Alice Hawkins – Leicester Suffragette in the Fringe

Peter Barratt from Leicester is a great grandson of suffragette Alice Hawkins and has been an inspiration to our Appeal. From 2012 he co-led a fund raising campaign for a statue of Alice and after several years of hard work and effort this proved successful. On February 4th 2018 a statue of Alice was unveiled in the Leicester market place and has been credited with…

Moving Beyond Lock-Down…Please Fundraise for Mary Clarke

During the pandemic, like other charities, we have found our fundraising badly affected. We have been unable to run events since our very successful benefit concert in early March 2020, with fabulous  jazz singers Claire Martin and Liane Carroll. Instead we have worked to broaden support, particularly at a national level. National media coverage has brought us new donors from across the country and we…

£6,000 Secures a Bronze Maquette

Denise Dutton, our wonderful sculptor, has offered to make a very limited edition of duplicate bronze maquettes available to major donors who give £6,000 or more to the Appeal. She has generously offered to do this at cost, so apart from foundry and delivery charges, all profits will go to the Appeal. This is an amazing offer from Denise who is internationally known and in…

A Banner for International Women’s Day

March is Women’s History Month and the 8th March is International Women’s Day. Jenny Engledow, well known local peace campaigner and an extremely accomplished embroiderer has just completed a banner depicting Mary Clarke. The suffragettes’ processions were central to their campaigning. They used fantastic costumes, flowers, horses, choirs and bands, and above all, beautifully coloured banners, to wonderful effect. Many banners were designed to be carried…

Sussex Police Commissioner Honours Mary Clarke, her “Message and Memory”. 

We are delighted to have received a statement of support for our campaign for a statue for Mary Clarke from Katy Bourne OBE, the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner.   On 19th February she wrote: “Despite being the first suffragette to die for her cause, Mary Clarke has been largely forgotten by history. She was a determined woman who was not afraid to fight for…

Our Appeal for Commemoration of Women has Support of Hastings and Rye M.P.

It seems that Oliver Dowden, the Culture Secretary and Robert Jenrick, the Communities Secretary plans to back a proposal from the Common Sense Group of Conservative M.P.s that local authorities erect (and fund) civic statues to all holders of the Victoria Cross and George Cross (Daily Telegraph 24th January 2021). Admirable and worthy as these individuals are, they are almost exclusively male and in the…

InVISIBLEwomen Speaks out on Need for Female Statues

The Daily Telegraph reported (24th January 2021) that Oliver Dowden, the Culture Secretary and Robert Jenrick, the Communities Secretary plan to back a proposal from the Common Sense Group of Conservative M.P.s that local authorities erect (and fund) statues to all holders of the Victoria Cross and George Cross. It didn’t take long for women’s organisations to point out that such a scheme would exclude women.…

Special BBC Report on the “Forgotten Suffragette”

BBC South East Today broadcast a special report today (10th February 2021) about Mary, the “forgotten suffragette”. BBC’s Chrissie Ready interviewed Jean Calder and  Briony Goulden from the Appeal and and Terri Bell-Halliwell from inVISIBLEwomen. Terri’s organisation campaigns for more statues and memorials for women. She has been a huge support to the Appeal. Watch from 15 minutes https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000s6t1/south-east-today-evening-news-10022021

Article in The Times Supports Statue for Mary Clarke

Lucy Bannerman of The Times wrote an article entitled “Calls for statue to celebrate forgotten suffragette”  published 23rd January 2021. We are so grateful for Lucy’s interest and for Andrew Hasson’s wonderful photographs. An invitation from Woman’s Hour followed (broadcast 29th January 2021) and several other media opportunities. We have had donations from as far afield as Wales and Scotland, with many donors commenting that…

Maquette of Mary Clarke Welcomed – and Christmas Appeal Launched

Sculptor Denise Dutton has completed and delivered the much anticipated bronze maquette of Mary Clarke, the first suffragette to die for women’s right to vote – and did so in time for Mary’s birthday on 12th December. Cllr Alan Robins, the Mayor of Brighton & Hove received it on behalf of the Appeal and the people of Brighton & Hove in a brief socially-distanced ceremony…

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