Christchurch Heritage Collection
June 15th 2015
Sharing heritage – Christchurch organisation celebrates Heritage Lottery grant for Magna Carta event Christchurch to mark Magna Carta anniversary thanks to National Lottery grant
Christchurch Culture and Learning Arena (C.A.L), whose activities focus on the heritage of the Ancient Borough of Christchurch, are celebrating the receipt of a grant of £7,388 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
The money will go towards the commemoration celebrations in Christchurch of the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta on Monday 15 June. King John was a frequent visitor to Christchurch Priory and the celebrations will include a re-enactment of his final visit.one of his visits.
The Mayor’s Parlour in the High Street and Saxon Square will be the main centre of activities from 10am to 3.30pm. A display of vestments and regalia will be held in the Mayor’s Parlour while a Heritage Marquee in Saxon Square will house the Magna Carta Census Scrolls which visitors will be encouraged to sign as a reaffirmation of the benefits of the Charter.
Christchurch History Society will be on hand to provide information and a Heritage Trail will be led by historian Michael Andrews around the ancient Plantagenet boundary. Pupils from Christchurch Junior School will be dressed in colourful medieval costume and Bournemouth Shakespeare Players will portray the arrival of King John and his courtiers to deliver a charter for ceremonial signing in Christchurch Priory (courtesy of the Reverend Canon Charles Stewart). A peal of bells will herald King John’s departure towards the Constables House to deliver the Charter.
King John’s itinerary will include the Constable’s House, where he stayed in 1215 and a stone-mounted plaque financed by the Heritage Lottery Fund grant will be unveiled to commemorate his visits,. After banqueting and entertainment on the Bowling Green area, courtesy of the Kings Arms Hotel, the Plantanet Crier will lead the Royal entourage to the Saxon Cross and the Mayor’s Parlour balcony before departure.
In the week prior to this event the Hayloft Gallery in Wick Lane will offer free workshops in the ancient crafts of calligraphy, spinning and weaving, medieval bag making and the Bayeux tapestry stitch and preparations will begin for Christchurch’s own Magna Carta Tapestry. Lunch and materials provided.
Throughout the week beginning 15 June Christchurch Priory will host an art exhibition by its four local schools entitled ‘800 years of cultural heritage’ and will also hold a number of musical events, including a Choral Evensong and an organ recital.
In addition to the HLF grant, which will contribute to their specifically designated fund all of the activities in the event, Christchurch Council is providing £500 of funding.