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REVIEW: Don’t Dress for Dinner, Sheringham Rep

The Summer Rep season at Sheringham Little Theatre is always a delight of treats throughout August and this year is no exception.

Don’t Dress for Dinner launched the summer season at Sheringham Little Theatre on Thursday, July 26, and shows now run until September 5.

Set in the French countryside two hours from Paris, Don’t Derss for Dinner is a fast-moving, hilarious, typical farce, full of double meanings, mistaken identities and amorous intentions. The story centres on a married couple and a weekend where they are both intending to spend the time with their respective lovers, unknown to each others.

Into the mix comes the cook, Suzette (Lauren Verrier), whom Bernard (Steve Banks) has employed for the evening while he is entertaining his lover Suzanne (Sarah Langton). His wife, Jaqueline (Naomi Bullock), was meant to be visiting her mother but was secretly spending time with her lover, Robert (Matt Jamie). Plans go awry and they all end up in the same house trying to keep their respective secrets, which results in hilarious confusion and sharp banter.

A very entertaining and fun evening which the audience enjoyed and appreciated. If you have missed this production there are more to come from the rep company at Sheringham Little Theatre.

Kevin and Sandra Stone

 

 

 

REVIEW: Cromer Summer Show

The summer show at the Cromer Pier pavilion opened with fast-moving fun and plenty of laughs.

The show runs for 14 weeks from opening night giving audiences a unique experience  of the only end of the pier variety show in the world.

This year, in the shows 41st year, compere is comedian and impressionist Steve Terry. The jokes came thick and fast and he had the audience joining in, all in good humour.

The show dancers are legendary and always give a magical performance, very skilful and fast moving. The children from the Marlene school of dance were charming as ever in their performances.

Vocalists are Emily Yarrow, who is in her sixth year of performing in the summer show, and newcomer Harvey James. Emily’s lovely voice shone in songs ranging from pop to opera, which shows why she is so popular. harvey has a powerful voice and sang a very moving version of Anthem from the musical Chess.

The comedy is provided by a young man called simply “G”. He has so many voices in his repertoire that its like a whole show in one man – he is very funny. Illusionists Zooka and Suzie Q are a fast-moving duo who amaze. Suzie Q is suspended in air with no visible means of support. How do they do that? The scenery and lighting, as usual are out of this world, along with the marvellous costumes and music. A show not to be missed.

The show runs until September 22. See www.cromerpier.co.uk

 Kevin and Sandra Stone

Pictures: Dave (Hubba) Roberts and Andreas Yiasimi

Sun shines on Antiques Roadshow at Cromer

Thousands of people came to a sunny Cromer today to take part in the BBC Antiques Roadshow visit.

The show team are filming all day today on the pier and prom, with queues forming from early this morning and snaking back from the pier forecourt along the east prom.

Fiona Bruce was a major draw as she circulated around the site, spending time filming but also engaging directly with the crowds.

North Norfolk District Council staff have been acting as stewards for the event, wearing the iconic AR boaters and sashes.

The filming is due to result in two episodes of the popular Sunday evening BBC One show, which will air in the coming months.

Applications open for Community Transport Fund

North Norfolk District Council’s Community Transport Fund is open for applications and the council will host workshop for organisations interested in applying.

The scheme is designed to support community transport schemes across the district that help vulnerable, disadvantaged and isolated residents of all ages access the services and facilities they need.

The types of project the fund is likely to support include Good Neighbours, Dial-a-Ride, MediRide, and work and study schemes.

Any voluntary organisation that currently provides or wishes to set up a community transport service in North Norfolk is encouraged to apply to the council for a grant.

Council leader John Lee said: “At a time when many authorities are cutting back on community projects, I’m absolutely delighted that because of the sound monetary policies of this council, we are able to provide these funds to assist some of our most vulnerable residents.”

A workshop for organisations interested in applying for a grant will be held at 10am on Thursday, June 7, at the council’s HQ in Holt Road, Cromer. The workshop will outline the application process and, after any grant is awarded, what is required in terms of monitoring, data collection, publicity and promotion.

Applications to the Community Transport Fund can be submitted at any time, and decisions on applications will be made in March, July and November. To be considered this July, applications need to be submitted by June 29.

For more information or to apply for a grant, visit www.north-norfolk.gov.uk and search for “community transport fund”.

To discuss a potential application or to book a place on the workshop, call the Communities Team on 01263 516173 or 01263 516248.

Volunteers and users of North Norfolk Community Bus

Big Society Fund £66,000 latest handouts

North Norfolk District Council’s Big Society Fund has given away another £66,000 to a range of community projects.

The latest handout means that since the scheme started in 2013, it has  distributed more than £1.6m to 213 projects.

Improvements to village halls and sports clubs, and equipment for 10 new first-responder volunteers, will be made possible thanks to the latest round of grants to:

  • North Walsham Play (£10,502.39) – to purchase and install play equipment, including a Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliant wheelchair-accessible basket swing and roundabout
  • North Walsham Rugby Football Club (£10,000) – towards installing a lift to the first floor of the clubhouse, which will enable it to become a DDA-compliant facility
  • Aldborough Gardening Club (£2,500) – to develop a community allotment garden with a new wildlife footpath and a footbridge between Aldborough Surgery car park and the Community Garden

 

  • Kettlestone Village Hall (£4,318) – to remove asbestos from the roof and replace it with a new composite roof
  • Ludham Parish Council (£10,000) – to purchase and install play equipment
  • Stalham Town Hall (£9,000) – to repoint the front and side wall of the Town Hall in line with conservation regulations
  • St Mary’s Bowls Club, Stalham (£7,500) – to build a second clubhouse to provide changing facilities for 10+ people and install a second toilet
  • Stiffkey Social Services Committee (£914.40) – to purchase wheeled cricket practice nets
  • Suffield Village Hall (£1,652) – to purchase padded stackable chairs, blackout blinds and a table-tennis table
  • Stalham & Smallburgh First Responders (£10,000) – to purchase and equip 10 new first-responder volunteers with two-way radios, pulse oximeters, automatic defibrillators and other lifesaving equipment.

John Lee, NNDC leader and chairman of the Big Society Fund panel, said: “The fund continues to help a wide range of communities across north Norfolk improve their facilities, and we are delighted to be able to announce these latest grants.

“I would encourage other groups from across our towns and villages to consider applying for future grants.”

He added: “The team that looks after BSF applications can help with pre-application advice and guidance.”

Complete applications to be submitted to the June panel need to be received by May 14.For more information about the application process, visit www.north-norfolk.gov.uk/tasks/big-society-fund/big-society-fund-details or contact the BSF team on 01263 516173 or 01263 516248.

North Walsham Play committee members with comedian/ventriloquist Steve Hewlett (centre) after a fundraiser. The group has been awarded £10,500 by the Big Society Fund

Have a say on new Sheringham leisure complex

North Norfolk District Council is inviting members of the public to an event to learn more about its plans to build a multi-million pound, state-of-the-art leisure facility in Sheringham.

The council’s cabinet agreed £10.7m of funding for the new leisure and fitness centre to replace the existing facility, Splash, in December 2017.

As part of the design process, the council is keen to share early proposals of the facility with the local community. The event will take place on Thursday, March 22, from 1-8pm at Splash in Sheringham. Members of the public will have the opportunity to learn more about the proposed facilities, view artist impressions of the current proposals and comment on the design concept, site layout and the overall impact of the proposed project.

Splash at Sheringham was opened in May 1988. A condition survey conducted in 2017 highlighted an urgent need to invest in a new facility to ensure access to leisure services is secured for the future.

North Norfolk District Council has appointed Saunders Boston Architects and a full design team to develop the new facility who will be on hand at the public event. Together with staff from North Norfolk District Council they will be answer questions in an informal environment and prior to the submission of a planning application for the proposed development.

Council leader John Lee said: “The provision of a multi-million pound, state-of-the-art leisure facility supports North Norfolk District Council’s commitment to improving the health and well-being of its residents and we are looking forward to getting the development under way. Before we do, it is important that we consult with those who will benefit from the facility to ensure we get it right.”

Becky Palmer, cabinet member for leisure services said: “This event is an opportunity for local people to come and have their say on an exciting new development that will ensure the provision of leisure facilities is secured for the future.”

The Splash leisure pool and fitness centre.
Picture: Chris Taylor Photo

BBC’s Antiques Roadshow coming to Cromer

BBC One’s Antiques Roadshow – regularly watched by six million people on Sunday evenings – will be filmed on Cromer Pier and promenade in May.

It will be the first time ever the show has been filmed on a pier.  Antiques Roadshow, one of BBC One’s most popular programmes, attracts an average of 3,000 to 4,000 visitors, spread through a full day.

The event, on May 24, will boost local business, increase footfall in the town in the week before half term and put the North Norfolk District Council-owned Cromer Pier on the international television stage.

A day’s filming creates two shows for broadcast a few months after shooting. The show tours the country, visiting iconic houses, parks and gardens.

The council is spending £275,000 in 2018 to improve the pier facilities and a further £150,000 on annual maintenance surveys for the next five years.

Council leader Tom FitzPatrick said: “The wonderful asset that is North Norfolk District Council’s Cromer Pier will be on show to the world through the screens of one of the BBC’s leading television programmes.

“We look forward to hosting an exceptional event in May and seeing the finished product on our television screens later in the year.”

Maggie Prior, cabinet member for leisure and culture, said: “It will be most interesting to see what local treasures are brought along and how many may be linked to our coastal or seaside history. What a treat this will be for the residents of North Norfolk!”

Rory Holburn, director and partner at Openwide, which recently won a new 10-year management contract to run Cromer Pier, said: “Openwide are thrilled to be part of the team hosting The Antiques Roadshow in a joint celebration of the best of our heritage.”

Robert Murphy, series producer of Antiques Roadshow, said: “It’s the first time the Roadshow has been to a pier and we’re looking forward to entertaining our visitors by the seaside and along the promenade. It promises to be an entertaining day out at the start of the summer and we’re looking forward to seeing cherished objects and hearing personal stories – make a day of it!”


 

REVIEW: Cromer Christmas Show

The eagerly-awaited Cromer Christmas Show had its opening night on Saturday, November 25.

The weather was wild and windy but the theatre was bright, sparkling and magical inside. The atmosphere was expectant and electric as the audience waited for the curtains to go up and the show begin.

And we weren’t disappointed. Compere Olly Day is a very funny and much-loved entertainer and he started the show as though he was greeting old friends and that’s the charm of the end-of-the-pier show.

On the bill with Olly is Leo Shavers, a versatile musician who gets a tune out of a washing machine pipe among other strange musical objects. His playing of the bagpipes had the audience clapping and stamping their feet.

Emily Yarrow made a welcome return with a voice which held the audience spellbound. Also back is talented vocalist Rob McVeigh. His singing of the two numbers from Joseph was breathtaking. The young dancers from the Marlene School of Dance and the Youth Choir made a very charming contribution to the show.

The scenery, costumes, lighting, music and the dancers all add to the sparkle and this show really stands out as the best so far with a superb and magical backdrop. The scene changes were subtle and skilful lighting changed the atmosphere in a moment.

This is a unique show which we in Norfolk are lucky to have on our doorstep and thank you to North Norfolk District Council and Openwide for making it possible.

Kevin and Sandra Stone

PICTURES: DAVE (HUBBA) ROBERTS