Event Reports and Forthcoming Events for 2019
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 over 170 band concerts the contributions of the group stands at over £645000 . At the present 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
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.
THE NEXT PLANNED CONCERT
LAST NIGHT of the PROMS
SATURDAY 28th SEPTEMBER 2019
Reception at 6.30pm
Performance at 7.30pm.
NORTHAMPTON CONCERT BAND
All admissions £11.00.
Booking is open on
01604 754 782
Or By post to
22 Lyncrest Avenue, Northampton .NN5 5PE
Cheques payable to Holy Sepulchre Restoration Trust
Please enclose a stamped addressed envelope
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“We Will Remember Them” & Act of Remembrance
Saturday 10th November 2018.
Since the formation of Holy Sepulchre Restoration Trust in the year 1982 it has been a regular feature of the fund raising concerts to have a Remembrance event at The Forces Church for Northamptonshire nearly every year at the time of Armistice. One only has to look around the church to realise the immense number of memorials to those who have made the Ultimate Sacrifice during the Great Wars. The Book of Remembrance in “The Soldiers’ Chapel” holds evidence to over 6000 of the Northamptonshire Regiment soldiers who lost their lives in combat, accident and disease.
With the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice being carefully remembered all around the UK it was fitting that we should not be left out thus the engagement of Northampton Concert Band on the occasion of it’s 50th concert appearance for the Trust as above.
Co-operation with the band has always been first class and we do appreciate the effort made to find within the band library as much of the music of the times of the wars to play for our attending patrons. Memories were prompted of all the regular music down the years on radio that enlivened the lives of so many at home always waiting for news from the battle front about loved ones.
All the 2018 concerts this year have been fronted by a reception prior to the band performances where friends could meet up and enjoy pre-performance refreshments superbly prepared by John Willis and friends. The feedback has been so very encouraging that we plan to continue into the future.
We have been indebted this year to Padre’ Stephen Trott for carrying through the Act of Remembrance whilst W.O. David Parish MBE, David’s Grandson Air Cadet Flt. Sgt. James May, Piper Alan McIlravie, Royal British Legion Standard Bearer Steve Corcoran together contributed to the Remembrance. A wreath was laid at the High Altar by James whilst Piper Alan played Abide With Me.
The band played out the concert with Nimrod, Pomp & Circumstance March No 4 and the National Anthem following the final blessing by Padre’ Stephen.
May those who made the Ultimate Sacrifice Rest in Peace as we enjoy the freedom that they fought so hard for.
John Kightley MBE
The three crowd photographs are
Courtesy of Northants WW1 Book