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You are here Past Speakers 2014/15        
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

Members Meeting Monday 15th September 2014 at 6.15pm

Stratford and Tourism: the challenges and the rewards

Robin Tjolle, Chief Executive of Shakespeare’s England, the company recently formed to promote Stratford and south Warwickshire, will talk about the vital importance of tourism to the local economy, how its impact on the town can be managed and how it can be made sustainable.

New book on Stratford’s Historic Spine!!

The Stratford Society has been working for some time to promote the town’s Historic Spine, the route running along High Street, Chapel Street, Church Street and Old Town, lined with many of the town’s finest buildings. In particular, two members of the Society, Paul Burley, retired architect and practising artist, and Bob Bearman, formerly Head of Archives at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, have spent the last three years working on a project to get the story of the Spine into book form. Paul has drawn every building along it in the form of eight continuous friezes and underneath each building Bob has provided notes of its historical and/or architectural interest. Some members may have seen the fruit of their labours displayed as panels at Heritage Open Day in 2012. Now, using an ingenious ‘fold-out’ system, these have been put into book form.

The Society has been very happy to support publication costs in the hope that this study will be of interest and help to local schools, town planners, local historians and visitors to the town but, above all, to do justice to this remarkable collection of buildings of which Stratford should be proud.

Copies, price £7.00 will be on sale at the Annual General Meeting on 14 April but can also be obtained either by contacting the Society via its email address or from local bookshops

Paul Burley (left) and Bob Bearman,
outside the almshouses in Church Street,
examining a ‘fold-out’ section of their new book.
Photo: Dick Prior