I've just spent a very pleasant evening at the Cock Inn, Clare, visiting the Clare Chess Group, an informal gathering of chess-players of varying standards, who enjoy a chat and a pint with their game.
Organiser Derek Wootley (standing, watching the games) doesn't feel that the members are ready for league chess. But they would welcome any visiting chess-player who happens to be in the area, or is prepared to make the journey out to Clare. It's only 30 minutes from Bury and a lot less from Sudbury. They meet every Tuesday evening, from 19.30 to 23.00.
The Club (sorry, 'Chess Group') has been invited to apply for affiliation to the Suffolk County Chess Association.