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Stow & District Civic Society


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Wednesday 14th Sep 2016

Theatre Trip to Blood Brothers

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Wednesday 14th Sep 2016


Blood Brothers

at the Malvern Theatre

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First open talk

of the new season


Friday 7th October 2016


'Treading enchanted ground - celebrating Shakespear's birthday'


Friday 3rd  June 2016

Talk by Keren Green

'Bees and beekeeping'

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Tuesday 27th Sep 2016

Outing to Slimbridge Wetland Centre.

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Welcome to the website of the Stow and District Civic Society.


If you're a member, you'll find lots of current information here about the Society's activities.


If you're a visitor, please feel free to explore the site to find out more about the Society and the rich history of Stow-on-the-Wold.

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by L.S. Lowry.


Lowry painted this icy scene during a visit to the town in 1947. He was apparently fascinated by the architecture of the houses and buildings, which he found a contrast with the Manchester industrial cityscapes more usually associated with his work.


On the left is St. Edward's Hall, and the building on the right is now Huffkins Tea Room. The tree has since diappeared.


He wrote to his friend and fellow artist David Carr on October 20, 1946:

"I declare I am forgetting to tell you how I got on in the Cotswolds. Had a very good weekend, there is plenty of material. The villages are certainly very quaint, the stone - the buildings are mostly of stone - is very warm."


The painting was sold at auction in 2011 to an unknown bidder for £481,000.

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Watch a video of images of Stow over the last 150 years.  




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Clean for the Queen


On Saturday 16 April a few, hardy Society members braved the snow to start the 'Clean for The Queen' initiative. Signs along the Fosseway were cleaned before recharging buckets and a welcome coffee at Christopher Clarke Antiques.  Further cleaning extended into The Square. With further cleaning and litter picking arranged by the Council for Sunday Stow will hopefully "Gleam for The Queen".

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A few facts about Stow


Stow is in one of the 46 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) in the UK.


Stow sits at about 800 feet above sea level and is the highest town in the Cotswolds.


The population of Stow itself is today around 2,000 people.


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Stow and District Civic Society aims to unveil historical artefacts in a ‘pop-up museum’ this summer.


This one-day event

'Wool, War and Wonders'

will be staged in St Edward’s Hall

on Saturday, 20th August 2016.