The summer of 2015 will be the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta, an important part of our nation’s story and our local history.
The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead is planning a programme of activities and events to celebrate the momentous anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta on the banks of the River Thames on the 15th June 1215. Just under 800 years ago, a group of the Barons of England called King John to account and forced the first recorded admission that no one was above the law of the land. In sealing the Magna Carta, the King granted several freedoms and liberties that became the foundation stones of modern law and democracy in Britain and around the world.
An invitation to local businesses, generous local citizens to sponsor
We are inviting sponsorship from local businesses for the pinnacle of the programme – a spectacular river relay full of colour, pageantry and using historic and replica rowed craft, including HM the Queen’s Row Barge, Gloriana.
The Gloriana – which led HM The Queen’s river procession for her diamond jubilee – will be the flagship in the Magna Carta 800th – The River Relay in June. The Queen’s Row Barge will be the jewel in a flotilla of about 200 craft of all shapes and sizes in a ‘spectacular’ river event which will be the highlight of the Royal Borough’s 800th anniversary celebrations.
Gently down the River Thames
The flotilla will run from Hurley along the river through Cookham, Maidenhead, Bray and Windsor over two days, Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 June, until it reaches Runnymede Pleasure Grounds where our delivery partners Thames Alive and Past Pleasures will stage a re-enactment of the historic events. Our core funding partners, Runnymede and Spelthorne Borough Councils, will also participate in the relay which will provide opportunities for local community groups, business teams and young people’s organisations to learn about the historic significance of the events 800 years ago.
A copy of the Magna Carta will be transported downstream, along with ‘King John’ and ‘barons’, and playlets will be acted out at seven locations along the route, telling the story of the writing of the document. Water event experts, Thames Alive, will curate and manage the relay. As they produced parts of both the Thames Diamond Jubilee River Pageant and the Olympic Torch Relay it is sure to be a wonderful event.
The river bank will be alive with local people and visitors, many from far-off lands that used the Magna Carta for the foundations of their nation way back in history. Local community groups, supported by local landowners, will come together and make some fun-fuelled arrangements for a weekend to remember!
An opportunity to be seen to engage with the local community, internationally!
Because the row boats cannot be hurried, sponsoring the flotilla offers a unique and very effective way of getting your brand associated positively with the local community and also the International viewers.
While here in the UK many may take Magna Carta for granted, around the world it is a very different story. TV companies from across the globe will be interested to share coverage with their viewers, making this a great media event and one not to be missed.
How can you get involved?
Any significant sponsorship agreement will be worked out through discussion of what is possible and in keeping with the event.
All major sponsors will be invited to a private reception for the participants, boat owners and VIP guests at an exclusive venue on the evening of Friday 12 June or at its overnight location on Saturday 13 June to help ‘launch’ the flotilla or celebrate its reaching half-way.
There are three ways you can get involved:
You can visit www.magnacartaflotilla.co.uk and select a level of sponsorship that is in keeping with your needs. From a simple supporter’s wrist band at £20 to Title Sponsor at £15,000, there is something for every budget.
To advertise in Magna Carta 800th – The River Relay Souvenir Brochure please contact Julia.White@rbwm.gov.uk
Alternatively, if you’d rather keep things simple and anonymous then please forward a cheque payable to “The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead” and post to Mark Taylor, Head of Libraries, Arts & Heritage at Maidenhead Library, St Ives Road, Maidenhead. SL6 1QU.
If you would prefer to talk to someone, please call Jon Davey on 07717 820823.