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Sheringham Football Club

Both teams had excellent results in their last two games. The 1st XI trounced MORLEY VILLAGE 8 - 1 at home and the next week travelled to THETFORD RES and came away with a comfortable 4 - 0 victory. The reserve XI scored seven goals without reply at home to LYNG and then gained a point in a commendable 3 - 3 draw against league leaders EAST RUSTON.

Not such good news on the intelligence front. True to form in the Town Quiz our team was dumped out in the first round, but we will be back again next year.

November 200 club winners

    50    Chris Ayers
    25     Glenis Wilson
    10    Glynn Chestney
    5     B Smith, R Dromey, P Moy, K Turner,
    N Jordan, M Holsey, P Pumphrey, E Stothers
Football Bygones

Sheringham v North Walsham
9 Oct 1897
EDP Match Report

These teams met at the Sheringham ground. In the first half neither side scored nor was there any special play shown by either team. The second part of the match saw Sheringham play an aggressive game and goals were scored by PALMER, VINCE and CRASKE, and a fourth off CUBITT of North Walsham. RESULT, SHERINGHAM 4 NORTH WALSHAM 0 (At that time there were 8 teams in the league. Sherinham was in sixth position after 3 games with two points)

P Bacon, Secretary
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The Arthritis Care Information worker will be holding an Information Drop-in at the Health Centre, Sheringham on Wednesday 29th January from 9.30 - 11.30.

The purpose of the Information drop-in is to provide information, help and support for people with arthritis of all ages, their families and carers and anyone else involved in supporting people with arthritis.

If you would like further details about the Arthritis Care Information Drop-in
please contact Jack on 01263 824 478
St Peter's Short Mat Bowls Club
Dear @ Sheringham

The Church claims that they cannot afford to keep St Peter's Parish Hall as it requires too much money to bring it up to new Health & Safety standards and they have no option but to sell it. We know that applications have been submitted that range from completely razing the hall to the

Sheringham Community Paper ground, to building more houses or changing it to a Play Barn for Children and the Church is known to want the money to build new toilets at the Church.

The loss of St Peter's Parish Hall will be devastating to several people in Sheringham   who are regular users. Initially the Parish Hall was built by public subscription including the sale of bricks which residents signed. The Bishop of Norwich said when he dedicated the foundation stone in 1956 that it was really an essential adjunct to the work of the Church in a parish and we feel that this is the case for our club.

The church set up the Bowls Club when it needed to raise money for the Hall. We provide a place where mostly the elderly, can meet and play. In the process we have been successful and now provide the major part of the Hall's revenue - around 2500 per annum. Many now regard this as a lifeline enabling them to get out of the house meaningfully.

Until his death last year our oldest player was 93 and from the very Hannah family that sold the land on which the hall was built. How many other sporting activities are available to people of this age? The Bowls Club over a period of four years, has become a fun and caring place for over 50 elderly people, many of who find it the only reason to leave their homes will be a great loss to the town.
We have tried, so far very unsuccessfully to find another venue in town that would be large enough for us to play in and accessible to all of our members.

It was also our intention to resurrect the Good Companions, a group that used to provide a "drop-in" centre for the elderly. In this way we would have widened the range of activities at the Club both for the benefit of members and the Hall.

We feel very let down by the church's attitude to us and other clubs like us. We who use the hall at present have been loyal to the church and feel that the church has been extremely disloyal to us. I thought that the principal role of the church is in looking after the well being of its congregation in matters both spiritual and temporal (and that surely means the wider community not just those on the electoral roll of the building)? They are, instead embarking on a project to deprive the Town of its only Parish Hall and, in our case, hit hard at a very vulnerable section of the community - the elderly.

Sheringham Community Paper There are other ways of raising the required amount to update the hall to the required standards, and promote the use of it to enough people at appropriate rates to make enough money to cover the upkeep and entertainment licences. There are for instance, NO Youth Organisations using the Hall, NO sporting activities, NOR any Wedding Receptions, just to name a few.

Our Club would if asked (and it hasn't been), meet the financial deficit at the Hall and I believe a local charity would cover the cost of up-grading facilities to the new Health and Safety standards. We feel that the church is taking the easy option at the expense of its parishioners.

Norman Church, Secretary
St Peter's Short Mat Bowls Club
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