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Raising awareness of the history of our town

A week of activities to engage school children and staff with their local heritage and raise awareness of the Charters and their importance to the town’s heritage.

School History Week 20–24 May

Higham Ferrers Junior School will have a dedicated History Week in May with Year 6 focussing on the Town Charters and Years 3–5 investigating other history related projects.

Working closely with staff at Higham Ferrers Junior School, volunteers are busy preparing activities for the Charter Week to engage children and staff with their local heritage and raise awareness of the Charters and their importance to the town’s heritage

A teacher training day in April is dedicated to Town Tours for staff in preparation for local history studies and the celebration of the Town Charters.

St. Mary's Church, Chantry Chapel, Bede House and Wardyn Cross – Image courtesy of Doreen Holyoake

What will the Year 6 pupils do?

Monday morning begins with a tour of the town’s historical treasures, with a focus on those related to the Town Charters.

Throughout the week, the pupils will engage in exciting activities:

  • starring in a film on the Charters of Higham Ferrers to be premiered on the Charter Celebration Day
  • producing a souvenir booklet to be given to every Year 6 student when they leave at the end of the summer term
  • creating scarecrows of characters from the 1251 Charter
  • painting, drawing or creating models of castles.

The History Week finishes on Friday with a visit to Chichele College to view the Charter Exhibition and enjoy the display of castles – the winning entries of the annual Art Competition sponsored by Colemans Craft Warehouse.

The pupils will bring their scarecrow creations, based on named characters of freed men and women from the 1251 Charter, to proudly exhibit for public voting at the Chichele Garden Fair on Saturday 25 May.

Wonderful scarecrows from 2018

Roman soldier


Queen Elizabeth I

Queen Victoria

Community groups working closely with local schools

The Higham Ferrers Tourism, Business and Community Partnership has always taken pride in nurturing children’s love of the town.

Many begin their introduction to the rich heritage of Higham Ferrers through the venue of our Santa’s Grotto; formerly in the Chantry Chapel and now Chichele College.

Lots of our teenage Duke of Edinburgh Award volunteers exclaim that they remember coming to see Santa at the venue they now help at!

Buildings of Higham Ferrers Art Competition 2018

Chichele Garden Fair

Our Chichele Garden Fair includes activities for children with locally sponsored Art Competitions for all children and young people, and the creation of Scarecrows for public voting.

Nicholas Warliker and helpers planting a meadow grass border

Chichele Garden

Children have been involved in the planting of the medieval-style Chichele Garden since its inception.

Higham Ferrers Archaeological Research Society (HiFARS) display

Chichele Society Exhibition

Last year, all the pupils of the Higham Ferrers Junior School visited the Heritage Exhibition at Chichele College staged by The Chichele Society – the local history group in Higham Ferrers.

Higham Tourism working in partnership with St. Mary’s Church, the Higham Chichele Society, Higham Ferrers Archaeological Research Society and the Bedesmen, has helped Junior School children and young people to explore the rich heritage of their town.

Whether through Town Tours of the treasures of Higham, assemblies, class presentations or working towards making the church yard more beautiful by planting spring-flowering bulbs.

Duke of Edinburgh Award students from The Ferrers School planting bulbs to raise funds for the Friends of St. Mary's