Transport Minister to be transported through time

The handover of keys at the new Northampton Railway station will take place on Monday 12th January and included in his tour of the station will be a presentation by Pixel Creative Technologies and the Friends of Northampton Castle.

The railway station and tracks stand on the site where Northampton Castle once stood. Though some remains are still buried under grass on the opposite side of St Andrews Road. Mobilising local opinion, the Friends have been able to gain some significant acknowledgement for the Castle in the way the new station has been decorated.

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Northampton “Castle Green” one step closer with fab new Artists Impression.

Happy New Year to all our friends, fans and followers! After extensive campaigning by FONC, 2015 should be the year we see Castle Green come into existence, enabling Northampton people and visitors to trace our history back for a thousand years and to enjoy that prospect in a delightful green, open space.

We are delighted to present local artist Elke Pollard’s vision for Castle Green. We feel that this space could provide an exciting new venue for community events and contribute to the regeneration of this part of the town centre.

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Demolition heralds milestone in creation of northampton heritage gateway

Work to demolish a vacant office block in Northampton’s town centre as part of the town’s Heritage Gateway project has started.

Northamptonshire County Council, Northampton Borough Council, Friends of Northampton Castle, the Churches Conservation Trust and the University of Northampton are working together on the Heritage Gateway project.

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Thomas Becket’s trial & escape from Northampton Castle: local theatre group to mark 850th anniversary

Northampton’s Masque Theatre are putting on a performance of “Becket” by Jean Anouilh to mark the 850th anniversary of the trial of Thomas Becket at Northampton Castle.

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The Great Hall – Photograph by Lex McKee.

The performance will at held at the Guildhall in the atmospheric Great Hall between Wednesday the 8th and Saturday the 11th October 2014.

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Thomas Becket Talk, Commemorative Plaque and Holy Sepulchre Service

round-church-holy-sepulchre-northampton_centreThe beautiful round church of the Holy Sepulchre. (image credit)

On  Sunday 12th October, two days before the 850th anniversary of Archbishop Becket’s escape from the castle through the North Gate in 1164, the Holy Sepulchre Church will be hosting a series of events in honour of the Saint. Continue reading

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Meeting Report February 2014

Notes from FONC meeting February 2014
Planning is in full swing for our Spring Talks and Tours and also our Summer Museum exhibition on Becket at the Castle. Just two of the ways FONC is highlighting the 850th Anniversary of the Trial of Thomas Becket.

Funding

Regrettably, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) had turned down the joint NCC/FONC bid for funding events and activities linked to commemorating the 850th Anniversary of the Trial of Thomas Becket at the Castle. However, the HLF considered it to be an important and worthwhile project.

Although a set- back, FONC is determined to press on and make as much of the original project a reality as possible. Other funding sources are being explored to help achieve our aims. Continue reading

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Meeting Report January 2014

A New Year and many exciting events and opportunities need planning in this 850th anniversary year of the trial of Thomas Becket at the Castle. It is full steam ahead for this small busy working group of volunteers.
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Annual Review 2013

The following is an edited version of the Annual Report delivered at our first AGM on the 6th December by our chairperson Dr. Marie Dickie OBE.

2013 was a very good year.

The year included FONC providing a slick and professional presence at a number of events – Spring Boroughs Community Festival, Heritage Open Days; and Delapre History Fair to name but a few.
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Meeting Report October 2013

Although events for this year have come to an end, there is still much to do for this busy working group of volunteers.
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Meeting Report – September 2013

The drafting of a constitution for our group was the main item for discussion at this month’s meeting.
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