Carnival News

Viking Festival 2022

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The Viking Festival has fast become one of Sheringham’s favourite events – but how did it start?

Like many of Sheringham’s projects the inspiration for the Viking Festival came from the ever productive power house brain of Colin Seal – and friends – chatting over a few beers and rhapsodising ‘that it would be nice to have a raging fire on the beach in the darkest part of winter’. This idea quickly grew and with Sheringham Carnival support it was deemed feasible.

Decisions were quickly made; the first Sheringham Viking Festival of Scira was scheduled for 22nd and 23rd February 2014.

With legalities ironed out and permissions acquired from The Powers That Be, the hard work could begin. First practical challenge; how do you actually build a Viking Longboat? Calls went out via for volunteers to get involved and luckily Brian Howe’s expertise proved invaluable; the first incarnation of the Viking vessel was constructed in the garden of The Lobster Inn.

From the very beginning the festival has been lucky to have the support of Wuffa, a Viking and Saxon Re-enactment Society based in Suffolk. Their skills and enthusiasm lend the festival an authenticity it would otherwise be hard to achieve. The festival has grown to such an extent that Wuffa have commandeered a larger site for their settlement. Beeston Common provides a larger battle area and is about a half mile east of Sheringham. When you walk through the camp you will not only witness their fearsome fighting but you will get an insight into the Viking way of life as you observe cooking, blacksmithing, tailoring, making music and much more.

All Colin’s projects are community focussed; aiming to involve people from all reaches of the community, to learn and have fun together, through art. It is a bonus if that community, or a good cause, can also benefit in other ways. Sheringham Viking Festival took a ‘sinister’ turn in 2017 when Colin rallied a group of sixth formers from Sheringham Woodfields School to acquire supplies for Cromer and District Foodbank. Armed with swords and shields they’d made at a previous workshop they dressed in
Viking attire, organised an invasion on a local supermarket, kidnapped the manager and demanded the ransom of a trolleyful of foodbank items. The invasion was deemed a success.

Prior to Covid The Viking Festival was going from strength to strength with more workshops arranged for children, artisans travelling from far flung reaches of Scandinavia to demonstrate traditional Nordic skills. In 2019 Greta Lynggaard was keen to be involved and journeyed from her native Denmark to demonstrate how Vikings gathered and spun the rare fleece of wild musk oxen into a highly prized wool.

Who knows the impact of the forced two year break? People want to be involved in demonstrations and workshops, more want to come and spectate. It continues to be an expanding and evolving event.
Let’s see where the future takes us

To find out more about the early days of the festival visit: https://www.facebook.com/scirafestival

Sheringham Shantymen: Ukraine Concert

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Join the Sheringham Shantymen on Saturday 26th March!

Sheringham’s famous Shantymen will be performing a concert to raise money for the Ukraine Disaster Emergency Committee Appeal. It will take place on Saturday 26th March at St Peter’s Church, beginning at 7.30pm.

Michael Gurney DL, High Sheriff of Norfolk, and North Norfolk’s MP Duncan Baker will be attending to lend their support too!

Admission is free, with a retiring collection (cash or card). Please do come along and support the fundraising and the music!

40s Weekend Park & Ride

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Sat/Sun  14/15 September
Parking:  £4 per day – Cookies Field
Bus fare:  £2 return, £1 child, £5 family ticket
Sat 9am – 9pm
Sun 9am – 6pm
Cookies field will be locked at the time of the last bus.

Spot The Difference Winner

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This year’s winner was Vincent Wright. He spotted all the differences and won a £20 cash prize sponsored by Picaroons B&B.

The picture shows Vincent with his Dad receiving his prize from Picaroons B&B

Well done Vincent!

Local author’s generous donation to local causes

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On Sunday 11th August, at 2.30pm, as part of the Sheringham Lifeboat Day, Gary Powell presented cheques for £505.50 to both Stuart McClean of Sheringham Carnival and Brian Farrow of the RNLI.

Gary raised the funds through a series of talks he gave through the winter on the sinister side of London.  His extensive experience as a police officer in the city giving him a particular insight. The talks at The Masonic Hall were organised by Sheringham Carnival and were very popular.  It was always Gary’s intention to share all proceeds equally between Sheringham Carnival and the RNLI.

Both Sheringham Carnival and the RNLI really appreciate Gary’s generosity and say a massive THANK YOU!

Find out more: www.garypowellauthor.co.uk

Carnival Ramble

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Tuesday 6th August had an air of unpredictability, weather wise which may have put some people off. It didn’t deter our intrepid group of 8, however, who set off from the War Memorial to follow the coastal path towards Weybourne, and back via Sheringham Park. Andrew Cunningham-Brown, Sheringham’s Town Crier, gave a rousing send-off to four of the ramblers, the remainder (who, unfortunately missed the chance of being in the group photo) caught up shortly afterwards. It was a great opportunity to get out and enjoy our wonderful North Norfolk landscape.

A much appreciated £14 was raised for Sheringham Carnival funds.

Sheringham Carnival would like to thank Jasmine for organising and leading this event, everyone who took part, and Andrew for his support.

Great Quizzing night at The Crown

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We were all challenged by the general knowledge quiz at The Crown on Monday 5 th August. A well-placed speaker enabled the people sitting outside to join in and ponder the mix of visual and
traditional clues, with the first being asked by our Carnival Queen, Emma.

The winner of the £50 voucher, kindly donated by The Crown, was the ‘Carnival Blues’. There were vouchers for 2nd and 3rd places too, £30 and £20 respectively.

The £246.00 raised will be divided equally between The Playpark Revamp and Sheringham Carnival.

Thanks to Neil for being Quizmaster and to The Crown for hosting.