Saints Alive: Stanhoe and Barwick Newsletter

January 2011

Dates for your diary:-

January 13th

Lectures about Venice – see below

January 18th

Quiz – see below

Alternate Wednesdays

Craft/scrabble – see below

January 29th

WI event – Theatre visit – see below

WI activities January 2011:-

  • Third Tuesday of the month – The Quiz at the Lord Nelson, Burnham Thorpe is at 1 pm, Thurs 18th January, entry £1 per person. If you wish to attend but require transport or more details, phone Pamela in advance (518033)
  • 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.
  • 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).

Workers Education Association:-

The well known speaker, Margaret Forrester, will be giving a course of ten 2 hour illustrated lectures on –Venice and its buildings’ on Thursday mornings, starting 13th January, at 10 am at Burnham Market Village hall. The fee is £55 for all ten sessions. Come along for the first lecture and see if you want to register for the full course.

For further details phone 01328 738136.

Village hall questionnaire – an excellent response:-

The MEHM trustees who look after the hall (the Reading Room) would like to thank everyone who returned the questionnaire they sent out at the beginning of November. They received 62 responses, including 22 offers of help and 36 other comments.

The excellent response rate (about half of all the questionnaires sent out) shows how much Stanhoe residents care about the future of the hall. Together with the many suggestions and offers of help, this will make it easier to get grants for the current improvement project, the trustees say.

Many respondents said it was important to install central heating, improve the existing seating and decoration, and create spaces where smaller groups could feel at home, while still allowing the full area of the hall to be used for larger events. The trustees are looking at all these areas, with heating as a priority.

There were lots of interesting suggestions for possible uses of the hall. Some of these will be easier than others to put into practice, but there was an encouraging number of offers of help. Film shows, coffee mornings, talks and slide shows were the most popular suggestions. Keep-fit and craft activities also scored highly. The trustees hope that some of these – and other – activities can start to happen once the refurbishments are in place.

The trustees also noted people’s comments about the need for clearer information about events and activities, as well as about the refurbishment project itself. If you have any comments about the survey, or missed the questionnaire but would like to make your views known, please contact any of the trustees.


Access4Life are pleased to say that 46 questionnaires were returned by Stanhoe residents, and the results are being considered to decide where money might be made available to improve services in the village. The most frequently occurring responses unfortunately cannot be influenced by Access4Life, but they are looking at other suggestions on how to improve village life. More information will be published in due course.

Cold calling:-

A lot of people are experiencing cold calling both at the door and by telephone. Trading Standards are trying to clamp down on illegal cold callers, not legitimate organisations. Some examples are people who phone saying that there is a problem with your computer, and that they can solve it, or callers asking whether you have mobility problems, and offering aids for purchase. Trading Standards ask residents to ask who is calling, and where from, and to log any call of this nature and report it to them, at Norfolk County Council 0344 800 8020 or

Recycling sacks and leaflets:-

A representative from BCKLWN, who came to visit the CIP to see how it was going gave Pamela a roll of recycling sacks and some leaflets, along with a poster which will be put on the notice board. The accompanying letter reads:

“West Norfolk has a good reputation for recycling and we want to encourage our residents to keep up the good work. Over the Christmas period some residents might find that they have too much recycling to be accommodated in their green bins. To help, the council is making clear plastic recycling sacks available at locations like ours across the Borough between 20 December and 7 January so that people can store their extra recyclables.

When full the recycling bags should be placed on or beside the green bin at the designated collection time. Crews can only take extra recycling that is contained in the recycling sacks, and only the items that are collected in the green bin can be disposed of in the recycling sacks. Leaflets are available with the sacks, detailing these items.”

The bags can be obtained from the Community Information Point, Stanhoe Reading Room, Cross Lane, Tuesdays 10–1130 am or Fridays 8.30–10 pm.

Sedgeford Aerodrome, a message:-

“To help fill the buildings we have discovered over the last 2 years with memories and people, we would very much like to hear from you if any of your family or friends spent time at Sedgeford Aerodrome when it was an operational base during the First and Second World Wars – whether in the Armed Forces, helping to build it, taking deliveries onto the base or driving one of the steam trains.

If so, then could you please contact us either at or by post to;- –Sedgeford Aerodrome Project’, c/o 133 Templemere, Norwich, NR3 4EQ.” – Terry Austin


I would like to thank everyone in Stanhoe who donated money to The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal this year, and particular thanks to those people who collected on behalf of the Appeal. One substantial donation helped to make Stanhoe’s total to date £656.49, and more donations are yet to be received. The Sedgeford & District branch total to date is £6,176.1 – Terry Austin


Some of the people who volunteered to assist with the Community Information Point are planning to begin basic computing classes in the Reading Room on 17th January, for a group of residents who have already agreed to participate. In order to make best use of the computer, these classes will probably be combined, in part, with CIP opening hours, and therefore CIP hours may change from the current pattern.

If you intend to visit the CIP after 14th January 2011, please check the opening times first: these will be posted in the Reading Room windows and on the village notice boards. Alternatively please telephone Pamela (518033) or Charles (518025)

Dog alert:-

Concerned and upset residents sent the following information:-

“We just wanted to inform the neighbourhood that our beautiful young cat was mauled nearly to death by a dog late Sunday night, 12/12/10. Our cat still may lose his life by complications and infection! Anyone letting their dogs wander, please think again! This has been extremely traumatic for our family, and our much loved pet, not to mention the huge veterinary expense to save him.”

Wind Turbines – some comments against:-

The marker balloon went up at Jack’s Lane a few weeks ago showing the height of the proposed turbines. This site is East of Stanhoe and it’s thought that the whirring blades will reflect the sun in the morning and evening creating a possible –disco effect’. It is thought that the noise may keep people awake if windows are left open at night.

Many residents in North Norfolk have been objecting to the proposals to erect wind turbines at the Jack’s Lane and sites at Docking, Syderstone and the Creakes. The District Council will be considering this application in early January in King’s Lynn. Alternatives to these turbines have been suggested e.g. tidal, methane, biomass and micro-hydro generation.

Several European countries have had –second-thoughts’ and have found wind turbines to be more costly and less efficient than first thought and some manufacturing companies are apparently closing down their activities. – Dennis Ford

And finally:-

I had so many items for this issue that I have had to edit them to fit them all in – apologies to all contributors.

Did you know that most western European countries changed the start of the year to January 1 before they adopted the Gregorian calendar. In Scotland this was in 1600 and in England, Ireland and the British colonies it was in 1752 adopting the Gregorian calendar in September that year?

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