The Ispolen makes a reappearance


One of the more famous rescues carried out by the Henry Ramey Upcher Fishermen’s Lifeboat was of the brig Ispolen in 1897.

The remains of the wreck are occasionally exposed by storms and tides to public view.

The latest exposure was on 29 October 2018 and photographs are shown below. There was a big storm in December 2013 which took away some of the timbers but it appears that since that catastrophic event even more timbers have been lost.

Malcolm Peddar

Fishermen’s Heritage Centre

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Closed until Easter 2019

The Fishermen’s Heritage Centre and Peter Coke Shell Gallery are now closed until next Easter. Opening times for 2019 will be announced early in the year.

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Art Exhibition 2018

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.

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Society AGM

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.

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Presentations to EACH and EAAA

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.


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Lucy Lavers Trip

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.

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The 2017 Art Exhibition

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.

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