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
FLAT racing at Warwick Racecourse finishes on Bank Holiday Monday after a 307 year history. The racecourse is to become an all-jumps track from 2015 with the intention of making it one of the UK's leading small jumps courses within the next five years; Warwick currently stages 11 jumps fixtures and 10 flat fixtures during the racing calendar Full story in this Thursday’s Stratford Herald. …» Read Full Story
THE waiting’s over! Right across South Warwickshire hundreds of anxious school students today, Thursday, found out their A level results. …» Read Full Story
THE Lost XV players from Stratford Rugby Club who were killed fighting in the First World War were remembered at a commemorative rugby match in Stratford-upon-Avon at the weekend.…» Read Full Story
THOUSANDS of people across the Stratford-on-Avon district are expected to observe an hour-long candle-lit vigil tonight to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War. The vigil is part of a nationwide Royal British Legion ‘Lights Out’ event to remember the fallen from the Great War which claimed the lives of 17 million soldiers and civilians. In Stratford-upon-Avon there will be a candle-lit vigil in the town’s Garden of Remembrance on Monday between 10pm and 11pm. P…» Read Full Story
THE mother of a Stratford-upon-Avon soldier killed in Afghanistan battled through torrential rain on Saturday to complete a commemorative walk in honour of fallen soldiers from the First World War.…» Read Full Story
A SPECIAL meeting of Stratford District Council this afternoon voted to submit the final version of its core strategy to the planning inspectorate for approval.
STRATFORD Cricket Club missed out on double promotion today but the Seconds won a tight encounter at home to Bromsgrove. Unable to chase down 247, the first team lost away at Newport and were not promoted from the Birmingham & District Third Division. But on Swans Nest Lane, Stratford Seconds expertly chased down 242 to beat fellow promotion-chasers Bromsgrove. Tim Smart hit the winning runs in the final over to the delight of a large crowd. His 72 not out was backed up by opener Charlie Blake's composed 62 and some timely swift runs from Sam Douthwaite. For the full report and reaction to the end of Stratford's cricket season, see Thursday's Herald.
THE government announced on Friday £1.5 million of funding for the Royal Shakespeare Company to allow the Bard’s Complete Works to be translated into Mandarin. Culture Secretary Sajid Javid pledged his full support to measures unveiled by Chancellor George Osborne to boost business and cultural links with China. Helping to make the works of Shakespeare more accessible to the billion people living in China is at the heart of the government’s strategy. However, the move sparked criticism on social media with some people claiming chancellor George Osborne could put the money to better use elsewhere. Let us know what you think by commenting below, or via our facebook and twitter pages.
NIRVANA Unplugged was recreated by a dozen musicians in Alcester on Saturday 17th May and the gathered crowd lapped up every second of the gig.