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.…» Read Full Story
A CHARITY which cares for terminally ill patients from Stratford has been awarded a £10,000 grant from Stratford Town Trust. The Myton Hospices provides specialist respite and end-of-life care for patients suffering from conditions such as Motor Neurone Disease, cancer and heart failure as well as offering vital family support services.…» Read Full Story
STRATFORD has a rich and varied history but as yet doesn’t have a permanent museum to tell its story to the world so the search is now on to try and find a suitable location. A group of local history and culture enthusiasts say Stratford needs a permanent museum to record the town’s history from Roman times, through the world wars to modern day encompassing the people, the traders and local businesses that also helped Stratford become a key hub during the industrial revolution.…» Read Full Story
THE Shakespeare Hospice is calling on local people to dress up as Father Christmas for its annual Santa Run. Entries are now open for the event taking place in Stratford town centre on Saturday, 6th December, where hundreds of Santas will bring festive cheer and help support the charity in its work providing care for patients and families affected by life limiting illness.…» Read Full Story
THE Christmas market in Stratford is to return to its more traditional home in Bridge Street. Locals and traders have welcomed the decision to put the market back where it belongs on the town’s busiest street during the festive period. For the past two years the market has been positioned in Henley Street, a move which attracted strong criticism.…» Read Full Story
“LOCAL charities will be the casualties” — that’s the claim made following the recent announcement that Global Gathering will not be staged next year. Thousands of pounds have been raised since 2006 by the annual music festival held at Long Marston Airfield. It has benefitted more than 25 charitable causes locally, including Shakespeare Hospice and Air Ambulance. And charity coordinators are concerned that, with no festival planned for next year, and its long term future in Stratf…» Read Full Story
THE Friends of Stratford Samaritans are to open a pop-up Shop in Greenhill Street which will open every day from Saturday 8th November to Sunday 23rd November. In summer 2012, the charity’s pop-up shop in Sheep Street was so popular, it raised a much-needed £7,000 for the local Samaritans branch in Shakespeare Street. This year the Friends hope to raise at least £10,000, enabling the branch to take even more calls, texts, e-mails and visits from people in distress living within the Str…» Read Full Story
ABOUT £2,000 worth of designer glasses were stolen during an break-in at Boots Opticians. A till containing cash and a safe with money inside were also taken during the burglary, which happened at the store in Wood Street, Stratford, police said.…» Read Full Story
KING Edward VI School has opened a new sixth form annexe within the headquarters of Stratford-on-Avon District Council headquarters, in Church Street. This year KES received applications from over 300 students at 45 different schools to join its co-educational sixth form which represents a 400 per cent increase on 2010. As a result school governors took the decision to expand the size of the sixth form which now numbers 260.…» Read Full Story
THE travellers who set up home on Stratford-upon-Avon Recreation Ground a week ago moved on over the weekend. About 15 traveller caravans arrived at the Rec on Friday, 10th October and after negotiations with police and district council officials were allowed to stay overnight. They remained in Stratford for a week and left on Saturday for an unknown destination.…» Read Full Story
Rail services on the Snow Hill line towards Stratford upon Avon will return to normal tomorrow (Saturday 22 November). Network Rail has repaired the signalling fault that has stopped trains from running since Tuesday morning.
STRATFORD Town Youth recovered after conceding the opening goal to defeat Gornal Athletic 4-1 in last night's Birmingham County Youth Cup tie at the DCS. Liam Hickman gave the Black Country visitors a 15th-minute lead in the second-round contest, but it was 1-1 when Brandon Hague equalised on 27 minutes.
THEY have done it again! The Big Secret Sound has released another charity single which they hope once again will get into the UK charts, following the successful fundraising by the group’s last success story — Soldier On! Soldier On! was a fundraiser to support the family of Conrad Lewis, a soldier from Claverdon who died fighting in Afghanistan, by raising money for his family’s charity to help those in the military who are wounded or worse, and their families and community.
SOMETHING magical happened in Stratford ArtsHouse last Friday night when two Stratford schools joined forces with the town’s Orchestra of the Swan (OOTS), Talking Birds theatre company from Coventry, and a Birmingham school to perform Ant & Cleo — The Musical! Magical because you could see on the faces of the school children involved that this project has greatly enriched their lives.
HEADS were bowed as silence fell across two South Warwickshire villages to mark 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War. A wreath-laying service and parade was held in Tanworth-in-Arden on Saturday, while in Welford a commemorative exhibition hosted artwork and looked at the lives of the 19 village men killed out on the battlefield. Among the items was a letter written by private Jim Matthews, from the village, just two days before he died. In Tanworth, relatives of those who lost their lives were given the chance to honour them by laying a wreath at the village war memorial. The youngest to get involved was of primary school age while the oldest was in their 90s, organiser Peter Oakley told the Herald.