John Clare Society

The John Clare Society was founded in 1981 to promote a wider and deeper knowledge of this remarkable poet.

The Society publishes a quarterly newsletter and an annual Journal. It also arranges exhibitions, day schools, poetry readings and conferences.

The annual John Clare festival takes place in Helpston every July which includes talks and exhibitions about the poet and his life.

For further information on the Society visit the website at

The current chairman of the Society is Linda Curry.

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Elizabeth TUBB April 3, 2017 at 7:11 pm

I am a descendent of John Clare and would like information on the society. I am finding the JC website difficult, and wondered if you can help me. I would like a local contact.


Roy Hinchliff April 10, 2017 at 1:20 pm

Dear Elizabeth,
May I suggest you contact Anna Kinneard, who lives in Helpston and runs the picture framing and art shop in Helpston called Annakin. The contact details are in the Business section of the website. Anna is also a member of the Committee of the John Clare Society and I am sure she will be more than happy to assist you.
Kind regards
Roy Hinchliff, website administrator


Ann Marshall May 12, 2017 at 8:44 am

The John Clare Society finally has its own independent website! You can also contact me, the Publicity Officer on 01400 282409 for any Clare-related enquiries, or Sue Holgate who is the Society’s Secretary and Festival co-ordinator : 01353 668438. Apologies for any previous problems, the new website should make life a great deal easier.


Geoff Lane May 15, 2017 at 1:23 pm


My wife and I came to Helpston today (15/05) to visit your museum. Our round trip from home was over 200 miles AND YOU WERE SHUT!! Your website said you were open and still does.

Very very poor.

There seems little point in having PR if you can’t do the basics (like opening when you say you will).

We are very unhappy at your inefficiency and our waste of time and money.


Roy Hinchliff May 15, 2017 at 4:10 pm

Dear Mr & Mrs Lane,
I administer this website for the Parish Council, who own it. I feel you deserve an apology. Your comment was posted under “John Clare Society” and refers to a “museum”. The Society does not own a museum. If you are referring to the John Clare Cottage, that is owned by the John Clare Trust which is a separate organisation, which has its own website and which is linked to by this one. The opening hours to which you refer are shown on the Trust’s website. is not responsible for the content of any 3rd party websites which are linked. Having said that, on behalf of Helpston as a whole I am very sorry that you had a wasted journey. I can imagine how you felt. If you can find it in your hearts to come back here again next Saturday, I am sure you will enjoy our annual village Fête and also be able to visit the John Clare Cottage. You may also be interested in a talk on John Clare which will be given in the church on Sunday 28th May at 2pm (see Events Diary). If you care to make a holiday of it, did you know that the Blue Bell Inn also has four very nice rooms and excellent food?
Do give Helpston another chance, please!


Roy Hinchliff May 15, 2017 at 4:34 pm

Dear Geoff, I just noticed that under the “visiting hours” information on the John Clare Cottage Trust’s website, there is a notice about the Cottage being closed on Monday 15th May for Staff Training. Maybe you didn’t notice this bit if you were looking on a phone.
Kind regards,
Roy Hinchliff, admin


Marie Wray April 23, 2018 at 3:46 pm

I am very interested in John Clare and have come across two words in the poem `Turkeys` which I think may be dialect words since I cannot trace them. I know there are many Yorkshire dialect words that you will not find in the dictionary. The words are `nauntles` and `nauntling`. I am a member of a U3A poetry group in the village of Great Ayton,North Yks and we read several of John Clare`s poems were read this morning. Can you throw any light on the matter please?
Marie Wray.


Roy Hinchliff April 23, 2018 at 5:21 pm

Marie, did you not receive my previous reply?

Website Admin


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