Saints Alive: Stanhoe and Barwick Newsletter

July 2019

July Dates for your diary:–

4th, 11th & 17th July:– WI meetings - see below

11th July:– Parish Council Meeting - see below

12th July:– Stanhoe Village Screen - see below

Advance Notice:–

1st August:– WI meeting - see below

Parish Council Matters:–

  • Village Gateways:– Following a successful bid for majority funding, Village Gateways will be installed in the village later this year. The Gateways will be located at the main arterial approaches to the village; close to Stanhoe Hall, the Duck Inn and Church Farm. It is hoped that the Gateways will give further encouragement to drivers and riders to reduce speed in the village.

  • Village Pond:– Some general housekeeping will be taking place around the village pond during the coming weeks. This should improve the general look of the pond and allow easier access for those wishing to walk to the rear of the pond. Please contact Wayne Leighton, Parish Clerk at or on 01485 518570 if you have some spare time and would like to help.

  • Better Broadband for Norfolk (BBfN):– Solution 2 of the BBfN programme, which in the main covers Bircham Road, is expected to become available towards the end of 2019/early 2020. Further information will be provided as it becomes known.

  • Become a Parish Councillor:– Do you have a couple of hours to spare every other month? Do you want to have a say in what happens in your village? Would you like to become a Stanhoe Parish Councillor? If so, for further details please contact the Chairman, David Lord, through Wayne Leighton, Parish Clerk at .

  • Parish Council Meeting:– The next Parish Council meeting will take place at 6:00pm on Thursday 11th July 2019 in the Reading Room. All parishioners are welcome to attend.

  • 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.

John Wright’s Charity:–

The administration of John Wright’s Charity in Stanhoe has now been handed over to the rector, The Rev Peter Cook at Docking Vicarage.

The trustees will still be offering small grants to any young person in the village towards the cost of equipment, uniform or courses arising from enrolment in college courses. Please in future contact The Rev Cook with the details when seeking a grant.

Stanhoe Open Gardens, have a laugh on us:–

At the open gardens, visitors were invited to “Have a laugh on us” (the WI, centenary year) by entering a caption competition: the photograph was from the day in March which showed the ceremonially ‘planting’ of the WI’s commemorative tree in the playing field.

The winner of the competition was the Rector, the Reverend Peter, with the caption “That’s the last time he’ll make a joke about jam!”

The Friends of Burnham Market Area Community Car Scheme:–

The winners of the May quarterly draw for the Friends of Burnham Market Community Car Scheme came from Choseley and Peterborough this time.

Peckish, Peckover, Pins & Elephants!:–

Thursday 4th July:– The Annual WI Garden Meeting will be hosted by Stanhoe & Barwick WI’s Treasurer. Members only for this particular meeting.

Thursday 11th July:– A visit to Peckover House, Wisbech, with lunch beforehand, for WIMPS (WI Members, Partners & Spouses) as well as potential new members and friends. Booking required.

Wednesday 17th July:– Stanhoe & Barwick WI’s lunch at The Ffolkes Arms, Hillington. Booking required.

Thursday 1st August 2:00pm: Our speaker will be Chris Armstrong, with “From a Pin to an Elephant”, histories of Norfolk Department stores.

Meetings held in The Reading Room, Cross Lane, Stanhoe PE31 8PS

Stanhoe & Barwick WI would like to extend thanks to Norfolk Community Foundation and our sponsors in this, our Centenary year.

Stanhoe Village Screen:–

Stanhoe Village Screen will be showing the film:–

On the Basis of Sex (12A) Biography/ Drama:– Friday 12th July 2019 at 7:30pm.

This film is inspired by the true story of a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg – then a struggling attorney and a new mother – who faces adversity and numerous obstacles in her fight for equal rights.

Venue: Stanhoe Reading Room and Village Hall, Cross Lane, PE31 8PS.

Tickets £5 on the door to include a complimentary drink. Doors open 7:00pm

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


Ten-Bob Appeal:–

Stanhoe & Barwick WI would like to ask for the help of Stanhoe residents in locating the family of some past villagers. We have unearthed from our archives several letters, which are ‘thank yous’ from Stanhoe WWII servicemen. The WI gave them 10/- for Christmas in 1943 and/or 1944.

Our aim is to find a relative of each serviceman and present the original letter. We have already handed over two letters: to the son of Cecil Oldfield (Gerald) and to the younger brother of Maurice Ayres (Michael).

If you can help locate the family of the following, please contact Pamela (01485 518033) or Valerie (01485 576261)

Eric Blackburn H W Blower (Wilfred) Jack Blower Crook
E W Fisher (Ted) Robert E Goodman A Johnson (Albert?) Arthur Kendle
D Mayhew Tom Newstead L Norman Edgar W Smithson

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