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Event supporting the restoration of historical town centre cemetery

Published: Tuesday, 27 March 2018

An afternoon of speakers, music and memorabilia is being organised at the Guildhall, as part of plans to raise funds to help repair and protect the Cemetery of the Sisters of Notre Dame.

Businesses and residents are being invited to attend a fundraising afternoon tea on Saturday 21 April, to find out what it was like to be a student at the convent school and learn about the plans to restore and preserve the historical site.

Working together, Northampton Borough Council and the Northampton Notre Dame Association have organised the event, which is set to be an interesting walk down memory lane.

The event programme includes talks by former students, a showcase of school uniforms and memorabilia, performances from the Good Shepherd Primary School choir and cellist Ella Machin. As well as opportunities for attendees to buy newly produced, commemorative postcards of the school.

Cllr Anna King, Cabinet member for community engagement and safety, said: “Northampton Notre Dame High School was a beautiful and prominent fixture in Abington Street, prior to its demolition in 1979.

“The cemetery is the only lasting landmark of the school and so it is essential that this historical site is preserved for future generations to enjoy and learn about our town’s heritage.”

Margaret Bradbury, President of the Notre Dame Association, said: “Our aim is to make this site a worthy memorial to the work of the Sisters in this town and we would hope that, by providing information boards, etc; we would, in the future, be able to see the site placed on Northampton’s Heritage Trail".

Places at the fundraising afternoon tea, can be booked at www.northampton.gov.uk/events/event/933/notre-dame-cemetery-fundraiser

Anyone who is unable to attend the afternoon tea, can still contribute to the fund by donating at https://localgiving.org/charity/northampton-notre-dame-association/