Suffolk Heraldry Society

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All meetings will take place at Bury St Edmunds Library, Sergeants Walk, St Andrews Street North, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. IP33 1TZ. Telephone number 01284 338830. Meeting Times are 2-4pm in the winter months (when the clocks go back) and 2.30-4.30pm during British Summer Time. Visitors wishing to attend are very welcome and should arrive 10 minutes before start time.

14 March           Chloë Cockerill 2pm-4pm  The Unicorn in Art and Heraldry

11 April              Duncan Sutherland 2.30pm-4.30pm  Women in Heraldry post 1958

23 April              St Georges Day Buffet Lunch, the Cedars Hotel, Stowmarket 10.30-3.30pm
The speaker will be Fred Rapsey who will be talking on St George, members to bring an item related to Heraldry and talk for five minutes about it. Book Sale and Word Search.

9 May                 John & Jane Tunesi 2.30pm-4.30pm   All about the Heraldry Society        

13 June               David Broomfield 2.30pm-4.30pm  Scandals of the British Peerage

2 July                Visit to Ely Cathedral, Cambridgeshire to view their Heraldry collection.
Our guide will be Chloe Cockerill who will begin at 1pm. Places are limited so will need to book with SHS beforehand)

12 September     Gerry de Roeper 2.30pm-4.30pm Topic TBA

10 October         Dr. Andrew Gray 2.30-4.30pm No King of England if not King of France

23 November     St Edmund's Day Buffet Lunch at Bury St Edmund's Library. 10.30-3.30pm
The speaker will be Peter Durrell who will be talking on Heraldic Postcards, members to bring an item related to Heraldry and talk for five minutes about it. Book Sale and AGM.

12 December      Christmas social quiz and presentations




St George’s Lunch

"St. Katharine's Monastic Foundation, London" 


"The Naunton Shield, Letheringham"

"Guillim to Boutell"(The Chaudri Lecture)

"The Clarion's Tale"


AGM - "The History, Purpose and Role of the Heraldry Society"

"The Gunpowder Plotters - Gentlemen All"

Festive Meeting



"A display of heraldry - it's uses in domestic buildings"

St George’s Lunch

"Ancient Heraldry" 

"You can't argue with the dead - funeral heraldry and family legend"

"Tudor Peerages in the Adlington Roll"

"HERALDRY THEN AND NOW" - 40th anniversary

Visit to St Michael's church, Framlingham

AGM - Sir Henry Bedingfeld "The College of Arms"

"Heraldry in Norfolk and Suffolk gentry families"

Festive Meeting



Arms of the Hervey family members not buried at Ickworth - Bob Elliott

St George’s Lunch

"Heraldic Seals of Railway and other companies" - Peter Durrell 

"Heraldic Nuggets found in a Long Melford house" - work in progress by members

Guided tour of Queens, Peterhouse and Corpus Christi Colleges in Cambridge

Visit to St Mary's church, Polstead and St Mary's Preston

"Heraldry of Cambridge Colleges" - David Broomfield

AGM - Sir Henry Bedingfeld "The College of Arms"

"Heraldic devices in churches" - Derek Palgrave

Festive Meeting



"Agincourt" continued - David Ellis

St George’s Lunch

"The Queens of Medieval England" - Peter MacLachlan 

"Heraldry at Waterloo" by several members

Visits to Erpingham chuch, Norfolk to see exhibition

Display of Heraldry by Norfolk Heraldry Society in Erpingham church to                     commemorate the 600th anniversary of the battle of Agincourt

"Aspects of Modern Heraldry" - Gerry de Roeper

AGM - "The origins of Heraldry and the Crusades" - Dr Paul Fox

Practical Session for Members

Festive Meeting



"The last three Queens of Henry VIII" - Gerry de Roeper

"Royal Air Force Heraldry" - Peter Durrell

St George’s Lunch at The Regency Hotel 

"The ancient carved arms in Westminster Abbey" - Robert Turner

Exhibition at St Edmundsbury Cathedral celebrating the meeting of Magna Carta barons in 1214

Visit to Ickworth church

"The Cathedral Tower" - Horry Parsons

AGM - "The Imperial Arms of Queen Elizabeth 1" - Dr Oliver Harris

"Agincourt " - David Ellis

Festive Meeting


Revision session using Papworth, Corder etc - Gerry de Roeper

“The de la Poles and Wingfield - Robert Elliot

"The Pettus family of Norfolk and Suffolk" - Tony Sims 

St George's Dinner

Visit to Sandringham House

Visit to Wingfield

"Assumed, Attributed and Acquired" - Fred Rapsey

AGM - “If not King of France, then King of England” - Dr Andrew Gray

“Queens of Henry VIII ” - Gerry de Roeper

Festive Meeting


“Heraldry in and around Felixtowe” - Prof. D Picton 

“Railway Heraldry- Peter Durrell

"The Differencing of Arms" - P. MacLachlan. 

Exhibition of the work of the Society in St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Members Meeting - Visitors welcome

Visit to Ely Cathedral and guided tour

Her Majesty's  Diamond Jubilee Celebration Dinner

AGM - “The Arms of  the Speakers of  the House of Commons” - Robert Harrison

“Aspects of Street Heraldry” - Mrs Diana Silk

Festive Meeting



“Street Heraldry in Suffolk ”.  Mr P macLachlan, Prof. D Picton & Dr G Heathcote

Visit to see the restored hatchments at All Saints church, Sudbourne.

St George’s Day Dinner at The Cedars Hotel, Stowmarket. 

“Heraldry and Children” - Mr F.R.G.J. Rapsey  

Members Meeting - Visitors welcome

Visit to Norwich Cathedral and guided tour by Norfolk Heraldry Society.

"A Voyage of Discovery" -  Ms Marion Chapman

AGM - “Bastards and Heraldry” - Mr Steven Slater.

“Heraldic Beasts” - Mrs Chloe Cockerill, M.B.E.

Festive Meeting


Visit to Oxburgh Hall conducted by Mr Henry Paston-Bedingfield, York Herald

'At Home' wine and cheese evening for Members and invited guests                                  

Visit to IpswichRecord Office conducted by Mr John Blatchly

"The new tower ceiling at Bury St Edmunds Cathedral" Mr Peter Durrell

AGM Speaker : Sir Conrad Swan, KCVO "The Serene Commonwealth of Poland/Lithuania" 

Festive meeting at The Institute Woolpit