Fred Winter – enterprise and legacy

Today I'd like to welcome guest blogger Jann Tracy, author of Marie Corelli: Shakespeare's Champion back to the site. She is going to tell us about local businessman and entrepreneur, Fred Winter. *** In June 1858 Frederick Winter opened his first store in Stratford-upon-Avon, at 17 & 18 High Street. Twenty-three years later, Frederick and... Continue Reading →

Taking a Different Kind of Walk: the maze in history

Although restrictions on going out for a walk have been relaxed somewhat, must of us won’t be able to visit a maze. But when, in the future, the opportunity arises, a maze is a great way to spend an afternoon. What is the difference between a maze and a labyrinth? The first mazes weren’t actually... Continue Reading →

Charlecote: bringing history to you

Although Charlecote Park, Warwickshire is closed at the moment, due to the current social distancing regulations, we can still enjoy its history. Charlecote Park, managed by the National Trust, lies 5.4 miles east of Stratford-upon-Avon. In the 1550s the estate was at the south edge of the Forest of Arden, but over time the landscape... Continue Reading →

Ale Testing – an honourable occupation

Hello, and a very Happy 2020! I thought I'd start the new year with a guest post (below), from author Jann Tracy. It's particularly appropriate if any of you are suffering from last night's revels. Enjoy! The earliest records of brewing have been found in Egypt, about 2000 BC, so when John Shakespeare, a glover... Continue Reading →

Why coaching?

Over the summer, I was interviewed by Lorrayn de Peyer on her Sid Valley radio show. This was a great opportunity to talk a bit more about writing and its benefits. What is it you do. What services do you offer? I'm an author, editor and writing coach. I also run workshops for writers. How... Continue Reading →

Cake and a slice of Chastleton

When Martin Drury of the National Trust said, 'Our aim is to lay as light a hand as possible on Chastleton, to arrest 150 years of progressive decay...' he wasn't far wrong. And, that, in my opinion, is part of its charm. Last Friday I went to Chastleton House - a delightful Jacobean house built... Continue Reading →

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