Shipston’s bid to be UK’s best high street

SHIPSTON-on-Stour has set its sights on winning the newly launched Great British High Street Awards, based on its innovative loyalty card scheme, the vibrancy of the town centre, and the increasingly diverse range of shops and services Shipston has to offer. The awards, launched last month by the Department for Communities and Local Government, are designed to recognise examples of innovation, collaboration, transition and outcomes in towns across the UK.…

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Angie’s head shave raises money for children’s charity

ANGIE MIDCALF hasn’t got hair anymore but a children’s charity she supports is £3,000 better off thanks to her selfless head-shave in front of crowds of people.…

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Ingrid in cross-Channel charity swim team

TEENAGER Ingrid Laubscher has successfully swam the English Channel in aid of Diabetes UK. The Stratford-upon-Avon Girls’ Grammar School sixth former and her team recently completed their challenge in 17 hours and 16 minutes but not without incident after Ingrid sustained a nasty gash to her leg on entering the water for the first time. Undeterred, she continued her swim despite needing hospital treatment on her return to Dover.…

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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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