Saints Alive: Stanhoe and Barwick Newsletter

November 2023

Parish Council Matters:–

WAR MEMORIAL: Hopefully you will have noticed the recent renovation and repainting of the lettering on the War Memorial to bring to an ‘as new’ standard. This was not without significant financial cost to the Parish Council but nothing when compared to the significant cost to those who we proudly remember.

GENERAL VILLAGE TIDY: Many thanks to our trusty volunteers who have been hard at work tidying up around the pond, cleaning the village sign and removing the broken bench at the War Memorial. It is looking so much neater. We are also considering replacing the notice boards and the litter bins which are quite scruffy.

PARISH COUNCIL WEBSITE: For reasons of legal compliance, we need to look at having a separate website for the Parish Council, which would mean detaching it from the main village website at However, I do want to reassure everyone that will remain firmly in place as a reliable source of village news, events and information. The only difference you may see is that the Parish Council pages will be reached via a link to the new website. is a very valuable village asset and thanks must go to Charles Butcher who has skilfully maintained it for some years.

PARISH COUNCIL VACANCY: A vacancy has arisen to serve on Stanhoe Parish Council. If you have a few hours to spare, nothing too onerous, then please do contact, in the first instance, the Parish Clerk, Nicola Smith, at for an informal discussion on what being a Parish Councillor entails.

NEXT PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Thursday 9th November at 6:00pm at the Village Hall.

As you know members of the public are very welcome to attend. It is always interesting to hear from our neighbours and it makes the job of the Parish Council so much easier if we know what our community wants from us. Equally, you are very welcome to speak to individual councillors who will be happy to bring any queries, concerns or suggestions to the Parish Council meeting on your behalf. The Parish Clerk will then feedback the PC’s response.

For the last two meetings we have been lucky enough to have our local borough councillor, Sam Sandell, with us and she has been able to contribute much to our discussions that we may not have been aware of. Sam has told me she is glad to be able to attend and how welcome she has been made to feel. I believe we can achieve so much for Stanhoe by working together.Please do join us if you can.

For further information please contact the Parish Clerk at

Stanhoe and Barwick WI news:–

Thursday 2nd November Binham Blue, a talk about Mrs Temple’s famous cheeses.

Thursday 7th December Christmas entertainment from Stuff and Folly

Venue:– The Reading Room, Stanhoe.

Time:– 2:00pm.

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

Please contact Valerie (01485 576261) for further details.

Open Bar Night & Quiz Night

Stanhoe Village Hall

Cash Only

Friday 3rd November from 6:00pm

Quiz starts at 7:00pm

Cash Prize

To book a table for your team email

(max 6 per team – £1 per person)

Christmas Lights:–

There will be a wonderful display of Christmas Lights along the road from the War Memorial to the terraced houses on The Green again this year. Derek Scales is planning to have everything lit up in the evenings by late November until Twelfth Night. He is collecting donations again for Tapping House, and hopes that lots of people will go to enjoy the lights and make a donation to this worthy cause.

Stanhoe Churchyard: THANK YOU:–

A big thank you to all those who turned up to tidy Stanhoe Churchyard on Saturday 7th of October. This was very much appreciated. We feel that this is an ongoing project and would value further support in the new year.


An article from the BBC website about the Norfolk and Suffolk speed watch action day, reproduced below, Stanhoe’s contribution to the statistics was sixteen, nine from the morning shift and seven in the afternoon.

More than 1,000 motorists across two counties have been caught speeding on a single day by teams of police-trained volunteers.

In Suffolk, 649 drivers, including 578 first-time offenders, were caught on the Community Speed Watch action day.

In Norfolk, 438 drivers were caught, including 402 first-time offenders.

The registered owners of each vehicle should now have received warning letters, asking them to keep their speed down.

More than 80 teams of trained volunteers took part in the event on 14 September, verifying and recording the registration numbers of vehicles seen breaking the speed limit.

Police said the aim of the day was to provide a presence in both counties, educating drivers about their speed.

Sgt Steve Wright, community engagement sergeant for Suffolk Police, said: “This day of action was a fantastic opportunity to showcase Community Speed Watch, and by co-ordinating it with our colleagues in Norfolk, we were able to make a real impact across two counties.”

Tim Passmore, Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “We all need to remember that speed limits are there for a purpose, and the volunteers who are helping get that message across are doing a fantastic job.”

The Stanhoe Speed Watch Team currently has seven members but would welcome more volunteers for a commitment of one or two hour-long shifts per month.

For further details contact Terry Austin on 01485 518033.

Stanhoe Village Screen: are pleased to announce our second film for the Autumn season:–




THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY (PG) (DRAMA) on Monday 30th October at 7:30 pm.

Adapted from her own novel by Rachel Joyce. Learning that his old friend and colleague Queenie has terminal cancer, Harold (Jim Broadbent) sets out to post her a letter of condolence, but impulsively decides to visit her in person instead, walking from his home in Devon to Berwick-upon-Tweed, and leaving his wife Maureen (Penelope Wilton) hurt and confused at home. This film, which is wonderfully tender and full of feeling, touches on grief, guilt and eventual closure.

Watch the trailer at

Tickets: £5 (cash only) on the door to include a complimentary drink

Time: 7:30 pm, doors open 7:00 pm

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

More info: Jane and Peter Coates (tel: 01485 518191)


OPPENHEIMER (15) (HISTORY/DRAMA) on Thursday 30th November at 7:30pm.

Based on the 2005 biography American Prometheus Christopher Nolan’s eagerly awaited feature is the story of J. Robert Oppenheimer, “the father of the atomic bomb”, an enigmatic man who must risk destroying the world in order to save it. This is arguably Nolan’s most impressive work yet in the way it combines his acknowledged visual mastery with one of the deepest character dives in recent American cinema. Cillian Murphy gives a sublime performance as Oppenheimer.

Watch the trailer at

Tickets: £5 (cash only) on the door to include a complimentary drink

Time: 7:30 pm, doors open 7:00 pm

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

More info: Jane and Peter Coates (tel: 01485 518191) Next film: JANUARY (TO BE ANNOUNCED)

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