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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 Members Club?

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.

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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 myself.
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 or phone 01263 822190.
To find out more about the campaign for a 'Sustainable Communities Bill' please check their website on 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.

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