Protecting the heritage of our historic market town


Why Join?

People join the Society because they care about the town they have chosen to live in and want to take part in shaping its future. By becoming a member you can help to influence decisions on planning, transport and parking, shopping and leisure facilities, and all the aspects of development that help to maintain the character of this unique market town.

You will made aware of potential developments and have an opportunity to meet with developers and decision makers to let them hear your views.

You will learn about the history of Stratford and the surrounding area out our fascinating lectures, events and study trips.

How to Join

There are several ways to join the society, these are listed below. You can download our application form here

Pay Online



Joint Household


Pay by Cheque

Please make cheques payable to ‘Stratford upon Avon Society’

By Bankers Order Form

You can download the bankers order for here

Your membership will give you the opportunity to:

• Influence the way that the local authorities deal with heritage and the built environment;

• Stop unsympathetic developments by promoting good quality design;

• Encourage good quality design by making regular awards for excellence;

• Contribute to special projects that improve the attractiveness of the town;

• Enjoy a regular programme of talks and presentations that focus attention on important heritage and historical issues facing the town;

• Take part in special meetings, seminars and study tours , to see how other similar historic towns achieve their aims.

What we do

Evidence of the Society’s growing influence in the town can be seen by simply looking at the papers that go to the District Council’s Planning Committee. The Planning Applications Report includes a special section that summarises the comments submitted by the Stratford Society. We are also asked to participate in stakeholder consultations are treated by the local authorities as a de facto statutory consultee. 

We often disagree – sometimes quite forcefully – with the policies and actions of the local authorities, but we try never to lose our sense of balance. No historic town can remain stuck in the past and our aim, with the help of all our members, is to make the future one we can all be proud of.

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