(October 2003) Blue plaque for Frank Lascelles

Alter nearly two years of negotiations, the Oxfordshire Blue Plaques Board has agreed that a plaque should be erected to commemorate the life and work of Frank Lascelles – “The man who staged the Empire”. The unveiling ceremony will take place at the Manor House in Sibford Gower, which Frank Lascelles built and lived in for much of his life.

Frank Lascelles was probably one of the Sibfords’ most famous sons, staging his pageants in Canada, India, South Africa and throughout the United Kingdom. He entertained friends such as Ivor Novello lavishly, and put on plays for the villagers in his gardens. He was passionately attached to Sibford and the beautiful house that he created. He was also a prominent member of the local community, serving on the Parish Council and the Town Estate Trustees.

The plaque has been funded by the Sibfords Millennium Pageant Committee under the auspices of the Sibford Gower Parish Council.

The ceremony will take place at 11.30am on Friday 24 October and will be attended by Hugo Brenner, Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire.

Everyone is welcome to attend.