Saints Alive: Stanhoe and Barwick Newsletter

March 2012

Dates for your diary:-

WI meetings: first Thursday of every month – see below for more details

10th March: Wine tasting in the Reading rooms – see below

11th March: Stanhoe Archive presentation – see below

22nd March: Film night in Stanhoe Village Hall – see below

4th June: Diamond Jubilee Celebrations – see below

Diamond Jubilee Celebrations 4th June 2012

From 2:00pm in and around the Village Hall

Many activities including:-

Treasure Hunt with prizes; BBQ & other refreshments; live skiffle group; tree planting ceremony; souvenir mugs to purchase; auction; bar:-

Tickets cost:£5 for adults; £3 for children under 16

Please do not miss this memorable celebration & tell your friends about it!

WI news and activities

We are always delighted to have visitors attend any of our monthly meetings. If you are interested in finding out more, please feel free to contact us, or just turn up to our next meeting, in the Reading Room, Cross Lane, Stanhoe. Meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month.

Meeting Schedule

Thursday 1st March: This meeting is open to all residents in Stanhoe and surrounding area and begins at 2:30pm
Speaker: Deborah Preston “Britain’s Top Mrs Mop–
Competition: A dish mop doll – male or female
B&B Theme: Bottles
N.B. Members will gather for our Annual Institute photograph at this meeting

Tuesday 13th March: Spring Luncheon at The White Horse, Brancaster – 12:00pm for 12:30pm

Thursday 29th March: Stanhoe & Barwick WI Committee Meeting at 2:00pm

Thursday 5th April: Monthly Meeting at 2:30pm
Speaker: Anita Pye – “Simple but tasty” a cookery demonstration
Competition: A simple recipe
B&B Theme: Chocolate

Wednesday 18th April: Afternoon tea at 3:00pm – Venue to be arranged

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

Wine tasting in the Reading Rooms, Saturday 10th March, 7:15pm for 7:30pm

Come and join friends and neighbours in our community and enjoy a professionally led wine tasting. It’s a chance to learn a little bit more about wine, but it’s not all serious, the wines will be top quality and give you the chance to enjoy some seasonal flavours. There will be seven wines to taste, each one introduced by our entertaining and passionate wine guide for the evening, Brian Sullivan.

Tickets at £15 are on a first come first served basis. The ticket price covers all the high quality wines to be tasted, nibbles to go with the tasting, and a simple but plentiful and tasty buffet prepared by volunteers from our community. The event will make a small contribution to our Reading Room/Village Hall costs and funds.

For tickets, please contact Nic Hopkins or Kate Jewell, Lavender Cottage, 07785 387683 or by email Alternatively please contact Mark Roche on 01485 518324. As we need to agree numbers in advance with our wine guide, make sure you let us know by 2nd March if you want to come.

Read more on the website.

Stanhoe Archive Presentation

On Sunday 11th March, the Stanhoe Archive will present the latest in the series of talks about the history of the village by Gillian Beckett, this time concentrating on Barwick, and Bircham Road.

The presentation will commence at 2:30 pm in the Reading Room, Cross Lane. All are welcome: entry £2, to include refreshments. As usual, there will be a display of Stanhoe photographs, and the members of Stanhoe Archive will be there, so please bring your questions, your answers, your photographs, and any memorabilia, other items or snippets of interest that may not be in our collection yet! In particular, we would welcome any photographs of Barwick, and of the Ralli family. We hope to see you there!

Burnham Market Community Car Scheme Quarterly Draw

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

A big thank you

To all my friends and neighbours who have been so kind and thoughtful towards me whilst recovering from my operation. My shopping has been done for me, I’ve been driven to appointments at hospital and surgery and the flowers and get well cards I have received have been wonderful. Thank you all so much, Yvonne.

Stanhoe Village Screen-Opening Night, Thursday 22nd March

This will be a special event in conjunction with Creative Arts East to include a screening of –My Week with Marilyn’, preceded by a live performance from DJ Hilary Spinn.

Hilary will set the mood for the film by playing some fabulous sounds of the 50’s.

The film is the story of the extraordinary encounter between Laurence Olivier and Marilyn Munroe in 1956 for the making of the Prince and the Showgirl. With a star cast including Kenneth Branagh and Judi Dench, wonderful costumes and a beautiful score, this is the best portrayal of Marilyn ever to hit the silver screen.

Tickets £5 on the door, to include a complimentary drink. Doors open at 7:00pm for 7:30pm start.

MEHM Library

The Reading Room Library is now open and operating.

We will be open each TUESDAY morning from 10:00 till 12:00.

Come along and enjoy some good books, some good company and tea or coffee and refreshments.

We have had a very kind offer for making more bookcases to house our ever expanding selection of books. There has also been a suggestion for having a Magazine/Journal Section for our library for which we could also accept contributions. Any volunteers to help occasionally will be most welcome.

Please contact Pen Roche on 01485 518324 for any further details.

The Heritage rooms, Bircham Newton

Following Tom Ransom’s death last year, a number of his books have been donated to the Heritage Rooms at Bircham Newton (National Construction College site), and these have been labeled with an acknowledgement of the donation.

The Heritage Rooms are open at weekends during the summer and now include a reading room. Opening dates are shown on the notice board adjacent to the building on the Bircham Newton site or are available from

Ever wondered what goes on “below stairs”
in a 5* hotel?

Deborah Preston, dubbed Britain’s Top Mrs Mop, will reveal a lot about life above and below stairs in some of the UK’s biggest hotels. From the challenges of managing and motivating a large multi-lingual staff, to the eccentricities of some of the guests. In a career spanning 34 years as an Executive Housekeeper she has seen it all.

For a chance to hear Deborah’s fascinating insights, come and join Stanhoe & Barwick WI at their open meeting on Thursday 1st March at 2:30 pm in the Reading Room, Cross Lane, Stanhoe. Everyone (male and female) is welcome. There will be a £2 entry fee, to include tea and scones.

Please telephone Pamela Austin on 518033 or Geraldine Butcher on 518025 if you’re planning to attend.

Dog Fouling in Stanhoe

There have been complaints about dogs being allowed to run free and foul residents’ gardens. (One garden in Docking Road has been ‘visited’ on dozens of occasions by a large dog – not pleasant at all for the small children who would like to play in their garden).

This is extremely unpleasant and could be a health hazard if young children are playing in the gardens affected. Would all dog walkers please ensure that their dogs are kept under control and that all dog mess is cleared away. There is a dog waste bin beside the village pond. Everyone’s cooperation would be greatly appreciated. Parish Clerk.

Christmas Carols Collection

Before Christmas, a group from the church sang carols in the village. A collection was taken in aid of the St. Martin in the Fields Christmas Appeal. The sum of £135 was raised during the evening, and this, with a further sum from a carol service at Bagthorpe Church, enabled me to send a cheque for £205 to St Martin in the Fields. I have since received a letter of thanks from the Vicar there. In that he states “Your gift raised by singing carols through your village is vital for the work that we do with thousands of people who turn to us for help, so we are very grateful for your support.”

I would also like to thank those who sang and those who donated so generously for this worthy cause. Roger Hargreaves

Brancaster Camera Club

at 7:30 pm in Brancaster Staithe Village Hall: contact Jim Till, Chairman, on 01485 210013:-

Tuesday, 6th March:- Battle vs Hunstanton Camera Club – Judge Doug Mounter LRPS

Tuesday, 20th March: –Add Colour Management’ with Permajet. An essential evening for photographers wishing to improve their images, or to seek advice from Permajet Customer Support.

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