Saints Alive: Stanhoe and Barwick Newsletter

April 2019

April dates for your diary:–

4th & 29th April and 2nd May: WI meetings – see below

9th & 30th April: Brancaster Camera Club – see below

Advance Notice:–

1st June: Stanhoe Open Gardens – see below

Parish Council Matters:–

  • Stanhoe PC Annual Parish Meeting Advance Notice!: A note for your diaries. We will hold our AGM at 7.00 on Thursday May 16th. Join us for drinks then and meet others from the village and catch up on goings on.
  • Stanhoe Village Clean: The Parish Council is taking part in the Great British Spring Clean again this year. Come and join the village clean (a couple of hours weather permitting) on Saturday 13th April meeting at 10:00am at the Reading Room (Village Hall) Cross Lane. Bags provided, bring gloves for light work only!
  • Broadband for Stanhoe: BT and Openreach are now commissioning the new fibre optic service (FTTP) in parts of the village. Check with your service provider or contact BBfN for more information.
  • Village Pond: As summer approaches some general housekeeping will be taking place around the village pond. Look out for further information as volunteers will be most welcome.
  • Keep in Touch – The Council would like to assist residents with respect to any issues or concerns relevant to the village. Please contact Wayne Leighton, Parish Clerk at or on 01485 518570.

Paul Bibby – Service of Thanksgiving:–

We are very sad to let all our friends in the Parish know that our dad, Paul Bibby, died on Monday 25th February. As we’re sure most of you know he had been struggling with advanced dementia for many years and was extremely frail. Nevertheless, he remained cheerful and his sunny nature and unfailing love of life stayed with him to the end. He will be sorely missed by his wife, Janette and children Nicola, Sally, Helena and Anthony.

Paul’s Service of Thanksgiving will be held on Friday 29th, March, 2:15pm at All Saints, Stanhoe and all are very welcome.

Stanhoe & Barwick WI:–

Stanhoe & Barwick WI proudly celebrates its centenary this year, one of only six Norfolk WIs to reach this milestone, along with the Norfolk Federation itself. It was decided that for their centenary, they would follow tradition and plant a tree; this is a maple, which reflects the Canadian origins of the WI. Several other trees have been planted around the village of Stanhoe to mark previous anniversaries and, for that reason, it was decided that not only would a tree be planted, with a plaque detailing the anniversary, but that three other tree plaques would be installed around the village, to indicate other significant dates in this WI’s history. These are at the pond, and in Bircham Road. Along with the tree and the plaques, a seat was installed, in order to provide something for the community. This is now situated close to the maple tree in the playing field, adjacent to the Reading Room and the children’s play area, for the use of residents and visitors. Funding for these projects was supplied from the Jack’s Lane Community Benefit Fund, which is administered by the Norfolk Community Foundation.

WI meetings for April & May:–

Policemen and Hedge Baskets:– Thursday 4th April: The speaker at the WI meeting will be Peter Lawrence, “This Policeman’s Lot”. Peter will speak about his career in the police force, from the Krays to the Crown. 2:00pm in the Reading Room, Cross Lane.

Sandringham Walk:– Monday 29th April: WI members will be walking at Sandringham to raise funds for the WI charity, Associated Country Women of the World. We will, of course, have tea and cake afterwards!

Thursday 2nd May: The speaker at the Wi meeting will be Jonathon Carrie, who will demonstrate the ancient craft of making hedge baskets. 2:00pm in the Methodist Chapel.

Visitors are always welcome. For further information about Stanhoe and Barwick WI, please contact Valerie (01485 576261) or Pamela (01485 518033)

Baroness Shephard of Northwold Talk: Friday 12th April 6:00pm. On Friday 12th April, Baroness (Gillian) Shephard will share her Reflections on a Life in Politics at All Saints’ Church, Stanhoe.

Gillian was MP for South West Norfolk 1987–2005 and her fascinating career included Cabinet positions in Education, Agriculture and Employment. She was created a Life Peer in 2005 and has served on numerous select committees in the House of Lords, where she is still a very active member. She is a former President of the Royal Norfolk Show, a former Deputy Lieutenant of Norfolk and a Trustee of Norwich Cathedral.

All are welcome to arrive at 6pm for a glass of wine, before the Talk starts at 6.30pm. This will be followed by a Q&A session, finishing at around 7.30pm. You will then be encouraged to stay and mingle over further refreshments provided by the church’s fundraising committee.

The suggested donation is £15, payable on the door. As well as the essential maintenance works required in every church, All Saints’ is working hard to raise funds to support improvements to church facilities, such as the provision of a loo, a fully functional kitchen and the removal of some pews to allow for a more flexible use of the space. These changes are vital to encourage wider use of the church building by the local community. Your support will be very much appreciated!

Brancaster Camera Club:–

Tuesday 9th April: An evening with Birds – David Osborn FRPS EFIAP, Visitors welcome, as always.

Tuesday 30th April: Mono print competition ‘Shadows’ + 2 – Judge to be arranged.

We welcome visitors to our club evenings which are held in Brancaster Staithe Village Hall at 7:00pm.

Contact Jim Till on 01485 210013 or Wendy Calow on 01553 674725

Stanhoe Open Gardens:–

The Open Gardens will be held on Saturday 1st June 2019 – Entry £5 for ALL gardens, children under 12 free. A variety of gardens will be open in Stanhoe and Barwick on Saturday 1st June, 2:00pm – 5:30pm. All are welcome to come and have a look around and enjoy the various stalls, including tombola, cakes, plants, books and bric a brac. Pen Roche will be serving her delicious cream teas as usual, but this year at The Reading Room.

An additional attraction for 2019 will be an exhibition in All Saints’ Church by Stanhoe’s WI. Pamela Austin says “Stanhoe & Barwick WI members are very proud to be celebrating their centenary this year (one of only six in Norfolk) and still welcoming new members from Stanhoe and surrounding communities to our thriving group. However, we didn’t get where we are today by making jam and singing Jerusalem! Come along to All Saints’ Church on 1st June and see who we are and the wide variety of activities that modern, forward-looking WIs do in the current decade”.

In recent years the Open Gardens has attracted more than 200 visitors, many of whom have commented on the friendly welcome they receive in Stanhoe! This is made possible by the enthusiasm of volunteers who offer their time on the afternoon to help out on the stalls and serve tea.

The stalls rely on the kind contributions of friends and neighbours, so if you are able to offer cakes, plants, books, tombola prizes or bric a brac we would be very grateful! If you would like to contribute please call Felicity on 01485 518363 – we are happy to come and collect. Proceeds from the day go towards essential maintenance of our beautiful church and churchyard. Thank you!

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