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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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Next Members Meeting of the 2014/15 Season

Monday 17th November 2014 at 6.15pm

The Demise of the NIMBY –

How Do We Get People Campaigning For New Homes in their Community?

Mike Roberts, who co-founded HAB with broadcaster Kevin McLoud, challenges us to welcome new housing that is well designed and respects its context – not the usual straight-out-of the-catalogue estates we all dread. HAB stands for Happiness Architecture Beauty and it is well worth looking at its mission statement at

Next Members Event of the 2014/15 Season

Sunday 7th December 2014

Christmas Lunch

The 2014 Society Christmas lunch will be held on Sunday 7 th December in the Verona Suite at The Falcon Hotel (our usual meeting room). Join us for a welcome drink in The Garden Bar from 12.30 pm followed by lunch at 1.00pm. Over coffee there will be seasonal entertainment from Stratford’s leading youth music theatre company, Rogues & Vagabonds. We aim to finish by 4.00pm.

The three course lunch is just £19.95 per person, which includes the welcome drink and tea or coffee. The Garden Bar will be open to purchase your own drinks with the meal and wine will be available by the bottle or the glass.

We do hope you will join us by returning the form below, indicating menu choices and cheques payable to “The Stratford Society”. NO tickets will be issued,but all requests will be logged and cheques banked.

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Re-instatement of the Society’s Newsletter

During the Summer Party at Springfield Farm, the Chairman announced that the Society intended to re-instate a regular newsletter to keep members informed of the Society’s major achievements and activities. He asked for volunteers to help prepare it.

The Society hopes to recruit about three members to work on these communications. They would form part of a wider Communications Group which would initially be chaired by Ian Heggie and would include the Schools Project and the Society’s photographer.

The volunteers would be expected to have writing skills and, ideally, experience of journalism and/or desk-top publishing. Their role would include agreeing the content of each communication, preparing copy themselves, re-shaping and editing copy prepared by others, and preparing drafts for other members to work on. Apart from informing members, the aim of the newsletters would be to raise the Society’s profile in the town.

Anyone interested in joining the team should contact Ian Heggie on (01789) 299891, or
Toll House Update 31st July 2014

The Stratford Historic Building Trust have been offered a further grant of £5000 from the Architectural Heritage fund to enable us to progress the development of an office and exhibition area within the repaired and refurbished Toll House.

We have appointed a conservation architect to assist the Trustees in preparing a scheme for a planning and Listed Building Application.

We are in negotiations with English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund for further funding.

Once funding is secure we will make more public announcements about the Toll House and the future work of the Trust.


All dates and times are booked at the Falcon Hotel, so please put them in your diaries now.

Speakers or topics marked * are subject to confirmation.


Monday 19th January 2015 at 3.00pm

*Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership

Where does Stratford fit in ?

We hope to bring you key speakers to take us through the work of this body, effectively the successor to Advantage West Midlands as the channel for government money to promote enterprise in our sub-region.

Monday 16th February 2015at 6.15pm

Rebuilding Britain:  the future of the British Planning System

 Dr Hugh Ellis is Head of Policy at the Town & Country Planning Association. Founded in 1899 to promote the idea of the Garden City, the TCPA is Britain's oldest charity concerned with planning, housing and the environment.

Monday 16th March 2015 at 6.15pm

How to get sensitive and successful development in historic towns

Steven Bee is Principal of Urban Counsel, specialising in advice and guidance to all those engaged in planning for and undertaking development. The distinctive   Urban Counsel  approach seeks out the commonalities among interested parties to maximise consensus and minimise conflict.  Steven was previously the Director of Planning and Development for English Heritage.

Advance Notice:

*New Place – new plans

Last November we had a presentation and very lively debate when the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust shared its vision for the re-presentation of the site of New Place. As a result of this consultation, the Trust has ‘gone back to the drawing board’ and has now offered to bring members up to date on its revised plans. We intend to hold a special meeting for this purpose. We will advise you of when and where as soon as possible.


Dates for your diary !Full details and booking arrangements to follow in due course.

All costs quoted are per person.  

Wednesday 4th March 2015

Hidden Charlecote

Meet in the car park at 9.30am for a private tour and talk on the South Wing of Charlecote Park which is not normally open to the public. The tour will be conducted by Sir Edmund Fairfax Lucy, the present Baronet. Visit to last between two and a half and three hours.

Cost £10.00 to include refreshments.

Thursday 16th April 2015

Stanway House and fountain

Stanway, between Broadway and Winchcombe, is an outstandingly beautiful example of a Jacobean manor house. Among many other delightful features, it has a water garden – recently restored – and the highest fountain in Britain (300 feet) which will be demonstrated for us. Meet at 2.30pm for the private tour which will take about two hours.

Cost £10.00 with tea and cakes available at £3.00.

Thursday 7th May 2015

Hill Close Gardens, Warwick

Situated near Warwick Racecourse, Mill Close Gardens are a very rare example of Victorian detached leisure gardens. Threatened with destruction and re-development, local people worked tirelessly to save and restore them. Meet at 2.00pm for the private tour which will last approximately two hours.

Cost £8.00 which includes refreshments.

Friday 3rd July 2015

Chairman’s Summer Party

Details to follow but put this date in your diary now !

Wednesday 16th September 2015

Sezincote House

Sezincote is a unique and extraordinary Indian house set amidst the Cotswold Hills just beyond Moreton-in-Marsh. Built in 1810, it was the inspiration for the Brighton Pavilion. Meet at 2.00pm for the tour which will last about one and a half hours.

Cost £11.50. Sezincote is close to Batsford Arboretum if refreshments are required.


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