By March 2018 the coastal village of Trimingham in North Norfolk will have a new Village Hall to replace the small Pilgrim Shelter which has served as the village hall since 1935.
Being sited close to the cliff edge means the Pilgrim Shelter is in risk of being lost to coastal erosion, so local residents have spent the last seven years raising funds to build a replacement hall.
A Pathfinder grant from North Norfolk District Council enabled the Parish Council to purchase a suitable site on the inland side of the village, and a Big Lottery Fund grant of over £440,000 resulted in a ground breaking ceremony being able to take place early in August 2017.
The determination of the local residents, just 350 people, has seen their own fund raising activities and events raise an incredible £42,500 towards the cost of the project.
The eco-friendly design of the building has enabled the Sheringham Shoal Community Fund to provide a grant of £32,224 to fund the building‘s ground source heating system, this being the largest single grant that the Community Fund has awarded to date.
“We are delighted with the generous support that the Sheringham Shoal Community Fund has shown to the Village Hall project”, said Terry Brown, Chairman of Trimingham Parish Council.
“The fascinating sight of the Sheringham Shoal wind turbines on the horizon on clear days will be a constant reminder of that generosity to the many people who will use the building over the coming years.”
The future management of the village hall will be the responsibility of the registered charity, Trimingham Village Hall Trust.
In May 2012 Alderman Peel High School in Wells was awarded the funding to install solar hot water heating for the school/community swimming pool. The pool, which is now 50 years old as it dates back to the original build of the school in 1963, is not only used for school activities but is also serves as the local community swimming facility. The local community can access the pool for a range of scheduled sessions throughout the week and during weekends, including adult and baby sessions on Saturday mornings, ladies only sessions on Sunday evenings, fitness classes and dawn dippers for the early risers in Wells.
The work on the new solar energy heating system was completed in October 2012, and Eddie Kossowicz, Site Manager at APHS, projects an annual saving of £10,000 on costs for heating the pool. Alastair Ogle, Headmaster at APHS, is delighted with the improvements, "This is a brilliant example of how the Sheringham Shoal Community Fund is benefiting the students, as not only do we have an improved facility but also the savings can be ploughed back into learning activities. And the school children are not the only beneficiaries, because now we can keep prices low for those members of the community who regularly enjoy these facilities".
The aim of the National Coastwatch Institution Mundesley is to ensure the safety of those at sea or on the Mundesley foreshore, and help the HM Coastguard by keeping a visual and radio watch to monitor both the local weather and sea conditions.
Volunteers working from the Coastwatch station need to have a clear view out to sea and along the coast to fulfill this role and ideally can do it with a degree of comfort.
The organisation realised the windows were less than satisfactory for this so applied to the Sheringham Shoal Community Fund for a grant to replace them. The grant was awarded and early in 2012 the station was fitted with not only new windows, but also a full overhaul including a redecoration, carpet tile installation, refurbished console and chart table and new internal wiring.
Coastwatch's Derek Evans said that the new windows and the rest of the work has considerably improved the working environment for the volunteer watchkeepers, who are mostly retired people.
"It is certainly warmer and less draughty and the condensation inside the windows during the cold spells has ceased," he added.
The building was re-opened in March by local MP, Norman Lamb with guests including the Chairman of Mundesley Parish Council and representatives from HM Coastguard and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.