Saints Alive: Stanhoe and Barwick Newsletter

December 2010

Dates for your diary:-

Third Tuesday of the month

Quiz – see below

Alternate Wednesdays

Craft/scrabble – see below

December 2nd

WI event – soap making – see below

December 16th

WI event – Christmas Lunch – see below

January 29th

WI event – Theatre visit – see below

WI activities December 2010

  • Third Tuesday of the month – Quiz at The Lord Nelson, Burnham Thorpe. Entries for the Quiz are £1, which goes to the charity. Open to everyone.
  • Craft/Scrabble Wednesdays – (alternates each week e.g. 24th November Craft/ 1st December Scrabble). We now have groups running for both activities, so if you are interested in joining, please contact Chris Drysdale on 517040.
  • Soap making – A lively and fascinating talk is to be held on soap-making to be held on 2nd December at 2:30pm. All members welcome.
  • Christmas lunch – to be held on 16th December, 12.30 for 1 pm, at Briarfields. Members only. Transport arrangements to be finalised at the December meeting.
  • Norwich Theatre Royal visit – tickets for the Theatre visit on 29th January have all been sold but village residents are welcome to use the bus for transport to Norwich for the afternoon, at a small cost, of £6 or less. It will leave the Reading Room in Cross Lane at 1 pm, returning from Norwich theatre at approximately 5 pm.

Contacts for any of the WI events listed above: Geraldine (518025) or Pamela (518033).

Christmas services

The Christmas Carol Service in Stanhoe Methodist Church will be held on Thursday, 16th December at 7 p.m., led by Brian Ogden and Elizabeth MacLeod. This is always a very happy occasion, with mince pies and hot drinks served after the Service. A collection will be taken in aid of the homeless in Norwich at Christmas time. There will be a short family service on Christmas Day at 10 a.m., led by Brian Ogden, to which all are welcome. There will be no service at Stanhoe Methodist Church on Boxing Day, Sunday 26th.

Another Stanhoe winner

At the October Draw of the –Burnham Market Community Car Share’s 100 Club’ Mr & Mrs K Beckett of Stanhoe won the second prize of £50. (The other winners came from Titchwell and York.)

The B.M.A.C.C.S Annual General Meeting will take place on January 20th at 2pm in Burnham Market Village Hall. Everyone is invited to attend.

Parish council

There is already one vacancy on Stanhoe Parish Council, and it is likely that there will be more vacancies arising next May, when the council elections are due. The council meets every other month for about two hours and there is an Annual Parish Meeting in April. Ad hoc meetings are held to consider planning applications in the village. Volunteers for this interesting and responsible position are required, and comprehensive training is available.

Please give consideration to whether you could fulfill this important role within the village community, and if you require more information, please contact either the Chairman, Terry Austin (518033) or the Clerk, Elizabeth Thuburn (518409)

Thank you

Thanks are due to Don, Ann and John for all their work on clearing the undergrowth and dead trees from the area surrounding the pond, which looks beautiful in the autumn sunshine.

The Race to Infinity? – or better Broadband for Stanhoe!

Over the next five years BT is rolling out superfast fibre optic broadband across the UK. If you’re not on the announced roll out plan The Race to Infinity gives you the opportunity to fast track your area to get BT Infinity next.

The five areas with the largest percentage of votes by December 31st 2010 will win the chance to bring superfast broadband to their area. BT will also donate £5,000 of computer equipment to a local community project.

Whether you’re big on social networking, gaming, streaming, uploading or downloading, prepare to have your life transformed with superfast speeds.

To vote simply go to –VOTE NOW’ and enter your details. (Don’t forget to pass it on to your friends on Facebook and Twitter to get your area to the top of the scoreboard).

Contact everyone you know who lives in the Fakenham area and urge them to vote for superfast broadband on

Thanks from the Reading Room

On 30th October 2010, a luminous skeleton and two flickering pumpkin Jack o’ lanterns greeted unwary passers-by outside the Reading Room, and witches abounded inside, as Stanhoe & Barwick WI held its annual fund raising event, this time to assist with the planned upgrading of the Reading Room, a specific project will be nominated for the £258 raised.

Thanks are due to all village residents who donated money and raffle prizes to the cause; to Whin Hill Cider who donated 12 bottles of apple juice for refreshments; and the following local organisations are also thanked for donations of raffle prizes: Creakes Drama Group, Creake Plant Centre, Docking Fish Bar, Fakenham Garden Centre, Joules Clothing, Norfolk Lavender, Norfolk Living and Tesco Stores

And finally

Did you know that December’s flower is the narcissus or holly.

Did you also know that December’s birthstones are turquoise, lapis lazuli, zircon, topaz (blue), or tanzanite.

May I take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy and peaceful Christmas.

Saints Alive editor , 7 Station Road, tel 517 005

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