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Annual craft fair set for Clare Priory in Suffolk

Over 200 exhibitors of traditional and contemporary crafts, food, drink and children’s entertainment will be taking part in the Clare Priory Craft Fair weekend on July 14 and 15 in the 14th century Priory and its beautiful grounds.

Visitors to the annual fair will be offered free guided tours of Clare Priory Catholic Church. The newly extended and Grade 1 listed scheduled monument won the Building Conservation Award in 2015 and was named as the East of England Project of the Year by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Fr David Middleton OSA, Parish Priest of Clare, Steven and Auriol Cubitt will lead the tours which will be every hours, starting in the old church.

“The extended church is a striking combination of the historic and the modern,” said Fr David. “I think that the new 21st century building actually increases our appreciation of the 14th century structure.”

At last year’s Craft Fair there was a tremendous response to the invitation to tour the award-winning extended church, said Steven Cubitt, who was one of the guides. “The tours went very well on both days, and many of our visitors said they were bowled over at how beautiful the building was.” 

The craft fair is a family day out and all proceeds are donated to local, national and international charities.

Sacred music of the Renaissance:  on Sunday July 15 at midday and 3pm. Performing in the Church at The Clare Priory Craft Fair  we will have the  The Brentwood Consort of Voices.  This  is a small vocal group that performs the sacred music of the Renaissance.  The singers are all members of Brentwood Cathedral Choir in Essex.  They will be singing works by Tallis, Byrd and Palestrina as well as items of Gregorian Chant.

For more information please visit: www.clarepriory.org.uk/CraftFair

Pictured above are Morris dancers at last year’s craft fair at Clare Priory.