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Come to Walkern’s latest Magna Carta event, taking place next Saturday 7th March from 2pm at the newly restored United Reformed Church.

As part of our Magna Carta celebrations, volunteers are creating an elaborately embroidered ‘medieval tabard’ which will eventually be on display near the effigy of our Magna Carta baron, William de Lanvalei, at St Mary’s Church.

The volunteers are being taught embroidery and goldwork, and on Saturday will be showing what they have done so far, and explain how the tabard will be constructed. There will also be a display of Magna Carta costumes, also made within the village.

The church is located in the High Street at the north of the village (postcode SG2 7NT) Opposite the dovecote and almost at the corner with Church Lane.


WHS 2015 Calendar, Christmas Cards, and much more!

December 3, 2014

Walkern History Society 2015 Calendars are now available through the WHS shop, at Walkern events and at Walkern Gallery and Brewery Tearooms. Come and see us at the Christmas Tree Festival at St Mary’s on Friday 5th Dec 7-9pm (cheese and wine, ticket £6), and Saturday 6th Dec 12-4pm (free entry). The calendar shows the […]

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Photos of last week’s WHS meeting

November 2, 2014

Click the photo below for our gallery of last week’s first annual Magna Carta talk, this year by Revd Dr Graham St John Willey, the Grand Chaplain of the Knights Templar of England. Graham talked on Magna Carta, the history of the Knights Templar and their involvement in Magna Carta through Aymeric the Grand Master […]

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Magna Carta Concert at Walkern Hall

October 19, 2014

Walkern Hall’s Magna Carta fundraising concert began at 6.30pm on Friday 17th October 2014 with a champagne and canape reception welcoming 60 guests to Walkern Hall.  Two stars of the world of classical music, soprano Carolyn Sampson and pianist Julius Drake, who both kindly donated their performance to raise funds for our Magna Carta project, […]

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Ballot to see the four 1215 Magna Carta copies

October 8, 2014

Click below to enter a ballot to see the four surviving, original copies of Magna Carta gathered together in one place for the first time. The British Library are giving 1215 people the chance to visit the exhibition on 3 February 2015. See this BBC link for more information… http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-29516981 …and click here to enter […]

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Photos of Company de Lanvalei in their winter venue…

October 2, 2014

The WHS traditional longbow archers, Company de Lanvalei, now have the privilege of holding practice sessions in a Walkern grainstore – we are immensely grateful to the owners for giving their permission. Click below for the Company de Lanvalei photo gallery…

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Photos from ‘What a War!’

September 29, 2014

On 27th September 2014 the newly formed Walkern Players, under the inspirational guidance of Keith Pitts, staged their first production, What a War! an Old Tyme Music Hall extravaganza of songs, monologues and sketches from the First World War. The production helped raise funds for Walkern’s Magna Carta 800th celebrations and Friends of St Mary’s […]

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Company de Lanvalei at Gunpowder Mills – Well done Roy!!!

September 23, 2014

Members of Walkern History Society’s longbow archery group, Company de Lanvalei, entered a prize-winning competition at the Fayre Times Festival last weekend. Congratulations to all who went through to the third round, and especially to Roy who won 3rd prize (£250)! This was the first outing for the new Company livery coats, so beautifully crafted […]

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WHS wins £30K Heritage Lottery Funding!!!

September 13, 2014

Walkern, the only village in Hertfordshire with a Magna Carta baron, has been successful in it’s bid for £29,700 from Heritage Lottery Fund. The Walkern Magna Carta 800th project, for which the village has raised an extra £10,000, is a community project run by the history society, and encompasses two years of events and activities […]

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WHS 2015 Calendar Competition

September 8, 2014

‘Walkern in Bloom’ Free Entry and a prize of £20 for best photo! Photos should reflect the seasonal changes within the boundaries of Walkern parish if possible. Landscape colour photo up to 1Mb Print photos are acceptable from A6 to A4 Entrants may submit any number of images Each entry must have its own entry […]

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