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.
Warwick 2020 - Virtual Rupert Day
As most of you will know, because of Covid 19, the Followers were unable to hold our Annual Get-together and AGM at Warwick this year (which had been scheduled for 29th August). This was doubly disappointing as it is Rupert's centenary year.
However, we were delighted that Follower Christine Dobbin provided us, instead, with a Virtual Rupert Day, on the day.
This took the form of presenting a series of videos through our Facebook group taken at previous 'Annuals' and featuring various talks and other activities that make the day so enjoyable.
Not everybody could join us live so we are pleased to present here the videos shown on the day for your enjoyment, so you haven't missed out!
Please note these videos are private to the Followers.
So far as 2021 is concerned, he likely revised date is next year's August Bank Holiday week-end, with the AGM itself being held on 28th August 2021.
♦ It is hoped members who have already booked for this year will agree to their payments being held over and used for the 2021 event. Anyone wanting a refund instead should contact Tony Griffin.
♦ Arrangements are in hand for signed Annuals that would otherwise have been collected personally to be posted out.
Signed Annuals may still be ordered.
This is a copy of the cover of this year's Rupert Annual:
The Committee is very disappointed that the decision to cancel the 'live' event had to be made and apologise for any inconvenience. We are sure you will understand the insuperable difficulties that were faced - and especially by Tony who has worked so hard this year in the hope the event would be able to take place.
Rupert is 100 this year!
Followers mentioned on TV!
Followers' Secretary, John Beck, was interviewed for Meridian TV (Local South West ITV station), on 12th June. The interview was broadcast in their 6pm news-slot.
John bravely appeared, despite pounding rain, sheltered by his Rupert umbrella. Who would like to see it?
Book-signing to celebrate Rupert's 100th: re-arranged again
It was planned for John Harrold to do a book signing at Lewes Town Hall at Easter 2020. Unfortunately, this had to be cancelled because of the Coronavirus outbreak. It was then hoped to hold the event in November 2020 instead, very close to Rupert's actual birthday, but this wasn't to be either. We are now pleased to confirm that the new date for this event is
26th June 2021
As well as John signing Rupert Annuals for you from the period that he was the official Daily Express Rupert Artist (1978 to 2007), Howard Smith will be coming along to give his updated Rupert history lecture presentation.
We also intend to have a number of other Ruperty features on the day, and Rupert has also promised to put in an appearance, so make a note on your calendar and plan to come along.
Any queries please contact John Beck 01273 477555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A little information
As plans get underway for the celebration of Rupert's 100th birthday in 2020, we will bring you information as to what is happening - not just for members but elsewhere in the world. A new page has been created with what we know so far, just click on this link: Centenary News.
There is also a link to this page on the public home page top menu bar.
In addition, Members Christine and Roger Bemrose report as follows:
"As it is Rupert’s Hundredth anniversary in 2020, Christine and I thought it would be a good idea to encourage local museums and other organisations to produce some sort of event or display to commemorate this centenary. Those of you who were at the AGM in August will have heard some of this already.
We contacted King’s Lynn and Norwich Museums, and both were interested. We have to contact them again later this year or the beginning of next year to develop ideas. Hunstanton town council and our local library are also keen to celebrate the event. We have approached two National Trust properties in Norfolk who were not able to help, but the large second-hand bookshop at Blickling Hall is prepared to put on some sort of display. We shall be discussing it with the staff in due course.
We don’t know if any other members are trying to encourage their local museums, libraries, etc. to be involved in this anniversary, but why not have a go? After all, Rupert has been going for much longer than any of the other fictional bears.
Perhaps some other Followers of Rupert in Norfolk would be interested in helping us in this venture. We can be contacted by phone on 01485 544964, or by email at RandCBemrose@uwclub.net. We would be pleased to hear from you."
Thank you Christine and Roger. So come on, the rest of you, what plans/ideas do you have that will help the celebrations go with a swing?
Exciting news -
The new Rupert Index is here!
Many of you, for many years, have relied upon the Rupert Index, produced by John Beck, whether for help in locating a particular Rupert story or to assist in your search for the elusive publication for your own Rupert collection. The last hard copy of the Index was last produced in 2001 with a supplement in 2004.
To celebrate Rupert's Centenary a new and exciting version of the Index has been produced by John Beck and Pamela Stones: the Rupert Index - 100 years of Stories. It is a lovely perfect bound copy, illustrated in full colour. All the information is updated and new, interesting sections have been added.
As work progressed, a few draft sections of the book have appeared on the website, and are still available. In due course these will be taken down and parts of the new book will be available. Meanwhile, however, the hard copy is available for you to order.
Order a copy direct from John Beck - just download the
Print off the form and send a cheque, alternatively
Order by e.mail, providing the details outlined on the form, and pay by PayPal.
The price is £25.00 which is post-free to the UK. For overseas orders, the price is £35.00 post-free.
These are some of the comments received so far:
"What a masterpiece it is!"
"What a superb book. Many thanks."
"A great piece of work, it answered a few questions I had about some rarer publications."
" I admit to being taken aback by the scope and detail throughout its pages."
"An impressive - indeed, beautiful - work of scholarship."
"It is a lovely thing ... crammed with so much up to date information."
Rupert Scans from the Daily Expres
We are now able to make available to all full and e-members at least one version of each Rupert story that has appeared in the Daily Express newspaper.
To go to the introductory page, explaining how the scans are arranged, and other details, click HERE.
To go direct to the scans, click HERE.
The scans are also available via the Downloads page.
The scans have been taken from copies of the newspaper ‘as is’ so their quality is nowhere near as good as that of the Rupert supplements, but they allow members to obtain a quick and usable view of any Rupert story published in the papers.
2019 signed annual
It is still possible to order a signed annual by post.
Special - Signed and hand-drawn by Stuart:
There is also available a few signed annuals in which Stuart has also drawn a body of Rupert or one of his chums. Mostly they are the 2019 annual, but a few are available for previous years. Very limited availability - when they're gone, they're gone.
Contact our Sales Officer, Tony Griffin to obtain availability and prices.
A highly successful Annual Fun Day, which surrounded the 2019 AGM, took place on 24th August.
You will know from the Summer Newsletter that a very exciting speaker, Howard Smith, came to talk to us again. His subject this year was Dan Dare - a change of topic much enjoyed by many Followers. As a special treat, Howard also gave a short presentation, after the Friday evening meal, to the members who had booked accommodation at Warwick.
In addition, our own Roger Coombes (he of the wonderful sense of humour) regaled and entertained us. Roger gave a superbly illustrated presentation entitled Nutwood Schoolmasters - which will appear, illustrated, in article form in a Newsletter very soon.
The Saturday evening Gala Dinner was, as always, a great affair. The food was superb as were the between-course interruptions.
A full report on the Fun Day appears in the Winter Newsletter.
The Followers of Rupert now have a Facebook Group
We hope that Members will enjoy using this as a Forum to discuss all things Ruperty. It is a private group with a pinned post that sets out the Group Rules.
The Group is called 'The Followers of Rupert Bear'. You will find a link to it here:
The Followers of Rupert Bear
An interesting Ruperty find
Followers may be interested to read this article about Alfred Bestall and Caroline Bott. It appeared in the January 2016 issue of Surrey Life Magazine and was unearthed by one of our members:
Surrey Life Magazine article..(6.8 Mb)
North West Group
The North West Group always meet up on the Sunday that the clocks change. They should have met up on Sunday 29th March, but where prevented from doing so by the Corona virus that is affecting us all. Everyone is keeping in touch by phone but it is not the same as having our super get-together, and, like everyone else, hope that normality is restored before too long.
The last meeting was when clocks changed in October 2019. Everyone assembled at Shirley's, as usual, for a typical afternoon of banter and food and gallons of tea. The group enjoyed their usual fun-filled afternoon, although found the quiz set by one of the members a little heavy-going.
(the picture right is of the Autumn 2018 meeting)
If you are interested in coming along to one of the Group's meetings, please give Lily the Website Elf a quick call on 07824 337767.
As a Member of the Followers, you hardly need the 'About us' Section of the website that is available to the public, so now that you are logged in, if you click 'About us' in the top bar, it will take you to information about your Society that is not available to the general public, and also some older news. This red button is an alternative route for you to that same private page.
To download your Nutwood Newsletter and Supplement, go now to the Nutwood Newsletter and Downloads section, bottom right. There you will be able to access the most recent Nutwood Newsletter and Supplement and also previous issues back to NN83. We will add to downloads as work progresses.
We are able to provide hard copies of back issues of Followers' Newsletters and Special Issues.
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As you probably know by now, members of the public are able to see the items that we offer for sale to members but not to buy them. Associate Members are able to purchase items but have no access to the remainder of the private members' section: they cannot see this page and are not able to view and download Nutwood Newsletters and Supplements.
To shop now, use the box top right or click on Mrs Bear below.
We are aware that some of our members, while enjoying looking at the Rupert website may not be totally at ease using PayPal to order items electronically. If you prefer to order manually, there is a sales order form here: Sales Order form
You may renew your membership on-line. Just click on the Renew Now button below to take you to the renewals page. You may renew by PayPal, or bank transfer.
If you prefer not to renew their membership electronically, that is fine, and you may download a membership renewal form below to renew by post:
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What would you like to see here?
The above links 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 John Beck, Secretary, who will advise Lily, the website elf, accordingly and we'll see what we can do!
The Followers of Rupert Bear
The official Rupert Bear Society Website
The Secretary, John Beck
29 Mill Road, Lewes, East Sussex
tel 01273 477555