The Fishermen’s Heritage Centre and Peter Coke Shell Gallery closed their doors for the main part of the season at the end of September. We were also open for the schools’ autumn half term holiday. Preliminary indications are that we have broken a few records. Visitor numbers in the Shell Gallery have been especially encouraging, an indication that the word about this unusual art form is spreading as visitors tell their friends and relations about it.
Maureen Cooper, our Social Secretary, continues to come up with an attractive series of events during the winter (see Events page). All our coffee mornings are now held in St Joseph’s Hall on Cromer Road, following the sale of the St John Hall.
On a sad note, we have to record a number of recent deaths. Reg Grimes, chairman of the Society for most of the last 15 years and the main influence behind the preservation and renovation of the former Fishing Sheds (which now contain the Fishermen’s Heritage Centre and the Shell Gallery) and a host of other important initiatives and campaigns, has died after a short illness. He will be greatly missed by the Society and in Sheringham as a whole. Lennie (Teapot) West, a source of vital information about the former fishing industry of which he and his forbears were a part, has also died, as has another of our members, Ron Pegg, also a member of one of the traditional Sheringham fishing families.
We are still facing the prospect of major expensive repairs to the roof of the HRU lifeboat shed – a problem which is currently being addressed. We expect to be working, with the generous assistance of Sheringham Town Council, on reroofing over the winter closed period (weather permitting!).
As regular visitors to this site will know, Sheringham Preservation Society became the Sheringham and District Society (Sheringham Society for short) nearly two years ago. There is another Sheringham Society, dedicated to the memory of a writer on angling called Hugh Tempest Sheringham. Putting Sheringham Society into Google or similar will bring up both, or you can go straight to www.sheringhamsociety.com.