The Branch has a new venue for the Hutt meetings. Deirdre Drysdale has introduced us to “the Sanctuary”, 88, Richmond Street, Off Udy Street, Petone.

Access and limited car parking is down the driveway at the side of the property. Deirdre and the search team report the facility is ideal, cost effective and we don’t have to share!

Mini Convention in NSW

Our colleagues in NSW organised a “mini convention” in Albury (between Sydney and Canberra) On Wednesday 2nd November 2016. The convention was attended by 27 Ricardians from all over Australia together with Society Vice President, Rob Smith, representing NZ. After a social gathering on Friday, the following day was set aside for a number of interesting and varied presentations and discussion topics. It would not be a Ricardian convention without the medieval banquet on the Saturday evening and this was well catered for by our hosts. Many attended in costume which added to the atmosphere and enjoyment of a colourful evening. A few more presentations on the following Sunday before lunch and the closure of a most enjoyable “mini” convention. Well done NSW!

2015 Australasian Convention in NZ

The 2015 Convention  held at the Angus Inn, Lower Hutt on Labour Weekend was an undoubted success. 44 delegates, 22 from Australia, gathered at the Angus on Friday night for registration prior to the official welcome and opening by Chair, Deirdre Drysdale. Branch Secretary, Rob Smith, read messages from the Society Chairman, Phil Stone together with others from far a field. Deirdre presided over the traditional candle lighting ceremony before those present settled in to socialise well into the evening.

Saturday comprised a full day of interesting presentations on a variety of topics interspersed with more light-hearted skits and readings. The evening glittered with Ricardians  gathering for bubbles and nibbles prior to the traditional Medieval Banquet

Sunday morning continued the presentations before Rob Smith, as a Society Vice President, conducted the customary business session. Lunch then followed before the Chair farewelled everyone but not before Victoria Branch Chairman, Michael Iliffe, offered the thanks of all assembled to the organisers for what was he described as one of the most enjoyable and successful conventions yet  held.

The next Convention will be held on 13th to 15th October  2017 in  Perth. Start saving!

Richard’s Re-interment

A year has passed since we re-interred Richard with dignity and honour. Those fortunate to attend will never forget such a once in a life time experience.

But the work of the Society goes on, the usual knockers still seem blind to the obvious and we must continue to refute those who seek to besmirch Richard’s reputation.

Last Meeting 2nd April

Our April meeting centred on three scrabble talks.

Sophie Bransgrove used the letter “A” to present a paper on the abolition of the monarchy when the Queen dies. She gave an out line of the Republican position followed by that of the Pro Monarchy movement. This generated a healthy discussion among members, particularly how such a proposal would affect NZ. A surprising variance of views emerged!

The second talk by Margaret Manning, using the letter “I” dealt with immigration in England during the Middle ages reflecting the impact of on a population on not much more than 4million of an influx from Scotland, Ireland, Wales and the Low Countries; together with that of the Jewish population

Rob Smith’s talk based on the letter “O” dealt with the life of John de Vere 13th Earl of Oxford, This staunch Lancastrian, who fought with Warwick at Barnet and later led Tudor’s vanguard at Bosworth. Oxford was a thorn in the side of both Edward IV and Richard for over twenty years.

Kapiti Group Sunday 7th May in Waikanae, Branch Meeting Sunday 4th June in Petone

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