About

The Society was founded in 1979 as a result of a relatively small boundary dispute. This acted as a catalyst which brought together a group of likeminded people who were conscious that there were many things waiting to be done which would not be done without co-operation and determination. The initial energy and enthusiasm has kept the Society active as it now looks to recruiting a younger generation to continue the same work and find new avenues to explore as it responds to changing requirements.

The Society’s principal achievements are summarised below:

Contributing approximately £80,000 from the Society’s own resources to a wide variety of local projects which have improved and conserved the local environment and made life more pleasant for residents and visitors

Securing a further £100,000 in grants from external sources for local projects

Opening the Henry Ramey Upcher lifeboat shed to visitors on behalf of the town since 1983 and successfully renovating the Fishing Sheds, open from 2006, to provide further exhibition space; the Society now takes full responsibility on behalf of Sheringham Town Council for the Fishermen’s Heritage Centre, incorporating the HRU lifeboat in its shed, the Peter Coke Shell Gallery, containing shell artworks generously donated to the Society by Peter Coke, a small craft shop which the Society rents out and the garden adjacent.

Mounting an annual art exhibition since 1979, providing a showcase for local artists and an attraction for residents and visitors

Initiating environmental conservation projects (clearing of undergrowth and litter, planting of trees, shrubs and bulbs) which have improved the appearance of the area (and led to the formation of Sheringham in Bloom); within this category are included the massive task of clearing Upper Sheringham Churchyard after years of neglect, participation by members in the formation of the Beeston Common Management Group and initiating periodic cleaning of the beach and beck

Agitating for a town museum which led to the formation of Sheringham Museum Trust, to which the Society has contributed generously

Being on the alert for problems and deficiencies in and about the town (e.g. missing street signs, lights which don’t work, where benches are needed, curbing vandalism) by alerting the authorities and also taking direct action

Scrutinising planning applications, acting directly and through persuasion to conserve historic buildings, protesting against overdevelopment and contributing to planning policy

Setting up a heritage walk with blue plaques on significant historic buildings and encouraging research into the history of Sheringham and Beeston Regis

2 Responses to About

  1. mark aston says:

    We have just returned from a family holiday near Sheringham. This is the first time for many years we have not taken a holiday abroad. Having not been to North Norfolk before this was a revellation, we had a great time, the area is unspoilt and as a food lover it was a paradise. We noted how some nearby towns have had the life ripped out of them by large supermarkets. I sincerely hope that Sheringham will never ever sucumb to such a fate and will retain its individuality. We look forward to returning

    • Dear Mark,

      Many of us who live in the town share your view and await with trepidation the arrival of the Tesco store which you now doubt saw preparations for on the Cromer Road. We successfully fought this development through the planning process for 13 years, but in the end Tesco, its supporters in the town and the planning officers, who had been strongly in favour of it from the beginning, proved too much and it was voted through by the narrowest of margins. We sincerely hope that you will not be disappointed on your return.

      John Gardiner

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