Naseby Battlefield Project 2014

January 2, 2015 in News by Karen Everett

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

Visitor Guide

October 8, 2014 in News by Karen Everett

Mike Ingram (trustee) is an historian, author and professional battlefield guide. He has a Masters Degree in History from the University of Birmingham. He has written a number of books and articles on military history. He is qualified to teach adult education and runs courses on history, including the English Civil War, as well as giving talks and lectures throughout the UK.

As a Battlefield Guide he takes groups of up to 100 people around English and European battlefields, both for commercial tours and the Armed Forces for up to a week at a time.

He is the Northampton representative for the Battlefields Trust and Chair of the Northampton Battlefields Society and, as such, has been instrumental in successfully fighting off numerous attempts to build on the 1460 battlefield.

Even before Mike joined the Naseby Battlefeield Project as a trustee, he had been giving talks to a wide range of groups for them, including the Rockingham Castle guides and Harborough History Society.

He has also been taking all our battlefield tours for groups for some time now, including 16 Ely tour guides and several private groups, as well as bringing his own students around the battlefield.

Mike Ingram, Trustee of the Naseby Battlefield Project

Contact Mike for full details of walks and talks.

Mikeingram2000@yahoo.co.uk

 

Charity dinner at Althorp raises £6,000 for The Naseby Battlefield Project

September 20, 2014 in News by Karen Everett

Althorp

Lord Hazlerigg, Patron of the Naseby Battlefield Project, hosted the evening on September 12 that was attended by more than 100 distinguished guests from around the county.

Lord Hazlerigg said: “Thanks to the generosity of Lord and Lady Spencer allowing The Naseby Battlefield Project to invite 120 guests to dinner at

Althorp we have managed to raise over £6,000 for the charity.

“This will help us to continue to raise awareness of the Battle of Naseby as one of the most important battles fought on British soil that formed the constitution of the Parliament we have today.”

Earl Spencer, joint Patron of the Naseby Battlefield Project, who donated the use of Althorp for this particular event, said the Battle of Naseby was “the most important battle fought on English soil in over 900 years.”

He said: “It saw the end of the Royalist army as a fighting force, and helped to bring forward the cause of democracy as we know it today.

“I think it’s a national disgrace that we don’t have a memorial there, at Naseby, to remind people of this great moment in our history.

“In America they have stunning facilities at Gettysburg – the key battle in their civil war – which is visited by 1.8 million people per year. I’m delighted to give Althorp as a venue for the Naseby Battlefield Trust, so they can continue their campaign for an appropriate memorial to be in place – whether that be in Naseby church, or – one day – something altogether more dramatic.”

Charles, ninth Earl Spencer, released his new book, Killers of The King, published by Bloomsbury on September 11. The book tells the stories of the men who signed the death warrant of Charles I, a Spencer ancestor.

Fundraising Dinner at Althorp

August 14, 2014 in Uncategorized by Karen Everett

dinner

Battlefield Tour – August 3rd

August 14, 2014 in Uncategorized by Karen Everett

We had a great day exploring the battlefield today, looking at everything

  • from why the battle was fought where it was,
  • how the battle developed,
  • the deployments
  • and tactics to the landscape and how it affected the outcome.

If you missed it and want to come we will be doing it all again on 7 Sept.

Book your place early to avoid disappointment!

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Lord Arthur Hazlerigg becomes new chairman of NBP

August 12, 2014 in Uncategorized by Karen Everett

Naseby Battlefield Project are delighted to announce that a new chairman has been elected to succeed outgoing chairman Jenny Tarry. Lord Arthur Hazlerigg has offered to step in and take over the helm to direct the project forward. Previously one of our long standing patrons, he has taken a more active role in the last 12 months and has offered his full support in the charities efforts to deliver a successful bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund to fund a visitor centre and museum in Naseby Church and help develop the battlefield trail.

‘Naseby Lion’ Book Released by Family of Founding Trustee

August 12, 2014 in Uncategorized by Karen Everett

Founding Trustee Mike Westaway who sadly passed away in 2009 wrote a book on  village life in Naseby in the early 20th century and the lives of all the first and second world war veterans who died in both campaigns. Due to the hard work of Mikes family, Tim Westaway, Luke Westaway, Maddie Wright, and Naseby Battlefield Project Trustee Scott Westaway and Secretary Joan Beretta the book has now been released for general sale. The first edition book has been issued in a commemorative hard back format to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of WW1.