Become a Follower of Rupert Bear
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:
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' Library
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
The Followers of Rupert Bear
The official Rupert Bear Society Website
The Secretary, John Beck
29 Mill Road, Lewes, East Sussex
tel 01273 477555
Welcome to the Members' Area
You have now entered the private 'members only' section of the Followers' Website.
Any private Society business that is shared amongst Members will be displayed in this section of the website and not in the part that is open to the general public.
If you are a Full Member, then your Newsletters and Supplements will be sent to you by post.
If you are an E Member, then you will be advised by e.mail when the latest publications are available for download.
What would you like to see here?
The various links and details below are to various parts of the website not open to the public. As a member of the Followers, is there anything you would especially like to see in this side of the website?
If so, contact Tony Stanford (email@example.com) who will work with Lily, the website elf and we'll see what we can do!
The 2021 AGM and Fun Day - Tavistock!
Held at an exciting new venue
As you will all know by now, Warwick School was not able to host our 2021 Event. Up stepped Charles Knape who as pulled out all the stops to organise an event for us at Kelly College in Tavistock.
It was an amazing success. Huge thanks to Charles. A full Review of the Day will appear in the Winter Nutwood Newsletter - but to be there and see the Rupert hot-air balloon inflated for what is likely to be the very last time was amazing. You can find a shorter review with photos and videos on this site. Look at the "Followers' AGM and Annual Fun Day" section below or just click here to go straight to the review.