The Lord Mayor’s Reception, 12 May 2015

by Peter Sinclair on May 18, 2015

Little Dunmow rebels web

Over three hundred people attended a lunchtime reception hosted by the Lord Mayor of the City of London at Mansion House on Tuesday 12 May. This historic event marked the 800th anniversary of the baronial army entering London on 17 May 1215, which brought John and the barons to Runnymede and the sealing of Magna Carta. The reception was the second time in eight hundred years that representatives from the barons’ villages and towns where they had their chief manors were together in London to meet the Mayor!

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Pleshey’s medieval weekend

by Peter Sinclair on May 18, 2015

Medival Fair

Pleshey had a great success with their weekend of activities in Geoffrey de Mandeville’s castle bailey on 9-10 May. The rain kept away and many visitors were attracted to enjoy battle re-enactments, falconry displays, check out the stalls – and drink them dry of Magna Carta ale!

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Clare-Castle Hedingham heritage trail opened

May 1, 2015

Last Saturday 25 April, 140 intrepid walkers braved the showers to inaugurate the new heritage walk from Clare Castle to Hedingham Castle. The same walk will be repeated later, but from Hedingham to Clare. Read more here…. Photograph courtesy of Haverhill Echo

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Trowbridge conference a great success

April 30, 2015

Andy at Trowbridge reports that their conference was a great success! “It was a fantastic event and the impressive turnout probably makes it the biggest Magna Carta conference held in Europe so far this year.” Sean McGlynn, one of the speakers, said the whole event had a real buzz about it. Left to right in […]

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Pleshey prepares for its big event!

April 27, 2015

Pleshey is preparing for its medieval weekend on its motte and bailey castle  on 9 and 10 May. A great festival of re-enactments of battle training and combat, a medieval encampment, court jester, minstrels, falconry and more. Photograph courtesy of Vikki Lince and Herts and Essex Observer Read more: http://www.hertsandessexobserver.co.uk/Uttlesford-villages-prepare-celebrate-800th/story-26374325-detail/story.html#ixzz3YUr1Hzia  

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‘Magna Charta’ roses are planted in Curry Mallet

April 26, 2015

One of the first horticultural displays featuring an old variety of rose called ‘Magna Charta’ was planted in Curry Mallet, Somerset, just before it rained this Saturday 25 April. A new sign will be erected behind the display later. Curry Mallet was the chief manor of William Malet, one of the twenty-five Magna Carta barons.

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Opening a heritage trail from Clare Castle to Hedingham Castle

April 26, 2015

Villagers from Castle Hedingham posing as characters from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales to promote their celebrations of the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. The inaugural walk to open a heritage trail about 8.5 miles long on ancient tracks from Clare Castle to Hedingham Castle was planned for Saturday 25 April. Photo courtesy Halstead Express

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Magna Carta, Robert de Ros and Helmsley

April 7, 2015

A new video by one of our MCBA trustees! Impressive…

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The King John Oak

February 23, 2015

As part of our activities to celebrate Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary, a number of our Barons’ towns and villages will be planting oak saplings next year or in 2017, grown from grafts taken from the only living oak tree that King John is known to have sheltered under 800 years ago! On Saturday, cuttings were […]

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Magna Carta Song

February 9, 2015

A new song to entertain you, courtesy of CBBC! But read the Magna Carta poem too…

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