Ragley Hall to feature on TV

By Connie Osborne Friday 21 December 2012 Updated: 21/12 10:07

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ALCESTER'S very own stately home will be the star attraction in BBC1's Countryfile on Sunday (December 23).

Ragley Hall will open its doors to more than eight million viewers in an episode which explores how Christmas is celebrated at a privately owned country estate and the work that goes into preparing for a Christmas party.

The home owned by the Hertford family was selected out of 20 estates throughout the country and welcomed crews for three days in November.

Filming was also completed at the Sawmill to show Ragley’s log, woodchip and Christmas tree production. Extra shots of the farm were also taken to show the sheep being moved and housed by the shepherd and how butchers at Ragley Estate Meats work.

The Christmas Special will also include a piece on two local country houses and a performance by Alcester Male Voice Choir.

While sawmill worker Chris Gardener will be presented with an award for his long service after working at Ragley for 40 years.

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