History of the Worcestershire Branch
of the Richard III Society 2011 - 2014

2011

The Branch celebrated 25 years in existence this year, first as a Group, then as a Branch.

Talks on Max Keen’s version of Richard III; York and Tudor - a pattern of rulers by Richard Thompson; The Mortimers by Mickie O’Neill.

Trips to Rock and Witley Churches, an evening walk around Wolverley, and St Alphege’s Church in Solihull.

Other meetings were Medieval Needlecraft, AGM and visit to the Beauchamp Chapel at Newland, Twenty-fifth Anniversary Banquet, a Demonstration of Medieval Armour and the Christmas Bring and Share Tea with wine and juice bought from branch funds.

The branch had a display for one day in the main marquee at the Tewkesbury Medieval Fair, courtesy of the Tewkesbury Battlefield Society, with the Gloucestershire Branch doing the honours on the second day.

The Branch made a donation of £35 to Middleham Church to help with repairs instead of sending each other Christmas cards.

2012

Talks on Edward IV's Illegitimacy, Katherine Swynford, Roger Mortimer - The Greatest Traitor?, Nicolas Von Popplelau And His Germany, and The Tragic Reign Of Henry VI and Towton, England's Most Brutal Battle.

Trips to Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre, Stokesay Castle, Medieval Bromsgrove, Hartlebury Castle and Wilden Church.

Other meetings were Medieval Cookery, AGM at the Church House Areley Kings and St Bartholomew's Church next door, and the Christmas Bring and Share Tea with wine and juice bought from branch funds.

The branch had a display for one day in the main marquee at the Tewkesbury Medieval Fair, courtesy of the Tewkesbury Battlefield Society, with the Gloucestershire Branch doing the honours on the second day.

The branch made a donation of £75 towards the dig at Greyfriars in Leicester and 12 members also gave individual amounts.

The branch made a donation of £26 to Tewkesbury Battlefield Society to help with The Arrivall statues instead of sending each other Christmas cards.

2013

Talks on The Cotswolds in the Wars of the Roses, The Stanley Influence, Medieval Magnates: A Study of the Percy Family, Sir Thomas More, Tedstone Wafre and the Mortimer Connection.

Trips to Upton Cressett Hall, Lower Brockhampton, Pershore for the evening walk, Temple Balsall.

Other meetings were AGM at St Leonard’s Church Hall Beoley and the Christmas Bring and Share Tea with wine and juice bought from branch funds.

The branch had a display for one day in the main marquee at the Tewkesbury Medieval Fair, courtesy of the Tewkesbury Battlefield Society, with the Gloucestershire Branch doing the honours on the second day.

The branch made a donation of £60 to The Brooke, an animal charity, in memory of founder member Janet Long who died this year, instead of sending each other Christmas cards.

2014

Talks on the Battle of Flodden, TV Drama and Medieval History, Bosworth Field: The Conduct and Motivation of the Yorkist Magnates, Aspects of Tudor England: What Happened after Bosworth, The Wydeviles (Lynda Pidgeon), More on the Search for Richard (John Ashdown-Hill).

Trips to Alcester for a guided walk in the evening, Hampton Court Castle for the re-enactment of the Battle of Mortimer’s Cross, and Leicester for the King Richard III Visitor Centre.

Other meetings were the AGM at the Church of the Sacred Heart and St Catherine of Alexandria in Droitwich, the Branch Open Day at The Oaks near Harvington and the Christmas Bring and Share Tea at Upton Snodsbury with wine and juice bought from branch funds.

The branch had a display for one day in the main marquee at the Tewkesbury Medieval Fair, courtesy of the Tewkesbury Battlefield Society, with the Gloucestershire Branch doing the honours on the second day.

The branch made a donation to MacMillan Cancer Support, in memory of members Jean Hill and Kathleen Whitehouse who died this year, instead of sending each other Christmas cards.

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