Have you ever wondered about the Club that lies behind the high wall in
Cromer Road? Is it perhaps just a Bowls Club? Because that is the first thing you
see looking through the gate - the Bowling Green. And what exactly is a Private
Well, it's not just a Bowls Club although Bowls is one of the many activities there.
It has a well attended, very varied Social life, with Bingo, Race Nights and Music
Evenings amongst others. The four Snooker Tables are a great attraction, with League
matches, etc. Bridge, Chess, Carpet Bowls are all thriving, with Table Tennis and the
winter Coffee Mornings squeezed in between.
The Bar is the hub of the Club, especially when Sport in some form is on the TV there-
terrestrial TV only. Club Steward Robin's Sunday Lunches through the winter months
are very popular, needing booking well in advance. Visitors and new Members to the
Morley Club are always made welcome. Casual visitors wanting a ''Roll up'' on the
Green only have to pay a Green Fee - this has proved very popular with Sheringham's
holiday makers. A ''must' though, is a pair of flat-soled Bowling shoes and grey
trousers or skirts with a white top. Private Members' Club means basically that the
Club is owned and run by the Members. A yearly Membership fee applies, with an
additional fee for the Bowls Section.
Membership is by application to the General Purposes Committee with forms available from
the Bar Staff. Membership is open to all over the age of 16, with a reduced rate for
Juniors. As with all Clubs, there are Rules as laid down in the Morley Club
Constitution. No children under the age of 18 are admitted to the Bar - a Rule
popular with most , but, of course not all, as is the 'Smoking only permitted in the
designated areas' rule.
So, why not come further than the gate. Walk up the path. Into the Club House any
day, except Christmas Day, after 11am, and you will see for yourself. Do come.
LOCAL WORKS PUBLIC MEETING
I was delighted to be asked to chair a public meeting called by 'Local
Works' to promote the campaign for the 'Sustainable Communities Bill' with guest speakers
MP Norman Lamb, local shopkeeper and co-ordinator of Norfolk 'localise it' campaign Nigel
Dowdney and Ron Bailey the local works campaign organiser. The attendance of over
100 members of the public at the community centre in Sheringham shows how much people care
about their local community and also showed the value of having a community centre in a
very accessible central position. Many people walked to the centre, as indeed I did
Norman Lamb MP had opportunity to address local issues such as concern regarding the loss
of our local Police Stations and the need to empower local communities and town councils,
taking away the decision making process from Whitehall. It was unanimously agreed
that local people know about local needs, whereas Whitehall knows absolutely nothing about
local needs, but continues to implement policies without local consultations. This
is the very point of having a 'Sustainable communities Bill'. Community needs the
right balance of services to be healthy, vibrant and economically 'sustainable'.
Sheringham chamber of trade is working for a balance to compliment our fabulous town for
the long term future and to retain the viability and the vibrancy we currently enjoy.
The Sheringham plus community partnership is an opportunity for all residents of
Sheringham and the surrounding area to involve themselves now in the future of Sheringham
and it's parishes.
To find out more please check the website on www.sheringhamplus.co.uk or phone 01263
To find out more about the campaign for a 'Sustainable Communities Bill' please check
their website on www.localworks.org or phone 020 7833 9898. Jools McLeod
The Sheringham Museum Trust is holding a Coffee Morning with a Bring &
Buy Sale and raffle on Wednesday 23rd November from 10.30am to 12 noon at Peggs Close, 6
St Nicholas Place, Sheringham. Proceeds to Museum funds.