Mike Seddon appeals for Shakespeare Hospice

Well known local business man Mike Seddon has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and given just weeks to live. In this video he talks openly about his diagnosis and the care he's received from the Shakespeare Hospice, enabling him to die at home. Since his diagnosis Mike has dedicated himself to raising both awareness and funds to ensure the service continues to be there for others in the same situation.  Watch video >>

Conrad's Ride 2014

Bikers from all over the area have come together to ride in honour of Stratford's Conrad Lewis, who was the 353rd soldier to be killed in Afghanistan and was the inspiration behind the recent 'Soldier On' song. The charity set up by Conrad's family is called The 353 Trust and helps injured service men and women and the families of the bereaved. As the ride prepared to set off, a former marine and pilot showed just what his stunt plane could do! For more information about the charity visit: www.353.org.uk  Watch video >>

Soldier On

February 8th sees the release of Soldier On, the song dedicated to the memory of Private Conrad Lewis, a Claverdon resident, who became the 353rd British soldier to be killed in Afghanistan. In this video Conrad's father talks about his son and how the song came to be produced. It's to be released on the 3rd anniversary of his death, is produced by The Big Secret Sound, is performed and composed by Stratford's Andrew James, with lyrics by Chris Onslow. Proceeds from every download go to support the work of the charity founded in his honour, www.353.org.uk - it can be pre-ordered now from iTunes on this link: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/soldier-on-feat.-andrew-james/id794098162 - can we make it Number One?  Watch video >>

D-Day Veterans honoured

Stratford's D-Day Veterans were honoured at Stratford Town Hall last night (June 6th 2014). At an event organised by Escape Community Arts to launch their new film of the veterans memories of D-Day, Stratford's Mayor, Councillor Ian Fradgley announced that the Town Council is soon to decide on giving them the Freedom of the Town, and with music by The Lady Belles, a surprise presentation was made by the French Consul Honoraire.  Watch video >>

70 Years On : D-Day remembered

On June 16th 1944, men from Stratford landed on the Normandy beaches, in what would become forever known as D-Day. In this 70th anniversary year, 14 year old Stratford resident, Bill Jones has produced a film remembering that time with many of the veterans telling their own stories. Under the auspices of Stratford's Escape Community Arts, and as part of his Silver National Arts Award, the project took him 6 months to film and a further 6 months to edit and it was recently launched at the Stratford upon Avon Town Hall to an audience of the veterans and their families.  Watch video >>

Molly Olly's Wishes - www.mollyolly.co.uk

Have you heard about Molly Olly's Wishes? A fantastic local charity that supports emotionally, and financially, the lives of children with terminal or life threatening illnesses throughout The Midlands and the UK and advises and assists their families. They've an amazing story to tell about the people they help and the people who support them. For more look at their website: www.mollyolly.co.uk  Watch video >>

Escape Community Arts support media ambitions

Escape Community Arts arranged for aspiring sports journalist and Stratford upon Avon School student Alex Connor to interview Coventry City footballing legend Dietmar Bruck. Hopefully Alex is a Stratford Television reporter in the making! For more information about their work the link is: http://www.escapecommunityarts.co.uk/  Watch video >>

The Shakespeare Anthem

Shakespeare Sunday, 27th April, saw a specially composed anthem performed at Holy Trinity Church as part of the Civic Service. With words by the Bard himself, taken from Henry VIII and music by Toby Young, the work premiered today, sung by the Holy Trinity Choir led by the Director of Music, Benedict Wilson.  Watch video >>

Installation of Holy Trinity's new Vicar

January 2014 saw the installation, or collation, of the new Vicar at 'Shakespeare's Church', Holy Trinity in Old Town. In this video we show highlights of the Collation service and talk to the new vicar, Rev. Patrick Taylor, about his hopes for the job, the role of the Church in our town, and how he feels to be in Stratford upon Avon.  Watch video >>

Movember @ New Idle

Stratford's latest men's clothing shop New Idle, on Wood Street, is launching its Movember campaign for hairy top lips between 6-9pm on November 1st. Start your month of growth with a shave by the Little Barber Shop and join the New Idle push for a great cause. Owner Libby explains more in this video.  Watch video >>

The Shakespeare Plague made by Escape Community Arts

'The Shakespeare Plague' is an Escape Community Arts film project developed to specifically enter the Shakespeare Film Festival. The project was led by film-maker Icky Dhesi and children/young people had free range to interpret the competition in any way they wanted. All language, scripting was developed by the young people who had great enjoyment using the Bard's words and imagery to create their own unique interpretation. Those involved wrote the script and created all the scenes and props themselves and generally a lot of fun was had by all. The film has recently received a ‘highly commended’ award and was screened at the Stratford Picture House. The project formed part of the Escape Youth Arts programme funded by Big Lottery and Stratford Town Trust.  Watch video >>

Stratford's £1 Million CommYOUnity Challenge

Stratford Town Trust recently challenged people and groups in Stratford to submit exceptional ideas worth between £200,000 and £1m to benefit our community in a major way. The deadline for first ideas is May 29th and in this video Helen Munro, the Trust's Chief Executive talks more about the £1m Community Challenge. For further details go to www.stratfords1million.co.uk  Watch video >>

Stratford Food Bank

Over two tons of food was collected, over the weekend of 1st and 2nd December, at Tesco Stratford upon Avon for the relaunch of the Stratford Food Bank. Research has shown that over 16% of people in Stratford are below the official poverty line and the Food Bank will work with people in crisis in our town. Tesco have committed to top up all the donations from the weekend by 30% of the value. This video explains more about the project and was filmed on Saturday 1/12/12. For more information email info@stratforduponavon.foodbank.org.uk or call 07884 418732.  Watch video >>