As well as providing individual sponsorship for relevant projects and events in North Norfolk, Scira has worked with the Norfolk Community Foundation to establish the Sheringham Shoal Community Fund. The fund provides grants to North Norfolk community groups, including schools and NGOs, seeking financial assistance for projects or initiatives that meet key criteria and focus on renewable energy, marine environment and safety, sustainability, or education in these areas.:
Interested groups can find out more or submit an outline proposal form, available from www.norfolkfoundation.com at any time. The grant panel will consider outline proposals and selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal for consideration. Full applications are normally considered at meetings twice a year with the next scheduled for November 2013
Since its establishment in 2010, the Sheringham Shoal Community fund has made grant awards totalling around £180,000 to the following organisations:
|Organisation||Purpose||Date Awarded||Project Areas|
|Poppy Centre Trust||To install a ground source heat pump.||May 2013||Stalham|
|Seal and Bird Rescue Trust||To provide training for up to 24 young people.||May 2013||Ridlington
|Palling Volunteer Rescue Service||To provide a Junior crew for the Sea Palling voluntary lifeboat.||May 2013||Sea Palling|
|The Patch - Sheringham Community Smallholding Project||To fund the salary of the project manager and maintenance/groundsman.||May 2013||Sheringham|
|Wells Maltings Trust||To support for the Trust's core costs||May 2013||Wells-next-the-Sea|
|Aylmerton Village Hall||Funding towards 'Raising the Roof' project - specifically the installation of integrated solar PV panels.||November 2012||Aylmerton|
|Sheringham Woodfields School||To install PIR lighting and electric hand driers||November 2012||Sheringham|
|National Coastwatch Institution Mundesley||To establish a new Coastwatch station at East Runton||November 2012||East Runton|
|Ryburgh Community Enterprise||To install a solar PV system to the shop.||November 2012||Ryburgh|
|St Seraphim's Trust||Funding for a range of materials and plants to further develop the community garden.||May 2012||Walsingham|
|Blakeney Parish Council||Develop a project plan obtaining necessary consents and approvals to dredge the channel and carry out a first phase of dredging.||May 2012||Blakeney|
|North Norfolk Surf Life Saving Club||Funding to help establish a life saving youth training programme.||May 2012||Cromer|
|Bodham Parish Council||Funding to help with the regeneration of Bodham Common to a lowland heath.||May 2012||Bodham|
|Alderman Peel High School||Funding to install solar hot water heating for the school/community swimming pool.||May 2012||Wells-next-the-Sea|
|Sheringham & District Preservation Society||To replace current lighting with 80 x 6w LED bulbs.||November 2011||Sheringham|
|1st Mundesley (Air) Scout Group||Install 20 photovolteic panels on the hall roof||November 2011||Mundesley|
|Wells Area Partnership||Funding for the "how to green guide" project.||May 2011||Wells-next-the-Sea|
|Museum of the Broads||Contributing towards the costs of the installation of photovoltaic solar||May 2011||Stalham|
|Norfolk Ornithologistsí Association||Analyse five years worth of birdwatching data||May 2011||North West Norfolk|
|Wells Maltings Trust||Funding towards the costs of architects design fees.||May 2011||Wells-next-the-Sea|
|Holt Community Centre||Funding for a two part green energy project involving photovoltaics and cavity wall insulation.||December 2010||Holt|
|National Coastwatch Institution, Mundesley||Funding to replace three windows in the Coastwatch station.||December 2010||Mundesley|
|Norfolk Ornithologists' Association||Analyse five years worth of birdwatching data||June 2010||North West Norfolk|
|Unity Wind Limited||The costs of a traffic and noise survey and associated expenses for a proposed community wind farm.||June 2010||North Walsham|
|The Mason Trust||Funding towards the costs of the climate run at Holkham Estate||June 2010||Holkham|
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".
Headmaster Alastair Ogle with Scira’s Liz Hancock and Einar Strømsvåg.
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 warner 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.
Norman Lamb MP (left) opens the upgraded Coastwatch station at Mundesley.