Protecting, preserving, and promoting Worcester's World Heritage.
His Grace The Duke of Hamilton ~ Lord Faulkner of Worcester Lord Selkirk of Douglas ~ Prof. Ronald Hutton
The Hon. Lady Rosalind Morrison ~ Mr. Henry Berkeley
President: Benjamin Humphrey JP, FRSA
Chairman: Richard Shaw
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The society does not exist as a reenactment society nor does it exist as a solely academic one. It believes that both are an integral part of protecting, preserving and promoting the heritage of this hugely significant battle.
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The Battle of Worcester Society is a membership society that is seeking charitable status to achieve the following;
The object of the Charity is to advance the education of the public including school children and university students on the impact and importance of the Battle of Worcester 1651 and the whole of the English Civil Wars period on local, national and international history. Activities include supporting the establishment of historical plaques and monuments, the planning and management of dinners, lectures and conferences. The Charity also publishes books, pamphlets and digital information and holds an annual drumhead service of commemoration.
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Produced by the Worcestershire LEP and the Worcester City Council our President and former Chairman, Ben Humphrey has fronted a mini-documentary that will be used as a marketing tool for Worcestershire as the home of Liberty and Democracy.
At just over 8mins in length it is a fabulous introduction to a fascinating part of history that is often forgotten.
Worcestershire: The Home of Liberty and Democracy
The Mayoral Party and Worcester Re-enactors Parade went well on Sunday 3rd September, 2017; the 366th anniversary of the Battle of Worcester. Despite the rain quite a crowd paraded to The Vue Cinema.
More than 200 people attended the free world premiere of the film The Battle of Worcester. The film was been made my the Root 2 Fruit Media production company under the auspices of local boy Joe Gaffney. It will be shown at The Commandery on a permanent basis to accompany the new Battle of Worcester exhibition recently opened at the Museum. Amongst those in the audience were local MP Robin Walker, the MP for Selby and Ainsty, Mr Nigel Adams a direct descendant of John Adams, second President of the USA and Councillor Steve Mackay, the Mayor of Worcester accompanied by his wife Alison, Worcester Re-enactors and the Chairman of the Battle of Worcester Society Richard Shaw and many members of the Society.
After the film the parade continued to The Commandery where liquid refreshment, supplied by The Cardinal’s Hat, was partaken (at 21st Century prices). Later the Mayor and Worcester Re-enactors led the parade to the top of Fort Royal Hill where the Drumhead Service led by The Reverend Canon Dr Alvyn Petterson took place. The service commemorated 3,200 Scottish and English soldiers who died and an unknown number civilians. A minute’s silence was marked by a volley of musket fire. The parade returned to the Commandery for a second showing of this unique film.
The Chairman of the Battle of Worcester Society thanked all of those who had played such a major part in the proceedings, Worcester Re-enactors, the Mayoral Party, MPs Walker and Adams, The Commandery, Vue Cinema, The Cardinal’s Hat, Canon Petterson and those who worked hard behind the scenes.
The final two events of September for BOWS are as follows:
Thursday, 21st September in the Great Hall at The Commandery, Sidbury, Worcester, local historian, BOWS member and direct descendant of Oliver Cromwell, Howard Robinson will be talking about the Battle of Powick Bridge, the first major engagement of the Civil War which occurred on 23rd September 1642, which has its 375th anniversary this year. Howard's talk is entitled 'Worcester, where England's Sorrows Began and Where they are Happily Ended.' The talk starts at 7.00 p.m. but doors are open at 6.00 p.m. The Commandery cafe will be open from 6.00 p.m. and 7.00 p.m.
Saturday, 23rd September, is the 375th anniversary of above mentioned Battle of Powick Bridge. At 11.00 a.m. Worcester Re-enactors will lead a parade from Powick Parish Church (to a peal of the bells), across the meadows (and very busy road) to the Old Powick Bridge where a Drumhead Service will be held to commemorate those who died in the skirmish. A minute’s silence will be marked by a volley of musket fire. The Worcester Re-enactors will then return to the Red Lion at Powick for liquid refreshment!
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