Saints Alive: Stanhoe and Barwick Newsletter

December 2008

Dates for your diary or calendar

4th December – W I meeting 2.30pm in the village hall. Speaker Annette Robinson: “Festive flowers”. Any prospective members are welcome at our meetings.

6th December – Bingo in the village hall. Eyes down 7.30pm.

11th December – Carol Service at the Methodist Chapel, 7.00pm – all are welcome.

21st December – Carol Service at All Saints, 3.30pm – all are welcome.

25th December – Christmas family communion 9.30am at All Saints church

Christmas Day service 10.00am at Methodist chapel. All parishioners are welcome.

The Norfolk Churches Trust

The Stanhoe sponsored cycle ride, held in September, raised the excellent total of £590, plus some gift aid tax to come in due course. This sum is shared evenly between the Norfolk Churches Trust and All Saints church, Stanhoe. A very genuine thank you to the cyclists, supporters and sponsors: this joint effort is truly appreciated. Thank you.
All Saints church Treasurer

Stanhoe concert

The Stanhoe concert, reported last month, and the dinner at Barwick House which followed it, together raised the marvellous sum of £2,534. Those of us who bought dinner tickets remember a lavish meal in a most convivial atmosphere and a beautiful setting. In this village we are hugely grateful to a totally loyal, hardworking and generous band of supporters, cooks and hosts, who together contribute to keep our beloved medieval church flourishing.

Remembrance Day in Stanhoe, 2008

A group of 15–20 people gathers beside the war memorial at The Green at around 12 noon on Remembrance Day each year for a short, informal remembrance ceremony, when a wreath is laid.

Syd Turner reads the roll of honour of those Stanhoe men lost in the two world wars, and follows this with the exhortation.

All are welcome to join us on future occasions.

Norwich coach trip in January 2009

A coach will be leaving the Reading Room, Cross Lane at 1.00pm on Saturday 31st January 2009, for Norwich, to take W I members to the Theatre Royal. Several spare seats on the coach will be available, so if you fancy a trip to the sales, or just an afternoon in Norwich, please contact Mrs Ulyatt on 518366. The cost of the return journey will be less than £7.

A message from Norfolk Constabulary

Every house burglary has a major impact on the victims, which cannot be comprehended by others unless they have had the misfortune to experience it themselves. The impact is heightened when a burglary occurs while the occupiers are at home. This was the case with the burglary that occurred in Stanhoe during 18th September.

Such burglaries where the occupiers are at home when it happens are still rare. The last thing an offender committing such a crime wants to do is be confronted by the occupiers. One must be realistic though and accept that some burglars are professional, career criminals and will commit such crimes where the householders are still on the premises. However, it’s very important to remember that they are forensically aware and will not risk the possibility of being identified or seen, having taken anti-forensic measures. They invariably take steps to avoid confrontation and will leave before it happens.

In small, friendly communities where something like this happens then it naturally sparks off a great deal more interest, because your neighbour is also your friend, or someone you know. There isn’t that level of personal synergy between people in towns or cities where statistically more house burglaries occur, so these offences don’t get that level of attention. Because a burglary is more noticeable in smaller communities there can be a tendency to perceive that the crime rate is much higher than it really is.

I would take this opportunity to reassure the people of Stanhoe that there is no indication or intelligence to suggest that Stanhoe has been or is being targeted by professional burglars. A burglary has occurred in Stanhoe but we are not seeing a rise in criminality in the area. With that in mind one should never get complacent and always think about the security of one’s own home.

It is also refreshing to experience some of the vigilance and public spiritedness I have seen and heard about from the community at Stanhoe. Keep up the good work.

The Burnham Market Community Car Scheme 100s club

The organisers of the car scheme would like to thank the generous people who took out their membership again this year. The October draw (made by one of the dispensary staff) allocated two prizes to members from Norwich, and one to a member in Holme.