BeachLife kids’ activity week set to return to Sheringham

Final preparations are underway for this year’s BeachLife activity week on Sheringham’s cliff top and beach later this month. Bumper crowds are expected, and there is no charge to join in the fun.

BeachLife is a joint venture by the churches in Sheringham, aimed at engaging with local youngsters, as well as holidaymakers, and this will be its sixth summer. It will run from Tuesday August 29 to Friday September 01. The event is open to all ages up to 17.

Daily activities will start with the “Beach Special” at 10.30am every day except Friday, where all ages come together at the cliff-top marquee on The Leas for music, games, drama and fun, and to introduce the day’s theme, which this year is Streetwise. The children and young people then split into age-groups for their “Going Deeper” sessions to explore that day’s theme in more depth before breaking for lunch. On the Friday, the morning starts at 10.30am with the Going Deeper sessions.

The afternoons and evenings comprise of beach games and sports, giant inflatables including the Demolition Ball, a family picnic, junk modelling, the tide fight, a “Sheropoly” challenge around the town, and swimming at “The Splash”.

“This has become one of the major events in the town’s calendar” said Peter Skivington, one of the organisers. “Not only does this provide an opportunity for the churches to engage with local youngsters, but we provide a great week for visitors as well. We already have people asking when next year’s BeachLife is so that they can plan their holidays to Sheringham”.

Anyone wishing to join in the fun can just come along and register on the morning, from 10.15am.

Visit for more information about the event, and contact details.


Review: The Business of Murder at Sheringham Little Theatre

No-one can accuse Sheringham Little Theatre of playing it just for laughs.

This intense, psychological thriller features in a line-up of comedies, farce and review which form the theatre’s summer rep season.

And it will have you on the edge of your seat as you try and work out exactly what happened – and indeed, what is happening.

A winning cast of three play three quite unpleasant characters: Stone, the aptly-named surly flat owner, local “grass” and either the perpetrator or the victim; Hallett, the menacing police detective; and Dee, the pill-popping, chain-smoking, alcoholic writer/journalist.

All three are engaged in profiting from the business of murder, whether as a bent copper, manipulative TV writer or calculating individual.

In a plot with more twists than a bowl of fusilli pasta, the three protagonists ponder the intellectual and discursive nature of justice.

Set in a London flat in 1981 (the period is evoked by the telly running in the background screening episodes of Are You Being Served, news bulletins and trailers for iconic ’80s TV programmes), this traditional cat-and-mouse thriller builds on the principle that the end justifies the means.

There is little action and much relies on dialogue.

Thankfully, director Nick Earnshaw successfully cranks up the tension and pace. And all credit to the cast, particularly Joey Herzfeld, from Norwich, who plays Stone, and seems to be talking continuously (how he remembers all those lines without drying is incredible) bringing some sharp comic touches to what is essentially a tense, edgy drama.

When the laughter dies down, though, you could hear a pin drop.

Sheringham lad Steve Banks as Hallett and, making her professional debut at the Little Theatre, Lesley Ann Acheson as Dee help turn this complicated script into a gripping and believable production making the unpredictable ending more satisfying and effective.

This is one of three plays featuring Steve Banks in SLT’s summer rep season, a theatrical tradition that is fast disappearing from the provinces. The Little Theatre should be justly proud to be staging stuff like this and “doing its bit” to keep seaside rep alive and flourishing.

-Patrick Prekopp

Sheringham lad Steve Banks as Detective Hallett.

A Sheringham summer holiday in the 1800s

Here is a lovely diary of eighteen year old Helen Richmand who had her family holiday to Sheringhm in 1888. Thank you to Tim Groves at Sheringham Museum for supplying it for our readers to enjoy. You can read his column every month in Just Sheringham magazine

One of Sheringham museum’s gems are the notes of an 18-year-old girl writing in 1888 with memories of a summer holiday that she and her London family took in Sheringham. This is a Sheringham that had only just started to develop from a sleepy seaside village, with the railway finally arriving here a year earlier in 1887.
The following extracts are in Helen’s own words.

August 15th: “We all went to the Roman encampment in the afternoon, all the young ones and Mary in the very smallest of wagonettes, calculated to hold four comfortably, but which had to hold nine, and right squeeze it was. It was a lovely drive. It was a lovely drive, through Beeston and turning off at West Runton up a very sandy lane where we had to walk. It was beautiful at the top as regards the view, but I thought the encampment rather a fraud. No doubt it’s my ignorance; there were no remains, only rows and rows of mounds, or rather banks, on which we sat and played Tippit while the boys explored. On the whole we treated the Romans ‘ribaldly’ , and for that matter, so did everybody. There was a drive through the banks into the middle of the camp, and another road out of it, and lots of carriages waiting about. Just like Hampstead Heath on Bank Holiday, Mary said. “

August 19th: “Mother, Evelyn, Billy, Arthur and I went calling ina ‘barouche’ after lunch. First to the Miss Piggotts (sic.) and saw some watercolour portraits of Grandpapa’s, they have a very pretty old house with a lovely garden full of flowers, from which you get a glimpse of the sea. Then we went to the Upchers at Sheringham Hall. It is a pretty place, so wooded and with such lovely views. From the drawing room window you see big trees on the lawn, and between the trees and the lawn, the sea. Mr and Mrs Upcher were very nice. We drove through the park home.
We all went to the Salvation Army after tea, and were very much impressed, though they did rant rather. What took away the impression they had made on me was the captain, who sang a hymn in a music hall manner about, ‘We shall have a mansion there.’ Ready furnished, a nice freehold lot, which made me perfectly mad. The de Morgan contingent and Chec, went to the barracks, and the rest of us walked over Woman’s Hythe. The lothers were very impressed by the barracks, and would have been converted had they stayed long enough. It was, they said, far more impressive than a church”

August 31st: “ We went to the entertainment at the Lobster after supper, which was quite one of the most amusing I have ever been at. The fishermen’s band played to us most frightfully out of tune, a fisherman sang to us and Mr Grimes danced a hornpipe which was quite wonderful. Mr Grimes was the most amusing person there, the way he danced Sir Roger kept us in fits. We danced to both the band’s music and our own. I played a hornpipe and a lady played Waltzes. Mother and Aunt Alice crowned everything by dancing a polka together to Pop Goes The Weasel. The whole of our contingent was there and we all enjoyed it furiously.”

September 9th: “I went to Beeston Bog and made a grand find of four pieces of Lady’s tresses, just what we’ve looked for so often. After tea I walked to West Runton and inspected Beeston Church on the way, which I thought distinctly ghostly, all alone, no houses near, no road leading to it and the cliffs so near that you could hear the waves, and the sky black and stormy. I came back by the cliffs. There was rather a squeamish bit just before Woman’s Hythe, where a good deal of cliff has crumbled away and goes down very steep to the sea, while the ground above is very steep and the grass decidedly slippery. With very little difficulty I could have lost my head and slid down and nobody been any the wiser.”

September 12th: “Our last day. The day was mostly lovely, which made going away all the worse, and a fisherman said he thought it was going to be fine now. I sloped up onto Woman’s Hythe and lay on top on my back and tried to learn the view by heart. I went on to the further green hill as well, from where I could see Cromer Church.
The Salvation Army was meeting by the Coffee Tavern, so we went for the last time, and heard ‘I’m bound for the Kingdom, Won’t you go to Glory with me? Oh, Hallelujah, Praise ye the Lord!’ “

September 13th: Up at seven, breakfast soon after, and everybody very cross. Clocks all wrong, some slow, some fast, so we tore off to the station in a desperate hurry and then had 20 minutes to wait. Mrs West went with us. We all cried as we passed by the cliffs, and thought that it was all over.
We had three changes, at Melton Constable, at Lynn and at Peterborough. The rest of the way we did not stop, and had a carriage to ourselves. A most luxurious 3rd Class!”

West Beach with Bell Tents. circa 1900. Both from Sheringham Museum Collection

Victorian bathers: An unknown family on Sheringham
Beach c1890. Tim Groves Collection.

Bake Off star visits Norfolk restaurant for BBC series

Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain came to the Norfolk coast to try sailing and preparing fresh Cromer crabs as she visited a family run restaurant in West Runton.

And you can see how she fared on Monday, July 31, in BBC2’s Nadiya’s British Food Adventure.

Nadiya, the 2015 champion, is in search of the best of British cooking for her new series, which takes “a culinary road trip around Britain”, visiting a different region of the UK in each episode in a bid “to uncover some of our most exciting food pioneers”.

In this third episode Nadiya travels to Norfolk to learn about the food she loves to cook for her family.

First stop is in Weybourne, where she boards a sea fishing boat for the first time, to catch the area’s hugely popular sweet Cromer crabs. After returning to land, Nadiya uses the day’s catches to make some fresh and vibrant Vietnamese style crab summer rolls at Rocky Bottoms with Ali and Richard Matthews.

Nadiya said: “Our country’s regional cuisine is much more than tried and tested traditional dishes – there are quirky and clever food producers out there who are reinventing British food in unique and exciting ways. I can’t wait to meet these local food heroes, to find inspiration in the most unusual food stories and unlikely ingredients and then come up with some brand new recipes in the kitchen adding my own special twist.”

Ali, of Rocky Bottoms, comments: “We really enjoyed having Nadyia here at Rocky Bottoms. She embraced going out on our fishing boat with such tenacity, as it was a little rough! She then helped us prepare the catch back at our crab and lobster canteen, and with this she created delicious Vietnamese style crab summer rolls for us to enjoy in the evening.”

The episode will air on Monday 31st July, 8.30pm on BBC Two.


Nadiya at Rocky Bottoms as part of her TV series.

Review: A bittersweet opening night


Intimate Exchanges (Events on a Hotel Terrace)
Sheringham Little Theatre
Friday, July 21

Sheringham Little Theatre’s summer season began with with Intimate Exchanges (Events on a Hotel Terrace), a play by Alan Ayckbourn.
Intimate Exchanges is a series of plays – all starting from the same scene of whether or not a woman should have a cigarette.
From this starting point the play progresses in different directions and Events on a Hotel Terrace plays out the lives of the two main characters, Toby Teesdale (Tim Welton) and his wife Celia (Lynn Whitehead).
In this bittersweet comedy – more often bitter than sweet, with some very funny moments – they argue and fight but never come together in a marriage which seems to have lost all meaning for them.
Toby is a world-weary jaded headmaster of a private school; his wife is the downtrodden receiver of his bitterness and the butt of his cruel humour.
There are two other characters – Lionel and his one-time girlfriend, Sylvie, who helps Celia in the home. All four characters are played by Tim Welton and Lynn Whitehead, actors with flair and empathy.
The play is fast moving and kept the full capacity audience sometimes on the edge of their seats; sometimes laughing aloud; and at times saddened by the way the lives on stage seemed to be heading.
It was a fantastic performance and a wonderful opening to the summer season which looks full of promise of more to come.

Kevin and Sandra Stone


Recruitment drive for Special Constables

New recruits are being sought to join Norfolk’s team of more than 200 committed Special Constables.

Norfolk’s Special Constabulary is hosting a recruitment event on Saturday, July 1,  at Splash Leisure Centre in Sheringham at 11am.

The county currently has some 222 special constables who regularly give up their spare time to assist their regular police colleagues in the fight against crime.

Norfolk continues to be on the look-out for committed individuals who are keen to experience the world of policing while supporting their local community.

Specials manager Sue Goode, said: “Being a Special is a very fulfilling and interesting role where no two duties are the same. They are entrusted with considerable responsibilities and every time they come on duty they face the same challenges and problems encountered by regular officers.

“We are very proud of the team we currently havein Norfolk and we would be keen for anyone who may be keen togain new skills ortogive something back to their community to get in touch.

“Whatever your motivation, becoming a Special can be exciting, challenging and rewarding.”

The role of a Special Constable includes providing highly visibility patrols and helping police major incidents and events. They also offer vital links in the partnership between the police service and the public.

Attendees will be given information on the recruitment process, the roles of a Special Constable and have the opportunity to meet a number of those already out on the beat.

To book your place at the recruitment event, please contact 01953 425699 ext. 2371 or email

If you are unable to make the event, but would still like to find out more, please call the above number or visit

Paul and Bluebell’s busking tour is going well

Paul Thompson and his converted milk float, Bluebell, are well on their way to Cornwall on their charity busking bonanza.

The Sheringham-based singer/songwriter is driving the souped-up vehicle all the way to Land’s End and said he has already raised more than £1,500 towards his £5,000 target for Cancer Research.

“The highlights have included stopping to do an interview and play a song on Cambridge 105 (I played a song I’d written in memory of my dad and made the presenter cry on-air!) and performing to a group of schoolchildren in front of the famous Milton Keynes cow statues,” he said.

Other special moments included a street party in Stroud organised by a music promoter, which raised £350, and an all-day event the following day, when he was joined by some talented singer-songwriters from the Stroud area.

Arriving in Glastonbury for the solstice, he performed in the town and was en route to the Dorset Midsummer Festival – involving the biggest hills of the tour so far.

“I’ve also heard from Tate St Ives that they’d like me to do an event with Bluebell, which gives a great focus for me reaching Land’s End,” he said.

Anyone wanting to follow Bluebell’s route can visit for his blog and keep up with live updates on Facebook and Twitter. Donations can be made at


Young talent needed to bring killer plant alive on stage

A horror comedy musical about a killer plant is looking to recruit budding young talent to join its cast.

The Little Shop of Horrors is the autumn youth production being staged by Sheringham Little Theatre.

And the hunt is on for actors and singers aged 14 to 25 to take chorus and lead roles – including the voice of the flowering killer which has come from outer space and got a taste for human blood.

Theatre director Debbie Thompson said: “The youngsters have been keen to do this for a while – and it is a fun show that will challenge on the props and scenery front as well as showcasing local performance talent.”

The show, which was a stage musical and a movie, is set in a run-down American flower shop owned by Mr Mushnik and manned by timid Seymour and his love interest Audrey. In a dark comedy laced with 1960s style pop music including Motown , the wilting alien plant, Audrey 2, thrives when it is fed human beings.

It is being directed by Harry Williams, 22, from North Walsham who has been performing with the theatre for 10 years, and Jess Chamberlin, from Thorpe Market, who was assistant director for the spring youth musical, Oliver. Charlie Randall from Brampton is helping with production.

Mrs Thompson said the whole production, including choreography and musical direction, was being run by young people, who had a “cunning plan” to bring the plant alive.

Auditions are being held on Sunday May 28 at 10am for cast wanting to take part in the show that runs from September 27-29 – with rehearsals during the summer.

Chorus hopefuls, and those aiming to be street urchins, should arrive read to sing Little Shop of Horrors.
Lead roles should be prepared to read scenes and sing one of the characters’ songs:

• Seymour Krelborn – Grow for Me
• Audrey – Somewhere That’s Green
• Mr Mushnik – solo part of Ya Never Know from beginning to “rake in the bucks for me hand over first
• Voice of Audrey 2 (the plant) – Feed Me (Git it)
• Orin Scrivello – Dentist!

For more information about the show and auditions call the theatre on 01263 822347or email

Help! Co-director Harry Williams fights off a man-eating plant to plea for young cast members for Little Shop of Horror, Picture: Matt Coomber