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Welcome to the Stratford Society
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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Members Private Tour of Ditchley Park Foundation, Chipping Norton - Tuesday 4th October 2016

We have the opportunity to take a private tour of this interesting property near Chipping Norton. The estate was bought by Sir Henry Lee in 1550 when he was made Ranger of the Wychwood Forest. Elizabeth 1 st visited in 1592 and caused him great expense!

The house was built by the 2 nd Earl of Lichfield, a member of the Lee family, in 1722, designed by James Gibb. Conferences were held here to ensure the UK and The United States of America had a venue for strengthening the transatlantic dialogue through discreet and relaxed discussions on matters of mutual concern.The first conference was in 1962 and have continued since.

Churchill used Ditchley as a war cabinet on the weekend November 9-11th instead of Chequers, which was considered an unsafe location. He held many subsequent weekend meetings here.

Details of visit:

Please meet by 2pm in the car park ready to begin tour at 2.15pm. Approx length of tour one and a half hours. Followed by refreshments.

Minimum of ten people.

Tour only…….£12.50. pp

Tour to include tea &biscuits…………………….£15.00 pp

Click Here to download a booking form

Stratford Society, The Chairman's Late Summer Party at New Place

with apologies for the delay
Monday 5th September at 6.15pm
New Place
Chapel Street, Stratford-upon-Avon
Thank you for your patience, which is to be rewarded by the Stratford Society enjoying the privilege of holding the very first ‘event’ at the re-imagined New Place. 
There will be a guided tour of New Place, the Knot Garden and the Great Garden followed by drinks and nibbles, giving an opportunity to chat and to share our impressions of New Place, the project on which the Society members were twice consulted.
We very much hope that all members who have already booked and paid for tickets are still able to attend;  no further action is required from them.  If you are unable to attend, please contact Rosemary Applin.
If other members would like join us, further tickets are available at £15.00 each, inclusive of tour and refreshments, from
Rosemary Applin - click here for a booking form

Society Secretary
The Stratford Society is currently seeking to fill the role of the Society's Secretary.

The role covers administrative support, calling meetings of the Society’s General Committee and AGM (about 7or 8 meetings a year) as well as small amount of correspondence. 

However, the role can certainly be larger depending on the individual’s circumstances and aspirations. There are opportunities to get involved in some of the activities or sub committees of the Society or becoming a trustee.

If you are interested in this role please contact John Scampion by email: or alternatively call him on 07789 913615

First Society General Committee Meeting under the New Chairman


On the 13th June 2016, John Scampion, our newly elected chairman held his first General Committee Meeting in his new role. 

This meeting has been held in order to set out a new approach to the structure and running of the Society.


It has been agreed that three sub-committees will be set up to focus on the three main objectives of the constitution: 

Planning sub-committee to promote high standards of architecture and planning and to respond to significant planning proposals on behalf of the Society. 

Improving the town sub-committee set up to identify neglected features of the town, seek their improvement and encourage the public’s interest as part of the Society’s role to help to maintain Stratford’s character, heritage and appearance. We will also be monitoring and championing the policies and projects to improve the town centre set out in the emerging Neighbourhood Plan.

Would you like to join this group and help to make a difference? We need your help so please get in touch!

Communications sub-committee deals with communication with members as well as with media and wider public and its aim is to promote the Society and build its membership. It will also explore ways of getting across to the members and wider public more efficiently and ensure greater immediacy of response to put the Society in the forefront when topical issues are under consideration. 

 The three committees are chaired by: 

Peter Burgess - Planning 

Joyce Bridges - Historic and Public Interest 

Julie Crawshaw - Communications

The General Committee members would like to assure you, that all members will be kept informed of the Society's actions as well as upcoming events.  Please do not hesitate to contact any of us if you have any queries or questions. Alternatively, you can always visit our Facebook page, where one of us will always answer your questions. 

For any queries about the above please contact Katie Koch by email:

Members Social Events Survey for 2016/2017

A number of members events in 2015/2016 have unfortunately been cancelled for various reasons so before a programme of events for 2016/2017 is finalised the Society would like to consult members on th e kind of things they would like included.

Click Here to download a form for you to contribute your views and ideas.

Please return the form to

Rosemary Applin, Social Secretary
13 Dale Avenue
Stratford upon Avon
CV37 7EN

or EMAIL to

Chairman's Summer Party 6.15pm Friday 8th July at New Place, Chapel Street

Your invitation from the Chairman       POSTPONED

We are fortunate to be able to hold our summer gathering at the re-presented New Place by kind invitation of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.  Opened only a week before our event, we will be among the very first visitors and will have an exclusive early tour. And for me it will be a privilege to be able to hold my very first Chairman’s event and to greet the Society’s members in such an illustrious location.

John Scampion

There will be a guided tour of New Place, the Knot Garden and the Great Garden followed by drinks and nibbles, giving an opportunity to chat and to share our impressions of New Place, the project on which the Society members were twice consulted.

Tickets are £15.00 each, inclusive of tour and refreshments. 

Please book your tickets by Monday 27th June to avoid disappointment.

Click Here to download a booking form to complete


In response to an article in last week's Stratford Herald, we have issued a statement regarding the proposed sale of Masons Court.

Since this statement was issued, our vice-chairman has made number of attempts to secure a meeting with The Stratford Town Trust with the intention to discuss the proposed sale. We asked for  the postponement of this sale, until all other possible avenues have been fully explored including involving the Stratford Historic Buildings Trust which has secured funding for the Clopton Bridge Toll House. The Stratford Society was willing to offer their expertise and was open to working with the Town Trust.

Regrettably, The Stratford Town Trust rejected our offer and is not willing to meet with us until next week, which will of course be after the auction date. We are dismayed by this reaction to what this Society thought was a rational and cooperative approach to trying to secure the future of a cherished building.

We will now contact Stratford District Council, as the Planning Authority, to discuss the ways in which the building's future can continue to be safeguarded.

Yesterday’s “Midweek” newspaper contains an item which states that the Stratford Society is backing the proposed sale of Mason’s Court by the Town Trust. The Society has not had the opportunity to discuss the matter.

Our Chairman, Kevin Bond, who is away on business at present, gave a view some time ago that the ownership of such a property is not something that the Society is capable of affecting one way or the other. The key to its protection is its status as a Listed Building, which should preclude any inappropriate renovation or redevelopment. We would expect Stratford District Council, as the Planning Authority, to ensure that this is the case.

The Society will be looking for discussions with the Town Trust as soon as possible so that it can understand better the background to the Trust’s decision and ensure that the building’s future can continue to be safeguarded.
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