Saints Alive: Stanhoe and Barwick Newsletter

January 2023

Parish Council Matters:–

  • Parish Council Meeting Dates for next year:– At our meeting in November we agreed to hold our regular meetings on the second Wednesday of each alternative month from January. We managed this (except for January) so the planned meetings will take place in 2023 at 6:00pm on Jan 4th, Mar 8th, May 10th July 12th Sept 13th and Nov 8th. Please make a note in your diaries. The public are welcome to come to these meetings and there is always the opportunity to have your say, so please come if you can.
  • Cross Lane Pond and the Willow tree:– We are discussing the ownership of the Pond at the Bircham Road end and the maintenance of the willow tree. Should the Council carry the cost or find another solution; any views or opinions would be welcome - please respond to our clerk Wayne Leighton.
  • Parish Emergency Plan Meeting:– As mentioned last month we will have had our first public meeting to discuss this and the various options on dealing with emergencies in the village; we hope to report back in the next issue.
  • Stanhoe’s Future Needs:– We are still preparing our budget for the 2023 financial year. Any suggestions on where our attention could be directed would be welcome. Please contact Wayne.
  • Next PC Meeting:– As per the above, this will be held on Wednesday January 4th.

In the meantime the whole Parish Council wish to extend our warmest Christmas Greetings, with more hopes for a happy and prosperous New Year to all in the village and beyond!

  • Contact:– For any queries re the above and issues or further information please contact our Clerk, Wayne Leighton at or on 01485 518570.

Invitation: Heart-Stopper Social Evening:–

Have you noticed the bright yellow box that has appeared on the wall of the Village Hall?

Thanks to the very successful Jubilee event, some brave fundraising and generous donations, Stanhoe now has a lifesaving Defibrillator housed in that bright yellow box.

This is a very welcome addition to the Village and the Parish Council, who did the fundraising and the MEHM Village Hall Trust who have worked along with them, are keen to make sure that we all know how to use this brand-new machine, but we also think that it could be time for a bit of ‘post Christmas’ fun in the village too.


jointly invite you to learn about how to use our


Stanhoe Village Hall, Cross Lane PE31 8PS

Friday 13th January 2023


7:00pm : Arrival & Bar open : 7:15pm : Short Talk followed by Q&A

7:45pm Stay for the Fun : Refreshments & Music

So, put 13th January 2023 in your diary, there will be no charge for the evening but it is advisable to book your place so we know how many to cater for.

Please contact Jill Husselby at or 01485 518102.

Christmas Tree Recycling 2023:– Reminder

Christmas Tree Recycling 2023 – Registration is now Open!

Just Helping Christmas Tree collection

RBL Poppy Appeal 2022:–

Thank you once again to everyone who supported the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. The total at time of writing for Sedgeford and District Branch is £3949. Stanhoe raised £89.98

The Armed Forces personnel past and present who are in need will benefit from your generosity,

Thank You.

Poetry for a caring society:–

My book of poetry called ‘Generation Care’ published by Austin Macauley ( imagines a world were the primary motivation of everyone is to care. I hope that readers will enjoy having their own thoughts about a caring reality and an escape from the domination and money motives.

I plan to donate all royalties to Tapping House Hospice if they agree.

Peter Coates, Linden, Bircham Rd, Stanhoe, Norfolk, PE31 8PT.

Stanhoe & Barwick WI:–

Thursday 12th January:– Combining Crafts with Nature. A talk & demonstration from Debbie Perris and Katie Haydn-Slater

Thursday 2nd February:– Michael Aldis, “Lynn as it was”

Venue:– The Reading Room, Stanhoe PE31 8PS 2:00pm.

Visitors are most welcome; there is a charge of £3.

Please contact Valerie (01485 576261) for further details.

Stanhoe Village Screen:–

are pleased to announce our first film for the spring season.

Friday 27th January 7.30pm

The Lost King (12A) (Drama/History)

In 2012, having been lost for over 500 years, the remains of King Richard III were discovered beneath a carpark in Leicester. The search had been orchestrated by an amateur historian, Philippa Langley (Sally Hawkins), whose unrelenting research had been met with incomprehension by her friends and family and with scepticism by experts and academics. This is the life-affirming story of the woman who took on the country’s most eminent historians, forcing them to think again about one of the most controversial kings in England’s history.

Venue: Stanhoe Reading Room and Village Hall, Cross Lane, PE31 8PS

Tickets £5 (CASH ONLY) on the door to include a complimentary drink. Doors open 7pm.

For further information visit the website: (or ring 01485 518191).

Reading room events:–

Coffee mornings:– Every Tuesday, from 10:30am to 12 noon there is a coffee morning for anyone to attend, and chat to others. Coffee, tea, and cake are provided, and a rota system operates so that those able and willing take turns to host – providing, and serving, home-made goodies and making the drinks. A warm area with varied conversation for just £1 per visit awaits anyone, resident or visiting, who would like to come along.

Seated keep fit classes:– Weekly keep fit sessions are held from 10:00am to 10:45 am on Wednesdays, with full instruction not only on the exercises, but on what should be happening with the muscles involved - information as well as exercise! Both ladies and men are welcomed, and the cost is £3.50 per week: extremely good value - and if you think that exercising sitting down is easy or a waste of time, think again! Sue, our leader, is very innovative; the sessions are conducted to music, and every week is different - sometimes using equipment, which is provided, but mostly just muscle power.

Film nights:– These are publicised in Saints Alive and on posters; they are invariably well attended and enjoyable social occasions - with a glass of wine or a soft drink included in the price of £5 per person. There is usually also good representation from other surrounding villages, too. The playing field is open for parking, if required.

Stanhoe & Barwick WI:– Monthly meetings are advertised separately in Saints Alive, and usually take place on the first Thursday of each month from 2:00pm-4:00 pm (but this month, Thursday 12th). This WI has been meeting here in Stanhoe for 103 years (although not in the Reading Room for the whole time), and for good reason: they are friendly social gatherings, with a featured speaker and a very brief business section. Come and try it without obligation, and help to dispose of the stereotypes! Visitors are charged £3, which includes refreshments (you know what they say about WI members’ baking capabilities). The playing field is opened for extra parking.

Website:– Stanhoe also has an excellent and frequently updated website, so it you want to see what’s going on here, or to read about the past, do visit for a lot more background and historical information about all aspects of the village.

Saints Alive editor , 7 Station Road, tel 517 005

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