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Cromer The Official

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Contents A Welcome from the Mayor Diary of Annual Events Council Information Cromer’s History

Cromer Museum

RNLI Henry Blogg Museum Primary Education

Secondary Education

Paston College

Health and Welfare Cromer Town Map

The Arts in Cromer


Lifeguards/Beach Safety

Places of Worship

Clubs and Societies

Directory of Advertisers

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As part of the commemoration of the First World War Armistice, the service in the parish church included a shower of poppies.

Welcome to Cromer May I welcome you all whether you are a local or visiting the area.

If you want to relax, then the beach, parks and gardens are all in the vicinity of the town, whilst we have some great walks for those wanting more challenging activities. A wide range of shops are there to serve you, and there are plenty of independent coffee shops, cafes and restaurants to satisfy your taste buds.

The Cromer crab is famous throughout the world, feeding off the chalk bed which is approximately 200 metres offshore. You can watch the delicacy being offloaded from the crab boats on the East beach during the day (though this depends on the tides) and they are available to buy from various fishermen's shops around town.  Paddling, surfing, rock pooling and crab catching are great family activities with safety on our Blue flag beaches and seas looked after by the RNLI crews and lifeguards (during the season) and also HM Coastguard. The Henry Blogg museum tells the story of the most decorated and courageous coxswain in the RNLI, whilst the Cromer museum behind the church informs you of the history of the town and the story of the West Runton mammoth.

If sports are more to your liking, we have the Royal Cromer Golf club, the grass and hard courts as well as squash at Cromer Lawn Tennis & Squash Club, watching cricket at the Overstrand Road ground,

and football (at present) at Cabbell Park on Mill Road.

Pitch n Putt, Putting & Adventure Golf and Bowls are on offer at Runton Road and bowls also at Suffield park on Station Road.

Our last remaining end of the pier show and cinema offer indoor entertainment as well as local pubs with live music. Train and bus connections and local taxis can transport you to other locations or activities throughout North Norfolk.

The Deep History Coast project tells the story via an app and AR of when Mammoths walked what is now the North Sea.

During the summer we have two weeks of children's activities and a week of our famous carnival festivities organised by Cromer VEO, New Year's Day fireworks from the pier and the Crab and Lobster Festival in May. All of these are organised by groups of dedicated volunteers. Cromer has a full year of activities and these can be found at thisiscromer.co.uk.

I hope you find this Town Guide of interest and a useful source of information.

If you are visiting any of our attractions please remember to use #lovecromer in any social media posts. Richard Leeds

Mayor of Cromer

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Diary of Cromer’s Annual Events

January 1st - Fireworks on the Pier

August - Cromer Carnival

May - The Crab & Lobster Festival &

November - Firework Display

May - Folk on the Pier Art Trail

May - Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios

June - Cromer Pier Summer Show Opens July/August - Soapbox Derby July/August - Lifeboat Day

October - COAST Arts Festival

November/December - Christmas Lights Switch-On December - Boxing Day Dip in the Sea

For more information contact Cromer & North Norfolk Tourist Information Centre on 01263 512497

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Council Information Cromer Town Council North Lodge

Overstrand Road


Norfolk, NR27 0AH

Clerk to the council: Julie Chance PSLCC, clerk@cromer-tc.gov.uk

Deputy Clerk: Janet Warner PSLCC AICCM, deputy@cromer-tc.gov.uk

North Norfolk District Council Council Offices

Holt Road Cromer

Norfolk, NR27 9EN

Opening times: Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 8.30am-5pm, Wednesday - 10am-5pm, Friday - 8.30am-4.30pm Tel: 01263 513811

Website: www.north-norfolk.gov.uk

Responsibilities include benefits, council tax collections, environment and waste, housing, planning & design, street cleaning and leisure facilities amongst others.

Tel: 01263 512254

Norfolk County Council

Office Hours: 10am-1pm - Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.

Martineau Lane

Website: www.cromer-tc.gov.uk

It is best to telephone or email to make an appointment before visiting the offices as the Clerk and Deputy Clerk are often in meetings. Responsibilities include: cemeteries, streetlights, benches, bus shelters, town signs, licences for marriage, baby naming amongst others.

County Hall

Norwich, NR1 2DH

Opening times: Monday to Friday 9am-5pm Tel: 0344 800 8020 (main switchboard)

Website: www.norfolk.gov.uk

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Cromer’s History

A view from the west cliffs in the 1880s. Fishing boats work from the beach, the western prom has not been built and the last of the jetties is still in place.

At the time of King William's Domesday records,

1086, there is no mention of the town of Cromer.

Instead, we read of Shipden, a town that now lies

beneath the sea. In medieval times we read of

Cromer, alias Shipden. The natural break in the cliffs

now known as the Gangway was the centre of the

town, with fishermen and merchants plying their

trade from the beach below, and sheep farmers

keeping their flocks on the hills behind the town.

In 1285 the king granted Cromer a Friday market

and a yearly fair of eight days. By the 15th century

the town was sufficiently prosperous for the large

church of St Peter and St Paul to be built, replacing

Shipden's lost church of St Peter. In 1565 Cromer is

listed as a landing place with a pier, with 117

householders. The merchants traded far afield, and

Cromer vessels crossed the North Sea, sailed to the

Baltic and even to Iceland and Greenland.

The trading vessels of Cromer continued to land on

its open beach until almost the end of the 19th

century, when the railways offered a more efficient

means of transport. Undoubtedly sea trade declined

over the centuries, with the general decline in the

importance of the county of Norfolk as a centre for

the wool industry. Fishing continued to be a

mainstay of the town, with cod, mackerel and other

longshore catches providing a year round return,

before the move to the crab and lobster

specialisation of today. Tourism began to be of more

importance from the beginning of the 19th century,

and it is from that period that the first written guide

to Cromer dates.

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West Cliff: In 2019 the Friends of Cromer Museum were able to purchase a rare stereo photo - though we can't show it in stereo here - taken by Daniel Savin in the 1860s. The bystanders look down towards the jetty which once stood on the seafront. Don't go to lean on the railings!

The end of the Napoleonic wars provided the

opportunity for this influx of visitors. The members of

the Gurney family of Earlham Hall were amongst the

earliest visitors of this sort to the town. The mixture

of sea views and bathing, the woods and walks

behind the town and the activity on the beach

brought those with leisure time and the time to draw

and paint to Cromer, including a number of artists of

the Norwich school.

The coming of the railways and the accompanying

publicity started by the travel writer and theatre critic

Clement Scott - who coined the name Poppyland for

the area - led to a further rush of visitors in the final

decade of the 19th century. Many of those visiting

the town chose to stay, contributing to local

prosperity and building substantial houses. Others

took the opportunity to develop businesses based

on the holiday trade.

The great hotels, few of which remain, date from

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With the decline of the town after the medieval

period, the church itself had fallen into a

considerable state of disrepair. The Reformation and

the time of Oliver Cromwell's Commonwealth had

also contributed to the deterioration of many church

buildings. The church windows had largely been

bricked up and the chancel demolished. The

Reverend Thomas Gill had resorted to the use of

gunpowder for this purpose in 1681. The restoration

of the church was undertaken in the reign of Queen

Victoria, this work was substantially completed for

the beginning of the 20th century.

Cromer also became known because of its lifeboat

station. Today the offshore lifeboat station is at the

end of the pier, whilst the inshore lifeboat operates

from the beach. In the 19th century, almost every

coastal town or village in Norfolk had its lifeboat.

In the 1920s motor lifeboats began to take over

from the pulling and sailing boats. The building of

the pierhead station at Cromer meant that the

lifeboat could launch in almost any weather, and

Cromer took over responsibility for much of the

coastline to the east, and in particular for the

Haisboro' Sands. The work of Coxswain Henry Blogg

and his crew became known nationally, and has

been continued by his successors led by Henry

'Shrimp' Davies, Richard Davies, Billy Davies and

today's Coxswain, John Davies.

Cromer remains a very popular spot for visitors. Of

course it is not possible to guarantee the sunshine

and warmth of overseas destinations, but the

summer can offer open beaches, country walks,

safe sea bathing and a variety of interesting places

to visit. A sunny weekend winter morning will see

hundreds of people take the walk out on the pier

and a number of other events are held throughout

photographic exhibition. The Museum owns the

largest collection of the negatives taken by this

remarkable north Norfolk - and London-

photographer. An exhibition at the Castle Museum

proved enormously popular over the winter months

and much of it has now transferred to Cromer.

Working in the first half of the twentieth century, she

photographed kings, queens and government

ministers whilst in London - and fishermen and local

residents in Sheringham and in Cromer.

In November 2018 three new plaques were added in

the town, to recall men who had served in the forces

in the First World War. In 2019 another three will be

added, including a plaque for the lady lighthouse

keepers of the 19th century and for suffragette

the year. The Boxing Day swim and the New Year's

Day fireworks now bring thousands to the seafront in

the coldest of weather! Folk on the Pier, usually the

second weekend of May and the Crab and Lobster

festival on the third weekend of May are now well

established attractions. The half term weekend in

October is the time for the COAST arts festival.

The major works on the seafront have all been

completed, though the storm of January 2017 did

cause some damage - and removed a large number

of wooden beach huts again. However, repairs were

quickly done and the promenade made ready for the

spring and summer season. In fact January 2017

proved quite adventurous, with the New Year's Day

fireworks having to be postponed from the 1st to the

8th - but the town was as packed as ever for a

great display.

At Cromer Museum, you can enjoy the Olive Edis

Major Michael Abbs of the Royal Anglian Regiment recalls the sacrifice of the two Hastings brothers at the Second Battle of Gaza

Emily Dickinson who worked in Cromer as a

governess. The third plaque will recognise the work

of Cromer historian and geologist Alfred Savin, who

collected many fossils from the local beaches,

including those he contributed to the Natural History

Museum in London.

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Cromer Museum Cromer Museum offers you the chance to step

The exhibition features her portraits of both the

imagine what it was like to live in Cromer at the end

their families. The display also tells the story of

inside this cosy Victorian fisherman’s cottage and

of the 19th century.

Browse in the Old Cromer Gallery with its huge

archive of historic photographs and illustrations of the town. Discover Cromer’s history as a Victorian

seaside resort with its fine hotels and scandalous mixed bathing.

Visit the Geology Gallery and see an amazing

collection of fossils – all found in Norfolk. Enjoy fascinating displays revealing why Cromer is

renowned as a geological area of international importance. Find out about the famous West

Runton elephant, Britain’s oldest and most

complete elephant fossil and see some of its actual bones.

“Fishermen and Kings: The Photography of Olive

Edis”, is a display of work by the ground- breaking 20th century photographer Olive Edis.

rich and famous as well as local fishermen and Edis’ role as the first official female war

photographer and her trip to Europe to photograph women serving during the First World War.

Summer Opening Times (Mar – Oct)

Monday – Friday: 10am – 4pm

Saturday and Sunday: 12 noon – 4pm

Admission: Adult £4.10, Concession £3.90,

Young Person (4-16) £3.50, Family + 2 adults £14.45

Family + 1 adult £10.85, Twilight ticket £1.50

Contact Us:

Web: www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk

Email: cromer.museum@norfolk.gov.uk

Tel: 01263 513543

@CromerMuseum Cromer Museum

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Browne’s Tea Room

Daily lunch specials & Breakfast Serving good quality home cooked food Using, whenever possible, locally sourced produce. Warm and friendly service. We cater for vegan, vegetarian and gluten free diets. Find us on trip advisor. Open Monday-Saturday 8.30am-4.30pm Well behaved dogs welcome in our courtyard garden. Bond Street, Cromer. Tel; 01263 512320 brownescromer@gmail.com

Davies' Fish Shop, Cromer

For Cromer Crab, Lobsters, Cockles, Whelks and a range of Wet Fish 7 Garden Street, Cromer 16 |

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The RNLI Henry Blogg Museum is a lively,

interactive museum with a great deal to discover. Dress up as a lifeboat crew member, signal in

Morse code, learn the story of Monte, listen to

recordings of crew members and create your own ‘medal’ as you explore over 100 years of lifeboat history.

Henry Blogg, the RNLI’s most decorated crew member, became known as the ‘greatest

From April-September, the museum is open

He joined the Cromer

October, November, February and March, opening

the age of 18 and

Please contact the museum to find out about our

lifeboatman of all time’.

lifeboat crew in 1894 at

Tuesday-Sunday, from 10.00am-5.00pm. In

times are Tuesday-Sunday, 10.00am-4.00pm.

retired at the age of 71,

events and activities, book group visits and school

dedicated service.

openings – www.rnli.org.uk/HenryBlogg ,

after 53 years of

During this time he

helped save 873 lives, braving savage storms,

winds and waves to snatch men and women from

workshops or to confirm Bank Holiday Monday

e-mail Blogg_Museum@rnli.org.uk or telephone

01263 511294.

danger. The lifeboat, HF Bailey, in which Henry served as Coxswain, is the centrepiece of the

gallery displays and it was in this boat that Henry and his crew carried out some of the most dramatic rescues of World War II.

Admission to the museum is free.

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Primary Education Suffield Park Infant and Nursery School

...Our classrooms are a place of joy... and lessons are

a buzz of excitement - Ofsted 2015.

Suffield Park Infant and Nursery School is a

community school for children between the ages of four and seven. We share a campus with Cromer

Junior School and Cromer Academy. Nichola Stewart

has been the head teacher since March 2017 and our school has been consistently rated as ‘good’ by


The school has a purpose built Nursery which takes

babies from eight weeks old to four years and at this

point the children transfer over to the main school

which admits children in the September preceding

their fourth birthday. The Nursery offers five sessions of differing times to suit the needs of our parents,

including two three hour sessions, which also includes

day care. The Nursery is divided into three rooms for each different age group; staff have a wealth of

experience and are well qualified.

In the main school we have three form entry which

Parents are welcome in our school at all times and

often offer help in many ways. We are keen to develop and establish links within the local community and

welcome individuals or groups which will enhance our

children’s learning experiences.

If you would like to visit contact the school on 01263

513296 or email office@suffieldpark.norfolk.sch.uk

Cromer Junior School

Cromer Junior School is a medium sized school for

children aged seven to eleven from in and around

Cromer. We are currently rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted with

Outstanding Behaviour and Safety. Whil de Neve has

been Headteacher since 2013. The school usually has

two classes in each year group. Many of our children

start Year 3 after Suffield Park Infant and Nursery

School and most of our Year 6 children transfer to

Cromer Academy.

We are fortunate to have a modern building that is

very well equipped as a modern learning environment. The outside area has exciting play areas to keep

children busy outside of the classroom. We teach a

means we have nine classrooms, a library and a

broad curriculum, enhanced by frequent visitors and

speech and language difficulties. The SRB supports

Specialist Resource Base) is extremely successful in

specialist resource base (SRB) for children who have children within the mainstream community. All

teaching areas make the most of new technologies

which enhances teaching and learning.

The school is set in beautiful grounds with an area for

Forest schools, adventure playground and gym trail.

There is a football pitch, large school field and shaded areas on our playground.

visits. Our ASD Base (Autistic Spectrum Disorder

providing a top quality experience for children that join

us from a wide catchment area.

We are always very keen to explore opportunities for linking with organisations or individuals within the

local community. For further information or to arrange a visit, please contact the school office 01263

512155 or office@cromer-jun.norfolk.sch.uk

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Secondary Education Cromer Academy

Cromer Academy is a secondary school at the heart of the local community. We believe all our students are 'exceptional, without exception' – making it our

goal to unlock their potential, wherever it may lie.

The school is committed to the total development of its students, with equal emphasis on high

academic standards, equipping students with the broader skills to succeed outside of school, and

encouraging them to take part in a wide variety of

Cromer Academy is rated as Good overall by

Ofsted, with Outstanding grades for personal

development, behaviour, and welfare; and for

leadership and management. We are continually

seeking to develop this through a commitment to high-quality teaching and learning, and giving

students experiences that raise their aspirations and self-belief. The staff at Cromer Academy are

highly talented and completely dedicated to their students, seen in the advances in student

extracurricular activities.

We believe that to ensure individual students thrive academically, all in the school community must

have high aspirations. They should also be given

the opportunity to develop as individuals and have their successes celebrated at every level.

Students at Cromer Academy take part in many community-based activities. These

include community service, supporting charity

events, and organising events with local primary

schools. Parents, carers, and members of the local

attainment at the school in the last few years.

Cromer Academy headteacher Antony Little,

community are encouraged to come into the school

students, and staff are always interested in finding

ensuring that the local community is invested in the

would like to know more about the school or just

outstanding work done by our students.

please contact the school office.

throughout the academic year, which is vital in

school and gives an opportunity to showcase the

ways to engage with the local community. If you

want to come in and see what has changed then

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An Inspirational Place to Study Paston College has a strong history of high

achievement which sees our students progress to

outstanding destinations. We offer expert teaching, guidance and support to help ensure you achieve your aspirations.

Following its merger with City College Norwich in

December 2017, Paston College has continued to

build on its success and now offers a variety of new courses for young people and adults to provide more choice than ever before. A Levels

We offer 27 A Level courses with a wide range of

subject choices in areas including Art & Fashion,

Business, Drama, English & Humanities, French, Maths, Media & Science.

Our specialist teaching staff ensure students do consistently well on their A Levels with courses

offering excellent progression to university,

Career Focused Vocational Courses

A perfect hands-on alternative to A Levels. These courses allow you to focus on one subject and

develop the practical skills needed for your future career.

Courses are available at Level 3 (equivalent to A

Levels), Level 2 and Level 1 in subjects including Art & Design, Business, Computing, Creative Media, Health & Social Care, Performing & Production Arts and Sport.

Part-time Leisure Courses for Adults

Explore a hobby, hone a skill, find a passion. We offer a wide range of part time adult courses for

you to learn something new, develop your skills or just have fun.

Inclusive Learning

From September 2019, Paston College will be

employment and apprenticeships.

offering a new provision for students who have

accepted at some of the country’s leading

For more information or to discuss Inclusive

Around 25% of those who apply to university are

institutions including Oxford, Cambridge and Durham.

learning difficulties and/or disabilities.

Learning opportunities at Paston College, contact

SEN@ccn.ac.uk or 01603 773 311

Find out more about Paston College and view

upcoming open events at paston.ac.uk

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A warm welcome awaits you Owned and operated by the Reynolds family for over 50 years, Ivy Farm is situated in the heart of a conservation area known as ‘Poppyland’, just minutes from sandy beaches and country walks, a heaven of peace, tranquillity and natural beauty. High quality 2 or 3 bedroom caravans for hire, also luxury Barn Conversions and Log Cabins, all equipped to a high standard. Barns and Cabins open all year. Pets welcome.

Our Tourer and camping fields are both quiet and secluded with luxury sanitation blocks.

Our facilities include an outdoor heated swimming pool, children’s play area and recreation area with BBQs.

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1 High Street, Overstrand Telephone: 01263 579239

Health and Welfare



Mill Road, Cromer

Cromer Group Practice Mill Road, Cromer Tel: 01263 517777

Cromer Group Practice Enquiries, visits, emergencies & appointments: 01263 513148



NHS 111 Service

111 is the NHS non-emergency number. It is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones. For immediate life-threatening emergencies continue to call 999.


Corner House Dental Practice

24 Norwich Road, Cromer Tel: 01263 512390 www.cornerhousedp.co.uk Enslin Ltd Dental Surgery

17-19 West Street, Cromer Tel: 01263 515229

Cromer Pharmacy


54-56 Church Street, Cromer Tel: 01263 512231 Lloyds Pharmacy

51 Church Street, Cromer Tel: 01263 512171


Cromer Eyecare

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14 Garden Street, Cromer Tel: 01263 515482 www.lordsopticians.co.uk

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Cromer Town Centre

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The Arts in Cromer

Antiques Roadshow courtesy of Paul Damen

Beautiful Cromer, with its big skies, sweeping

same month the town’s Crab and Lobster Festival

immortalised in paintings and photographs.

anniversary of the Cromer Carnival in 2019,

beach and impressive pier, has long been

Providing inspiration to many, Cromer is also home

to a range of art galleries and artists themselves

and these provide many opportunities to view an

eclectic mix of art in the town. Each May, many of

these artists take place in the annual Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios event allowing the public into their studios to see how they work. In the

holds a very popular art trail. To celebrate the 50th renowned local artist Samuel has painted a picture to be used on the brochure cover, as seen below. Music and theatre also play a big part in Cromer life with the town’s grade II-listed pier providing

home to the Pavilion Theatre which offers a wide

range of concerts and productions throughout the

year, including the famous End of the Pier Show.

Folk on the Pier, held in May, is a fantastic

celebration of folk music and is always wellattended.

Cromer has hit the headlines many times - the Alan

Partridge film Alpha Papa was filmed extensively on the pier and the pier itself was the focus of the

BBC’s Christmas 2018 trailer. The Antiques

Roadshow also filmed in the town in 2018 with episodes still being shown.

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Cromer's All Weather Lifeboat 'Lester' and Inshore Lifeboat 'George and Muriel' on exercise for lifeboat Day 2018. Lifeboat Day is a Sunday at the end of July or beginning of August, depending on the tides.

There are two lifeboats stationed at Cromer.

The ALB (all-weather lifeboat) is at the end of the

pier and is launched down the slipway; it covers up to 100 miles out to sea and along the coast to the

flank stations at Great Yarmouth and Wells. The

ILB (inshore lifeboat) is kept in the renovated 1902

boathouse at the bottom of the Gangway. The ILB

covers inshore services for swimmers and small

boat sailors up to its flank stations at Sheringham

and Happisburgh.

The Cromer lifeboats have a long and distinguished service, with the names Henry Blogg, Henry

'Shrimp' Davies and Richard Davies standing out as long serving coxswains and Lewis 'Tuna' Harrison

and Dr Paul Barclay amongst those we remember

with pride for their years of service afloat and


The lifeboat station at the end of the pier can be

visited most of the year. It is normally manned from 10am to 4pm from Easter through to October,

although it is often open at additional times.

Groups wishing to visit should contact the Lifeboat

Visitors Officer by emailing


The shop at the pier lifeboat station offers a wide

range of presents, including many of specific local interest. The station website at

cromerrnlivisits@gmail.com has a wealth of other

information about the station.

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Folk on the Pier May 2019

RNLI Lifeguards Keeping watch Through the summer season RNLI Lifeguard station operate to cover Cromer’s east and west beaches. They’re always happy to give safe swimming advice.

The north Norfolk coast is a beautiful place to visit in the summertime, its numerous beaches being

one of the main attractions. RNLI lifeguards patrol on six beaches in the area during the summer

months, keeping them safe for locals and tourist

kayaking, stay between the black and white flags.

Red Flag: If this flag is raised at the lifeguard hut or on the beach it means NO SWIMMING. It is unsafe to enter the water if the red flag is flying.

alike. Cromer east beach is patrolled by RNLI

Orange Windsock: This means that there are

west beach is patrolled from early July until early

safe to use inflatables. Do not take inflatables into

lifeguards from mid-May to mid-September. Cromer September. During these periods beaches are

strong winds blowing out to sea, and that it is not the water if the windsock is flying.

patrolled between 10am and 6pm, seven days

If you are going swimming or surfing in the sea this

If you are planning a day out at the seaside, it is

you should find yourself in trouble or out of depth,

a week.

important to remember to always swim at a

lifeguarded beach. The lifeguards will operate a flag system to keep all water users safe:

Red and Yellow flags: These flags will be raised to indicate the safest area to swim. Make sure you

summer, make sure you always go with a friend. If raise your hand in the air, shout for help and wait for a lifeguard to come to your assistance. If you

have a bodyboard, surfboard or inflatable, do not let go of it as it is keeping you afloat.

When you get to the beach, go and speak to the

always stay in between the red and yellow flags

lifeguards and ask them about the tides, weather

lifeguards can see you.

They are very friendly and are happy to help!

when swimming or bodyboarding, where the

Black and White Flags: The black and white flags

indicate the zone for surf craft. If you are surfing or

forecast and the best times for you to swim safely. Emergency only calls for lifeboat assistance should

be made by dialling 999 and asking for 'Coastguard'.

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Places of Worship Cromer Church

We are a group of people who have discovered the good news and transforming power of Jesus and seek to share that with others, to see lives transformed with Jesus Christ. Cromer Church is in the Church of England Diocese of Norwich. We meet regularly in our three buildings. Services are held in the Parish Church in the town centre and at St Martin's in Mill Road. Many of our regular activities take place at the Parish Hall opposite Boots

On Sundays we usually meet at the following times:


9.00am COMMUNION | Quieter and more traditional

10.45am MORNING SERVICE | All-Age and contemporary with groups for 0-16s

7.00pm EVENING SERVICE | Relaxed and informal


10.30am MORNING SERVICE | Smaller and more intimate We also have a regular communion service at 10am in the Parish Church on Wednesdays.

We currently have a particular focus on Families, Children and Youth, however, we run a variety of groups for people of all ages and backgrounds including Parent and Toddler Groups, Gospel Choir, Alpha courses, Mother’s Union, regular Adult Socials and a group for Vulnerable Adults to name a few. We have a church coffee shop running throughout the week.

For all enquiries please contact:

The Church Office, Cromer Parish Hall, 65 Church Street, Cromer, NR27 9HH T 01263 512000 | E office@cromerchurch.org.uk

Website: www.cromer-church.org.uk | Twitter @cromerchurch

Cromer Methodist Church

A warm welcome awaits you at the Methodist Church, Holt Road.

Minister: Rev. Sharon Willimott (01692 218657) We offer:

Sunday Service: 10.45am

Lunch after Morning Service (First Sunday of the month: 12.15pm) Community Matters Cafe (Monday and Thursday:10.30am-1pm)

Messy Church for all the family (Third Saturday of the month: 10.30am-12.30pm)

Women’s Fellowship (Tuesday: 2.30pm) Foodbank (Thursday, 1.30pm): www.cromerdistrict.foodbank.org.uk

Community Store (Clothing and Household Items): Call Reverend Sharon Willimott on 01692 218657 Bible Study (Friday, 10am)

We are ‘all people’ friendly with level access and a loop system in both church and cafe.

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Places of Worship The Catholic Parish of Sheringham and Cromer

The Catholic Parish of Our Lady and St Joseph, Sheringham and Cromer, has services at Our Lady of Refuge, on the Overstrand Road, Cromer (next to the golf club) and at St Joseph's on Cromer Road, Sheringham. Further details can be found online at www.ourladyandstjoseph.info. The parish email address is ourladyandstjoseph@btinternet.com and the Parish Priest can be contacted on 01263 822036.

Weekend masses are on Saturday (anticipated) and 6pm at Our Lady of Refuge, Cromer and on Sunday at 9am at Our Lady of Refuge, Cromer and 11am at St Joseph's, Sheringham. When possible, a Mass is said at St. Andrew's (C of E), Holt on Thursday at 9,30am. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is on Saturday at 9.30am to 10am at St Joseph's, Sheringham and on Saturday at 5-5.30pm at Our Lady of Refuge, Cromer.

Cromer Baptist Church

You will find that we now meet in a different building! We’re found on the main road in East Runton, at the far end of the village. We are still the same sort of evangelical Church, worshipping God and serving the Lord Jesus. Whoever you are, you will be welcomed. Information on our website. Services and Activities:

Sunday Mornings: 10.30; Afternoon Service: 5.00 pm.

Tuesdays: Bible study and Prayer: 7.00 pm.

Thursdays (alternately): Women’s Bible Study: 10.30

The Church of God in Cromer

The Church of God in Cromer, at the Chesterfield Hall, Cabbell Road is a Bible-based evangelical church, one of a worldwide Fellowship of churches.

Our services, to which everyone is welcome, are:

Sunday 10.15: The Remembrance of the Lord Jesus (Communion). Non-members are warmly welcomed to observe, but do not take Communion.

Sunday apart from the first Sunday in the month: 11.30 Refreshments, followed by Family Service at 11.50, with Sunday Club for children at the same time – a good starting point for visitors.

First Sunday in the month: Neighbourhood Tea at 5.15 Everyone is welcome to this free tea. This is preceded by a Bible study every month except June.

Wednesday: 8.00 Prayer and Bible teaching.

Third Thursday in the month: 2.30 ‘Chatterbox’ informal club for over-50s (although there is no real age limit!) Quiz, tea and short talk.

Monday evenings 7.00 approximately every other month: Cooked meal, followed by quiz. Please phone John Bowler on 01362 681977 for dates when this is arranged. Why not get together a quiz team and join us?

For more details, see our website at www.churchofgodincromer.info or the central website www.churchesofgod.info. For local contact phone the church Secretary Peter Hickling on 01263 515186 or e-mail hicklingpeter@gmail.com

Oasis Friendship Group: 2.30

Pastor: Jon Davies, 01263 576524


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Clubs, Societies and Associations Health and Welfare

British Red Cross: 01603 426361 / 01603

253403 (Equipment loans only)

Macmillan Cancer Support North Norfolk (Diane Evans): 01263 823889

Parkinsons Disease Society (Rev. Arthur Windridge): 01263 515138

Clubs and Societies

Aylsham Chess Club (covering Cromer) David Owen: 01263 731327

Cromer and Sheringham Brass Band (Jane Bussey): 01263 821013

Cromer Community and Hospital Friends (Mike Ayden): 01263 502365

Cromer Flower Club (Hazel Bright): 01263 513408

Cromer and Sheringham Operatic & Dramatic Society (Amanda Howell): 01603 738356

Cromer Orchestra (Norman Moor): 01263 511600

Cromer VEO Ltd (Tony Shipp): 01263 512591 Cromer WI (Judy Roberts): 01263 511372

Friends of Cromer Museum (Audrey Smith): acsmith_99@hotmail.com

North Norfolk Model Engineering Club (Gordon Ford): 01263 512350

Royal British Legion (Hilary Cox MBE): 01263 513820

Royal British Legion Cromer Women’s Section

(Pamela Angus): 01263 510195

Royal National Lifeboat Institution (Richard Leeds): 07767 492456

Sheringham and Cromer 41 Club (Anthony Marett): 01692 406818

Sheringham and Cromer Round Table:


Sheringham and Cromer Tangent Club (Laura

Girling): 01263 514985

Cromer Society (William Bestelink): 01263 514045

St Johns Ambulance Adults & Cadets Unit (Richard

Cromer Twinning Association (Chairperson - Jilly

Slimming World (Jane Keil): 07437 672231

/ 07909 690073

Boocock: 01263 512728, Secretary - Angela

Wrighton: 01263 577646

Earl): 01692 407069

Take a Break Baby & Toddler Group (Joyce

Richardson): 01263 512589

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Royal Cromer Golf Club

Clubs, Societies and Associations Private Members Clubs

Cromer Country Club: 0800 358 6991 Cromer Social Club: 01263 512542

Sports Clubs

Cromer Cricket Club (Richard Cox): 07939 327871 Cromer Football Club (Jenna Bedwell): 07984 284869

Cromer Lawn Tennis & Squash Association (Carol Wright): 01263 513741

Cromer Marrams Bowls Club (Edna Bunkle): 01263 511155

Cromer Sports Centre: 01263 515669

Elderberries Sports & Social Club (Badminton Sheila Saunders: 01263 761142) (Short Mat Bowling - Rose Puttock: 01263 649390)

North Norfolk Beach Runners (Vicky Last):

Royal Cromer Golf Club: 01263 512884 Suffield Park Bowls Club (John Filby): 01263 514555

Youth Organisations

Cromer Air Cadets: 01263 515452

1st Cromer Sea Scouts & Explorers (Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers). All groups for boys and girls. See www.scouts.org.uk/get-involved

Cromer Rainbows, Brownies & Guides: Please register your interest at


Cromer Youth Football Club (Katie Wade): 07788 243574

Local Websites

www.thisiscromer.co.uk from Cromer Chamber of

Trade includes business and ‘events’ listings. You

can also read this information by using the Cromer


App on your Apple or Android phone. The

01692 651000


North Norfolk Table Tennis League (Chris Pooley):

North Norfolk Tae Kwon Do Academy (Samantha

Parfitt): 01263 711824

Northrepps Clay Shooting Club: 01263 511120

Roller Skating (Cromer Sports Hall): 01263 515669

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www.cromerrnli.org.uk has current and historical

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