Useful Information


On this page you will find information on:

Representation and government Libraries, including Mobile Library
Health – Doctors, Hospitals Somerleyton Hall
Recycling and waste disposal Public Transport – Buses, Trains 
Benevolent charities Allotments
Hexagon Information boards
Footpaths Annual events in the parishes

Representation and government

Ashby Herringfleet & Somerleyton Parish Council – click on Parish Council in the menu above.

East Suffolk Council – Lothingland Ward
Paul Ashdown (Conservative)
16 Fulmar Way Oulton Broad Lowestoft NR33 8PL
Tel 01502 573948 Mobile 07971 555348

Suffolk County Council – Oulton Division
Edward Back (Conservative)
Main Wing, Mancroft Towers, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft , Suffolk, NR32 3PS
Telephone: 01502 588095 / 01502 582030        Mobile 07955 434404 / 07970068285

Keith Robinson (Conservative)
6 Glemsford Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 4RH
Telephone: mobile 07864 601881

Member of Parliament
Peter Aldous MP (Conservative)
House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

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The Mobile Library calls in Somerleyton monthly on Tuesdays when it stops at
The Village Hall Somerleyton 12.30 – 12.50
The Green, Somerleyton 13.55 – 14.15
Further details of this service can be found here

The main library is situated in Clapham Road, Lowestoft. Details of opening times etc can be found here.

There is a branch library at Oulton Broad which also offers some office services (copying/printing etc).  Details of opening times etc can be found here.

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Doctors For a list of local doctors visit or phone NHS Direct on 0845 4647 and quote your postcode.

The James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides hospitals for the North Suffolk area. The Accident & Emergency Department is at the James Paget University Hospital, Lowestoft Road, Gorleston, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR31 6LA  Main switchboard: 01493 452452
Some patient services are delivered at the Kirkley Mill Health Centre, Economy Rd, Lowestoft NR33 0DR  Phone: 01502 532599
Blood tests are conducted at the James Paget Hospital (walk-in and wait service) (Mon-Fri 8am to 4.45pm) or at 3 appointment-only centres in Lowestoft –
Kirkley Care Campus, Clifton Road, Lowestoft, NR33 0HF (Mon-Fri 8am to 3pm)
Alexandra Road Surgery, Alexandra Road, Lowestoft, NR32 1PL (Mon and Wed 8:30am to 2:30pm)
Crestview Surgery, Crestview Drive, Lowestoft, NR32 4TW (Tue, Thurs & Fri 8:30pm to 2:30pm)
All three of these must be booked by telephoning 01502 273150 or 01502 273151

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Somerleyton Hall & Gardens

The Hall and Gardens are open to the public throughout the summer. Details are available from or telephone 01502 734901.
Somerleyton Hall was originally a Jacobean manor but was remodelled in 1844, transforming it into the fine example of an early Victorian Hall in the Anglo-Italian style that we see today.
The gardens contain many different specimens of trees, shrubs, borders and plants plus the famous 1846 yew hedge maze (one of the finest in Britain).

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Recycling and Waste Disposal

There is a bottle bank outside the village hall.
Clothes and bric-a-brac are always needed by charity shops although clothes may be placed in the blue recycling bin.
East Suffolk Council operates a 3 bin waste collection service:
Blue bins for dry recyclables
Black bins for the remainder
Green bins for green waste are available at a charge
In the Somerleyton area bins are collected on Fridays with collection of recyclable/green waste (Blue and Green bins) and general waste (Black bin) on alternate weeks.
Guidance on sorting your rubbish is avaiable here.  Note that some recyclable plastic and metal items can only be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre in Hadenham Road, Lowestoft NR33 7NF.  Tel: 0345 606 6067

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Public Transport

Trains on the Norwich to Lowestoft line stop regularly at Somerleyton. A two-hourly service operates during the day and late evening with an hourly service at peak times.
There is a timetable at the station by the gate onto the platform from the car park and engineering works notices are also displayed here.
A journey planner and timetable is available from or from the National Rail Enquiry office on 08457 48 49 50.

There is no scheduled bus service to the parishes.
Sceduled buses may be accessed in Lowestoft, Norwich, Haddiscoe and Great Yarmouth.
Suffolk Onboard’s facility for planning journeys which involve changing either scheduled buses or modes of transport is available here

BACT Community Transport
Residents who have no form of transport can request help from the Dial-a-Ride or the Car Service for journeys to hospital, other medical appointments, to connect with public transport, for shopping and other social trips.
For further information, including how to book, please see the BACT website.

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Benevolent Charities

Somerleyton Award Charity (registered number: 259750) and Poor’s and Anguish Charity (215061).

These charities are governed by a scheme of The Charity Commission issued in April 1980 following the amalgamation of some smaller charities.  They provide charitable funds for the general benefit of the inhabitants of the parish of Somerleyton or individually for those in need, hardship or distress.

The Trustees welcome applications for assistance from individuals or organisations who would like to benefit from this help.  Examples of awards made in the past are: village hall maintenance and repairs, church repairs, sporting club equipment, school equipment, individual grants made to students in continuing education, assistance with fuel and food costs.

The Charity presently has funds available.  All applications will be given full consideration and are received in confidence. Please apply in writing to:
Claire Diggins, Correspondent, Somerleyton Award Charity, 1 Pond Cottages, Somerleyton, NR32 5QB.   Email:

Herringfleet PoorRand Trust (registered number: 241356)

Made available for the benefit of poor persons residing in the parish of Herringfleet.
Apply to: Dr Fiona Cowan, ‘Oaklands’, Priory Road, St Olaves, NR31 9HQ

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Allotments are available behind the houses on the west side of The Green, Somerleyton. Contact the Somerleyton Estate on 734901.

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The parish magazine, it is produced 10 times a year and provides details of local events and church services within our three parishes and also Blundeston, Fritton and Lound. To receive a copy please contact Mick Wright on 732956.

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Information boards

There are Parish Council noticeboards outside the old Post Office, on The Green, at Herringfleet near the church and at Ashby by the village sign.
Also outside the Post Office are a map of the area showing footpaths and places of interest and a Church Noticeboard providing information on church services and events.

There is a noticeboard outside the village hall for Somerleyton Community Association notices.

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There are several circular walks on public rights of way with a small amount of road walking. For information on walks in the local area see

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Annual events in the parishes

Litter pick up. Held in March/April. Litter pickers clear the verges before the vegetation grows and before the tourists arrive.
School Fete. Held in late June or early July. A major fundraising event of the PTFA it adopts a different theme each year and draws crowds from miles around.
Brick Kiln tidy. Held in September/October. Grass cutting and tidying of the Brick Kiln site to encourage wildflowers etc.
Christmas Lights switch-on. Early December. The Parish Council provides lights on a tree on The Green which are kindly erected by the Estate Farm workers. Womens Link arranges a carol service and refreshments for a formal switch-on.

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