Saints Alive: Stanhoe and Barwick Newsletter

June 2023

Parish Council Matters:–

  • Stanhoe Parish Council Meeting And Annual Parish Meeting – 10th May 2023:– At the meeting on 10th May a new Chairman was elected following David Lord’s decision to stand down as Chairman after many years of service to the Parish. Incoming Chairman Mike Wilson thanked David for his unparalleled contribution to the Parish Council and was pleased to note that David will remain as a councillor. The current membership of the Parish Council is now as follows:–

    • Mike Wilson - Chairman
    • Tim Fitzjohn - Vice Chairman
    • Rosemary Brown
    • David Lord
    • Steve Shaw
  • Vacancies exist for two more PC members, and we would like to ask again for expressions of interest in joining the council. Please contact Wayne Leighton, Parish Clerk, at or on 01485 518570 for more information. The closing date for expressions of interest is 15th June 2023.

  • Playground, Playing Field And Play Equipment:– The future upkeep and management of Stanhoe’s wonderful play areas continue to be a subject for discussion. As both the Parish Council and the MEHM Trust are involved in this, not to mention the whole community of Stanhoe, we discussed bringing together a meeting of all the interested parties to share ideas and create a strategy for the future of this important village asset. More information to follow.

  • War Memorial:– Council agreed unanimously to proceed with the professional cleaning and restoration of the village War Memorial, including the repainting of the lettering. We hope the work will start in the next couple of months.

  • Road Safety:– Approaches have been made to King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council Highways Department to try to improve the signage and safety at the Bircham Crossroads junction. Accidents continue to occur, the latest, at the time of writing, being on 10th May. The Highways Department believe the junction meets all Department for Transport requirements and do not consider any changes are required. The Parish Council intends to vigorously pursue the matter.

  • Stanhoe Parish Clerk:– Wayne Leighton, our Parish Clerk, is to stand down after several years of exemplary service in this post. The Parish Council is pleased to report that some candidates have expressed an interest in filling the post; interviews will to be held on Monday, 22nd May 2023.

  • Coronation Celebrations:–The village celebrations on Sunday 7th May were a huge success! Well over 100 villagers and visitors joined the party at the Village Hall and Playing Field. With a wonderful BBQ lunch, a bar in the village hall, live music, dog show, puppet making workshop and much more, the sun shone and the rain stayed away. Thanks must go to everyone who worked so hard to make the event possible and to all those individuals and organisations who gave their support.

  • Stanhoe Village Open Gardens:– Coming up on June 17th is our next village event, the Open Gardens. Look out for more information on the website -

  • Sam 2:– During April the machine was positioned at Longwall Barn facing Bircham. This is monitoring the traffic coming in from the Bircham crossroads and is after the extended 40 mph strip. A total of 16,136 vehicles went past at an average speed of 30.5 mph. The highest recorded speed was 55 mph at 9:00 am on Easter Sunday.

  • Village Litter Pick:– This was held on Saturday April 22nd and was a great success thanks to all of you who took the time off to join us and walk the lanes. Several bags of detritus were delivered to the recycling centre including large amounts of polystyrene, a discarded damaged road sign and a 5ft long heavy stove pipe all of which had been left to nature. Please help us and the rest of the village in picking up any rubbish near you, there seems to be no one else to do it except us, and that’s only once a year.

  • Next Meeting:– The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held on Wednesday 19th July at 6pm in the Village Hall. Please do come along - we want to hear from you!

  • For further information please contact the Parish Clerk at


PLANT STALL:– Please bear us in mind if you are growing any seedlings. Might you be able to set a few aside to donate to the Plant Stall?

Or, if you’re not green fingered, we’ll happily take offerings of bought plants of any size, shape or colour too!

CAKE STALL:– We would also be grateful for donations of home-made cakes of any size, shape or flavour!

Please email Laura if you are able to contribute and to find out the details of what, where and when.

Thank you!

All proceeds to All Saints’ Church, Stanhoe.


are pleased to announce our second film for the summer season.:–

A Good Year (12) (Comedy/Romance) on Friday 16th June at 7:30 pm.

Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott team up again for this feel-good story of an Englishman who finds his soul. Russel Crowe stars as ruthless businessman Max Skinner whose sole raison d’etre is the acquisition of wealth. But when he inherits a vineyard in the south of France, he begins to embrace the simple, most precious pleasures of life. Also starring Albert Finney and set in beautiful Provence, A Good Year is a fun, entertaining film that you’ll savour again and again. Watch the trailer at:

VENUE for all films:– Stanhoe Reading Room and Village Hall, Cross Lane, PE31 8PS

TICKETS for all films:– £5 (CASH ONLY) on the door to include a complimentary drink. Doors open 7:00pm. For further information visit the website: (or ring 01485 518191)


LE MANS 66 (12) (True story) on Friday 14th July at 7:30 pm.

After Regina Lampert (Hepburn) falls for the dashing Peter Joshua (Grant) on a skiing holiday in the French Alps, she discovers upon her return to Paris that her husband has been murdered. Soon, she finds herself threatened by three of her late husband’s World War II cronies, Tex (James Coburn), Scobie (George Kennedy) and Gideon (Ned Glass), who are after a quarter of a million dollars the quartet stole while behind enemy lines. Peter seems to be on her side, but why does he keep changing his name? It’s Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn at the top of their game with lovely Parisian settings and music by Mancini!



Cash only Bar Open, 1st Friday every month 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Stanhoe and Barwick WI news:–

Thursday 1st June:– A talk by Stuart Grant of West Norfolk Beekeepers Association.

Venue:– The Reading Room, Stanhoe.

Time:– 2:00pm.

Entry:– Visitors are most welcome. Our charge is £5, which includes refreshments.

Information:– Please contact Valerie (01485 576261) for further details.

Thursday 6th July:– Our Annual Garden Meeting. Sorry, this is just for members, but why not consider joining us?

Appeal from Dr Paul Lee (–

Paul is writing a second book detailing the ghost stories and legends of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, asking if any readers with ghostly tales could get in touch with him on the above email.

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