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
The Battle of Worcester Society is committed to bringing the fascinating and vital heritage behind the battle of 1651 to life for all members of the public. We have organised re-enactments, lectures, services, workshops, performances, radio docu-dramas, and much, much more since being founded in 2003. Members of the public are welcome at all our events throughout the year but society members are normally given a priority booking period with events that require ticketing. They are also offered discounts on all events (sometimes events are free to members) so why not look into becoming a member and take advantage of what the society has to offer?
DRUMHEAD SERVICE AND CROMWELL DAY
Saturday 1 September 2018 - FREE EVENT
The Battle of Worcester Society is hosting a joint event to commemorate those who died on 3rd September 1651.
The Cromwell Association has its own events during the day but will join the Society at:-
5.00 p.m. The Guildhall, High Street, Worcester
A parade led by the Worcester Re-enactors, the Mayor, Councillor Jabba Riaz and his Mayoral Party, Chairman of the Society Richard Shaw and BoWS and Cromwell Association members and members of the public, will make its way to The Commandery
5:30 p.m. The Great Hall where the Cardinal’s Hat will have set up a 17th century bar.
6:45 p.m. Parade from Commandery to Fort Royal Hill.
7.00 p.m. A Cannon will fire on Fort Royal Hill; Introduction by BoWS Chairman; Service by Canon Michael Brierley; a few words from the Cromwell Association President; Re-enactors to fire musket volleys to mark the beginning and end of one minute’s silence.
7.30 p.m. Process back to the Commandery
UNVEILING OF INFORMATION BOARDS AT THE CONFLUENCE OF THE RIVERS SERVERN AND TEME
Sunday 2nd September, 2018 a BATTLE OF WORCESTER HERITAGE PARTNERSHIP PROJECT
The Heritage Partnership is an amalgamation of all parties which have an interest in the battle such as: The Battlefield Trust, The Cromwell Association, The Sealed Knot, The Commandery, The Cathedral, Worcester City Council and of course BoWS. They meet quarterly in the Guildhall and former BoWS Chairman, Grant Simmonds is the Chairman. Their project to provide an Information Board to mark the site of the two Bridges of Boats at the confluence of the rivers Teme and Severn has come to fruition.
The timetable is:-
10.30 a.m. The Ketch Viewpoint Tony Spicer will give a talk on the Battle of Worcester making specific reference to the tactical importance of the Bridges of Boats. If the weather is fine it may not be possible to find a parking space at the Viewpoint as the Boot Sale in the field opposite is extremely popular.
11.30 a.m. Mr Cecil Duckworth will unveil the Information Board situated on the east riverbank opposite the confluence. Access to the confluence of the rivers is via the public footpath which runs along the east bank of the River Severn. The manager of the Ketch Caravan Park has given members of The Society and The Association permission to park in the car park which is on the A38 next to B and M Bargains/Aldi on one side and The Ketch public house on the other. There will then be a walk down a steepish hill, turn right through the caravan park (public footpath) to the site of the information boards.
BATTLE OF WORCESTER RUN – “Crossing Rivers”
Monday 3rd September, 2018 367th Anniversary of the Battle of Worcester
Start 7.00 p.m. Meeting at the Civil War Viewpoint (more familiarly known as The Ketch Viewpoint), just east of the Carrington Bridge. There are five legs to the run and at each of the five points a short talk will be given about the history at that point. Talks will last about one minute each. The run is 7,000 metres long. Other runners are welcome to join in. Not a race, it is a running history tour, see you there?
CIVIL WAR NIGHTS – EXTRA NIGHT!
Thursday 6th September, 2018
The Welsh Linnet – a talk by A J Lyndon
Doors open 6.00 p.m. Refreshments from Commandery Café. Talk begins at 7.00 p.m. Tickets £5
A J Lyndon talks about the inspiration for her first book, The Welsh Linnet and the research undertaken to write about the English Civil Wars. This book is the first of three; the final one will feature the Battle of Worcester.
BATTLE OF WORCESTER WALK
JOINT BATTLEFIELD TOUR – Battlefields Trust and the Battle of Worcester Society
SATURDAY 29th SEPTEMBER 2018
Morning Tour by Car: Meet at 1030 a.m. at The Ketch Viewing Point (off junction A4440/A38T)
Lunch Stop: Manor Farm Pub, Malvern Road, Worcester WR2 4BS with display of artefacts: touch and feel history!
Afternoon Walking Tour: Meet 2.30 p.m. outside The Commandery, Sidbury, Worcester WR1 2HU for a 1-2 mile walk
A unique event organised by Accredited Battlefield Guide Anthony Rich linking two but separate tours of this famous battle.
Free event for members but a suggested donation of £5 for non-members.
For further details please ring 01905 358640
CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP
Saturday 6th October 2018 - 10.30 a.m. - 1.30 p.m.
The Commandery, Sidbury, Worcester
Cost: £20 per person.
Local writer Sue Johnson is donating a Creative Writing Workshop in aid of the A & J Monument Appeal. Sue is published as a poet, short story writer and novelist and is a Writing Magazine Home Study Tutor. (Further details of her work can be found at www.writers-toolkit.co.uk). The workshop will be held in The Commandery, Sidbury, Worcester and is open to all writers from beginners to the more experienced. The fee includes tea, coffee and home-made cake. I am going to give it a go. I hope many of you will join me for what promises to be an interesting and enjoyable morning which will also help the Monument Appeal Fund.
Please ring Christine on 01905 358640 or email her on firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place. Payment can be made in advance by cheque made out to The Battle of Worcester Society or on the day by cash or cheque.