Saints Alive: Stanhoe and Barwick Newsletter

July 2014

Dates for your diary:-

24th June, 3rd & 15th July & 7th October:– WI events – see below

4th July:– Stanhoe village screen – see below

5th July:– Wine Tasting Event – see below

8th & 22nd July:– Brancaster Camera Club – see below

22nd August:– Cake stall – see below

Stanhoe & Barwick WI notices:–

Tues 24th June:– afternoon tea at La Campagna, Thornham at 3 pm

Thurs 3rd July:– monthly meeting in the Reading Room at 2:30 pm when the conservation manager at Holkham estate will talk to us.

Tues 15th July:– morning trip on the Poppy Line steam train from Weybourne, with lunch in Sheringham, and return at 3 pm

Advance information:– Autumn lunch on Tuesday 7th October – venue to be decided

We always welcome visitors to our meetings – just come along and meet us all – you may be pleasantly surprised! Further details if required from Geraldine (518025) or Pamela (518033)

Parish Council Meeting – 29 May 2014:–

Appointment of Chairman and Vice-Chairman:– At the council meeting this month, the councillors appointed Terry Austin chairman for a further year. In Don Bridge’s absence following recent major heart surgery, the appointment of a vice-chairman was deferred until a later meeting. Councillors wished Don a speedy recovery.

Planning Matters:– The solar panels installed in a field adjacent to Stanhoe Hall will be the subject of a revised planning application, which will include proposals for screening them from Docking Road. The application for three holiday cottages at Mill House, which will be heard by the Borough Panning Committee on 2nd June has been recommended for approval. (It was approved)

Wind Farm Construction:– Councillors noted that properties in Parsons Lane were not eligible for the proposed Local Electricity Discount Scheme (LEDS) as all the properties within the post code for Parsons Lane were outside the zone of eligible properties. This has been discussed with the developers, RES, but as there are many more properties within Syderstone similarly affected, there is little or no scope for their inclusion in the LEDS.

Accounts for 2013/2014:– The accounts for the previous year were approved.

Donations:– A donation of £100 was approved for the Burnham Market Community Car Scheme, which is used by Stanhoe residents for visits to doctor, hospital, dentist, etc. It was agreed that a donation would be made to the MEHM Trust, which manages the Reading Room, subject to the Trust completing repairs to the wooden shed used as a store in the car park. The amount would be decided at a later council meeting.

Parish Annual Meeting:– The council meeting was followed by the Parish Annual Meeting at which Flt Lt Gary Walker MBE TD RAF gave a presentation on the role of RAF Marham, together with the reasons for military flying over and around Stanhoe. This was followed by a review of the year by Terry Austin. It was encouraging to see that there were about twenty people present, including councillors.

Wine tasting event:–

Meet at 7:00pm for 7:30pm Saturday 5th July 2014 in the Reading Room, Stanhoe for a wine tasting guided by Damian Cabanis of The Wine Gallery, Great Bircham Stores. Taste 6 wines and enjoy a tasty homemade buffet and the company of friends and neighbours. Price £14. Contact Nic Hopkins and Kate Jewell of Lavender Cottage Cross Lane Stanhoe, or telephone 07785 387683 by 22nd June please.

Reading Room update:–

A new heating system and ceiling insulation for the Reading Room are priorities before the winter, the MEHM Trustees agreed at their last meeting on 12 June. Following the success of the Caretaker’s Cottage project we are now comparing the performance and cost of various types of heating system. We plan to take the final decision at a meeting on 15 or 24 July and to start the installation soon afterwards.

Please contact Mark Roche (518 324) or Charles Butcher (518 025) if you have any comments or concerns.

The Flower Show:–

The Stanhoe Annual Flower Show on Saturday 2nd August is getting much closer. Arrangements for the day are well in hand. We are hoping for a room full of exhibits after this good growing season, and hopefully the usual range of good craft work and art too.

Please remember to give in your list of entries before Wednesday 30th July, to the Show Secretary Rosemary Brown. Spare schedules are available if you have mislaid your schedule.

Postmistress retiring:–

The Postmistress at North Creake is retiring soon. However, there will be a facility on two days each week in the North Creake village hall – and local residents are encouraged to use it, or else it, too, is likely to disappear! It will open on Wednesday and Friday afternoons from 25th June, and will provide all the services which are currently available.

Also the Syderstone post office is also to reopen soon in their village hall, on the same days as North Creake.

The passing of a legend:–

It is with great sadness that I have to report that George the Goose passed away on 12th April, aged 15. George shot to fame in the run up to Christmas 2004 when Royal Mail stopped delivery the post after an ‘alleged’ attack on a postman who hid behind a wheelie bin in fear. His story and photo appeared in the Lynn News, EDP and most national tabloids as well as appearing on BBC Look East, Anglia News and Sky News. In 2005 George took up guard duty in the Scales’ back garden, he was better than any guard dog and even the oil delivery man had to be protected. George lived a life of luxury, answered when his name was called and will be sadly missed. Postmen in Heaven beware!

WI cake stall:–

The Wl will run its annual cake, produce and plant stall at the Green on Friday 22nd August. Please note that this year it will be at 11:00 am.

Stanhoe Cricket Club:–

The Cricket Club are glad to say they now have 3 matches arranged for this summer. In addition to the Umbrella Oak Cup match against Docking they have 2 matches against Bircham.

Match Days for your diary:–

Sunday 13th July at 1:00pm v. Bircham at Stanhoe.

Sunday 20th July at 1:00pm v. Docking at Stanhoe. (The Umbrella Oak Cup match).

Sunday 31st August at 1:00pm v. Bircham at Bircham.

Play begins at 1:00pm with tea at 4:00pm with real ale kindly sponsored by The Duck. Judging by the result last year the Docking match is likely to be a close run thing so we need your support!

Don Bridge has done a superb job in establishing a new wicket on the playing field which is now protected from rabbits 24 hours a day by Tid Morton’s excellent electric fence. Please call Mark Roche with any queries – 01485 518324

Annual registration exercise:–

This year’s annual registration exercise starts on 4th August and for the first time everyone will be responsible for their own registration. This is called Individual Electoral Registration (IER) and replaces the previous system which allowed one member of a household to register everyone who lived at their address.

All currently registered electors will have their name and address checked against government records. Those whose details are confirmed will automatically transfer to the IER register without having to do anything and will be notified. Anyone whose details cannot be confirmed will also be notified and asked to provide additional information in order to be registered under IER. Households where nobody is currently registered will be sent a Household Enquiry Form (HEF). The purpose of this is to ask whether anyone in the house needs to register. If so they will then be sent an Invitation to Register (ITR). Their details will then also be checked against government records before they can be registered.

The Electoral Registration Officer would very much appreciate householders’ co-operation in making the change to IER as smooth as possible by promptly responding to any form received. In the event that anyone in a household receives neither confirmation of automatic transfer to IER, a HEF nor an ITR, he/she will need to contact the Electoral Helpline on 01553 616773. This will particularly apply to young people approaching the age of 18 but could also apply to anyone who has joined a household but has not yet registered.

Living Independently In Later Years (LILY):–

This is an online ( directory for West Norfolk that brings together information about a wide range of activities, services, advice and guidance, primarily for the over 65s, providing an easy-to-access, easy-to-use reference and signposting guide.

Whether you’re looking for a club or activity close by, perhaps you want travel or mobility advice, or maybe you need tips for managing your money, then LILY can help. If you’re concerned about staying safe, worried about having a fall, or if you’re at home caring for someone, LILY can help you to find the advice and help you may need to help make your life a little easier.

You can access all the information online or in the LILY directory by calling 01553 616200 and speaking to a member of the Council’s Customer Services team. An advisor will search the directory on your behalf and give you all the relevant information. If required, this information can then be sent to you, or to a relative, friend or carer, by post or email. Organisers of regular activities, such as clubs or support groups, or community services for older people living in the region, can have details included in the LILY directory. Just email or call 01553 616200 with details.

Brancaster Camera Club:–

Tues 8 July:– We have a real treat planned for this evening when we welcome back Ann Miles to show us her images –Weather & What?”. Ann is a very well-known & talented photographer & this should be an excellent evening.

Tues 22nd July:– Club set print competition –Along the coast’ Judged by Sam Bean LRPS. Sam is a a wonderful photographer with an interest in marine life & the coast. We are looking forward to her comments on our work.

The club meets in Brancaster Staithe Village Hall at 7:30 pm. For further details ring Jim Till on 01485 210013 or Wendy Calow on 015553 674725.

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