Saints Alive: Stanhoe and Barwick Newsletter

September 2010

Dates for your diary:-

Aug 26th

Wind farm meeting – see below

Sept 2nd

WI meeting – see below

Sept 7th – lunchtime

A quiz at the Lord Nelson pub in Burnham Thorpe

Sept 9th

Parish Council Meeting – 7pm in the Reading room – everyone welcome

Oct 30th

Halloween fund raising event – see below

August 26th – Wind Farm:-

The next meeting of the Community Liaison Group will be at 7.00 pm on Thursday, 26th August 2010 in the village hall at Stanhoe.  Members of the public are welcome to attend.

September 2nd – WI meeting:-

2.30 pm: Rosemary Jacob – The experiences of a corset consultant

Competition: a corset limerick – this must be written by the member

September 7th – lunchtime quiz:-

AN OPEN INVITATION to the quiz – cost just £1 per person to include a soup lunch at the Lord Nelson, Burnham Thorpe.  EVERYONE in the village is welcome, so please come, bring a friend or two, and enjoy raising funds for our WI. Enquiries to Pamela (518033) or Geraldine (518025).

October 30th – Hair raising Fund raising invitation:-

This year, for its charity event, the village WI is organising a Halloween fish & chip supper and quiz, to raise money to help with the upgrading of the Reading Room. Tickets will be on sale nearer the time, so please put the date in your diaries NOW for what will be a popular evening!

This will be advertised locally, and we hope for a large turnout, from nearby villages as well as from within Stanhoe.  2011 will be the 125th anniversary of the Reading Room, so please help the MEHM Trust who run this invaluable village amenity.

Harvest celebrations – Stanhoe Methodist Chapel:-

Members of the Stanhoe Methodist Chapel (on the corner of Docking Road and Station Road) are delighted to welcome you to our Harvest Celebrations:

Thursday, 23rd September, at 7 p.m:-

You will enjoy an evening of light entertainment, compered by Brian Ogden, and followed by apple pie and tea or coffee. A collection will be taken, with proceeds going to East Anglia Children’s Hospice at Quidenham, Norfolk.

Sunday, 26th September, at 11 a.m.:-

Please join us for a joyful Harvest Festival family worship Service, led by Brian Ogden.

Many of you will have joined us last December, for our annual Christmas Carol Service, when Brian Poulson, Anglican Lay Reader at Syderstone, spoke so movingly about his granddaughter, 3 year old Lydia, who was receiving treatment at the Shooting Star Children’s Hospice, for which, with your help, we raised funds amounting to £300.00. Sadly, Lydia passed away at the beginning of this year. Thank you for your prayers and gifts.

The Flower Show August 2010:-

Our 25th Flower Show was a colourful event. Although cut flowers were in short supply the flowering plants gave a burst of colour on entering the village hall and the flower arrangers had created beautiful displays along the side of the room.

As usual, there was a wide ranging display of fruit and vegetables, delicious looking baking and preserves and a range of well made crafts. The entries for art and photography were particularly strong. The judges praised the high standard of work in all classes.

There was strong completion for the cups this year with, in many cases, only a few points separating the winners.

The cup winners were:-

Men’s cup - Bill Punter

Ladies cup - Frances Ullyatt

Fruit & Vegetable cup - Don Bridge

Cut flowers & Pot Plants cup - Jill Hargreaves

Flowering arrangement cup - Kathy Bowern

Cookery cup - Geraldine Butcher

Craft cup - June White

Graphic Arts cup – Roger Hargreaves

It was really good to see the Flower Show still continuing and being so well supported after 25 years.

NB Our thanks to Rosemary Brown and her team for all their hard work.

Docking re-cycling centre saved:-

Following enthusiastic protests from local communities, the Borough Council has decided that Docking recycling centre will remain open, albeit on only four days each week: Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday.  Thanks are due to all residents who wrote to the County Council to oppose the closure, and who have continued to use the facility over the past four months.

WI cutlery appeal:-

Stanhoe & Barwick WI would like to thank the ladies who have kindly offered cutlery which will replace that which went missing. Pamela Austin – President

John Wright’s Awards for books and equipment for students:-

A reminder to students who are moving on to college or university that small grants are available to help to buy expensive books or equipment necessary for their courses. (Receipts are required as proof of purchase) If you wish to be considered for a grant then please contact Mrs Valerie Shackcloth (Chairman of John Wright’s Trustees) on 01485 518395 for further details.

Burnham Market Community Car Scheme 100’s Club:-

The prize winners in the July draw came from Titchwell and Burnham Market.

Renewal fees for subscription for the coming year are now available. The organisers do urge you to support this good cause once more as funding cuts from other sources are worrying. If you do not have a subscription form, but would like to take part, then please contact Daphne Potter on 01485 525511. Many thanks.

Bike wanted:-

The Stanhoe website received a charming enquiry from a couple from Italy who will be staying at Cosy Corner and would like to hire bikes in the first week of September.

Read the full story here. Charles Butcher is lending Gianfranco his bike but Rosita still needs a bike. People could phone Charles (518025) if they don’t want to email Gianfranco.

Community Information Point (CIP) session:-

The Borough Council representative responsible for the CIP visited us on 3rd August, and was very happy with the way that we are progressing with this project.  In the course of discussion, several ideas were explored which, hopefully, will help to encourage more people to use the facility, and these ideas will be considered more fully over the coming months.  One suggestion was for more formal computer training, and more information on this is outlined below:-

e-QAS computer training for all – following the provision of the CIP computer in the Reading Room, there is a new proposal for organised computer training, which it is hoped might prove to be more useful than just the supervised use of the computer.  This is a project run by e-QAS to advance the government’s “Pass IT on” campaign.  Again, this will mean village residents volunteering to do the training, but this will enable users to learn basics on laptop computers provided, and to become more able to benefit from the CIP in future.  However, it is a significant commitment for the training volunteers, and before making a decision, some indication of interest would be appreciated.  We already have two potential trainers and four students, but there’s room for more: please contact Charles Butcher on 518025.

Benefit fraud:-

There is a poster on the notice board by the pond highlighting the National problem of Benefit fraud. You are asked to contact the Council on the CONFIDENTIAL FREEPHONE FRAUD HOTLINE: 0800 281 879 if you suspect anyone of wrongly claiming benefit.

You can also email the team at or write to:-

Revenues and Customer Services Department, Borough Council of Kings Lynn and West Norfolk, PO Box 26, King’s Lynn, PE30 1E.

West Norfolk Community Transport Project:-

There is a pre-bookable door to door community bus service for people with mobility problems, the disabled, the frail and the elderly serving the Docking area.  Stanhoe is served fortnightly to King’s Lynn on Mondays, leaving at 9.30 and returning at 1 pm for £4; there is also a weekly service to Lynn every Tuesday and Saturday, and Hunstanton every Wednesday.  Bookings can be made during the day, more than 24 hours and up to a week in advance on 01553 770310.

Chris Clark:-

Does anyone remember Chris Clark or his family? He is looking for information on his dad, Tom Clark, and on the Stringer family of Stanhoe. You can read his story on the Stanhoe website here or contact him at:-

3 Lilac Gardens, Crook, County Durham DL15 9LU. Tel 01388 767960

And finally:-

Did you know that September begins on the same day of the week as December every year, because there are 91 days separating September and December, which is a multiple of seven.

Did you also know that in 1752, the British Empire adopted the Gregorian calendar? In the British Empire that year, September 2 was immediately followed by September 14 – How time flies!!

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