History of the Worcestershire Branch
of the Richard III Society 2000 - 2006

2000 Author Geoffrey Richardson entertained the branch in May with his talk on Richard's Henchmen.

Christmas Medieval Banquet, which marked the tenth anniversary of our branch status.

The branch's own web site launched.

Branch history available in four files containing details of all our activities since the group was formed in 1982.

Trips to Great Malvern Priory, Broughton Castle, Tewkesbury Battle Re-enactment, Worcester, and Kilpeck, Abbey Dore, Bacton, St Margaret's, finishing in Hay-on-Wye.

Donation of £35 to the Tewkesbury Tower Restoration Fund.

2001 The Chairman talked about Richard, the society and branch, on the afternoon show on BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester in January.

Web site address changed to http://www.richardiiiworcs.co.uk.

Entrance money for meeting at St Leonard's Church Room Beoley went towards the collection for erecting a glass screen between the bell ringing area and the nave.

Article about Ralph Richardson, Branch Chairman, and Richard III in Redditch Advertiser on March 28.

Annual subscription raised to £6 and entrance fee to indoor meetings increased to £1.50 at AGM on April 7. Before the AGM we were able to see the charter given by Edward IV to Bewdley.

Trips to Lord Leycester's Hospital, Tewkesbury Battle Re-enactment, St Andrew's Churches at Shelsley Walsh and Stockton-on-Teme, Pembridge, Eardisley and Hay on Wye.

Talks on Southern Ireland, Medieval Church Furnishings, Elizabeth Woodville and the Battle of Tewkesbury.

Branch had a display at the Travel Through Time Fair on Chapter Meadows in Worcester on September 2nd.

The year ended with a wonderful Christmas lunch and a trip to Fotheringhay for the Carol Service.

Donation of £45.75 to Sutton Cheney church.

2002 The Chairman dispelled myths about Richard III in the Guildhall at Much Wenlock on June 8th, to open the Much Wenlock Festival's exhibition on Richard III, lent by Geoffrey Wheeler on behalf of the Richard III Society.

This was preceded by our branch meeting in the medieval splendour of the Guildhall, when Doug Weeks spoke about William Caxton. Many grateful thanks to the Festival Committee for letting us use the Guildhall.

The branch had a display and stall in the main marquee at the Tewkesbury Medieval Fayre and Battle Re-Enactment, selling society goods, Geoffrey Richardson's books and food.

The Chairman helped organise a display on its history in St Leonard's Church Beoley, including information on Bosworth in honour of William Sheldon who fought for the King at the battle and is buried in the church. Michael K. Jones was there both days signing copies of his new book "Bosworth 1485: Psychology of a Battle".

Trips to Worcester Cathedral, Great Malvern Priory, Billesley Trussell, Aston Cantlow, Wootton Wawen, Henley-in-Arden, the Lenches, Little Malvern Priory and Ledbury.

Sir Thomas More dropped by to give us his story, we taxed our brains with a quiz, met the American Ricardians, enjoyed three short talks by members and finished the year with another feast at our Christmas lunch.

Donation of £47 to Little Malvern Priory.

2003 Talks by Dr Michael K. Jones on his latest book Bosworth 1485 Psychology of a Battle, and Kevin Down on Richard III and His Churchmen.

Trips to Much Wenlock Priory, Leominster Medieval Fair and Re-enactment of the Battle of Mortimer’s Cross, Tewkesbury Medieval Fair and Battle Re-enactment, Belbroughton and Chaddesley Corbett, and Guy’s Cliffe.

Other meetings were a quiz, a play reading, AGM, business meeting and fund-raiser, and Christmas lunch.

Geoffrey Richardson became an honorary member of the branch at our AGM, but sadly died on May 8th.

The branch had a tent and display on the second day of the Leominster Medieval Fair, courtesy of the festival committee. We sold Geoffrey Richardson's books and society goods.

The branch had a display both days in the main marquee at the Tewkesbury Medieval Fair, courtesy of the Tewkesbury Battlefield Society. We sold Geoffrey Richardson's books and society goods.

Linda Treybig’s party of American Ricardians met us at Tewkesbury Medieval Fair.

Ralph took his successful impersonation of Sir Thomas More to the Norfolk Branch on Saturday October 11th.

The West Midlands Branch has disbanded and let us have a lot of books from their branch library to add to our branch library and also our own personal collections. We had a collection and made a donation to the RCRF as thanks for their generosity.

The collection taken instead of giving Christmas cards raised £50 for St James’ Church, Oddingley.

Donation made to the Worcester Cathedral Adopt A Book Scheme which was used to repair GK9 Vindiciae Ecclesiae Anglicanae printed by Felicem Kyngstonum of London in 1625. The wording is: Commemorating the visit of King Richard III to the Cathedral on Tuesday August 5th 1483.

2004 Sadly three branch members died in 2004: Rita Carpenter, Ron James and Jan Lammas. Sixteen members of the branch went to Jan’s funeral at the crematorium in Redditch. Ralph Richardson spoke for all of us in his moving tribute to Jan.

Talks on the Castles of Herefordshire by David Whitehead, on John Morton - the Spin Doctor of the Day by Ann Allen, Medieval Mystery Plays and Guilds by Judith Sealey, and Staying Clean in Medieval England by Val Sibley.

Trips to Hereford, Leominster Medieval Fair and Re-enactment of the Battle of Mortimer’s Cross, Hellens, Tewkesbury Medieval Fair and Battle Re-enactment, Evesham’s Almonry Museum, Atherstone, Merevale and the alternative site for the battle of Bosworth, the Shakespeare Centre in Stratford-on-Avon.

Other meetings were browse and borrow, with the contents of the entire branch library available, together with display panels and the branch history; a debate entitled “Richard III is the only credible suspect for the murder of the princes in the Tower”; AGM, a business meeting and Christmas lunch.

The branch had a tent and display on the first day of the Leominster Medieval Fair, courtesy of the festival committee.

The branch had a display both days in the main marquee at the Tewkesbury Medieval Fair, courtesy of the Tewkesbury Battlefield Society. We sold books by Geoffrey Richardson and Brian Wainwright, and society goods.

David Luitweiler of the American Branch visited us at Tewkesbury Medieval Fair. His report is in the “Ricardian Register”, Fall, 2004, on pages 12 - 15. Find it in our branch library!

The branch gave a donation of £50 to St Mary's Church Astley, which we visited on September 11, instead of giving each other Christmas cards.

2005 Sadly branch member Margaret Bellamy died in 2005.

Talks on the location of the battle of Bosworth, the research for Joanna’s book on the Last Medieval Queens, and Dominic Mancini.

Trips to Ludlow Castle and Church, Huddington and Dormston Churches followed by a strawberry cream tea at Judith Chamberlayne’s house, Tewkesbury Medieval Fair and Battle Re-enactment, the Churches at Ripple and Queenhill, and Lichfield Cathedral.

Other meetings were a quiz, the AGM with a library browse, a business meeting and fund raiser, and Christmas bring and share tea with wine and juice bought from branch funds.

The branch had a display and sales stall both days in the main marquee at the Tewkesbury Medieval Fair, courtesy of the Tewkesbury Battlefield Society.

David Luitweiler of the American Branch visited us at Tewkesbury Medieval Fair. His report will be in the “Ricardian Register”. Find it in our branch library!

The branch made a donation of £50 to the Tewkesbury Statue Fund instead of sending each other Christmas cards.

2006

Talks on Stamp Collecting, Perkin Warbeck, Carreg Cennen Castle and Richard III and his Inheritance.

Trips to Goodrich Castle, Tewkesbury Medieval Fair and Battle Re-enactment,the churches at Norton and Wickhamford in Worcestershire, and Gloucester Cathedral.

Other meetings were the AGM, with a tour of St Nicholas' Church, our Twentieth Anniversary Banquet and the Christmas bring and share tea with wine and juice bought from branch funds. We cancelled the September meeting as our original destination wasn't available.

The branch had a display both days in the main marquee at the Tewkesbury Medieval Fair, courtesy of the Tewkesbury Battlefield Society. We sold books by Geoffrey Richardson and Brian Wainwright, and society goods.

The branch made a donation of £50 to St Giles Church Packwood Warwickshire to help rebuild its tower instead of sending each other Christmas cards.

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