Saints Alive: Stanhoe and Barwick Newsletter

April 2024

Notes from Parish Council meeting of Thursday 7th March 2024

I hope you are all well and not suffering too much from the effects of the extraordinary amount of rain we are having this year so far. We are aware that there have been problems on roads on the fringes of the parish which have resulted in traffic being diverted through the village, increasing the amount and speed of vehicles, and churning up mud along the narrow roads such as Church Lane. It has highlighted the need, once again, for improving the safety of our village roads for all and we have agreed a renewed focus on speed awareness and the provision of footpaths on Bircham Road. We hope this will be achieved through a combination of TRODS and permissive paths which will allow all pedestrians a safer route around the village. A task force will be investigating all the possibilities and will also look at the funding streams we can access to pay for this work, which will be significantly outside our normal annual budget. We will report back at a later date. We are also looking at the siting of the SAM machines to get a better indication of the speeds of vehicles coming into the village. And we will be contacting the Highways Department to ask them arrange to clear up in Church Lane.

I would say that nothing relating to highways happens quickly, but we will persevere until we have achieved our aims.

The Parish Council and MEHM Trust (Village Hall) have held another joint meeting to discuss matters of mutual interest and one of the things agreed is a new village notice board. The old ones by the war memorial and by the village hall are both in dire need of replacement so we are to have one new notice board which will be attached to the wall of the village hall and will combine a PC/MEHM section for formal notices and a separate section which may be used by the community to advertise services, events, etc. We are applying for funding for this from the Jacks Lane Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund which has been supporting local community projects since 2015.

Late last year we discussed how we could lighten the considerable workload of our website administrator, Charles Butcher. A small group of “experts” will be trained up to take over as much of the day-to-day work as possible – they plan to meet on 14th March for the first time and they will keep us all informed of their progress and new arrangements for posting items on the website as they become available.

An organising group for the D Day celebration on Saturday 8th June has met and plans are well underway. The next meeting will be held on Monday, 25th March at 5:00pm in the Village Hall. Please do come along if you would like to be involved – you will be very welcome.

If there is anything you want to discuss with the Parish Council, please do not hesitate to contact us via the Parish Clerk on 01485 518301 or at Or, better still, why not come along to our next meeting on 8th May at 5.30pm. This meeting will be followed at 6.30pm by the Annual Parish Meeting which is an opportunity for all our residents to come and meet the Parish Councillors and find out more about what we are doing. I look forward to seeing you then.

To access the agendas and minutes for PC meetings please go to the dedicated parish council website –

Stanhoe Methodist Church:–

All are welcome at our Sunday morning services, which are at 11am, on the following dates:

  • 24th March (Palm Sunday)
  • 31st March (Easter Sunday)
  • 14th & 28th April
  • 12th May (includes Holy Communion)
  • 28th May

On Good Friday morning, we look forward to welcoming pilgrims from the Student Cross organisation, who will have left Leicester on 23rd March on a walk of witness, carrying a heavy wooden cross, and who will call into our church for rest and refreshments, before finally finishing their pilgrimage at Walsingham that same evening.

For more information, contact the Minister, Rev. Dr. Richman Ncube on 01485 570232; or Church Stewards: Valerie Shackcloth on 518395, Judith Chaloner on 578630 or Elizabeth MacLeod on 578392.

Poppy appeal:–

I am the Poppy Appeal manager for Norfolk and I am looking to recruit a volunteer to take on the Poppy Appeal in this area.

If interested please contact Lyn Hatch, Poppy Appeal Manager, Norfolk

T 01603 438132
M 07795 426529

Bar night
First Friday of the Month

Friday April 5th


Cash or Card

(£2 donation per person towards the upkeep of the Hall)


Please contact Laura on if you can help

Your village needs you!
Cake Bakers and Jams & Preserves Makers we need your talents!

Donations wanted for the Cake Stall at the Stanhoe D-Day Commemoration Village Fete Saturday 8th June

Volunteers also needed to run the Side Shows like ‘Splat the Rat’ etc.

Volunteers also needed for the Jams & Preserves Stall and Cake Stall on Saturday July 13th (date correct at time of going to Press)

At Stanhoe Open Gardens

Stanhoe and Barwick WI news:–

Thursday 4th April: Lois Capstick, holistic therapies and Neals Yard products

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.

Let’s hope April is drier than March.

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