Connecting Stratford on Avon

Connecting Stratford on Avon

FRIDAY 4 - 6pm

Repeat: Monday 11am, Wednesday 7pm, Sunday 2pm

The John Turner Prize 2019

John Turner Prize winners 2019The 'John Turner' Prize was created this year by the charity in memory of John Turner from Tiddington who sadly passed away last September. He was a passionate supported of Rubbish friends, which has litter picking and caring for our planet at its forefront.

 The award was launched in April to all schools and youth groups and there was a link to a cluster of local schools who were undertaking a project to 'Save The Ocean'.

The children had to create a piece of work that would encourage our community to value and care for the environment under the topics of wildlife, caring for our oceans, recycling, plastic pollution and reducing litter.  The work could be submitted in any medium.

 The finalists from all the groups and schools were invited to a special awards ceremony at Thomas Jolyffe School on 29th June 2019.

The ceremony was attended by many of the children, their parents and friends and the prizes and the awards were announced by BBC's Jo Tidman, presented by The Lord Lieutenant, Timothy Cox, along with Cllr. Kate Rolf  (a keen supporter of Rubbish Friends).

The winners were ; Oscar Delbeke from Alveston School, in the year 1 to 2; Welcombe Hills School (senior school and college)  Blue Team. The over all winner was Marley Wright from Thomas Jolyffe School with a video entitled 'Marley's Urgent Message'.  This short video is about protecting the seas, her message 'save our seas'. You can watch Marley's video below. The quality of all the entries was amazing and many can be seen displayed  at 'The Farm'  Snitterfield.

Penny had the pleasure of interviewing all three winners on Friday 5th July. What a joy to talk to such advocates of saving not only the sea but all our planets environments.



What are we about

Stratford on Avon has so many varied organisations, groups and individuals beavering away in the background of our community. They provide support for others and raise money for their causes. However, this work often goes unnoticed. Part of the aim of Connecting the Dots is to raise their profile by broadcasting their information to connect them to the wider community of Stratford. We also provide a platform for event information and contact details.

In Connecting Stratford on Avon we also focus on national campaigns and how local people are involved with them, interview some of those involved (we can come out to you), and discuss the local aspects. There is relevant music and requests, our ‘Dotty Days’ section and a few relevant facts and pertinent truths (Ooh - could be scary) challenging the myths. All within a friendly chatty atmosphere.

Stratford has so much going on. Tell us what you are up to. We want to know about your hobbies, fund-raising, planned events and so on, e.g. Jump in a Puddle Day or Mental Health week. Alternatively, if you have a story to tell: come and “blow your or others trumpets” with us.

You can contact us through this website, by email, Facebook, phone or text.

If you want to know what is going on, listen to Connecting Stratford on Avon and visit this webpage regularly (we are non-political, non-commercial, and secular organisation).



Penny Keyton-HookPenny Keynton-Hook

All my life I have been involved in community activities in some way or other.  From an upbringing on a farm and being involved in village life in youth groups etc. meeting adults who cared enough to ensure activities for village children, helping with an integrated mother and toddler group where children ‘with issues’ played along children without various  when my daughter was young. The hustle and bustle of supporting my child in the school community. Later helping run local festivals taking part in amateur dramatics along with my work as a District Nurse, highlighted to me that communities that pull together and care can help reduce social isolation and be a jolly good laugh.

When we moved to Stratford Upon Avon after my retirement from the NHS in West Sussex I joined my brother in helping him develop Welcombe Radio for very different reasons, I have a belief that communities that work and play together benefit all, it would be a great way to get to know different people and organisations and then found that there are so many groups but they don’t necessarily know others undertaking similar themes.  Along came Louise with her idea of Connecting the Dots and I couldn’t pass up the chance to work on the programme.






Join us at Foundation House, Masons Road,
Stratford upon Avon, CV37 9JX
at 10:45 on Wednesday 3rd July
for the first 10,000 steps
to be launched by actor and comic

Between 1st July and 30th September, we aim to take one million steps and get sponsored for every stride.
We will walk it. Jog It. Dance it, swim it Cycle it.
We need to take at least 10,000 steps a day to reach the million.
Join the team to split the million steps to spread the load.

Come and join us, sponsor us or donate.

For more info. contact Penny on 07927336783

Past Shows

Click here to find information from previous editions of Connecting the Dots.



Thanks to Ben of Have Fun Teaching LLC for giving us permission to use their ‘Community Song’ as part of our jingles.


Thanks to for allowing use to use their funny, informative web site for information on the show.
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