Patriot founds Bolton branch of Royal Society of St George

Joanna Cadman, vice-chairman of the Royal Society of St George, presents a certificate to Chris Houghton, right, chairman of the Bolton branch, and Paul Birbeck, his deputy

Joanna Cadman, vice-chairman of the Royal Society of St George, presents a certificate to Chris Houghton, right, chairman of the Bolton branch, and Paul Birbeck, his deputy

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , columnist

BOLTON gained its own branch of the Royal Society of St George in exactly the manner of which the noble knight would have approved — with banners, armour and an ancient charter ceremony.

The venue may have been the more modern setting of an IT company, but its base in St George’s Square was equally apt.

The setting up of a local branch of the organisation that dates back to the 13th century was a long-held dream of Eventura’s managing director Chris Houghton.

Ever since he started his own business 12 years ago, Mr Houghton has celebrated St George’s Day by giving his staff the day off — and he even writes it into their contracts.

He said: “St George’s Day is all about English identity and looking at the best of us, rather than the worst.”

The new group — which is non-political and totally inclusive — is about pride in England and also about philanthropy.

There are several dozen branches around the country, including Blackburn and Manchester.

There are also RSSG branches in Africa, the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East.

The charter to inaugurate the latest branch was presented by the society’s national vice-chairman, Joanna Cadman, to Mr Houghton as chairman.

Paul Birbeck from Eventura is vice-chairman and Stuart Stead from accountants Cowgill Holloway LLP is treasurer.

Mr Houghton added: “The idea is to not only celebrate St George’s Day but to raise money for local community projects.

“These would not be big projects, but the kind involving relatively small sums that still make a big difference.”

He hopes that, among fundraising events, there would be a St George’s Day dinner in Bolton aimed at local businesses.

The branch will not be fully up and running until after an AGM in June, but Mr Houghton is also looking for a local venue to be the RSSG’s base for its quarterly meetings.

A Bolton RSSG website is being built and Mr Houghton would like to hear from anyone interested in joining the branch by emailing him at bolton@rsosg.co.uk.

For information go to royalsocietyofstgeorge.com

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12:41pm Sat 31 May 14

MrUpton says...

Well Done lads, Superb.
Well Done lads, Superb. MrUpton
  • Score: 7

12:59pm Sat 31 May 14

stepvan says...

I'll look further into this organisation, if it's all above board I might apply.
I'll look further into this organisation, if it's all above board I might apply. stepvan
  • Score: 9

4:21pm Sat 31 May 14

oftbewildered2 says...

Brilliant
Brilliant oftbewildered2
  • Score: 6

5:36pm Sat 31 May 14

John Edwards says...

For England and St George, before it's to late. I fly my St Georges flag every year without fail. Well done.
For England and St George, before it's to late. I fly my St Georges flag every year without fail. Well done. John Edwards
  • Score: 6

9:09pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Puffin-Billy says...

The RSSG doesn't date back to the 13th c.

It was founded in 1894 by Howard Ruff.

Nobody actually knows who St George was, and it's even been suggested that he was Turkish.

Pope Gelasius said that George is one of the saints "whose names are rightly reverenced among us, but whose actions are known only to God."

The following are merely myths about him not historical fact:
Born in Cappadocia, an area which is now in Turkey
Lived in 3rd century AD
His parents were Christian
Later lived in Palestine
Became a Roman soldier
Protested against Rome's persecution of Christians
Imprisoned and tortured, but stayed true to his faith
Beheaded at Lydda in Palestine
23rd April was named as Saint George's day in 1222

He is patron saint not only of England but also of Aragon, Catalonia, Georgia, Lithuania, Palestine, Portugal, Germany and Greece; and of Moscow, Istanbul, Genoa and Venice (second to Saint Mark).

He's also patron saint of soldiers, archers, cavalry and chivalry, farmers and field workers, riders and saddlers,

And he helps those suffering from leprosy, plague and syphilis - yes it's all true!

In recent years he has been adopted as patron saint of Scouts.

Some people have campaigned for Saint Alban to be the patron saint of England instead of George.

Keep up the philanthropy though.
Jolly good show.
The RSSG doesn't date back to the 13th c. It was founded in 1894 by Howard Ruff. Nobody actually knows who St George was, and it's even been suggested that he was Turkish. Pope Gelasius said that George is one of the saints "whose names are rightly reverenced among us, but whose actions are known only to God." The following are merely myths about him not historical fact: Born in Cappadocia, an area which is now in Turkey Lived in 3rd century AD His parents were Christian Later lived in Palestine Became a Roman soldier Protested against Rome's persecution of Christians Imprisoned and tortured, but stayed true to his faith Beheaded at Lydda in Palestine 23rd April was named as Saint George's day in 1222 He is patron saint not only of England but also of Aragon, Catalonia, Georgia, Lithuania, Palestine, Portugal, Germany and Greece; and of Moscow, Istanbul, Genoa and Venice (second to Saint Mark). He's also patron saint of soldiers, archers, cavalry and chivalry, farmers and field workers, riders and saddlers, And he helps those suffering from leprosy, plague and syphilis - yes it's all true! In recent years he has been adopted as patron saint of Scouts. Some people have campaigned for Saint Alban to be the patron saint of England instead of George. Keep up the philanthropy though. Jolly good show. Puffin-Billy
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