As a Ricardian, it’s one of my annual pleasures to go to Tewkesbury each year for the Medieval Festival. Year upon year it seems to get bigger and bigger with more stalls, more re-enactors, more varied entertainment than ever.
I think the success of Tewkesbury highlights the dwindling demise of the Bosworth event as this year it was sadly lacking. There were precious few stalls and even re-enactor numbers were down on last year. Largely, the reason for this is surely the admission price for us, the paying public and also the fee the stall-holders have to pay. Talking to one chap whilst browsing his stall, I was horrified to learn it was costing him £250 just to be there! He’d have to go a long way to earn that on what he was selling especially when fuel was taken into account, and all this before he made any profit at all!
There is no admission fee at Tewkesbury if you walk into the site and a £5 charge to park the car. There is no set price for the programme as there is an opportunity to offload loose change into the collection bucket. Perhaps the difference is Bosworth is run by the County Council while Tewkesbury has a Festival Committee to organise it.
The Tewkesbury result is a great celebration for we Ricardians because we can shout and holler “A York! A York!” until we are hoarse! This year we were able to do it at Bosworth too as they staged the “alternative result” of the battle and Richard won!
These photographs show the paucity of numbers at Bosworth on the Saturday afternoon of the Festival, the Yorkist victory and the view over the battlefield from Dadlington towards Stoke Golding church. It’s easy to see why the villagers of Stoke Golding climbed the church tower to view the battle – they had a grandstand view!
I’m actually considering giving Bosworth a miss next year. However, it’s great meeting up with fellow Ricardians and visiting the Society stall, which has pole position in the stall stakes – it’s right in front of the entrance through to the battlefield, so absolutely no-one can miss it!
Tewkesbury, though is another matter. I would not miss it for the world and look forward to each July and my week spent in glorious Pershore. The highlight of that week is always the Medieval Festival and I heartily recommend it to you all!
Here is a flyer to get a 35% discount off the paperback version of Joanna Laynesmith’s book about Cecily, Duchess of York.
She was the daughter-in-law of Anne Mortimer, the niece by marriage of Edmund Mortimer, 5th Earl of March and the mother of king Edward IV, so she was very much at the heart of the Wars of the Roses. The author, Joanna Laynesmith, is one of the speakers at the joint Mortimer History Society and Richard III Society conference on the Mortimer Inheritance of the Yorkists in Ludlow on 29th June.
I’ve placed my order. Bearing in mind the price of the hardback, it’s an offer almost too good to resist.
About a hundred Society members attended a service, as near to six months after his passing as possible, at Westminster Cathedral. There were readings from Philippa Langley and Dave Perry and a variety of hymns and traditional music, including some from William Byrd, an ecumenical post-Reformation composer with strong Essex links.
I, like many of us over the years, have become used to following John to unfamiliar premises for heritage purposes and services and this tradition continues without his physical presence. The service was followed by a well-organised reception in the adjacent Cathedral Hall.
Harwich Town station is the end of the line, a twenty-five minute ride from Manningtree and the north-eastern extremity of Essex. As you cross the main road from the station car park, turning left takes you past a series of old buildings with Harwich Society plaques amid a modern setting. Some of these commemorate people such as Pepys, Christopher Newport the Jamestown settler and Christopher Jones, of Mayflower fame but the first of these is the site of the inn known as The Three Cups (left). Eventually, you will reach the Ha’penny Pier, from which the busy Port of Felixstowe is visible. Indeed, a passenger ferry across the rivers operates on most summer days.
Harwich is situated on the south bank of the confluence of the rivers Stour and Orwell. Between them lies the Shotley peninsula, which also features the village of Holbrook. Warner (Edward II, The Unconventional King, p.216)…
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I am informed by Sue Wells that Sudeley Castle no longer give discount on presentation of Richard III Society membership cards.
Please see below a reminder from Jeanette Melbourne about registering for the AGM.
A reminder that if you wish to attend the AGM and Members’ Day please register your place by e‐mail to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by completing and returning the booking form which was previously published in the June Bulletin.
The Dean of Leicester has invited members of the Society to a reception at the Cathedral. Evening Prayer (which you are more than welcome to attend) takes place at 5.30 p.m. The reception will take place immediately after this (approx. 15 mins). Please also confirm if you wish to attend this function.
The following has been received from the Society: