Saints Alive: Stanhoe and Barwick Newsletter

November 2015

Dates for your diary:-

5th November: WI open meeting – see below

11th November: WI retail therapy – see below

14th November: Celebration bonfire – see below

27th November: Stanhoe Village Screen – see below

Advance notice:–

3rd & 11th December: WI meetings – see below

12th December: Stanhoe Christmas Food Fair – see below

WI notices:–

5th November at 2:30pm – our Annual meeting in the Reading Room, and members’ opportunity to choose a committee, and help them to include things you want in the following year’s arrangements. We shall also have a talk from a representative of NARS – the Norfolk Accident and Rescue Service, which offers advanced medical care at accidents throughout Norfolk.

11th November – members’ retail therapy: a trip to Springfields outlet shopping centre, near Spalding

Advance notice:–

3rd December at 2:30pm in the Reading Room Sue Elliott will demonstrate the craft of pewter moulding, with a hands-on opportunity for members

11th December – our Christmas lunch at the King’s Head, Great Bircham

All our monthly meetings are open to ladies who may wish to visit, without obligation. Just come along – there’s no need to arrange it in advance. Bring a friend if you wish – and there’s no requirement to live in Stanhoe, we have members from several other villages.

If you would like more information on any aspect of the organisation, or our meetings and outings, please feel free to telephone Pamela (518033) or Geraldine (518025). We would be happy to help, and would love to meet you.

Celebration bonfire:–

To celebrate the acquisition of the playing field for the village the MEHM Trust invites all Stanhoe residents, friends and visitors to a bonfire party on the playing field on Saturday 14th November at 6:30 pm. There will be hot food and a bar with real ale, wine and soft drinks.

Contributions to the bonfire will be welcome, so if you have a pile of hedge clippings to get rid of do bring them down to the playing field. Within a few days we’ll be starting to build the bonfire at a spot close to the Reading Room. For further information visit the website:

Stanhoe Village Screen:–

We end our autumn season with Woman in Gold (12A) Friday 27th November at 7:30pm.

Helen Mirren excels as a Jewish American who takes on the Austrian government to recover the famous Klimt portrait of her aunt, stolen by the Nazis from her family. With the help of young lawyer, Randy Schoeberg (Ryan Reynolds), Maria embarks upon a lengthy legal battle to recover this painting. Tickets cost £5 on the door to include a complimentary drink.

We will not be showing a film in December, but will resume screening in January 2016

For further information visit the website: (or ring 01485 518191)

Stanhoe Christmas Food Fair:–

Saturday 12th December, 10:00am till 1:00pm in the Reading Room. The perfect opportunity to stock up on home-made Christmas goodies, including cakes, puddings, biscuits, sweets, jams, pickles, chutneys, pot-pourri and more! Coffee, tea and gluhwein will be served. Raffle. Entrance FREE, proceeds from sales will go to All Saints Church, Stanhoe, with a percentage to the MEHM Trust (Reading Room).

Has The Great British Bake-Off inspired you to experiment in the kitchen? Why not try some puddings, cakes, cookies or sweets with a Christmas theme and donate them to the Fair? All contributions will be very gratefully received! Please call Felicity on 01485 518363 or Jill on 01485 518269 if you can help. We will happily collect your offerings, or they can be delivered to the Reading Room on the morning of Friday 11th December.

Royal Air Force Bircham Newton Heritage Centre Museum:–

We have lost three of our volunteer curators this year (two sadly due to demise and illness) and we are appealing for help at the museum. The Centre is faced with the possibility of having to reduce the number of open days during 2016 and will also find it difficult to open on special occasions to accommodate groups who wish to visit. Would you be able to help by becoming a part time curator? It would not take up too much of your time, just a few half-days each year, and you would be trained on the job by a more knowledgeable and experienced individual. If you are interested, please contact one of the following trustees, who would be very pleased to hear from you:

David Jacklin – telephone: 01378 741884, e-mail:

Avril MacArthur – telephone: 01485 578588, e-mail: for more information. The website also offers you the opportunity to contact the Heritage Centre staff.


Concerned residents wonder why it has taken so long for over-hanging hedges to be cut back, one in particular blocking a driver’s vision when turning onto Station Road. The Parish Council was approached in July and was asked who needed to be contacted to do this work – both in the past and during this year, residents had contacted the County Council themselves. At the September Parish Council meeting another resident was informed that the hedge would be cut in October and, finally, on the 15th the Highways Department of the County Council drastically cut back the hedge. It seems requests from the Parish Council, to some owners to keep the highways clear, have been ignored.

Brancaster Camera Club:–

Tuesday 10th November: A presentation by local photographer, Stephen Clark ‘An evening with Pebbles Photography’. Come along & see some more examples of Stephen’s work.

Tuesday 24th November: An AV presentation of East Anglian Landscapes by Judy & Derek Leak DPAGB/CPAGB. A perfect programme to end the year.

Both meetings in Brancaster Staithe Village Hall at 7:30 pm.

For more details contact Jim Till on 01485 210013.

And finally:–

With thanks to William Hartston, Daily Express:–

  • November is the only month when more rain usually falls on London than Paris.

  • “November is the most disagreeable month in the whole year” (Louisa M Alcott, Little Women).

  • There is no mention of the month of November in any of Shakespeare’s plays or sonnets.

  • November 2nd is the only day of the year that was the birthday of two US presidents: Warren Harding (born 1865) and James Polk (1795).

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