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Wednesday 14th Sep 2016
Theatre Trip to Blood Brothers
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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'
Tuesday 27th Sep 2016
Outing to Slimbridge Wetland Centre.
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.
We are launching a page with resources for those researching the history of Stow, including links, and lists of useful material. Eventually we plan to add for the first time an index of the valuable historical archives in Stow's library.
It was first settled 4,000 years ago during the Bronze Age, and you can still see remains of the original Iron Age fort dating back two and a half thousand years. And in the fourteenth century 20,000 sheep were traded here on market day.
Information on latest activities
The 'News' tab provides reports of recent activity whilst the 'Diary dates' tab provides details of forthcoming events.
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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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".
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.
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.