Saints Alive: Stanhoe and Barwick Newsletter

August 2011

Dates for your diary:-

August 6th – Annual Flower Show – see below

WI activities & forthcoming events:-

Lunch – Mon 18th July, Kings Head, Bircham

Afternoon tea – 16th Aug – Abbey Studios Café, North Creake

We are always delighted to have visitors attend any of our monthly meetings and if you are interested in finding out more about what we do – which is not “jam & Jerusalem–(!) – please, feel free to contact us or just turn up to our next August meeting in the Reading Room, Cross Lane, Stanhoe [or see the WI web page].

Advance notice:-

Medieval merchant’s house and tower – Clifton House, King’s Lynn, September 9th – tour & tea

Gardeners Question time – October 20th, 7.30pm – Kings Lynn Corn Exchange: tickets available, £22.50

Tour of Shoe factory – Norwich, November 8th

Christmas market – Dragon Hall, Norwich, December 3rd

Meeting schedule:

August 4th – 7pm: Flowers from Blooming Gorgeous

September 1st – 2.30 pm: Blackwork Embroidery: show and do

Contacts for any of the above: Geraldine (518025) or Pamela (518033)

The Annual Stanhoe Flower Show:-

All is in place for our 2011 Flower Show to take place in the Reading Room on Saturday 6th August.

Exhibitors are reminded that their list of entries should be given in before Wednesday 3rd August and entries should be brought to the Reading Room between 9am & 10am on Saturday 6th August and placed ready for judging.

Everyone is invited to come along to view the show between 2pm & 4:30pm, after which there will be the prize giving and an auction of vegetables and flowers.

If you have mislaid your schedule, an extra copy can be obtained from the show secretary, Rosemary Brown, or one can be downloaded from the village website www.

Do come along and share the enjoyment of participating in this village event.

Mary Esther Hollway Memorial Reading Room:-

The trustees of the MEHM trust are working hard to secure funding to further improve the facilities in the useful village amenity. We are hoping that even more people will make use of the Reading Room and would welcome and support, on an occasional basis, for these events. If you would like to help in any way then please contact the Trust secretary, Yvonne Rawlings, 518148

The Reading Room lives up to its name:-

A bookcase has now been fitted in the Reading Room and, although we have several books, we would love to have more. Once we have a suitable quantity it is hoped to open the Reading Room for villagers and visitors to meet and maybe sit quietly to read, swap books, have a cup of tea or just chat. If you have any books that you could spare for this then please contact, Sue Atkins, 517005.

Poppy Appeal collector vacancy:-

A vacancy has arisen for one or more house to house collectors for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal in the village. No fixed commitment is required, just the willingness to spend a couple of hours collecting in the two weeks prior to Remembrance Day in November: more time if you are able would of course be much appreciated. For more information, or to volunteer, please contact Pamela Austin on 518033.

The Stanhoe Archive vacancy:-

The Stanhoe Archive, as regular readers will be aware, recently held another presentation by Gillian Beckett on village history, raising over £70 for funds to help with further research. Since then, our secretary has had to resign, so if there is anyone in the village with an interest in its history, and who would like to join us in a secretarial capacity, we would love to hear from you. We have only three or four meetings each year, so there is not a great deal of commitment involved. Please contact Pamela Austin on 518033.

Swimming pool:-

Once again there have been rumours of late that the swimming pool at CITB may close in the not too distant future and regular users would welcome support to prevent this.

The swimming pool at CITB is not only a major amenity for the trainees and staff at the College, but also an important asset for the community. People of all ages regularly swim at the pool and many children, over several decades, have learnt to swim there. It is well supported by Stanhoe residents and is also a useful facility for those of us who try to keep fit and for a great many senior citizens who find it an essential part of the therapy needed for keeping joints and muscles supple. One regular swimmer recently celebrated a 90th birthday there after the usual swim.

And finally some ‘August’ facts:-

August is the eighth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars and one of seven months with a length of 31 days

This month was originally named Sextilis in Latin, because it was the sixth month in the original ten-month Roman calendar under Romulus when March was the first month of the year

In common years no other month starts on the same day of the week as August, though in leap years February does

August ends on the same day of the week as November every year

The birthstone for August is the peridot or onyx and the flower is either the gladiolus or the poppy, meaning beauty, strength of character, love, marriage and family My thanks, as always, to the Wikipedia website for supplying the monthly interesting facts.

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