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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Disappointment and concern are the views being initially expressed by the public and interested organisations having seen that the County Council's proposals for the new Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre are now to be carried out in two phases. With plans for a possible Robin Hood Heritage Centre earmarked for "sometime in the future" when funding has been secured, doubts are being raised as to whether the much-needed attraction will ever get built!



Questions are also being asked as to why an application has not been made to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a matched contribution to try to double the County Council's £5.3m investment and make it possible to extend the proposed new Visitor Centre and be able to accommodate the Robin Hood heritage element in one building. This latest fiasco is seen by the public as yet another delaying factor by the local authority in a long-running saga of failed Sherwood Forest initiatives, reflecting a sad indictment of the County Council's true commitment, ambition and pride in Nottinghamshire's most famous legend!

Commenting on the design of the new Visitor Centre, grants consultant, Paul Abel said "If ever there was a need for an "Iconic Building" this should have been it! Somewhere that becomes instantly recognisable because its architecture reflects the heritage of the place where it stands. The building Robin Hood deserves should be able to take the visitor's imagination back in time and invite you into a world that meets the expectations of visitors looking to experience Sherwood Forest's legendary hero and his unique status in popular culture. However, with the interior space being divided between retail outlets, a cafe and an exhibition area that is likely to primarily be allocated to wildlife information, it appears that Robin Hood will simply just get "airbrushed in" as a token gesture! "

Bob White, Chairman of the internet-based World Wide Robin Hood Society, said "Squaring the circle between a mythical legend and the appreciation of the forest's natural environment was always going to be a difficult balance to achieve but the proposed two-phased approach means that for the next few years this historic location will have a visitor centre in denial of what Sherwood Forest means to most people! Bob suggests the RSPB should look at its 2-phase approach as one, as such a proposal would make excellent match funding for a Robin Hood Heritage Centre if it were to be built at the same time. He said, "Committing to the Visitor Centre without trying to secure Heritage Lottery support is a wasted funding opportunity. The consultation events should have whetted the public's appetite to rise to the challenge of bringing legends to life but instead they look like being testimony to another embarrassing chapter in the Robin Hood saga that will once again attract scorn and ridicule from the public and the media."

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Paul Abel : e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / Tel: 07973 169820
Bob White : e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / Tel: (0115) 9523183