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Councillors support core strategy in special meeting

Councillors support core strategy in special meeting

A SPECIAL meeting of Stratford District Council this afternoon voted to submit the final version of its core strategy to the planning inspectorate for approval.

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RSC given £1.5m government grant to translate Shakespeare into Mandarin

THE government announced on Friday £1.5 million of funding for the Royal Shakespeare Company to allow the Bard’s Complete Works to be translated into Mandarin. Culture Secretary Sajid Javid pledged his full support to measures unveiled by Chancellor George Osborne to boost business and cultural links with China. Helping to make the works of Shakespeare more accessible to the billion people living in China is at the heart of the government’s strategy. However, the move sparked criticism on social media with some people claiming chancellor George Osborne could put the money to better use elsewhere. Let us know what you think by commenting below, or via our facebook and twitter pages.


RSC leads tributes to Sir Donald Sinden who has died, aged 90

SIR DONALD SINDEN, one of the towering figures of theatre, film and television in the post-war years – and a passionate champion of Shakespeare and Stratford-upon-Avon – has died at the age of 90. He had been suffering from prostate cancer and died at his home in Kent. His family described his death as “a huge loss”.  


Family pay tribute to “loving father” from Salford Priors killed on A46

THE family of a “loving father” killed in a collision on the A46 near Alcester have paid tribute to him. Christopher Ravenhill, aged 45 from Salford Priors, was travelling south from Alcester to Salford Priors on Friday 5th September when his car collided with the central reservation at 3.25am. The silver Ford saloon flipped over in the crash, and sadly Christopher was confirmed dead at the scene.


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Videos – Stratford Cricket Club seconds crowned champions after firsts miss out

STRATFORD Cricket Club missed out on double promotion today but the Seconds won a tight encounter at home to Bromsgrove. Unable to chase down 247, the first team lost away at Newport and were not promoted from the Birmingham & District Third Division. But on Swans Nest Lane, Stratford Seconds expertly chased down 242 to beat fellow promotion-chasers Bromsgrove. Tim Smart hit the winning runs in the final over to the delight of a large crowd. His 72 not out was backed up by opener Charlie Blake's composed 62 and some timely swift runs from Sam Douthwaite. For the full report and reaction to the end of Stratford's cricket season, see Thursday's Herald.


Stratford Town go top of the league

STRATFORD Town climbed to the top of the league today with a hard-fought 1-0 away win at North Leigh FC. A winner from substitute striker Tyrone Fagan was enough to put them top of the Southern League Division One South and West. Town, who have won six of their first nine games, have gone top thanks to the fact the majority of teams were on FA Cup duty this weekend. For a full match report and the latest on Stratford Town see Thursday's Stratford Herald.


Video: Stratford high jumper wins gold at the School Games

STRATFORD high jumper Rory Dwyer admitted he exceeded his own expectations defending his title at the 2014 Sainsbury’s School Games with a record-breaking jump. The Stratford School pupil was among more than 1,600 school athletes from across the UK to descend on Manchester to compete in 12 sports across four action-packed days. Dwyer, representing England Midlands, was undoubtedly one of the stars of the show – producing a leap of 2.09m to break the School Games high jump record on his way to gold once again.


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RSC given £1.5m government grant to translate Shakespeare into Mandarin

THE government announced on Friday £1.5 million of funding for the Royal Shakespeare Company to allow the Bard’s Complete Works to be translated into Mandarin. Culture Secretary Sajid Javid pledged his full support to measures unveiled by Chancellor George Osborne to boost business and cultural links with China. Helping to make the works of Shakespeare more accessible to the billion people living in China is at the heart of the government’s strategy. However, the move sparked criticism on social media with some people claiming chancellor George Osborne could put the money to better use elsewhere. Let us know what you think by commenting below, or via our facebook and twitter pages.


Graham Norton coming to Stratford Literary Festival

TWO huge stars of the small screen, Graham Norton and Patricia Hodge, will be appearing in the Stratford Literary Festival this October. On Friday 24th October, chat show host and compere Graham Norton will be in conversation at The Courtyard Theatre talking about his much-anticipated memoir, The Life and Loves of a He Devil.


Cropredy delights thousands

CROPREDY, near Banbury was yet again the venue for folk-rock veterans Fairport Convention’s annual get together. The three day event started last Thursday with glorious sunshine, church bells ringing and the band opening the show with a handful of their acoustic numbers, including Festival Bell, which celebrates the new bell funded by the band in 2006. Fairport were joined on stage by an orchestra of forty three students of Birmingham Conservatoire under the direction of Joe Broughton to play one of violinist Ric Sanders’s instrumental numbers.