Magnificent Magna Carta!

In 2013, Castle Hedingham Parish Council decided that they would use the 800th Anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta by King John at Runnymede to publicise the part the village played in the events of 1215.  This was largely through the contribution of Baron Robert de Vere, Earl of Oxford, who lived at Hedingham Castle and was one of the 25 “rebel” barons. A committee was therefore formed to discuss how best to celebrate the very special part the village has played in history.

It was quickly decided that as far as possible everybody in the locality would have access to whatever was organised and that both schools linked to the village should be involved in some way. De Vere Primary School would participate in a pageant which was to be performed in school and also at a whole village mediaeval picnic which would take place at Hedingham Castle, by kind permission of the owners, during the summer of 2015.

Miles Scrivens, Chairman of the Governors at Hedingham School, commented, ’We realised that something more challenging would be needed for the older students at Hedingham School and, as one of our objectives was a permanent sign to inform both villagers and visitors about Magna Carta, we thought a ‘Design Challenge’ for Year 10 students would be a good idea.’  Design and Technology teacher, Miss Chloe Eaves, took up the challenge and between September 2014 and June 2015 her Year 10 group of students produced a range of innovative designs for the board. The design by Megan Jones and Lucy Mays was chosen and detailed editing and final production work was undertaken with the Reprographics Department of the School.  Lucy who lives in Great Yeldham said, ‘It was a lot of hard work over many months to come up with the final design, but the effort was worth it!’

In the meantime the Committee had selected, purchased and installed the notice board that the final vinyl would be fixed to on the small Green at the top end of the village. The Board was installed in March 2016 in pleasant spring weather, but not unveiled officially until the drenching April showers fell upon us! Sixteen year old Megan commented, ‘It was really exciting to see our work finally in place even if it was in a torrential downpour!!’  The board was funded by the Magna Carta 800 Committee and is now in place to inform everyone what a special village Castle Hedingham is.