Our Village Today
The Village Sign and Garden
The Village Sign stands in the Village Garden on the junction of Mundesley Road and High Street. The original sign was given to the village by the Overstrand and District WI in1977 but some years later it was found to be beyond repair. A decision was reached to replace the sign and the children of the Belfry School were asked to submit designs.
The winning design was carved by Bob Sterry and Peter Metcalfe and was erected in1993. A dedication ceremony conducted by Tim Bennett, a reader at St. Martin’s Church, and former Head of the Belfry School. In 2010 this new sign was beginning signs of wear and was skilfully repaired by Ralph West and his grandson.
The Village Garden is cared for by volunteers from the village. An annual payment from the Ronnie Cork Legacy contributes towards the cost of plants and at Christmas the Millennium Group place and light the village Christmas Tree.
Ronnie Cork Memorial
Ronnie was a real ‘character’ who loved the village. Sadly he passed away in 2010 and his estate, upon his instructions, was divided equally between St. Martin’s Church, the Sports Club, the Belfry School and the Parish Council. A request was made by his heirs that the Parish Council should commission a suitable memorial to him.
After a wide consultation it was agreed that a brick and flint memorial should be built on the clifftop next to Fisherman’s Green and it would house a Tide Clock, Barometer and a Humidity Meter.
As part of the Millennium Celebrations a further ‘Awards for All’ Grant enabled Overstrand Parish Council to commission a Village Heritage Board, researched and designed by Mr. Terry Richards.
The board is located just a couple of minutes walk from the Information Point at the junction of High Street and Harbord Road and it gives visitors to Overstrand further insight into the Village’s past.
Overstrand Information point
This facility, situated at the junction of High Street and Cliff Road, adjacent to the village shop, was brought about in response to the wishes of local traders as a means to assist in the promotion of their businesses.
The second ex BT telephone box, purchased by the Parish Council for £1, forms the centrepiece. The project was funded with the balance of a legacy received in 2010, from Ronnie Cork and from fees from participating traders. It was officially opened in 2013 by Norman Lamb MP
The Millennium Group were instrumental in planning and bringing to fruition this much loved and appreciated facility. The Group, a charity, raise money in various ways.
The Boxing Day Swim and barbecues are among the events, which help to fund the upkeep and insurance on the site. Situated on the cliff top car park, this is a fenced area, with a range of children’s climbing frames and other equipment. Parents are advised to make sure that they or a responsible adult remains with children whilst they are in the playground.
This is situated on the cliff top car park, and The Union flag is raised on all special national days of celebration and interest. The St.George is raised on our Patron Saint’s day, and the Village flag, designed by the children of the Belfry School can be raised for any celebration in the Village, or for a private special occasion, for a fee of £2. Please contact the Clerk.
Members of the Anglican, Methodist and Catholic communities organised the placing of a stone to celebrate the Christian significance of the Millennium. It is sited on Fisherman’s Green and was carved from Norwegian granite – the same granite that was used to repair the cliff fall at the East end of the village in 1995.
The Overstrand Millennium Wall-hanging was sewn by the Overstrand Evening WI and other villagers, from an original design created by Jo Budd. The project was funded by an ‘Awards for All’ grant. Work began in early September 2000 on the eighteen separate pieces and was completed on 24th October 2001. It took the following eight months to join the pieces to form the 8ft by 4ft wall-hanging. The Royal School of Needlework then blocked and stretched it into perfect shape and it was hung in the Parish Hall, along with the original cartoon, in late 2002.
The story from start to finish was then embroidered onto two panels, which were framed and hung beneath the hanging. In all twenty-five people were involved in this village project, one of several carried out to celebrate the Millennium.
A postcard of the wallhanging is available from the Village Shop and other outlets in the Village. At times when the Parish Hall is closed it is possible to view the wall-hanging by arrangement with the Parish Clerk.
In 2012 The Strand Club made plans to site a defibrillator in the village, and commenced to raise money to fund this. The Parish Council agreed to contribute £700 from the Ronnie Cork Legacy and £600 from the Parish Precept.
The defibrillator was eventually sited on the wall at the White Horse Public House, and in 2012 our MP, Norman Lamb unveiled it. The Village is grateful to the Strand Club for bringing this project to a successful conclusion.