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Stanhoe’s former postmaster died yesterday after a heart attack.

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20 March 2018

Eddie Barber

Stanhoe’s former postmaster died yesterday after a heart attack.

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 and Jean in 2008

Eddie and Jean in 2008

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.

In retirement Eddie contributed his memories of the village to Stanhoe Archive’s oral history recording project in 2008. You can hear some of his reminisces – including the “murder behind the WI hut” – here, and Jean has her own recording here. The Stanhoe photo collection also has other pictures of the Post Office building, the shop and the petrol pumps.

Crowded shop interior

The Post Office Stores some time between 1966 and 1976

Posted by: Charles
Posted on: 20 March 2018

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