The Estate lays approx. 3 miles south of Stratford upon Avon, between Stratford upon Avon and Shipston on Stour, and encompasses the villages of Preston on Stour, Atherstone on Stour and Alderminster. It is imperative to owner, Emma Holman-West, that she, her family and the Estate's advisors continue to consider and balance commercial reality with sympathy to the surrounding countryside and the local community.
Picturesque and traditional Preston-on-Stour is an Estate village, linked to and supported by the Alscot Estate, with a thriving community spirit. Naturally there is a close association between the Holman-West family and the inhabitants of the village and the wider parish. The vast majority of the land and housing is owned by the Estate and there are just fourteen privately-owned houses within the village. Perhaps by virtue of its small size, Preston’s community is close-knit. Most of its inhabitants know each other well and there is a great deal of social cohesion.
The Estate is happy to work closely with Preston-on-Stour Environmental Group (PEG); a happy band of local parishioners who meet on a semi-regular basis for the purposes of observing, monitoring and learning about the beautiful local environment.
The Church of St Mary, Preston, is grouped with another five churches and parishes under the leadership of the Rev’d Chris Goble. They work together to promote a faithful Christian community within Preston parish. It serves the communities of Preston on Stour and Atherstone on Stour and provides services each Sunday and more regularly during religious holidays. More recently St Mary's has played host to musical events and is available for weddings and baptisms. Andrew Holman-West works voluntary as Church Warden. James West was instrumental in the rebuild of the church which started back in 1753.
Three Parishes Millennium Hall, re-built by the Estate, is well equipped and host to community events and private functions. Its management committee is active in organising social events. Each year starts with a New Year’s Day breakfast and continues with an annual quiz; a May Day procession, races and teas; a summer barbecue and a Harvest Supper. The community hall is available to hire.
The Stratford Bards; Stratford upon Avon Cricket Club's senior team, play at Alscot Park throughout the summer. The Bards have a long history with the Estate and Alscot Park has been their home ground for many years. Recently, the Estate was pleased to donate £4,300 to Stratford CC. The money was raised through various fundraising activities carried out by both Alscot and The Bell in favour of The Stratford Bards. Fundraising for The Stratford Bards continues in 2018.
Recently, the club announced that Head of Junior cricket, Matt Dutton, will captain the Bards to create a pathway for U15/16's into senior cricket. The Estate works closely with Stratford Cricket Club, to support the Bards, to engage both present and future players, particularly juniors and their parents, and the all-important volunteers. Spectators to the home games at Alscot are warmly encouraged and welcome to attend and a full list of fixtures and social events can be found on their website.
The ground and facilities are available to hire to corporate companies and organisations. For more information please contact The Alscot Estate Office on 01789 450451 or e-mail email@example.com
Flowright Yoga occupies the old school, run by Ben Beswick, Flowright offer yoga sessions for all levels.
Stalls Lifestyle and Alscot Timber & Woodworking Supplies both sit on the edge of the village in the old cattle Stalls. These and other independent businesses such as The Hideaway, hair salon, are pivotal to the strong thriving community.
A number of other businesses operate from the close-by grounds of Alscot Park, notably a livery stables, a classic car restorer a manufacturer of traditional windows, hair and beauty salons and an artisan coffee roaster; Monsoon Estates Coffee Co.
The Bell, Alderminster; The Estate's own multi-award winning country pub, restaurant and luxury b&b, is located just 2 miles away in the pretty village of Alderminster. The Bell offers excellent food, drink and accommodation and is a place for all occasions. The Bell, managed and run in house, is the "hub" of the Estate, used by local residents and businesses alike for social and corporate purposes.