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Eyes to the skies for fireworks fun in region

Eyes to the skies for fireworks fun in region

NUMEROUS bonfires and fireworks displays are set to take place across the Stratford district over the next two weekends.

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STRATFORD Town host Stafford Rangers in the First Round Qualifying of the FA Trophy at the DCS Stadium in Tiddington today. Stafford Rangers have fallen on hard times recently, but they won the competition twice in the 1970s. Can Carl Adams' side continue their impressive form against the previous winners? Kick-off at 3pm. Stratford Rugby Club travel away to mid-table Walsall in the Midlands 1 West league, desperately looking to convert some good performances into wins. After two wins on the bounce, the Men's First team of Stratford Hockey Club will be hoping to make it three from three today. They host bottom of the table Wellingborough at Stratford High School at 2pm. Scroll down for a full list of today's football, rugby and hockey fixtures in the Stratford district. Scores will be updated throughout the day.


Photos: Shipston 12-20 Woodrush

SHIPSTON-on-Stour RFC pushed league-leaders Woodrush close on Saturday. After the previous week's superb win over Pershore, Shipston knew a win over Woodrush could catapult them to the top of the Midlands 3 West (South) league, but their visitors proved just too strong. Read the match report, plus all the latest from Shipston RFC, in tomorrow's Herald. Photos: Mark Williamson.


Photos: Stratford Town 2-1 Cinderford Town

TWO goals from Chris Sterling completed a remarkable second-half comeback against an in-form Cinderford team at the DCS Stadium on Saturday. Registering their ninth league win in a row, it was enough for Town manager Carl Adams to say this week that the club are now aiming for the title. Read more in tomorrow's Stratford Herald. All photos: Mark Williamson.


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Trio pushed the boundaries of what is traditional jazz

Roller Trio Stratford Jazz, No.1 Shakespeare Street GENRE-BENDING Mercury Prize winners, Roller Trio, who have emerged from the dynamic Leeds jazz scene, made their debut appearance for Stratford Jazz last Wednesday evening. All three Rollers, still in their 20s, are products of the influential Leeds College of Music, which habitually turns out immensely talented jazz musicians.


Players impress with new director

STRATFORD’S Phoenix Players always seem to pull a little gem out of the bag at some stage during its season of productions. This year’s treasure was its recent production of Take Away The Lady, by Lancashire playwright Jimmie Chinn. The Players always boast they are an amateur company, but performances often hint of more talent and stage credit. And this production was such. Director Rebecca Alun-Jones had cherry-picked her cast well, and even took advantage of the new ArtsHouse auditorium, setting the production in a flat thrust.


BOOK REVIEW: Stratford-upon-Avon’s history charted from the Middle Ages to modern times

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON has a lot to thank Nick Fogg for. Although he was born and bred in the town, he hasn’t lived here for a very long time. But he clings to it with a passion that knows no bounds. His love of Stratford and all that goes with it – including a poet and playwright by the name of William Shakespeare – is such that he’s produced several books on the town (and even a scholarly book on the playwright). His latest homage to this small settlement in Warwickshire is Stratford-upon-Avon – The Biography, published by Amberley Publishing at £16:99.


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