Saints Alive: Stanhoe and Barwick Newsletter

October 2010

Dates for your diary:-

October 5th

Poppy collector awards presentation – see below

October 15th

Concert in Binham Priory – see below

October 19th

Quiz at the Lord Nelson – see below

October 20th

Concert at the Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn – see below

October 24th

Stanhoe Archive presentation – see below

October 30th

Halloween Quiz & Supper – see below

The Royal British Legion poppy collector awards presentation:-

Our business and house to house collectors do sterling work every year, with little recognition. On Tuesday 5th October in the Woodland Suite at The Birches, National Construction College, you are invited to a presentation evening and buffet, at 6.30 for 7 pm, so that we can thank our long serving collectors for their support.

Advance booking is necessary: please contact Pamela Austin on 518033.


Binham Priory

Local harmony singers “Sing for Joy” will present a concert in Binham Priory on 15th October. Wear warm clothing and enjoy the lovely surroundings and perfect acoustics of the Priory. If you are enthused by this to join us, we meet in Binham memorial hall on Monday evenings at 7.30, and sing for the joy of it. No experience necessary, no music to read, no auditions!

The Corn Exchange in King’s Lynn

The RAF Squadronaires will be giving a concert on Wednesday 20th October in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. All profits will go to the Royal Air Forces Association Welfare Funds. The concert will start at 7.30 pm.

The RAF Squadronaires are a highly professional big band whose origins date back to the Second World War

Another quiz at the Lord Nelson:-

Following the successful fund raising quiz at the Lord Nelson, Burnham Thorpe in September, a further one is to be organized by the pub on Thursday 19th October. Questions are from the Daily Telegraph quiz book. The quiz costs £1, which goes to the selected charity, and a soup and bread lunch is available for £3.95.

Stanhoe archive presentation:-

The second in the series exploring the history of Stanhoe, and bringing the past to life in words and pictures, presented by Mrs Gillian Beckett. 2.30 pm on Sunday 24th October, in the Reading Room. Entry just £1.50, including refreshments.

Charity fund raising event – Halloween quiz & supper:-

Stanhoe & Barwick Women’s Institute invites everyone to their annual charity fund raising event on 30th October, which this year is to support the improvements to the Reading Room in the village. A “spooky general knowledge” quiz and a two course fish and chip supper with tea/coffee (you’re welcome to bring your own alcohol), for just £7 per head (£3 for children under 8). The evening will start at 7 pm in the Reading Room. There will be a Bring & buy stall and a raffle. Advance booking is necessary with tickets on sale from 1st October: please contact Chris Drysdale (517040)

Thank you to Stanhoe residents:-

Judy Robinson writes;- –Thanks to everyone in Stanhoe for your vigilance over our sheep on the Church Meadow. I am very pleased to say we have had no more dog trouble since May.

Thanks especially to all those involved in rounding up the escaped lamb which did a tour of the village and ended up on the playing field! Your phone calls and help were much appreciated’.

Table tennis:-

Just a reminder; there is a table-tennis club on Monday evenings 7-9pm in the Ripper Hall, Docking. No age limit. We play for fun (most of us anyway!) So if you are feeling energetic and want to have some fun, do come along and join us. We shall make you feel most welcome. It costs £1.50 for seniors and 50p for under 18’s. Tea or a cold drink served during break at no extra cost.

E-QAS computer training:-

As previously reported, this training was expected to be set up in conjunction with the CIP. Unfortunately, however, the deal with the company appears not to have been marketed well, and they were really looking for large corporate clients – not quite our CIP! All is not lost: CIP volunteers are willing to put together a very basic training package for residents to enable people to learn not just about the internet, but also for example, how to produce a good quality typed letter (useful for making representations to the Borough Council, for instance!) This may take a while to set up, so please be patient, but if you think that you would like to do this, please inform Pamela Austin (518033). We would run this in conjunction with the CIP sessions, BUT we would be happy to consider changing the days or times of these, so if another time would suit you better, please let us know.

Reading Room improvement project

Plans to improve the Reading Room (otherwise known as the Village Hall) are well under way. The specification for the work is now complete, and local builders will receive invitations to tender within the next couple of weeks. Once the costs are known the trustees can then apply for the grants needed to get the job done. On the current schedule, work will start in January and could be finished by February or March.

The MEHM trustees who look after the Reading Room have been working hard over the summer. Part of the project covers much-needed renewals and improvements to the caretaker’s cottage, the rental from which provides income to run the Reading Room. The hall itself will be getting a better heating system as well some structural repairs and roof insulation.

The building project will not make much difference to the appearance of the Reading Room, but many users will welcome a new heating system and the trust is planning further internal improvements in due course.

The trustees would welcome comments on the project and how it can act as a jumping-off point to create new uses and income for the Reading Room. More people using the hall will mean more money for future improvements as well as a stronger sense of community.

If you have any suggestions, please contact MEHM Trust chair Mark Roche (tel. 518 324) or secretary Yvonne Rawlins (tel. 518 148).

And finally:-

Did you know that in common years October starts on the same day of the week as January, but no other month starts on the same day of the week as October in leap years?

Did you also know that October’s birthstone is the opal? The opal is thought to have the power to predict illness. This is because the opal responds to heat. Sickness increases body temperature before signs of illness appear. The increased body heat causes the opal to lose its shine, leaving it dull and lacking colour. It is also said that the opal will crack if it is worn by someone who was not born in October.

Thirdly did you know that October’s flower is the calendula?

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