As explained elsewhere in the Restoration Story, the trustees are extremely grateful to the various military organisations and military bands for their huge contributions to Holy Sepulchre through finance, secretariat and military presence at major church events.
Just some of the major benefits brought to this world famous building are the provision of the Upper Level disability door, numerous and considerable financial contributions to “The Soldiers’ Chapel” conservation and the immense soldier turnouts that have accompanied the numerous royal visits down the years since 1982.
Some tens of thousands of pounds have been raised from 21 military band concerts alone.
A photographic catalogue of those connections are shown here out of a collection of hundreds of exclusives. An impressive twenty new chairs, each with a brass plaque attachment ( ten are dedicated to those who made the Ultimate Sacrifice ) proudly colour match the Northamptonshire Colours sealed cabinets reminding of those dark days of the early wars. Newly added to the chapel is the Old Regimental Colour of The 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, presented to Holy Sepulchre for safe keeping and display following a parade of 100 soldiers of The Royal Anglian Regiment and accompanied by The Band of the Irish Guards. See the write up and photographs below. Keeping watch over this special place is the Book of Remembrance listing the sacrifice of 6040 soldiers from this area who gave their lives in the two Great Wars that we should have our freedom.
A single Poppy from The Tower of London display 2014 proudly recognises just one of the entries in the book.
AT HOLY SEPULCHRE CHURCH in Sheep Street, Northampton there is a long standing military tradition stretching back over the centuries. Effort has always been made to assist enquiries from (mainly) relatives of former members of the Northamptonshire and Rutland Militia. Any one wishing to enquire of a military relative please contact David Parish MBE on 01604 846 047
Serving Soldiers at Chapel Rededication
Old Soldiers at a regimental service
We Will Remember Them
Battle Colour of the Northamptonshire Regiment
HRH Prince Richard Duke of Gloucester on his visit to approve the completion of the Restoration programme of nearly 30yrs.
Awaiting the arrival of
Their Royal Highnesses
The Prince and Princess of Wales for the official opening of the Flower and Costume festival
‘By Royal Appointment’. ……..
…....Thursday 8th June 1989 for the 800th Charter Anniversary celebrations of the Granting of Northamptons first charter.
OCCASION OF THE LAYING UP CEREMONY
SATURDAY 30th JULY 2016 at 1400hrs.
Co-operation between the Parochial Church Council and Holy Sepulchre Restoration Trust resulted in a magnificent and colourful military day whereby around one hundred soldiers of The Royal Anglian Regiment, accompanied by The Band of the Irish Guards, paraded around Northampton Town centre prior to marching to The Church of the Holy Sepulchre 1100AD in Sheep Street.
Months earlier, chairman of the Trust, Major David Williams MBE. JP. attended the presentation of a new Colour to the Royal Anglians and made representation to the regiment for the old laid up Colour to find a final resting place in The Soldiers’ Chapel at Holy Sepulchre…a suggestion that eventually came to fruition on the above date.
The photographs that follow illustrate the glorious occasion for thousands of onlookers in the sunshine, that witnessed the parade of the old 2nd Battalion Regimental Colour through the county town of Northampton to it’s final resting place at a special service conducted by The Vicar, The Rev’d Michael Hills BA and attended by all of the soldiers, invited dignitaries and with an ensemble of the band accompanying the singing of well known hymns. The address was given by The Rev’d Roy Burley, Chaplain 2 Royal Anglian Regiment.
Holy Sepulchre Church, Forces Church for Northamptonshire, is home to many military memorials and stained glass windows. The Soldiers’ Chapel has undergone a £40,000 conservation programme funded jointly by Holy Sepulchre Restoration Trust, The Northamptonshire Regiment Association and supportive individuals.
Visiting times, tours of the church contacts etc., and more information can be found throughout this web site.