The North Mercia Group of the Richard III Society has earned the title, ‘A Happy Band of Ricardians’ courtesy of the Chairman!
We are a happy, friendly Group, not seriously academic, but with an interest in all things connected with Richard III and the medieval period.
The group was initially formed in March 2010 with eleven founder members, but we now number over thirty with eight long distance members. These are members and friends from all over the country and two from abroad, one in Austria and one in Australia.
Our area encompasses south Cheshire, North Shropshire,Staffordshire and Flintshie but if any member from further afield wishes to join then you will be most welcome. Anyone can join!!!
Meetings are held on the second Saturday of February, March, May and October. The April meetings depend on when Easter falls. There is a Group outing in June and September and in August we go to Bosworth or have a memorial meal at ‘The Boar’s Head’ at Walgherton, a few miles from Nantwich. The November meeting is held on the first Saturday and we have a Christmas Lunch at the Crown Hotel Nantwich on the first or second Saturday of December
Meetings are held at members’ homes or the Crown Hotel Nantwich, where we have a free room in the old part of the hotel as long as we partake of lunch beforehand. An admirable arrangement which suits one and all.
The North Mercia Group enjoys well-developed links with the Greater Manchester Branch. Group members may participate in the wide range of trips that the Branch offers.
As well as attending the Bosworth Memorial Weekend we pay for the tower of Ludlow Church to be floodlit on August 22nd and October 2nd in memory of Richard. This donation is reported in the local paper and acknowledged in the south porch.
We also pay for a Requiem Mass to be held for Richard, his Queen Anne and their son, Edward, Prince of Wales at Swinnerton Roman Catholic Church, the private chapel of Lord Stafford, who lives at Swinnerton Hall.