ODIHAM MAGNA CARTA
EMBROIDERY DESIGN UNVEILED
A magnificent embroidery showing key events in Odihamís rich history will be
the centrepiece of the villageís Magna Carta 800th celebrations.
The embroidery design was launched in March in the Cross Barn. It has been
designed by local artist Mary Turner.
Among the many scenes Mary has incorporated into the design are:
King John and the barons setting out for
Windsor and Runnymede
Visits to Odiham by both Queen Elizabeth
I and II
Founding of the veterinary profession in
French prisoners held on parole during
the Napoleonic war
The panel will be stitched by around 70
volunteers from the local community and will take 18 months to complete.
Stitchers of all abilities are already working hard on sections of the
When complete, it will be framed and unveiled at the Odiham Magna Carta
Festival on 23 May 2015 before going on public display in the village.
John Champion, chairman of The Odiham Society, which is leading the 800th
anniversary celebrations, said:
ĎThe panel reflects the history of England as it was played out in this
historic parish. This is very much a community project which will bring the
heritage of the Parish of Odiham alive for residents and visitors, young and
King Johnís connection with the village began when he built Odiham Castle as
a convenient and secure stopping place where he could also indulge his
passion for hunting in Odihamís Royal Deer Park.
He rode out from the castle to Windsor on 10th June 1215, meeting baronial
leaders on the water meadows of Runnymede and probably affixing his seal to
the Articles of Barons on the same day.
This document formed the basis for Magna Carta, key clauses of which
concerning liberty and justice have been adopted around the world.
Considerable research and planning has already gone into the project to
ensure authenticity of design and materials. It will be stitched in
traditional materials and techniques that have been recommended by the Royal
School of Needlework at Hampton Court and the National Needlework Archive in
The panel has been divided into individual parts that are being worked on
separately by volunteer stitchers from the village. Stitchers have been
divided into mixed ability groups led by an experienced embroiderer. The
hope is that they will encourage and inspire each other. Once completed, all
the parts will be stitched on to the main canvas to complete the design.
Magna Carta weekend
A weekend of festivities to mark this historic anniversary is planned for
2015. Activities will include:
Choral concert at All Saints Church,
featuring the first performance of a Magna Carta anthem
Archery competition in the Chalk Pit
Heritage talks and guided walks
Medieval Market in the Bury
Re-enactment of medieval life at Odiham
Canal boat rally at Odiham Wharf
Clog and Morris festival.
The celebrations will involve the entire
community, local organisations and schools and visitors will be most welcome
to join in, learn and enjoy.
The Odiham Magna Carta Festival Weekend is a community project led by The