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.
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
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.
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.
Although events for this year have come to an end, there is still much to do for this busy working group of volunteers.
The drafting of a constitution for our group was the main item for discussion at this month’s meeting.
Our constitution is presented here. You may also download a copy of our constitution as a PDF.
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
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.
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.
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.
The Friends of Delapre Abbey were blessed with an absolute stunner of a bank holiday weekend for their huge heritage event. We counted at least fourteen local groups in attendance all with fascinating information stands, and we’re told that the Abbey saw more than 200 visitors over the weekend. It was really wonderful to see so many local people turn out to learn more about the county’s history.