On Sunday 13th August Sheringham RNLI held their annual Lifeboat Day. Hundreds of people flocked to the lifeboat station to see the lifeboat demonstrations including a mock rescue of a swimmer (played by Sheringham helmsman Steve Banks) and a joint demonstration involving Sheringham Lifeboat and both of Cromer’s Lifeboats.
There were also displays by the local HM Coastguard team, a tombola with prizes donated by local businesses, a teddy tombola, refreshments stall and a Welly Wanging competition.
At 1pm The Sheringham Shantymen put on a free performance with a collection in the famous RNLI yellow wellies at the end by crewmember Leanne McColm and Sam Farrow and at 3pm the station held their annual lifeboat service with representatives from all of Sheringham’s churches and music provided by the Sheringham Salvation Army band.
On Saturday 22nd July sixty two hardy collectors were out and about on the rainy streets of Sheringham collecting for the RNLI as part of the annual Flag Day.
A record £2181.62 was collected, Sheringham RNLI would like to say a huge thank you to the people of Sheringham for their generosity. Thanks also go to the many volunteers who helped organise the day, hold collection boxes and count the money (and particularly to the kind person who handed over a bag of coins totalling £70!)
Brian Farrow, Sheringham RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, said ‘We are greatly touched by the kindness and support we continue to receive from our fantastic community. To break our record for Flag Day collections at Sheringham during the current financial climate and on such a rainy day is truly heart-warming. Thank you all.’
The town of Sheringham morphed into a colourful clamour of bells for the first weekend in July, as has become traditional. Morris Sides from across the United Kingdom converged on the town for the highlight of the East Anglian Morris year.
From Newcastle to Norwich and from Laxfield to Leicester they, hopped, skipped and jumped their way to Sheringham to celebrate a festival of folk music and dancing. 37 groups of people showcased the real diversity that this art form supports and demonstrated the huge variety of forms of Morris dancing to delighted crowds who thronged to the town to support the weekend. For the uninitiated, this can include Molly, Rapper, Mummer, Cotswold, North West and Welsh Border styles of dance.
After a welcome from the Sheringham Town Crier, Mayor and Deputy Mayor, the 37 sides danced their way through the town before settling down around 11 performance venues in town for over 10 hours of dancing joy spread over Saturday and Sunday.
Sheringham is gearing up for a great weekend of fun on 30th June to 2nd July as the preparations continue for the annual Potty Festival – a celebration of Morris Dancing and Folk Music, which has taken place in the town for the last 30 years. Named after Sheringham’s “Lobster Potties” Morris side, the weekend will see 35 sides dancing all around town, showcasing some fantastic outfits and skills. Dancing will follow the various Morris forms including Molly, Rapper, Mummers, Cotswold, North West and Welsh Border.
The whole town comes alive for this festival of fun, with the 2018 Festival seeing a Guinness world record of 369 dancers dancing together – a spectacular sight.
A tragedy-hit seaside family is trying to get life back on song through music in a new comedy drama premiering at Sheringham this summer.
Shanty is the story of a Cromer crab fisherman and his two daughters, all grieving after the sudden death of their wife and mum.
Their rebuilding journey, laced with music and humour born out of adversity, is explored by up-and-coming young playwright and poet James McDermott who lives near Holt.
“It is a drama drawing its comedy from the family’s attempts to form a band, the mess of grieving and being a young person clumsily trying to find a new way forward,” he explained.
There aren’t many shops where you can literally feel the waves crashing against the beach but you can in the little shop at Sheringham Lifeboat station and they are looking for volunteers.
Opening from the Easter holidays until October half term every year, the shop at RNLI Sheringham station is open 10:30am until 4:30pm and run entirely by volunteers. The role doesn’t require any previous experience with full training given but it’s not just how to work the till – the shop volunteers are often the face of Sheringham RNLI when people wander along the prom so you’ll also be given information about the lifeboat to help answer their questions!
Each volunteer does a 3 hour shift and volunteers can do as many or as few shifts as they like, based in the secure cabin at the lifeboat station with toilet & tea-making facilites on hand.
A free arts event celebrating two famous British characters will raise the curtain on a new fundraising appeal at Sheringham Little Theatre.
Prose, poetry and music will punctuate an afternoon of performance on Sunday April 23 which coincides with St George’s Day and the birthday of William Shakespeare.
Entry is free during the event which runs from 3pm to 5pm, in the Hub which will be serving cream teas as well as cakes, savouries and drinks. But donations will be invited to help kick start a £5000 appeal to upgrade the venue’s curtains.
No More Heroes? looks to explore well known and unsung icons of British culture. Works will include a new version of the St George story, and the words, plus a parody, of the Bard, as well as music from British composers ancient and modern.
He’s a bus station busker, whose songs are just the ticket for travellers. But who is he and why does he do it?
They are the questions tackled in new one-man comedy drama penned and performed by a north Norfolk entertainer.
Greg Powles’ show The Busker takes a journey in song, stories and humour that delves into the mystery street performer. As well as singing his songs, he explains how they fit into his life.
It will be staged at three East Anglian venues in May – Pakefield, Sheringham and Norwich – ahead of plans to take the new work to the Edinburgh Festival next year.
Last week Sheringham Lifeboat station celebrated it’s first ever female tractor driver. Rachel Rickett passed her final assessment to drive the 10 tonne amphibious Talus MB-4H MKII lifeboat launching tractor and is one of four ladies now part of the crew at RNLI Sheringham.
Joining the Shore Crew in 2021, Rachel aspired to drive the tractor from day one, Rachel said “I’ve always admired the volunteers of the RNLI and when I finally moved to the coast from Essex I decided to join up at Sheringham. I love being part of the team and being able to give something back to the community is so rewarding”. The combined weight of the tractor, trailer & Atlantic 85 lifeboat is around 15 tonnes so launching the lifeboat with her four crew in all weathers is a huge responsibility.
A pair of prestigious premieres feature in the newly-announced summer season drama line-up at Sheringham Little Theatre.
Shanty is a brand new comedy, with live music, based on a Cromer sea shanty singing fishermen and his family. Running from August 8-12 it charts daughter Shanty’s creation of a band to tackle the family’s fishing business woes. It is penned by North Norfolk based playwright, poet and EastEnders scriptwriter James McDermott.
Run For Your Man (August 22-26), by farce master Ray Cooney, is a modern twist on his classic Run For Your Wife – putting cabbie Jackie into the main role, juggling two husbands in two different towns, before her life unravels.