Clare Combined Charities

Clare Combined Charities

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  • Children / families
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Older people / later life
  • Poverty relief

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Clare Combined Charities is based in Clare, Suffolk. The Charity is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of three Almshouses in the town, Clare Common, Clare allotments, Upper Common and Goosecroft. The Charity also provides educational grants to those in need.

The Charity's history is rich and varied, dating as far back as 1880. In 1924, ‘Clare Combined Charities’ was officially formed, merging the five local charities ‘The Common Pasture’ (1899), ‘The Charity of William Cadge’ (1905), ‘The Almshouse Charity and the Bridewell Meadow Charity’ (1865), ‘The Poor’s Land or Goose Croft’ (1914) and ‘The Collins Dole’ (1914).

In 1963 the Charity was confirmed by the Charity Commission, boasting a Board of Trustees including a gentleman, a farmer, an ironmonger, a physician and surgeon, a miller, a bank agent, a tea dealer and the vicar of the parish of Clare.


Fast forward to today, and Clare Combined Charities in embarking on an exciting new chapter. With plans in the pipeline to restore and upgrade the historic Almshouses, the Charity has also been working tirelessly to re-wild the Upper Common having planted 1200 trees, 1200 metres of hedgerow interspersed with 40 native trees and enlarged and reshaped the existing pond to make it more user friendly for animals and bird life. In partnership with Natural England, the land has been drilled with prescription seed designed to attract ground nesting birds and species such as the Goldcrest. The investment is already having a huge impact , with an abundance of species thriving in the area, including a family of barn owls. 

Current opportunities

Suffolk, CO10 8QN

Treasurer needed in Clare, Suffolk.  This is a varied role supporting the running of the charity which focuses on the management of Clare Common,...