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Sheringham: high old time at BeachLife event

More than 200 children and young people took part in the annual BeachLife outreach event on Sheringham cliff top and beach in Norfolk ...

The BeachLife activity outreach for children and young people on Sheringham cliff top and beach in Norfolk last week was an outstanding success, attracting more than 200 children and young people, reports Tony Rothe for Network Norwich and Norfolk.

This was the fourth successive summer that BeachLife has taken place, and each year the event has built on the success of the previous years. It is a joint venture by the churches in Sheringham, aimed at engaging with local youngsters, as well as holidaymakers.

The activities each day included the “Beach Special”, where all ages came together at the cliff-top marquee on The Leas for music, games, drama and fun, and to introduce the day’s theme, which this year was “High Fives”.

A popular feature this year was the gunge tank, with the children nominating one of the leaders to get “gunged” each day.  

The mornings also included the “Going Deeper” sessions where the children and young people split into age-groups to explore that day’s theme in more depth before breaking for lunch.  

The afternoons comprised a water challenge, which included making and sailing a boat and wet relay races, beach games, beach sculptures, a giant inflatable assault course and human table football, and the construction of a huge BeachLife logo on the beach using flints (pictured top).

The week was rounded off with a family barbecue on the Friday, followed by the family tide fight.   Evening activities for young people included the return of the popular “egg parachute” challenge,  a quiz and chips night, town trail treasure hunt, and a “Sheropoly” trail around the town, all of which were well attended.

One of the mums, Nicola Chiffins, whose son attended each day, said : “Thanks to all involved for a fantastic time at BeachLife. My son couldn’t wait to go each day! He is 5yrs old and on the last day he said ‘Mummy ... Do you know ... I know God ... and he is my friend!’

"It was so lovely to hear! It was so well organised and a brilliant fun friendly team, Thanks to all the helpers and the time and effort you gave, it was really appreciated and we have put the dates on calendar for next year!”  

Next year’s outreach will run from Tuesday August 30 to Friday September 2 2016. But Sheringham youngsters will not have to wait until next summer to continue the fun, as the team are already planning for a Light Party on Friday October 30, and another BeachLife Extra day on Friday February 19 2016. 

The bottom picture shows the winners of the tide fight, with their "castle" which was the last to fall.

Visit www.sheringhambeachlife.co.uk  for more pictures, and for more information about future events. Photos are courtesy of Gareth Gabriel: http://garethgabriel.com

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