End of racing on the flat at Warwick

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.  …

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A level success around the district

THE waiting’s over! Right across South Warwickshire hundreds of anxious school students today, Thursday, found out their A level results.  …

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A game to remember

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.…

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First World War: Thousands across district expected to observe candle-lit vigil

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…

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First World War: Mother of fallen soldier braves the rain for charity walk

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.…

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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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