Magna Carta – did she die in vain?

by Peter Sinclair on September 29, 2015

As an antidote to the “Treason” video from Westminster Hall in July, here is a very short clip from Tony Hancock’s “Twelve Angry Men”, first broadcast by the BBC on 16 October 1959 in the fifth series of “Hancock’s Half Hour”.


For those lucky enough to have a ticket, an unusual event took place at Westminster Hall on 31 July 2015 – a mock trial of the Magna Carta Barons, organised by the Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Commemoration Committee and the UK Supreme Court. It was narrated by Gavin Esler, supported by the Usher, Derek Allen. The judges were the Lord Neuberger, Dame Sian Elias and Stephen Breyer. The Prosecution Counsel was James Eadie QC, and the Defence Council was Nathalie Lieven QC. King john was played by Clive Anderson, William Marshal by the Lord Judge, Stephen Langton by the Lord Lisvane, and Robert FitzWalter by Professor David Carpenter. The other witnesses were Lord Clarke, the Rt Rev Christopher Lowson, Lord McNally, Baroness Prashar and Baroness Stedman-Scott. The outcome of course is history, but it is nevertheless instructive to watch our justices debate the rights and wrongs of past rebels…


Magna Carta Suite

August 21, 2015

Alex Hutton is a British composer/player with a different take on piano-trio jazz. The Magna Carta Suite, inspired by a walk through the Windsor woodlands, features classically pure double bassist Yuri Goloubev and exciting drummer Asaf Sirkis, plus occasional vocals, baroque flute and cor anglais. Flute whispers and Goloubev’s beautiful bowed sound weave through the […]

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Curry Mallet celebrations

July 2, 2015

Curry Mallet in Somerset, one of our smallest member villages, has done tremendous work organising and planning its events for June 2015. They’ve just posted a short film of what they’ve done – an achievement in itself!

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The Ballad of the Magna Carta

June 23, 2015

You may have heard this in the British Library exhibition. A cantata for narrator and bass soloists, SATB chorus and orchestra, first performed February 4, 1940, New York, CBS Radio, Burgess Meredith, narrator, Mark Warnow Orchestra, Mark Warnow, conductor. Music by Kurt Weill, text by Maxwell Anderson.

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Day 3: Lance sets off from Stansted Mountfitchet

June 22, 2015
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Day 1: Lance sets off from Curry Mallet

June 20, 2015

Lance Allan starts his epic tour of all the Magna Carta barons villages and towns today, Saturday 20 June. We’ll try and capture his journey as he departs from each one and keep a record in an event page…

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Stansted Mountfitchet at Mansion House

June 7, 2015

Stansted Mountfitchet was represented at the Magna Carta Barons reception at Mansion House on 12 May. The photograph shows its representative signing a unique memorial of the event, courtesy of the Herts and Essex Observer. Read more here… Stansted has its new website now at

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Mansion House Reception, Tuesday 12 May 2015

June 4, 2015

Over two hundred representatives from our Magna Carta Barons’ villages and towns attended a fine lunchtime reception hosted by The Lord Mayor of London at the Mansion House on 12 May. The event took place to mark the 800th anniversary of the entry of the baronial army into London on Sunday 17 May 1215. Alderman […]

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Walkern Magna Carta Fair, 27-28 June

June 1, 2015

Come and join us in Walkern, Herts, for our Magna Carta Fair and Re-enactment – a weekend of 13th century fun, 27-28 June 2015. With financial support from Heritage Lottery Fund, more than 200 volunteers have engaged in a variety of activities and events, uncovering a wealth of talent. New organisations and friendships have formed […]

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