|By now you should have all had time to study
the proposals put forward by Tescos for the Cromer Road Site. Indeed many of you attended
the exhibition and were able to ask questions. Below are some of those questions and the
answers given by the Tescos representatives.
Why is the walkway through to town only proposed and not definite? Tescos are still in
negotiations with the landowners, so definite plans for a walkway cannot be agreed.
The housing on the Hilbre site, who would it belong to, will it be private sale or a form
of Housing Association? This will be entirely the decision of the North Norfolk District
Council following Government guidelines. The percentages of private/social/affordable
housing is not in Tescos hands. Does this mean that this housing may not actually benefit
Sheringham residents? It will be the Council's decision.
Is this going to be a 24 hour shop? No.
You have a percentage of space allocated to non-food goods, we only need a bigger food
store, can you stock just food? It is only a very small percentage of the shop floor space
which is allocated to non-food items.
Would shoppers be allowed to leave their cars on Tescos car park while they shopped in the
town or is it going to be a 'For Tescos Customers Only' car park? Yes, shoppers will be
able to leave their cars on the car park, but it is likely that this will be time
||If you get planning permission, how long would it take to
build and would there be much disruption to the traffic? It would take around 18 months to
complete the building, we would minimise traffic disruption.
Would all of the new jobs go to local people? No, we would bring in experienced managers.
So how many of the 200 jobs would go to local people? Approximately 185 of which about 15
would be full time.
Why is the proposed store so much bigger than originally discussed? Sheringham has grown
considerably since 1993 and the retail part of the store has increased in line with this.
What would you do to make sure that local traders in the town remain in business? Tescos
will bring extra shoppers to Sheringham and give them the facility to park. We believe
that customers will stay loyal to the smaller shops, most of Tescos trade will be from
other supermarkets in nearby towns.
The people of Sheringham have to make up their minds NOW, do you want Tescos or not? If
you want to preserve the town as it is now then say so. If you want a supermarket, say so.
We live in a democracy so maybe we should be pushing for a town vote. Do not believe
everything you are told, try to read between the lines on both sides of the argument.
|Dear Sir / Madam.
My aunt, Eleanor England has kindly forwarded to me her copy of the Sheringham magazine
issue No 16 as she most certainly knew that the photo of the band would be of interest to
me. How wonderful to be reminded of so many youthful faces after over half a century ago.
First a few words about the band. I must put you right in that the title at that time was
not the Sheringham Town Band - but the Sheringham Youth Band. Although most of the band
pictured in your magazine did in fact graduate to the Town band, The Youth band was
started by Henry Bishop ably assisted by Albert Sadler. The band was formed at the old
primary school where Henry taught all the members from the very basics of music, none of
the lads had even held a brass instrument let alone played one. Between them Henry and
Albert cajoled, scrounged, borrowed some instruments in various state of disrepair and
somehow got them into a playable state. Various activities for fund-raising such as jumble
sales, fetes etc were held to raise funds for music and instruments- although we often
suspected that poor old Henry and Albert were at times having to dig into their own
pockets. The members became a very close 'band of friends' and it was more than you dare
to do to miss one of the many rehearsals (often 3 or 4 per week.) The outcome of this
enthusiasm was that within 6 months the band performed in public for the first time,
playing the him tune 'Lavinia'. Within the next 18 months or so the band won not only the
East Anglian Junior Championship but 2nd prize in the De Montford Hall in Leicester
thereby qualifying for the ' Daily Herald National Finals at Belle Vue, Manchester. The
'test piece' for the finals was quite an advanced piece of music for junior bands - indeed
there are a number of lower section senior bands who would have difficulty with ''Homage
to Pharoah''. However the band managed to cope with it but indeed were placed second in
the finals being awarded only two points less than the youth band of the famous Besses o'
the Barn. On the band's return to Sheringham the town turned out to greet them with a
welcome as befitting to ''Cup Winners.'' They later broadcast on the BBC where they had as
guest conductor the one and only Sir Harry Mortimer.
A great number of the band after continuing in the senior ''Town Band,'' myself included,
moved away from Sheringham to pursue their various careers but I cannot leave this article
without mentioning one or two members of that original youth band, of whom, Sheringham
should feel very proud. People such as Billy Thirtle who has devoted so much of his life
to the Sheringham lifeboat, John Nockels who spent so many years with the band and last
but by no means least Derek Little who not only was one of the founder members of that
band but who has continued playing with them to this very day.
Yours faithfully Charles (Chic) Randall.
Names in the photo (ones I can't remember shown as ? )
Front row left to right;
Michael Devlin, Alan Forsdyke, Charlie Randall, Albert Sadler, Henry Bishop, Michael
Sadler, Derek Little, Bob Goffin.
Middle row (L to R)
Billy Thirtle, David Cox, Albert (Sunny) Sadler, Billy Cooper, Cyril Rich, John Nockels,
Ray Barton, Peter Turner, Billy Rawlings, Raymond Hill.
Back row (L to R)
Michael Childs, (?), Roy Sadler, (?), (?) Alan Little, (?), (?).
Centre AGM 23 July at Sheringham Community Centre, 7:00pm. All Welcome