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.
‘Last Night of the Proms 2017’
The 33rd annual Proms Night was again a complete sell out raising vital funds for the continuation of ensuring that Northampton’s National Treasure is well looked after following the near £1.3 million restoration down the last thirty five years.
Sponsored by The Jeyes on the Square family business, patrons filled the world famous Round 1100AD to capacity and showed much appreciation for the brilliant musicianship brought to Proms fans by Northampton Concert Band. The patriotic finale is always eagerly awaited by the patrons and the singing response this year was up with the best ever. Normal end of concert presentations were postponed to allow for a visiting Diamond Wedding couple to receive a floral acknowledgement and for a presentation to Georgina Jeyes to mark the concert dedication to the late Marie Taylor, Proms and Trust supporter over the last 30 years.
The opportunity was also taken by the Jeyes family to remember the late Battle of Britain Ace Flt. Lt. Peter Newhouse DFC & wife Jean by the attachment of a floral display to the commemorative tablet on the South Bank.
HERITAGE OPEN DAYS 2017-THE REPORT
Following the decision of The Holy Sepulchre Parochial Church Council to reduce the number of days that the church would be open for 2017 from three to two (Saturday & Sunday) due to low numbers on previous Thursdays and Fridays, sadly it has to be recorded that visitor numbers have reduced yet again.
Returning to the year 2013 when 700 was the four day count, followed by 2014 with a count of 565 and 2015 with a count of 465, the year 2016 took another hit at 375. This year has seen yet another reduction to 289 across the two days ( 203 on Saturday and 86 on the reduced hours Sunday). However, those visitors who entered our doors kept our two guides very busy indeed and it is likely that the follow up information requests will be the highest ever.
Reporting on the visitor travel indicator, those from outside of Northamptonshire included from abroad, Poland, Germany, Istanbul, whilst UK visitor destinations included Hertford, Leeds, Stretton under Fosse, Southampton, Horsham, Rugby, Dunstable, Fenstanton, Birmingham, Bromsgrove and Redditch.
Although numbers continue to go down, the writer’s opinion is that insufficient media attention to the event leaves very much to be desired or does the marketing of tourism by the local council get called in to question. Compared to the early days of Heritage Open Days publicity that the writer has recorded, there is such a minimal media presentation we can expect a levelling out from here on in.
The Restoration Trust plans to continue with Saturday/Sunday opening in 2018 but a few more volunteers from the church would not go amiss, particularly on the full time recording process.
John Kightley MBE Director/Secretary to the Trust.