Naseby Battlefield Project 2014

A very happy and prosperous New Year to all our friends and supporters. Thank you to all of you who have helped during the last year, especially the people of Naseby and the surrounding villages.

Over the last twelve months we have gone from strength to strength. The HLF grant application for our project to build a Naseby Battlefield Visitor Centre in Naseby Church is progressing well. We hope to have the feasibility study completed by February 2015 and the full application in by August 2015. We propose to conduct a visitor experience survey for the project on the NBP website and Facebook. We would much appreciate you completing the survey. The purpose of the survey is to understand what the public would gain from coming to a visitor centre, and also how the residents of Naseby would benefit from a Church with better facilities, which would include a new and improved heating system, loos and a kitchen. A much more versatile space would be created that would lend itself to concerts, plays and talks while still be a place to worship.

During the summer we held a very successful dinner at Althorp by kind invitation of The Earl and Countess Spencer, who generously gave us a delicious dinner and excellent wines. The evening raised over £6000. 120 guests attended all of whom enjoyed hearing Lord Spencer speak about his new book “Killers of the King”, an excellent read that I highly recommend. If you don’t already have a copy please buy one from our website. Lord Spencer has donated £5 to NBP for each copy bought from the site.

Please take a look at our new website (www.naseby.com) and let me know if you have any constructive comments where it can be improved or altered. The audio tour of the battlefield is being entered on the site soon.

This year is the 370th anniversary of the Battle of Naseby. We thought it would be a wonderful opportunity to hold a re-enactment of the Battle of Naseby for everyone to enjoy over the weekend. On Sunday 14th June 2015, the Sealed Knot will be staging the battle scene and NBP will be putting on a party in the Village Hall on the Saturday night with live music, food and drink. Please put the date in the diary and come along to support us. Keep looking at the website for an update on this.

Thank you again for all your support and we hope to see you on 14 June, at one of our events or a battlefield tour during 2015.

Arthur Hazlerigg
Chairman of Naseby Battlefield Project