Saints Alive: Stanhoe and Barwick Newsletter

September 2011

Dates for your diary:-

Friday 26th August – 3pm – WI cake stall on the Green – cakes, produce, plants & veg

WI activities & forthcoming events:-

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 meeting in the Reading Room, Stanhoe (the first Thursday of the month)

Advance notice:-

  • Medieval merchant's house and tower – Clifton House, King's Lynn, September 9th – tour & tea
  • Table top sale – Saturday 8th October, 11am in the Reading Room – open to all – nominal charge for a table
  • Gardeners Question time – October 20th, 7.30pm – Kings Lynn Corn Exchange: tickets available, £22.50
  • Tour of Shoe factory – Norwich, date to be confirmed
  • Christmas market – Dragon Hall, Norwich, December 3rd

Meeting schedule:

  • September 1st – 2:30 pm: Blackwork Embroidery: show and do
  • October 6th – 2:30 pm: Women’s work at Witton in WW1 (open meeting)

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

The Annual Stanhoe Flower Show:-

There was a very happy atmosphere in the Village Hall on Saturday 6th August when the Flower Show took place.

Although the growing season has been difficult there was a splendid display of fruit & vegetables, all looking –good enough to eat’ (which is one of the criteria the vegetable judges use) and the flowers and pot plants lightened the atmosphere.

All of the judges were very complimentary over the high standard of exhibits, particularly the flower arranging, cookery (which was described as ‘scrumptious’), crafts and art, where the judge said that it was difficult to choose a winner.

The cup winners were:-

Men’s cup – Mr W Punter

Ladies cup – Mrs F Ulyatt

Fruit & veg cup – Mr D Bridge

Cookery cup – Mrs D Punter

Craft cup – Miss R Brown

Graphic Art cup – Mrs P Austin

Cut Flowers & Pot Plant cup – Mrs J Hargreaves

Flower arranging cup, joint winners – Mrs G Butcher, Mrs P Austin, Mrs E Blackburn

Thanks are given to everyone who helped in all the many ways that made the show a success, and also to everyone for their generosity in supporting the raffle and auction in order that we should cover the costs of putting on this village event.

John Wright’s Charity:-

John Wright’s Awards of book tokens and –leavers cheques’ have been given to all eligible village children of primary school age.

Older students are reminded that small grants are available towards the cost of books and equipment needed for courses in higher and further education. Please contact the chairman, Mrs Valerie Shackcloth (01485 518395) with details. Please note that a receipt is normally requested.

Stanhoe Archive advance notice:-

Another of our very popular presentations by Gillian Beckett on the history of Stanhoe is to take place in the Reading Room at 2.30 pm on Sunday 23rd October.  Further details in due course.

Community Information Point:-

The team of volunteers running the CIP have reluctantly decided that it will cease operation on Friday 26th August.  Despite enthusiastic support for the idea and at the official opening, the number of users has been disappointingly low.  We have helped several people to become more proficient and more confident at using computers and they may either buy their own, or at least be able to use library facilities in the future, both of which are regarded as a success for the CIP.  Generally, however, in spite of changes to the opening times in an effort to make them more convenient, users have been few & attendance for the social element has tailed off.

The facility will have been available for 17 months and as usage has not improved and the CIP has cost both the volunteers and the Parish Council a considerable amount of money over this time, the only sensible decision was to abandon the attempt.  Discussions are continuing with the BCKLWN, and the MEHM Trust has some new ideas for use of the Reading Room so, if the situation should change, an update will be published in a future Saints Alive.  Potential broadband users with laptops and smart phones are advised that free Wi-Fi is available at The Duck Inn.

Friends of BMACCS 100s Club:-

The winners of the July draw come from Burnham Market, Burnham Overy and Brancaster.

The organisers of the Burnham Market Area Community Car Scheme do hope that everyone will renew their membership of the 100’s Club as it provides vital funding for the car scheme, taking patients to the doctor and the hospital (with trips as far as Addenbrokes)

It costs £12 a year to join and entitles you to have your name put into 4 draws a year with the opportunity to win a first prize of £75. Details can be obtained by ringing Daphne Potter on 01485 525511.

Sing for Joy:-

A concert by a group of enthusiastic amateurs, many of whom thought that they couldn't sing, will be held in Binham Priory on Sunday 25th September at 4 pm.  We perform unaccompanied harmony singing, and a wide variety of short pieces from pop to gospel, and much more.  Come and hear us in this wonderful setting!


Due to illness we are unable to maintain our vegetable garden. We have a greenhouse, shed & tools. If anyone would like to use it you would be very welcome. Please contact Tom Ransom 01485 518323

MEHM trust:-

The trustees of the MEHM have been working hard to secure funding for the proposed improvements to the Reading Room and caretaker’s cottage, the process is rather long and involved. There will be an opportunity for all Stanhoe residents to come to the Reading Room on Saturday 24th September at 6:00pm for drinks & nibbles and a chance to see the progress we have made so far and the plans we have to improve the heating, lighting, kitchen, decoration & flooring among other things. There may also be tasks that you could help with. In order for us to have an idea of numbers, please could you let Yvonne Rawlins, 01485 518148, know if you plan to attend.

Playing field:-

We are fortunate to have the use of a fantastic playing field, especially for children during the school holidays. It would be greatly appreciated if dog owners could ensure that this facility remains useable and check that they have cleared up after their dogs should they stray onto the field.

Proposed Incinerator at Saddlebow:-

The organizers of the farmers’ campaign against the proposed incinerator would like to inform residents that the planning consultation has produced significant objections and it is now the Environment Agency's turn, up until 16th September, to ask for permitting objections.

For more detailed information please visit  Guidance on how to submit a permitting objection will also be available. (Please use browser refresh button to display updates)

And finally:-

...just a couple of ‘September’ facts:-

  • 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.
  • No other month ends on the same day of the week as September in any year.

My thanks, as always, to the Wikipedia website for supplying the monthly interesting facts

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