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Friday 9 February 2018

The election of a town councillor took place yesterday.  The returning officer for St Edmundsbury Borough Council has declared the result as follows:

Davina Neale                     367 Votes
Rosemary Warmington        275 Votes

Davina Neale is duly elected.  There were no spoiled ballot papers.  Turnout was 37% out of an electorate of 1756.

The official notice may be found here.

Sunday 28 January

Our new Town Clerk, Julia Burge takes up her duties on Thursday 1 February.   Her office hours will the afternoon on Tuesday 12 – 4 and the mornings of Wednesday and Thursday 9 – 1.  She was introduced at this month’s full council meeting.

A new streetcleaner, Steve Morris takes up his duties on Monday 12 February, joining Brian Watts out and about keeping Clare clean & tidy.

Both our new staff live in Clare.  Please make them both feel welcome.

BBC Countryfile has selected Suffolk as one of the finalists declared thein this year’s awards.  See our news page for more details, especially how to vote.

Saturday 20 January

Following the resignation of Councillor Gayle Mallows, the election of a councillor for Clare Town Council will take place on Thursday 8th February, under the responsibility of St Edmundsbury Borough Council.  The polling station will in the Community Centre in Callis Street from 7am to to 10pm: here is the official notice, set by the official timetable.

There are two candidates: Davina Sylvia Neale and Rosemary Jill Warmington.  The official notice may be found here.

Friday 16 November 2017

Our Clerk, Claire Ebeling has tendered her resignation and will be leaving at the end of the year. She will be greatly missed as during the six years she has been in post she has gained a reputation for being very knowledgable and efficient.

Wednesday 15 November

Gayle Mallows has resigned her position as a Town Councillor.  The official notice of a vacancy is to be found here.

Gayle’s hard work for our community will be missed: playing a key role in preparing for planning decisions, participating in community activities, chairing the previous Playing Fields Association, contributing to the Environment Committee, leading and organising the Community Plan, just being there in support of others on so many occasions.

Tuesday 7 November

One of our street wardens, Colin Smith has resigned.  We are very grateful for his steadfast work for our community over the years: a friendly face on our streets, keeping up the high standard of cleanliness. 

The vacancy is advertised here.

New regulations now apply on dog-fouling throughout Clare, from 1st October – this Public Spaces Protection Order can be seen on this page.  

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Clare is an historic market town in West Suffolk, bordered by the Stour, halfway between Haverhill and Sudbury.  It has a country park with a ruined castle, moats and walks as well as a complete former railway station.  The town has wide range of shops and services, set amongst multiple historic buildings.

Clare Town Council represents the residents of Clare, 2028 at the 2011 census.  Given its status as a key service centre, in 2012 the then Parish Council renamed itself as a Town Council, gaining no additional powers but positioning itself as Suffolk’s smallest town.  It is responsible for street cleaning, public benches, grass-cutting, tree maintenance and a cemetery as well as the ownership of several assets.  It is statutorily consulted on planning matters.  It contributes to a wide range of community groups and voluntary organisations.

The Clare Community Association promotes community involvement.  It gathers news of all local events and publishes them – see the Events page.  There are a host of voluntary groups within the town, covering a range of ages and interests; we hope the details we have gathered on our pages will encourage more people to join in their activities.

There is a useful public Facebook page for things happening in Clare, small local Facebook Our Town Clareevents, music, demonstrations.  Warning: we will not post any links to Facebook pages that are private, unmoderated or allow trolls to start arguments and/or upset people.  Harassment of local folk is unacceptable.

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West Suffolk has a useful page of information, highways, nearby planning, schools…….contacts & links: within this page you can add your own postcode to see what is available.

wikipediaWikipedia has a long article on Clare, covering history, architecture, facts and figures; there are links within the article to the castle, the Common, the de Clares, the railway.

There’s an attractive blog: Ten reasons to live in Clare.  The Sunday Times included Clare in its 50 best rural places to live in Britain – it was only 13th alphabetically!

Visitors to Clare are invited to the new website: Visit Clare.

Please note clare-uk.com is no longer supported by the Town Council.

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