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The only official site of Clare Town Council, regularly updated – Suffolk’s smallest town.

News from Clare

Click to see our News: updated 27 July

Announcements from Clare

Click to see Announcements: updated 27 July

Police Advice

Click to see Police Advice: updated 14 July

Events in & around Clare

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Sunday 23 July

Please look at the latest article in Announcements.  New trustees are needed for the Clare Playing Fields Association.

Thursday 20 July

A large number of comments have been received since the publication of Chevron over the weekend, in response to Paul Bishop’s editorial.  They will appear as correspondence at tonight’s council meeting, so they are now a matter of public record.  Find the comments here.

Sunday 9 July (updated Wednesday 13 July)

Chevron will be delivered from this week-end.  It contains a significant appeal written by Nick & Pippa Smith from Clare Pharmacy.

Residents will have received a letter from a specific company asking them to sign up for an online prescription service.  Use of a NHS logo adds to the confusion.

The threat to our own local pharmacy is that if too many people sign up, the income falls.  The money goes to a supplier nowhere near us.   First, this will threaten staff at the pharmacy.  Second, fewer people going to the pharmacy may mean fewer people coming into Clare and thereby not supporting other shops.

dosette boxThe online service cannot offer personal advice (except by phone or email – ever tried getting that personal touch remotely!).  This service cannot provide drugs in the way our pharmacy does: multiple pill takers can have their prescription supplied in a dosette box, arranged on day-by-day basis.  If you want to take an off-the-shelf cough medicine, where can you quickly find out if what effect it might have when you’re already taking other medicines?

Support our local pharmacy.

See their appeal here.

Chevron will also enclose a leaflet from the Clare Castle Country Park Trust with news about their Heritage Lottery Fund bid and a consultation feedback form  – see the latest News item.

Monday 3 July

Please take a look at our news of the Party in the Park and of the visual record that has been created.

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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.

facebookNote: where the Facebook logo is displayed, there will be an active link to the page of that group or business.  Contents may be not visible if you are not a member of Facebook.  

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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