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Pint-sized pirates make a splash in Sheringham

PUBLISHED: 06:30 29 February 2016

Beachlife crew member Simon

Beachlife crew member Simon "Cap'n Greybeard" Fenn helping pint-sized pirates Morag and Darcey with craft activities. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

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Nearly a hundred pint-sized pirates had a chance to take part in swashbuckling activities from mask-making, to digging for treasure, at a party hosted by Sheringham Churches Together’s Beachlife team at the Lighthouse Church, Cromer Road.

Maddie and Corbyn have a go at a cup-stacking challenge. Picture: KAREN BETHELLMaddie and Corbyn have a go at a cup-stacking challenge. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

The buccaneering adventurers made pirate-themed crafts, went on a treasure hunt for chocolate golden doubloons, and took turns to battle it out in an inflatable gladiator arena, with other activities on offer ranging from cupcake decorating, to a games console tournament.

Lighthouse youth and children’s pastor Rev Pete Skivington said the party, which was followed by a beach-themed evening event for over 11s, was a way of brightening up the winter months and providing an “added extra” to the popular summer Beachlife activities week.

The annual event, which grew out of the summer beach mission started at Sheringham more than 100 years ago, regularly attracts more than 250 youngsters, who can take part in a packed programme of activities ranging from drama and barbecues, to beach sports and a tide fight.

“I think we have built up a reputation where children know they can come and have fun and learn something about the Christian faith in a way that is relevant and engaging,” Mr Skivington said.

Beachlife, which is run by a team of volunteers from five local churches, was given a £500 boost in the first round of the Eastern Daily Press Community Chest awards, also benefiting from a £1500 grant from Sheringham Poors and Ploughlet Trust.

“We are very grateful to have this support,” Mr Skivington said. “We work very hard to be able to offer free events, and grants like these mean we can not only continue to do this, but also expand what we do and buy new equipment.”

Sheringham Beachlife summer project runs from August 30. For more information, visit www.lighthousesheringham.org


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