The Estate’s annual Bonfire and Fireworks Spectacular, held at The Bell on Friday 2nd November, proved a huge success with the crowds and for Stratford Cricket Club. The Bell provided a BBQ and bar whilst DJ Bobby Hunt entertained the adults and children alike. Glowing swords, headbands and windmills could be seen in abundance in the dark, the club ran a tombola and the fireworks were a huge hit.
What a glorious evening, on Thursday 19th July, as Alscot hosted the annual cricket event and the Alscot XI took on the RCMA Select XI. The Estate opted to 'bat' first and went about it exceptionally well. The top order were in fluent mood and were soon piling on the runs. After a well-deserved drinks break (with the odd beer doing wonders for the RCMA sporting abilities), RCMA struck back well with a cluster of wickets and kept Alscot to 159 in their 20 overs.
On Sunday 13th May 2018 The England Team lifted the winning trophy after competing in the DAKS Home International Mounted Games Championships. Teams from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland competed for the title over four days, in the presence of the Queen, at Royal Windsor.
Following on from a large scale independent tree survey across the Estate, which identified areas of improvement, the Estate has successfully implemented and established a forestry and planting scheme.
We are really excited to be implementing a plan for short and long-term planting schemes. During the course of the year the garden team will execute plans to transform areas of the garden and to create new features and vibrancy to suit the seasons.
David Domonay, based at 1c Atherstone Barns, is a Chartered Horticulturist and television gardener, presenting on ITV’s Love Your Garden. You can read his weekly gardening column in The Sunday Mirror newspaper, and check out his monthly article about growing vegetables and fruit in Grow Your Own Magazine. He also appears as a resident gardener on ITV’s This Morning with appearances on many more TV shows.
The Stratford-upon-Avon based team of digital marketers have been helping businesses grow their customer base since 2015, and as their clients have grown so has the agency. As a principally digital business, Quattro started as a virtual organisation and used Alscot’s virtual office and meeting spaces, but as the business grew the natural next step was permanent office space on the Estate.
Fiona set up her business in 2001 working from a small unit in Snitterfield. With a strong reputation and client base (possibly assisted by her TV appearance with Nick Knowles on a restoration and refurbishment project), it soon became apparent that she needed bigger premises in order to cope with demand. In 2014 Fiona moved to Grove Business Park at Alscot which provided additional space to expand.
Independent commodities trading and supply chain company, RCMA Group, is constructing a state-of-the-art rapeseed processing plant located in Atherstone on Stour, near Stratford-upon-Avon, investing £25m in the project and creating in excess of 30 local jobs.
Our portfolio and reputation as a film and TV location strengthened in November 2017 when the BBC returned to film a forthcoming episode of the new TV drama, based in Stratford, Shakespeare and Hathaway. Jo Joyner and Mark Benton take on the two title roles for the daytime show which plays on Shakespearean themes. Benton plays private investigator Frank Hathaway, with Joyner playing his rookie sidekick Lu Shakespeare. Jo commented that she loved working at Alscot and as it's only 20 minutes away from her home it was a win win situation for her.
Mark Williams returns to Alscot, as the eponymous Catholic priest-cum-sleuth, wearing his trademark black cassock and wide-brimmed black parson’s hat as filming takes place for a future episode of Father Brown. The BBC's popular daytime crime drama has gone from strength to strength since being aired in 2013 and is now shown in Australia, Canada and America.
Renown children’s television producers, Ragdoll Productions, visited Alscot Park to film a live-action sequence for two episodes of Twirlywoos, their pre-school series. The Twirlywoos, a combination of stop-frame animation and live-action, features four small, bird-like characters who are inquisitive, enthusiastic and always looking to learn something new about the world. Ever curious, they seek adventure and fun wherever they go!