Grant boost for Clare Magna Carta celebrations

Peggy Smith (front) and others who are planning a Magna Carta celebration.  Pictured in Clare High Street. ENGANL00120131113121358
Peggy Smith (front) and others who are planning a Magna Carta celebration. Pictured in Clare High Street. ENGANL00120131113121358
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The organisers of the Magna Carta in Clare Festival received a major boost this week when they received a £5,000 grant towards a series of community events in June.

The grant has come from the Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Commemorative Committee which provides funding for activities and to raise the profile of the anniversary.

Clare Festival committee member Keith Haisman said: ”We are delighted to receive this grant which will add to the local community support and engagement we have already received.

“Our programme of events really has something for everyone and we look forward to many families coming to Clare and taking part.”

The 800th anniversary of Magna Carta is of national and international importance and is particularly relevant to Clare because of the vital role played by the two Clare barons, Richard and Gilbert de Clare. A series of events is being organised to provide adult educational, school and community opportunities to enjoy history, culture, entertainment and food of the period as well as to learn more about this important phase in Clare’s history.

During the run up to June 2015 there will be a newly created Heritage Walk from Castle Hedingham to Clare, and Clare Library will show a programme of films during festival week.

The Friends of Clare Library will also commission and complete a Magna Carta Jigsaw.

During the festival week of June 6 to 13 the events planned include a musical concert of 900 years of sacred music, a Study Day, a Taste of 1215 with mummers and madrigals and a medieval banquet.

The culmination of the festival will be on Saturday, June 13 when a procession around the centre of Clare will be followed by medieval enactments, games and entertainment in Clare Castle Country Park.