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Old School Community Centre Silver Jubilee 2015


Another historic date for Clare to celebrate ! 2015 marks the 25th year since the Old School Community Centre opened it’s doors.

To celebrate CHOC are holding an open day on Saturday 3rd October 2015 (10 am – 3:00pm) more details will be announced soon.

We are intending to have a display showing the history of the school and the community centre and would really like to hear from from former pupils, staff or anybody connected with the school / community centre

We are particularly interested in photos, documents and stories about the school so if you have anything you would like to share with us (Copies will be fine or we can arrange to have the originals copied) please contact us at

Autumn Horticultural and Produce Show



1st November 2:00pm

Divisions for local entries, plus open section with no area restrictions. Entries invited, classes include vegetables, fruit, and pot plants, cookery, preserves, flower arranging and crafts.

Classes for Late Exhibition Chrysanthemums in both divisions. Also a section for children. ew exhibitors are welcome. For more information and a schedule please contact the secretary, Olive Smith.

Contact: on 01787 277082

Venue: Clare Town Hall in Clare.

Next Clare Auction – 20th September 2014


Clare Auction viewing from 3:00pm to 8:00pm on 19th September and 9:00 to 11:00 on 20th September

Auction starts at 11:00 sharp.

About Clare Auction

The market town of Clare, Suffolk has a tradition of a regular auction that reaches back hundreds of years. For the last 30 years the auctions at Clare have specialised in antiques, collectables and general effects, and we are delighted to continue this long held tradition.

Want to sell?

Clare Auction has a new, more dealer focused approach to auction trading. Unlike other auction houses, at Clare Auction your vendor fee is fixed based on the estimate or reserve price, so you get 100% of the sale price however high the bidding goes

Want to buy?

At Clare Auction we have also made the buyer’s premium attractive to trade buyers so that you can be confident to buy the stock you want and still be safe in the knowledge that your retail margins are preserved

For more information visit

Clare Carpet Bowls – New season starts 17/9/14

Clare Carpet Bowls Club.

The Club is best described as a ‘social event with carpet bowls thrown in’!  Members meet every Wednesday evening in Hall 3 of the Community Centre from mid September to early April.  Bowling starts around 7:30pm and continues to around 10:00pm, with a break somewhere around 8:30pm for coffee and biscuits.  During the season, the Club plays friendly (non-league) matches against five other clubs, both away, at their place, and at home, our place.  Win or lose, these are enjoyable and often quite hilarious.

Our first evening for the current season is Wednesday, 17 September 2014.  Please come along and give it a try.  Previous experience of carpet bowls, or any other type of bowls, is not required.  Skill is optional!  After 20 years, we are still learning!!!

Ron Longland
23 Clarence Road
Suffolk      CO10 8QN
01787 277769

Clare Historical Society. Talks 2014 /2015

Talks 2014 /2015

Venue: Clare Old School Community Centre, Callis St, Clare, unless stated otherwise.

Tel: Peggy Smith: 01787 277249

Web: Events


Start time: 7.30

Entrance price: Members free; Visitors £2


3 October: ‘Spinning a yarn’ – Celia Gwynn

7 November:  ‘The medieval screens in Clare Church’ – Lucy Wrapson

5 December:  ‘Suffolk church chests’- David Sherlock


9 January:  ‘Wicken Fen, past present and future – Peter Green

6 February:  ‘Education in Clare, from Parish Church to State’- Tom Shaw

6 March:  ‘Servants in Suffolk country houses, 1700-1900’ – Nick Sign

10 April:  ‘Brickmaking in East Anglia from Roman Times on (including the Stoke Rd kiln)’ – Peter Minter

1 May:  ‘Bury’s Magna Carta Challenge’ – Alan Baxter