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The Richard III Society

Promoting research into the life and times of Richard III since 1924

Patron: HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO

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Branches & Groups: Introduction

The Richard III Society functions at a local level, both within the United Kingdom and in other parts of the world, through its regionally organised Branches and Groups. Each Branch or Group within the Society has its own annual programme of events. Many of these are open to non-members of the Society. Such local events provide an excellent introduction to the Society and its activities for those who may be thinking of joining. Branches and Groups are also delighted to welcome visitors on a one-off basis to specific events and activities which may interest them. For any query regarding Branches or Groups please contact the Branches and Groups Liaison Officer, Jacqui Emerson.

On a local level (and nationally or regionally overseas) branches and groups have been established and are open to members to join as desired. There are over twenty in the UK and there are branches in America, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Recently the Continental Group has been reformed. The activities usually combine a programme of meetings and talks and, in the UK and Europe, visits to Ricardian sites.

Here is a list of the branches, groups and overseas associated branches. If you would like to learn more about an individual branch or group please click on the name to view their profile. Clicking any links in the branch/group description will open the respective site(s) in a new window or tab.

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Click the name of the branch/group to find out more about them.

UK Branches and Groups Overseas Branches
Beds & Bucks America, with regional chapters
Bristol  
Croydon Canada
Devon & Cornwall New South Wales (inc. Queensland), Australia
Dorset South Australia
Gloucester Victoria, Australia
Greater Manchester Western Australia
Hull & District  
Leicestershire New Zealand
Lincolnshire  
London & Home Counties Ireland
Mid-Anglia  
Norfolk  
North East  
North Mercia  
Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire  
Penrith & North Lakes  
Scottish  
South Cumbria  
South Staffordshire  
Stafford & District  
Sussex  
Thames Valley  
West Surrey  
Worcestershire  
Yorkshire  

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American Branch

The American Branch was founded in 1961, and American Branch membership is close to 320.

Website: http://www.r3.org

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Beds & Bucks Group

The Group was first started in 1982 and currently has about 35 members. Despite our name we are open to all and members regularly attend our meetings from North Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire as well as Bedfordshire & Buckinghamshire. We meet monthly, usually on the third Saturday of every month—except August and December—and we have an annual subscription of £3.50. Each year we try to have a mixture of talks and visits either directly relating to Richard III or to the late medieval period. Talks and discussions are held at members' houses.

Branch Events:

May: No meeting this month.

21 June: Visit to Hemmingford Grey. Private tour of the house followed by a walk in the gardens then afternoon tea & cakes in the village.

19 July: Sizzling Summer BBQ. Hosted by Elizabeth Barker at The Manor, Harrold.

August: No meeting this month.

September: No meeting this month.

18 October: Jane Trump talk on the Stanley's. Hosted by Jane Cony in Olney.

22 November: AGM at Stony Stratford.

13 December: Christmas lunch at the Chequered Skipper in Ashton followed by Carol Concert at Fotheringhay.

Jan 2015: No meeting this month.

21 Feb 2015: Open forum discussion on two or three Ricardian topics. Hosted by Iris Day in Stony Stratford.

March 2015: Speaker tbc.

18 April 2015: John Ashdown-Hill talk on his new book The Dublin King. Venue tbc.

Limited places for all. Further details upon request.

Secretary: Jeanette Melbourne.

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Bristol Group

Bristol Group meetings take place on the third Friday of each month at 7.30pm and are in members' homes in the Bristol/Chippenham/Swindon area. Refreshments are provided at all sessions! Meetings can be in the form of talks given by members or guest speakers or discussions/short papers with several members contributing.

Secretary: Keith Stenner.

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Canadian Branch

The Canadian Branch, founded in 1966, has over 60 members across the country. Despite the geographical distances between us, members stay in touch through the newsletters and via e-mail. Toronto-area members host meetings in their homes on the second Sunday of each month, from September to June. It's an occasion for us to meet and share our common interests, present and discuss research papers, and plan Society activities. On or near the date of King Richard's birthday (October 2), we hold our Annual General Meeting and Medieval Banquet in Toronto. In June we celebrate the founding of our branch with a potluck picnic. Canadian branch members also receive our newsletter, the RIII, three times a year, and have access to the Buyers Library containing over 200 items, including books, papers, audio and video tapes and DVDs.

Website: http://home.cogeco.ca/~richardiii/

Secretary: Sheilah O'Connor.

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Croydon Group

The Croydon Group was founded in the 1980s by Roy and Shirley Linsell. We met regularly at their home until they retired to Seaford in Sussex. We try to meet from time to time and also participate in the London Branch activities. Our membership is small but we focus on keeping in contact. Anyone who lives south of Croydon is welcome to join us.

On 1 February 2014, we have a group lunch followed by a visit to the British Museum to see the facial reconstruction of Richard III. Lunch will be held at TAS Restaurant next to the museum which is reasonably priced, with an additional vegetarian menu. All are welcome, but please let me know in advance.

Secretary: Denise Price.

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Devon & Cornwall Branch

The Devon and Cornwall Branch was founded in 1979. All meetings are held at The University of Plymouth, which is situated in the city centre. Our meetings are friendly and open to all members. The meetings run from Noon until approximately 3pm.

Branch Events:

15th March:Tom Mackenzie (a local historian) will give a talk on Richard III. Venue: Room 415 at the Babbage Building of the University of Plymouth.

17th May: Speaker not yet confirmed. Venue: Room 415 at the Babbage Building of the University of Plymouth.

19th July: Members meeting. Venue: The Manor House, Totnes.

18th October: AGM. Venue: Room 415 at the Babbage Building of the University of Plymouth.

Secretary: Maggie Heath.

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Dorset Group

The Dorset Group was founded by our late President Patrick Bacon in the early 1980s. We are a small, friendly and enthusiastic group meeting in each others homes bi-monthly at 2pm on Saturday afternoons. February, April, June and August meetings have a volunteer speaker from our own Group and October (Richard's Birthday) and December (Christmas) meetings are socials with everyone bringing food and/or drink, medieval if possible. Meetings are held in Bournemouth, Poole, Ferndown, Broadstone, and Blandford. We also have several visits each year to places of Ricardian or Medieval interest. In addition to this we often support other events especially those arranged by the Richard III Society and locally those arranged by the National Trust especially at Corfe Castle and Kingston Lacy. Members from our neighbouring counties of Wiltshire, Hampshire and Somerset are most welcome to join us but will require their own transport.

Our next meeting is in Broadstone at 2pm on Saturday 20th December. It will be a Christmas social and a look at Richard's convoy which protected the English fishing fleet in Christmas week 1483. If you would like to join us please call 01202 573951 or e-mail Babs Creamer for details.

Secretary: Babs Creamer.

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Gloucester Branch

We have a friendly and active membership who participate in monthly meetings, visits, social events and talks. Branch meetings are held at 2.30pm on the first Saturday of each month and are generally held in the Cheltenham/Gloucester/Tewkesbury area. Bristol Group meetings take place on the third Friday of each month at 7.30pm and are in members' homes in the Bristol/Chippenham/Swindon area. Refreshments are provided at all sessions! Meetings can be in the form of talks given by members or guest speakers or discussions/short papers with several members contributing. We hope to provide something for everyone, whether you wish to sit back and listen or actively join in.

Branch Events:

1 March: 'The Discovery of King Richard III: The Greyfriars Project' - Illustrated talk by Dr Matthew Morris, University of Leicester.

5 April: 'To be agreed' - Talk by Steve David.

3 May: Field visit: Berkely Castle, Muniments Room and Church - A conducted tour

8 June: Field visit: The Medieval town walls of Bristol - Conducted walk with Professor Peter Fleming, UWE.

5 July: 'Fifteenth Century Costumes' - To be agreed.

13 July: Tewkesbury Medieval Festival - We will be promoting the Richard III Society and the Gloucester Branch by retaining a display area, in conjunction with the Worcestershire Branch, in the Main Marquee. The Worcestershire Branch will operate on Saturday 14 July (to be confirmed)..

2 August: Tim Porter Study Day: Medieval Pilgrims in England.

6 September: 'Late Fifteenth Century Arms and Armour' - Illustrated talk by Dr John Paddock.

11 October: Branch AGM and 'John Judde, Part One' - Illustrated talk by David Judd on his ancestor, a London merchant and Master of the King's Ordnance during the reign of King Henry VI. In this talk David will discuss his research work into his colourful predecessor.

1 November: 'John Judde, Part Two' - David Judd continues his illustrated talk by describing the life of John Judde and his death at the hands of Yorkists.

6 Dec: 'Christmas gathering'. Festive food and drink by way of an informal introduction to the Christmas season. Venue to be advised.

PLEASE NOTE :

  • All meetings, unless otherwise indicated, will be held at the Emmanuel Hall, Fairfield Parade, Leckhampton, GL53 7PJ.
  • Meetings commence at 2.30 pm with the exception of field visits which are by arrangement.
  • As agreed at the AGM, for meetings where there is an outside speaker, a charge of £2 will be made to offset costs.

Secretary: Angela Iliff.

Website: http://www.richardiiigloucester.co.uk

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Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester Branch

The Branch was formed in 1975 and covers the areas of Greater Manchester, Lancashire and the Cheshire/Derbyshire border. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday evening of each month from 7.30 pm. All meetings are held at Denton Golf Club. The meetings are friendly and informal and light refreshments are always provided. Our aim is to produce a varied programme of Ricardian and medieval related topics by both guest speakers and Branch members. Our annual subscription to the Branch is £5.00 and we charge £3.00 at each meeting.

We also arrange visits to places of historic interest. We produce an annual Branch journal, Semper Fidelis, and our monthly e-mail newsletter, Boaring News, helps to keep members up to date with Branch meetings and activities.

Secretary: Helen Ashburn.

Website: http://www.richardiiisocietygreatermanchesterbranch.co.uk.

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Hull & District

Secretary: Terence O'Brien.

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Ireland

The Ireland Group was established on September 28th 2013 at an inaugural meeting in Dublin, and the Group is formulating plans for activities and events for the future. As well as promoting the general aims of the Society, the Group is also interested in exploring the many connections and linkages between Ireland and its sister island during the period of the 'Wars of the Roses'. We are actively seeking new members and are also interested in establishing contact with academics, historians and local history societies in Ireland who have an interest in the late medieval period or have knowledge and information about events in Ireland connected to the Yorkist/Lancastrian conflict.

2015 Branch Events:

12th February: The launch of John Ashdown Hill's new book, 'The Dublin King', at Christ Church cathedral.

25th July: 'Wives of Henry VIII' by Sally Henshaw, Leicester Branch, Richard III Society.

Contact: Laurie Fitzpatrick.

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Leicestershire Branch

The Leicestershire branch have a new venue for their meetings from November 20th 2014. We are moving to the Richard III Visitor Centre, 4A St. Martins, Leicester. LE1 5DB.

A monthly newsletter is produced to keep our members up to date with any exhibitions or events of historical interest in our area and beyond. The annual branch subscription is £10. All are welcome.

Branch Events:

18 September 2014: 'Analysing the skeleton of a king' - Professor Jane Evans, Head of Science Based Archaeology at the British Geological Survey at Keyworth will explain the discoveries made about Richard III's lifestyle from samples of the King's skeleton that she has tested.

27 September 2014: 'Guided Walk of Evesham' - 2015 is the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Evesham where Simon de Montfort was killed. Richard Smith will take us on a guided walk of the town. Details to follow.

16 October 2014: 'Bringing up the Body: detecting Richard III' - Dr. Mary Ann Lund will look at Josephine Tey's novel 'The Daughter of Time' in relation to historical perceptions of Richard.

22 November 2014: 'Revealing Richard' - A Study Day. Funds raised will go towards Richard's re-interment in Leicester Cathedral. Speakers include Matthew Morris, Dr Turi King, Prof. Caroline Wilkinson and Richard and Dr. Miriam Gill. * This event is now fully booked. *

18 December 2014: 'A Meal at Taste Restaurant' - Four course meal, including coffee is booked for 7pm at 'Taste', Leicester College, Freemans Park Campus, Aylestone Road, Leicester. LE2 7LW. We know from previous visits the food is scrumptious. Please let me have full payment by the October meeting. Menu and prices to follow. (Last year it was £18.50).

No meetings will be held in January or February 2015.

12 March 2015: 'Cecily Neville - Richard III's mother' - a talk by Sally Henshaw. Cecily is perhaps best known as the mother of Edward IV and Richard III, but she was also a very determined woman and a force to be reckoned with in her own right, especially if her family were threatened.

16 April 2015: 'Castles and Manor Houses of Leicester and Rutland' - Peter Liddle will cover the history and evidence of castles and manor houses in our area. Some are well known, while others have disappeared.

21 May 2015: Branch Annual General Meeting.

18 June 2015: 'Music from the time of Richard III' - David Whittle, Director of Music at Leicester Grammar School will talk to us about a particular interest of his - music that would have been played in Richard's lifetime.

July 2015: 'Branch Outing: Archery Day in Litchfield' - Bob Pritchard will talk about the history of archers and archery followed by a visit to a local archery club. There may even be a chance to see how good you are with a bow. Refreshments will be found at a suitable nearby hostelry.

All meetings are held at the Richard III Visitor Centre, 4a St Martins, Leicester LE1 5DB, commencing at 7 p.m. unless otherwise stated. The speaker will normally commence around 7.20 p.m. Meetings are free to Branch Members, but visitors are requested to donate £2.00 towards the expenses of the meeting. Further details can be obtained from the Branch Secretary, Sally Henshaw.

Secretary: Sally Henshaw
28 Lyncroft Leys
Scraptoft
Leicester
LE7 9UW
t : 0116 2433785

Website: http://www.richardiiileics.co.uk.

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Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire Branch

We meet in Grantham, at 8pm on the last Saturday of every month. There are also occasions for banquets, visits, social evenings and charity events, so we certainly keep busy. The format of the meetings varies, including talks by visiting speakers, discussions and debates, a photographic competition, and slide shows of interesting places that members have visited.

Secretary: Jean Townsend.

Website: http://www.richardthethirdlincs.org.

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London & Home Counties Branch

The London and Home Counties Branch of the Richard III Society is not the oldest, but one of the older branches in the UK, having been founded in 1971, in part to bring together Society members in the wider London area. It is the largest UK branch with well over a hundred members. Because of its size, and the expected attendance at meetings of thirty plus, it requires to meet in formal accommodation, and meets in central London, having in the past used accommodation at Church House, Westminster, the Art Workers Guild, Holborn, the Institute for Historical Research in Bloomsbury, and, currently, alternative premises in Senate House, University of London.

The branch provides a regular programme throughout the year, from autumn through to early summer, including lectures and events, the latter including theatre and exhibition visits. We try to attend productions of Shakespeare's 'Richard III' in the London area, most recently the Kevin Spacey / Sam Mendes production at the Old Vic, and in the past, productions featuring Sir Antony Sher, John Wood, Sir Ian McKellen, etc. Recent exhibition visits have included 'Treasures of Heaven' at the British Museum, and 'Devotion by Design: Italian altarpieces before 1500' at the National Gallery. The lecture programme tries to extend invitations to speakers before they become famous: thus we have hosted Antony Sher [when he played Richard III, and before he was knighted ..], Gustav Milne [before he became a TV personality], Terry Hands – when already notable as a director, and when directing 'Richard III'. The programme seeks to cover all aspects of Ricardian, late medieval and medieval history and life, including arms and armour, battles, medieval housewifery, costume, cookery and food, dance and entertainment, building, religious foundations, etc., etc. Current and forthcoming lecturers include Dr Tobias Capwell, Curator of Arms and Armour at the Wallace Collection, and authors Lisa Hilton and Helen Castor. Information about Branch events is communicated to members by a twice yearly Newsletter, in association with an email mailing list. The Branch subscription is £5.00 per annum, and meetings – venue and speaker fees – are funded, in part, by contribution by attending members. Society members, who are not members of the Branch, but may be in London coinciding with a Branch event, and non-members of the Society, are welcome to attend as guests of the Branch.

Branch Events:

9 February: "The Search for Richard III" - a talk by Dr John Ashdown-Hill, 2:30pm in Room 349..

16 March: AGM followed by lecture 'The Explosive History of Gundpowder - Part 2' presented by Rosemary Waxman in the Bedford Room [G37]. Check Branch newsletter for exact time..

Secretary: Elizabeth Nokes.

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Mid-Anglia Group

The Mid-Anglia Group, which previously ran from 2003-10, has now being resurrected and we wish to encourage Ricardians in Suffolk and North Essex to join us for meetings and visits in the future, to learn about Richard, his family and his time.

Branch Events:

29 November: Colchester walk (or indoor event if necessary)

Date to be advised (May-July 2015): Talk by Annette Carson: "Six months in 1483"

We are also planning visits to Bury St. Edmunds, Sudbury and Otley Hall.

Secretary: Stephen Lark.

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New South Wales Branch

The Branch meets for five general meetings during the year, plus the Annual General Meeting. The meetings are held at The Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney at 2pm, unless otherwise indicated. Talks at these meetings include guest speakers on a variety of subjects but members are encouraged to do their own research for talks and to contribute to discussions. Afternoon tea is provided at meetings and there is also a sales table and a raffle to swell Branch funds. The main event of our year is the service to commemorate Richard's death at the Battle of Bosworth. Social events include lunch gatherings to celebrate Richard's coronation and birthday, and we regularly attend informative lectures provided by societies such as Heraldry Australia. Every other year we send representatives to the Australasian Richard III Society Branches Conventions and in the intervening years we hold a one-day conference to benefit members unable to attend the conventions interstate. We choose to meet in the daytime because our members come from such a wide area and travel long distances. Naturally many prefer to get home the same day - and preferably before midnight!

Secretary: Rachel Allerton.

Website: http://www.richardiii-nsw.org.au.

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New Zealand

New Zealand Branch

The NZ Branch of the Richard III Society was formed in January 1986 and currently enjoys a total membership of around 40, comprising full and associate members. We draw on the whole of NZ for our membership but with over 70% living in the lower North Island we are able to hold well-attended monthly meetings alternating between Lower Hutt and Levin. We usually have a speaker (often a member) or sometimes a group activity such as a quiz on things Ricardian or Medieval in nature. The NZ Branch hosted the Australasian Convention in April 2007.

Secretary: Rob Smith.

Website: http://www.richard3nz.org.

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Norfolk

The Norfolk Branch of the Richard III Society has recently celebrated its Silver Jubilee. The Branch meets once a month at The Assembly House Norwich on a date decided by the Secretary. A full programme is issued once a year and covers the whole of the following year. An annual subscription of £10 per year is charged, a newsletter entitled 'The Norfolk Ricardian' is published 2 or 3 times a year. The Branch hosts a Study day every November which has 3 or sometimes 4 speakers, all experts in their field. An entrance fee of £3 is charged for every meeting, the Study Day is priced at £24 (costs are reveiwed each year) which includes 4 lectures and 2 lots of refreshments. Contact the Secretary for further details.

2015 Branch Events:

21st February: AGM at 3.15 pm (Battlefields Trust AGM at 2.00 pm). Entrance free, raffle followed by a visual quiz organised by Frances Sparrow.

14th March: 'The Lambert Simnel rebellion and the battle of Stoke 1487' by Dr Chris Scott, The Battlefields Trust.

18th April: 'Wales and the Wars of the Roses' by Stephen David.

9th May: 'The readeption of 1470/71' by Toby Clements. Toby is the author of a new series of novels called Kingmaker. Highly recommended.

6th June: 'The original five ulcer executive - a study of Henry V11' by Frances Sparrow.

26th September: 'Cry God for Harry, England and St George' by Sally Henshaw, Leicester Branch, Richard 111 Society". Some academics consider the battle of Shrewsbury as the beginning of the Wars of the Roses …"

24th October: 'The face in the leaves- a medieval enigma' by Jean Towsend, Lincolnshire Branch, Richard 111 Society.

7th November: 'Battlefields and Bones' A study day featuring Prof. Anne Curry and Dr Glen Foard. £26. Further details to follow.

Please contact Annemarie for confirmation prior to the talks in case of speaker cancellation.

Secretary: Annmarie Hayek.

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North East Group

North East Group

The Group covers Northumberland, the former Tyne & Wear and those northern parts of County Durham with easy access to Tyneside. Formed in 1983, we are a small but friendly group who enjoy discussions, visits and social events. Meetings are held in members' own homes on a rolling basis to enable everyone to play the host. We meet monthly, in the evenings, but the day varies to accommodate as many members as possible. We do not see ourselves as great academics but we enjoy a lively fascination for all things Ricardian, and history in general.

Secretary: Julia McLaren

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North Mercia Group

North Mercia Group

The North Mercia Group, one of the newest Groups of The Society, was formed in March 2010. Members live in South Cheshire, Staffordshire, North Shropshire and East Flintshire, but we also have 'Long-Distance' members from Australia, Austria, Suffolk, Oxfordshire, Devon, Hampshire and Yorkshire. So anyone is welcome to join us, from within our area or beyond and will be kept informed of Group events through the group programme, our newsletter, 'The Mercian Messenger', e-mail and our website, soon to be completely renovated. 'Long-Distance' members may like to become 'e-mail friends' with anyone in the Group.

We are a friendly, 'Happy Band of Ricardians', not seriously academic, but with an enthusiasm for all things Ricardian and a dedication to prove that Richard III is thriving in the North-West, since in the 15th C all the lands surrounding us were owned by the treacherous 'Stanleys'! We meet on the first or second Saturday of every month, apart from January, in the homes of three of our members and also at the Crown Hotel, Nantwich, where we partake of lunch and then have a free room upstairs - a very satisfactory arrangement for one and all. Meetings take various forms - discussions of books or articles of Ricardian interest, talks from visiting speakers and our own members - purely voluntary, social events, picnics, and outings to places of Ricardian and Medieval interest within our area or further afield.

Secretary: Marion Moulton.

Website: http://www.richardsarmy.co.uk.

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Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Group

We were founded locally in 1986 and our members range across a wide assortment of ages, occupations and interests. We try to provide a variety of activities including talks given by guest speakers on all aspects of Richard's life and times, discussions, group visits and the annual quiz - all on the Ricardian and medieval theme. We are fortunate in that many interesting places are so near at hand: Nottingham, Leicester, East Stoke and Bosworth as well as many fine local churches and monuments. We run also visits further afield, open to family and friends; we have been to Oxford, York, Gloucestershire, Chester, Tewkesbury, Stratford and the Globe Theatre to name but a few.

Branch Events:

8 March, 2pm: Philippa Langley - 'The Looking for Richard Project'. All Saints Centre, Common Road, Huthwaite, NG17 2JT.

12 April, 1pm: Local Visit - Own cars trip to The Herb Garden & Hardwick Hall

17 May, 1:30pm: Local Visit - Own cars trip to Belvoir Castle.

14 June, 2pm: Home Meeting - My House. Discussion and pre-recorded TV programme or DVD.

Please contact Anne for details of trips.

Secretary: Anne Ayres.

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Penrith and North Lakes Group

The Penrith and North Lakes Group is small - ten members - but nevertheless we have interesting and stimulating meetings. We do our own research and presentations; afterwards there is always a lively question-and-answer session and discussion. We do not meet during the winter in view of possible bad weather and road conditions. In summer we have outings planned by ourselves - to places of historic interest connected with Richard if possible, and usually medieval. These outings are very popular. As we are a small group, the dates of meetings are usually arranged only a month ahead to everyone's convenience, and are held in our own homes, which provides a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere.

Secretary: Marjorie Smith.

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Scottish Branch

The Scottish Branch provides a yearly calendar of events for all those living north of the border and aims to utilize not only our own historical talent but also that of the UK. If you have an interest in Richard III, the Wars of the Roses, and/or medieval history and happen to live in Scotland then this is the place for you. With a membership of all ages and abilities (from a retired Professor of Medieval History to a single mother of two) we are a most relaxed and sociable group whose simple aim is to promote and further the knowledge of this most misunderstood of kings and the times in which he lived in a convivial and stimulating atmosphere.

Secretary: Philippa Langley.

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South Australia Branch

We have been an enthusiastic group since 1983. Currently, we meet at 1.30pm on the first Saturday of each month except January, when we are in recess. Most meetings take the form of talks and discussions, with the odd video viewing and an annual quiz meeting. We also have a medieval dinner (medieval dress optional), usually doing the cooking ourselves. We have an extensive library of books, both reference and fiction, and audio and video tapes, with Richard III and the 15th century as a focus. All these are available for members to borrow, free of charge.

Secretary: Sue Walladge.

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South Cumbria Group

The South Cumbria Group has been reactivated after a break of 10 years.

The first official meeting of the new group will be on 31st March 2014 at 7.00pm. Our proposed programme will be four meetings in the Winter months and four outings in the Summer months and of course an annual Christmas 'Get Together'. Ricardians old and new in the Furness area will be very welcome

Secretary: Isabel Sneesby.

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South Staffordshire Group

The South Staffs Group is brand new, our first meeting was held in October 2014. We plan to meet monthly, usually on a Saturday. It is anticipated our meetings will be in the Wolverhampton area. We plan to discuss current issues concerning Richard III and the Middle Ages in general and share information we have gained from our reading and viewing. We aim to have a specific topic for each meeting and in time to have guest speakers and organise trips.

We welcome new members and as the group is still in the process of being formed it offers a great opportunity for members attending to have a real say in how the group is run and what the group does. Meetings are held on the second Friday afternoon of every month, starting on Friday 9 January 2015.

Branch Events:

9th January: The Princes in the Tower, The Lighthouse Chubb Building Wolverhampton at 2pm.

13 Februar:y Perkin Warbeck, The Lighthouse Chubb Building Wolverhampton at 2pm.

Secretary: Susan Martin.

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Stafford District Group

Stafford & District Group

The main focus of this group is to share the pleasure of learning and exploring all aspects relevant to the life and times of Richard III. We welcome as members Ricardians who live in the area - and those who don't. There is no fee for membership of the Group.

A core group live in the Staffordshire area and we hold monthly meetings for discussions, talks and presentations. We also arrange occasional outings to places of interest, one of which, each year, will be chosen to be as accessible as possible to our more distant members.

We are also active as an on-line entity. We are exploiting modern communications to ensure that on-line membership is full and active membership and we particularly welcome those who are unable to get to physical meetings. We have, in addition to our website, a members only Yahoo group, where we hold discussions; help each other with queries; where we can share our individual work with others and also embark upon joint projects. The agenda and minutes of the monthly meetings are sent in advance to all members, so that the comments and ideas of those not physically present are included in the meetings. Attention is paid to co-ordinating both the terrestrial and the on-line elements, so that we are indeed one group, with different modes of activity. Our programme of activities and more, can be found on our website.

Secretary: Penelope Lawton.

Website: http://www.r3staffs.org.uk

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Sussex Group

The Richard III Society Sussex Group meets in Brighton on the third Thursday of alternate months, starting in January. As a small group we normally avail ourselves of a member's house, although hire of a meeting hall would be arranged if necessary. The year's programme varies, with talks given by members or by invited speakers. We might show a DVD followed by discussion or consider items in the Ricardian or the Ricardian Bulletin that have particularly interested members. The range of subject matter is quite wide, in the overall context of fifteenth century European history and bearing in mind the variable extent of members' existing historical knowledge. If you are already interested in the fifteenth century and King Richard III, or enjoy general history and would like to take a closer look at this period, you will be very welcome to join us. Details of meetings, venues and so on can be obtained from:

Secretary: Liz Robinson.

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Thames Valley Branch

The Thames Valley Branch meets each month on Saturdays or Sundays for either an outing or in-house meeting. The latter is usually held at Langley during the colder months whilst outings are arranged for the warmer weather. There is usually at least one external guest speaker each year, and others are drawn from our own members and from the wider Society.

The meetings for 2015 are:

17 January: Our usual 'late Christmas' lunch.

21 February: Meeting at Langley, Berkshire.

April and May: TBA.

22 June: Visit to West Wycombe Park.

18 July: Visit to The Vyne, Hampshire.

15 August: Visit to Dorney Court, near Eton.

19 September: Meeting at Langley, Berkshire.

18 October: Visit to Leicester.

15 November: Meeting at Langley, Berkshire. Talk by Wendy Moorhen on John de la Pole.

5 December: AGM at Langley, Berkshire.

Any member of the Society is welcome to join the Branch and their participation can be at their own pace. Annual subscription is currently £10.

Secretary: Diana Lee.

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Victoria Branch

The Victoria Branch holds seven meetings during the year, at which talks are given on matters of historical interest associated with Richard III, his life and times. Open discussion is always a feature of the meetings, which end with a supper provided by the members. A Branch Newsletter is published and sent to members before each meeting.

Secretary: Hazel Hajdu.

Website: http://www.richardiii-vic.org.au.

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Western Australia Branch

The first ever meeting of the Western Australian Group was held at the Parmelia Hotel on Saturday the 1 March 1986, and was attended by 8 people. The group was accorded branch status in 1988. The Branch now has approximately 20 members, and meets on the fourth Saturday of each month (excluding December) at the Belmont Sports and Recreation Centre, corner of Abernethy Road and Keane Street, Cloverdale.

Secretary: Lee Forrington.

Website: http://www.r3wa.org.au.

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West Surrey Group

The West Surrey group was founded in 2000, and since that time we have grown to over 25 members, who live in Surrey and the surrounding counties, including Berkshire and south London.

We hold meetings every month, usually in the afternoons of the 2nd Saturday of the month, either in a member's house, or an alternative meeting room in the Guildford/Farnham area. In the darker months, we invite speakers to come and talk to us on a wide range subjects, covering Ricardian interests or 15th century England, while in the lighter months, we arrange visits to local historical and Ricardian sites, as well as a weekend away to visit Ricardian sites elsewhere in England. Our subscription is currently £10.00.

We look forward to hearing from new members in our area.

Branch Events:

8 March: Steven David, Lecture at University of Swansea, talking on Wales and the Wars of the Roses.

12 April: A visit to medieval Winchester.

10/11 May : Weekend visit to Minster Lovell and medieval Oxfordshire.

15 June: Visit to local medieval manor of Great Tangley.

12 July: Visit to the group by a medieval re-enactment group. Subject to confirmation.

9 August : Annual garden party.

September & October: Awaiting confirmation by invited speakers.

8 November: Book Review - John Ashdown-Hill's new biography of George, Duke of Clarence.

6 December : Christmas Lunch.

Secretary: Rollo Crookshank.

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Worcestershire Branch

The Worcestershire Branch started in 1986, became a branch in 1990, and celebrated our Silver Jubilee in 2011. We meet once a month on Saturday afternoons, indoors in village halls for talks, raffles and refreshments in winter and outdoors for visits in summer. Recent meetings include Bosworth and Stokesay Castle, and a talk by George Goodwin, author of Fatal Colours. We have a stall at the re-enactment of the battle of Tewkesbury in July. Our magazine 'Dickon Independent' is published quarterly. We have a branch library and a web site at our website.

Branch Events:

8 March: Carol Southworth, Aspects of Tudor England - 'What happened after Bosworth'. Venue: St Leonard's Church Hall, Beoley, Redditch.

12 April: Branch AGM. Venue: Church of the Sacred Heart and St Catherine of Alexandria Hall, Droitwich Spa WR9 9AZ t:0121 745 2119.

10 May: Lynda Pidgeon 'The Wydeviles'. Venue: to be arranged. Pat Parminter.

14 June: John Ashdown-Hill - more on 'The Search For Richard III'. Venue: to be arranged. Pat Parminter.

12 July: Tewkesbury Medieval Fair & Battle Re-enactment. Committee.

9 August: A guided evening walk in Alcester. Brenda & David Cox.

13 September: Heritage Day Battle of Mortimers Cross at Hampton Court Palace near Leominster. Meet for lunch at 12 then on to Hampton Court. Mickie O'Neill.

11 October: Leicester Exhibition? We will follow developments throughout year. Committee.

8 November: A guest speaker. Venue: to be arranged.

13 December: Christmas Party. Venue: Upton Snodsbury Village Hall.

Contact our Secretary for details on meetings.

Secretary: Pam Benstead.

Website: http://www.richardiiiworcs.co.uk.

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Yorkshire Group

Yorkshire Branch

The Yorkshire Branch is the oldest UK Branch in the Society founded in 1960 at the time of the 500th anniversaries of the battles of Wakefield and Towton. Our membership now exceeds 200 members worldwide. Our Branch gives its members a comprehensive membership including three issues of our Branch magazine Blanc Sanglier, (December, April, and August), three Newsletters, a monthly Update and notice of all relevant information as it comes in. Our programme of events runs from spring to autumn and includes battle commemorations, a lecture, a Study Day, a Branch Day, a Dinner, a trip and other items. Our only winter event is the Wakefield Commemoration in December. We do not hold monthly meeting due to the vast area covered. The Branch has its own publishing arm Rosalba Press, a library, a Research Officer and a range of merchandise. Our latest project is raising funds for a plaque in Middleham Church in honour of King Richard and a plaque in Wakefield Bridge Chantry Chapel for Edmund, Earl of Rutland who has no memorial anywhere. We are always available to meet any members and friends visiting Yorkshire and showing them round and welcome them at our events.

Our current rates of subscription are Single membership £10: Joint membership £12: Three Newsletters only £5: Overseas membership £13: For membership please contact our secretary Pauline Harrison Pogmore, 169 Albert Road, Sheffield, S8 9QX, phone 0114 2586097 or visit our website

Branch Events:

5 April: 'In the Steps of Richard III' . A conducted walk around York. Fully booked..

13 April: Commemoration of the Battle of Bosworth, Towton Hall. 10am-4pm. The Branch will be in attendance in the barn available to meet members and displaying the Branch publications and merchandise.

26 April: The Arthur Cockerill Lecture. Jacobs Well, Trinity Lane, York, 1-30pm: This year's lecture is Edward IV, A Warrior King in the Wars of the Roses given by David Santiuste.

6 June: Bolton Castle: The Branch will be attending an event at Bolton Castle, home of Richard III's friend and supporter John, Lord Scrope of Bolton owner of the castle. We will be giving talks about the Scrope's and Richard to the public during the day and meeting the public to publicise Richard, and the Society.

21 June: Yorkshire Branch Study Day, Jacobs Well, Trinity Lane, York, 10am-5pm. The day will include five talks on among other subjects Lambert Simnell, Anne Boleyn, John Neville and Richard III. The fifth talk is to be arranged. The day will include lunch for those who wish it. Details from the secretary.

24 August: The Bosworth Commemoration, Church of St Mary and St Alkelda, Middleham 3pm. The Commemoration will take once again in the church. This event will be preceded by a morning visit to a location to be arranged.

6 September: Branch AGM, Jacobs Well, Trinity Lane, York, 1-30pm. The business of the Branch AGM will be followed by tea.

6 September (evening): Yorkshire Branch Annual Dinner, the Black Swan, Peasholm Green, York. Full details of the menu and cost will be announced later.

4 October: Yorkshire Branch Day. Jacobs, Well, Trinity Lane, York, 10am-4pm. A day for members which will this year include workshops and talks. The full programme to be announced.

Secretary: Pauline Harrison Pogmore.

Website: http://www.richardiiiyorkshire.org.