Traders meeting to discuss future of seaside towns

Sheringham and Cromer chambers of trade are meeting this month to discuss the future prosperity of the local economy.

The two groups have got together the personalities who shape the future of the two towns to hear what they have to say and give businesses the opportunity to express concerns and hopes.

The meeting is being seen as a “one-off opportunity to have your say to those that matter” and will be held on Tuesday, September 26, 6-8pm, at Sheringham Golf Club.

A top table of invited guest has been assembled of North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb, Nigel Best, who is the growth hub manager for New Anglia, Rob Young, head of economic and community development at North Norfolk District Council, and town mayors David Gooch and John Frosdick. The meeting will be chaired by the leader of the district council, Tom FitzPatrick.

The panellists will give a brief presentation of their views on the outlook for the areas from their perspective to be followed by a question and answer session from the audience

Anyone wishing to attend is being asked to confirm by September 24 to or telephone 01263 516009. Any topics you specifically would like to be discussed must be submitted by September 19.


Join the Cromer fire crew

Story by Innes Enslin

Ever fancied helping your community and fighting fire? Cromer Fire Station has the open day for you.

The event, being run by Chris Hele, a crew manager at Cromer Fire Station and his colleagues, will showcase the skills a retained firefighter needs. Drills and information about the crew will be demonstrated and explained by the team at the open day on Canada Road, Cromer on September 15, 7-9pm.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service has 42 stations, 39 of which have a retained commitment. The crew at Cromer insists this will be the first of many open days. Chris said: “We are looking to do another open day next year for people to look at our equipment, do some drills and fire safety.”

A firefighter on the Retained Duty System (RDS) provides an on-call, part-time service, responding to fire and emergency calls using the same appliances and equipment as full-time firefighters.  The difference is that retained firefighters are on call in their homes or workplaces rather than at a fire station.

To become a retained firefighter you have to live or work within five minutes’ travelling distance of the fire station during hours of declared availability. The role offers flexible working hours and could suit people with childcare responsibilities.

Chris said: “We are hoping to get a selection of people who will go on to apply, pass the recruitment exams and go on to be firefighters at Cromer.” Applications are welcome from both sexes, though appliants must be at least 18 years old.

Some of the big benefits of joining the fire service as a retained firefighter include the chance to be part of a highly-respected team, get free training, uniform and equipment. As well that, they earn an additional wage and can join the pension scheme.

If you interested to apply to become a retained firefighter get in touch with the crew via email at


Inspired collection by local photographer goes on show in Cromer

North Norfolk District Council’s public art gallery is showing work by local photographer Paul Macro.

The Inspired by Norfolk exhibition highlights the sights of the Norfolk coast with its dark winter skies, rough seas and fiery sunsets.

“The sights, sounds and smells of the Norfolk coast are woven into my soul and my happy childhood is a bright tapestry of memories,” Paul said. “I’m a Norfolk man, born and brought up in Norwich, and seaside holidays at Burnham Overy Staithe played an important part in my childhood.

“Several times a year, at all times of the year, my family spent holidays and weekends in our caravan, where the beauty of Norfolk’s unspoiled beaches and wide skies provided the backdrop to our other world, where there was peace and contentment and sibling harmony.

“My passion for Norfolk’s dark winter skies and rough seas, fiery sunsets and tough, wind-slapped greenery was born from an early exposure to these beauties – before I knew they were beautiful.”

Paul is proud that his work has helped local charities, and he has received orders for his charity calendars from every continent. The RNLI, Nelson’s Journey, Break and Red Balloon are amongst the charities that have benefited from his support.

“My life has been shaped by the landscape and the people of Norfolk and this is my way of giving a little bit back,” he said.

Maggie Prior, cabinet member for leisure and culture, said: “This is another fantastic display, and it’s lovely to see our exhibition space being used for such wonderful work. Paul brilliantly combines his natural skill and the wonderful Norfolk landscapes in his work.”

The exhibition runs until September 13 at the NNDC offices gallery in Holt Road, Cromer. The 1st Floor Gallery is open to the public 8.30am-5pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays; at 10am-5pm on Wednesdays; and at 8.30am-4.30pm on Fridays.

Any inquiries about the pictures, which are for sale, should be made to Paul through his website at, via or by calling 07727 644092.

Fly tipper prosecuted with help of landowner

A fly tipper was caught and prosecuted for two offences thanks to the combined efforts of a landowner and North Norfolk District Council.

The North Norfolk man was one of two individuals who drove to an area close to Northrepps Cottage, near Cromer, in July  last year.

They fly tipped a wardrobe and threw the wooden panels around the woodland. A CCTV camera installed by landowner Simon Gurney was triggered by the vehicle movement.

In August, one of the men returned to the same area after receiving a letter from the council asking him to come in for an interview under caution and covered the area with toilet roll.

Mr Gurney, who since 2007 has been managing a landscape restoration scheme in the area where the fly tipping happened, reinstating the Humphry Repton landscape of 1790, had put in the cameras due to a history of fly tipping on his land.

Annie Claussen-Reynolds, cabinet member for waste and environmental services, said: “Fly tipping on private land is a big issue and is a selfish act which can damage the environment. The council is determined to tackle the problem and is hoping to work more closely with landowners on projects in hot spot fly tipping areas.

“We would encourage landowners to contact us if they have fly tipping issues on their land and we can work with them to find a solution.”

Mr Gurney said: “Many landowners are suffering at the hands of fly tippers. “As well as being unsightly, this crime can cost landowners lots of money in clear up costs. If fly tipped waste isn’t cleared up, landowners can be prosecuted under illegal storage of waste legislation – which is obviously massively unfair.

“By working with the local authority in this case we managed to get a positive result which shows fly tipping will not be tolerated in North Norfolk.”

The man who was prosecuted pleaded guilty to both offences when he appeared before magistrates in Norwich on August 16. He was fined £120 for each offence, plus a victim surcharge of £30 and prosecution costs of £200 – a total of £470.

Police and Crime Commissioner tackles road safety in North Norfolk

Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green has welcomed the introduction of a scheme to tackle speeding drivers on rural roads in North Norfolk.

Members of the Special Constabulary are joining forces with Community Speed Watch (CSW) volunteers to carry out high visibility enforcement checks in the Cromer area.

The team of 14 will focus their efforts on areas where speeding has been raised as a local concern and those not currently covered by CSW.

PCC Lorne Green, who went to meet the newly formed team during a crackdown in Felbrigg last week (Thursday 20 July), said: “At our Police Accountability Forum in Cromer earlier this year a number of people raised their concerns about cars speeding through their villages.

“I hope the introduction of a scheme in the Cromer area will help to reassure residents we are listening and taking direct action.

“This is community spirit and partnership working at its best with members of Speed Watch working alongside the Special Constabulary Speeding Team to protect their local community from unsafe driving.”

The scheme is one of a number of community policing projects being supported through the PCC’s Early Intervention Fund. The fund is open to policing teams across the county to help them work with communities to tackle local crime, disorder and community safety issues.

PC Pete Davison, Norfolk Constabulary’s Engagement Officer for the North Norfolk area, said: “We work closely with our partners all-year round to target speeding drivers and schemes like this help us to enforce the law whilst also raising awareness of the dangers.

“Speeding is serious whatever the road, but through rural villages the dangers can be intensified. Pedestrians and other hazards are often closer and therefore your reaction time can be reduced. Speed limits are in place for a reason so I would urge motorists to stick to them.”

The scheme is the third of its kind to be funded by the PCC with other initiatives already launched in the South Norfolk and Great Yarmouth areas.

Specials and Volunteers Manager Sue Goode, added: “This is a great example of how our committed volunteers get to experience the world of policing while helping to support local communities and organisations such as Community Speed Watch.

“It’s pleasing to see the specials getting involved with local communities and help to address issues of concern.”

Lorne Green pictured with members of Cromer’s Special Constabulary Speeding Team/Community Speed Watch.

Review: Cromer Summer Show

The famous Cromer Pier Summer Show show is, this year, celebrating its 40th year of unstoppable fun, glamour and mystery.

The gala night beginning weeks of superb entertainment was on Saturday (June 24), a sparkling magical variety show.

The show’s compere and lead comedian is Phil Butler, a man of many talents who also juggles and is a ventriloquist . . . in fact a one man show> He returns this year to host a fantastic show. Also starring is comedian Joey Howard who has brought his “melodic multitude of madness and mirth” to Cromer from venues around the world.

The show also sees the return of James Bustar, a young man who juggles with anything – axes, knives and even a chainsaw, working of course. The show wouldn’t have the romance and glamour without the fabulous dancers who take the audience to another world.

Cromer is very fortunate to have performing again this season Emily Yarrow, a vocalist who can take you on a journey with her voice, through popular ballads to well-known songs from the opera. Joining Emily is a talented vocalist Lee Bright, whose range of music and songs entertain all.

What goes to make the show what it has become are the wonderful costumes designed by Laura Whyte, the choreography by Di Cooke, the scenery designed by Ian Westbrook and the music played and directed by Nigel Hogg, not forgetting the youngsters of Marlene’s School of Dance.

This year’s show is the best ever and Cromer is so lucky to have the only end of the pier show in the world in its Pavilion Theatre.

Kevin and Sandra Stone

Shakes, Rattle and Roll to whip up a sweet treat in Cromer

A new, American-themed takeaway milkshake bar is opening its doors in Cromer on Saturday (July 1) and is offering free taster shakes to celebrate.

Shakes, Rattle and Roll, the first of its kind to launch in Norfolk will offer customers the chance to create their own milkshake with 20 different flavours and an extensive menu of sauces and toppings to choose from.  Dairy-free and gluten-free options will also be available.

Located in Hamilton Road, the takeaway has been designed with a retro 1950s feel with a vibrant décor and a nod to the future with sustainable, eco-friendly cups and straws.

Shakes, Rattle and Roll owner, Leon Walder, from Roughton, said: “I am excited about the new bar and I cannot wait to open and welcome customers. Pop along, support a local, independent business and enjoy a fabulously-delicious milkshake made with locally produced ice cream.”

After Saturday’s launch, Shakes, Rattle and Roll will be open daily from 10am until 6pm, milkshakes will be charged at £3.50 each.


Cromer ambulance station open day for children’s charity

Cromer ambulance station open day will return next month to give visitors a unique insight into the work of the emergency services in Norfolk.
Ambulance, fire, police, critical care charities and a host of other organisations will be at the free event, in Middlebrook Way, Cromer, on Sunday, July 2, 10am-3pm.
The open day provides an opportunity for people to find out more about the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST), meet ambulance staff and volunteers, and explore inside an ambulance and rapid response vehicle.
Proceeds will go to Nelson’s Journey, a charity that supports bereaved children in Norfolk.
Daisy the vintage ambulance will be on show as well as Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, Norfolk Police, RNLI, Norfolk Accident Rescue Service, and East Anglian Air Ambulance will also have a stand.
There will also be live music and refreshments and tea and cake stalls.
Organiser Dale Meacham-Roberts, who is a duty locality officer for EEAST, said: “The open day is a great opportunity to welcome the community to the station and get all our partners together to celebrate the work of our emergency services and charities.
“People will get a behind the scenes look at the ambulance service as well as raising money for a very worthy cause.”
For more information about the work of Nelson’s Journey, visit