Clare Deanery stretches over a large area of beautiful West Suffolk countryside from the south west of Bury St Edmunds to the market town of Haverhill. It is comprised of the following five benefices: Haverhill and Withersfield (2 parishes), Stourhead (8 parishes), Bansfield (7 parishes), Suffolk Heights (6 parishes) and Stour Valley (5 parishes).
The Rural Dean (acting) is Rev Dr Simon Hill and the Lay Chair is Mr Justin Rabett.
Clare Deanery is part of the Sudbury Archdeaconary, being one of three comprising the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich: www.cofesuffolk.org
Bansfield is made up of the following parishes: Cowlinge, Denston, Lidgate, Ousden, Stansfield, Stradishall and Wickhambrook
Made up of the following two parishes: St Mary the Virgin, Withersfield and St Mary's Haverhill
Stourhead is made up of the following eight parishes: Barnardiston, Great Bradley, Little Bradley, Kedington, Great Thurlow, Little Thurlow, Great Wratting and Little Wratting
Stour Valley is made up of six parishes running along the River Stour; Cavendish, Clare, Hundon, Poslingford, Stoke-by-Clare and Wixoe
Suffolk Heights is made up of the following six parishes; Chedburgh, Chevington, Depden, Hargrave, Hawkedon and Rede
The Bishop's Lent Appeal for 2021 is aimed on supporting some of the most key roles and repsonsibilities in Kagera, and will focus on extending the care and compassion shown to communities here in Suffolk during the pandemic by supporting Kagera farmers, doctors and priests, so that they can continue to help their local communities and encourage self-sufficiency. Every year the Bishops encourage reflection and giving through their Lent Appeal. It is important to help fund these essential roles where possible. You can find out more about the appeal and the amazing work the charity does here.