RAF station at Bircham Newton, near Stanhoe, as well as the foundation of the Royal Air Force. To celebrate, the RAF Heritage Centre at Bircham Newton is holding a special Veterans’ Day on Saturday 19 May, as well as its usual programme of open days through the summer and autumn.

Hawker Hinds over RAF Bircham Newton,
sometime after 1935 

The Veterans’ Day will be open to all former service personnel who served or were trained at Bircham Newton, and their close families. Visitors are expected to include former RAF administrative apprentices who trained there in the late 1950s and early 1960s, former national servicemen, former members of the Women’s Royal Air Force, and officers who trained at the Officers’ Advanced Training School (OATS) or its successor the Junior Command and Staff School (JCSS). The event will start at 1.30 pm and entrance will be free.

Other visitors will be welcome at the Heritage Centre on a series of open days beginning in just a few weeks:

  • Easter Sunday, 1st and Monday 2nd April
  • Early May Bank Holiday Sunday 6th May and Monday 7th May
  • Veterans’ Day: Saturday 19th May starting at 1 pm
  • Spring Bank Holiday Sunday 27th and Monday 28th May
  • Last Sunday in June: 24th June
  • Last Sunday in July: 29th July
  • Summer Bank Holiday Sunday 26th August and Monday 27th August
  • Last Sunday in September: 30th September

The Heritage Centre has a unique collection of photographs, personal memories of servicemen and other items. It is run entirely by volunteers, many of whom are ex-servicemen or children of service personnel. Close by there are two stone memorials to remember those who served at Bircham Newton and its main satellite airfield near Docking.

Opening times are from 10 am to 4 pm. Entrance is free. Disabled access and toilet facilities are provided.

The RAF Bircham Newton Heritage Centre is based at the National Construction College, postcode PE31 6RB, which is signposted off the A148 and B1454.

Visit or contact (tel 01379 741884), or  (tel 01362 860139).

Flying from 1918 to the 1960s

The first unit to fly from Bircham Newton, No. 3 Fighting School, arrived in May 1918, just one month after the birth of the Royal Air Force. The Fighting School was soon joined by a second unit flying giant Handley Page bombers, with an audacious plan to bomb Germany.

Flying continued beyond the Armistice and throughout the inter-war years, increasing dramatically during the Second World War.

The station was finally closed in the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War. Flying briefly returned in the mid–1960s, when trials of the Kestrel jump jet were conducted on the airfield.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 7 March 2018

6 March 2018

Parish Council Agenda

Parish Council Agenda - 8 March 2018

The Parish Council Agenda for the meeting scheduled for 8 March 2018 can be found here.

Posted by: Wayne

Posted on: 6 March 2018

5 March 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: 5 March 2018

2 March 2018

Waste Collection - Update

Waste collection update following recent bad weather.

Waste and recycling collections that were due to take place in the areas listed below on Wednesday 28 February and Thursday 1 March will take place on Friday 2 March (weather permitting).  Waste and recycling collections in these areas that were due to take place on Friday 2 March, will take place on Monday 5 March.  Side waste in these areas will not be accepted.  Please leave bins out ready for collection.

North and South Wootton


Grange and Wootton Road



South Lynn

North Lynn

Loke Road


Tennyson Road

Trade Waste in King’s Lynn

Rest of west Norfolk

Any collections that were due on Wednesday 28 February, Thursday 1 and Friday 2 March will not take place.  This waste or recycling will be collected as soon as possible over the next week.  Please leave bins ready for collection as specific days and times cannot be given.  Anyone needing additional recycling sacks may request them by contacting 01553 776676.  Small amounts of side waste will be collected.

Isolated rural locations

There are about 500 properties that are served individually.  Unfortunately, it will not be possible to catch up on missed collections in these areas.  Waste or recycling will be collected on the next scheduled collection date.  Side waste will be accepted.  Anyone requiring recycling sacks can request them by contacting 01553 776676.

Garden Waste

All garden waste collections are suspended until further notice.  Please take garden bins back in.  Compostable garden waste sacks will be provided upon request, should they be needed for additional waste.


Posted by: Wayne

Posted on: 2 March 2018

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

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