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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. 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 20 in the UK as well as branches in America, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Recently the Continental Group has been reformed.

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. The activities usually combine a programme of meetings and talks and, in the UK and Europe, visits to Ricardian sites.

For any query regarding Branches or Groups please contact the Branches and Groups Liaison Officer, Jacqui Emerson.

In the table below is a list of the current 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.

 

Anniversaries in 2016

  1. Canadian Branch — 50th
  2. Lincolnshire Branch — 40th
  3. New Zealand Branch — 30th
  4. Worcester Branch — 30th
  5. Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Group — 30th

 

New Groups

The following groups have been proposed but their first meeting has yet to be arranged. If you are interested please contact:

  1. Cambridgeshire - J Sharon Camilletti
  2. Reading and West Berkshire - Clare Anderson

 

Branches & Groups study days

The dates for the Study Days so far are as follows. For more information please contact the relevant Secretary for the Group

  1. Leicestershire — 11 June 2016: ‘Life and Death in Richard's Leicester’.
  2. Norfolk — 11 June 2016: Castle Study Day.
  3. Yorkshire — 25 June 2016: Branch Study Day.
  4. Gloucester — 3 September 2016: Tim Porter Study Day.
  5. Greater Manchester — 17 September 2016: ‘King Arthur’.
  6. Norfolk — 12 November 2016: ‘Three Months One Summer - the disappearance of the Princes in the Tower’.

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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
Cittie of London Canada
Croydon Continental
Devon & Cornwall New South Wales (inc. Queensland), Australia
Dorset South Australia
Fotheringhay & District Victoria, Australia
Gloucester Western Australia
Greater Manchester New Zealand
Hull & District Ireland
Leicestershire  
Lincolnshire  
London & Home Counties  
Merseyside & West Lancashire  
Mid-Anglia  
Norfolk  
North East  
Northern Ireland  
North Mercia  
Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire  
Penrith & North Lakes  
Scottish  
Somerset  
South Cumbria  
South Staffordshire  
Stafford & District  
Surrey  
Sussex  
Thames Valley  
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, at 'York House, Stony Stratford' (not at members houses), 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.

2016 Branch Events:

20 February: The Legendary Ten Seconds.

19 March: ‘Duchess Cecily Neville’ - Joanna Laynsmith.

16 April: ‘The Wars of the Roses’ - John Ashdown-Hill.

21 May: ‘Viscount Francis Lovell’ - Richard Mark Hogg.

18 June: Day out with guided tours of Prebendal Manor & Southwick Hall.

16 July: Sizzling Summer BBQ.

22 October: 'Killed the Boar, Shaved his Head' - Bob Woosnam-Savage.

19 November (tbc): AGM in Stoney Stratford.

10 December: Christmas Lunch and Fotheringhay service.

Secretary: Jeanette Melbourne.

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Canadian Branch

The Canadian Branch, founded in 1966, has over 80 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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Cittie of London Group

The Cittie of London group is a newly founded group whose aim is to promote camaraderie and friendship amongst Ricardians. We plan to meet at least once a month when our members have the opportunity to participate in a variety of events ranging from dinners, museum visits, medieval fayres, walks and excursions, and are invited to take an active part in their planning.

We also plan to issue a quarterly newsletter, 'The Cittie Herald' together with monthly updates. Our membership fee is £2.50 per annum. On the 16th January 2016 we're holding a strategy meeting to work out our itinerary for the next 6 months. Do come and join us — you will be made very welcome!

2016 Branch Events:

19 March: Visit to St Etheldreda's Church, Holborn followed by lunch.

30 April: Visit to Medieval Galleries of the Victoria and Albert Museum.

7 May: Richard III's Coronation Walk.

18 June: Visit to Beauchamp Chapel and Warwick Castle.

7-10 July: Tewkesbury Medieval Festival Trip, including Battlefield Walk and day trip to Gloucester Cathedral.

Secretary: Gabriella Widman.

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Continental Group

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 reburial 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: Count Dr Charles Gauci.

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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.

2016 Branch Events:

25 June: 'Open garden' event at Seaford.

1 August: Visit to Old Palace, Croydon, where a plaque will be placed.

Autumn events currently in the planning stage are: A lecture on Florence and the Medicis by Rosemary Waxman; and a visit to Opus Anglicanum embroidery exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Dates to be confirmed.

Secretary: Denise Price.

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Devon & Cornwall Branch

The Devon and Cornwall Branch was founded in 1979. Meetings are held in Ford Park Cemetery Chapel, running from noon until approximately 3pm.

2016 Branch Events:

19 March: 'Richard III and his Wensleydale Connections' - Anne Painter.

18 June: Visit to Exeter organised by Bill Leedham.

6 August: Ricardian Concert - Ian Churchward.

8 October: AGM & talks by Rosemarie de Boyer and Shirley Stapley.

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.

2016 Branch Events:

12 March: Meeting 2pm at a member’s home in Broadstone. The topic will be 'Scotland in the late 15th century'.

21 May: 'The Military reasons why Richard III was defeated at the Battle of Bosworth'

Secretary: Babs Creamer.

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Fotheringhay & District

Fotheringhay and District Group is based near the picturesque village of Fotheringhay - the birthplace of King Richard III. This small village has borne witness to some big, on occasion controversial, events. Only 20 minutes from the historic city of Peterborough, the group is in the privileged position of having a wealth of history on our doorstep.

As well as sharing our love of history - particularly Ricardian/medieval - we support the work of the Friends of Fotheringhay Church where we can.

We have had a slow start to the group but in 2016 we are re-launching with a firm focus and will begin to explore and expand the potential of the group. We would love to welcome you. It is hoped that the group will meet at least six times during the year including formal meetings, with guest speakers and visits at a venue to be confirmed but within comfortable proximity to Fotheringhay village.

Meetings will normally take place on a weekend. Dates, times and venues will be posted online and via email when available.

Please e-mail Tammy or m: 07877 859798.

Website: http://www.fotheringhayanddistrict.wordpress.com, or find us on Facebook.

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Gloucester Branch

We have a friendly and active membership who participate in monthly meetings, Summer Field visits, social events and talks. Branch meetings and talks are held at 2.30pm on the first Saturday of each month and are usually held in the Emmanuel Hall, Leckhampton, Cheltenham which has easy access from all routes. Each meeting closes with a full tea. Meetings usually comprise of talks given by well-known guest speakers or discussions/short papers/presentations with several members contributing. We hope to provide something for everyone, whether you wish to sit back and listen or actively join in. New members are constantly joining and anyone with an interest in the period are really welcome to join us or just come along without any commitment to see if they enjoy the experience.

2016 Branch Events:

7 May: ‘Clandestine and Disparaged Marriage’ - Talk Dr Lynda Pidgeon.

4 June: ‘Aspects of Tudor England- what happened after Bosworth?’ - Illustrated talk by Carol Southworth.

2 July: ‘Elizabeth Woodville: the Real White Queen?’ - Illustrated talk by Dr Joanna Laynesmith.

10 July: Tewkesbury Medieval Festival.

6 August: A Medieval Meal by The Copper Pot ,”purveyors of Fine Historic Foods” - Full details to be finalized.

3 September: Tim Porter Study Day : Topics to be finalised.

1 October: Branch AGM followed by a short presentation, ‘English Medieval Saints’: an illustrated talk by Sylvia Charlewood.

5 November: ‘The De La Poles : The Forgotten Yorkists’ - Talk by Stephen David [To be confirmed].

3 December: Christmas Gathering - Festive food and drink by way of an informal introduction to the Christmas season.

PLEASE NOTE :

  • All meetings, unless otherwise indicated, will be held at the Emmanuel Hall, Fairfield Parade, Leckhampton, GL53 7PJ.
  • Meetings commence at 2:30pm 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 £3 will be made to offset costs. (£5 for non-Branch members).

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.

2016 Branch Events:

13 January: 'The Princes In The Tower' (DVD).

3 February: 'Castles of the Rising Sun - The End of Medieval Japan' Carole Pimblett.

2 March: 'Medieval Hunting' Lesley Irwin.

6 April: 'The 6th & 7th Crusades' Michael Tunnicliffe.

4 May: 'The Real Robyn Hoode' Mark Olly.

1 June: 'All The World's A Globe- The Elizabethan Theatre' Ann & Don Roach.

6 July: TBA Ryan Vernon.

7 September: 'Killed The Boar-Shaved His Head' Bob Woosnam-Savage.

5 October: TBA Mark Olly.

2 November: Branch AGM.

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.

Events for 2016 will be posted here when confirmed.

Contact: Laurie Fitzpatrick.

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Leicestershire Branch

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.

2016 Branch Events:

No meetings in January or February.

17 March: 'Richard's Back: death, scoliosis and myth making’ - Dr Mary Ann Lund.

21 April: ‘The Leicester's Ledger Stone’ - Lida Kindersley.

19 May: AGM.

11 June: Branch Study Day – ‘Life and Death in Richard's Leicester’ – further details will be posted here.

16 June: ‘The Medieval Storyteller’ - Gareth King.

9 July: Ashby-de-la-Zouch - museum, castle and church - Ken Hillier.

All meetings are held at the Richard III Visitor Centre, 4A St. Martins, Leicester. LE1 5DB commencing at 19.00. unless otherwise stated. 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

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 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.

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Merseyside and West Lancashire

We are a small and friendly new group for the Merseyside/West Lancashire area. Meetings are held at home in Southport, Merseyside and are presently arranged to be mutually convenient to our members. We are looking for people with an interest in all things connected with the life and times of Richard III to join us as we start to put together a programme of events. We already have plans in progress for visits in our area and are arranging dates for speakers to come and talk to us. We are planning to share a DVD with discussion to follow and a book review later in the year. We also hope to support events arranged by the Richard III Society. If you would like to join us as we make plans for our future, you will be most welcome! If you are interested in joining our enthusiastic group, please contact our secretary.

Secretary: Margaret Byrne, or t: 01704 231370

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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.

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!

2016 Branch Events:

26 March: Visit to Stowmarket Church.

21 May: Visit to Framlingham Castle and Church.

July: Visit (tbc).

September : Visit to Colchester Castle (tbc).

19 Nov: AGM in Bury St Edmunds.

Secretary: Janine Lawrence.

http://richardiiisocietymidanglia.wordpress.com

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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.

2016 Branch Events:

12 March: 'Uncle Richard' - a day of talks and a performance of the play (see Events page for more details).

2 April: ‘William Lord Hastings’ - a talk by Frances Sparrow.

11 June: Castle study day at Norwich Castle.

Eleanor, The Norwich Queen, and the bones from Whitefriars. Ticket price: £26 – all proceeds go to further scientific study of the CF2 bones from the Norwich Whitefriars.

 • 09:55 - Welcome by the Chairman, Norfolk Branch Richard III Society
 • 10:00 – 11:00 - Eleanor & her role in the story of Richard III – Dr John Ashdown-Hill
 • 11:00 – 11:30 - Coffee
 • 11:30 – 12:30 - CF2 – the female bones found at the Norwich Whitefriars – Michelle Williams-Ward PhD student, University of Bradford
 • 12:30 – 14:00 - Lunch
(there will be an opportunity to see the CF2 bones and other finds from the Whitefriars’ site.)
 • 14:00 – 15:00 - The new facial reconstruction of the CF2 skull – Caroline Erolin (via Skype)
 • 15:00 – 15:30 - Tea
 • 15:30 – 16:30 - Eleanor and CF2 – where we are now and the ways forward – Dr John Ashdown-Hill
 • 16:30 – 17:00 - Vote of thanks and close. Any extra questions could be fitted in here if required.

18 June: ‘The Medieval Housewife’ - Toni Mount.

16 July: 'Laughter and Tears' - Phil Stone, a personal account of the ups and downs and then excitement of that week in Leicester in 2015.

3 September: Bosworth - Finding the Battlefield - Richard Knox, 1485 Project Officer Leicestershire County Council.

12 November: Study Day – ‘Three Months One Summer - the disappearance of the Princes in the Tower’.

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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Northern Ireland Group

2016 Branch Events:

To be advised.

Secretary: Pamela Evans

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North Mercia Group

North Mercia Group

The North Mercia group was formed in March 2010. Members live in Cheshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire and east Flintshire. We also have ‘long distance members’ from Australia, Austria and all areas of the U.K. so anyone is welcome to join us, from within our area and beyond and will be kept informed of group events through the group programme and our newsletter ‘the Mercian Messenger’, by e-mail and our website: richardsarmy. 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 century 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 — 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 - talks from visiting speakers, and our own members purely voluntary, social events, picnics and outing to places of Ricardian and medieval interest within our area or further afield. As we belong to the Richard III Society we try and visit Bosworth Field and Fotheringhay, every other year. We also hold fund-raising events and in January we host a medieval banquet on the evening of ‘holly holy day’ – the first historic event in Nantwich.

2016 Branch Events:

6 Feb: Janus Day.

5 March: Professor Jane Evans - Analysing the skeleton of a king.

2 April: Bob Woosnam Savage - 'Killed the Boar, Shaved his Head' the violent death of King Richard III.

4 May: Mark Olly returns to talk to us about the Knights Templar.

3 June: An Evening With John Ashdown Hill.

9 or 16 July: Archery Day at Lichfield.

3 August: Bosworth Field guided tour.

September: A visit to Harvington Hall, Shropshire.

8 October: Medieval graffiti in parish churches.

12 November: TBC.

3 December: Christmas lunch at The Crown.

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.

2016 Branch Events:

8 February: Book/CD/DVD sale.

March: Talk by Jean Townsend (tbc).

16 April: Visit to Castle Donington and Calke Abbey.

21 - 22 May: 30th anniversary meal.

5 June: Visit to Oxford and Minster Lovell.

2 July: Home Meeting - preparation for Edinburgh Weekend.

29 July: 1st August - Edinburgh Weekend.

August: Nottingham or University Archives (tbc).

September: Visit to Peterborough (tbc).

September: Talk (tbc).

October: AGM (tbc).

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: June McIntyre.

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Somerset

A new Group is taking shape in Somerset. The Group meets in Wells, an unspoilt medieval walled City, with one of the nation's most beautiful medieval Cathedrals at its centre. We have so far met twice, in September and November 2015 and will be meeting again in March 2016.

As a Group we have Historians, Authors, Re-enactors, creative craft people, Readers, Researchers, Genealogists and Musicians; all people keen to discuss their passion for Richard's life, time and reputation and feeling a strong connection in perhaps some inexplicable way. The wealth of experience and knowledge as well as a true feeling of fellowship and genuine enthusiasm is truly heartening. We have taken our first steps towards a vibrant, creative, friendly and enjoyable Ricardian fellowship in Somerset. Come and join us!

2016 Branch Events:

16 April: Drop in Coffee morning at Rugantinos Restaurant Wells

21 May: Two talks interspersed with discussion and afternoon tea. Topics will be 'Edward IV' and ‘Looking at the reconstruction of King Richard's head, and compare it with portraits of him from the time’.

18 June: Drop in Coffee morning at Rugantino's Restaurant Wells.

Secretary: Helena Smith.

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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 at the Lychgate Tavern, Victoria Square, Wolverhampton on the last Friday of the month, starting at 3pm.

2016 Branch Events:

27 May: We conclude our theme of women in Richard's life. This time Elizabeth Woodville and Isabel, Duchess of Clarence.

24 June: A visit to Leicester by train.

29 July: We start our theme on men in the life of Richard.

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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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.

2016 Branch Events:

12 March: Margaret Beaufort - talk by Karen Rex.

9 April: Edmund Beaufort - The search for an Inheritance by Stephen David.

11 June: Visit to Hatfield House.

16 - 17 July: July Weekend visit to Ludlow and Leominster.

Secretary: Rollo Crookshank.

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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.

2016 Branch Events:

5 March: Group outing to 'Good King Richard' play in London.

15 April: Meeting and talk by Peter Wallace on 'The Nevilles'.

17 June: Meeting and talk, subject to be arranged.

27 August: Group outing to Herstmonceux Medieval Festival, East Sussex.

16 September: Meeting and talk by James Herbert on 'Is St George’s Chapel, Windsor a Renaissance Building?'.

30 September: Meal in Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex to mark Richard III's birthday.

18 November: AGM to be followed by a talk by Margaret on 'Alice de la Pole'.

Details of meetings, venues and so on can be obtained from:

Secretary: Wendy Ahl.

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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. From January 2016 the meetings will be held at Wokingham 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.

2016 Branch Events:

21 May: Visit to Donnington Castle and talk by Dr David Peacock.

8 June: Visit to Frogmore.

16 July: Visit to Chertsey.

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: Alison Carman.

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

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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.

Events for 2016 will be posted here when confirmed.

Secretary: Pam Benstead.

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

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Yorkshire Group

Yorkshire Branch

TThe Yorkshire Branch is one of the oldest Branches in the Society, founded in 1960 at the time of the 500th anniversaries of the battles of Wakefield and Towton. Membership of our Branch now exceeds 200, with members worldwide. Our Branch gives members a full programme of affordable events, three issues of our Branch magazine Blanc Sanglier (December, April and August), three Newsletters, and a monthly Update for members on email with information on all relevant topics as it comes in. (The Updates are also available in print form for the cost of a second class stamp).

The Branch does not hold monthly local meetings due to the large area covered, but offers a programme of events which take place mostly through spring, summer and autumn, with few winter events. Most of our events take place in York. Branch activities include an Annual Lecture, Study Day, battle commemorations, trips, AGM, a Dinner and a Branch Day. The Branch has a printing arm, Rosalba Press; a library; a research officer; and a range of appropriate merchandise.

The Branch has in recent years celebrated two significant events. In 2010 we celebrated our 50th anniversary, with a full day of events and a mediaeval banquet at Bedern Hall in York. In June 2015 we held a service in celebration of the life of Richard III at the Priory Church of Holy Trinity, Micklegate, York. We also initiate projects close to the hearts of members in Yorkshire: we have placed a plaque in the Bridge Chapel in Wakefield commemorating Edmund, Earl of Rutland, Richard’s brother, who previously had no memorial anywhere.

We are always available to meet members visiting Yorkshire, to show them around and welcome them to our events. Information on our branch and our 2016 programme is available on our website or from the Secretary.

2016 Branch Events:

23 April: Arthur Cockerill Spring Lecture 1.30pm. Jacobs Well, Trinity Lane, York. Title and speaker to be announced.

25 June: Yorkshire Branch Study Day. Jacobs Well, Trinity Lane, York 10am-5pm. The provisional programme includes talks on the Templars by a member of the Order, Arms and Armour, Medieval Marriage, and the stained glass of All Saints, North Street, York. A buffet lunch will also be available, at extra cost. The programme for the day will be announced later.

6 July: Fountains Abbey Visit. A fully guided tour led by one of our Committee Members who is a former National Trust guide.

21 August: Battle of Bosworth Commemoration. St Mary and St Alkelda, Middleham. Time to be announced.

3 September: Yorkshire Branch AGM. Jacobs Well, Trinity Lane, York. 1.30pm.

3 September: Yorkshire Branch Annual Dinner. Time and venue to be announced.

Secretary: Pauline Harrison Pogmore t: 0114 2586097.

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