The sad news of the death of Eddie Barber, Stanhoe’s former postmaster and village organiser, comes from his son Neil.
Eddie was born in 1935 and grew up in King’s Lynn, where he attended the King Edward VII grammar school.
He came to Stanhoe in 1964 with his wife Jean and young son to run the post office and village shop, a job they did for many years.
photo: Rosemary Brown
Eddie was also very active in village affairs. He served on the Parish Council and looked after the Reading Room as an MEHM trustee. He also played a big part in converting the field around the Reading Room into a sports field for the village.
He was involved with John Wright’s Charity, organising the presentation evenings when there were many more children in the village than there are now. If there was a funeral at the church he recorded the names of mourners and sent a report to the local paper.
His shop was at the centre of village life, and a go-to place for all the villagers. It was the place to put up notices, find out what was happening, and pick up prescriptions from the surgery at Burnham. At one time it was also the local petrol station too.