Saints Alive: Stanhoe and Barwick Newsletter

October 2021

Parish Council Matters:–

  • PC Meeting:– We had our first ‘live-with-public’ Parish Council meeting in the Reading Room on Sept 9th; the first in many months! It was good to see so many attend, and quite a lot got done including deliberations on:–
    • The Go to Town Bus Service to King’s Lynn and Hunstanton
    • The Children’s Play Area and Playing Field maintenance
    • The Local Plan Review
    • The potential councillor vacancy(ies)

all of which will be reported on further in the near future in either or both the Minutes (which can be found on the website, ‘’) and Saints Alive.

  • Traffic:– During August the SAM 2 speed sign recorded 43,407 vehicles coming from the Burnham Market direction. If one assumes the return flow was the same (reasonable in the sense that otherwise north east Norfolk would run out of vehicles eventually!) then nearly 87,000 vehicles went through Stanhoe, or an average 2,800 per day during the month.

The highest recorded speed (going past the sign which was at the Pond) was 60 mph in the middle of the day on Monday the 2nd.

The July numbers, when the sign was at Longwall Barn facing the Pond, was a total of 18,223 counts and a top speed of 50 mph in the morning of Monday the 24th; quite horrific so deep in the village. These numbers imply that about half our traffic originates from the Bircham Road and the other from Docking.

  • Egmere Biodigester Plant Harvest:– Continuing the traffic topic, we expect the maize harvest to commence in the second half of September. The transport contractors have committed to a maximum speed of 15 mph in the villages, and will have unique identifying numbers on the back. Please report any problems you witness to Wayne Leighton our Clerk, who will pass details on to Cllr Mike Wilson.

  • Even More on Road:– With the continuing growing season, some lanes, paths and pavements are becoming obstructed. It is the householder’s and landowner’s responsibility to cut back any overgrowth to keep paths clear, the view open and signs visible. Please do what you can to maintain the safety and sight of our beautiful village.

  • Playground:– The aerial walkway broke last month and its repair cost estimate was astronomic. Cllr Brian Gorton has built a solid bridge in substitution, for which we are extremely grateful.

  • Next PC meeting:– 6:00pm on Thursday November 11th; we hope to see you there.

  • Contact:– As always, please contact us, through the Clerk, Wayne Leighton on 01485 518570 or , if you have any queries or comments regarding life and affairs in Stanhoe.

Wright’s Charity:–

Under the terms of the above Charity, small awards may be available to up to five young persons in Stanhoe who are in senior school, further education and training or apprenticeships. The awards are towards necessary costs of their learning and are payable upon submission of relevant receipts. Anyone wishing to apply should contact the Secretary on tel: 01485 518409.

WI news:–

Stanhoe & Barwick WI are having a growth spurt!:–

Our membership has increased by a third over the past few months. Why not come and see why we are proving to be so popular?

Our forthcoming meetings:–

  • 7th October:– Susan Barnett, Sandringham Secrets
  • 4th November:– Annual Meeting (members only)
  • 2nd December: - Juyna Lewis, Spice up your Christmas.

All at 2:00pm, Stanhoe Reading Room. Visitors £3.

Potential new members are always welcome, but please do let us know you will be attending by phoning Valerie on 01485 576261.

An American poem:–


How silently they tumble down
And come to rest upon the ground
To lay a carpet, rich and rare,
Beneath the trees without a care,
Content to sleep, their work well done,
Colors gleaming in the sun.

At other times, they wildly fly
Until they nearly reach the sky.
Twisting, turning through the air
Till all the trees stand stark and bare.
Exhausted, drop to earth below
To wait, like children, for the snow.

– Elsie N. Brady

When you are going
through something
hard and wonder
where God is
remember the
teacher is always
quiet during a test.


Saints Alive editor , 7 Station Road, tel 517 005

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