A recent questionnaire giving people the opportunity to make suggestions regarding the types of Magna Carta-related activities/events they would like to see locally has found that a re-enactment was the most popular suggestion for a local event.
The most popular suggested categories were:
• re-enactment (22 people)
• general children’s activities (21 people)
• medieval festival (20 people)
• pageant (14 people)
• river activities (11 people)
• and music concert (10 people)
With regards to a possible new Magna Carta Visitors’ Centre, 94 out of 109 people would like to see a new centre on the concrete area of Runnymede Pleasure Grounds if it could be funded using minimal public funding. Similarly, 99 out of 110 people would be interested to visit a new Magna Carta Visitors’ Centre.
Paul Turrell, Chief Executive of Runnymede Borough Council, said: “Local people have provided some great ideas for the celebrations. We are now hoping to take forward as many of these ideas as possible. Through working in partnership with other organisations, such as Magna Carta Trust, Surrey County Council, American Bar Association and the National Trust, we hope we can secure the required funding to fittingly mark this very special occasion in 2015. It was also very encouraging to hear that once again around 9 out of 10 people are in favour of a Magna Carta Visitors’ Centre which we are still hoping to deliver as a legacy of the anniversary.”
Runnymede Borough Council and the National Trust provided the opportunity for people to have their say through questionnaires being made available at the Egham Royal Show and Chertsey Show as well as on-line.
The full results are available on-line at www.runnymede.gov.uk/mcconsultation
For further information, please contact Sarah Walsh on 01932 425693 or at firstname.lastname@example.org