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…

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…

Denise Dutton Completes Plaster Line Maquette

Following months of discussion, research and painstaking work in miniature, our wonderful sculptor Denise Dutton has completed the rough plaster line maquette of Mary. She is now in the process of preparing a resin copy and a mould for the final bronze.  Denise has faced many challenges. She has had to work from only 5 photographs, some of which are of poor quality and none…

Support from the Brightonian and the Hovarian

Supporters living in Brighton & Hove will have noticed that, post lock-down, many of the city’s free community magazines have re-appeared and combined.  Sussex Magazines has gathered several titles into two new umbrella publications – The Brightonian and The Hovarian. We are so proud that in their inaugural July editions they chose to feature articles about the Mary Clarke Statue Appeal.  Please support these worthy new publications…

Tickets on Sale for “Double Standards” – the Claire Martin and Liane Carroll Benefit Concert 4th March.

.Tickets are on sale for the Claire Martin and Liane Carroll Benefit Concert on 4th March at St George’s Church, Kemp Town in Brighton. “Double Standards – an evening of jazz and joy” in support of the Appeal, will start at 7.00pm and finish at 9.00pm, though the cash Bar will remain open and audience members are welcome to stay, make music and socialise. Doors…

Sculptor Denise Dutton begins Work

Our chosen sculptor, Denise Dutton, has begun the early painstaking stages of her work. This will result in a small exact bronze model of what will eventually become the statue. Denise has been researching the clothing  women of Mary Clarke’s time would have worn. She is already knowledgeable, because she sculpted the statue of suffragette Annie Kenney in Oldham. She has been working with an…

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