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IN this week’s Herald we bring you the touching story of a special posthumous award for Stratford mum Rachael Martin who saved her daughter’s life two years ago.

There’s good news for two Shipston friends who have received a royal invitation, plus get an exclusive sneak preview behind the doors of the new Magic Alley attraction which opens in Bell Court on Saturday.

Also. . .

The controversial planned funding for Stratford’s South Western Relief Road moves a step forward this week.

Urgent safety improvement work at a dangerous blackspot faces further delays.

Continued fears expressed for the future of Bidford Bridge where lorry drivers are still flouting the weight limits.

The journalist branded racist for his review of The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Fich responds to the RSC accusations.

We solve the mystery over felled trees which has sparked local anger.

It’s the turn of our fortnightly Education Matters which includes news of a college student’s allergy-friendly dining experience and Sibford students’ close shaves for charity.

Special interview with the first Syrian family to arrive in Stratford.

Plus, in Arts, we hear from actress Daisy Badger who is currently appearing in The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich at the RSC and look ahead to Lilies of the Land which comes to The Bear Pit next week.

Our man on the touchline brings you all the very latest on the local sporting scene, including reaction from hurdler Andrew Pozzi following his commonwealth Games disappointment and Shipston rugby manager’s angry outburst over the officials’ handling of Saturday’s game.

Plus, there is the usual round-up of reports from clubs and villages across the district as well as forthcoming local events and the chance to win tickets to The Merry Wives of Windsor and a live recording of an RSC Telegraph podcast.

All this – and so much more – for just 75p!