Saints Alive: Stanhoe and Barwick Newsletter

October 2022

Parish Council Matters:–

  • Book of Condolence: We posted on the website that there was a Book of Condolence in All Saints Church available for all to sign. The Church is normally open all day and provides an ideal sanctuary to reflect and appreciate a life well lived by the late Queen Elizabeth. Many of us have known no other and her parting will be sadly missed. Some of our plans have had to change as a mark of respect; there are further details below.

  • Egmere Biodigester Maize Harvest: The maize harvest is getting underway and we have again expressed our concerns regarding the possible speeding convoys and tractor/trailers along our lanes. It is gratifying to see a new ‘single direction’ plan with Station Road only used for ‘empty’ collection vehicles. The product from these fields is intended to be transported by HGVs (which are safer than tractors) to storage points in Bircham via Docking taking account of half term and holiday traffic etc at the end of the month. Fingers crossed that the improvement achieved in the last few years will continue. All trailers and hopefully the HGVs will have unique identifying numbers if it is necessary to make record.

  • Village Defibrillator: We are very pleased to announce that following a collective effort of fundraising, organising, sourcing and commissioning the Defibrillator is installed and fully operational at the Village Hall / Reading Room. The unit is separately lit and has full verbal instructions on its use; no training is required. The defibrillator is registered on the National Database and one only needs to dial 999 from a mobile phone with the location code on the box to receive the code to open it, and this will notify the emergency services. Previous generations of defibrillators carried some uncertainty and risk; however this unit is entirely automatic and will not activate if treatment is not required. Those in doubt or requiring further assistance in familiarisation should contact Cllr Dr Shaw on 07771 770710 who would be happy to answer questions and provide a demonstration if necessary.

  • Frogs Hall: 46 holiday cabin development, Barwick Rd, Stanhoe, PE31 8PY: Despite its address, this proposed development falls outside the parish (PC) boundary and is effectively without formal ‘consultee’ representation. One can view the file on the website, the application number is 22/01134/OM or you can try the link All are encouraged to write whether in favour or against, the Stanhoe Parish Council however was unanimous in its objection.

  • SAM 2: It appears the speed sign has recovered from its bout of hayfever and memory loss and worked well for August when it was positioned at Longwall Barn facing the Pond. A total of 17,329 vehicles travelled past at an average speed of 28.8 mph. The top speed recorded was 50 mph on the evening of Monday August 4th at 7:50 pm. Those optimists amongst us feel encouraged that these average and top speeds show an undeniable long term decline. Long may it last.

  • The Pond: It has rained, there is water again in the pond, the geese are happier and the ducks have returned in numbers. Those wings seem to work when needed.

  • Parish Council Meeting: With regard to the official Period of Mourning the PC meeting has been deferred to Wednesday September 28th. Please join us for any part of the meeting which will start at 6:00 pm as usual.

  • Contact: If you have any observations or suggestions for the Council to consider, to improve life in Stanhoe, please do not hesitate to contact our Clerk Wayne Leighton at or on 01485 518570.

Stanhoe Village Screen

We are pleased to announce our next film for the autumn season.

Monday 17th October 7:30pm: ‘The Phantom Of The Open’ (12) (COMEDY/DRAMA/SPORT)

The film tells the remarkable true story of Maurice Flitcroft, a crane operator and optimistic dreamer from Barrow-in-Furness who managed to gain entry to the 1976 British Open qualifying, despite never having played a round of golf before. Maurice pulls off a series of stunning, hilarious and heart-warming attempts to compete at the highest level of professional golf, drawing the ire of the golfing elite but becoming a British folk hero in the process. Starring Mark Rylance and Sally Hawkins.

Watch the trailer at

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

  • Venue: Stanhoe Reading Room and Village Hall, Cross Lane, PE31 8PS
  • Tickets: £5 (CASH ONLY) on the door to include a complimentary drink. Doors open 7:00pm For further information visit the website: (or ring 01485 518191)

Wright’s Charity:–

John Wright’s Charity exists in the village for the provision of awards to children of primary school age, those leaving primary to go on to senior school and awards towards the cost of further education or apprenticeships. Awards given to those in further education or apprenticeships are payable upon submission of receipts for items purchased.

Anyone wishing to apply for awards should contact the Secretary on Tel: 01485 518409

Burnham Market Community Car Scheme:–

The Burnham Market Community Car Scheme,where volunteer drivers take local residents to medical appointments, is in urgent need of some more drivers to keep the scheme going. It is a kind, and vital service, for people who live alone, and people with no other form of transport. If you have a little time to spare and could drive, even if occasionally, for the scheme, please call Daphne Potter, the co-ordinator on 01485 210342. Petrol costs are reimbursed at the agreed National rate.

A History of Norfolk talk:–

Peter and Susanna Wade-Martins, coauthors of “A History of Norfolk in 100 Places” book, are coming to Stanhoe to talk about some of the most interesting place in the county on Friday, October 21st. The event will be held in the Village Hall starting at 6:00pm.

Suggested donation £15 to include refreshments. To reserve your place please contact Jenny Lord at or 07748 332 008. Proceeds to All Saints Church.

Stanhoe & Barwick WI:–

Thursday 6th October: Andrew Tatham, “I shall not be away long”. The First World War letters from an officer to his family.

Thursday 3rd November: Candi Robertson. How non-mango mango chutney became a local success story.

Visitors and potential new members always welcome, £3.

Please contact Valerie for further details 01485 576261

Hunstanton & District Community Voices:–

The re-branding of our choir was effective as we began our autumn meetings: we are now singing again, including of course our Christmas repertoire, which will naturally cover many seasonal pieces familiar to many.

Our autumn term began on 5th September, but we are very flexible, so if you are interested, don’t worry that you may have missed too much – you won’t have – and our Musical Director, Liz, will be keeping us in order and encouraging us, as always!

All lyrics are provided, the weekly subscriptions are modest, your first week will be a free ‘taster’ evening, and no auditions are required. We also arranged a “Singalong with us” evening on 26th September, at which visitors could either just listen, or join in with the singing. However, we will still continue to welcome and involve visitors and new members at any of our meetings, so if you think you’d like to get a flavour of our choir just come along on any Monday!

We meet in the Christian Way Fellowship Hall, Downs Close, Hunstanton PE36 5HU 7:00 pm on Monday evenings. Parking is available.

For more information please contact or ring on 07802 879976.

Village Screen Cinema, Amy Robsart Hall, Syderstone:–

Saturday 22nd October at 7:30pm: ELVIS (12A)

The film recounts the life and music of Elvis Presley, seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker. The story explores the complex dynamic between Presley and Parker over a period of20 years, from Presley’s humble beginnings to his international stardom. Central to that journey is one of the most significant and influential people in Elvis’s life, Priscilla Presley. Starring Austin Butler, Tom Hanks and Olivia DeJonge.

  • Tickets: £4.00 advance booking, pay on the door
  • Season Ticket: all FOUR films for £14
  • Contact: 01485 578171
  • Email:

More film information in future Saints Alive.

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