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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 or by phone on (0115) 9523183 or mobile 07504 852731 or visit the Society website at Read more...
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The Green Man - The Mythical “face in the leaves”

The "Green Man" imagery is believed to date back to early medieval associations with Pagan mysticism and is often interpreted as a symbol of fertility and regeneration. Historians and folklorists have linked the evolution of the Robin Hood legend to the Green Man and to other figures from the cycle of the seasons, such as Jack in the Green, John Barleycorn, the Wild Man of the Woods and the mischievous sprite Robin Goodfellow.

Sometimes known as "Foliate Heads" , the Green Man image was often carved into the decorative stonework and woodwork of ecclesiastical buildings, depicting a man's face surrounded by green foliage and often spouting leaves from the mouth. One of the finest examples of this type of sculpture can be seen in Southwell Minster, Nottinghamshire, one of the few complete buildings to survive from the time of the Norman Conquest. In the ornately decorated medieval Chapter House area group of famous stone-carvings known as "The Leaves of Southwell" – where from amongst the scuplted foliage a number of enigmatic faces peer down.

Invading cultures added to the wealth of oral history surrounding the mythical figure of the Green Man and the Romans, for example, introduced their gods to Celtic Britain and Cernunnos became Herne the Hunter, half-man, half-beast who supposedly haunted the depths of the forests.

Over several thousand years, stories told in the shadows of caves and around the glow of camp fires seemingly took on a reality of their own. The leafy glades of Sherwood Forest are an ideal place for such stories to grow into the globally famous legend we enjoy today, ensuring that the spirit of Robin Hood continues to live on!