Steve Hill

Steve Hill

Regional Qualification(s):

South West

Language(s):

English, French

Phone Number(s):

07882 182 434

Email:

stroudroots@yahoo.co.uk

Introduction:

I am a French speaking tour guide with 27 years experience guiding specialist and general groups from the UK and from Overseas. My primary aim as a guide is to "welcome, inform and entertain" in equal measure. The most common feedback I get is that I deliver "just the right combination of information and humour". I am also regularly told that I am "good with teenagers, as well as with adults"

I offer walking and coach tours of Bath, Bristol, Salisbury, Stonehenge, Stroud and the Valleys, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Oxford, Birmingham and more. I am currently developing walks related to Stroud, and The Stroud Cloth Industry; The Stroudwater and Thames and Severn Canals; Arts, Trades and Crafts in The Cotswolds. I also offer walks in and around Stratford House, aka The Museum in the Park, Stroud, where I also work. Please get in touch if you would like materials and activities designed for your group, or if you have a special interest group.

I understand the practical requirements of leaders of school and college groups, having myself designed, organised and led many such groups myself, as Tutor, and as Excursions and Events Leader/ Social Programme Co-ordinator. I have also been heavily involved in designing and delivering Theme based Activities/Projects and Materials for groups and individuals, as a Guide, Academic Tutor and Examiner. I have over 35 years experience as a Tutor and Examiner of English as a Foreign Language in the UK and abroad for a variety of Companies and Schools, including: City of Bath College; The Bell School, Bath; Oxford Intensive School, Bristol; Embassy Study Tours, Brighton and Hove; The British Council, Oporto, Portugal; Inlingua Sprachschule, Essen, Germany; Lycee Pablo Picasso, Fontenay-sous-Bois, France. I have also worked for the International Baccalaureate Office at Bath University, and was Foreign Language Exams Co-Ordinator for The London Chamber of Commerce at Lansdown School of Languages, Bath.

Personal Interests:

STROUD VALLEYS WALKS. STROUD, PAINSWICK,GLOUCESTER, CIRENCESTER WALKS AND TOURS
BRONZE AGE LANDSCAPES: STONE CIRCLES, HENGES AND BARROWS.STONEHENGE, AVEBURY, ULEY, MYMPSFIELD, THE TOOTS
COTSWOLDS TOURS AND WALKS
ARTS, MUSIC, THEATRE
TOURS, WALKS AND ACTIVITIES FOR OVERSEAS AND EDUCATIONAL GROUPS. GENERAL AND THEMED
THE LIFE AND TIMES OF EDMUND GILLING HALLEWELL JUNIOR, ARTIST AND SOLDIER, OF PAINSWICK AND STROUD. THE CRIMEA.
STROUD WALKING TOURS. SLAD VALLEY: LAURIE LEE
ARTS AND CRAFTS: STROUD, SAPPERTON, CHIPPING CAMPDEN
STROUDWATER AND THAMES AND SEVERN CANALS

Special Interests:

Industrial Heritage

Stroud and West of England Cloth Industry. Tennis balls to Snooker Tables. Mill Visits. Working Water Wheel and other Mill Visits can be arranged.
Stroudwater and Thames and Severn Canal.
Stroud and Gloucestershire Breweries.
Stroud Brewery.
Cotswold Crafts and Industries: Masons, Engravers, Drystone Wallers.
Coach Building, Harness and Saddle Making.
Farming and Agriculture
Stroud Crafstmen: Stone, Metal, Wood

Walking Tours

Bath, Bristol, Cardiff,Oxford, Stratford, Birmingham, London, Stroud, Painswick, Slad Valley/Laurie Lee Country, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Cirencester
Stroud:Arts, Music and Theatre in Stroud.
Episodes of Stroud Life.
Town Trade and Country Crafts of Stroud and the Valleys.
Stroud Pretty Nitty-Gritty
Big Whigs and Small Beer: The Watts and Hallewells of Stroud.
The Brewery Walk.
Stratford Park/Paganhill Walk
Rural Rambles: William Cobbett in the Stroud Valleys
Poems, Politics and Pints: Radical Stroud in Words and Feet.
Machines and Mayhem: The Cloth Industry and the Stroudwater Riots

Archaeology

Cotswold/Severn Barrows.
Celtic/Roman sites, Woodchester, prehistoric sites. Stonehenge, Avebury, Stanton Drew, Uley, Nympsfield

International Links

Tours, Familiarisation trips for overseas groups and leaders, twinning tours.
Familiarisation Tours and Trips: Normandy. Vire, Caen. Le Bocage.

Education

Tours/activities for UK and overseas school groups/EFL groups
Activity Packs

Regional Tours

South West, South Cotswolds, North Cotswolds/Romantic Road, Bristol & Bath/ Forest of Dean. Cardiff, Birmingham, Warwick, Stratford

Decorative Arts/Arts & Crafts

Cotswold Arts and Crafts, Arts and Crafts Movement, Stroud, Sapperton, Selsley, Chipping Campden.
Stroud International Textile Festival.
"Meet the Artist" and Gallery Visits can be arranged.

Environment

Nature and wild-life walks, alternative energy/re-cycling
Stroud Festival of Nature
Stroud Valleys Project
Stratford Park Tree Walk.

Countryside

Rodborough and Minchinhampton Commons, Selsley. Slad Valley, Frith Wood, Uplands, Bisley and Lypiatt.

Museums

Museum in the Park, Stroud. Guided Tours of the Museum. Walks, Talks on the History and Landscape of Stratford Park, and the Mini Arboretum.
The Wilson, Cheltenham
The Corinium Museum, Cirencester.
Gloucester Museums

Additional Qualifications:

DIP RSA TEFL; PGCE; BA HONS

Driver Guide:

No