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Any of you out there looking for a summer role? The Sheringham Society is looking for new volunteers to greet and interact with visitors to bring alive the historic Fisherman’s Heritage Centre and the unique Peter Coke Shell Gallery on Westcliff. The centre is dedicated to demonstrating the history of the lifeboats provided by the Upcher family of Sheringham Hall and contains the historic Henry Ramey Upcher Lifeboat. The shell gallery contains an amazing collection of nearly 200 shell-art creations, all the work of Peter Coke. More than 25,000 people visit each year. They open during Easter and then from May to the end of September, as well as during the autumn school half term holiday. People are need to do 12-2pm, or 2-4 pm, as well as fill in occasionally. Contact Paula Chapman on 01263 824338 or email


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from the archives Continuing our series delving into the Sheringham archives with TIM GROVES, from Sheringham Museum.

Why Joe was on the ball Last Month I started to describe how we were starting to move the museum archives to a new purpose-built store and how we were looking at photographs, documents and artefacts unseen for years. I came across very early photographs of Sheringham football teams. The one illustrated top right in this article dates from 1901 and is the earliest team photograph in the collection. Time and the use of sticky tape have taken their toll on the picture and it was in need of some tender loving care. The bottom image shows phase one of working and how, in a few simple steps, the photograph can be copied and manipulated using modern technology. I recall an exhibition of Sport in Sheringham in the Old Museum Cottages in Station Road more than 20 years ago, looking at different sports in the town from the late 19th century. One name stuck in my memory and that is of a boy that played football for Sheringham Schools and went on to play for the town team, Norwich City and England. That man was Joe Hannah. James Henry Hannah, known as Joe, started his career playing for the local school team, at the age of 13 playing for Sheringham Teachers.

During the First World War, Joe played in his division team in the Royal Engineers. On return to Sheringham he played for his home town as centre forward, a role in which his scoring abilities soon brought him to the attention of professional players. During the 1920-21 season he gained his county colours and, later being signed by Norwich City, beginning 15 unbroken years’ service. Uniquely, he played in all positions, except goalkeeper, before becoming right half-back, and then full-back, a position he kept for a record number of years. Joe was not a happy man if he considered his playing was below his own strict standards. Once he decided to punish himself by walking the 25 miles home from Norwich to Sheringham. This discipline must have worked because during the 1924-25 season he was chosen as right half-back in two international trial matches and selected as a member of the

Football Association team to play Australia, playing in 18 of 26 matches (picture left). A tribute to him in a Norwich City programme stated: “No club could ever wish for a more loyal and trustworthy servant – he has always given his best for the club.” After 427 first team appearances over 15 years with Norwich City, Joe took on the job of player/manager for Bury St Edmunds, leading them to victory over Ipswich in the Suffolk Senior Cup Final in 1938. During the Second World War, Joe served with the Royal Observer Corps. On his retirement he returned to Sheringham to live in St Joseph’s Road. He became full-time steward at the Morley Club and, after 14 years, left his home town to live in London. It was here, after a prolonged illness, that he died on February 1, 1975, at the age of 76. Hannah Close in Sheringham is named in his memory.

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Find out more about career in caring A new campaign is aiming to encourage more people into thinking about a career in caring. The Social Care Recruitment Campaign is being run by Norfolk County Council to spread the word about how rewarding a career in caring can be and to give people a chance to understand the opportunities available. Rebecca Baynes, who is leading the campaign, said: “There is a shortage of people going into the caring profession and we want to address that by sharing the stories of those working in the sector, offering some hands-on support to those thinking about that direction or to encourage others


who are not sure of their career path.” She is teaming up with local care providers throughout Norfolk to promote working in the sector and events will be taking place throughout March. With an increasing need for social care professionals, new ways to promote careers in social care to students was needed. Care Connectors, an innovative project devised and managed by Norfolk and Suffolk Care Support and funded by Norfolk County Council, does just that. Care Connectors are professionals working in adult social care who are passionate

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about their work and want to share their experiences with students. They go into schools and colleges with health and social care students to deliver classroom activities that give students a taster of what adult social care work is like. In January, a class of Year 12 and 13 health and social care students at Sheringham High met an apprentice care support worker and discussed “Stanley”, a case study of an older man living on his own who needs care. Project co-ordinator Sarah

Steele (pictured) said: “The students got involved in hearing about Stanley’s life and discussed what they thought should happen as he got older and more frail. They learnt that being a care worker is a highly responsible and skilled role that requires commitment and compassion.” After the activity students were asked what they thought of the activity. “All of them said that they had a better idea of what social care was about and that their image of social care had improved,” said Sarah. You can find out more about working in social care at www.norfolkcarecareers. Sheringham







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Headmaster Fred de Falbe talks about life at school and further afield out and about in Norfolk.

One of the real pleasures of moving to Beeston Hall School has been the welcome Juliet and I have received everywhere we go, with the early rejoinder being: “You are going to love Norfolk!” – and that we most certainly do. We moved in September last year and experienced a gloriously warm later summer and a benign autumn. It has been amazing – we came from North Devon where the rainfall is less forgiving! We immediately began the dipping in the sea, the fossilhunting along the beach, the Cromer crab... I must be careful what I say, lest the staff and parents think I am treating this job as a holiday. Even now though, in deep winter, the azure skies and crisp mornings chase away any New Year gloom. The clouds can interfere with our astronomy club, but the boarders managed a fantastic evening beach walk anyway – sea and sky in the gloaming. We continue with dog-walking on the beach, passing many heavily “rearranged and relocated” beach huts, wearing just a few more hats and gloves. There are cheery waves to and from fellow walkers, which articulate so well the shared sense of community. We are all here for the same sorts of reasons; it is a glorious place to live. The school children themselves spend a good proportion of their time outside, whether playing or studying, enjoying the outdoors as they learn. The joy at being here, whether for time immemorial or having recently moved, is very plain in all these welcomes, since there is a self-consciously positive decision about living here which radiates goodwill and hospitality. Nowhere has this been clearer than in our recent meetings with the Beeston Regis Parish Council, who we are helping to celebrate their Diamond Jubilee. Their embracing of our children’s musical talents (which we also saw at the Cromer Church Hall recently), alongside the Sheringham Shantymen, means that we will all have a party to remember on May 25. The event is also going to be a springboard for historical projects, for both children and adults, and community involvement which brings us together in a way that lies at the heart of Beeston life.

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Mixing Bard and the blues A magical mix of classical music and words by William Shakespeare are being conjured up in a live orchestral concert at Sheringham Little Theatre in March. The Flights of Fantasy evening features Sinfonia Viva and combines two works of “storytelling bravado” – Der Freischutz by Weber, based on a German folk tale of romance, rivalry and marksmanship, and The Bard’s A Midsummer Night's Dream mingled with Mendelssohn. Actor and producer Simon Hollingworth and the orchestra have re-imagined the two classic tales through narration and chamber music. It is part of a series of high orchestral concerts developed by North Norfolk District Council in partnership with national charity Orchestras Live. The concert is at Sheringham Little Theatre on Saturday, March 4, 7.30. Tickets are £18 adults, £12 children 16 and under. The Little Theatre is also preparing for a fun day with the help of the blues on March 19. Diggin’ the Blues by the

Roots will present a unique opportunity to enjoy a musical journey with trio the Spikedrivers, followed by an evening concert with guests Fran McGillivray and Mike Burke (pictured above). “The blues are the roots, everything else is the fruits”. With this quote in mind, the Spikedrivers’ workshop will begin with a brief history of the blues, before they demonstrate what it is that makes people want to get up and dance, jump and shout, getting everybody involved and be inspired. Workshops are not only for musicians at all levels but also for music fans alike. Fran and Mike will also give two free performances in The Hub during the day. For tickets and times see or call 01263 822347.

The Play’s the Thing is a trio of one-act comic plays, ranging from the dark, murderous humour of The Poisoner’s Lair, to the sad yet farcical action of Stop and Run, to the sidesplitting hilarity of The Last Bread Pudding. Join the Sheringham Players for an evening spiced with deadly poison and powerful aphrodisiac. Follow the antics of a young playwright, a mysterious stranger, and a jealous wife. There’s also a blind bingo caller. Performances will be at Sheringham Little Theatre on March 16-18. Box Office: 01263 822347. Sheringham


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Handy sew and sews needed for project The Lighthouse charity in Sheringham is on a mission to make the lives of women in a Ugandan village more comfortable and to give them more dignity. Currently teenagers and women of all ages have no sanitary ware to deal with their monthly periods with many not even owning a pair of knickers. Aside from the health and hygiene issues, there is the more frightening issue of the women there being more likely to be raped when they are not wearing underwear, according to Jo Mutton, one of those due to go out to Uganda in April with the charity Reed People. She said each month young girls miss up to a week of school being confined to rooms where they have to clean up with leaves and it’s the same for the women too. “They have no sanitary ware and knickers are seen as a kind of status symbol,” said Jo. Now she and Rachel Welch, who works to raise awareness of teenage mental health, are planning a 24-hour sewing marathon to help make reusable sanitary pads which they will be taking to Uganda in April in a party of 14 volunteers. The pads will make up a pack for each woman, which will also include five pairs of knickers and a flannel. The pads are being made from soft cotton material such

as old duvet covers or pillow cases, with absorbent towelling inside. The event will be held at The Lighthouse church from 7pm on March 10 to 7pm on March 11. Anyone is welcome to go along at any time. People will be needed for cutting the pattern, sewing, sorting donations or just making a cuppa for volunteers. They would welcome people with their own sewing machines if they wish to bring them. “There will certainly be lots for people to do and we’d really appreciate any help anyone can give us, particularly if there’s any insomniacs out there who might like to join us in the small hours,” she added. It will be Rachel’s first time in Uganda, though husband Mark is familiar with the work out there having been involved in building the local school. Donations wise the group is looking for packs of new basic, cotton knickers, in darker plain colours from the ages of 9/10

upwards to adult sizes. They also need any material for the pads plus needles and cotton and Velcro, to use at the event as well as to take out so women can be shown how to make their own pads. Rachel is asking for the donation of any unwanted loom bands so youngsters can make small bracelets to take over to Uganda when they go. Community groups have already signed up to help with the WI collecting knickers and bras. There’s also the chance for people to make a few pads in their own time with a pattern available. The charity has had a long relationship with the Ugandan village and has now pledged ongoing help for the next 10 years. So far, their work has included building dorms for boarders at the school with triple bunks, providing water filtration, building a new toilet block and making the school building structurally safe. The school currently only caters for

primary age children but the charity hopes to extend that into secondary education including more new toilets and a shower block. Jo will be joined on the mission by husband Ian, of architects Stead, Mutton and Griggs and two of their children, including son Matthew, 14, who first went out as a nine-year-old. Each of the volunteers going is paying £1,000 of their own money for flights, accommodation and food. Rachel will be writing a blog from April 3, so anyone interested can follow their progress. They will be collecting any donations before they go to buy medical supplies and items for the community, including a feeding programme. Donations can be handed over at The Lighthouse, which is also collecting donated items. Martin Greenland at Logowear is planning to donate white T shirts for the children in Uganda to decorate and Starlings is on board with other supplies. “We feel like it’s our community pulling together to help their community,” said Rachel. And Jo added: “Visiting this community is such a humbling experience as is seeing how much our community is willing to help.” You can contact Jo on 07876 113035 or Rachel on 07876 195437.


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What’s on... Tuesday 28th February 2017, 7pm ROH: SLEEPING BEAUTY. LIVE BALLET SCREENING

A perennial delight and a much-loved classic, The Royal Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty combines the best of classical ballet, with all its charms and virtuosity, splendid music and talented dancers.

Saturday 4th March 2017, 7.30pm ORCHESTRA LIVE: FLIGHTS OF FANTASY

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Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel.

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Pet portrait painter Jenni Cator is marking a new exhibition by offering readers the chance to win a picture of their own pet. The exhibition All Creatures Great and Small will be at The Gallery Norfolk, Cromer, from April 8-22. Norfolk-born Jenni has loved painting animals since she was a little girl. She later went to study portrait painting at university graduating with a first class honours degree and now dedicates her time to painting dogs, cats – and any other pet you can imagine. Over the years Jenni has found her portraits have come out best when the “sitter” has found their way onto a piece of furniture – often a comfy sofa – and this is the theme for the coming exhibition. Gallery owner Polly Miller and Jenni are giving readers the chance of winning an original 60 x 60cm pet portrait painted by Jenni.

All you have to do is send a photograph of your pet sitting on a chair, sofa, table – whatever looks best – and Jenni will select her favourite picture to paint. Send pictures to The Gallery Norfolk, 3 Church Street, Cromer, NR27 9ER. Closing date for receiving the pictures

Marked out for success A street stencilling and social media campaign to encourage owners to pick up after their dogs has helped to raise awareness of the issue and reduce the amount of dog fouling in North Norfolk. Over the Christmas and New Year period North Norfolk District Council’s environmental services team were out and about stencilling no messing signs onto the Sheringham Promenade. The stencilling campaign was run alongside a Christmas themed social media campaign that saw 13 tweets gain 14,106 Twitter impressions and 15 Facebook posts reach more than 9,000 people. The issue was debated on social media and the stencils were clearly visible on the Sheringham Promenade. Before the campaign monitoring was carried

out along Sheringham Promenade – the area was visited 11 times between 29/11 to 16/12 and a total of 67 dog poos were recorded; after the stencils went down the area was visited 11 times between the 20/12 to 11/01 and 57 dog poos were recorded, a reduction of 15%. Volunteer community dog wardens also support the education and engagement approach by going out and about patrolling neighbourhoods to remind dog owners of their responsibilities and help talk to pet owners about the need to always pick up after your dog. Tom FitzPatrick, leader of North Norfolk District Council said: “Our focus is to educate those pet owners who don’t realise how important it is, to work with the community and ultimately to take enforcement action.”

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Sheringham High School head ANDREW richardson talks about educational issues and school life. St Valentine’s Day may have become commercialised, with the musical cards, velour hearts, teddies in balloons and flowers which miraculously triple in cost. But, not many people know that St Valentine is also the patron saint of a group of people who, like teachers and students, understand that it’s all about effort and teamwork. Students make progress by knowing clearly what has to be done, by keeping busy in their learning; always looking for how best solve problems, foraging for facts and asking questions. Staff know that communication is everything; where to find the information and the best sources of inspiration, and having eyes everywhere. Yes, St Valentine is also the patron saint of beekeepers! So that’s why we all love learning at Sheringham High. You can follow all the news from the school on Twitter @SheringhamHigh Sheringham


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Ahoy there, we need food! Sixth formers from Woodfields School went into Viking battle to kidnap Sheringham Tesco manager Scott and hold him to ransom for a trolly of food for the food bank as part of the 4th Viking Festival. After a workshop with artist Colin Seal, the youngsters rampaged through the store until they had a loaded shopping trolley for the

Cromer & District Foodbank. Traders have been sponsoring shields which were painted to decorate the Viking boat. Sword and shield making took place on February 11 at Oddfellows Hall. The boat burning took place too late to be included in this magazine but we aim to have pictures next issue.

‘Vibrant’ plan for seafront eyesore A first-floor restaurant with panoramic views over the promenade and the sea will be an integral part of a development planned for the site of the former Shannocks Hotel in Sheringham. Wymondham-based architects Lucas Hickman Smith have designed plans for owners Huddies to transform the derelict hotel on the seafront into vibrant new building with the restaurant, shops and flats in keeping with the town’s heritage and the nearby buildings. The ground-floor retail units, first-floor restaurant and residential apartments on the upper floors will all have sea views to take advantage of its position overlooking the beach. Company director Andrew Roper said: “We believe the application proposes a vibrant, forward-looking new building, of high architectural quality and demonstrating a clear link to Sheringham’s heritage and its immediate context. “We are keen for local life to be enhanced by the proposed development, and in particular that the wider community should have the opportunity to enjoy the expansive views over the promenade, the beach and the sea that are offered by the site’s location.” An application for full planning permission has been submitted to North Norfolk District Council and comes at a time when the council was considering applying for a compulsory purchase order on the site for an alternative development, incorporating the site of the Sheringham

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St Andrew’s Ladies Association fun evening on was greatly enjoyed by everyone. On February 28, president the Rev Jackie Smith and her friend will tell us all about their recent visit to Israel. March 14 sees Imogen White, from Amazona Zoo in Cromer talking about her role and the animals. march 28 will be the group’s second fashion show by M and Co, Cromer. It all starts at 7.30pm and is in aid of Sheringham Age Concern, tickets £3.50. Models will be showing outfits for children, women and men. Contact Anne Barker on 01263 824887.

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St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Sheringham is starting a new Men’s group. Men Allowed will run on Tuesday mornings 9-10am on the first and third Tuesday each month starting on March 7. It’s a time for mini bible study, prayer, discussion, friendship and chat, plus tea, coffee and toast.


Former Shannocks Hotel and the adjacent Chequers Car Park, which is owned by NNDC. Judy Oliver, for NNDC, said: “As per the last cabinet decision, we are maintaining pressure on the owners to move forward with development, by putting our own development proposals forward for planning approval, along with a voluntary offer to purchase the derelict hotel from them.” However, Huddies has urged it to rethink its proposals in light of its application. “The acquiring authority pays all of the costs of the CPO and the public inquiry, and is usually ordered to pay a successful objector's legal and professional costs,” said Mr Roper, adding it would “not be in the interests of local ratepayers”. John Western, a director at Lucas Hickman Smith architects said the company had looked at re-developing the current building but that it was in too poor a state. He said: “The fabric and structure are in a bad state and there are issues with salt saturation.”

Come along and indulge in a delicious range of cakes, try your luck in the raffle, browse in the book stall and rummage through the bring and buy, all in aid of Animal Aid which campaigns against all forms of animal abuse and promote cruelty free living. It’s on Saturday, March 25, at St Peter’s Church Hall, 9.30am-12.30pm.

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The AGM of the Sheringham Dementia Friendly Community will be held on Wednesday, March 1, at the Salvation Army Hall, Cremer Street, 6-7pm. This is open to any individual or business that has an interest in wanting to ensure that everyone living with Dementia can lead an active and fulfilling life in Sheringham and surrounding area. The aim is for the community to be somewhere people living with Dementia can find their way around and feel safe, use their local facilities and continue participating in social activities and clubs. Anyone can get involved. Light refreshments will be available.


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Awakening is the first exhibition of work by Brushes with Life, a newly formed group of like-minded artists who graduated from the Norfolk Painting School in 2016. The nine artists first met in September 2015 as they embarked on a year-long course at the Norfolk Painting School. The school specialises in oil painting attracting students both nationally and internationally.

with NOEL GANT As I sit, goose quill in hand, I am reminded tomorrow is Saint Valentine’s day. As a boy, the “sloppy” stuff now associated with the day was hardly borne in mind. To us, it was the day of Father Valentine, the mysterious bringer of gifts. He was never seen but a knock on the door heralded his arrival. On opening the door, only a package on the step gave lie to the fact he had called. It could be a bag of koshies or a bar of chocolate. Whatever, it was a welcome diversion in the grey days. Now it has to do with expensive cards and even pricier roses to submit ones undying love, a day to take the one of your dreams or maybe your spouse even, for a meal to remember, usually for the size of the bill. For those of you who succumbed to cupid’s dart and found romance, I say enjoy. Grandfather once said to me: “That’s like this here, boy; do you always remember your Norfolk and that mean you du diffrunt.” I particularly remember the conversation because the old fellow was pouring a liberal amount of warm custard on his cold pork pie.

Brushes with Life formed at the end of their course to continue supporting each other and to create and exhibit work around the country. The group are made up of a mix of experienced exhibiting artists and those beginning a new career. Styles are equally diverse. Awakening runs from March 24-May 2 and is at the Red Lobster Gallery, Sheringham. Call 01263 825590 for opening times.

Stage is set for sponsors Sheringham Little Theatre is appealing for more business sponsors to support its work staging of the performing arts – including seeking its first ever “gold” backer. Sponsorship can be for a full year with packages ranging from bronze (£695 a year plus VAT), through silver (£1250) to gold (£4950). But it can also include individual events or seasons, such as summer drama and pantomime, with backers gaining publicity through programme and in-venue advertising. Solicitors Clapham and Collinge have

used the venue for a breakfast seminar advising businesses and individuals how to avoid common legal pitfalls which can ruin commercial and family lives. The Hub coffee bar also provides a friendly meeting space. Theatre director Debbie Thompson said: “We are so grateful for the monetary support given by our sponsors. In return our venue provides them with an ideal, fully-equipped venue for corporate events.” Call Debbie Thompson on 01263 826171 or email debbie@sheringhamlittletheatre. com.

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What does a solicitor do? This article follows on from my last on how to become a lawyer. The next step is to explain the work that a solicitor does. A solicitor is a confidential legal adviser who combines expertise and people-skills to provide legal advice and assistance in range of situations, covering the following: w Everyday matters for private clients, such as buying and selling a house, making a will and winding up people’s affairs when they have died. It also covers advice when relationships break-down and other family matters. w Helping with the legal side of business and its transactions. w Protecting people by advising them on their rights and making sure that they are treated fairly. This includes bringing and enforcing claims through the courts and tribunals. Of the 130,000 solicitors in England and Wales, two-thirds work in private practice.

Scotland has its own legal system. They range from sole practitioners (who work on their own with support staff) through to multi-national firms with hundreds of partners, thousands of staff and offices across the world. Some solicitors work with individual people; including representing them in the courts and tribunals. Or they might work advising businesses and corporate clients in areas ranging from employment law to contracts, through to company mergers and acquisitions. In Norfolk, there are thriving practices specialising in advising farmers on all aspects of agricultural legal matters. Other work is in specialist areas: insurance, intellectual property (IP) ie advising on patents and copyrights, shipping, banking, the media and entertainment. The remaining third of solicitors work in-

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