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Forester's Centenary
and The Zor - 1955

The Zor, of Istanbul was carrying a cargo of timber, which had shifted in the bad weather just off the Norfolk coast on the 18th of May. The Wells lifeboat, Cecil Paine, rescued several members of the crew but four men decided to stay on board the listing steamer. Coxswain Cox was running low on fuel and requested another lifeboat for assistance.

The Sheringham lifeboat was launched at 12.15 early on the 19th into a heavy swell, a northerly gale was blowing as well as sleet and hail to contend with. The Forester's Centenary arrived at the scene at six o'clock. Coxswain Henry Downtide West asked the captain to abandon ship but he refused as he was hoping a tug would be able to tow them when the weather had subsided.

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But Downtide thought it wouldn't stay afloat for long and stayed alongside, amongst the tons of timber that the sea was washing from the Zor's decks.

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It was about 8.30am when the tug finally managed to get a line aboard the vessel but as soon as she began to tow, the Zor listed even more and it was quite evident it couldn't be saved, the captain signalled that he wanted to abandon ship. The crew had to ram the S.S. Zor to keep her steady while the crew slid down the sinking vessel and onto the lifeboat. Less than ten minutes after the crew and her captain had been rescued the Zor slowly began to sink.

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At 1.35pm the lifeboat returned to Sheringham with four rescued survivors. Vellums were awarded to Coxswain William Cox of Wells and Coxswain Henry West of Sheringham. Additional monetary rewards to the crew totalled £31 10s and the helpers on shore, £16 18s. Our thanks to Molly West for photos and information.

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Youth Hostel, Sheringham
0870 770 6024

Thank you to everyone who has been using the Bottle & Can recycling banks at the Youth Hostel. The money generated from the recycling goes into a fund to help young people.
Please continue to use the Bottle & Can banks and help us raise more for disadvantaged young people.
Adrian Dyde
email: sheringham@yha.org.uk
MEMORIES OF A SHERINGHAM RESIDENT 1933 - 1950 (Part 1)
I first came to live in Sheringham in 1933 when, it was what can only be described as a small 'cosy' seaside town with about four thousand in population, including many retired people. For example ex bank managers, ex army officers and a few titled people, etc. However during the summer season the population increased somewhat with the in-flux of holidaymakers. There were six main hotels, numerous guesthouses and most householders who had any rooms to spare provided 'apartments'. The holidaymakers provided work and income for many as well as trade for the business people.The Grand Hotel dominated the sea front, an impressive looking building with two big domes, one at each corner at the front of the building. It was reputed to cater for fifty guests by sixty staff. The Sheringham Hotel, it had turrets on two of its corners overlooking the 'Weybourne - Cromer Road' and to the golf links. Both these hotels had ground floor ball rooms where, from the nearby roads anyone interested would stand and watch the dancers, dancing the night away, all ladies arrayed in their long and beautiful dresses and the men in their dinner suits, white shirts and black bow ties. The other hotels were The Dormy, The Burlington, and The Bijou (now The Two Lifeboats) and Southlands. Beaumaris was not a hotel at that time it was a guesthouse and at the opposite side of the street to where it is now). The present Crown Inn is the third one. The previous one was much smaller and much closer to the sea wall. (The first went into the sea, I think). Some of these holidaymakers were driven from their own homes to Sheringham in their own chauffeur driven cars. Of course the town was also served very well with trains travelling to and from and through the then M&GN railway station (now the North Norfolk Railway). There were always two taxis ready and waiting for passengers coming off incoming trains, one taxi was owned and driven by a Mr Graver who lived in North Street, the other one by Mr Stebbings who lived in Augusta Street. Eastern County buses also served very regularly along the coast road daily and more than once a day. When the railway gates were closed at the level crossing, it was a favourite place for dads to take their toddlers to watch a train come in or go out of the station.A Sheringham ResidentPaint, Thread & Wood exhibitionThe Quaker Meeting HouseI was absolutely delighted to attend this exhibition, which had exhibits from artists who come from the local area. It was full of bright and interesting things to look at, made from a variety of materials. Artists included:Ann Roff, Douglas Fry, Gill Baguley, Carol Pennington, Peter Goldsmith, Jane Miller, Peter Baldwin, Aubrey Hill, Rose Gilling, Carol Sagar, James Bucknell, Margaret Shotton, Renee Ette, Jan Ashton, Rosemary Smith, Sheila Goldsmith, Sally Martin, John Parsons and Barbara Clarke.Barbara ClarkeÕs medieval House was beautiful and accurate to the time frame. The detail of the house was delightful to see. An excellent exhibition.

Paint, Thread & Wood Exhibition
The Quaker Meeting House

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I was absolutely delighted to attend this exhibition, which had exhibits from artists who come from the local area.  It was full of bright and interesting things to look at, made from a variety of materials.   Artists included:
Ann Roff, Douglas Fry, Gill Baguley, Carol Pennington, Peter Goldsmith, Jane Miller, Peter Baldwin, Aubrey Hill, Rose Gilling, Carol Sagar, James Bucknall, Margaret Shotton, Renee Ette, Jan Ashton, Rosemary Smith, Sheila Goldsmith, Sally Martin, John Parsons and Barbara Clarke.  Barbara Clarke's medieval house was beautiful and accurate to the time frame.  The detail of the house was delightful to see.  An excellent exhibition
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