Tea party marks historic anniversary
LOCAL schoolchildren joined the Mayor of Wellingborough, Cllr Barry Graves, to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta.
Cllr Graves hosted a tea party on Monday in the mayor’s parlour as part of parliament’s LiberTeas initiative. He was joined by three Year 9 pupils from Wrenn School who had produced their own Magna Carta project books.
Magna Carta, which was agreed on 15 June 1215, was the first document to put into writing that the King and his Government were not above the law.
Cllr Graves said: “Magna Carta laid down the basis for law and democracy, and became the foundation stone of liberties enjoyed by hundreds of millions of people in more than 100 countries around the world. It established the principle that no-one is above the law and it paved the way for trial by jury. To many people, it is seen as the beginning of freedoms that, through hundreds of years of development, now manifests as the considerable rights we have today.
“The young people’s projects were excellent and they had put so much work and research into them, and showed a real understanding of the subject. They should be incredibly proud. I really enjoyed talking with them and hearing all about what they had been learning.”
Daniel Baxby, deputy headteacher at Wrenn School, said: “Although this document was signed 800 years ago, it is important that we revisit the reason for its existence and its appropriateness to life in the 21st century. Many of the themes about liberty, the right to own property and trial by peers are valid today, especially when some countries are in the grasp of conflict about the protection of these ideals.
“This type of investigation placed our students outside of their normal comfort zone and was an ideal way to encourage them to develop their own skills.”
The Mayor and Mayoress were joined by the pupils and their teachers, as well as several Wellingborough councillors. After the tea party, the children presented their projects in the council chamber.
Pictured above – REVISITING 1215: With the mayor, from left, are Kallam Howley, Connor Sayles and Kelsea Goodall.