Sheringham churches to celebrate 1940’s weekend
The 1940’s weekend in Sheringham gets bigger every September, with many of the town’s churches taking part by providing special events. Tony Rothe reports.
The 1940's - themed weekend will take place on September 16 and 17. The event was originally based around the North Norfolk Railway, but many of Sheringham’s shops and businesses will reflect a wartime theme, and the town will be packed with visitors and locals wearing 1940’s outfits.
Lighthouse Community Church will be holding a Naafi Café on Saturday September 16 from 10.30am to 5.30pm. The café will be serving 1940’s-style food, served up by the Lighthouse Land Girls. There will be live music and, hopefully, a great atmosphere. Lighthouse will also be having a 1940’s style service on Sunday morning from 10.15am.
Organiser Sue Savory said “This year at our Naafi Café we will be hosting a Tea Dance ably assisted by our very own band led by Mr Peter Bending Esq! We will also be joined once again by the wonderful Harmony Choir singing their versions of songs from the war years. Served by our very own Land Army Girls, you will again be able to sample delicious delights of 1940’s cuisine in the café! There’s plenty of room for you to serve so come and join in the fun!”
Lighthouse is at 62 Cromer Road, Sheringham, NR26 8RT.
St Andrew's Methodist Church will be holding a 1940’s style Harvest Festival service at 10.30am on Sunday September 17. The theme will be Dig for Victory and the congregation are invited to wear 1940’s dress. Professional singer Rachel Eyre, who specialises in 1940's music, will be taking part. After the service, the celebrations will continue on the front lawn, with spam sandwiches, bully beef sandwiches and root vegetable soup, and Rachel will be singing more songs. There will be no charge, but donations are invited for Action for Children.
St Andrews is on Cromer Road, NR26 8SA. Visit http://www.sheringhammethodist.org.uk
St. Peter's Church will once again hold their vintage wedding celebration on the Saturday, but this time, with a real wedding, as Sarah and Thomas are marrying in 40's style, and they want as many people as possible to join them. At some point during the service there will be an opportunity for everyone who wishes to renew their vows to do so.
All those attending are invited to wear 1940’s dress, and there will be certificates for those renewing and tea and cake after the wedding service. For further information, please contact Jenny Comper at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07780 926876.
St. Peter's Church is in Church Street, Sheringham, NR26 8QS.
Sheringham Salvation Army is holding a Brass Band Concert “The Wartime Spirit” with Norfolk Wherry Brass on Saturday September 16 at 7pm, with guest vocalist Major Barrie Sampson. Admission is £6 on the door. The following evening at 6pm, there will be a special Songs of Praise, 1940’s style, led by Majors Barry & Maria Sampson, featuring songs from the 1940’s. Refreshments will follow the service.
The Salvation Army citadel is in Cremer Street, Sheringham, NR26 8DZ.
The photo above is of a previous year’s wedding celebration event at St Peters, and is courtesy of Andreas Yiasimi.
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