Students cut first sod on new teaching block

Students cut first sod on new teaching block

Last week, two high school students, in front of invited guests and dignitaries, performed the turf-cutting ceremony to celebrate the start of work on the foundations of the school’s new, state-of-the-art teaching block.


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Ten-match winning run in the league comes to an end

Tiverton Town 3-1 Stratford Town Evo-Stik Southern League Div 1 South & West EVERYTHING has to end eventually, and Town’s ten-game winning run in the league did so at Ladysmead on Saturday. Tiverton were worthy winners, but Carl Adams’ side contributed to their own downfall as  three of the hosts’ goals were due to mistakes in the Town defence. Jamie Mudge took advantage of a weak header from Sam Adkins to put Tiverton ahead halfway through the first half, and although Joe Halsall equalised for Stratford five minutes after the restart, the Devon side were then allowed to score twice from set pieces either side of the hour mark to secure their fifth consecutive league win.

Alcester embarrass Rugby Welsh on President’s Day

Alcester 36-0 Rugby Welsh Midlands 5 West (South) A FIRST-HALF hat-trick from teenager Ryan Clark eased Alcester RFC to a 36-0 thrashing over Rugby Welsh today. Although the teams started the day on the same number of points in third and fourth, it was evident straight from kick-off that there was only going to be one winner. The home side ran in four unanswered tries in a dominant first-half performance, and then kept Rugby Welsh shut out in the second half to the delight of a large crowd at President's Day in King's Coughton.

LIVE: Saturday sport

STRATFORD Town are back in league action today after last weekend's 5-0 defeat away at Rushall Olympic in the FA Trophy. Manager Carl Adams has demanded a response from his team, who sit top of the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One South & West. They travel to an in-form Tiverton Town who have won their last four league games. Stratford Rugby Club got a much-needed and well-deserved 32-3 victory over Whitchurch last weekend. Today they travel to Barkers Butts, one of the three teams below them in Midlands 1 West. In hockey, Stratford Men's First will be hoping to make it six wins out of six in the Midlands 2 league away at North Notts. Scroll down for a full list of today's football, rugby and hockey fixtures in the Stratford-on-Avon district. These fixtures will be updated with scores.

Arts news

Musicians get together for another festive bid for chart success

THEY have done it again! The Big Secret Sound has released another charity single which they hope once again will get into the UK charts, following the successful fundraising by the group’s last success story — Soldier On! Soldier On! was a fundraiser to support the family of Conrad Lewis, a soldier from Claverdon who died fighting in Afghanistan, by raising money for his family’s charity to help those in the military who are wounded or worse, and their families and community.

Shrew’d wins Filming Shakespeare award

THE winner of this year’s Filming Shakespeare short films competition, part of Stratford’s Shakespeare on Film festival, organised by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and Misfit Inc, was announced at a special gala screening at Stratford Picturehouse last Thursday night. Of the 46 entries from seven countries and seven finalists (one of them, Michael Lane, is known locally) judges decided to award London-based duo — actor Robert Dukes and Kit Prosser, writer/director, with their production company, Flight of Fancy Films, the winners.

Nurmi to have his day in the spotlight

IT may be a dog’s life for many, but for one Cairn Terrier, who is about to become a star of the stage, he couldn’t have had it better. Nurmi, from Stratford, has been cast as Toto in the Stratford Musical Theatre Company’s (SMTC) forthcoming production of The Wizard of Oz, which plays in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Courtyard Theatre in December.

Arts reviews

A colourful show worthy of an Oscar

SOMETHING magical happened in Stratford ArtsHouse last Friday night when two Stratford schools joined forces with the town’s Orchestra of the Swan (OOTS), Talking Birds theatre company from Coventry, and a Birmingham school to perform Ant & Cleo — The Musical! Magical because you could see on the faces of the school children involved that this project has greatly enriched their lives.

THEATRE REVIEW: Horrible fun at its best

When Christmas comes under threat from a jolly man dressed in red, it’s up to one young boy to save the day – but can he save Christmas? From Victorian villains to Medieval monks, Puritan parties to Tudor treats, this latest terrible tale from the Horrible Histories stable is a wonderful hair-raising adventure through the history of Christmas.

TV host Graham shows he’s got the gift of the gab

Graham Norton Stratford Literary Festival Courtyard Theatre IT was a real coup for Stratford Literary Festival when they brought one of the best-known faces on television — Graham Norton — to town on Friday, 24th October . The popular Friday Night chat show host (The Graham Norton Show and now Eurovision Song Contest presenter) had hot-footed up to the Bard’s town immediately after appearing live on ITV’s This Morning programme. Of course, to warm the audience up there were some Shakespearean quips such as “No Holes Bard” and if there was a scraping noise it would be “Shakespeare turning in his grave”, but unlike his chat show when he quizzes various celebrities, the shoes were on the other foot.

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