Saints Alive: Stanhoe and Barwick Newsletter

March 2020

Dates for your diary:–

25th February & 4th March:– Brancaster Camera Club - see below

28th February & 23rd March:– Stanhoe Village Screen - see below

5th March:– Rural life in a different country - see below - visitors welcome

12th March:– Parish Council Meeting - see below

Advance Notice:–

2nd April:– Keep Fit - see below

4th April:– Village Spring Clean:– see below

30th May:– Stanhoe Open Gardens - see below

Stanhoe Parish Council Matters:–

Clear the Decks! – Village Spring Clean:–

Once again Stanhoe is joining the national Spring Clean effort.

We need all hands on Saturday April 4th at 10:30am (if the weather is ok) to join in a litter pick-up. Bags provided, starting at the Village Hall and taking about 1 hour. Bring gloves.


Our next meeting is at 6:00pm on Thursday March 12th in the Village Hall (The Reading Room). All are welcome.


As usual we welcome any suggestions, comments, queries and questions either in person or writing. Please contact Wayne Leighton on 01485 518570 or

Burns Night Supper & Dancing:–

Bookings for the MEHM Trust Burns Night Supper and Dancing organised by Laura Pocock Faulks, were slow to get going in the New Year and with two weeks to go, only 13 people had booked and that included the eight dancers! Despite the fantastic ticket price of just £8.50 including a main course of slow cooked beef in red wine, horseradish and wholegrain mustard mash, spiced red cabbage, haggis and choice of Cranachan and whisky and marmalade bread and butter puddings and dancing, it was looking like we might have to cancel. However, a group of 20 booked and the word spread and suddenly we were fully booked. In fact, in the end we had a waiting list of over a dozen people!

The evening kicked off with the ‘Address to the Haggis’ followed by ‘the best Burns Night Supper I’ve ever had’ according to one Scottish guest, praise indeed!

Then the South Creake Scottish Dancing Group took the floor and demonstrated dances after which the guests could join in, expertly guided by Bob Carrick and his dancers. What the guests lacked in skill they certainly made up for with enthusiasm. A few songs were sung and poems read and reeling went on well into the night and a grand time was had by all.

Remember to book early next year to avoid disappointment!

Keep your eye out for Saints Alive for exciting Spring, Summer and Autumn events at Stanhoe Village Hall & Reading Room and Playing Field still to come this year.

WI events

Rural Life in a Distant Country:–

Thursday 5th March at 2:00pm: Juyna Lewis will talk about her Bangladeshi Childhood. This is an Open Meeting. Visitors are very welcome; we charge just £3, to include refreshments.

The Reading Room, Cross Lane, Stanhoe PE31 8PS.

Keep Fit!:–

Thursday 2nd April at 2:00pm:– Claire Barker, with ideas for keep fit exercises, suitable for all.

For further information about Stanhoe & Barwick WI, please contact Valerie (01485 576261) or Sandra 01485 518744

Stanhoe Open Gardens:–

This year’s Open Gardens will be on Saturday 30th May 2020. Entry £5 to visit ALL the gardens, children under 12 go free.

A variety of gardens will be open in Stanhoe and Barwick from 2:00pm till 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. There will be cream teas at Isabel Lodge and an exhibition of flowers in All Saints’ Church.

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 Pen on 01485 518324 - we are happy to come and collect. Proceeds from the day go towards essential maintenance of our beautiful church and churchyard. Thank you!

Brancaster Camera Club:–

Tuesday, 25th February:– Digital Competition ‘Drink’ plus 2 own choice. Club Judged.

Tuesday, 24th March:– Battle vs Hunstanton Camera Club. Judge Ian Ward

For more details contact Jim Till on 01485 210013 or Wendy Calow on 01553 674725

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