Free events and family fun at Stratford’s first Community Scarecrow Festival!

FROM SHERLOCK Holmes to a Very Hungry Caterpillar, some of the best-loved characters from the world of fiction will be popping up all over the riverside in Stratford-upon-Avon at the end of April. It’s all part of a new community initiative happening over the Shakespeare Birthday Celebration Weekend – April 27th & April 28th. In […]

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Guild Chapel wins UK Heritage Award

THE CHAMPAGNE corks have been popping once again for the team at Stratford’s Guild Chapel – this time winning a prestigious prize at the 2019 UK Heritage Awards. The awards were handed out at an exclusive ceremony celebrating the best heritage experiences and places to stay in the UK, hosted at Grocer’s Hall in London […]

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New app opens a window to the past at the Guild Chapel

TECHNOLOGY is unlocking a window to the past at Stratford’s Guild Chapel – allowing visitors to see the building and its paintings in all their medieval glory for the first time in almost 500 years. It’s all possible thanks to a new app – which gives people a virtual reality view of how the Chapel […]

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All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely ‘scarecrows’

  Stratford’s first Community Scarecrow Festival is being held this year during Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebration Weekend 27th and 28th April 2019 on Bancroft Gardens and  Escape Arts are joining forces with Stratford Town Trust to deliver some  exciting new community activities. Community groups, schools, and families are being invited to make scarecrows that will form […]

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Stratford Town Trust signs memorandum of understanding with University of York

SARA Aspley, Stratford Town Trust’s Chief Executive, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Departments of Archaeology and History at the University of York. Dr Kate Giles and colleagues from the University’s Centre for the Study of Christianity & Culture have been working with the Trust for over ten years, researching the Guild Chapel’s […]

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Showing the love to celebrate 1st birthday at Foundation House

IT WILL be hearts and flowers all round at Foundation House this month as Stratford Town Trust celebrates the hub’s first birthday by encouraging thanks and kindness. Foundation House, on Masons Road, officially opened in February 2018, to build a community of charities, local groups, social enterprises and changemakers in Stratford. Providing a wide range of […]

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Chapel volunteers win Team of the Year!

HUGE congratulations to our amazing team of Guild Chapel volunteers, who have scooped Team of the Year at the annual Pride of Stratford Awards! A huge thank you to all of you for volunteering your time to help share our very special Chapel with visitors from far and wide. We really couldn’t do it without […]

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Apply now – first main grants round of 2019

FROM big grants to small, the community is being invited to apply for funding as Stratford Town Trust opens its first round of main applications for 2019. Anyone can apply for funding to support a charity, organisation or group – as long as the project benefits the people of Stratford-upon-Avon town. Grants are distributed via […]

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Letter to Members

Dear Member I am writing to wish you a happy new year and to introduce myself as the new Chief Executive of Stratford Town Trust. Since I came to the post in the autumn I have learnt so much about the work of the Trust and have been impressed by the range of groups, charities […]

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Special Feature: Guild Chapel wins Sir John Betjeman Award

WE WERE overjoyed to see the Guild Chapel winning the Sir John Betjeman Award for 2018 – the prestigious annual prize bestowed by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB). The award commended the skilled conservation of the Chapel’s internationally-significant medieval wall paintings, applied late in the 15th/early in the 16th Century and […]

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