The most recent Robin Hood-related news stories breaking in the global media!

(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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Nottinghamshire frequently goes into a tug-of-war battle with the County of Yorkshire to defend its globally known traditional links with the Robin Hood legend but, in 2004, the issue reached a new level when Yorkshire MP David Hinchcliffe introduced a non-binding motion in the House of Commons calling for the House to recognise Yorkshire’s claim to the legend.

The motion received the initial support of 28 other parliamentarians and to rectify what they maintained was an historical inaccuracy, they were advocating the removal of all the existing Nottinghamshire road signs proclaiming motorists were entering “Robin Hood Country” . Further insult was also added to Nottinghamshire’s injury when a new airport near Doncaster in South Yorkshire was named Robin Hood!

Now the media all recognise that the whole world loves a Robin Hood story and so it didn’t take long for this one to go global and hit the international headlines. It was picked up by the prestigious New York Times, the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chicago Tribune and The Age in Australia. The story also appeared extensively in the European press and back in the UK there was a large colour picture of the Robin Hood Statue on the front page of The Guardian and Yorkshire’s claims were even discussed on the Richard and Judy TV Show.

Nottinghamshire MP for Bassetlaw, John Mann, dismissed Yorkshire’s claims as a “historically inaccurate myth” and the long-standing references to Nottingham Castle and the Sheriff of Nottingham in the traditional, legendary tales, once again blew the Yorkshire theory to pieces!

The outcome of all the media attention also showed that even if Yorkshire’s claims were ever proved to be true, over the centuries, fiction has triumphed over fact in the case of Robin Hood, and the general public made it quite clear that they did not want their much-loved legend tampered with!