A packed Town Meeting Applauds 21 Community Award winners and the Sheringham Town Plan.  

At a packed Town Meeting on Tuesday 14th May, Sheringham came together to reflect all that is good about this vibrant town. Town Mayor Madeleine Ashcroft set the theme for the next 4 years with quotes from Socrates who says that “the secret of change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old, but building on the new,”  while George Bernard Shaw wrote that ”progress is impossible without change and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything!”

“Therefore, we are looking forward to changing a few things in Sheringham and you will see from the Town Plan that those changes are to enhance what we have and to enable both residents and visitors to enjoy our town even more than they do today,” she added.

with the focus on change, for the first time Sheringham Community Awards included youth awards   Award winners included Schools Out Youth Group Junior leaders; Matthew Mutton, Harriet Loakes, Courtney Tooke, Cameron Skivington, Imogen Harrison and the Mix youth Group.  Also Faith Kenny who supported the RNLI fund raising, after their 2018 break- in and April Haywood who wrote a play the Snowless Christmas, directed and produced it at the High School and raised funds for Sheringham Plastic Aware. The play is going to be repeated on the beach during Carnival week so watch out for this.

Mayor Madeleine Ashcroft commented that “with so much negativity often portrayed around young people it is important to acknowledge the fantastic contribution the young people in our Town are making to the community.”

Adult youth leaders were also recognised with Sarah Thornton, Vicki Harrison, Pete Skivington and Kevin Kimber receiving awards for their contribution to supporting the community’s young people.

Unsung Heroes awarded in the Adult section included Janet Eastwood of Sheringham Dementia Friendly Community and the Patient Participation Group, Tina Bleber-Wegg of Playing for Cake, Steve and Teresa Williams for their support for music in the community, Station Adopters Sheila McGinley and Nicky Royle,    Guy and Sue Moreton for encouraging Bell ringing and Maggie Rothe for her work in the community through the Lighthouse and Alison Sheridon for her work at the Primary School.

Sheringham Town Council were also particularly pleased to give an award of appreciation for the hard work of Shaun Lovatt, who is the street cleaner in Sheringham. It was felt his friendly demeanour and commitment to keeping Sheringham looking great should be rewarded as it makes Sheringham a very welcoming and pleasant place to be.

Deputy Mayor Liz Withington relayed the town’s appreciation for all the volunteers who received awards but also to all the community groups and organisations that are supported by an army of volunteers that make Sheringham the unique and strong community it is.  This was reflected in the 20 plus organisations who exhibited their work at the Town Meeting for all to see.

Cllr Liz Withington informed the meeting that a new approach to conducting the Town Council’s activities will ensure that the newly elected Councillors can work in partnership with community organisations to make further connections which will bring even greater resilience and cohesion to the community.

Sheringham Town Council and the audience were also thrilled to have Sheringham Football Club with them to share in the excitement of the recent championship successes of the club. Members of the First Team including local player and Team Captain Shane Cox were in attendance with the impressive Anglian combination League cup, as well as members of the Veterans with their championship cup. The under 15 team are also league champions this year. The whole meeting was extremely pleased to recognise the tremendous success of their local club and the Town wished them success this year in the Eastern Counties League, the highest level the club has ever played in.

Cllr Liz Withington informed the meeting that a new approach to conducting the Town Council’s activities will ensure that the newly elected Councillors can work in partnership with community organisations to make further connections which will bring even greater resilience and cohesion to the community.

The Council’s role will also be to be a much louder voice for Sheringham in representing the needs and priorities of the Town, a good example being the development of the new Station Platform brought about by Councillors initiating close liaison between the  Community Rail Partnership, Sheringham Dementia Friendly Community, Greater Anglia, the Community Rail Network and the North Norfolk Railway.

The Town Plan, building on the Council’s new approach, was launched at the meeting and was received positively by those present.  The news that the Community Centre will be retained was cheered. Community engagement in 2018 had shown that the populace greatly valued the Community Centre.  The Council has agreed to move their Administrative functions to the Community Centre in the Summer which will greatly increase efficiency.

The meeting continued to reflect the positive theme of change and of building a strong community with the Council reiterating how important it was for the community to be involved with their Councillors and that they are welcome to attend meetings. In addition, with three positions available for co-option, Mayor Madeleine Ashcroft said she hoped people will join the Council at such an exciting time.

The members of the community thanked the Town Council and in particular Cllrs Ashcroft and Withington for the development of this new approach and for the Council’s hard work and commitment in planning for the future of Sheringham.