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14 March 2019

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Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 14 March 2019

14 March 2019

Tree planted

Stanhoe WI members plant a tree and donate a bench.

photos: Peter Bird / Lynn News

WI members in warm coats with spades and maple sapling

Planting the centenary maple

Members of Stanhoe & Barwick WI enjoyed a lunch at The Duck on Monday 11th March and then braved the gales to plant a tree in honour of their centenary year. The maple and a bench are on the playing field. Trees planted in previous years are now marked with a plaque and can be found by the pond and in Bircham Road.

WI members sitting on the new bench

WI members on the new bench

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 14 March 2019

8 March 2019

The Great War

Stanhoe WI members and guests are privileged to hear about a meticulously researched project on the lives of WWI soldiers.

There was a room full of people at the March meeting of Stanhoe and Barwick WI when Andrew Tatham gave a very moving talk, with an accompanying video presentation, regarding the 21 years of research that he had undertaken regarding a photograph of named soldiers in uniform.

Quite by chance he had found a photo of the 46 men of the 8th Royal Berkshire Battalion which included his great grandfather, taken on the verge of the first world war. He became determined to find out more about the men, and he tried to find one living member of each of their families so that from anecdotal evidence he could build up a picture of their lives. This led to contacts with an immense network of people and compilation of an immense quantity of data.

photo: Rosemary Brown

Andrew Tatham in front of a projected image of the group of soldiers

Andrew Tatham and the Royal Berkshires officers as they were in May 1915

How was he to present all this data to share with people in the future? He decided to make a film.

The backdrop was a pastoral scene of a grassy field on Salisbury Plain where the men had camped and trained for action. A rolling calendar of the years, starting at 1864 when the first man was born, ran throughout and each time a man was born a tree appeared in the field. Every now and then a photo of a soldier would appear, the soundtrack played music of the era and a photo of people in the dress of the time reminded us of his surroundings.

In 1914 gunfire sounded, and as the men fell on the battlefield the trees in the field fell too. By 1918 only 25 men were left of the original 46. A later composite photo showed the original photo colour coded with the fallen showed in black, the nine in red had substantial wounds, and the three in green were seriously wounded; only 10 men were left living in eventuality. The last survivor died in 1990.

Colours on the original photo show who would end up dead, wounded or surviving the war

Colours on the original photo show who would end up dead (black), wounded (red and green) or surviving the war

After a short break Andrew told us the life stories of three of the men in the photo, including one who planted many trees for continuity, right into old age.

photo: Pamela Austin

Visitors fill Stanhoe Reading Room

Stanhoe’s Reading Room was packed with WI members and visitors

It was a very thought-provoking presentation, and the message after all these years of research, as well as being one of human compassion, was, “Anything is possible, no matter how difficult it may seem, so whatever takes your interest, follow it up.”

More details: Andrew Tatham’s Group Photograph Project

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 8 March 2019

5 March 2019

April film

Stan & Ollie is showing in Stanhoe on Monday 8 April.

Stanhoe Village Screen continues the season with Stan & Ollie on Monday 8 April at 7.30 pm.

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

Date: Monday 8 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: 5 March 2019

28 February 2019

Parish Council Agenda

Parish Council Agenda - 7 March 2019

The agenda for the Parish Council meeting to be held on 7 March 2019 can be found here.

Posted by: Wayne

Posted on: 28 February 2019

19 February 2019

Syd and Sylvia

Two long-term Stanhoe residents will be much missed.

Syd and Sylvia Turner, who lived in Stanhoe for 30 years, have died within days of one another: Syd on 1 February aged 91, and Sylvia on 5 February aged 88.

A joint funeral will take place at All Saints’ church, Stanhoe, on Wednesday 27 February at 2.00 pm, followed by burial in the churchyard.

Syd and Sylvia moved to Norfolk from Hertfordshire when Syd retired from the Metropolitan Police in 1978, writes their daughter Gillian.

They toured the countryside with their tiny caravan to find somewhere on the coast to retire to, so Syd could fulfil his ambition to have a sailing boat. They discovered a house in Brancaster Staithe with a garden that stretched down to the salt marshes and harbour.

Syd and Sylvia spent the next 12 years there, usually with at least one of their three children in residence. They transformed the land into an amazing garden which took up most of their time, but Syd found time to sail his Drascombe Dabber.

They later downsized to a house in Stanhoe with a smaller garden and continued to live there for the next 30 years.

Syd and Sylvia lived a wonderful life together, travelling all over the world and trying lots of new things, including a long safari on elephant back and white-water rafting in their late seventies. They were both excellent dancers, and Syd was a talented artist. 

They were fortunate to make many wonderful friends both in Brancaster Staithe and then in Stanhoe and surroundings, and never regretted making the move from Hertfordshire.

Sylvia and Syd both stated their wish to be buried in the churchyard at Stanhoe. North Norfolk became a true home for them and their final resting place.

Their 70th wedding anniversary would have been in September 2019.

Two lives well lived

Despite growing up during WWII and starting work by the time they were 14, both Syd and Sylvia read extensively and were ambitious for themselves and their three children: Martin, Gillian and Richard. All three children went on to achieve one or more degrees and higher qualifications, as well as marrying and starting families of their own.

As a young man Syd served on a minesweeper in the Mediterranean before he joined the police. He became a trained marksman and did a couple of six-month stints in diplomatic security. He also helped to drive suspected bombs out of London when the security services were overwhelmed at the time of the IRA bombings.

After leaving the force Syd found that retirement didn’t suit him, so after a short spell working with young offenders he became a County Court bailiff until his second retirement at age 65.

He had a very dry sense of humour. He never swore. I never remember him going to the pub. He rarely spoke about his work. He simply wanted to come home to his family.

Mum was the rock of the family, particularly during the years when Dad was working shifts and rarely was home for Christmas.

She was a qualified nursery nurse and for some years ran the playgroup in Burnham Market. She was a great believer in children learning through play, often very creative and very messy.

Sylvia later started an investigation agency and was joined by Syd after his second retirement.

They were both old-school but not old fashioned. Neither would hear a word said about the other. There are so many photos of the two of them going back over 70 years and the love they shared shines through all of them. They were the luckiest people.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 19 February 2019

17 February 2019

Centenary lunch

Local celebrity Tim Bentinck entertains WI members at Brancaster.

On Saturday 16 February, Stanhoe & Barwick WI held their centenary lunch at Brancaster Sailing Club.

The ladies, and husbands, were treated to an excellent meal, followed by a talk from local celebrity Tim Bentinck. Tim is widely known for his role as David Archer in the BBC4 series, but, having established that his audience are not avid listeners, he spoke about his “other unusual ways of earning a living”. As well as acting roles and voiceovers, Tim is a computer programmer and music writer. Officially, he is best-known for his role as “conjoined twin, left, in Gnomeo and Juliet”!

Tim Bentinck and Pamela Austin

Tim Bentinck with WI President Pamela Austin

Tim entertained us with many humourous tales to round off a highly enjoyable afternoon.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 17 February 2019

13 February 2019

March film

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story is showing in Stanhoe on Monday 4 March.

Stanhoe Village Screen continues the spring new season with Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story on Monday 4 March at 7.30 pm.

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

Date: Monday 4 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: Stan & Ollie, Monday 8 April

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 13 February 2019

8 February 2019

Votes for women

The story of Millicent Garrett Fawcett enthuses WI members.

Stanhoe and Barwick WI members were in for a treat at their February meeting when Hazel Gillingham, dressed as a suffragette, complete with sash in the suffragette colours of green, white and violet (“Give Women Votes”), spoke about Millicent Garrett Fawcett “the quiet suffragette”.

Born in 1847 into a large and wealthy Suffolk family, Millicent was always interested in women’s rights and education. She worked tirelessly as a suffragist (a non-militant suffragette) throughout her life, forming the National Union of Womens Suffrage Societies who succeeded in getting some women the vote in 1918, and all women the vote in 1928. She was made a Dame in recognition of her work in 1924.

photo: Rosemary Brown

Hazel Gillingham looking formidable in hat and suffragette sash

Hazel Gillingham in her suffragette outfit

In promoting education for women she co-founded Newnham College, Cambridge, for women only, in an era of male academic dominance.

The Fawcett Library, founded in 1926 and now holding all the paperwork regarding the fight for the rights of women, and the Fawcett Society still campaigning for the same, are her legacy, as well as the books which she wrote herself.

Our speaker supplemented her talk with photographs of Millicent Garrett Fawcett, a copy of the newspaper “Votes for Women” dated 1918, and 3 intrigueing colour postcards with different illustrations and wording, each with a suffrage message and probably intended for publicity for the movement. It was all so interesting.

To round off the afternoon members put their names forward for several events organised for our centenary year, including an upcoming members centenary lunch, and the planting of a tree and installation of a seat on the playing field next to the Village Hall. Everyone in the village is invited to attend the tree planting ceremony at 3pm on 11 March.

Posted by: Charles

Posted on: 8 February 2019

27 January 2019

Parish Council Minutes

Parish Council Minutes - 10 January 2019

The Parish Council Minutes from the meeting held on 10th January 2019 can be found here.

Posted by: Wayne

Posted on: 27 January 2019


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