7th May 2020
Dear Member of the Royal Society of St George
I wanted to reach out to you at this exceedingly difficult time to let you know how much you are in my thoughts and in those of all my Council.
I can only hope that you are well, and that you have the support of friends and family, or the amazing voluntary groups that have sprung up, to get you through this. Or, if you are one of the hundreds of thousands that are out there doing what they can, whether it is as part of our incredible NHS, holding an essential job, or looking after friends and neighbours and vulnerable people, that you are keeping safe and well.
We are a team, the Royal Society of St. George, as well as a very important part of the fabric of our country. And this is the time when we can step up and look out for each other. It is going to have to be remote care, as we can’t travel, we can’t visit, we are mostly confined to our own homes. But there is the telephone, and I know from experience how valuable a friendly voice and a chance to chat is to many people. If you are self-isolating and would welcome a chat from time to time, please let us know. I and
all my members of Council would be very pleased to be a ‘telephone buddy’ to someone on their
own – we have a lot in common, after all!
It would be great if our branches could also keep in contact with their members in this way – you may of course already be doing this and, if you are, thank you so much for the part you are playing in keeping us all sane.
Our chaplain Roddy Leece, who is the Rector of St George’s Church at Hanover Square, has asked me to assure everyone who would welcome prayers for their departed loved ones that their names would be recorded in a book of remembrance and prayed for on the anniversary and during our Annual Parade Service. This would not be just for now, just during this dreadful pandemic, but for anyone you have loved and lost at any time. Please just let us know.
This will end, we will meet again. In the meantime, my very best wishes to you all.
Joanna M. Cadman
The Royal Society of St George – founded in 1894
Recent political events in the United Kingdom have turned the spotlight on the question of English identity. Political debate and media pundits might lead you to believe that the English have only just woken up to their patriotic passions. Let us assure you, this is definitely not the case...
For more than 125 years, the Royal Society of St George has been England’s premier patriotic organisation, promoting and celebrating the English way of life. With thousands of members, more than 60 branches in England and over 30 around the world, the Society organises a wide variety of social and fund raising events, from marking significant moments in our history to enjoying English food and drink.
Our Patron: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Victoria was the Society’s first Royal Patron and we have since enjoyed the Patronage of every reigning monarch. In 1963 the Queen bestowed a notable honour by granting the Society its own Royal Charter.
The St George’s Cross flag has been the national flag of England since the 1300s and the Society campaigns for it to be flown prominently around the country. In recent years it has been great to see the flag flying at major sporting events but Society members want to see it more widely in everyday life – flying from public buildings, churches, educational establishments and even private residences. It happens in many countries around the world, so why not in England?
Celebrate St George’s Day
England’s neighbours celebrate their national days with fervour – at home, around the world, and among their communities living in England. So why is St George’s Day – April 23rd – such a low key event? One of the Society’s long-running campaigns is to have St. George’s Day declared a public holiday and to encourage celebrations to be held in every village, town and city in the country.
Many of our branches hold various events around April 23rd.
Events throughout the year
The Society and branches organise many varied events but fixtures on the annual calendar include:
- Cenotaph Wreath Laying in Whitehall on the Saturday closest to St. George’s Day, followed by laying a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey
- Battle of Waterloo luncheon or dinner in June.
- Battle of Britain luncheon in September.
- Trafalgar Day dinner in October.
Many branches meet monthly for a lunch or dinner while some hold weekly meetings.
On the south coast a branch, assisted local town councils organise an annual Veterans & Armed Forces Day event, while at the other end of the country the anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta was commemorated with a medieval feast in the Undercroft of Durham Cathedral. Over in the west country members visited an Iron Age settlement and organised a Last Night of The Proms . In London, where there are three branches, recent meeting places have included The Tower of London and The Lord Mayor of Westminster’s parlour.
Supporting English Charities
Charitable support is fundamental to the Society and, across the Society, takes many forms.
The majority of our branches are extremely active in their support of numerous worthy causes, either through fund raising events or direct community support activities.
The Society’s Charitable Trust has, as its main aim, the support of young people in their endeavours to develop themselves and to support their communities.
Key Dates in 2020
Mar 9th - Commonwealth Day
Apr 18th - Annual Cadet Parade & Wreath Laying at the Cenotaph and service at Westminster Abbey, followed by lunch at the Cellarium CANCELLED
Apr 21st - Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's 94th Birthday
Apr 23rd - St. George's Day
May 8th - VE Day 75th Anniversary
May 23rd - Dunkirk 80th Anniversary Commemoration - 1940's Dinner Dance, Bristol, more details to follow soon CANCELLED
Jun 6th - D-Day 76th Anniversary
Jun 13th - Trooping the Colour
Jun 27th - Founder's Church Service, St Andrew's Wraysbury, the burial place of our founder Howard Ruff CANCELLED
Aug 15th - VJ Day 75th Anniversary
Sept 2nd - 75th Anniversary of the End of World War II
Sept 5th - AGM, RNLI Poole, Dorset
Sept 18th - Battle of Britain Lunch, 80th Anniversary Commemorations, RAF Club CANCELLED
Nov 1st - Annual Church Service, St. George's Church, Hanover Square, Mayfair, London
Nov 11th - Armistice Day
We are an inclusive Society, open to all people who love England and Englishness and who support our aims and objectives. You can find full details on this website