Meet the Tiddington sound recordists with celebrities at the bottom of their garden

DOCTOR Who and Star Trek captain Jean-Luc Picard have been spotted in a Tiddington back garden. Actors such as Patrick Stewart, David Tennant and Antony Sher have made visits to the back garden, which is the location for a state-of-the-art recording studio belonging to local man Ed Walker and his wife Karen. Stars of stage and screen regularly make visits to the recording studio because it has all the facilities they need right on their doorstep.…

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Hero father dives into Avon to rescue young boy

A YOUNG boy was saved from drowning by an heroic dad from Warwick who jumped into the River Avon in Stratford-upon-Avon and pulled the youngster to safety. Shocked onlookers started shouting for someone to help when the youngster, who is believed to be aged about four, ran to the river’s edge, lost his balance and toppled into the river on the recreation ground side opposite the Royal Shakespeare Theatre on Sunday morning before the River Festival.…

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Traders angry after vandals smash windows in Greenhill Street

VANDALS smashed windows of a pub and broke into a launderette in Greenhill Street, Stratford-upon-Avon on Wednesday night. The attacks have left traders livid, not only have they got to clean up the mess, but they've got to foot the bill as well. Sandie Coleman, owner of The Old Thatch Tavern in Greenhill Street had two leaded windows smashed at her property.…

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New video emerges of incident between park warden and buskers

NEW video footage has emerged of the moment a park warden told a busker to stop playing his music on the Bancroft Gardens in Stratford-upon-Avon last week. The video, which lasts 40 seconds, was filmed by the busker himself  – Jack Morgan – as he is confronted by the park warden amid jeers and boos from a crowd of people who’d gathered to enjoy the music last Monday.…

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VIDEO: Bancroft buskers stand their ground

BUSKERS in Stratford-upon-Avon were this week captured on video by an onlooker after they were left unplugged by Stratford District Council park wardens who told them they couldn’t play on the town’s famous Bancroft Gardens in front of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.…

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Stratford School in need of improvement, says Ofsted

STRATFORD School is now taking steps to upgrade its Ofsted rating following an inspection made last December which stated the school “requires improvement” in all areas. The findings from that inspection were published in February and since then Ofsted has made, what it calls “a monitoring visit” to see if the school has acted to address the issues raised by inspectors following their visit on 12th December.…

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Karate instructor gets five years for grooming and abusing girls

A FORMER Stratford-upon-Avon karate instructor has been jailed for five years for sexually grooming and abusing young girls. Schools karate instructor Seb Coe, formerly of Evesham Road, Stratford, targeted his teenage victims by starting relationships with their mothers.…

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Queen honours Stratford animator

THREE local people have received honours in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours announced on Friday. Stratford-upon-Avon's Oli Hyatt has been awarded an MBE for services to animation. The former Alveston Primary, Kineton High and Alcester Grammar school pupil is co-founder of Bafta award-winning Blue-Zoo animation. The MBE recognises his role in the implementation of the animation tax relief scheme which means animators no longer need to take work abroad to avoid heavy tax bills in the U…

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Welford’s Wonderful Welfest

WELDONE Welfest! This annual music and crafts festival in Welford-on-Avon near Stratford-upon-Avon enjoyed another good turnout from music fans who didn’t have to shelter from downpours because the sun shone nearly all day.  …

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Remembered: those who played a part in making history

HEROIC D-Day veterans from Stratford-upon-Avon recall their vivid memories of that historic day – 6th June 1944 - in this week’s Stratford Herald. The men, now in their late 80s , were not more than teenage boys when they charged onto Gold Beach in Normandy as part of the first wave of attacks by British forces on German positions.  …

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