January 2020 Newsletter


Thanks to your generosity we have now raised over £42,000!  We still need over £80,000 to erect the statue but are confident that writing to over seventy charities and trusts will help and are pressing on strongly with this endeavour.  As most of these applications were sent out in in the last two months, we await their responses.  Many charities only meet once or twice a year.

The £42,000 includes £20,000 that we have been generously offered by the Rothschild Foundation towards our educational budget, contingent upon raising the money necessary for the statue.

Whilst concentrating on fundraising, we are also moving forward with the educational work.  In particular, the commissioning of a booklet and leaflet to accompany the statue, and Key Stage educational material to distribute to Hampshire schools.

In addition, we have been carrying out smaller activities such as talks at local history societies and organising a very successful fundraising walk around the Jewish Medieval Trail in Winchester. We have a talk at the Liberal Jewish Synagogue shortly.  The maquette which was unveiled at the Art Workers’ Guild in the Spring of 2019 takes pride of place at these talks, and the quality of the work by Ian Rank-Broadley speaks for itself.

We continue to be heartened by the enthusiasm shown from all quarters for the project.  Maggie met Sir Simon Schama at an event at Buckingham Palace in December who promised his support.  Winchester City Council, the Tourist Office, Hampshire County Council, the Hampshire Cultural Trust and the Jewish Museum in London are all willing to help us with our activities and with publicity and marketing. 

We hope to erect the statue in the autumn of 2021 and will keep you posted with progress.  Thank you for your enthusiasm.  Please do spread the word.  Our website www.licoricia.org is always happy to receive donations!

Wishing you a good 2021

The Licoricia of Winchester Team