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.
|UK Branches and Groups||Overseas Branches|
|Beds & Bucks||America, with regional chapters|
|Devon & Cornwall||New South Wales (inc. Queensland), Australia|
|Greater Manchester||Western Australia|
|Hull & District|
|London & Home Counties||Ireland|
|Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire|
|Penrith & North Lakes|
|Stafford & District|
The American Branch was founded in 1961, and American Branch membership is close to 320.
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.
2015 Branch Events:
21 February: Open forum discussion on two or three Ricardian topics. Hosted by Iris Day in Stony Stratford.
21 March: Toni Mount will talk about the 'Medieval Housewife'. Start time is 2.30pm. Venue: York House, Stony Stratford, MK11 1JQ. Cost: £5.00.
18 April: John Ashdown-Hill talk on his new book 'The Dublin King'. Venue tbc.
16 May: The Battle of Bosworth, a talk by Mike Ingram and hosted by Gina Strachan in Northampton.
27 June: A guided tour of the 'new' Bosworth battlefield by Mike Ingram. This meeting is open to all.
Limited places for all. Further details upon request.
Secretary: Jeanette Melbourne.
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.
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.
Secretary: Sheilah O'Connor.
This is a newly formed group but already have over 50 members from Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Malta, Bulgaria, Russia and Holland. Because of the distances between members, we mostly communicate by email but have many plans in the pipeline.
Our first meeting was held during the reinterment week in Leicester.
We are hoping to publish our own journal and also have a library lending service between ourselves. We have a research team eager to start on the subject they have chosen which is very wide and varied, covering all aspects of medieval life.
Our plan is to have an annually or bi-annual meeting, and those living nearer each other will meet more frequently.
Secretary: Liselotte Messner-Seitz.
Membership Secretary: Rita Diefenhardt-Schmitt.
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.
A trip to the to the Magna Carta exhibition at the British Library is planned for 1 August.
Secretary: Denise Price.
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.
2015 Branch Events:
20 June: Ford Park Cemetery Visitors' Centre 12.30pm. Speaker: Shirley Stapley 'History of Devon & Cornwall Branch'.
19 Sept: Meeting at Devon & Exeter Institution for Buffet Lunch, Introduction to Institution. An opportunity to visit the Cathedral highlighting any Richardian connections. Speaker: (Unknown to be discussed at later date).
7 Nov: A.G.M. Plymouth. Speaker: Marilyn Sherlock on 'Origins of the War of the Roses'. Christmas Lunch to be organised.
Secretary: Maggie Heath.
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.
9 May: Talk on Anne Mowbray.
If you would like to join us please e-mail or telephone 01202 573951.
Secretary: Babs Creamer.
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.
2015 Branch Events:
9 May: The Discovery of England in the Fifteenth Century, a talk by Professor Nicholas Orme who will discuss the early antiquaries of that century who have left us their notes on English topography and history, notably William Worcestre, who was born in 1415, and travelled southern England making notes on buildings and people, especially in Bristol and Gloucestershire. NB: The meeting starts at 2pm.
6 June: Cecily Neville, an illustrated talk by Joanna Laynesmith.
4 July: Margaret Beaufort, the Stanleys and the seizure of political leverage, illustrated talk by Carol Southworth.
12 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 11 July (to be confirmed).
2 August: Branch study day in Hellens and Much Marcle. Blanche Mortimer and the Mortimers in Late Medieval England.
PLEASE NOTE: The Blanche Mortimer dress is currently on display at Hereford Cathedral, so will not be avaiable to view during the study day.
10.00—10:30: Arrive Hellens. Coffee in the Haywain Barn.
10.30—11.00: Conducted tour of Hellens. A fascinating Jacobean brick built house with so much history to appreciate. Parts of the complex are clearly much earlier in date.
11.00—11.40: Blanche Mortimer Dress – an illustrated talk. An overview of Blanche Mortimer, who she was and how she relates to Much Marcle, the Mortimer family and her in-laws the Grandisons. Blanche was the great-great aunt of Richard III and Edward IV.
12.00—13.00: Talk on the last male heir Edmund Mortimer, 5th Earl of March (died 1425). Edmund's sister Anne became the Mortimer hei and her grandsons were Edward IV and Richard III.
13.00—14.15: Lunch in the Haywain Barn.
14.15—15.30: Conducted tour and viewing the magnificently restored tomb of Blanche Mortimer. We will be taken around by two guides and finish with tea and cakes.
Cost: Approx £22.50 per head to include buffet lunch in the Haywain Barn, talk fees and donation to St Bartholomew's Restoration Fund and the Mortimer Society. This is based on a minimum group size of 20.
8 August: Six months in 1483, a talk by Annette Carson. This will be an update on Annette's latest research on Richard as Protector and Constable. Please note this is a special talk which will be facilitated by the Worcestershire Branch but open to Gloucester Branch members. The venue will be advised later.
5 September: Tim Porter Study Day: Medieval Women. Tim will provide an overview of women in medieval society and then focus on three key figures, Margery Kempe, Julian of Norwich and Margaret Paston.
10 October: Branch AGM followed by a talk Richard III and the Dissolution of Yorkism, a talk by Keith Stenner. Keith will propose the actions taken by Richard in the summer of 1483 ultimately undermined his regime and led directly to his downfall.
7 November: Edmund Beaufort: the search for an inheritance, a talk by Steven David.
5 December: Christmas Gathering. Festive food and drink by way of an informal introduction to the Christmas season.
PLEASE NOTE :
Secretary: Angela Iliff.
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.
4 February: 'The 4th and 5th Crusades', a talk by Michael Tunnicliffe.
4 March: 'The Dukes of Burgundy', a talk by Carole Pimblett.
1 April: 'Monarchy and Dunham (The Grey Area)', a talk by Peter Braun.
6 May: 'King Arthur Part II', a talk by Mark Olly.
3 June: A talk by Annette Carson, subject TBA..
1 July: 'The Peasants' Revolt', a talk by Ryan Vernon.
19 September: Branch Study day.Speakers: Mark Olly, archaeologist and writer; Scott Lloyd, co-author of The Keys of Avalon and Pendragon
7 October: 'The Real Robin Hood', a talk by Mark Olly.
4 November: AGM followed by '40 years and still going strong'.
December: No meeting.
Secretary: Helen Ashburn.
Secretary: Terence O'Brien.
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.
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.
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
t : 0116 2433785
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.
The opportunity to view the television presentation of the reburial of Richard III in company with other members
Calling all London area Society members who are not members of the London Branch [and any members of the London Branch who may have missed earlier notifications] and who are not going to be in Leicester on the day of the reburial, Thursday, 26th March 2015.
The London Branch has arranged for a group venue for members to watch the event on a large screen, in the company of other members.
This will be in the Wolfson Conference Suite, Institute of Historical Research, North Block, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU, and will run from 10:00 - 13:30.
The charge for this event, to all attenders, branch members or not, covers the cost of the room hire. It is £5.00 per head, payable in advance, by cheque, to the London Branch, although we may be able to accommodate late bookers.
If you would like to be included, please let me have your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address to me as per below:
Secretary: Elizabeth Nokes.
Post: Elizabeth M Nokes, 26, West Way, Petts Wood, BR5 1LW, Kent.
t: +44 (0)1689 823569.
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 and seventy members. Because of its size, and the expected attendance at meetings, 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, Senate House, University of London, and currently the conference suite in the Institute of Historical Research, in Senate House.
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 Mark Ryulance all-male version, 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.
Secretary: Elizabeth Nokes.
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.
As a 'fledgling' group we are still putting a programme of meetings together and hope to spread these over the region to enable all members to participate. Ipswich, Colchester, Sudbury and Bury St Edmunds have Ricardian and medieval connections and we are constantly seeking new and exciting places to visit and speakers to book.
Our newsletter has just been launched and will be published quarterly to start with. It is available to Group members by email and is also published on our website.
Our Group needs new members to help it grow and flourish and a very warm welcome awaits you!
2015 Branch Events:
27 June: "Six months in 1483″ – talk by Annette Carson in Ipswich or Colchester.
12 or 13 September: Bury St. Edmunds walk.
Secretary: Janine Lawrence.
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.
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.
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.
18 July: The East Anglian Branch of the Battlefields Trust present 'Events that made England: Anniversaries of Revolting Barons and French Conquests'. The event will be held at Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery. For ticket details pleaser contact Annmarie Hayek.
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.
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
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.
2015 Branch Events:
7 February: 'Janus Day'. Lunch at the Crown Hotel and meeting starts at 2.00 pm Lunch at the Crown Hotel, Nantwich.
7 March: 'Here Come The Minstrels'. Two members of the Medieval Music Group called 'PIVA' will talk about making medieval instruments and demonstrating some of them.
10 April: 'The Death of Edward V' , a talk by Dr. John Ashdown Hill. The talk will begin at 7.00 pm followed by a buffet meal at the Crown Hotel, Nantwich.
9 May: Mark Olly returns to give the third instalment on the 'Lost treasures of the North West'.
30 May: Coffee Morning at the parish hall, Nantwich. 9.00 am to 12 noon. This is our one fund-raising event of the year.
12 June: 'An Evening with Annette Carson. She will talk on the first six months with Richard as King.
11 July: An Archery Day. What are your archery skills like? Well- you will have a chance to find out. Bob Pritchard has arranged for us to visit the Lichfield Archery School.
16 August: Sunday Lunch at Peckforton Castle. 2015 is a very special year for Ricardians. It is also a very special year for the North Mercia Group as we are five years old in March.
Sept & Oct: TBA.
14 November: 'Robin Hood'. Mark Olly has offered to come and talk to us again in November.
5 December: Christmas lunch which will be held at the Crown Hotel, Nantwich. 12 noon for 12.30 pm. We will be having a raffle as the final boost to Group Funds.
Secretary: Marion Moulton.
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.
20 June: Coach Trip to York
11 July: Home Meeting (members only)
31 July-3 August: Northumberland Weekend
29 August: Guided Tour of Beaumanor Hall - Herrick family connection & WWII Listening Station for Bletchley Park
12 September: Talk by Mathew Morris, one of lead archaeologists on Looking For Richard Dig
10 October or 17 October (tba): AGM Home Meeting (members only)
Secretary: Anne Ayres.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
9th January: The Princes in the Tower, The Lighthouse Chubb Building Wolverhampton at 2pm.
13 February: Perkin Warbeck, The Lighthouse Chubb Building Wolverhampton at 2pm.
24 April: Talk on Margaret Beaufort by Carol Southworth, The Lych Gate Tavern Queen's Square Wolverhampton (next to St Peter's Church).
Secretary: Susan Martin.
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.
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: Wendy Ahl.
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:
21 February: An illustrated talk on archery.
March: Left free for attendance at reinterment week events.
16 May: A visit to the Vyne near Basingstoke.
22 June: Visit to West Wycombe Park.
18 July: Visit to Runnymede and a Magna Carta walk.
15 August: Visit to Dorney Court, near Eton.
19 September: Meeting at Langley, Berkshire. Discussion about a battle of the Wars of the Roses from the perspective of the major participants.
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.
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.
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: Louise Carson.
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.
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.
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.
14 February: Ian Churchward of The Legendary Ten Seconds will be playing for us. His songs are about Richard III. Profits from the sale of CDs go to SAUK. Venue: Warndon, Worcester.
14 March: A talk by Joanna Laynesmith entitled "Cecily Neville, the Rose of Raby". Venue: Inkberrow.
11 April: AGM and visit to Oddingley Church, near Droitwich. Ralph Richardson's article about the Yorkist window in the church is in the Ricardian Vol X, No. 133, June 1996, pages 421 - 428, and also in Dickon Independent issue 94, December 2014.
9 May: A talk by Max Keen entitled "Henry V and Agincourt. Was Agincourt England's finest three hours? With a Kidderminster connection!" Venue: Upton Snodsbury Village Hall.
13 June: Visit to Worcester Cathedral Library, limited to 25 people. £5 entrance fee. Steep stairs.
11 & 12 July September: On Saturday, our branch has stall at the Tewkesbury Medieval Fair and Battle Re-enactment. On Sunday the Gloucester Branch run the stall.
8 August: Annette Carson will be talking to us. Venue to be arranged.
12 September: Visit to Baddesley Clinton with a guided tour.
10 October: Talk by Sarah Thursfield entitled "Lady Burgh's seamstress, 1470's". Venue: Holy Innocents Church Hall, Kidderminster.
14 November: TBA. Venue: Holy Innocents Church Hall, Kidderminster.
12 December: Christmas Party at Upton Snodsbury Village Hall.
Contact our Secretary for details on meetings.
Secretary: Pam Benstead.
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
The Branch is in the process of arranging the programme for 2015. Events already arranged are as follows. Further events will appear here and on our web site in due course.
29 March, Palm Sunday, 2015: 'Battle of Towton Commemoration, Towton Hall'. The Branch will be attending the event with the Branch merchandise, publications and information. Our stall will be situated once again in the barn.
25 April 2015, 1pm: Arthur Cockerill Spring Lecture, Jacobs Well, Trinity Lane, York. 1:30pm: This year's Yorkshire Branch Spring Lecture will be given by David Santiuste. The subject will be Anglo - Scottish Relations during the Yorkist Period. The lecture will be followed by tea for members wishing to partake of refreshments.
6 June: Yorkshire Branch Study Day. Jacobs Well, Trinity Lane, York. 10am-5pm: The Branch Study Day this year will include five talks: The exact order of the talks is yet to be finalised but the subjects are as follows: Was William Shakespeare a closet Richardian by Lesley Lambert; Richard III and the Spanish Connection by Angela Moreton; Scandalous Popes by Lynda Telford; Get Thee Behind Me Henry Tudor by Pauline Harrison Pogmore; and Renaissance Astrology by Sheryl Haley. Lunch will be provided for those wishing for refreshments.
25 June: Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of King Richard III, Holy trinity Church, Micklegate, York. 1:30pm: This is a special event. Given king Richard's special connections with the north of England and York in particular, and bearing in mind that very few members would be able to attend services in Leicester, the branch decided to mark this special year with a Service in York. The service honours Richard's life and will include hymns, prayers, an address by the branch Chairman Angela Moreton and short readings from things written about Richard during his lifetime. The service is by ticket only and priced £7.50. Booking to branch members is now open. Society members are very welcome to join us if they wish to book after 1 March. For full details please contact the secretary..
24 August: Bosworth Commemoration. Church of St Mary and St Alkelda, Middleham: Full details of this event are still in the planning stage and will be announced on our web site shortly.
5 September: Branch AGM, Jacobs Well, Trinity Lane, York.
5 September (evening): Yorkshire Branch Annual Dinner, the Black Swan, Peasholm Green, York.
3 October: Yorkshire Branch Day. Jacobs, Well, Trinity Lane, York. The full programme to be announced.
Secretary: Pauline Harrison Pogmore.