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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Constitution of the Friends of Northampton Castle (FONC)

Our constitution is presented here. You may also download a copy of our constitution as a PDF.
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Meeting Report July 2013

Real treat for FONC members at this month’s meeting with Tim Upson Smith of Northampton Archaeology talking about the recent Castle Station dig.

Castle Station Dig
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Meeting Report – June 2013

The big exciting news this month is that FONC’s idea and proposal for a Heritage Gateway is very near to becoming a reality as part of the official plan for Northampton’s future.

Marie commenced the meeting with a warm welcome to our new member Lizzie.

Heritage Gateway
Marie said that we should all congratulate ourselves as the Northampton County Council (NCC) Cabinet Paper outlines a proposal for a heritage gateway that mirrors the proposal that Ellen put together on our group’s behalf at the beginning of 2012. There was a spontaneous round of applause. A copy of Focus Consultants report to NCC, Northampton Heritage Gateway – an Executive Summary PDF is available here.
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Proposal for Northampton Heritage Gateway revealed

Proposals to create a new park space next to Northampton’s railway station are set to be considered as part of the town’s Heritage Gateway project.

The Heritage Gateway aims to celebrate the town’s rich history, with a focus on the former Northampton Castle site, as well as emphasising other important heritage features in the surrounding area, including St Peters Church, the only remaining building in the area that existed at the same time as the castle.
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