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from the editor These two are having a right laugh, and you will too at one of the plays during Sheringham Little Theatre’s Rep season. See what our reviewers thought on page 11 and what else is on over the summer.

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Our cover star this issue (thanks Chris Taylor for the pic) is artist Helena Anderson who got her brushes out when she saw a Facebook request from Chris for prizes for the Lifeboat Day raffle. he said: “Helena offered to do one of Sheringham Lifeboat from one of my photos. She also then gave us four other framed original pieces, two from Cromer Lifeboat and two for Wells, worth £1,000 in total.” See more at Enjoy the sunshine as it continues through the holidays and see you in four weeks.

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from the archives TIM GROVES, from Sheringham Museum, continues his regular delve into the archives.

Summer days – 100 years ago

A rare photo of Sheringham Beach showing the beach wagons that would take ladies to the water’s edge so they could enter the sea protecting their modesty.

Often the images from cards and holiday snaps in family photo albums evoke days of childhood and memories of carefree days on the beach. The backgrounds of beach and promenade show little change. What memories of summer days in Sheringham during the 1950s and 1960s do you have? Holidays on The Beach will be a major new exhibition in Sheringham Museum during 2019/2020. Can you help with memories, photographs, beachwear, customs? Let us know.

Below: C1900. Looking west down Admiralty Slope. The Upcher Groin and Bell Tents in view. No ice cream or café, just the new concrete promenade to stroll along. Left: Inside the canvas beach huts. One just like this can be seen in Sheringham Museum.

Part 2 of the proposal for the updating and redevelopment of Sheringham in 1950 will be in the next issue.

Digging in the Sand on Sheringham West Beach c1900, when beach etiquette meant a different style of beachwear to today.

For more pictures and memories see the Facebook page – Sheringham Museum, Seeking Information.

It’s a good night for shoppers Following on from the success of the first late-night shopping event, Sheringham traders are looking to hold their second on Friday, August 24, 5-8pm. Once again the shops will be promoting “catch of the day” offers to help the evening go with a swing and parking is free from 6pm. The venues open include cafes and shops selling real ale, crafts, clothing, shoes, art, sculpture, toys, books and jigsaws, jewellery and accessories and not forgetting


chocolate or the steam train! As an added bonus, you could win £150 worth of shopping vouchers to spend at participating venues. Darryl Smith was the winner at the last event. She said: “The event was a fantastic opportunity to explore our local shops on a lovely summer’s evening. It’s so important to support our local independent shops which keeps Sheringham a special place on the North Norfolk Coast.”

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The traders have come together under the umbrella of Keep Sheringham Special, to promote the independent and unique nature of Sheringham's high street. Catch of the Day offers run all the time, with events and tasting sessions at some of the outlets. You can follow Keep Sheringham Special on Facebook for full details. It promises to be a fun evening with lots going on and a great start to the Bank Holiday weekend. Sheringham

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Emotions running high Exercise is well-known to boost mental as well as physical health. Work experience students Sophie Smith, Evie Cowling and Kitty Foss spoke to mental health ambassador Rachel Welch and friend Liza Gotts, who are using running to help themselves as well as raise awareness of mental health issues. Picture by Sophie Smith. It all started in January for Rachel Welch and Liza Gotts with the Run Every Day challenge and most recently had the pair of them sweating through the London streets in the British 10k. The pair, both non-runners until the start of the year, have since embraced various races, including Chase the Train, between Aylsham and Wroxham, and the Norwich Half Marathon, as well as the British 10K on a sweltering July 15. It was Liza who started it! She heard about Run Every Day through social media and thought it could help Rachel, who suffers with anxiety and insomnia. She said: “I had started to notice a change in her attitude and personality and thought this challenge would help to improve her wellbeing.” She didn’t even tell her that was why they were doing it until they were about halfway through. Every day then ran – some days 5k, some days 10, some days just one, taking in a total of 115 miles over a month. The effects on their own wellbeing was noticeable. Rachel admitted to feeling more

confident and happy and was sleeping better. It seems Liza’a plan had worked! The other upside to the RED challenge was raising awareness of mental health and the charity MIND. Liza said: “I wanted to help Rachel, and by being successful in this I was helping others too. I didn’t do it for myself.” For the British 10K, the aim was to raise £200 each for the Charlie Waller Trust, for which Rachel works as a freelancer, but they smashed their target, achieving a total of £1,000 between them, all raised in just over 10 days. As well as this, they spread awareness of the cause which inspired them to do the run in the first place. The Charlie Waller Trust asked Rachel to represent the charity after a number of people dropped out. “I asked Liza to come along and support me and when more people dropped out I thought ‘well she’s coming anyway she may as well run’,” said Rachel. “I agreed to it straight away because of the charity and the work they do,” said Liza, admitting she’s not actually a huge fan of running, preferring

the gym. The trust was set up in 1997 in memory of Charlie Waller, a young man who took his own life whilst suffering from depression. Shortly after his death, his family (including his parents Rachel and Mark Waller) founded the trust in order to educate young people on the importance of staying mentally well and how to do so. Rachel speaks at schools, colleges, in front of hundreds of people and has been on live TV on shows such as This Morning. When visiting schools, she takes a “whole school approach”, which means both the students and staff get support and education to show them that it is important to know it’s okay to talk about mental health, and also how to recognise problems. For her the fundraising is also a big part of that. “The smaller

charities deserve the same amount of recognition as bigger charities. They are just as important and do a lot of work to help people. It’s just about getting their name out there.” Mental health is a massive subject with Rachel saying: “Just because you don’t understand it doesn’t mean you can’t help. Part of the issue is that there isn’t enough information or help available, which is what we aim to change. More people need to recognise that mental health issues are as normal as a stomach ache, everyone has it and telling someone shouldn’t be alien, to men or women. Everyone has their own story, whether it is their own experience or a friend’s. People with problems need help, no matter what, even if it doesn’t fit the typical stereotype.”

All dressed up . . . There’s a bit more space at Sheringham Community Wardrobe thanks to a sale in July. The sale also generated some funds to help with the upkeep of costumes. The wardrobe is now looking forward to bookings for the 1940s Weekend in September. It’s website is not operating at the moment but staff are hoping to get a new website up and running soon. Contact details are listed below for anyone needing to get in touch. Sheringham

Visits to the wardrobe are strictly by appointment are there are no regular opening times but staff try to be as flexible as possible to suit customers and volunteers. Please ring, leave a message or text one of the following numbers, leaving your name and number and the will contact you as soon as possible – Nona 07775 451232; Libby 07391 272469. Sheringham Community and Theatre Wardrobe is on The Industrial Estate, Weybourne Road.

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10th-18th August, 8pm (Matinee 2.30pm 14th August) SUMMER THEATRE: LIVING TOGETHER: POPULAR COMEDY Living Together sees Annie living in the shabby Victorian house where the family was brought up looking after her formidable mother. Reg, her brother, and his wife Sarah come to stay for a week-end so that she may go away for a ‘rest’. (By Alan Ayckbourn) Popular Comedy.

Fri 17th & Fri 24th Aug, 2.30pm FAMILY THEATRE: JUMBLE TALES What if your favourite fairy tale characters were not ‘far, far away’? What if they were right here, right now, and what if they needed your help? A selfie-obsessed Prince Charming, compulsive cleaner Cinderella, naughty prankster Rumplestiltskin and a Sleeping Beauty who’s always sneaking a nap when you need her the most.

22nd- 29th August 2018, 8pm (Matinee 2.30pm Tues 28th Aug) SUMMER THEATRE: WIFE BEGINS AT FORTY. MADCAP FARCE In this hilarious comedy, George and Linda Harper’s 17 year marriage has gone stale, but George doesn’t seem to be aware of it. When confronted with the problem, George makes a sweeping gesture, which solves nothing, so he moves out. Linda rearranges her life by enrolling in selfimprovement courses.

Sunday 26th August, 7.30pm JAZZ AT THE HUB: THE ART OF THE TRIO

The last Sunday of the month means only one thing, and that is Jazz At The Hub. Early booking is advised for this ever-popular evening of live jazz music in the Hub café. Each month we will be joined by the cream of the Jazz scene in this friendly, intimate setting and on this occasion we have “The Art of the Trio”.

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A clean sweep by volunteers Volunteers from the Lighthouse church joined regular beach cleaners for their July meeting.

They turned out on a very hot day to clean Town Beach. “It was great to see so many youngsters joining in and

hopefully spreading the word about keeping our beaches and oceans clean of rubbish,” said organiser Bob Smith.

Project aims for a creative future A new project to make Sheringham creative is looking for support. The Sheringham Makers Yard project has been set up with the aim to provide the local and wider community with Maker Spaces, which are becoming popular around the world. A Makers Space in Sheringham would bring together creators and provide the tools, equipment, materials and tuition to help them gain skills for either hobbies or future employment. The Sheringham Makers Yard would be set up to include areas for basic hand tool skills like woodwork and metal work. There will also be space for creative thinking and materials provided, from basic art supplies to simple mediums such as Lego. It will also have areas specifically for CNC machines and 3D printers, multimedia creation, stop motion animation and an area for presenting or teaching. Jamie Crisp, who is behind the plans, said: “By providing the local and wider community with these incredible assets, The Sheringham Makers Yard will also be able to act as a bridge to assist those looking to move into any of the areas mentioned in the STEAM acronym

(science, technology, engineering, art, maths). By giving students access, they’ll be able greatly familiarise themselves the some of the basic skills required within these industries.” He added: “There is obviously a huge social side to the Maker communities and The Sheringham Makers Yard will most certainly become a popular social hub. The Sheringham Makers Yard will also be available to hire for schools, groups and employers.” Jamie has found the perfect place in Sheringham to house the project, just behind the main high street shops. “The property is to be sold at auction, so, whilst we are creating great momentum raising awareness, what we need to be doing is raising funds. We’re looking to raise £150,000 in approximately 40 days. It may seem like a tall order, but we really do think the local and wider community will see the potential and help us get this project off the ground,” said Jamie. The group has set up a page on Crowd Funder, just search for The Sheringham Makers Yard. You can also spread the word by visiting the group’s Facebook page, where they will keep you up dated about the project’s progress.

In the saddle to raise funds

Maureen Poulter, of Sheringham, completed the 30-mile Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Charity Sportive Bike Ride on a very hot Sunday, July 15, accompanied by her husband, son and members of the North Norfolk Wheelers Cycling Club. She was raising money

for the Breast Cancer Fund, following her own treatment. Maureen said: “I would like to thank those who rode with me on the day and

gave me such support and encouragement. I also thank everyone who has sponsored me. I am on target to raise over £1,000.” Sheringham

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A project to build a multi-million pound, state of the art leisure facility in Sheringham has taken a major step forward. The planning application for the Sheringham Leisure Centre has been submitted and will be considered in the coming weeks. North Norfolk District Council's cabinet agreed £10.7m of funding for the new leisure and fitness centre to replace the existing facility, Splash, in December 2017. The centre will include a main 25 metre pool, a 13 metre learner pool with an adjustable depth floor, a bright and colourful splash pad for children, fitness suite and café. There will also be accessible changing rooms, inflatable sessions in the main pool, community rooms, multi-purpose studios and a spin studio. Splash will remain open while the new leisure centre is built on a different part of the site. The leisure centre is due to open in late 2020. Working with partners including Sport England, the council is seeking to increase participation in sport which will contribute to an improvement in social and cultural benefits. The construction of a new facility will result in significant economic benefits both during and post completion. These include jobs during the construction, longer term employment plus volunteering. The skate park will be relocated elsewhere on the site. To find out more, log on to projects/sheringham-leisure-centre/, which includes plans, background information and a virtual “walk through” video of the new centre.

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Spotlight on theatre improvements Showgoers at Sheringham Little Theatre have got extra comfort waiting in the wings under revised revamp plans. The theatre has rebranded its Little Big Bigger campaign to a Little Bit Better. It means the spotlight is switching from a planned youth group rehearsal room on the flat roof, to enhancement of facilities, such as seats and toilets, to benefit all users. The 180 seats in the auditorium will be replaced with 162 new ones, with more leg room. The front row will be removable to improve wheelchair access. There are also plans to refresh the exterior and the Hub coffee bar, including new tables and chairs. Theatre chairman Richard Ellis said: “We have been fundraising for improvements for some time, and we are grateful for all the public support we have had. We were planning to make use of the ‘dead space’ on our flat roof. But in a recent review, and following feedback from the public and members, the board decided on a

TAKE A SEAT: Theatre chairman Richard Ellis and director Debbie Thompson in the auditorium at Sheringham Little Theatre. Left: The seats to be replaced. Pictures: Richard Batson

change of tack which would see the funds better spent on projects that will affect more people. It is important that our visitors enjoy the experience in comfort, and we believe these projects will make a big difference for all our guests.” Theatre director Debbie Thompson stressed that its successful youth work would not be hampered by the change. The theatre board this

week approved the scheme. Costings are still being fine-tuned, but will be more than £60,000. It will be paid for using the public appeal money, sponsorship and grants. It is hoped to do the seating work in January. The theatre will also be seeking public sponsorship of the new seats, which can bear the donor’s name. Once the fabric has been chosen a sample seat will be on display in the theatre foyer.

REVIEW Don’t Dress for Dinner, Summer Rep Sheringham Little Theatre The Summer Rep season at Sheringham Little Theatre is always a delight of treats throughout August and this year is no exception. Don’t Dress for Dinner launched the summer season at Sheringham Little Theatre on Thursday, July 26, and shows now run until September 5. Set in the French countryside two hours from Paris, Don’t Dress for Dinner is a fast-moving, hilarious, typical farce, full of double meanings, mistaken identities and amorous intentions. The story centres on a married couple and a weekend where they are both intending to spend the time with their respective lovers, unknown to each other. Into the mix comes the cook, Suzette (Lauren Verrier), whom Bernard (Steve Banks) has employed for the evening Sheringham

while he is entertaining his lover Suzanne (Sarah Langton). His wife, Jaqueline (Naomi Bullock), was meant to be visiting her mother but was secretly spending time with her lover, Robert (Matt Jamie). Plans go awry and they all end up in the same house trying to keep their respective secrets, which results in hilarious confusion and sharp banter. A very entertaining and fun evening which the audience enjoyed and appreciated. If you have missed this production there are more to come from the rep company at Sheringham Little Theatre. Kevin and Sandra Stone

fun quiz night

A fun quiz will be held at Upper Sheringham Village Hall on Friday, August 17, 7pm for 7.30pm start. Teams of four are welcome or people can make up a team on the night. Cost is £2 per person with a prize for winning team. Tea/coffee is available or bring your own drinks and nibbles to share.

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Weybourne fun day and dog show will be held on Sunday (August 12) 10am-4pm at George Weston Community Field, Sheringham Road. Entry is £5 per car. This year, the event will be introducing the sausage race, plus lots more classes. Registration is from 11am. There will be arts and crafts and local food and drink plus a car boot and children’s amusements. There will be refreshments and a bar. The event has been organised by Weybourne Community Fund and all profits go to good causes within the village.


Preparations are under way for this year’s BeachLife activity outreach on Sheringham’s cliff top and beach. BeachLife is a joint venture by the churches in Sheringham, aimed at engaging with local youngsters, as well as holidaymakers, and this will be its seventh summer. It will run from Tuesday, August 28, to Friday 31st. The event is open to all ages from toddlers up to 17. Daily activities will start with the Beach Special at 10.30am every day except Friday, where all ages come together at the cliff-top marquee on The Leas to introduce the day’s theme, which this year is megamakers. The afternoons and evenings will include beach games and sports, . “This has become one of the major events in the town’s calendar,” said Peter Skivington, one of the organisers. Those wishing to attend can download a form from www. and bring it with them to save time on the day. The website also gives more information about the event and contact details.


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Ask Clive . . . opportunity to share their views. Ideas the group is investigating were received favourably The group was formed in April and includes representatives from a broad section of the community to develop a vibrant and sustainable town centre operating throughout the year. Ideas include creating an atmosphere where vehicles do not dominate the space, developing more green spaces, where, cycling is encouraged and pavement widening. These measures aim to increase footfall and encourage repeat custom. The results from community engagement will be used to help focus the Town Plan and action plan for the council,

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Is there anything I can do to help my home sell? It is wise to try to look at your home through a buyer’s eyes; start by standing outside the front of your home and work from there. Those jobs you have been putting off for years are now well worth doing – walk around your house with a critical eye. If you need some advice, your agent will tell you what is well worth spending the money on and what is unnecessary.

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Golden days at festival Golden Moments was the title of the special 50th anniversary flower festival held at St Andrew’s Methodist Church, Sheringham, from July 5-8. The special festival welcomed more than 3,000 visitors, with ages ranging from five weeks to over 100 years old. The talented flower arrangers interpreted 24 golden moment events over the past 50 years with stunning arrangements overflowing with colour creativity and beauty, all enhanced by organists Sheringham

providing background music. The cafeteria and stalls were kept busy throughout the festival, too, as folk enjoyed a chat and refreshments and a browse around the various stalls. The event raised a net total of £10,996 and, from this a donation of £1,100, was given to Sheringham RNLI whis is the designated charity for the 2018 festival. Photos of each arrangement are available at www.

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Door opens on new competition Sheringham residents have the chance to be part of the town’s history by designing new glass doors for St Peter’s Church. St Peter’s opened in 1897 as a daughter church to All Saints, Upper Sheringham ,and became the parish church for Sheringham in 1953. Built of red brick faced with knapped flint, it is a major landmark in the town, towering above the other buildings and a significant historic building. Parish administrator Jenny Comper said: “We love our church and want everyone to feel welcome in it. We currently have beautiful, but rather solid, oak doors which mean people can’t see what is going on before they open the door and we think that may put people off coming in. “To help us resolve this we are currently undertaking a project to supplement our wooden doors with glass ones. We will be adding glass doors to both our main and side entrances, so passers-by can see what is happening inside. We won’t be getting rid of the wooden doors, just propping them permanently open and using the glass ones instead.” Rather than just being functional, the church would also like the doors to be beautiful. “We believe this is a great opportunity to create a better link between our church and our seaside heritage and so we are looking for designs to etch on to the glass that will bring the sea into St Peter’s. St Peter was after all a fisherman,” said Jenny. “The parish church is very much part of our town and we would like to involve the wider community in making this important

change, so we are opening up this opportunity to everyone to take part.” Designs must have a sea theme, allow people to see clearly into the church and be based on one of the Bible passages below. Jenny said: “You don’t need to be a great artist. We are looking for beautiful and inspiring ideas that will add to the beauty of our church and we are happy to accept them from everyone who would like to enter. There are two doors to decorate so feel free to submit as many design ideas as you like.” The winning design or designs will be chosen from a shortlist of entries by the church council and congregation. There are two doors both are pointed arches. Designs can be submitted for one or both doors. They must be in black and white as it will be etched onto glass and not exceed A3 in size. Designs must be submitted to the Parish Administrator at St Peter’s Parish Church, Church Street, Sheringham, NR26 8QS (tel 01263 822089) by Friday, September 14. Include your name and contact details and if you are under 16, your age. Designs cannot be returned. Suggested Biblical Texts “Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea – the LORD on high is mighty.” “Let the heavens rejoice, and the earth exult; let the sea roar, and all the creatures in it.” “They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters.” “He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.”

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Someone once said to me that if you sit with your toe in the sea at Sheringham you are immediately linked with someone doing the same on a beach in Africa or Australia or America. The sea is the only thing that brings us together; we are touching. And when you live or work in coastal communities, all are aware of the rare, wild beauty of the sea and how we interact with it; with its dreams and dangers. So, this year at Sheringham High and Sixth we have focused on the sea. Students have embraced the campaign to deal with plastics and we have benefited from a science and technology grant from our windfarm provider. But perhaps one of the most direct links, strangely, has been through our sports day. Sheringham Sixth students combined competition, team-building and charity. Three teams set themselves the task of using their business acumen (and an initial outlay of only £10) to provide inventive and appropriate refreshments to competitors and spectators at a sweltering sports day in July. The outcome was £266 profit. And what better use for this than an organisation which, nearly 200 years ago, was set up to allow us to maintain a safe relationship with the sea, one of which we are proud, and for which we are unified in our gratitude; the RNLI. You can follow all the news from the school on Twitter @SheringhamHigh

Front garden competition Sheringham in Bloom will be holding its Best Front Garden competition again this year. The group is asking all the people of Sheringham to look around as they are walking into town or anywhere in Sheringham, and if you notice a particularly nice front garden to let them know so that they can send judges out to have a look and to judge whether it is worth a prize. Joan Thame said: “The last two years of this competition have been very successful, and we hope to receive a lot of nominations. So, if you see Sheringham

a great garden we would appreciate you taking a few minutes to contact us on 01263 825242 or email me on joanthame123@ “We will then arrange for our judges to visit each of the gardens nominated and select the best for an award.” The deadline for contacting the group is August 30 as this will give the judges a chance to see gardens at their best. The group was planning to hold its open garden event again this year but due to circumstances beyond its control it is now unable to go ahead.

Nine staff from Arnolds Keys rode from Aylsham sale ground to Irelands (Hall Road), Norwich, Wroxham, North Walsham, Cromer, Sheringham, Holt and back to Aylsham to raise £1000 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. One member of staff joined at Sheringham and two more staff joined at Holt. It was measuring 38C in the support car at one point, so the team did well.


Emperor strikes back at Sheringham Park The rarely-seen Purple Emperor butterfly has been spotted at the National Trust’s Sheringham Park for a third year running, suggesting Norfolk now has its first breeding colony. The Purple Emperor is Britain’s secondlargest butterfly. Despite its size, it’s one of our most elusive insects. It is rarely seen because it typically spends most of its time flying high in the tree canopy. At Sheringham Park, the viewing towers overlook the tree tops, giving rangers and visitors a fighting chance to spot one. Rob Coleman is the Learning Officer at Sheringham Park; “I first spotted a Purple Emperor at Sheringham Park in 2016, which was a really significant moment for Norfolk, a county where this butterfly had not previously been seen for more than 40 years. “The adults feed on honeydew produced by aphids and tree sap high in the canopy, rather than on flowers on the ground, that you’d typically associate as a food source for butterflies. “Dedicated butterfly watchers were on the look-out last year and three further sightings were made over the course of the summer. Sightings of male and female emperors gave us the tantalising hope that there’s a breeding colony somewhere in the park. “Now, for a third year running a male Purple Emperor has been spotted at Sheringham Park. Sightings in similar locations over a three year period would indicate that a naturally colonised breeding colony is the most likely explanation. What makes this even more special is that it’s the first one in Norfolk.” Sheringham Park is the ideal habitat for this butterfly, as they need oak trees for courtship displays and mating, as well as sallow trees for egg-laying and there

are plenty of both. It’s the males that set up their territories and set off in pursuit of females high in the canopy, as well as defend this area from intruders and potential rivals. There are loads of dates in the National Trust calender throughout the area. here’s a snapshot of some of the events. Terrific Tuesdays Blakeney National Nature Reserve, August 14, 21, 28 Learn how to catch a crab, borrow some binoculars to check out the birdlife, go bug hunting or explore the grassland at Friary Hills. Meet at Blakeney Quay. Wild Wednesdays Brancaster Estate, August, 15, 22, 29 A day of 50 things themed family fun on Brancaster Beach. Bat Walks Felbrigg Hall, Fridays, August 17, 8pm, and 31, 7pm Explore the world of bats around the estate. Adult £5, child £3. Family Nature Trail Blickling Estate This walk around the wider estate is ideal for older children with riddles and puzzles. Take part on foot or by bike, collect a trail sheet from visitor reception. Cricket Blickling Estate, summer weekends, 10am-4pm New cricket sets, courtesy of the Norfolk Cricket Board, are available to borrow from cycle hire. A fully-refundable £10 deposit is required. Discover the gardens Blickling Estate, throughout summer, 10am-5pm Discover wildlife, hidden corners, secret tunnels and squishy trees. Collect a children’s garden map from visitor reception.

Wild in Woods Wednesdays Oxburgh Hall, August 15, 22, 29, 11am2pm Join the outdoors team in Home Covert Woodland and take part in a range of woodland activities. Tudor Tuesdays Oxburgh Hall, August 14, 21, 28, September 4, 10.30am-3.30pm Be transported back to 15th century England, when Oxburgh was built. War of the Roses Oxburgh Hall, August 11 and 12, 11am4pm What was life like as a medieval soldier in the 15th century? Find out how members of the family would have lived as soldiers during the War of the Roses. 50 Things to Do Fridays Sheringham Park, August 17, 24 and 31, 10.30am-12.30pm or 2-4pm Drop-in, no need to book. Family Survival School Sheringham Park, Thursday, August 16 and Wednesday, August 22, 10.30am3.30pm Has your family got what it takes to survive in the wild? Come prepared for a full day out in the Norfolk backwoods, visit website for more details or to book, £22 per child, £18 for accompanying adults. Adder Adventure Sheringham Park, Thursday, August 23, and Tuesday, August 28, 9.30am-12pm Search for Britain’s only venomous snake – the adder! Tracking wild animals is one of the 50 things to do before you’re 11¾, £5 for children, accompanying adults £3.

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Upper Sheringham Church project co-ordinator Sue Morton was sponsored to dye her hair purple to raise £500 for the appeal to restore the derelict six bells. The effort follows on from the success of a golf tournament with auction and raffle which raised just over £2,000 – a big thank you from the church to Sheringham Golf Club and everybody who contributed. So far, £19,000 has been raised towards the target of £75,000 and the group is starting to apply for grants. To donate go to


Wassonatthetop? This would be heard in Sheringham in the days of my youth, an inquiry into the film being shown at the top picture house. In those days we were lucky to have two cinemas – The Bottom, now Sheringham Little Theatre and The Top, in Holway Road. Since closing, The Top has had a varied purpose, from exhibition hall to the last being The ExServiceman’s and social club. Now it has been transformed into a church by self-help and an amount of hard work by its members. From the outside, it has given the entrance to the town a new clean

with NOEL GANT appearance. I have been told it is even more striking inside. I will provide more information next column. Don’t forget to drop into the annual art exhibition at the Masonic Centre August 17-28 from 10.30am daily. You will have the chance to enhance your wall with an original by a local artist. Grandfather would have been described as “God-fearing” in his day. I once asked him where he thought he would go when he passed on. His answer was: “Well Boy, that’s like this here. That don’t matter much to me, ’cause I have friends in both places.” Sheringham

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Join the WWI celebrations Sheringham Town Council has set up a WW1 committee to coordinate and initiate events to commemorate, remember and mark the centenary of the end of the war. The project will be a partnership between the council, which will lead on the project, and any local organisations, which are planning or thinking about putting on an event during November 2018, or who will be involved in a town-wide event. Sheringham Town Council will be compiling a souvenir programme listing all known events and projects. The council has set up a Sheringham World War One Centenary fund and sponsorship will be sought from local businesses, organisations and individuals. The project will not go ahead until there is sufficient funding in place. Any surplus income will go to the British Legion Poppy Appeal and Help for Heroes. The project will be a tribute to the 75 Sheringham residents (named on the Sheringham War Memorial) who gave their lives in WW1, and all those who suffered as a result of the conflict. To make a dramatic but respectful impact in the town, 75 life-size, named silhouette figures will be made.

During November, these will be displayed in shops, businesses, cafes, restaurants, pubs, schools, churches, public places. On Saturday, November 10, between 10.30am and 4.30pm, volunteers will carry the figures around the town centre. They will also gather en-masse at prearranged locations. Just before 4.30pm, the figures will be at the Lobster, ready to “march” to the North Norfolk Railway, at the head of a torchlight parade. There, they will head by steam train for Weybourne. They will then return (under cover of darkness) to St Peter’s, where they will be on display during a concert by Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society on Saturday evening. On Sunday, November 11, the figures will be picked up from St Peter’s and taken to the War Memorial, before a Remembrance Service at St Peter’s. At about 6 pm on the Sunday, a short family-friendly ceremony (organised by Sheringham Churches Together) will be held at St Peter’s. Those present will have a candle lantern for a torchlight parade to The Leas for Battle’s Over - WW1 Beacons of Light: This will be the Sheringham ceremony as part of

the nationwide event at about 6.50pm. The figures will be backdrop along the railing behind the beacon. After the ceremony, they will be returned to Sheringham Shed. The programme will be subject to change, after all partners have been fully consulted. The council is looking to recruit volunteers to carry the figures. It is also keen for the project to raise £2,400 to purchase 800 copies of The Lost Generation – A Young People’s Guide, for every pupil at the high school and in Year Six at the Primary School, as well as everyone of that age at Sheringham Woodfields. North Norfolk Railway is looking to have a replica full-size WW1 plane on Otterndoff Green. They will also hoping to have a WW1 roadshow going round schools during November and an exhibition of poems and photos at Sheringham NNR Station. Interest is growing and there are bound to be additional events, says the council. Indication of interest in hosting, partnership, sponsorship/advertising in the Sheringham World War One Centenary Commemoration and Remembrance Project can be made to sheringham.ww1.project@btinternet. com.

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Doing their bit for environment Sheringham shop All Natural is doing its bit to help the environment and keep the coastline clean and tidy. Owner Joanna Stocks sells de-gradeable toothbrushes, beeswax wraps as an alternative to cling film, sun cream and deodorant in nonplastic packaging as well as refill options of a range of products, including washing liquid. “This is expanding as more people realise that Sheringham

rubbish doesn’t disappear when it is thrown away. Blue Planet on TV has shown us that a lot ends up in our seas and oceans and we have a responsibility to clear it up and not put it there. We have been trying to do plastic-free July by not using cling

film, using bamboo tooth brushes, washing our re-cyclable rubbish and buying fruit and veg from the greengrocer without extra plastic on it. But there is always more to be done,” she said. Joanne also helps with the regular beach cleans in Sheringham. “This is not just to help Sheringham keep its Blue Flag status and help marine life but also raise awareness of the rubbish that ends up in the sea and on the beach.”

It was lovely to be part of the popular and very beautiful flower festival at St Andrew's, Sheringham, again, and to display and sell some of Fairtrade’s wide range of goods.on our stall. We hoped to repeat this experience at the charity carnival day, on July 29. We were ready with our T-shirts and hand-made hats decorated with empty Fairtrade packets; plus Belinda, the Fairtrade Banana, and Seamus, the Fairtrade scarecrow, who were ready with samples and a quiz. Everything was fine – even the weather, but only for an hour. Then the wind blew and dark clouds loomed. We moved to the row of shelters, but the wind and rain won the battle, and we retreated home, to dry out our soggy stall. Never mind – there's always next year. Many thanks to the cheerful carnival helpers, and to Sainsbury’s and Tesco, for supplying us with Fairtrade goods. Brenda Smith (Fairtrade for Sheringham Group)


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If there is one thing we do well in the UK it is royal pageantry, and the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle did not disappoint. The event had something to please all the crowds, from ardent royalists to celebrity spotters and those who just like to watch a good parade. Of course, any royal wedding gives rise to months of allegation and gossip in the tabloids, and this was no exception. It was hard to avoid the embarrassing revelations about Ms Markle’s family members: her difficult relationship with her father; the collusion of her half-sister with paparazzi photographers; her half-brother’s open letter to the Prince warning him against the marriage; and the disappointment of the siblings that they weren’t invited to attend. But stories of this sort are nothing new, and we don’t have to delve very far into the history of the royals themselves to find

“family dysfunctionality”. In the relatively recent past we have seen the abdication of a king in connection with his marriage to an unpopular American divorcee, alleged scandals surrounding Princess Margaret, and of course the divorce of Prince Harry’s own parents and revelations about their unhappy marriage. We are told that Queen Victoria’s children fell out with her as well as with each other, and further back still, the Prince can claim descent from some who not only disliked their relatives but had them put to death. In fact, if we are completely honest, which of us doesn’t have the odd skeleton in the family cupboard? Even if family relations currently seem harmonious, a little time spent researching the family tree will often turn up something embarrassing. When clients come to see us to prepare wills, they are often very reticent about family problems. They are reluctant to

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