The Followers of Rupert Bear

Official Rupert Bear Society






Become a Follower of Rupert Bear  
Members' Benefits

There are great advantages to membership. Members receive a host of items that are not available elsewhere. These include:

  • A thrice-yearly Nutwood Newsletter
    This is packed with Ruperty articles, some serious, some semi-frivolous, as well as news of new products related to the little bear. 
  • An exclusive calendar each year
    This is produced by the Followers, solely for the Followers
  • Specially published booklets featuring Rupert newspaper stories that have never appeared other than in the newspaper itself

To see a sample newsletter, showing the types of articles that  appear, click here:

Sample Nutwood Newsletter

Members also have access to:

  • Exclusive, limited edition, items such as mugs and figurines, not for sale on the open market
  • Signed copies of the latest Rupert annual
  • Specially produced Christmas cards, notelets and other stationery
  • Bookmarks designed and produced especially for the Followers
The Followers have extensive merchandise for sale - but these items are for sale only to Members


The Followers' AGM

The Followers hold their AGM each August in Warwick. This is surrounded by a fun day.

Follow the link to Warwick and read about the 2015 Warwick Annual. You will also be able to see information and pictures from the day surrounding the Followers' 2013 AGM.




The Followers' Library

Ruperts band

The society also has an extensive library of Rupert-related books ranging from those written by Mary Tourtel to the latest annual together with sets of comics, videos and other Rupert media.

Pride of place is a virtually complete set of Daily Express newspaper clippings; most of these are original clippings and include the sets collected by Alfred Bestall himself.

As a Follower you are able either to borrow these artefacts or, for those that are irreplaceable, come and view them at the library.


An important publication

Have a look at Publications About Rupert. You will see that one of the books is the Rupert Index. Last updated in hard copy in 2001, it has been completely overhauled and updated. Published in June 2020, it is available for purchase.

Facebook Group

The society has its own Facebook Group, for discussions and exchanging information on Rupert. This Group is only open to full or e-members, but as a new member you would be very welcome as soon as you join. Click on the Facebook logo to be redirected to the Facebook group. 

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  • Rupert in the Express, March 2024

    Rupert in the Express, March 2024

    Rupert and the Capricorn story commenced in the Express on Wednesday 27th March. This was originally an autumn adventure appearing in the newspaper in 1966 and makes an interesting break …
  • AGM & Fun Day 2024

    AGM & Fun Day 2024

    AGM & Fun Day 2024 Hello Followers, This is the first notice that The Followers’ 2024 AGM will take place on: Saturday 31st August at 12 noon at the Radcliffe …
  • How A Cartoon Bear Saved Paul McCartney’s Career

    How A Cartoon Bear Saved Paul McCartney’s Career

    YouTube channel Parlogram (a channel dedicated to The Beatles and his members) has recently uploaded a video essay about Sir Paul McCartney (former Beatle and honorary member of the Followers) …
  • The Followers in the Collectors Gazette

    The Followers in the Collectors Gazette

    The February issue of the Collectors Gazette magazine published a 2 page article on The Followers. Reporter Ann Evans spoke to our secretary John Beck and former membership secretary Tony …
  • Curious Kent: Rupert Bear’s Canterbury roots

    Curious Kent: Rupert Bear’s Canterbury roots

    Curious Kent: Rupert Bear's Canterbury roots It's 150 years since the birth of Mary Tourtel, creator of Rupert Bear. Steve Ladner from BBC radio Kent visited the city of her …
  • Rupert in the Express February 2024

    Rupert in the Express February 2024

    Rupert in the Express February 2024
  • Superb Compendium of Tourtel Stories

    Superb Compendium of Tourtel Stories

    In celebration of Mary Tourtel's 150th birthday
  • Rupert in the Express January 2024

    Rupert in the Express January 2024

    Rupert in the Express January 2024
  • Members – Important note

    Members – Important note

    Members - you will have received the Winter Newsletter, no 117. There is an error. Please note that the 'Castles' piece on page 32 has been produced by our member …
  • Rupert in the Express November 2023

    Rupert in the Express November 2023

    Rupert and the Little Bells, a Bestall newspaper story from 1962/63, commenced on Wednesday 15th November for a first newspaper reprinting.  The story also featured in the 1974 Rupert Annual. …
  • Rupert in the Express October 2023

    Rupert in the Express October 2023

    Rupert’s Strange Party, a Bestall story originally appearing in the Daily Express in 1942, commences on Sunday 22nd October with Rupert getting an invitation to a Fancy Dress party. Nice …
  • The Archive of Jenny Kisler

    The Archive of Jenny Kisler

    In 2020 Jenny Kisler sadly passed away at the age of 84. Her Rupert archive had been kindly handed over to The Followers of Rupert by her children in 2022. …


The Followers have three levels of membership:

Associate Membership entitles members to make purchases of exclusive Followers' items from our sales list. These items are not available elsewhere. Associate Members are entitled to participate in the annual Rupert Followers' raffle, with the chance to win exclusive items. They are not able to access the full/E-members' private side of the website, and are not, therefore able to access or download our publications, do not have voting rights and are not eligible to join our Facebook group.

E-membership gives full access of the website including the private members' section, thus enabling them to view and download Followers' Newsletters and other publications. They will not receive any hard copies of these through the post but otherwise are full members with full entitlement to purchase from the Followers' sales list and with full voting rights at the AGM.

Full membership gives as above full access to the private members' part of the website, to the sales list and voting rights at the AGM. In addition all full members receive printed copies of the Nutwood Newsletter and other publications and notifications by post (Air Mail for overseas members). We know many of our Members enjoy receiving 'hard' copies of our beautiful publications.

Special Offer:

All new full members joining now will additionally receive; a Rupert scarf (100% wool) a Nutwood Newsletter binder, and a Followers’ Mouse Mat and Pen. Offer is to our choice of design and subject to availability.

Check out our Constitution and Rules here

IF YOU WISH TO JOIN ON-LINE, just click on the button below. You will need to pay by PayPal - you do not need a PayPal account, you can just use a credit card.JoinHere

Or if  you prefer, you may download and print the form below and send it with payment (Sterling cheques and POs only) to the Membership Secretary (details in 'Contact us' and on the form).

Download our joining form here: Membership Application



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