Dragons are mythical beasts but they have formed an important part of folklore. One of our readers, Mr R. Muirhead of 8, Lansdown Road, Studley, B80 7RB, is interested in stories of dragons in Warwickshire and would value any information: please write direct to him and not to the editor.
Our larger neighbour, Stratford-upon-Avon, is celebrating the 800th anniversary of its first charter. Here are details of an interesting non-residential course:
Stratford-upon-Avon, 1196 - 1996
Friday-Sunday, l8th-2Oth October, '96.
Lectures, civic reception, visits to historic properties.
Fee of £45 covers above, plus tea and coffee.
Deposit of £10 to Dr. Robert Bearman, Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street, S/A. CV37 6QW. (Tel. 01789 204016.)
Another Stratford-based event is:
John Hall (Shakespeare's Son in Law) Day School, Hall's Croft, Old Town, Wednesday, 25th September, '96. £15 (4 lectures plus tea/coffee).
A new play 'The Herbal Bed' ends the day at 'The' Other Place' (Tickets £15.50) Enquiries to Dr. Bearman (see above)
A number of cards advertising the Stratford Picture House and its weekly programmes recently came to us. Although these were of minimal interest for our area, the Lower Arrow Valley, these cards from the late 1940s were happily received by the Stratford Records Office. Such things hardly seem to come under the category of local history: but they do, and it made us wonder how many old programmes from Alcester's cinema are still hanging around - and, for that matter, how many concert programmes from the Corn Exchange, which preceded the cinema, still exist. Readers with such things might care to ensure them a long life by sending them to the editor.
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