Fun Dog Show at this year’s Party in the Park!

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Photo courtesy of Paul Bishop





If you are coming along to Party in the Park 2017 on Saturday 1 July 2017 in Clare Castle Country Park, why not bring your dog along too and enter the Dog Show.  It promises to be even more fun than it was last year.

This year there are five categories:

  • Most Handsome Dog
  • Prettiest Bitch
  • Sausage Race
  • Waggiest Tail
  • Dog the judge would most like to take home.

Enter as many categories as you want at only £1 per category.  Register on the day and take your dog into the arena for all to see!  All we need is your name, the name of your dog and, in the case of any handlers below the age of 16, a signed form from an adult giving permission to enter the competition.

Dog treats for every competitor!  Sweets for the children!  Rosettes for dogs in 1st, 2nd and 3rd places!  Let your dog have some fun at Party in the Park 2017.


Announcing the Party in the Park 2017

The Clare event of the year will soon be upon us!  Please make note in your diaries that Party in the Park 2017 takes place on Saturday, 1 July 2017 in Clare Castle Country Park and will be open from 12 noon until 6pm.

There will be plenty of food and drink options including a hog roast and barbeque, a beer tent, strawberries and cream, Prosecco and Pimms, an ice cream van or two and a tea tent.

There will be live music, Morris dancing, majorettes, games for children of all ages, stalls, crafts and demonstrations, a dog show, tombola, children’s entertainment, donkey rides, petting animals, vintage cars, roundabouts…These are just some of the treats we have lined up for you to enjoy: a great day out for all the family in a lovely location.

To get a flavour of what to expect follow this link to a review of Party in the Park 2016

Entry is free and there will be extra free parking at Stour Valley Community School car park.

Events are back!

The small problem we have had recently posting events in the town has been resolved.  If you have any events that you wish to publicise, please follow this link.

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Photo courtesy of Paul Bishop

The website is run on a voluntary basis so please allow us a few days to add your event.
We also promote entries on the Town Council website and local Facebook pages, in 2016 our website was viewed by over 6000 people who viewed pages over 28,000 times, so good local coverage is assured.
Please note your event must be local to Clare (Roughly Stoke by Clare, Glemsford, Pentlow, Cavendish, the Belchamps, Ashen, Wixoe and Baythorne End, Ridgewell, Hundon and Poslingford).

Christmas is coming so……

Let us know your opening times over the Christmas period and we will share them for you… simply e-mail with ‘Christmas Opening’ in the subject line, include the name of your business / organisation and the times you will be open and we will do the rest.

If you have an event you can fill in the form on this page or e-mail with ‘Christmas Event’ in the subject line. Please include the following details… Business / Organisation name, name of the event, venue address, date, start and end time, a description of the event and a picture or two. We will add it to the event calendar and promote it on Facebook and Twitter.

Help us to make this a great Christmas for Clare and the surrounding area.


Do you have a few hours to help the CCA?  The CCA has another busy year coming up putting on a series of fund-raising events for the community of Clare.  We have a dedicated group of volunteers who regularly give a few hours of their free time to assist us put on these events but we need many more.  With another Party in the Park extravaganza taking place next summer and a number of other exciting projects, we will need all the help we can get.


There are many ways in which you can help.  We always need volunteers who can perform all manner of tasks, from physical tasks at events and in the lead up to events (setting up stalls, carrying equipment, erecting gazebos and marquees etc) to less energetic, such as helping with pre-event publicity, using artistic skills, selling raffle tickets, persuading local businesses to donate items for the raffle etc.  Plenty of choice and to fit a range of abilities. In the days leading up to an event we always need volunteers with a van to move equipment around for us.  Is this something that you could assist with?


For further details, please contact Gary Brown (CCA Vice-chair and Volunteer Co-coordinator) by ringing 07718 205585 or emailing or fill in the form on this page

Clare Christmas Fair 2016 – Pictures and more…

Clare Community Association is delighted to say that the Christmas Fair went very, very well and we hope to build on that next year – we already have lots of ideas!

Lots of people through the door, lots of appreciative comments, lots of happy exhibitors and the church not only looked lovely but will benefit from the funds raised, which was the reason for the event as well as to bring some extra festive community spirit to Clare.
The CCA would like to express our sincere gratitude to Bill Perceval-Maxwell, Churchwarden, without whose tireless help and invaluable advice the fair would not have been such a great success….. and of course we offer a huge thank you to all the volunteers who helped before, during and after the event.
Here are a few images which we hope convey some of the fantastic atmosphere – although you had to be there to appreciate the music, hot chestnuts and complimentary mulled wine….

Promote your Christmas 2016 event….. it’s FREE !!

If you are planning a Christmas event you can promote it on this website free of charge !

It is open to businesses, charities, clubs and associations etc. in the local area.

For Church Service times, promotions, sales, changes to business hours etc. add a news item by following this link

For events add it to our Events Calendar by following this link

The website is run on a voluntary basis so please allow us a few days to add your event.

We also promote entries on local Facebook pages, in the last year the website has been viewed by over 6000 people who have viewed pages over 28,000 times so good local coverage is assured.

Please note your event must be local to Clare (Roughly Stoke by Clare, Glemsford, Pentlow, Cavendish, the Belchamps, Ashen, Wixoe and Baythorne End, Ridgewell, Hundon and Poslingford).



Clare Christmas Fair 2016 – Update

25/26th November at St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church, Clare

5:00pm till 9:00pm Friday 25th, 10:00am till 4:00pm Saturday 26th

‘Polished Brass’, part of the Haverhill Silver Band, will be playing carols and Christmas music outside the church from around 6 -7pm on Friday evening when there will be hot roasted chestnuts on sale as well.

Come inside the church for a complimentary cup of mulled wine and a mince pie (or two) and to buy your raffle tickets before you choose your gifts and goodies. Our gift-wrapping service will also be available.
Here are a few more images of some of the lovely things which will be on sale.  Clare Perfect Puddings will be on sale again at the Christmas Fair next – they are selling fast, especially the Triple Chocolate and the Luscious Lemon. Don’t miss out!
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Don’t forget, the fair will be open again on the Saturday when there will also be one or two new exhibitors.