magna carta

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ROUND UP: Surrey orchestra to perform at National Paralympic Day; Fire station opening doors to public

Surrey orchestra to perform at National Paralympic Day          A group of young Surrey musicians have been chosen to play at the National Paralympic Day and Liberty Festival next month. The Up! Orchestra, which is made up of children and young people with special needs or disabilities and is supported by Surrey County … Continue reading

ROUND UP: Surrey Fire and Rescue opens doors to public; Magna Carta-themed show proves Surrey schools have talent; Budding authors get chance to learn how to self-publish

Surrey Fire and Rescue opens doors to public Surrey Fire and Rescue Service will showcase state-of-the-art vehicles and equipment at an open day on Saturday 18 July. Members of the public are invited to the service’s Reigate HQ between 10am and 4pm to find out more about the work of firefighters and a range of … Continue reading

IN PICTURES: Magna Carta 800th anniversary celebration

Fish weirs, Doctor Who and Fort Knox – things you didn’t know about Magna Carta

In the last in a series of videos celebrating 800 years of Magna Carta, TV historian David Starkey reveals that a host of US states still include the historic document in their constitution – including a reference to fish weirs on the Medway and Thames – while other fascinating facts linked to the charter feature Fort Knox … Continue reading

Surrey library book turns up nearly 4,000 miles away in America

A book that vanished from a Surrey library has turned up nearly 4,000 miles away in an American city. John Van Der Kiste and Nicola Sly’s More Cornish Murders was last seen at Surrey County Council’s Dittons Library five years ago. Now the true crime book has resurfaced at Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. … Continue reading

ROUND UP: BBC historian to give Magna Carta talk; Nominate your unsung hero; Learn new digital skills at Guildford Library

BBC historian to give Magna Carta talk Historian Dr Nick Barratt, who has made regular appearances on BBC’s ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’, will give a talk in Surrey on the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta. The ‘1215 And All That’ talk takes place at Surrey History Centre, Woking, on Saturday … Continue reading

Plan ahead for royal event to mark Magna Carta anniversary

With preparations for the Queen’s visit to Runnymede to mark Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary in full swing, residents and businesses are being urged to plan ahead. The Queen will be joined at the site where the charter was sealed in 1215 by dignitaries including The Duke of Cambridge and The Princess Royal and the job of setting … Continue reading

IN PICTURES: Surrey singers celebrate Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary with Royal Albert Hall performance

Go to to download the pictures   More than 1,000 Surrey singers and an audience of around 3,000 celebrated 800 years of Magna Carta history at a performance of The Freedom Game opera at the Royal Albert Hall last night before Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex.

Surrey singers aged seven to 70 to perform at Royal Albert Hall

More than 1,000 Surrey singers aged from seven to 70 have come together to mark Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary before royalty at one of the world’s most iconic concert venues. Schoolchildren, youth groups and choirs have been busy rehearsing for a performance of The Freedom Game at at the Royal Albert Hall next Tuesday (12 May) … Continue reading

VIDEO: David Starkey on why ‘boggy’ Runnymede was chosen as Magna Carta site

As England marks St George’s day, TV historian David Starkey has revealed that the site where the Magna Carta was sealed at Runnymede was chosen because it was a muddy bog that prevented a battle between the king and the barons erupting. Dr Starkey, whose interview on Radio 4 this morning about the historic document upset Today programme … Continue reading

The Queen to attend Magna Carta 800th anniversary event

Her Majesty The Queen will mark the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta at the site in Runnymede where the historic document was sealed. Accompanied by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, Her Majesty will attend a commemoration event at Runnymede Meadows on 15 June. The Duke of Cambridge, The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir … Continue reading

Leader David Hodge interviewed about Magna Carta pledge

BBC Surrey presenter Mark Carter talks to leader David Hodge about Surrey County Council’s pledge to contribute £5 million towards a planned visitor centre in Runnymede ahead of the Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary celebrations in 2015. Audio courtesy of BBC Surrey.

Surrey calls for Magna Carta to return home

A call has been made for the Magna Carta to return home to Surrey for its 800th anniversary celebrations. It would mean every child could see the historic document that forms the basis of modern democracy at the site in Runnymede where it was sealed. Surrey County Council’s appeal comes after it was revealed children … Continue reading


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