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A BIG THANK YOU TO THE COMMUNITY FROM THE CCA!

Here are some images from the Clare Winter Festival launch evening and the Christmas Fair last weekend.

We hope everyone enjoyed themselves at this fabulous start to the festivities. The children’s parade, spectacular stilt walkers, Snow Queen, juggling jester, Morris dancers, Father Christmas and the lovely lights in the churchyard etc all contributed to making this a special event, and the fair helped to raise money toward the maintenance of the church building.

We would like to say a big thank you to all our sponsors whose generosity has been a great help in putting this event on for the community of Clare:

Focus Publications

The Clare Society

Wayman and Long

St. Edmundsbury Council

Suffolk County Council

Clare Town Council

Tannenbaum Barn

Cherry Lane Garden Centre

Wyevale Garden Centre

David Burr


 

There will be more photographs published soon so please keep an eye on this website!

 


 

THE MOST FANTASTIC AND MAGICAL EVENT IN CLARE EVER IS ALMOST HERE!

Come along to St Peter and St Paul’s church on Friday for the fantastic Christmas Fair and the Clare Winter Festival Launch!

The fair opens at 5pm with a children’s lantern parade, carols around the Christmas tree outside the Cock Inn, the Snow Queen and her Snowman Friend and some fabulous entertainment as well as mulled wine, chestnuts and hot food to keep you warm while waiting for Father Christmas to arrive at 6pm.

The candlelit Christmas Fair will be magical and you are sure to find some lovely gifts and things for your home to make this festive season even more special.

 

You will be welcomed with a complimentary glass of something warming to enjoy while you browse the stalls, which will offer a variety of lovely goods including jewellery, chocolates, cheeses, dolls, collectable teddies, ceramics, turned wooden items, artwork, Christmas wreaths, candles, felted gifts, toys, cards, decorative and stained glass and much, much more….PLUS the chance to buy one – or two! – items from the delicious Clare festive pudding range which now includes luxury chocolate and sticky toffee sauces.

‘Polished Brass’ will be playing outside the church and there will be carols inside at 6.30pm.

Little Egypt Morris Men will be dancing from 7pm outside the Globe where there will also be karaoke and live music, and there will be a mini beer-festival at the Cock.

Make sure you are in the church for 7.15pm when the Snow Queen will be singing for us.

This is going to be a great evening in Clare: don’t miss it!

 

 

As well has being entertained, what exciting things can you buy inside the church?  This photograph covers just a few of the items/potential Christmas presents that are on sale……….

 

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RESULT OF CCA RAFFLE DRAWN ON SATURDAY 18 NOVEMBER 2017

 

Thank you so much to all of you who came to visit the CCA pop-up gazebo which was set up outside the Co-Op on Saturday.  Many of you bought raffle tickets which raised money to allow the CCA to put on future events in the town.  There were two prizes and the winning tickets were kindly drawn by Alaric Pugh, our borough councillor.  The winners are:

1st prize – (Hamper – photographed above) Green ticket no 174 bought by Keith Mison.  Well done, Keith!  We hope you and Mrs M enjoy your prize.
The 2nd prize – (a couple of bottles of wine) was won by Blue ticket no 24.  The lucky owner of that ticket has been contacted.  Congratulations to both winners!

 

CLARE PERFECT PUDDINGS

 

The delicious Clare puddings will be on sale on Saturday 18 November 2017 at Clare Market and also at the Christmas Fair on Friday 24 November 2017 and Saturday 25 November 2017.

The range now includes Sticky Toffee, Triple Chocolate, Luscious Lemon and Triple Ginger in addition to the traditional Christmas plum puddings.

There are also Chocolate and Sticky Toffee sauces to complement the puds and a special gluten-free Christmas pudding option.

On Market Day the CCA is holding a fundraising raffle with some fab prizes, so come along, say hello and buy a ticket (and a pud!) while you browse the stalls and do your shopping.

 

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WINTER FESTIVAL IN CLARE – Launches on Friday 24 November 2017 at 5pm!

 

There will be some fun and fantasy in Clare on the evening of Friday 24th November when the Clare Winter Festival launches with the two-day Christmas Fair at St Peter and St Paul’s church in the centre of the town. The three-week Winter Festival will encompass a large number of events in venues around Clare, culminating with the Christmas Market on Market Hill on Saturday 16th December. Full details appear on www.visit-clare.co.uk.

The Festival celebrates its opening with a children’s parade, carol singing and lots of fabulous family entertainment organised by the Clare Community Association, the Cock Inn and The Globe on Callis Street.

With music, hot food, mulled wine and hot chocolate, street entertainment, the Snow Queen and her Snowman Friend and a very special visitor from the North Pole, this promises to be a great start to the festive season.

The Christmas Fair, which was a great success last year, will showcase a selection of gifts, decorations, crafts and Christmas produce all in the atmospheric candlelit surroundings of the church and is a wonderful way to do some of your Xmas shopping without having to travel out of Clare.

You will be welcomed with a complimentary glass of something warming to enjoy while you browse the stalls which will offer a variety of lovely goods including jewellery, chocolates, cheeses, dolls, collectable teddies, ceramics, turned wooden items, artwork, Christmas wreaths, candles, felted gifts, toys, cards, decorative and stained glass and much, much more….PLUS the chance to buy one – or two! – items from the delicious Clare festive pudding range which now includes luxury chocolate and sticky toffee sauces.

Other refreshments will be available and you will be able to sit, relax and listen to some carols.

There will also be the opportunity to buy raffle tickets with great prizes; all proceeds go to help maintain Clare’s beautiful church.

The Fair and the Festival Launch will take place from 5-8pm on Friday 24th November and the Fair will be open again on Saturday 25th from 10am – 4.00pm. Entry is free to both the Fair and the Festival Launch.

 

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Opening of the New Country Park Playground and Pumpkins in the Park – both taking place on Saturday, 28 October 2017

 

 

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Christmas Fair 2017 – Update

We are delighted to announce that all stalls at the Christmas Fair in Clare Parish Church on Friday 24 November and Saturday 25 November 2017 have been booked!  It promises to be a very busy and spectacular event.  We are creating a waiting list of potential stall holders.  If you would like to place your details on this list please email Christina at cjglover1@aol.com

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Pumpkins in the Park 2017


Pumpkins in the Park

(Article written 19 September 2017)

 

Saturday 28 October 2017 – 12 noon until 3pm

Pumpkins in the Park has been running for many years in association with Clare Social Club. It is a very popular event for both children and parents.

It is held on the weekend nearest to Halloween, and starts at Clare Park Centre in the Country Park. The children follow a map and must find pictures of ghosts, witches and ghouls etc, which they must count. The trail finishes at the Social Club where there are arts and crafts and the bar is open for parents to have a well-deserved drink (if required).

Volunteers are dressed as spooky characters around the Park and fun questions are asked along the way at various points. When answered correctly the children are given a letter of the alphabet, which eventually will make a word linked to Halloween.

Every child who takes part will have an opportunity to take part in the lucky dip and the winning contestant in the quest to count the number of witches will win a prize.

To take part, simply turn up on the day and register yourself and your child(ren) and then off you go on the fun trail! It’s as simple as that. We hope to see you there.


Christmas Fair 2017

 

Clare Christmas Fair – Friday 24th and Saturday 25th November at St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church

The Clare Christmas Fair presents the perfect opportunity for you to do some of your Xmas shopping in the centre of town without having to travel elsewhere.

Brought to you by the Clare Community Association, this quality event was a great success last year and this year will again showcase a selection of gifts, decorations, crafts and Christmas produce all in the atmospheric candlelit surroundings of the church.

You will be welcomed with a complimentary glass of something warming to enjoy while you browse the stalls, which will offer a variety of lovely goods including  jewellery, chocolates, cheeses, dolls, collectable teddies, ceramics, turned wooden items, artwork, Christmas wreaths, candles, felted gifts, toys, cards, decorative and stained glass and much, much more….PLUS the chance to buy one – or two! – items from the delicious Clare festive pudding range which now includes luxury chocolate and sticky toffee sauces.

Other refreshments will be available and you will be able to sit, relax and listen to some carols.

There will also be the opportunity to buy some raffle tickets: great prizes and all proceeds will go to help maintain our lovely church.

The fair will be open from 5-8pm on Friday 24th November and from 10am-4pm on Saturday 25th and admission is free – this truly is a wonderful start to the holiday season!

There will be more exciting news to follow shortly – make sure you don’t miss it!

For further details please contact Christina on 01787 277100 or email cjglover1@aol.com

 

 

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You can see the full events diary for the next two months here

 

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