In July the Society organised another trip on the Lucy Lavers lifeboat based in Wells-next-the Sea for members and friends. Anyone wishing to go on a similar trip in 2018 should contact Social Secretary Maureen Cooper (tel. 822156) or the Society Secretary (see Contacts page). The photograph shows the group on board just before launching off.
The exhibition, held in late August in the Masonic Hall, Cromer Road, was another great success. More than 50 local artists submitted just over 300 pictures of which 51 were sold.
A profit of about £800 was made which will be split equally between the East Anglian Air Ambulance and the East Anglian Children’s Hospice (EACH) at Quidenham. This means that in the last three years a total of £2,000 in exhibition profits will have been donated to local good causes (£600 to EACH in 2015 and £600 to the Sheringham Playpark Revamp, Cromer Road, in 2016). This makes the hard work of the Society’s Arts Committee in organising the event well worthwhile.
The Fishermen’s Heritage Centre and Peter Coke Shell Gallery are now open daily until the end of September (see Opening Times page for full details). Time is running out if you are planning a visit this year and have not been yet. We will be open again for the schools half-term holiday at the end of October, but adverse weather conditions then mean we may not be able to open for the full time we would like to.
During the closed season work progressed on several fronts. The large wooden doors of the lifeboat shed had become increasingly difficult to open and close and rust had weakened the hinges. It became necessary to fit new doors, in time for the new season. There was also a problem with rain and snow being blown into the shed on strong northerly winds during the winter (and occasionally, given our exposed location on the coast, during the summer as well, but without the snow). This problem was partly solved by fitting new doors, but further steps were also needed to keep the shed waterproof and a heavy plastic curtain has been installed which can be drawn across the inside of the doors during the winter to prevent rain and snow being blown in. The timbers of the lifeboat have adjusted to the salty environment and are in very good condition for their age, but any fresh (i.e. non-salty) water getting into the bottom of the boat could cause deterioration.
During the winter CCF cadets from Greshams School under the leadership of Gareth Burnell erected a shelter over the front of the boat made from disused canvas tents as a temporary measure until the new doors could be fitted. We are also very grateful to Sheringham Town Council for generously bearing the cost of the new doors.
In the shell gallery a thorough clean was carried out and some rearrangement of the exhibits made to enable pieces which have been in storage recently to replace other pieces which have been on display. A large stock of shells for sale was purchased, so look out for new acquisitions.