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@ Sheringham Community Paper - Issue 167  1st December 2014

SHERINGHAM & DISTRICT BRANCH OF THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION

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Letter from Tricia Brooks, Mayor of Sheringham

I have been deeply touched by the amount of respectful silence heard in Sheringham over this last week. The community came together to remember not only the dead and injured of World Wars, but also those of subsequent wars together with the families who have been affected by grief and suffering.

Our week of Remembrance started with two lectures, organised by The History Society and hosted by The Little Theatre, in which we were reminded how the nightmare of WW1 affected Norfolk. One man’s horrific story was terrifyingly portrayed in the play, performed at The Little Theatre, “Clamber up the Crucifix”. The silence at the end this production was deafening.

The children of our town have also been very busy researching the lives of some of those named on the war memorial. The school cluster group portrayed a few of these lives, in a play called “Lest We Forget”, in front of a full house at The Little Theatre.

On Saturday evening Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society gave us a night to remember. In our beautiful Parish Church of St Peter’s we heard works by Benjamin Britten, a former Gresham’s pupil, and Vaughan Williams, who lived for a while in Sheringham. The major piece of the evening was the hauntingly beautiful and moving “Eventide”, written by Patrick Hawes to commemorate the life and death of Edith Cavell. The Chorus was supported by children from Gresham’s school and the most recorded chamber orchestra in the world, The English Chamber Orchestra. The final notes and silence will remain with me.

Remembrance Day brought out hundreds of people to support The Royal British Legion in their tribute to fallen comrades on the 100 years anniversary of WWI. Together with the rest of the Country we kept the two minutes silence.

On Tuesday, Armistice Day 630 Sheringham Primary school children walked from their school to St Peter’s Church to pay their respects to the fallen. We heard poems written by the children which showed their understanding of the horror of war. At 11am on the 11th of the 11th, 630 young children kept the two minute silence, with not a whisper! Simultaneously, The Royal British Legion conducted a service at The War Memorial. On the same day members of Age UK in Sheringham held their own special service with a reading by Mary Bloom.

All of the events have been well attended and I know how touched The Royal British Legion have been by the support the people of Sheringham have given during this period of commemoration and remembrance.

My thanks to The Royal British Legion and all those other wonderful people who worked so hard to help Sheringham remember the Centenary of WWI.
Tricia Brooks, Mayor of Sheringham

 

The Royal British Legion logoSheringham and District Branch, The Royal British Legion

We have had yet another successful year and as a Branch have been very busy.

We currently have 85 members, but we have two more who will be joining us this month.

Poppy Appeal last year, yet again raised more than the previous year. This is due to the innovative approach that Lesley and David Farrow are using. They are constantly looking for new items and new ways to raise more money. Poppy Appeal takes a lot of organising and the paperwork involved now is immense. As a Branch, I would like to give a massive vote of thanks for all their efforts.

So far this year they have surpassed every other year and currently the Poppy Appeal stands at over 8000! The support and generosity of the people of Sheringham is quite humbling.

Socially we have been extremely active with events including three theatre trips, two lunches, Christmas Fish and Chip night, a weekend at the Arboretum, Newmarket Horse Racing and several nights out at the Greyhound racing.

We also had a really fitting service at the War Memorial in August and a wonderful Lights Out vigil that evening. Both events were very well supported by the general public as well as Legion members.

Our new Caravan is now fully equipped and has been out to a couple of events this year. It looks very professional and each time it has been out, we have either gained members to the Branch or been able to give information to help people entitled to ask the Legion. This is exactly why we have the caravan and we hope to use it even more in 2015. It was recently used for the Poppy Appeal.

Tony Thorogate has been very busy as our Standard Bearer. Tony always represents the Branch and the Legion very well, he is a credit to himself and us. Thanks to Tony for all the time and effort he puts in over the year.

The branch web site is continuing to be successful, still getting emails from all over the world as well as locally. It now has information on most of the names on the War Memorial for WWI, details like where they are buried, age, who they served with and in some cases photographs. I shall be working on updating the WWII names over the coming months.

Due to changes in the way the Legion Welfare system now works, we have concentrated on giving support and advice to those in Sheringham and District areas. I am at the moment supporting three Members permanently and any others that I am made aware of throughout the year.
Melanie Clarke, Hon. Secretary