Bringing history to life through celebratory Saxon Fair

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This weekend sees the history of Towcester brought to life with the Towcester 917 Saxon Fair, supported by South Northamptonshire Council (SNC).

Towcester 917 is a series of events taking place in the town to celebrate the 1100th anniversary of Towcester becoming a modern town in the year 917.

The Saxon Fair will include arts and crafts demonstrations such as weaving, coinage and leather work as well as battles, birds of prey, music, archery and lots more. It will be running from 10am until 5pm on Sunday, 23 July in the Tove Parkland off Northampton Road and admission is free.

As part of the celebrations, Towcester Studio band will be playing an integral part in this year long series of events, having been asked to commission a composer to write a brass band piece to reflect the first Battle of Towcester.

The composition will form a musical legacy for the Towcester 917 project and has been part funded by a £750 community grant from SNC.

Cllr Peter Rawlinson, SNC's portfolio holder for finance and procurement, said: "Towcester has a rich and varied history, dating back hundreds of years, so it's wonderful that Towcester 917 has been established to celebrate the 'birth' of this ancient town.

"Bringing the past to life through battles and demonstrations ignites the interest of children and young people, and gives a sense of why the remarkable history of Towcester should be celebrated and remembered."

A wide range of projects and activities may be eligible for SNC grants, including capital projects (buildings and infrastructure), as well as smaller projects such as supporting the purchase of much needed equipment or the delivery of local schemes.

For more information on grants available from SNC and how to apply, visit the community grants page or email

The next deadline for grant applications is Thursday, 31 August.