Now that the half-term holidays are here we offer the last opportunity this year to visit the Fishermen’s Heritage Centre and the Peter Coke Shell Gallery. Because of a shortage of volunteers it is unlikely that we will be able to open for a full four hours every day during this period (Saturday 20th to Sunday 28th October) but every effort will be made to open for at least two hours each day between noon and 4 pm. We have to issue the usual warning that owing to its exposed position on the seafront the Fishermen’s Heritage Centre in particular may be closed if the weather turns really nasty.
Both will then close until Easter 2019. Owing to a shortage of volunteer stewards and vacancies on the Sheringham Society’s executive committee there is some uncertainty about opening times next year, the worst possibility being that the society may be forced to cease all its activities. Everyone will be working to ensure that this does not happen, so please keep an eye on this site to follow developments.
This year’s art exhibition was opened by the Mayor of Sheringham, Councillor Mrs Madeleine Ashcroft on the evening of 16th August when a preview was held for members and invited guests. The raffle prize was generously donated by Tony Purdy. By the time the exhibition closed on the 28th August, 55 pictures had been sold – another very successful outcome attesting to the high standard of the works on display.
Any profit made (initial estimates are that it will be about £800) will be donated to this year’s chosen charities, Macmillan Nurses and Marie Curie Cancer Care.
Photographs are from the Preview Evening.
The Sheringham Society held its AGM on 13th April. Many thanks to the 32 members who came to give their support, the best attendance for several years.
The society reported another successful year in 2017. All members of the current committee will continue to serve. Members are very grateful to Chairman Peter Strudwick who has agreed to continue in post for another year, but he will definitely be standing down at next year’s AGM. The society is very successful in everything it runs and has a healthy balance sheet but cannot function without a strong team organising its activities. Vice Chairman John Gardiner has resigned from that post and will continue on the committee. We are now seeking someone to fill that role with a view to taking over from Peter next year, with Peter then becoming Vice Chairman in support.
At the coffee morning and talk held on 28th September a cheque for half of the profits (£400) from the society’s 2017 Art Exhibition was presented to the East Anglian Children’s Hospices. The remaining £400 of the profit was presented to East Anglian Air Ambulances at the corresponding October event.
The first photograph shows society Chairman Peter Strudwick and secretary of the Arts Committee Maureen Cooper presenting the cheque to Michael Crawley in the centre representing EACH. The second shows Andrew Cunningham, Area Representative, receiving a £400 cheque on behalf of EAAA.
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.
The photograph shows Society Chairman Peter Strudwick getting the exhibition under way at the preview evening for members and guests.
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.