The Pilgrim Shelter
Situated in Loop Road opposite the Church, the Pilgrim Shelter was until just recently Trimingham’s village hall, and is now still available for hire. It can seat 24 and has a small compact kitchen with fridge, cooker and microwave. It has a small car park. It is available for hire at £3.00 per hour for residents and £5.00 per hour for non residents. If you’d like to hire the Pilgrim Shelter, please check availability on the Booking Diary below this on the drop-down menu and then fill in the online Booking Enquiry Form. If you wish to discuss a potential booking, call Linda (01263-834349) or Liz (01263-834965).
The Pilgrim Shelter was built in 1935 by Rev Page and his gardener, Bertie Gray, as a Social Club for the men of the village. It housed a full-sized billiard table and dart board. The room had to be extended on the seaward side so that the men could use their billiard cues properly. It has given a lot of pleasure to villagers since it was opened.
The Future of the Pilgrim Shelter
The Pilgrim Shelter is a unique and cosy little building, an architectural one-off. It remains at the heart of Trimingham and deserves to find its feet now that Trimingham Hall has taken over most of its old functions. We think its time has come, though, courtesy of two very fortunate accidents of timing.
The Pilgrim Shelter is now a prominent and central point along the newly established Norfolk Coastal Path with many walkers passing its door – and within the last month it has also been set up as one of the Discovery Points for the Deep History Coast project which aims to focus interest on the prehistory of the North Sea. You can now visit the newly-erected Monoliths just outside the building and enjoy your lunch at one of the picnic tables installed there.
All we need now is volunteers from among Trimingham residents to bring the Pilgrim Shelter into its new life as an informal locally-run café. Making hikers and visitors welcome by serving coffee, biscuits and cakes for an hour or two on an occasional weekend is what we have in mind.
On Monday 16th December 2019 at 6.30pm in the Pilgrim Shelter there’s the chance to meet like-minded people and, if you choose, to sign up to join other volunteers. In addition, if hard physical work is more in your line, then there’s plenty to do strimming and digging and cutting back to keep this important meeting-place neat and cared-for. We’re interested in setting up a work party – so do come along and volunteer!