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9 July 2024

Anyone for tennis?

Updated local tennis facilities.

The tennis court in Docking is being refurbished to a Multi Use Games Area and will be a great surface for tennis. Completion will be the end of August. WI members or any Stanhoe residents are invited to book,  come along and have a game. Those  wishing to become members or just book one or two sessions, contact or message 07825216009 for details and prices.

Posted by: Nicola

Posted on: 9 July 2024

9 July 2024

Glue traps banned

New legislation introduced – update from Norfolk Police.

This month brings a new piece of legislation which comes into effect on 31 July 2024. This will make glue traps illegal to use in nearly all situations unless you’re a professional pest controller and have applied to Natural England for an individual licence or to use the general licence.

Companies and individuals were given a grace period to use up old stock but that comes to an end on 31 July 2024 when it will become illegal to set such traps. The offence is very simple, it will be an offence to set any glue trap.

These traps have caused plenty of controversy over the years and are often considered inhumane. Obviously pests need dealing with, but with technology moving on there are much better alternatives available now and the use of these traps has declined dramatically in recent years. If you still have any of these traps in the back of your shed or garage, please dispose of very carefully to avoid animals becoming entangled with the glue inadvertently.

Posted by: Nicola

Posted on: 9 July 2024

2 July 2024

Parish Council meeting

11th July meeting 6 p.m

The next Parish Council meeting will be held on 11th July at 6pm in the Village Hall, Cross Lane. The agenda will be on our website, as soon as possible, as this is currently being updated by our website provider.

 A copy will, as usual, be placed in the Notice Board by the Village Hall.

Posted by: Nicola

Posted on: 2 July 2024

30 June 2024

Stanhoe Open Gardens 13 July

Stanhoe Open Gardens will take place on Saturday 13th July. Always a great day in the village. Would you like to help?

All volunteers extremely welcome!

PLANTS needed for the Plant Stall please.

JAMS & PRESERVES – any chutneys, pickles, marmalades, jams and preserves welcomed.

CAKES & BAKES needed for the Cake Stall – please email Becky if you can help.

THANK YOU in advance - all money raised goes towards the upkeep of the Church.

Open Gardens 2024

Posted by: Becky

Posted on: 30 June 2024

22 June 2024

Telephone switchover delay

Update from BT

BT had originally planned to replace all traditional copper telephone lines with internet connections by the end of 2025. Following concerns about its impact on vulnerable people, the deadline has been pushed back until January 2027.

Posted by: Nicola

Posted on: 22 June 2024

20 June 2024

Report from the Albert Hall

Stanhoe WI’s President and Treasurer attended the National AGM.

Annual General Meeting Royal Albert Hall  5th June 2024

Report from delegate
Nicola Smith, President Stanhoe and Barwick WI 

Chair’s address

This was the final year for Ann Jones. Her report told us that the WI welcomed 24272 new members last year, 66 new members every day. We continue to grow and remain relevant with the strongest period of recruitment for many years. Virtual WI’s have grown – 17 with 550 members. There are 7 prison WI’s and the aim is to provide more resources to support these. There have ben new training resources, increased visibility through PRIDE events, womens lifestyle events and festivals. Policies in Safeguarding and Health and Safety have been updated.

There is a final review of the constitution in February with improvements to the running of WI’s.

There is now a new Inclusion Board and the aim, as it has always been since 1915, is to reflect the communities we serve. The campaign against violence towards girls and women remains strong.

There are new income streams and partnerships, including the most recent with TEEMILL clothing.

The new WI Learning Hub provides unlimited free education for all members for their own personal development.

Grants are available for Federations to bid for to provide face to face training.

Financial circumstances of being a charity mean sourcing new income streams so a WI Lottery will be launched on the 16th September.

Treasurer’s Report

Thanks were given to all WI Treasurers . The accounts for 2023/24 had been signed, audited and lodged with Company House.

Consolidated accounts as at 30/09/23

Income 3.66m

Expenses 4.17m

Deficit 0.51m

Losses in investments £200k

Net deficit £709k

Total funds £13.29m

Reserves £3.9m

A Fundraising Manger has been appointed.


Dental Health Matters


4578 for

214 against

Guest Speakers

Nazir Afzal OBE

Nazir was a Chief Crime Prosecutor and is committed to providing justice for women who have been abused and for their voices to be heard. He told us about some harrowing and high profile cases that he had been instrumental in bringing the perpetrators to justice. The Rochdale grooming gang and some traumatic Honour Killing cases to name a few.  He is involved in 9 charities who work to end violence against women and his passion was clear. He spoke about crimes that are hidden in plain sight, of stalking and the impact on victims. He gave us some hard statistics

  • 1 in 4 women experience domestic abuse
  • 1 in 5 are subject to sexual assault
  • 4 million men are violent towards their partners
  • 2 women are killed by their partner each week.

Nazir received a standing ovation from members.

Melanie Brown MBE

Melanie was Scary Spice, one of the famous Spice Girls. She was subject to domestic abuse ad coercive control during her 10 year marriage. She was interviewed on stage by Victoria Derbyshire and spoke candidly about her personal experiences.

Timothy Watson

Timothy played an abuser for some years on The Archers and spoke about his work with Womens Aid charity who had supported the storyline. Their work allowed them at the same time to influence changes in the law and in December 2015 Coercive Control was made illegal.

Posted by: Nicola

Posted on: 20 June 2024

12 June 2024

General Election

Register to vote, and photo ID.

Most people who are registered to vote will have received their poll cards by now so anyone who hasn’t received one and wishes to vote needs to take action. The closing date for voter registration is the 18th June. Photo ID is also a requirement for voting at a polling station – anyone without suitable ID can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate until 26 June. Find out more at


Posted by: Nicola

Posted on: 12 June 2024

12 June 2024

Norwich Western Link

Planning application documents are published.

The planning application documents for the Norwich Western Link have now been published online. 
Norfolk County Council in its role as the planning authority will now run a statutory public consultation to allow people to comment on the planning application. You can submit any comments on the documents online via the County Council, by emailing or by post by writing to Planning Services, Communities and Environment, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich, NR1 2SG.


Posted by: Nicola

Posted on: 12 June 2024

12 June 2024

New noticeboards

Successful application for grant from Norfolk Community Foundation.

The Parish Council has been awarded a grant to purchase new noticeboards for community use. Our thanks for the support from Norfolk Community Foundation through the Jack’s Lane Wind Farm Community Fund.

Posted by: Nicola

Posted on: 12 June 2024

9 June 2024

 Keeping things clean

Tales of a 1930s scullery maid entertain Stanhoe and Barwick WI.

Our D Day meeting welcomed 25 members and 11 visitors from surrounding towns and villages, three of whom joined our WI on the day. We are going from strength to strength with 43 members in our 105th year. To commemorate the day, our President opened the meeting with an extract from a dispatch by Martha Gellhorn, the only female war correspondent to land with the D Day landings.

photo: Nicki Smith

Lizzie Scott in character as Blickling scullery maid Kath Graver

Our speaker had disappeared but suddenly Kath Graver, a scullery maid from 1930’s Blickling Hall, burst into the room. This was Lizzie Scott, our speaker, in disguise! In her wonderful Norfolk accent, she entertained us with the life of Kath and her employment at Blickling, together with tales of the cook, Flo Wadlow. Lizzie had the good fortune of meeting both these ladies and her presentation was based upon their working lives. It was both fascinating and entertaining. Much laughter was heard!

Lizzie then regained her normal persona. She has been a volunteer and guide at Blickling for many years and can currently be found in the kitchens, cooking food that used to be found on the menus of the past. She gave an interesting talk on the history of Blickling, centered on the lives of those who lived there.

Following tea and delicious cake made by one of our members, our President updated us on the National AGM held at the Albert Hall on 6th June, together with updates on the many trips planned.

Another busy afternoon for us.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 9 June 2024

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