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The Stratford Society aims to protect the  heritage of our historic market town and its residents. Founded in 1966, it  offers non-political, professional expertise on the town's buildings and their  surroundings. It works with councils and other organisations locally and  nationally and promotes high quality design in keeping with the character of  this world famous and much visited town.
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Members Newsletter September 2015

The Society will now be issuing a regular newsletter to it's members and the first one is now available.

It features

Town Square
Historic Spine
Stratford District Council’s Revised Draft Core Strategy
A Combined Authority?
The Stratford Society Programme

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Next Members Meeting 21st September 2015 6.15pm At the Falcon Hotel
BEYOND  2016

The Director of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Dr Diana Owen, will be joined by colleagues from the other great Stratford institutions associated with William Shakespeare – the RSC and the King Edward VI School - to take us through their plans for 2016.  

Not only will they 
celebrate the 400th anniversary of his death but more importantly their exciting major projects will create a permanent legacy to help future generations understand and appreciate his genius.  

These are major investments in the cultural life of our town and they will also help sustain our major industry which is tourism.


Please note:  the Falcon Hotel has revised its car parking arrangements.  Members attending Society functions at the Falcon are still able to park without charge but on arrival they must take a ticket from the machine in the car park and present it to the Reception desk for validation.
Members Visit - to Sezincote House September 16th 2015
Our party of 34 members and guests enjoyed a fascinating tour of Sezincote, thanks to the very informative (and drily humorous) guide.  For most of us it was our first ever visit to this unique Anglo-Indian house. 

When he visited in 1807, shortly after its completion, the Prince Regent was inspired to insist that the designs for the Brighton Dome be changed from Chinese to Indian.  From its Regency pomp, however, there was decline in the twentieth century and by the end of WW2 it was nearly derelict. 

Bought by Sir Cyril and Lady Kleinwort, it was lovingly restored and furnished to its present glory and it remains in the family.   

The rain held off long enough for us to walk through and appreciate the gardens, which had also suffered neglect during the war but have since been replanted and restored;  they are simply gorgeous and stand comparison with those at Hidcote.  We would love to see their colours in later autumn and in spring. 

Our thanks to Dr Edward Peake and his staff for making us welcome.

The Programme will be available shortly.

The first meeting of the season is expected to be in September.


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