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Cley Church Life & Events

Upcoming Events

Friday 21 May, 7pm-8pm in Cley Church

To celebrate the end of lockdown and the return of live music, Julian Godlee (bass) and Brenda Blewett (piano) will give a recital to explore and celebrate Spring in the wonderful song-cycles ‘Dichterliebe’ by Schumann and ‘Let Us Garlands Bring’ by Finzi. Julian and Brenda gave a similar recital after the 2020 lockdown which recieved enthusiastic feedback, and in collaboration with Home Stage, they recorded and streamed ‘Pieces of the Passion’ on YouTube in Holy Week.

Covid restrictions still apply, so as numbers will be limited, book your place early!
Book online here.

The same programme will be repeated in Blakeney Church on Saturday 22 May at 7pm.

There is a strong community feeling for Cley Church. The building is normally open every day and, as one of Simon Jenkins’ 1000 best churches in the country, attracts a lot of visitors.

There is a great creative spirit in the church. From decorating the porches for Advent and Easter, to Flower festivals, concerts, exhibitions. The beautiful space invites creativity and worship.

Once a month, the back of the nave comes alive for Café Church when it is full of people enjoying doing church differently – coffee and croissants and Sunday papers to help our inspiration. Equally popular and special are the Advent Carol Service led by Gresham’s choir and the Crib Service on Christmas Eve.

There is an attractive card stall at the back selling cards by local artists. Weekly flower arranging is undertaken by a voluntary rota.

Since 2012, St Margaret’s has hosted an annual exhibition of contemporary art by the North Norfolk Exhibition Project (click here to learn more). This has been very successful in attracting a large number of visitors, and in recent years the church has hosted an annual Benefice service celebrating the artwork in the church.

An annual fundraising highlight is St Margaret’s Fair in July, held on the church field as part of our Patronal Festival weekend. A great community event.