Saints Alive: Stanhoe and Barwick Newsletter

October 2023

Parish Council Matters:–

Minutes of of our Parish Council meeting of 6th September 2023. Draft minutes:– Here are just a few things you may be interested in hearing more about:

Road safety:–

Following the discussion concerning the lack of footpaths in the village, we had heard from the Highways team at the Borough Council with proposals and estimated costs of providing a Trod along part of the Bircham Road. The costs are significant but there are possible funding options which our local councillor, Sam Sandell, was happy to explain to us. One of these is CIL funding (Community Infrastructure Levy) - the next round of applications starts in January 2024 - and another is the Parish Partnership Fund. The next step will be to investigate exactly what is required and how much it will cost. The PC working group will report back at the next meeting. The working group will also have a look at other solutions such as permissive paths. We would be glad to hear your thoughts and ideas so please do get in touch.

White lines:–

We were very glad to hear that the white lines at the Bircham crossroads had been repainted and that new Give Way signs are due to be installed this month.

Playing Field and Playground:–

In my last update I mentioned that the Parish Council and the MEHM trust had a meeting in August to talk about ways of working together on village projects.

This has been followed this up with discussions at both the Parish Council and MEHM meetings and it has been agreed that we will form a working group with representatives from both parties to start to formulate ideas and options for the use and maintenance of the playground and playing field. We will be launching a village-wide consultation so that everyone can have their say before decisions are made. We will, of course, keep you up to date with our progress.

Incidentally the damaged climbing frame in the play area is scheduled to be removed on the weekend of 23rd September.

Village Appearance:–

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. Work has started on the professional cleaning and repainting of the War Memorial and is due to be finished by the end of this month.

Stanhoe and Barwick WI news:–

This could be the WI for you if you enjoy learning about new things,eg;-

  • visiting gardens,
  • trips and visits to a range of places,
  • crafts,
  • the company of vibrant women,
  • meeting new people and eating tea and cake,
  • any of these things, then it might be for you?
  • We meet in The Reading Room on the first Thursday of each month at 2:00pm

Some members can only make meetings; others only join in our activities. One thing is certain, whatever they do they are assured of a warm and friendly welcome.

  • Thursday 5th October:– Norfolk’s Indian Princess, a talk by Juyna Lewis.
  • Thursday 2nd November:– Binham Blue, a talk about Mrs Temple’s famous cheeses.

Venue:– The Reading Room, Stanhoe.

Time:– 2:00pm.

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

Please contact Valerie (01485 576261) for further details.

Stanhoe Village Screen:–

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

Oppenheimer (15) (History/Drama) on Monday 30th October at 7:30pm. TBC

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


THE DAY OF THE JACKAL (PG) (THRILLER) on Thursday 28th September at 7:30 pm.

Celebrating the 50th birthday of this classic thriller, based on Frederick Forsyth’s novel. It’s 1962 and Algeria has gained its independence from France. A group of disgruntled army officers have banded together and formed an organisation called the OAS, with the aim of killing President Charles de Gaulle. After several failed attempts and the trial and execution of some of their leaders, the OAS hire an assassin (Edward Fox) in a final attempt to complete the task. He is The Jackal.

Watch the trailer at

VENUE:– Stanhoe Reading Room and Village Hall, Cross Lane, PE31 8P

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)







Quiz starts at 7:00pm

to book your team’s table (max. 6 per team)


The MEHM Trust:–

(Village Hall & Reading Room and Playing Field) are very pleased to report that they have received a grant from West Norfolk Rural Community Capital Grants via the Norfolk Community Foundation for 30 new chairs and 40 seat pad cushions for the existing rattan chairs. This will ensure both the Stanhoe Village Screen film nights and the Wednesday Exercise Class with be well catered for as well as other events in the pipeline.

We look forward to keeping you in touch with other developments at you Village Hall.

Stanhoe Churchyard:–

We would like to tidy up a part of the churchyard this autumn, with some help please!

A working party is planned for the 7th October starting at 10:00 am weather permitting. We would welcome any volunteers from Stanhoe who would like to share in this task. Please bring your own gloves, secateurs etc.

Contact:– Ann and Lindsey Moscrop, Bay Cottage, Docking Road (01485 518338)

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