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Your Local Civic Society charity registration No. 251182
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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Refurbishment and Repair of the Old Toll House - Update 8th December 2014

Project by theStratford Historic Buildings Trust

The Stratford Historic Buildings Trust has now submitted a planning application for the repair and refurbishment of the Toll House.

The building will be used as an office and exhibition space. The intention is to use the external area in front of the Toll House for occasional summer exhibitions to promote the industrial Heritage of the waterfront and the important transport links of the late eighteenth and early 19 th century based on Turnpike roads, the canal and River Avon.

The Toll House is being extended by the addition of a new entrance and toilet.

This prominent restoration project is being supported by grants from the Architectural Heritage Fund, Stratford District Council and the Stratford Society.

The future repair work will be undertake with support of English Heritage and The Heritage Lottery Fund.

The objects of the Stratford Historic Buildings Trust Charity is to:
‘’To preserve for the benefit of the people of Stratford upon Avon and the historic County of Warwickshire and of the Nation, the historical, architectural and constructional heritage that may exist in and around Stratford upon Avon and the historic County of Warwickshire in buildings (including any structure or erection, and any part of a building as so defined) of particular beauty or historical, architectural or constructional interest.’’

Now that a prominent Project is attracting grants and entering the planning system the Trust wish to promote their activities and seek active membership, from the general public for the support of the restoration of The Toll House and other historic buildings in Warwickshire.

Roger Davis - Trustee SHBT
Next Members Meeting of the 2014/15 Season

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.

Next Members Event of the 2014/15 Season

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.

Stratford Society Members Christmas Lunch 2014

Society members gathered at the Falcon Hotel on Sunday 7th December for the annual Christmas celebration.

We enjoyed a welcome drink followed by a delicious three course lunch. Compliments to the new chef! A convivial time was had by all! Especially as we were joined by five members of the family Fogg, four of whom had travelled up from Chesham and Marlborough to be with us! Thank you!

Wonderful entertainment was provided after the meal by the youth drama group “Rogues and Vagabonds”, with a selection of song and dance from their repertoire. Their confidence in dancing and singing were both impressive and inspirational, even more so, as we appreciated that their ages ranged from only 9 years to 21 years.

The joy they brought to the occasion was to be admired and we all left feeling uplifted and in the festive spirit.

Thank you for the support of all members who attended. We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

Nick Walsh
Rosemary Applin


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 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.


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

All costs quoted are per person.  

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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