Dog show leads the way in fundraising campaign

Tim Smith with his dog Teddy the most handsome dog winner from North Walsham.Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Tim Smith with his dog Teddy the most handsome dog winner from North Walsham.Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Best rescued, waggiest tail and happiest family were just three of the categories in a fun dog show held at Trimingham on Sunday.

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The annual show was the latest in a series of fundraising events organised by a team of villagers to raise cash to replace Trimingham's Pilgrim Shelter village hall, which is predicted to fall over the cliffs in the next 20 or 30 years.

A management committee set up to raise money to construct the £550,000 building, complete with meeting room, toilets and a kitchen, has already received £200,000 of Pathfinder cash - government money given to North Norfolk District Council to aid communities threatened by coastal erosion.

Part of this has been used to buy land on Cromer Road, with the rest banked ready to be used for the new building once the target has been reached.

The project has been boosted by £30,000 through events ranging from car boot sales and keep fit sessions, to quizzes and whist drives, and the committee now hopes to move closer towards its goal by applying for grants.

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Village hall management committee chairman Terry Brown explained that, without a pub or shop, Trimingham desperately needed a modern, good-sized village hall.

'It is important for us to draw the village together and focus on a common cause as we are on our way, but what we need to do now is to look at grants and raising serious money,' he said.

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'We've got an ageing population and we want to be able to bring services into the village, like a doctor's surgery and library and community shop. I think it will be very good not only for Trimingham but the surrounding Poppyland area because we can put up a new village hall which will have everything in it which will enable us to do everything we want to do.'

The group have applied for funding from the National Lottery's Big Lottery Fund and, if successful, hope to have the new hall built and opened next year.

Mr Brown added: 'The Lottery funding is a three stage affair. We have got through the first two stages and we are now on stage three. We have had a development grant from BLF to enable us to press the project forward. We have to get our stage three efforts in by end of this month and then they need four months to look at it so by September we should know whether we've got the money to build a new village hall.'

More than 65 dogs registered for the annual show, which was organised by village hall fundraising committee member Liz King, with prizes and rosettes sponsored by local businesses.

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