Festival receives £5,000 funding

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Organisers behind the Magna Carta festival in Clare have received a grant of £5,000 to help fund a series of educational community events in June.

The grant comes from the Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Commemorative Committee, which provides funding for activities and to raise awareness of the anniversary.

Clare festival committee member Keith Haisman said: “We are delighted to receive this grant, which will add to the local community support and engagement we have already received.

“Our programme of events really has something for everyone and we look forward to many families coming to Clare and taking part.”

The festival week, from June 6 to 13, includes a musical concert featuring 900 years of sacred music, a study day, a taste of 1215 with mummers and madrigals, and a medieval banquet.

The festival ends with a procession around the centre of Clare, which will be followed by medieval enactments, games and entertainment in Clare Castle Country Park.

The 800th anniversary will be celebrated nationally and internationally but it is particularly relevant to Clare because of the vital role played by the two Clare barons, Richard and Gilbert de Clare.

During the run-up to the festival, there are plans for a newly-created heritage walk from Castle Hedingham to Clare.