Saints Alive: Stanhoe and Barwick Newsletter

March 2023

Parish Council Matters:–

  • The next meeting will be on Wednesday March 8th and future provisional meeting dates are 10th May, 12th July, 13th September and 8th November. This is to ensure maximum possible attendance by Councillors acknowledging the increasingly busy lives we are all leading.
  • Parish Council Elections:– In May we will be electing a new Parish Council (which happens every 4 years). We encourage anyone who has an interest in the wellbeing and management of the village, its safety, care for all and future maintenance and development, to put your names forward. The standard term is 4 years and duties involve attending 6 evening meetings a year in every alternate month (as per this year - see above). We welcome any interested person be they woman or man, young or old for the position of Parish Councillor. If we have more applicants than spaces, we will have a simple ballot in the village.
  • Emergency Plan update Volunteer Group:– The Parish Council is working on updating the Emergency Plan following the open meeting. At the meeting the question of Vulnerable People was raised and how to make sure that they would be made aware of an Emergency and take any action if required. There was a suggestion of compiling a list of people who wished to be considered ‘vulnerable’ and to be contacted in the event of an emergency being declared The PC is not able to undertake this and the option of forming a voluntary group to produce, administer and maintain a list seems a good way forwards for this important information. We are looking for volunteers to take this idea on.
  • Website:– As most know, we have an outstanding village website which is run by our friend Charles Butcher. This provides an invaluable service in helping the PC meet its transparency obligations (notices of meetings, minutes, accounts, contact details) and the site also has an active diary which is the bit that needs regular updating. In addition there is a wealth of historical information on Stanhoe. It is worth a regular visit to ‘’. We repeat our request for anyone who can help maintain these updates.
  • Precept:– We have submitted a Precept request of £8,100 for the year commencing May ‘23, being 11pct more than the £7,300 last year. This is because we are experiencing higher costs and demands on our resources including the War Memorial, the Playing Field equipment and maintenance, the maintenance of the tree and pond on Cross Lane and more. Please send any comments or queries to our Parish Clerk (below) or come to our next meeting to discuss.
  • Go to Town Bus Service:– We have just been notified of the cancellation of the existing contract service 21 effective Dec 31st 2022 and the substitution of a new Lynx bus service ‘33’ commencing on January 3rd. Stanhoe is not included in the proposed service. Your Council is making the strongest representations against this surprise decision; please do contact us if you have personal objections and we will do what we can to raise our own in the right quarters.
  • Contact:– For any queries re the above and issues or further information please contact our Clerk, Wayne Leighton at ‘’ or on 01485 518570.

Stanhoe & Barwick WI:–

Thursday 2nd March:– Sound Healing. Sally Collins demonstrates the benefits of sound healing.

  • Venue: The Reading Room, Stanhoe. 2:00pm.

Visitors are most welcome; there is a charge of £3. Please contact Valerie (01485 576261) for further details.

Thursday 6th April:– Ruth Smith, with her hilarious tales of “Life with Nanny”.

  • The Reading Room, Stanhoe. 2:00pm.

Visitors are most welcome; as of April, our charge is £5, which includes refreshments.

Please contact Valerie (01485 576261) for further details.

Reminder 27th February:– STANHOE VILLAGE SCREEN:–

  • Mrs Harris Goes to Paris (PG) (Comedy/Drama), Monday 27th February at 7:30 pm.

Based on the novella by Paul Gallico. Mrs Harris (Lesley Manville), a widowed charlady in post-war London, falls madly in love with a couture Dior dress, and decides that she must have one of her own. It’s a lovely feel-good story and the clothes are to die for. Something to cheer ourselves up on a gloomy winters day!

Watch the trailer at

  • Where the Crawdads Sing (15) (Drama/Thriller) on Monday 27th March at 7:30 pm.

Based on the best-selling novel, this is the story of Kya, an abandoned girl who raised herself to adulthood in the dangerous marshlands of North Carolina. For years, rumours of the “Marsh Girl” haunted Barkley Cove, isolating the sharp and resilient Kya from her community. Drawn to two young men from town, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world; but when one of them is found dead, she is immediately cast by the community as the main suspect. As the case unfolds, the verdict as to what actually happened becomes increasingly unclear, threatening to reveal the many secrets that lay within the marsh.

Watch the trailer at

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 7:00pm

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


The hub of the Village, the Hall hosts the weekly Tuesday Coffee Morning; Wednesday Exercise Class; the WI on the 1st Thursday of the month, new members welcome; monthly Stanhoe Village Screen film nights as well as by-monthly Parish Council and MEHM Trust Meetings; family parties, wakes, weddings, lectures and more.

If you would like further information about hiring it, head to where you can contact Laura Pocock (Chairman MEHM Trust) for rates and more information .

We are the focal point for celebrations such as the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and look forward to hosting the Coronation Event in May. In January we held, jointly with the Parish Council, an informative and enjoyable evening introducing those in attendance to the workings of the new Defibrillator, situated at the Village Hall and we have other Seasonal events planned for the rest of the this space.

AND:–.......starting on Friday 3rd March, we shall be opening the newly refurbished BAR!! We aim to open it on the 1st Friday of EVERY month from 6:00pm - 9:00pm.

(£2 contribution per person to cover running costs and of course, sausages on the Bar!) Red Wine - White Wine - Rose Wine - Lager - Ale - Soft Drinks - CASH ONLY

This is a trial so please do come and support this new initiative, it’s success depends on YOU!!!

A Warm Welcome To Your Village Hall & Reading Room from the MEHM Trustees.

If you would be interested finding out about becoming a Trustee, please do get in touch with Laura Pocock see website

Coronation Picnic Lunch:–

Plans are underway to hold a celebratory Coronation Picnic Lunch on Sunday May 7th 2023, 12 noon - 4pm at the Village Hall and Playing Field. An organising group has met for the first time to discuss possible activities and if you would like to be involved please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Mike Wilson or Laura Pocock . More information will be available very soon and, in the meantime, please save the date!


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