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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 26 July

Announcements from Clare

Click to see Announcements: updated 28 March

Police Advice

Click to see Police Advice: updated 12 January

Events in & around Clare

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19 September 2018: Lloyds Bank

Lloyds bank customers will be aware that the bank has announced the closure of its Clare branch on 8th October 2018.  Following the closure, a mobile bank will be visiting Clare every Tuesday morning.  It will be parked on Market Hill and will be open for business between 10.15am and 11.45am.

There will be an initial visit on Tuesday 2nd October, when the exact location on Market Hill will be decided.  The mobile will need to be positioned so as to receive a good satellite signal and to enable safe access for customers, including those with mobility issues.  For this first visit a larger area of Market Hill will be cordoned off, but the aim is to take up as few parking spaces as possible for subsequent visits. 

28 June 2018: Remembrance Sunday Plans

Every year local veterans, churches, other organisations and residents unite in commemorating Remembrance Sunday with a service, parade and the laying of wreaths at the War Memorial on Market Hill.  In this way, the sacrifices of those who fought and died are never forgotten.

This year the commemorations will be extra special, marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.  At 2.45pm on Sunday 11th November the parade will march from the Ex-Servicemen’s Club in Station Road, through the centre of Clare to the Parish Church for a service of commemoration.  At 3.45pm the parade will march along the High Street and into Market Hill for a short service and the laying of wreaths.  At 4.15pm the parade will march from Market Hill to the Ex-Servicemen’s Club in Station Road.

This year, Clare is part of Battle’s Over, a national tribute to commemorate/celebrate the end of the First World War a century ago.  Consequently, there will be a second procession at 6.15pm, from the War Memorial to Clare Castle Country Park via Station Road.  In the Park, there will be a short programme before the beacon is lit by Mark Pendlington, the Deputy Lieutenant of Suffolk, and a young person from the town.  This will be one of 3,000 beacons lit at 7pm throughout the United Kingdom.

As part of the commemorations, and to maintain public safety, traffic will be stopped for short periods of time on the route of the processions and there will be parking restrictions on Market Hill.  Further details of these brief road closures will be published in due course.  If you have any concerns about the closures please contact the Clerk, Clare Town Council, for more information.

The residents of Clare are always supportive of these events and it would be wonderful to have an even larger turnout in this 100th anniversary year, to honour the great sacrifices made by local people a century ago.

Wednesday 4 April 2018

CHOC quiz poster

Various break-ins took place last night – three shops and the council office in the Old School.  

Damage occurred in all premises but little of value seems to have been taken.  The local police suspect this is amateur or casual, rather than specific or professional in nature.

Wednesday 4 April 2018

A misapprehension has arisen  as seen on a local social media website, that a former chair of the council prevented free speech and that the current chair dislikes anyone asking questions about protecting Clare public land.  

People have been asked to stand when speaking publicly, not to inhibit them, but to make sure they could be heard.  If people who were unable to stand, they were not disbarred.

Public participation rules, including references to electronic recording, were clarified, not because of the election of new councillors, but because the then clerk informed the council of the need to update the standing orders.  

The present chair has never expressed any objection to questions of public land in Clare.

While people may now be better able to recognise our chair because of his pony tail, it is ill advised to make personal remarks about any member of our community.

The website is updated appropriately – see all of the items under News, Announcements and the Police Advice, as well as this editorial.

Monday 2 April 2018

Spring is arriving in spite of the cold & wet weather.  We are always looking for photos to use on our pages, even in our newsletter.

If you’ve taken photos in Clare – the park, the town, the people, whatever – please send them into us.  No need to edit them other than to reduce their size to 2mb or so.   Add them as attachments to an email – putting them in the body of an email usually means they’re shrunk down too far and quality is lost.  

We’ll put your name to them, if you wish.  Photographs of children will not be used if the individuals can be identified, unless the parent/guardian has consented.

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Tuesday 27 March 2018

Community Action Suffolk

We have received an urgent reminder from Community Action Suffolk for parents who wish to apply for Free School Meals.  The application must be in by 31st March.  Here’s the link.

This relates to changes in the government’s benefits system and the introduction of Universal Credit.  If your’e a parent and could be eligible, make sure you get an application in now.

Wednesday 21 March 2018

The Clare Castle Country Park has been approved by the Heritage Lottery Fund for a funding of £1.5 million.  See the news item.  Warmest congratulations to the Trustees, whose hard work and expertise has paid off.   So many people to thank, not just the Trustees but the Volunteers, Friends and our community in general, plus the generous support of other groups and authorities.

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.

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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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