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AN OFFICIAL paving stone commemorating Stratford-upon-Avon’s forgotten war hero for the 100th anniversary of the First World War will be placed in the town, the government has confirmed. Rex Warneford – the first man to single-handedly shoot down a zeppelin - was ignored in the government’s initial plans to recognise Victoria Cross winners because he was born abroad in India. The Herald launched a campaign, together with King Edward VI school, where Rex lived and studied for five years, to get the fighter pilot recognised.
A VILLAGE shop has been given £200 from an oil company because residents have clubbed together to bulk-buy their domestic heating fuel.
Gaydon Village Shop was given the money from fuel company Rix Petroleum, who also gave them £190 in 2013 and £177 in 2012.
The oil buying club, which was set up three years ago, helps members benefit from lower fuel prices made possible by ordering as a community.
It also allows Rix to streamline and deliveries to Gaydon and in turn the company donates a percentage of its profits back to the village.
Sue Roberts, chair of the shop management committee said the money would come in handy for maintenance work and local advertising.
“The shop covers its overheads and makes a small profit, which we reinvest, so the money from Rix allows us to pay for those essential extras that we wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford.
“It is a marvellous system because the oil club helps make fuel more affordable for people in the village and the money we get back from it helps the wider community. From that point of view, it’s a win-win for all.”
Gaydon Village Shop was opened in 2010 by volunteers after the village had been without a store for around quarter of a century.
Around 20 local people are involved with running the business which is based in an old storage barn in the car park of the Malt Shovel pub.