Sheringham Coastwatch

Sheringham Coastwatch is registered as a Charity. The over-riding aim of the group is to help to ensure the safety of those on the sea and people who use the beaches and cliff walks in the Sheringham area.

Main Roles

  • Keep a visual, radar and AIS watch on the coastal area visible from the Station and log all passing vessels. (Most commercial vessels are required to have AIS equipment which transmits information about the ship, its position, speed, and course as well as its destination.)
  • Monitor the international distress channel on VHF chs.16 and 70.
  • Report any incidents or emergencies to HM Coastguard and/or Police or Ambulance Service, as appropriate.
  • Co-operate with HM Coastguard and other Search and Rescue organisations when requested.
  • Monitor local weather conditions and when requested give local weather reports. (Not weather forecasts.)
  • Assist the general public and relevant authorities where possible.

How Are They Run?

Sheringham Coastwatch is totally self-financing. As well as collecting donations in a box at the Station they undertake a number of collections at local supermarkets. Some donations are received directly from individuals who wish to support the charity.

As a charity, the Trustees are responsible for ensuring that the organisation is run effectively and efficiently. The Trustees include representatives elected by the membership as a whole.

Our Station Manager and his two deputies run the station on a day to day basis.

The Trustees are elected at there AGM.

As well as an AGM, there are 4 meetings a year at which members get together and may raise and discuss any issue that relates to Sheringham Coastwatch.

How Do I Get Involved?

Please contact the organisation directly:

Sheringham Golf Club. Sweetbriar Lane. Sheringham. Norfolk. NR26 8HG
Telephone: 01263-821200


Why not join?

There can be few more wonderful places to spend a few hours each week. But as well as enjoying the views you will know that you are helping to ensure the safety of those on the sea, or using the beaches and cliff paths.

If you would like to join, pick up an application form and information sheet from the Station at the Old Coastguard Lookout on Skelding Hill.

If you have any questions call in at the Station and talk to the watchkeeper on duty, phone 01263 821200 or email