Forthcoming Fundraising Event(s)
At the height of the work of the five phases of restoration there were a number of different committees raising funds from different directions.. One of the organisations set up and linked into the main trust funding was a Congregational group that had the aim of showing how the people of the Church could best help the Non Denominational Registered Charity . To date and following the presentation of massive flower and costume festivals acclaimed unique in the UK , numerous week long music festivals and almost 170 band concerts the contributions of the group stands at over £645000 . At the preset time concerts continue to raise funds and details can be found below.
THE BAND of the ROYAL ANGLIAN REGIMENT
and The 3rd Battalion Hosting Team at HOLY SEPULCHRE NORTHAMPTON
SATURDAY 28th APRIL 2018
in association with Holy Sepulchre Restoration Trust
There is always a great expectation when the military bands come to the Forces Church for Northamptonshire and perform in the stunning and spectacular setting 1100AD. This outreach concert by the regiment for the people of Northampton and county was well supported and did not disappoint.
In a change of format by the Restoration Trust, the evening began with an informal reception in the Leleux Hall of the parish rooms at 18.30 hrs. Uniformed members of the 3rd Battalion from Corby branch played host to all the arrivals whilst the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Northampton Borough and Deputy Lieutenants enjoyed meeting with regular patrons including members of the former Northamptonshire Regiment Association.
The 3rd Battalion hosting party ensured that everyone attending the concert, reserved seats or not, were well looked after as the audience anticipated the arrival of the smartly uniformed musicians and gave the band a huge welcome. The welcoming speech was given by David Williams Director/Chairman of the Restoration Trust prior to Captain Peter Hudson, Director of Music getting the concert off to great start with Celtic Ritual.
Many of the patrons were first time visitors to the historic and military church and took the opportunity in the refreshment interval to visit The Soldiers’ Chapel recently having undergone a complete refurbishment over 12 years costing approximately £40,000 ( £15,000 having been presented by the former Northamptonshires).
The evening concluded with the band playing Evening Hymn and Last Post followed by The National Anthem.
A retiring collection for The Royal Anglian Regimental Benevolent Charity raised £545.00.
THE BAND of the ROYAL ANGLIAN REGIMENT
THE FORCES CHURCH for NORTHAMPTONSHIRE
‘WE WILL REMEMBER THEM’
100 years ARMISTICE ANNIVERSARY
with ACT OF REMEMBRANCE
SATURDAY 10th NOVEMBER 2018
RECEPTION @ 6.30pm
PERFORMANCE @ 7.30pm
with AWARD WINNING
NORTHAMPTON CONCERT BAND
BOOKINGS NOW BEING TAKEN ON
Tel: 01604 754 782
Post your booking to
22 LYNCREST AVENUE
complete with stamped addressed envelope please
Or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
All Admissions £11.00 U/16 £6.00
Please make cheques payable to
Holy Sepulchre Restoration Trust
HERITAGE OPEN DAYS 2018-THE REPORT
Event registered and produced by Holy Sepulchre (Northampton) Restoration Trust Ltd.
Last six years visitor numbers analysis.
YEAR 2013 ( 4 days open) 700 visitors recorded.
YEAR 2014 ( 3 days open) 565 visitors recorded
YEAR 2015 ( 3 days open) 465 visitors recorded
YEAR 2016 ( 2 days open) 375 visitors recorded
YEAR 2017 ( 2 days open) 289 visitors recorded
YEAR 2018 ( 2 days open) 272 visitors recorded
ANOTHER YEAR in which our experienced tour guides John Kightley MBE, David Parish MBE and Barrie Munroe were all kept busy with shortened tours for small groups and individual visitors alike, all anxious to learn of the wonderful and colourful history of the 1100AD National Treasure that is Holy Sepulchre Church.
“The Soldiers’ Chapel” which had local Facebook publicity was extremely popular for many of our visitors, some leaving with historic family information long sort after.
As largely expected, visitor numbers were maintained as at the same level as the previous year. It is however, very disappointing that the local press seems to have little or no interest in helping to promote the national event highlighting the extraordinary history that Northampton conveys even when we at Holy Sepulchre submitted a press ready statement and photographs.
Trustees appreciated the input of the PCC team for provision of refreshments during the full opening times on the Saturday which helped to give a pleasant attraction ambience.
Visitors from abroad were from India, Poland, USA, whilst out of county visitors came from London, Coventry, Stanstead, Hildon Head, Luton, Litchfield, West Lothian, Macclesfield, Leicester, Newcastle under Lyne and Rugby.
John Kightley MBE Director/Secretary to the Trust.
PROMS 2018…the report.
The 34th annual PROMS NIGHT held in the world famous 1100AD Round on 29th September was again a complete 160 patron sell-out continuing to raise vital additional funds for ongoing structural works currently being undertaken.
Sponsorship this year was by the Trust Chairman’s company EDONE INVESTMENTS of East Haddon whilst the concert was presented by national award winning Northampton Concert Band conducted by Graham Tear and co-coordinated by Trust Director/ Secretary John Kightley MBE on his 80th birthday. John gave a background to his 60 years in and around music both in the amateur and professional theatre and of the last 36 years specifically at Holy Sepulchre via 170 concerts and other music festivals for the Trust.
On many occasions the question has arisen as to how so many of The Royal Corps of Music bands have been encouraged to perform for The Forces Church for Northamptonshire. During the evening it was made public that it came about from John that it stemmed from his presenting of The Youth in Concert at Derngate in year 2000 with The Minden Band of the Queen’s Division and The Band of the Blues and Royals creating an era of exciting military bands performing at StSeps.
It is likely that the 2019 Proms will be on the 28th September and patrons can begin booking with immediate effect.