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Cavendish Clubs & Societies

Glemsford Clubs & Societies

Hundon Clubs & Societies

Long Melford Clubs & Societies


Societies in and around Clare

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Amateur Dramatic Society (CADS)

Michelle Allen                      01787 278997


Clare Amateur Dramatic Society has for the last 79 years been providing entertainment to Clare and surrounding villages.

CADS performs an annual Pantomime. Throughout the year they also perform Comedies, Murder Mysteries and Serious Plays


Ancient House Museum

Tom Shaw                            01787 277572


26 High Street, Clare, Suffolk. CO10 8NY

Easter and May to September  Thurs, Fri, Sun 2pm - 5pm  Sat & Bank Hols 11.30m - 5pm

Art Club (Clare)

David Gilbert                       01787 280696


Meetings held in The Bell Hotel Market Hill Clare at 7.30 p.m.

4th Tuesday of each month              




Beavers/Clubs/Scouts (Clare)

Contact                                 01787 469309


The Scout Hut, Clare Country Park,  Maltings Lane,  Clare, Suffolk


Belchamp & District Tennis Club (Adult & Junior)

Barbara Gunners               01787 277198


Two hard courts available.  A friendly, social club and new members are always welcome.

Club nights are Tuesday and Friday evenings from 5pm during the season, which starts at the beginning of April.

Membership entitles members to play at other times through the year.


The Community House, Gages road, Belchamp St.Paul, Sudbury Essex/Suffolk Border  CO10 7DX


Book Club

Judith Neal                           01787 278919


Meet the last Friday of the month at Clare Library, between 6.30 – 7.00pm


Bowls Club (Cavendish)

Annette Williamott            01787 282817


Cavendish Bowls Club, situated behind the Bull Inn. The Bowling Season starts in April until the end of September. The club has two teams in three leagues,

They play friendly matches with other clubs and hold internal competitions Wednesday Evening from April, 6pm – 8pm, bowls can be provided for learners learning,

just bring flat shoes.



Bowls Club (Clare)

Roy Sutton                           01787 278546


Meet at ‘The Clare Social Club’ during the summertime. New members and spectators welcome.

Clare Social Club, Station Road, Clare, Suffolk


Bowls Club, (Stoke by Clare)

Val Jay                                   01787 278228


Brownies, Clare (7-10yrs)

Marie Rampling                 01787 376239


For 7 10 year ld girls. Meets every Tuesday evening at 5.30pm to 7pm

Meetings held at Clare Baptist Church Hall, High Street, Clare




Carpet Bowls (Clare)

Ron Longland                      01787 277769


Members meet every Wednesday evening from 7.30pm until 10.00pm from mid-September until mid April

Meet at The old School, Community Centre, Callis Street, Clare


Cavendish Horticultural Society

Olive Smith                           01787 27708


Organizers of The Summer Show on the 3rd Saturday of July and The Autumn Show on the 1st Saturday in November. New members & visitors always welcome.

Meetings with guest speakers held on the first Wednesday in the month at Old School Community Centre


Clare in Bloom

Jane Haisman                     01787 279182


Clare Bridge Club

Jane Moore                         01206 263209


Successful club that average 10 tables every Monday evening (including Bank Holidays). They play friendly duplicate bridge.

Visitors welcome (please telephone first to arranges partners for those without one). Meetings at:, Old School Community Centre, Callis Street, Clare, Suffolk. Meets every Monday evening starting at 7.15pm (inc. most Bank Holidays)          


Clare Chess Club

Dave Cutmore                    01787 278658


Clare First Responders

Colin Murphy                      01787 277747


The First Responders an active group providing emergency help to residents of Clare and the surrounding areas. A rota has been established whereby First Responder volunteers are on standby to answer requests for assistance from the Ambulance Service


Clare Guides

Sue Herring                         01787 277360


Meet on Tuesday evenings from 7.00 to 8.30pm

Held at Clare Baptist Church Hall, High Street, Clare, Suffolk


Clare Seekers

Trudi Nicoll                           01440 785407


A friendly social club for the visually impaired

Second Tuesday of every month. Clare Community Centre


Clare Society

John Collecott                     01787 278992


Society dedicated to the protection of Clare and its history



Margaret Taylor                01787 277421

Christine Little                     01787 277743


CLASP is a charity founded to provide help for people in need, whatever the cause. They provide transport for the elderly as well as a senior centre on Wednesdays at Clare Community Centre


Combined Halls of Clare (CHOC)

Contact                                 07500 642001


The Combined Halls of Clare are two community venues in the heart of the historic market town of Clare, Suffolk. They offer a variety of halls for hire with extensive facilities (including public wi-fi at both sites) and can host events both small and large.


Craft Group (Clare)

Marion Dyson                     01787 278221


A friendly craft club that meets on fourth Thursday at 7.30pm at Clare Baptist Church Hall.


Cricket Club (Stansfield)

Robin Sharp                         01359 271456


An informal and friendly club. They play competitive cricket, but really play cricket for enjoyment. Their aim is to provide a convivial afternoon of village cricket in the English countryside, for players and spectators alike.


Cricket Club (Hundon)

Contact                                 07973 658284


Senior and junior teams available





Dance Classes

Alison Sargent                    01440 702731


Dance -  1940s Swing

Kitty & Andy                        01440 786632


Disability Resource Centre (W. Suffolk)

Contact                                 01284 748888                   



Fire Fighters – Retained

Pat Dacey,                           01473 588888


Firestation at Station road, nr Clare Country Park


Flower Club

Susan Webb                        01787 277351


Meet on 1st Thursday of each month at 7.30pm Clare Baptist Church Hall, High Street, Clare, Suffolk


Flute Group

Elizabeth Quartermain    01787 278796


Focus Magazine

Howard Jackson                01787 278327


Quarterly Community Magazine based in Clare


Football Club (Clare Lions)

Tony Shepherd                   01787 278516


Youth football club with 4 teams. Under 9s, Under 10s, Under 11s and Under 12s

The four managers have FA Coaching qualifications and hold regular training sessions at Clare Playing Fields throughout the year, either on a weekday evening or Saturday mornings.  Youngsters from age 5 years  to 12 years old are welcome to attend training and may even make the regular teams. The coaching for all children is free.


Footpath Strollers

Barbara Peck,                     01787 277464


Meet once a fortnight on alternate Mondays at 10.00 for those who enjoy gentle walks in and around Clare



Friday Club Clare (children)

Sue Cumber                         01787 277008


Meet Friday at 6pm in Clare Baptist Church Hall




Garden Club (See Clare Horticultural Society)

Olive Smith                           01787 277082




Helpline (Suffolk) - Drug/Alcohol addiction support

08088 001122


Historical Society (Clare)

Richard Smith                     01787 277249


Meets 1st Friday of each month at 7.30pm (October to May)

Meetings at The Bell Clare


Horticultural Society (Clare)

Olive Smith                           01787 277082


Organizers of The Summer Show on 3rd Saturday of July and The Autumn Show on 1st Saturday of November

New members welcome. Meetings with guest speakers on first Wednesday in month at Care old School




Karate Club (Clare)

Geoff Price                          01787 282703


The Stour Valley Karate Club, based in Clare, Suffolk is a small and friendly club, with rigorous training to a high standard by qualified black belt instructors

Select website for full details :




Machine Knitting Group

Cath Davis                            01787 278340




Pentlow Film Club

Isobel Clark                          01787 280648


Professional Business Association (PROBUS)

            Contact waiting for update




Railway Society

John Russell,                        01787 237084


Meetings every third Monday in the month at 8.00pm at Clare Social Club, station Road.

It is open to all members of the Community who have an interest in railway matters, both historical, modelling or modern.

They generally show films or videos at each meeting and also offer trips to preserved railways in East Anglia.


Rotary Club (Haverhill & District)

Geoff Carter                        01440 702633


Meetings at Haverhill Golf Club, Coupals Road, Haverhill


Royal British Legion (Women’s section)

Mrs Sheila Martin              07790 985972




Stoke by Clare Tennis

Contact                                 01787 238322


A sociable, tennis club offering great value in a picturesque setting with two astro tennis courts for all who live in the village and surrounding area. Everything from fun, beginners, mature players, kids coaching, up to competitive league matches. Coaching available.




Treble C Clare Community Choir

Miffy Warrack                    01787 277585


Treble C meets up on the 1st and 3rdMondays of each month at the United Reformed Church, Nethergate Street, Clare. You are welcome to go along for a try out without obligation.




Women's Institute

June Smith                           01787 277370


Meetings held on the second Thursday of each month at 7.45pm at The Old School Community Centre