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There is an allotment site on Church Lane. The main entrance to this is next to the Village Hall on the Fairstead. You can rent a plot at a cost of £2.25 per rod (from 1st October 2011). What size is a rod? A rod is 5.5 yards (reputedly the distance from the back of the plough to the nose of the oxen!). Therefore a square rod (in which allotments are measured is 30.25 square yards) so a standard 10 rod plot is 302.5 square yards or (just to annoy the Europhobes) 252.9 square metres.

One person can grow loads of veggies on 1 rod. On 5 rods you can feed a family. You will need 10 rods if you want to grow lots of potatoes. Allotments can also be rented by people who live outside of the parish, but the rent is slightly higher. There are currently some plots available on the site. If you are keen on gardening this is ideal for growing:

  • Central village location
  • Water supply on site
  • The site is a west facing slope
  • Adjacent car parking
  • Allotment Holders are members of the National Allotment and Leisure Gardeners Association

Please visit our Allotments page for more details.

Or you can contact the Parish Clerk or simply use our contact page to get in touch.

Car Parking

There is a free village car park adjacent to the Village Hall, which is on the Fairstead. You can use it as a visitor or if you are a resident.

For directions click the marker icon.

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Citizens Advice Bureau

The nearest is in Holt and it is situated on Kerridge Way, in the Holt Community Centre. Telephone number is 08444 111444, email bureau.holtcab@cabnet.org.uk. Parking is available near to the Bureau. It is open Tuesday and Friday 10.00 a.m. until 3.00 p.m.

Community organisations

For a list of meetings of the Cley WI click here 2017 Programme

Cley Parish Church

St Margarets Parish ChurchSt Margarets Parish Church welcomes you to its services. Please see the church notice board for service details.

Church Warden: Joe Penfold

Telephone: 01263 740044



Holt Medical Practice
Telephone: 01263 712461

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital at Colney, near Norwich
Telephone: 01603 286286

Kelling Hospital, Community Hospital, High Kelling, Holt
Telephone: 01263 713333

Cromer Hospital
Telephone: 01263 513571


Holt Dental Practice
Telephone: 01263 712335

Wansbeck Dental Practice
Telephone: 01263 710757

Doggie Owners

Please poop and scoop! Dog waste bins are provided by the Parish Council and are situated on Newgate Green near to the Church entrance, the Village Hall Car Park, Cley Beach and on the Coast Road.

Flood Wardens

In the event of a storm surge being predicted in our part of the North Sea the Flood Wardens service swings into action to help and advise those residents at risk. Full details are available via this link: Flood Info

Library Services


The mobile Library calls in Cley every four weeks on a Thursday.

It stops near to the entrance of Cley Hall, The Fairstead at 9.40 and at 9.55 moves on to Chalk Pit House, Holt Road. It leaves there at 10.15 (BST). The sequence of visits is as follows

    • 8 February 2018
    • 8 March
    • 5 April
    • 3 May
    • 31. May
    • 28 June
    • 26 July


The nearest library is in Church Street, Holt. Telephone number is 01263 712202.

It is open on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 9.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. Tuesday 9.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. and Friday 10.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Local News

Glaven Valley Newsletter is the Church and Community magazine for the villages of the Glaven Valley. It is published every month and will be delivered free to your house if you ask.

The Holt Chronicle is published fortnightly and is available online to read or free from The Three Swallows, Newgate Green.

Norfolk Wildlife Trust

Norfolk Wildlife Trust is the oldest Wildlife Trust in the country. The purchase of 400 acres of marsh at Cley on the north Norfolk coast in 1926 to be held ‘in perpetuity as a bird breeding sanctuary’ provided a blueprint for nature conservation which has now been replicated across the UK.

Norfolk Wildlife Trust Cley Marshes Map

The shingle beach and saline lagoons, along with the grazing marsh and reed bed support large numbers of wintering and migrating wildfowl and waders, as well as bittern, marsh harrier and bearded tit.

Cley Marshes, Norfolk

Cley Marshes, Norfolk

A new eco-friendly visitor centre to the east of the village, on the Coast Road, opened in 2007 containing a café, shop, viewing areas (including viewing from a camera on the reserve), exhibition area, interpretation and toilets.

Norfolk Wildlife Trust is delighted to open the Simon Aspinall Wildlife Education Centre  from Saturday 28 March 2015. The Aspinall Centre will allow them to expand and develop their programme of events and they can now offer an extensive range of new and exciting events. See their website for details.

Norfolk Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre

Norfolk Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre

Cley Marshes, Norfolk

The view from the visitor centre across the Marsh to the sea is breathtaking. There are also new boardwalks and hides making Cley Reserve into a major attraction.

The CoastHopper bus stops just outside the centre.

Planning Matters

Wanting to make a planning application or concerns about a planning application?

Planning applications and advice on planning matters such as extensions to your house, are obtainable from North Norfolk District Council. Telephone North Norfolk District Council on 01263 513811 or email building.control@north-norfolk.gov.uk. Planning applications can be viewed on the NNDC web-site.

The Parish Council will be consulted by the District Council about planning applications. Planning is advertised on site and on the parish council notice board.

If you wish to comment about any application you should write to Planning Services, Council Offices, Holt Road, Cromer, NR27 9EN and send a copy of your letter to the Parish Council.


Police areas are called Safer Neighbourhood Teams or SNT’s. Our SNT in Cley is based at Wells-Next-The-Sea. The police team at Wells can be contacted on sntwells@norfolk.pnn.police.uk.

SNT members have regular police surgeries in the village, parking up on Newgate Green. Details of police visits are advertised on our Parish notice board.

SNT members, depending on their shifts, will come along to Parish Council meetings and hear our concerns. They will also report their crime statistics to our meetings.

Crimes should be reported to the police on 101 (this is a 24 hours a day telephone line).

Public Transport


Train timetables Telephone 08457 484 950 or visit www.nationalrail.co.uk.

The nearest railway station is Sheringham, six miles (10km) east of Cley.

Poppyline – The North Norfolk Railway which runs between Holt and the Bittern Line station at Sheringham Tel 01263 820800 or go to www.nnrailway.co.uk.

Sheringham Station, Norfolk

Sheringham Station, Norfolk


There is also an excellent bus service, the CoastHopper www.coasthopper.co.uk, that runs along the coast from Cromer to Hunstanton and King’s Lynn for those who wish to abandon their cars for the day (or week). Coast Hopper Bus Telephone 0845 3006 116.

The Coast Hopper stops in Cley near to the Pinkfoot Gallery, adjacent to the Beach Road and further east near to the NWT Visitors Centre.

Sanders www.sanderscoaches.com runs service 46 to Holt with connections to Norwich twice a day.

Norfolk Coasthopper bus

There is also a Sanders service 13 which runs to Fakenham on a Thursday (market day at Fakenham). If you know the code of the bus stop you want to use and text this to 84268 you will receive real time information of when your bus will actually arrive at your stop.

For further information on transport matters go to www.traveline.info or telephone 0871 200 22 33


The nearest Primary School is at Blakeney. There is also a Primary School at Langham. The catchment area Secondary School is at Wells-Next-The-Sea. Greshams, a co-educational independent school in Holt, has a Pre-Prep, Prep  and Senior Schools.

Village Hall

The Village Hall is situated on the Fairstead at Cley. It has a large car park adjacent to it. Also adjacent is a Children’s play area. The Hall is available to hire from £10.00 per hour. There is a large meeting room which has the following facilities:

  • Seats 150 theatre style
  • 96 dining style
  • Full stage
  • Large 80 space car park
  • Recently modernised Kitchen
  • Large drop down screen
  • Hearing loop
  • Smaller clubroom which can be hired jointly or separately

It can be used for wedding receptions, parties, dances, lectures, meetings and concerts. The Hall is used by many organisations regularly and for a variety of activities. The regular users include:

  • Cley Amateur Dramatic Society
  • North Norfolk Exhibition Project
  • Norfolk Wildlife Trust
  • The Women’s Institute (contacts available here, 2017 programme here)

For booking details contact Gunhild Espelage on 01263 740186

There is also the Cley 200 Club run by the Village Hall Committee as a fundraiser. The draw takes place once a month at a social event in the Clubroom. You can join the 200 Club for as little as £1 a month – details and application form can be downloaded here.

Childrens Play Area, Cley

Adjacent to the Hall is a football pitch and a play area.

Football Pitch, Cley

Waste and Recycling

Wheelie Bin services are provided by the District Council. This is contracted to a company called Kier Street Services.


Waste collections are on alternate weeks – green bin one week – black bin next week. Collection day is now Wednesday.

Green bins

In your green bin you should only put paper, cardboard, food tins and drink cans and aerosols.

Brown bins

Brown garden waste bins are available from North Norfolk District Council for an extra charge. Brown bins are collected alternate Thursdays.

Recycling facilities

We have recycling facilities on the Village Hall Car Park at the Fairstead. These are a glass bottle bank and a clothing bank. Please leave your glass at our bottle banks as the community receives money for recycling its glass. The clothing bank benefits the Salvation Army.

For further information on the bin collection service telephone 0300 1231163.