The Fishermen’s Heritage Centre and the Peter Coke Shell Gallery are now closed for the remainder of 2016 and will not reopen until Easter 2017.
We are grateful to all who visited us during recent months, and who left appreciative comments and generous donations.
In early September the Society organised a very enjoyable trip on the Lucy Lavers lifeboat based at Wells-next-the-Sea. Another such trip could be arranged if members and friends are interested.
This year’s art exhibition organised by our hard-working Art Committee was again a great success. The total of paintings on display was 360, fifty more than last year, and of these 68 were sold, yielding a profit of around £600.
The photograph shows Town Mayor David Gooch who opened the exhibition talking to members on the preview evening.
The raffle prize was generously donated by local artist Les Casey and was won by a lady from Nottinghamshire.
The good cause to benefit this year will be the Sheringham Play Park Appeal, as the equipment on the Cromer Road play area (near the Tesco store) needs updating.
A cheque for £600 was presented to the Appeal organisers by Chairman Peter Strudwick and Art Secretary Maureen Cooper.
On Saturday 14th May the Sheringham Society took part in the North Norfolk Stories Festival. Visitors to the Fishermen’s Heritage Centre were able to ask the Hon. Charlotte Upcher, paying a visit back to Sheringham from 1838, why she was motivated to commission Sheringham’s very first lifeboat, the Augusta. Her daughter-in-law, Caroline Upcher, told why she ordered its replacement in 1894.
Meanwhile in the Shell Gallery 19th century sailors revealed to visitors the secrets of sailors’ valentines and children were invited to help make a reproduction of one. Owing to the strong cold northerly wind which had set in there were fewer visitors than anticipated, but this gave those who did turn up a better opportunity to get involved.
The top photograph shows, from the left, Maureen Cooper, Peter Strudwick, Hilary Nelson, John and Maureen Gardiner in their period costumes. (A further sailor, William Rusdell, had already changed out of his costume when the photo was taken.) The second shows Maureen Cooper at the beginning of the session with, on the left, the empty frame for the sailor’s valentine which participating children had, by its end, made into a very accurate copy of the prototype on the right.