***** hot news! ***** TOTAL RAISED SINCE EARLY DECEMBER: MADE IT! £200,000! Please visit the appeal website: Roman Circus Appeal For ways to donate, see Save Britain’s only known chariot racing track below.
Taylor Wimpey has extended the deadline for the purchase of the Sergeants’ Mess to the end of February 2010. The appeal for £220,000 was launched early in December 2009 and has been very well received. In about seven weeks, a total of over £120,000 has been raised. The local community [read more…]
Plans have been revealed for a three-dimensional display in the garden of the Sergeants’ Mess using special viewing screens to help recreate what the gates would have looked like. The hope is to permanently expose under cover the central part of the gates and construct stumps of the correct size [read more…]
From the Essex County Standard, Friday 18th December 2009 by Wendy Brading (firstname.lastname@example.org) TV presenter: “I am totally behind this campaign.” CELEBRITIES are backing a bid to buy a piece of Colchester’s Roman heritage. A consortium, made up of Colchester Archaeological Trust and community group Destination Colchester, is trying to [read more…]
A DONATION of £5,000 has been made by Colchester Council leader Anne Turrell from the leader’s fund. Mrs Turrell said: “We don’t have the money to save it outright, but we are 100 per cent behind it and want to support it in any way we can.” Lyn Barton, the [read more…]
THE appeal to buy the Sergeants’ Mess has won support from a national archaeological body. The Association of Roman Archaeology described the campaign as “probably the most exciting venture in the conservation of our national heritage.” The association appeals to developers Taylor Wimpey for more time. In a letter to [read more…]
WE URGENTLY NEED in excess of £200,000 to buy the former Sergeants’ Mess and secure the site of the starting gates of the only known Roman circus in Britain. We have only until the end of January to purchase the building as part of an overall plan to turn the [read more…]
Part of the site of Britain’s only known Roman chariot-racing track is up for sale. House builders Taylor Wimpey have offered a Colchester-based community consortium six months to raise the funds to buy a Victorian building known as the Sergeants’ Mess, which includes in its front garden the site of [read more…]