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23/10/2014 - 6.00pm for 6.30pm - Ettington Park Hotel

Organisers: SUBs

SUBs Members Meeting – Ettington Park Hotel, EFX and The Ceramics Studio, – 6:00 for 6:30 pm, Thursday 23rd October – Ettington Park

We have a fun packed Halloween special for our members on the 23rd. October, starting with a visit and tour of Ettington Park Hotel, then a tour of the design studio and advanced manufacturing facilities at EFX. Finally we will congregate at the Ceramics Studio for demonstrations and networking where refreshments will be provided.

Ettington Park Hotel, set in 40 acres of parkland, is the only 4 red star hotel in Warwickshire. This exclusive hotel is the perfect gateway to the Cotswolds and stunning local gardens and has in the past hosted Premiers and Presidents as part of the G8 summit. It also featured in MGMs 1963 film The Haunting, and is the home of various frightening spectres!!

EFX specialise in the design and manufacture of contemporary awards and trophies, designed and made at their state-of-the-art studio and manufacturing works at Ettington Park Business Centre. They work with a variety of customers on many prestigious awards providing innovative design and outstanding quality and prompt delivery.

The Ceramics Studio is a new venture at Ettington Park Business Centre, aimed at providing Pottery classes, tuition, technical advice, firing service, desk and open-access workshop hire. A friendly and flexible creative space with lots to offer everyone interested in ceramics, from beginner to professional. Their philosophy is that if you want to work with ceramics they will find a way to help you.

There will be no charge for members for this event and £7.50 for non-members and guests to include refreshments after the tours.

Please can members wishing to attend this meeting confirm as soon as possible by emailing info@stourunitedbusinesses.co.uk or contacting a member of the committee.

Meet at Ettington Park Hotel at 6pm for 6.30pm. Welcome drink on arrival.
Ettington Park Hotel, Alderminster, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 8BU

Non-members are also welcome to come along and find out more about the group.

For further details of these or other Stour United Businesses events, please visit our website: www.subs.org.uk

BACKGROUND INFO

Ettington Park Hotel has long had a reputation of being one of the most haunted hotels. It was even named the most haunted hotel in the UK by AA. Guests of the hotel, as well as members of the staff have reported seeing various spectres and hearing various disembodied voices. There is the old woman in Victorian clothing which has been seen and heard walking along the conservatory entrance. Several people have witnessed the ghost of a man and his beloved dog wandering in the library and vanishing quickly. It is reported that on Christmas Eve, the staff witnessed a candle lift up off the mantelpiece and float by itself.

However, the hotel’s most popular ghost is that of a woman who is dressed in a white gown. She glides along the corridors of the hotel at night and then just disappears into the walls, frightening guests and hotel staff. She can also be seen at the veranda, always around dusk. The staff believe that she is a former governess and is known by the name “Lady Emma”. There is the grey lady which floats and stops at the foot of the stairs where she is believed to have fallen and died many years ago. There are also sightings of a monk both inside and outside the hotel, an army officer and the two young Shirley boys who drowned in the 1800s in the Stour River.


The Shirleys, one of Warwickshire’s oldest families, owned Ettington for many years. Their lineage can be traced back over a thousand years. There is also archaeological evidence which point to the fact that there has been human habitation in the area for at least 2,000 years. It is very much possible that a Roman villa once existed on the site of the Ettington Park Hotel. Ettington Park Hotel has gone through multiple alterations and extensions over time. Sir Charles Shirley carried out considerable repairs in 1641.

The old manor house was demolished and it was replaced with a newer and smaller house which was rebuilt from salvaged materials. George Shirley, an army officer, had the house renovated. He added an entrance hall which is now the new library; he redecorated the Dining Room and he added the Great Drawing Room. In 1935, the mansion became a nursing home. It was used as a camp for prisoners of war during World War II. For a brief period it was also a club. A fire in 1979 did a lot of damage to the building. It was locked up for three years and it deteriorated badly.

In 1983, the house, along with the land, were leased to the Isis Hotel Company and a restoration program worth millions of pounds were undertaken in order to bring back the mansion to its old glory. Ettington Park then officially opened as a luxury hotel. It is now managed and operated by Hand Picked Hotels Ltd. The former owners, the Shirley family, still regularly visit their former abode and they continue to maintain ownership of the land in the surrounding areas.


EFX are a British company specialising in the design and manufacture of contemporary awards and trophies, designed and made at our state-of-the-art studio and manufacturing works in the Cotswolds. We work with both small and large customers across all market sectors - many are prestigious, household names and each one receives our trademark, friendly service, fresh and innovative design, outstanding quality and prompt delivery.

Our customers commission bespoke designs or choose from our excellent value, off-the-shelf ranges in glass or crystal, aluminium, pewter, acrylic and stainless steel. Stunning and unique effects are then created using a variety of surface applications including anodising, powder coating, printing, lamination and polydome with personalised engraving completing the service.

Many of our clients have become old friends, returning regularly with new commissions and we were named the Best Rural Family Business 2011 in the Awards initiative for family businesses and their leaders, so we must be doing something right!


The Ceramics Studio is a friendly and flexible creative space with lots to offer everyone interested in ceramics, from beginner to professional. Our philosophy is that if you want to work with ceramics we will find a way to help you. Services include: Pottery classes, tuition, technical advice, firing service, desk and open-access workshop hire.

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