Trust wins two Stratford Pride Awards


Dr Diana Owen, Director of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, has scooped the Stratford's Pride Award for her outstanding contribution to life in Stratford-upon Avon. The staff and volunteers at Mary Arden's Farm won the Team of the Year trophy at the same ceremony.

Dr Diana Owen, Director, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust


22 February 2012

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust carried off two of the top awards at the inaugural Pride of Stratford Awards held on 17 February.  Dr Diana Owen, Director of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, scooped the Stratford's Pride Award for her outstanding contribution to life in Stratford-upon Avon.  The staff and volunteers at Mary Arden's Farm won the Team of the Year trophy at the same ceremony.  The charity was also shortlisted in two other categories - Tourist Attraction of the Year and Educator of the Year.

The best of local business and selfless community heroes were celebrated at the Touch FM Pride of Stratford Awards 2012 in partnership with DCS at the Holiday Inn in Stratford.  The prestigious 'Swan' awards recognise individuals and businesses that have made a difference to Stratford Upon Avon and District.

Stratford’s Pride Award, sponsored by Jaguar Landrover, recognises Diana's outstanding commitment to improving life for residents and visitors, and acting as ambassador to the town.  The judges were impressed by Diana's tireless work to champion the interests of Shakespeare’s Stratford locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. 

The Team of the Year Award, sponsored by Premier Inn recognised the integration of staff and volunteers at Mary Arden's Farm who have worked so well together to deliver an amazing experience to visitors that reflects life when Shakespeare was a boy.  The award was collected by Pat Atkins, one of the early volunteers at the Farm.

The winners were:

Business of the Year – sponsored by NFU Mutual: The Alumet Group

Small Business of the Year – sponsored by Stratford District Council: Bright Assessing

Town Centre Outlet of the Year – sponsored by Stratforward: Fourteas

Green Business of the Year – sponsored by Lodders Solicitors: The Shakespeare Hospice – Burton Farm

Team of the Year - sponsored by Premier Inn: Shakespeare Birthplace Trust – Mary Arden’s Farm

Customer Care Award – sponsored by Orbit Heart of England: Black Cat Motor Company, Damion Cornack (Special Recognition award)

Entrepreneur of the Year – sponsored by Wright Hassall Solicitors:Denys Short (Large Business of the Year), Marina Angelides  (Small business of the Year)

Tourist Attraction of the Year – sponsored by Ricoh Arena: Royal Shakespeare Company

Arts Organisation of the Year – sponsored by MPF Recruitment: Royal Shakespeare Company

COMMUNITY AWARDS

Citizen of the Year – sponsored by Stratford Town Trust: Gwen Smith

Carer of the Year – sponsored by Helping Hands Home Care: Denese Farley

Educator of the Year: Diana Brownhill

Stratford’s Pride Award – sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover: Dr Diana Owen, Director, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

For more information about the Touch FM Pride of Stratford Awards please contact Victoria Clarke on 07842 829642 or email Victoria.clarke@touchradio.co.uk

For more information about the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, contact Lynn Beddoe, PR Manager on 01789 204016 or email lynn.beddoe@shakespeare.org.uk

 

   

 









The best of local business and selfless community heroes have been celebrated in style at the inaugural Pride of Stratford Awards in partnership with DCS at the Holiday Inn in Stratford.

 

The prestigious 'Swan' awards recognise individuals and businesses that have made a difference to Stratford Upon Avon and District.

Steve Orchard Touch FM’s CEO said: "What a night!  The Pride of Stratford awards gave the people who live and work in our area a chance to celebrate their wonderful achievements - and they did so in dazzling style. EducatEEE   the chairty's five Shakespeare Houses & Gardens wer also shortlisted f