British Prime Minister appeared on American television and was asked a
question about the Magna Carta. The TV host thought he was asking an easy
question because every American school child learns about this and the
audience is surprised by David Cameron’s hesitation. American children
learn about this because Magna Carta is seen as the basis of their
Constitution and Civil Rights.
hope that when on June 15th 2015
we celebrate 800 years of the sealing of Magna Carta at Runnymede (in the
parish of Wraysbury) everyone in the United Kingdom will know as much
about Magna Carta as people in the Commonwealth and the United States.
for the celebration is already underway in Wraysbury, as a wall hanging is
being embroidered showing King John and the shields of the Barons and the
Archbishop of Canterbury, Stephen Langton, who acted as an intermediary.
In addition, Dennis Pitt is producing a booklet which we hope to
distribute throughout the village.
already have a series of activities planned for 2015, focussing on the
week before the 15th June 2015. We intend to hold an
archery contest challenging the Charter Boroughs and towns associated with
We also want to hold a
schools’ day during the week and we propose to hold an event in the
village hall on the Thursday evening with readings and music. We intend to
make the Village Fair a medieval fair with a pageant which takes place
throughout the village and on the Sunday we aim to have a peal of bells
rung and a Songs of Praise.
want everyone in the village to be involved, with every village
organization mentioning Magna Carta during their meetings and holding a
related event in 2015. We also aim to decorate the village and hold a
are starting to link with other places and we intend that the Royal
Borough will join fully in the celebration. We have been in touch with the
village of Walkern in Hertfordshire, whose history society are coming to
visit in July 2013.
have the tomb in their Parish Church of a Baron of Lanvalei, one of the
guarantors of the Charter. We also have contacts with Odiham where plans
for the celebration are well underway.
had a central place in one of the most important events in British
history. We have an obligation to ensure that we celebrate Magna Carta in
year marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War which
broke out in 1914 and those soldiers, sailors and airmen who gave their
lives from this village in both World Wars were fighting to maintain the
values of the Rule of Law as set out 800 years ago in this Parish.
have a stall at Wraysbury Fair on 15th June
and the next meeting is planned for 20th June
in Wraysbury Village Hall at 7 pm.
do get in touch if you wish to help.
Lenton firstname.lastname@example.org 01784 482001
(Vice Chairman of Wraysbury Parish Council and Chairman
of the Wraysbury Celebration of Magna Carta Committee)