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Stanhoe WI members celebrate Norfolk’s village signs and their own Institute’s long history.

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RAF history

The RAF Bircham Newton Heritage Centre starts its 2020 season on 12 April.

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Packing ’em in

Stanhoe’s Tuesday coffee mornings are going strong.

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Parish Council Minutes

Parish Council Minutes - 9 January 2020

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A reel good night

Stanhoe’s Burns Night celebration goes down well.

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Dip into Stanhoe’s newspaper cuttings library.

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11 February 2020

February film

Official Secrets (15) is showing in Stanhoe on Friday 28 February.

Stanhoe Village Screen continues the spring season with Official Secrets (15) (True Life Political Drama) on Friday 28 February at 7.30 pm.

Based on world-shaking true events, the film tells the gripping story of Katherine Gunn (Keira Knightley), a British intelligence specialist whose job involves routine handling of classified information. Unable to stand by and watch the world be rushed into an illegal war, Gunn makes the gut-wrenching decision to defy her government and leak the memo to the press.

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

Date: Friday 28 February

Time: 7.30 pm, doors open 7.00 pm

Place: The Reading Room, Cross Lane, Stanhoe PE31 8PS

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

Next film: The Good Liar, Monday 23 March

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 11 February 2020

7 February 2020

Signs and stories

Stanhoe WI members celebrate Norfolk’s village signs and their own Institute’s long history.

It was a happy crowd of members and visitors who attended the February meeting of Stanhoe and Barwick WI to hear Mike Weatherstone, a former policeman and keen photographer, give a presentation called “Norfolk, a history through its village signs”.

Inspired by an old publication about village signs, in recent years he spent 15 months travelling over 5,000 miles around Norfolk visiting 500 villages and looking at 450 signs. Eventually he created his own book from his images, with the same name as his presentation.

Mike Weatherstone starts his talk in front of a projected slide showing Stanhoe's village sign

Mike Weatherstone begins his talk

We were treated to a wide selection of images with stories behind them, from the Blakeney sign showing the galleons recording that three similar ships from Blakeney helped to defeat the Spanish Armada; Corpusty has a plough, recording as many do, the agricultural heritage of the village; and to our own Stanhoe sign carved from oak by a village craftsman and depicting a famous figure, Sir Hervey de Stanhoe, as well as country images.

It was a very informative afternoon.

After a tea break our business meeting outlined forthcoming events, and then gave heartfelt thanks to Frances Ulyatt for the hard work that went into the production of her legendary history book of Stanhoe and Barwick WI, and to Pamela Austin for her beautifully presented portfolio of events in our centenary year. The president celebrated both of these achievements with a very apt poem.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 7 February 2020

5 February 2020

RAF history

The RAF Bircham Newton Heritage Centre starts its 2020 season on 12 April.

The Royal Air Force Bircham Newton Heritage Centre, just down the road from Stanhoe, will hold the first of its 2020 open days on Easter Sunday, 12 April. A further 14 open days will follow (see the list below).

Twin-engined Avro Anson aircraft in flight

Avro Anson VX-B (K6183) flown by No. 206 Squadron was the first of Bircham Newton’s aircraft to be shot down in World War 2 on 5 September 1939, just two days after Britain declared war on Germany. The story of this plane and its New Zealand pilot, who survived to become one of the first prisoners of the war, can be read in the RAF Heritage Centre.

The Heritage Centre has a unique collection of memorabilia from the former RAF station’s past service, which spanned more than 44 years, including two world wars and the Cold War. On display are photographs and personal memories of servicemen who served there and other related items from its fascinating history.

On open days the Heritage Centre is open from 10 am until 4 pm.

  • Free entrance and car parking
  • Disabled access and toilets
  • Tea, coffee and biscuits available

web: www.rafbnmp.org.uk
Facebook: RAF Bircham Newton Heritage Centre

2020 open days

  • Easter: Sunday 12 and Monday 13 April
  • Early May Bank Holiday Weekend: Friday 8 and Sunday 10 May
  • Spring Bank Holiday Weekend: Sunday 24 and Monday 25 May
  • Sunday 14 June
  • Sunday 28 June
  • Sunday 12 July
  • Sunday 26 July
  • Summer Bank Holiday Weekend: Sunday 30 and Monday 31 August
  • Last Sunday in September: 27 September
  • Last Sunday in October: 25 October
  • Remembrance Sunday: 8 November

Venue: The National Construction College, Bircham Newton, Norfolk PE31 6RH. The National Construction College is signposted off the A148 and the B1454.

Contact:

  • , tel 01379 741884
  • , tel 01362 860139

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 5 February 2020

5 February 2020

Packing ’em in

Stanhoe’s Tuesday coffee mornings are going strong.

Yesterday’s coffee morning in the Reading Room & Village Hall attracted 15 Stanhoe residents – not counting three regular attenders who were missing for various reasons, reports Pamela Austin.

“I don’t know whether that was a record, but I’m sure I have never seen that many on board on a Tuesday morning before, so let’s hope it continues,” Pamela said. “There was lots of animated chat, to-ing and fro-ing to the kitchen, and cutting of Pen’s lovely fruit cake – and only at 12.10 did anyone notice the time and realise that it was time we left!”

photo: Pamela Austin

Stanhoe residents around the table in the Reading Room & ViIlage Hall

So if you’re around in Stanhoe on Tuesdays from 10 am and haven’t yet discovered the pleasures of the regular coffee morning, please do drop in.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 5 February 2020

31 January 2020

Parish Council Minutes

Parish Council Minutes - 9 January 2020

The Parish Council minutes from the meeting held on 9 January 2020 can be found here.

Posted by: Wayne

Posted on: 31 January 2020

28 January 2020

A reel good night

Stanhoe’s Burns Night celebration goes down well.

25 January was Burns Night in Stanhoe Reading Room & Village Hall. An evening of good food and dancing.

Scottish dancing in the Reading Room

After some very fine fare of beef ragu and haggis there was a wonderful display of Scottish country dancing, led by Bob Carrick who encouraged everyone to take part.

Scottish dancing in the Reading Room

The event was sold out a week in advance and is a first of the season’s events for Stanhoe Village Hall, attended by local people and their friends. It was a fun and really enjoyable evening with lots of laughter – and who knew we could dance the Eightsome Reel?

After a good Burns Supper

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 28 January 2020

25 January 2020

Read all about it!

Dip into Stanhoe’s newspaper cuttings library.

The text version of Stanhoe Archive’s collection of newspaper cuttings is now a bit more accurate and easier to navigate.

You can find images of the cuttings in the photo gallery, while the text is on the Newspapers page in the history section (use your web browser’s “Find in page” function to track down items of interest). Some of them date back to the 1950s, though most are later.

Most of the text transcription has been done automatically by computer, and some of it is not very good. Recently, however, new technology plus some manual editing has improved the accuracy.

We have also added links to make it easier to view the original cuttings from the text page.

If you ever feel like improving the quality of the text, especially the really bad ones, Stanhoe Archive would welcome help. Just pick an item or two and send your transcript to the .

Help with dating the cuttings would also be appreciated. In that case it’s probably easiest just to leave a comment on the image page for the cutting in question.

Of course, Stanhoe must have appeared in the EDP and other publications many times in the last 20 years, and we have few or no recent cuttings in the collection. If anyone would like to help, this would be valuable work for the future.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 25 January 2020

24 January 2020

WI history

A new publication celebrates 100 years of Stanhoe WI.

Cover of Frances's Stanhoe WI history book

For the past two years Frances Ulyatt has spent a great deal of time meticulously scanning the Minute Books and assorted memorabilia of Stanhoe and Barwick Wi to produce a beautifully presented booklet entitled “Trees, Teas, and Tablecloths; a brief history of Stanhoe and Barwick Women’s Institute 1919–2019.”

A copy was presented to every member to treasure at the end of the centenary year.

Beginning with the story of the WI’s formation in 1919, and with tales of the old WI Hut as the meeting room, the lavishly illustrated text takes us through the changing format of meetings, membership, outings, birthday celebrations, and good works carried out for the benefit of the village.

A great deal has changed in the hundred years of the existence of Stanhoe and Barwick WI, and it is so good to have it in print for everyone to read and appreciate.

Grateful thanks are offered to Fran for her hard work in producing this wonderful story and memento, a record of social history for everyone to appreciate. It provided a fitting conclusion to our centenary year.

To download a PDF copy of Teas, Trees & Tablecloths (1.3 MB) click here.

photo: Rosemary Brown

Frances holding a copy of her Stanhoe WI history book

Frances Ullyatt with a copy of her WI history book

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 24 January 2020

10 January 2020

Derek’s thanks

Tapping House has received £620 in memory of Linda Scales.

Derek’s fine display of Christmas lights brought in £620 in donations to Tapping House, the Norfolk Hospice.

Derek and the family are very grateful to everyone for their generosity. You can see a couple of photos here.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 10 January 2020

10 January 2020

WI gets needled

Stanhoe WI members learn about acupuncture.

Nineteen members and guests heard Nicola Porter give a very informative talk on acupuncture at their January meeting

There are many different forms of acupuncture, with the true form harking back to traditional Chinese medicine. It has many facets other than needles and is used to treat the person, not the direct area of pain. We were shown Moxa Balm, burning therapy, a seed on a plaster used via the ear, a therapy cup, pressure point bands and a special spoon, all of which are used in specific ways on the body.

Nicola stressed the importance of visiting a registered acupuncturist who will have a three-year degree training as well as supervised treatment sessions before being allowed to practise. Local practitioners can be found on the website of the British Acupuncture Council.

This created a great deal of interest amongst the audience and many questions arose for Nicola to answer very fully.

In the WI Business section afterwards members listened to the five Resolutions proposed for voting at the national AGM, and voted on the one that they felt to be most useful to be carried forward. Centenary Year Booklets were also offered, names were taken for various visits, and very importantly Smartie tubes were given out for members to refill with coins for the charity of the year which members will nominate for group support.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 10 January 2020


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