Newsletter – July 2018

Trustee’s MBE.  We are delighted that Derek Blake, one of the Park Trustees, has been awarded an MBE in the recent honours list for all his work in the Educational and Community fields; a well earned reward for selfless time and effort on a voluntary basis over many years.

Working Parties.  Our thanks go to Giles and Juliette Bryant for organising Wednesday evening working parties and involving people who are unable to come to our three times a month sessions during the day.

Food & Drink Festival.    It is very disappointing that we have to announce the Food, Drink and Music festival planned for 31st August and 1st and 2nd September will not take place.  The very experienced company organising the event for us has been unable to obtain enough commitments from businesses to take stands.  We will be discussing what might be done next year to enable a successful event to be held.

Fun Fair.  As announced last month the children’s funfair will be coming to Clare shortly.  Frankie Harris and his team will start setting up on 30th July.  It will be located in the Outer Bailey and will be open on Friday 3rd (6-8.30pm), Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th August (3-6pm).

Party in the Park.  Having returned from a week’s holiday late on 7th July I was unable to attend the Party.  Walking round the Park first thing on Sunday 8th it was difficult to believe such a major event had taken place less than 24 hours before-hand.  The CCA and all their helpers are to be congratulated on leaving the Park in such an immaculate condition.

Grants.  We are pleased to announce that we have been able to obtain a £15,000 grant from Historic England to help fund the repairs to the motte; these are needed as a result of the erosion that has taken place over several years.  We hope to obtain further grants that will cover the total cost of a little over £20,000.

Archaeology.   Two weeks of ‘community archaeology’ from 10th to 23rd September will take place under the supervision of Jo Caruth of Suffolk Archaeology.  Anyone interested in taking part for any of those days, should contact the Outreach Officer at Suffolk Archaeology who will be doing the work, Alex.fisher@suffolkarchaeology.co.uk.

Car park.  A second ticket machine has been installed in the car park to provide some back-up.  There is also now a RingGo cashless parking facility available.