The Tewkesbury Battlefield Society and community members have launched a fund-raising campaign in an attempt to raise the estimated £120,000 – £150,000 needed to secure the purchase of the Gaston field, part of the historic site of the Battle of Tewkesbury. The Battle of Tewkesbury was one of the defining battles of the Wars of the Roses, where Lancaster suffered their last defeat at the hands of Edward IV and in which Richard III fought as the then 18-year-old Duke of Gloucester. King Henry VI’s son Edward of Westminster, Prince of Wales, was killed in the battle and now lies in Tewkesbury Abbey. The site is on the English Heritage Register of Historic Battlefields.
Campaigners are hoping to have the Gastons declared a Designated Community Asset, under the Localism Bill, which should give them up to six months to find the money to buy it, under the Community Right to Bid. They have proposed to raise the money through public donations and apply for a National Lottery grant.
The community is concerned that if developers get hold of the land they may cut off public access and allow the land to go derelict. Should the campaign be successful, the community’s plans include restoring the fields to good pasture land, reinstating and managing the hedges, restoring a derelict animal shelter and keeping the field available for appropriate public use.
How to Donate to the Gastons Purchase Fund
Donations can be made via cheque which should be made out to Tewkesbury Battlefield Society, with GASTONS FUND written on the back. Cheques will not be cashed until the bid is successful, but the society asks people to please send them early as an indication of support.
Cheques should be mailed to: The Treasurer, Tewkesbury Battlefield Society, PO Box 147, Tewkesbury, GL20 9AP. The society asks that you fill in a Tewkesbury Battlefield Society Gift Aid form and send it along with your cheque. This will increase your donation by 25% through HMRC.
Online donations can be made through the Tewkesbury Battlefield Society’s Just Giving account.
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