THERE was a distinct local flavour to the second Shipston Food Festival which has been hailed a “huge success". Shipston’s secret appears to be the desire to keep all produce at the festival nice and local whether it be food or beer and even the music playing in the town square was from local musician and guitarist, Gary Michael.…» Read Full Story
THE grand piano Freddie Mercury used to compose Bohemian Rhapsody is the same one Kineton pianist and songwriter, Nina Baker, used to record her new album Quite Frankly, which was released last month. It was a true pinch yourself moment for Nina, who was recording at the world famous Rockfield Studios near Monmouth, where Queen recorded one of the most ground-breaking and elaborate rock songs of all time — Bohemian Rhapsody.…» Read Full Story
A MOTORIST had a lucky escape when the black Fiat 500 they were driving flipped over and landed on its roof at the busy Grove Road and Greenhill Street junction in Stratford-upon-Avon town centre, on Tuesday at 10.20pm.…» Read Full Story
A REWARD of £3,000 is being offered for the return of sentimental items burgled from a house in Ettington near Stratford-upon-Avon. Home owner Judith Killeen said she was desperate for the return of a group of clocks, two mac computers featuring family photos, and work her son needed in order to complete his degree.…» Read Full Story
A STRATFORD-Upon-Avon man who battled depression and had a history of mental health problems took his own life by stepping in front of a lorry on the M40 in May, an inquest heard last Friday. According to witness evidence read out at the inquest, Ian Bryenton, of Clopton Road, aged 32, appeared to “hold-up his arms and shrug his shoulders as if he was giving up” just seconds before he walked in front of the lorry which was travelling at 56 mph in lane one of the southbound M40 on Saturday…» Read Full Story
A TAPESTRY, two years in the making, has been unveiled in Charlecote by the winner of last year’s Great British Sewing Bee. Ann Rowley used to cycle to the village 70 years ago during her summer holidays. And the Birmingham-born 83-year-old, who’s been sewing since she was eight, was invited back to unveil the 25 hand-stitched panel at the village hall in front of 70 residents.…» Read Full Story
BACK to school took on a whole new meaning for the Parr family of Lower Quinton who waved off all five of their children to the same school for the start of a new term last week. With ages ranging from three to ten, mum Julia Parr admits she has to get her family up just after 6am to make sure they’re fed, dressed and watered before she completes the school run to Welford Primary School in two trips.…» Read Full Story
MEASURES to help prevent child sex exploitation in Warwickshire - in the wake of shocking revelations of child abuse cases in Rotherham - will be discussed by police chiefs and council leaders at a meeting later this month. Ron Ball, the Police Commissioner for Warwickshire and Cllr Izzi Seccombe, leader of Warwickshire County Council, have both expressed their “profound shock and sadness by the horrific cases of abuse suffered by over a thousand vulnerable children in Rotherham.”…» Read Full Story
ONE chief constable ruling over two police forces has been branded “unworkable” by Warwickshire’s crime commissioner Ron Ball. Mr Ball said one senior officer to lead both Warwickshire and West Mercia Police forces wouldn’t work after his counterpart in West Mercia, Bill Longmore, said the idea was being discussed. Mr Longmore said: "Shared leadership is subject to ongoing discussion."…» Read Full Story
GCSE results at schools in the Stratford-upon-Avon area once again bucked the trend as head teachers reported their students had produced an excellent set of results despite a big drop in English A*-C grades being recorded elsewhere across the country. Big changes to maths and English results meant this year that – nationally - top English grades were down two per cent while maths was up five per cent but that wasn't the picture being drawn across South Warwickshire where all schools in t…» Read Full Story
STRATFORD-upon-Avon’s top cop says low attendance rates at vehicle crime is “nothing new” in Warwickshire. Speaking exclusively to the Herald, Inspector Adrian Davis says just because officers attend only seven per cent of thefts from vehicles, it doesn’t mean the crimes are not properly investigated.
STRATFORD Town's scheduled league cup match against Evesham United on Tuesday night has been postponed. Evesham are playing an FA Cup replay on Wednesday night, after drawing 0-0 away at Histon in the second qualifying round on Saturday. Evesham, currently 15th in the league, are the only team who have beaten league-leaders Stratford at the DCS Stadium this season. The game will now be played on Tuesday 21st October.
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.
THE Phoenix Players’ next production, Take Away the Lady by Jimmie Chinn, is the directorial debut of enthusiastic young director, Rebecca Alun-Jones. Take Away the Lady runs at Stratford ArtsHouse from Thursday, 25th September until Saturday, 27th September at 7.30pm.
LATE September sunshine and a warm welcome from the waiting crowd meant the visit by HRH The Princess Royal to the Forest of Arden Agricultural Society’s Ploughing and Hedging Match last Thursday was a big success – it was also the first ever royal visit to the show.