Launch party: ‘STROUD: A Town Changed by Community Action’

Posted on 25. Jan, 2014 by in Community, Environment & Nature, Featured, History, News, Politics & Campaigns

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StroudA short film of the launch of the second edition of the new book, “STROUD: A Town Changed by Community Action” on 20th January 2014 at Mills Cafe. The first edition was launched last month and due to popularity this new edition is now available.  Among the projects covered in the book are The Old Convent, Shire Training Workshops/OPENhouse, Stroud Valleys Project, Stroud Preservation Trust, the Community Planning Conference 1995/6, The Farmers Market, Lansdown Hall and Gallery, The Museum in the Park, Transition Stroud and Slad Valley Action Group.

The book is published by Stroud Preservation Trust and available from them at:
Or Stroud Book Shop, Stroud Valleys Project or Uplands Post Office.

Stroud Preservation Trust write: “In recognition of Stroud Preservation Trust emerging from campaigns in the late 70s that saved listed buildings in the town from demolition, we decided to honour the many community projects in Stroud over the past 35 years. This book, ‘Stroud, a Town Changed by Community Action’, is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The research has been fascinating. A small team of trustees and volunteers have interviewed (and photographed) 32 people involved in 10 projects.

SPTrustees“Many of these people have been active in so many ways that we have also collected a list of 67 other community action projects developed in Stroud over the past 4 decades. ‘Stroud – A Town Changed by Community Action’, is full of quotes, great images and strong stories of people really wanting to make a difference. It looks at why people get involved and why most of them are still at it! This is living history captured while it is remembered. This is a book for everyone involved in community action and/or interested in the recent history of Stroud.”

Film by Philip Booth with some photos from Steve Hurrell including photo of SPT Trustees (left). See also Steve Hurrell’s write up of the launch at:

Two other films re SPT on SCTV:

Steve Hurrell talking photography and more:

and Neil Walker from SVA talking about the Goods Shed:


About Philip

Director and Co-Founder of Stroud Community TV

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