Magna Carta celebrations

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As part of celebrations across the country to mark the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, Castle Hedingham Parish Council has combined with a museum to explain the village’s part in the historic moment.

The Magna Carta, sealed by King John in June 1215, is seen as the first proper attempt to limit the power of the king by law, and the foundation of modern democracy and constitutional law.

Connections centre on the role of Robert de Vere, local baron of Hedingham Castle. Robert was one of the 25 barons who met at Runnymede to force the charter on the king.

Castle Hedingham Parish Council has been awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to celebrate its status as home to one of the Magna Carta barons.

A key feature will be an exhibition looking at the stories of Robert de Vere and Castle Hedingham in the events surrounding the Magna Carta. It will launch in St Nicholas’ Church, Castle Hedingham, on June 12.

The exhibition will feature work by local schools and heritage and art societies, before transferring to Braintree District Museum.

Jo Beavis, district councillor for Hedingham and Maplestead, said: “The 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta offers a great opportunity to highlight the important heritage of Castle Hedingham and the role the de Vere family played in politics for nearly 700 years.”