Town’s first brewery for 50 years

LOCAL drinkers are raising their glasses to the news that beer is back on tap following the launch of the first micro-brewery in the town for 50 years. Not since the famous Flowers Brewery in 1966 has Stratford-upon-avon had a local ale to call its own, but that’s all about to change thanks to the determination of local brewer Richard Williams, aged 25, who has just held a soft launch for his selection of beers which were on show at Stratford Alehouse in Greenhill Street last Friday.…

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Dancers step up to next level

TWO young dancers who took to the ballroom floor and swept all trophies before them have had their last dance as juveniles, but they’re already planning more success as they move up to become junior dance contenders. Nicholas Butler, now aged 12, from Claverdon and his dance partner Katie Green, aged 11, from Solihull, are a young ballroom and latin dancing couple who recently competed in the Juvenile section (under 12 years) at the British National Championships held in Blackpool.…

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Drugs cash handed to good causes

CHRISTMAS has come early for 20 local charities and good causes picked to receive a share of a £130,000 windfall from Warwickshire Police, from reclaimed drugs money. Every last penny of the sizeable cash haul will go to charity in a unique, one-off payment which is the idea of Warwickshire Police officers who chose to cut through the red tape of bureaucracy and hand out cash to good causes instead. …

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Playboy Sanchez is back in town

ONE of the most exciting and charismatic performers of the rhythm and blues and rock and roll world will be at The Townsend Hall, in Shipston-on-Stour, on Friday, 19th December. Piano player, Mike Sanchez, founder member of the Big Town Playboys, and a one time Bill Wyman Rhythm King, was featured recently on Jools Holland’s BBC Radio Two show.…

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School lays foundations for brighter future with £1.6m extension

SHIPSTON High School has begun to lay the foundations for a bright and successful academic future with the turf cutting ceremony this week for its new £1.6 million teaching block. 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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Youth radio station hits the airwaves

BUDDING radio stars of the future have been given a big boost with the launch of a new youth radio station in Stratford. Local arts charity Escape Arts has been supported through Children In Need and Big Lottery Reaching Communities to develop the youth-led radio station. The radio station will provide technical training for young people aged 12 to 25 who will manage and run their own programmes and broadcasting at events and festivals across Stratford and beyond. …

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Keeping it local to celebrate small businesses

SHOPPERS in Stratford-upon-Avon and south Warwickshire have been urged to keep it local and support Small Business Saturday today (Saturday). The national initiative celebrates local independent firms, including the traders and retailers that contribute to the unique character of UK towns. The Federation of Small Businesses estimates that for every £1 spent locally, there is a benefit of £1.76 to the local economy, because the money remains in the region.…

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Singer songwriter Nick Drake remembered

IT’S forty years since the tragic death of Tanworth-in-Arden musician Nick Drake whose life, music and work has been remembered this week, Tuesday 25th November the anniversary of his death.  …

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Santa Claus is coming to Stratford!

HE’S making a list and checking it twice! Santa’s arrived in Shakespeare’s home town as shoppers gave ‘thems’elves’ an early Christmas pressie by packing the streets of Stratford-upon-Avon to start the Yuletide retail rush.…

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TV’s Poppy is sitting pretty after illness

ASTHMA has threatened to take Poppy Hadkinson’s life on four occasions but each time she has fought back and cheated death. Now this remarkable 23-year-old from Stratford has turned her life around and become a regular presenter on a national television shopping channel.…

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