The village supports a number of organisations which cater for all age groups, such as Cubs, Beavers, the football club, bowls and the Royal British Legion Club and the Harbour Room which has excellent facilities for weddings, events, concerts etc.
The Village Hall, which has space for up to 200 people, is home to the Blakeney Players, a talented group of actors, dancers and singers who put on two very popular productions each year. The Hall is also used for meetings, exhibitions, dancing, receptions and other social occasions, and indoor sports such as badminton and carpet bowls. The Blakeney and District Historical Society has its archive based at the Hall.
The Hall stands beside the Playing Field, which has tennis courts and a football pitch and is the scene of the very popular Rural Sports, which form part of the Blakeney Regatta each summer. The Regatta also includes a Fair, sailing races and swimming sports, and a well subscribed gilly (crab) catching competition for children. Sailing races and training from April to October are organised by Blakeney Sailing Club and the Blakeney Point Sailing School.
Some 40% of all the dwellings in Blakeney are either holiday lets or second homes, so that there is a big variation in the population according to the time of the year.
A group of twelve businessmen form the “Blakeney Twelve”, who raise funds for the benefit of those in need in the village.
The Parish Church
The Parish Church, which was built between the 13th and 15th centuries, is large for a small village and dominates the surrounding area with its two towers. The hammer beam roof and wealth of stained glass enhance the majesty of the building and its dimensions are comparable to a major city church. The chancel east window is a gem of Early English architecture with seven stepped lancets.
The church has been lovingly cared for with vestries at the west end of the church, including kitchen facilities, a toilet with disabled facilities and a small meeting room. It featured in Simon Jenkins’ 1000 Best Churches and in the Daily Telegraph 100 favourite churches.
The Friends of St Nicholas is a separate registered charity and exists to improve the church and churchyard by raising funds beyond the means of the PCC. Schemes include illuminating the church roof interior, enhancing the church PA system and establishing a Garden of Rest for the interment of ashes.
We provide a warm welcome to visitors. The church makes special provision with freely available refreshments and a “Welcome Team” providing guides. The Parish won the Diocesan Tourist Award on many occasions.
The regular congregation tends to consist mainly of the older age group, but there are regular monthly Family Services at which the children from the School occasionally lead the worship during term time.
There have been occasional Services with a different format including ‘Songs of Praise’, an informal ‘Praise and Worship’ using a small music group and Services with Taize style worship. There is the opportunity to receive the laying-on of hands for healing at the morning Eucharist on the fourth Sunday of the month.
The PCC agreed to the proposals set out in the Diocesan booklet ‘Marriage in Church after Divorce’ and baptism and marriage in church after divorce has been at the Minister’s discretion.
An excellent rapport has been established with the Roman Catholic and Methodist Churches in the village. Having a PCC member responsible for this task strengthens the ecumenical link.
The Church is also used for flower festivals, the Guild of Many Crafts and a number of concerts and other musical events during the year.
The Church Hall
The Church Hall, situated on the Quay, is used occasionally for church events such as coffee mornings and the annual Lifeboat Service, and includes the Blakeney Sailing Club Room. It is also used regularly for sales and exhibitions etc. which provide income for the church to use for capital projects.