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Gardens success

Damp weather didn’t deter visitors to Stanhoe’s Open Gardens day.


Congratulations Ellen!

Ellen Finch, who lived in Stanhoe for many years, is 100 today.


Open Gardens

Saturday 18 June is the big day for Stanhoe’s gardeners.


A very special tea

Stanhoe WI celebrated the Jubilee in style.


July film

Belfast (12) is showing in Stanhoe on Friday 15 July.


Stanhoe Parish Council Exercising of Public Rights

Notice of Public Rights and Publication of Annual Governance and Accountability Return 2021/22


Jubilee jollies

The Queen’s 70 reigning years have not gone unnoticed in Stanhoe.


Tide times

Wells 28 Jun
02:48 low (-0.05m)
07:07 high (2.95m)
15:06 low (0.31m)
19:24 high (3.05m)

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11 June 2022

Congratulations Ellen!

Ellen Finch, who lived in Stanhoe for many years, is 100 today.

Many Stanhoe residents will remember Mrs Ellen Finch, who is 100 today. She lived at Ivy Farm for many years, and raised her family there whilst her husband was Steward for Stanhoe Farms.

photos: Rosemary Brown

Mrs Ellen Finch with straw hat and birthday badge

Mrs Ellen Finch at her birthday party in South Creake

Ellen has lived independently in sheltered housing in Wells since moving from the village. There she has made the most of life, and always welcomes visitors, both members of her extensive family and friends, to her home.

Mrs Ellen Finch with birthday visitors

Ellen has many grandchildren (now grown up), and a lot of great grandchildren. There were 60 members of her family at the party in South Creake Village Hall, and over 90 people in the room, as well as a raft of young people on the playing field outside. It was a real reunion of family and friends, who chatted happily for three hours, enjoying the sumptuous catering, and each person having an “audience” with Ellen to wish her well.

Royal birthday greetings inside the card.

Greetings from the Queen

On display was Ellen’s “telegram” from the Queen, which was a beautiful card with a photo of the sovereign on the front, and the message, individually annotated and signed, inside.

A photo of HM The Queen on the front of the card.

At one point in the proceedings, absolutely spontaneously everyone erupted into singing “Happy Birthday To You”, at which Ellen jumped up and conducted the singing with obvious enjoyment.

Birthday cake with flower posy and photos

Finally the beautiful birthday cake was cut and distributed by family members. It was absolutely delicious.

It was a real pleasure to have been there, on 11 June 2022, and even more so to see the obvious enjoyment which Ellen was having from her special day.

Click here to listen to some of Ellen’s memories of Stanhoe, recorded by Rosemary Brown in 2008.

Posted by: Charles
Posted on: 11 June 2022