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(Mar 07, 2018)
WORLD WIDE ROBIN HOOD SOCIETY CELEBRATES 20 YEARS AS ONE OF THE LEADING INFORMATION SOURCES ON ALL ASPECTS OF THE LEGENDARY SHERWOOD OUTLAW. On March 17th 2018, the Nottingham-based World Wide Robin Hood Society will mark its 20th Anniversary Year with a programme of varied initiatives including: *The publication of a new book about Robin Hood and the legend’s global impact. *A local cookery contest to find the best recipe for a Robin Hood Pie. *Anniversary theme to the Society’s annual “Feather in Your Cap” business awards. *A children’s story writing competition. *Developing an illustrated Robin Hood talk available to groups and societies. Although the Society was originally a membership-based organisation, over the last 2 decades it has evolved into one of the leading internet-based information resources on all things associated with Robin Hood. It is used extensively by the media and the tourism industry and the Society has contributed to numerous global television documentaries and historical features including BBC’s The One Show; Sky Travel Channel’s “Expedition Unknown” series and French TV’s “Secrets Histoire” series. The Society has also participated in hundreds of radio programmes around the globe, including South America, the USA, Europe, Korea and Australia. Society Chairman, Bob White, said “The very first Robin Hood Society was established in London in the 1700’S and was a club or assembly for public debate. It held its popular, regular meetings in the Robin Hood public house in Butcher Row, near Temple Bar, which is how the Society acquired its name. In the 1970’s, a Nottingham-based Robin Hood Society was created by the local historian and Robin Hood expert, Jim Lees, and its members often dressed up in costume as various characters from the Sherwood tales and helped raise funds for local charities. In the Nineties, Nottingham City Council joined forces with the Nottingham Evening Post and set up a Robin Hood Club especially aimed at youngsters, which featured a series of cartoon woodland animals known as “The Tails of Sherwood”. The present day, internet-based World Wide Robin Hood Society was originally the inspiration of co-founder and sponsor, Mike Douglas from Hull, who established a successful communications business in Nottingham in the late 1990’s. He said “Over the past twenty years the Society has seen many changes but the phenomenal global interest in Robin Hood has never faltered and the legendary outlaw continues to be an iconic figure with a massive international fan base, and he regularly features in new films, books and the global media.” For further information contact Bob White on e-mail at bob@robinhood.info or by phone on (0115) 9523183 or mobile 07504 852731 or visit the Society website at www.robinhood.info Read more...
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In Popular Culture

Over the centuries, the telling and re-telling of the traditional Robin Hood tales has resulted in endless interpretations being created, embracing a diverse miscellany of comic books, fashion, pantomime, movies, television, computer games and popular sayings etc. With a distinct lack of undisputed historical evidence being available, each "storyteller" has revelled in the opportunity to use their unbridled imagination to add their own twists and embellishments to the much-loved legend. As a result, fiction has triumphed over fact and created a Robin Hood "brand" that has become a million times richer as an icon of popular culture than as a genuine historical figure!

ROBIN HOOD FEATURES IN THE ISLE OF MAN’S 2016 CHRISTMAS STAMP COLLECTION

 Robin Hood’s popular role in the traditional “Babes in the Wood” pantomime has secured him a place in the Isle of Man Post Office’s fun filled set of stamps celebrating the world of pantomime at Christmas. His trademark “hat with a feather” features on the 1.86p stamp - one of a series of six designed and illustrated by The Fresh Group.

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ROBIN HOOD AT XMAS: Some surprising seasonal links with the Sherwood legend

ROBIN HOOD’S LINKS WITH CHRISTMAS!  So what on earth has Robin Hood got to do with Christmas? BOB WHITE, Chairman of the World Wide Robin Hood Society looks at some of the ways in which the outlaw hero’s legendary status in global popular culture has developed links with the traditional festive season.

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“HAPPY VALLEY” WRITER SPEAKS OF HER IDEA FOR A DRAMA ABOUT A FEMALE ROBIN HOOD!

Speaking at the recent Edinburgh Television Festival, Sally Wainwright, writer of the award-winning “Happy Valley” drama series, revealed that she would love to re-visit a project that she once started but never finished: a drama about a female Robin Hood.

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PARLIAMENT BANS THE RIOTOUS RIBALDRY OF THE TRADITIONAL ROBIN HOOD’S DAY CUSTOMS

In their quest to find the true origins of the Robin Hood legend, historians often link it to the early pagan festivals of “Robin Hood’s Day” (May 1st) and “Midsummer’s Day” (June 30th).

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