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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A recent analysis of the random media data collected by the World Wide Robin Hood Society relating to potential items for the News-Line feature on the organisation’s website, clearly confirms that the legendary outlaw’s global popularity is still riding high. It is 574 years since a collection of ballads about his exploits first appeared in “A Lytell Geste of Robyn Hode”, printed by Wynkyn de Worde around 1489 and across the centuries the legend has captured the public’s imagination and data collected over recent months shows that trend still continues right up to the present day.

Society Chairman, Bob White says “In February, we introduced the Robin Hood News Line as a scrolling feature across the top of our website pages and began to randomly monitor the media for suitable items to include and that’s when we realised just how frequently Robin Hood’s name appeared in the news – for all kinds of reasons and connections.

To illustrate the variety of links and associations with the legendary outlaw, here are some examples of recent media items and events etc. that have come to our attention – although we have to be selective as to what actually gets featured on the News-Line.”

  • The publication of a new Robin Hood-related novella, “The Lonely Road” by Peter Morrison.
  • Details about the 2nd Robin Hood Tattoo Festival to be held in Cotgrave from 22nd - 23rd August.
  • Campaign by leading architect Richard Rogers for the 1972 council housing block Robin Hood Gardens, in Tower Hamlets, London   to be given a listed status as “the most important and innovative social housing development from Britain’s post-war era.”
  • Details announced relating to the 31st Annual Robin Hood Festival in Sherwood Forest Country Park from 3rd- 9th  August.
  • Robin Hood related board game wins accolade at USA Board Game Convention.
  • Publicity for Robin Hood Folk Festival at Newstead Abbey, 4th- 6th September.
  •  First pints of Robin Hood Pale Ale brewed as Home Ales is brought back to life.
  • USA “Spirit of Sherwood” Appreciation Group announce their 25th Anniversary Party in Iowa.
  • “HOOD –The Legend Continues” – a Robin Hood-related production is commissioned to mark  Nottingham Theatre Royal’s 150th Anniversary celebrations in September.
  • Robin Hood mentioned in Nandos restaurant chain promotion.
  • International Travelling Community illegally pitch-up on vacant city centre site in Nottingham claiming to be visiting “on holiday” to learn about Robin Hood!

Web Site developer, Corey Chamberlain, who co-ordinates the technical compilation of the News-Line, said, “We have been really surprised by the interest created in the facility and the substantial number of hits it has attracted. Many of the items have been getting between 10,000 – 20,000 hits for the duration they have been featured. Clearly it is being used on a regular basis by both the public and the media, attracting interest from all across the globe.”

To view the latest Robin Hood News-Line stories currently scrolling across the Society’s website pages, click on this link or click here.