Magna Carta Fair
On Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 June 2015 Walkern celebrated their Magna Carta link in style! See below for our photo gallery.
It began with a costumed procession on Saturday morning from the White Lion through the medieval lanes of Walkern to St Mary’s church where the embroidered tabard, great helm and new flag were dedicated during an emotional service.
The procession then headed off through the beautiful countryside to Walkern Hall where our Magna Carta Fair was in full swing.
The fair was a weekend of 13th century fun, featuring Walkern’s Company de Lanvalei longbow demonstrations and have-a-go at archery, falconry displays by Raphael Falconry, music by Hautbois, battle re-enactments and siege engine demonstrations with Conquest Norman Living History and Re-enactment, and the hilarious Knight School for children courtesy of Griffin Historical.
The Walkern Players and St Mary’s church choir presented an unforgettable entertainment entitled King John and Magna Carta – with King John being played with relish by our District and County Councillor, Ken Crofton.
Before the play we were addressed by Frances Button, Chair of Hertfordshire County Council (on the Saturday), and Jonathan Trower, High Sheriff of Hertfordshire (Sunday), and our thanks go out to them both.
At noon on Saturday nine of us were invested as Aymeric Knights and Dames of the Grand Order of Knights Templar of England. Many thanks indeed to Grand Prior Chevalier Paul Grant, Grand Chaplain Graham St.John-Willy and Chevalier Danny Gill for their roles in this and the church service.
The highlight of the Sunday was the signing of the twinning charter between Walkern and Lanvallay, the village in Brittany from where William de Lanvalei’s family originated. A huge thank you to those in Walkern who opened their doors to look after 28 people from Lanvallay.
Children who attended in costume were presented with sweets and medals by Knights Templar Grand Prior Paul Grant, Lanvallay Mayor Bruno Ricard, and Walkern’s own Carolyn Gardner.
Villagers roamed among the stalls, looking at traditional crafts, relaxing and enjoying food and beer
Here is our gallery of photos with many thanks to Peter Ravilious, John Harlow, Andrew Lilly, Roy Wareham, Heidi Broady and John Pink. If you have photos of the event please send them to Janet (firstname.lastname@example.org) for inclusion in our souvenir book and calendar.