Saints Alive: Stanhoe and Barwick Newsletter

July 2021

Stanhoe Parish Council Matters/Reminders:–

  • Stanhoe Village Litter Pick:– A very big ‘Thank You’ to all who made the effort to join the litter pick on Saturday June 12th. It was great fun to see so many new faces all of whom are very welcome to Stanhoe. The old reliables were much appreciated as always; we have rarely seen the village look better!

  • Stanhoe Gardens Open Day:– The Parish Council supports the gardens open day in July (17th) and wishes all concerned a successful day as usual.

  • Vattenfall Offshore windfarm Community Benefit Fund:– Last month this company launched a review for a Norfolk Community fund supported by two large offshore (and out of site) wind farms. Those interested in providing suggestions and support should go to for further information.

  • COVID Vaccine: We have been asked to encourage everyone over the age of 32 to book in for a COVID vaccination. Short of winning the lottery, what more could you do for family, friends and others close to you. Get more details regarding the local arrangements by visiting

  • Playground: Following a very detailed equipment survey, we have had to close two of the playground structures for repairs. The Climbing Frame and the Rope Traverse shall be ‘off limits’ until further notice and in the meantime we will try and get some stronger barrier/warning tape. Warning signs have already been posted on the affected items.

  • July Parish Council Meeting. Our next meeting will take place at the Reading Room/Village Hall at 6:00pm on Thursday July 15th; it appears the meeting will be subject to continuing restrictions.

Heartfelt thank you:–

We were absolutely overwhelmed to see so many friends in the congregation at our farewell church service on the 16th May. We were astonished, when we turned round and saw so many of you there; and even more astonished by the amazing gift and bouquet which we received; our grateful thanks to all who contributed in any way. We have decided to use the money to buy some garden furniture for our new home, which will help to remind us of you all.

We have loved our forty years as members of the Stanhoe community and naturally feel sad to be leaving. It was unfortunate that due to Covid restrictions, we were unable to chat to everyone after the service; but there will be time for that in the future, when we return to Norfolk, as we shall from time to time.

Until then we send our love & our very sincere thanks to you all.

Volunteers needed for Heritage House in Wells:–

Heritage House, the day care centre in Wells-next-the-Sea, has been offering care for the elderly and isolated for thirty-five years. We are heavily reliant on fundraising and our wonderful team of volunteers to continue this important work for our community in North Norfolk.

Currently we are looking for volunteers to drive and assist on the minibuses which bring our guests in from the surrounding towns and villages. Can you help us? Please take a look at our website for more information or get in touch on 01328 711333. We would love to hear from you.

Stanhoe Open Gardens:–

Saturday 17th July 2021


2:00pm ~ 5:30pmTombola ~ Cakes ~ Books

Plants ~ Raffle ~ Vintage

Cream Teas at Isabel Lodge (opp. Church)

Art Exhibition in the Church

Entrance to all gardens £5 Children under 12 free

Proceeds to All Saints’ Church, Stanhoe

Stanhoe Open Gardens is sponsored by Sowerbys Holiday Cottages

The following gardens and stalls will be open:–

  • Barwick House / Vintage Stall
  • The Coach House / Tombola
  • Everett House /Plants
  • Flint House / Books
  • Isabel Lodge / Cream Teas
  • The Old Rectory / Cakes
  • Bramley Cottage
  • The Grange
  • Moray Cottage
  • The Old Stores

Pimms on sale at The Village Hall.

Parking at the Village Hall, Church Field and Barwick House.

Any contributions for the Tombola, Vintage and Cake Stalls and will be gratefully received - please contact Pen on 01485 518324, email:

Please contact Laura on 01485 518057, email: for Plant Stall contributions.

Any queries please phone 01485 518324 or email

WI Resumes Meetings:–

At the beginning of June, Stanhoe & Barwick WI were able to resume meeting as a whole group, albeit outside. We met on the playing field at Stanhoe and thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to chat with one another in person for the first time since September.

Our next meeting will be our annual garden party in July. How strange that this used to be a treat, to meet outside, but now we’re just longing to get back indoors! By August, we do hope to be back in the hall and welcoming a speaker.

We are also planning trips to Dale Farm and to Norton’s Dairy in the coming weeks.

The Hunstanton Community Choir:–

Like every other choir, has had a quiet 15 months, without rehearsals. However, the committee members, most of whom were newly appointed in October 2019, and who fairly quickly began to anticipate a very quiet year ahead in 2020, have nevertheless faced several challenges which have required their attention – the quest for a new Musical Director, and for new premises for future rehearsals due to the repair work to be carried out on the Town Hall. We believe that both of these issues have been resolved, and we look forward to the resumption of activities as soon as it is safe for us to do so.

We would be very happy to see new members when we are able to start singing again: we do not audition, members are supplied with words and music, and all newcomers, whether seasoned singers or people who have always wanted to sing, along with those just seeking a new pastime and a renewed social life after the restrictions caused by the Covid problems, will receive a friendly welcome. We all look forward to seeing each other, and new members, at the earliest opportunity. Look out for further publicity! Hon Secretary (Pamela Austin)

Word of the month:– Anfractuous

with thanks to Merriam-Webster

Definition:– full of windings and intricate turnings: tortuous

Did you know?:– Plots and paths can be anfractuous. They twist and turn but do not break.

Is this the path out of lockdown?

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