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
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.…» Read Full Story
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.…» Read Full Story
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.…» Read Full Story
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.…» Read Full Story
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.…» Read Full Story
CYCLING fever gripped Stratford-upon-Avon on Sunday as more than 500 people took part in this year’s Great Shakespeare Ride. Setting off from Stratford Manor Hotel, cyclists rode either 40 miles, 100 km or 100 miles around the countryside in aid of The Shakespeare Hospice.
WARWICKSHIRE CCC captain and former Stratford-upon-Avon batsman Jim Troughton has retired from the game with immediate effect. The 35-year-old has struggled to overcome a persistent back injury, which required surgery at the start of the season. He made his debut for the Bears in 2001 and was made captain in 2011.
CROPREDY, near Banbury was yet again the venue for folk-rock veterans Fairport Convention’s annual get together. The three day event started last Thursday with glorious sunshine, church bells ringing and the band opening the show with a handful of their acoustic numbers, including Festival Bell, which celebrates the new bell funded by the band in 2006. Fairport were joined on stage by an orchestra of forty three students of Birmingham Conservatoire under the direction of Joe Broughton to play one of violinist Ric Sanders’s instrumental numbers.
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.