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
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
THIRTEEN staff members from West Midlands Ambulance Service came to Stratford-upon-Avon yesterday to take part in an extra-special ice bucket challenge. After pouring ice over their heads, the off-duty staff members were then doused by hoses from the fire service, who are based next door on Masons Road.
STRATFORD Town FC have rearranged a league fixture following their shock FA Cup exit. Town's 1-0 defeat at Blaby & Whetstone meant they would have been left without a fixture on Saturday, 13th September, but they have now rescheduled a trip to North Leigh in the Southern League, South & West Division. The trip to Oxfordshire had originally been pencilled in for Wednesday October 29th. North Leigh lost to Flackwell Heath in their cup-tie last weekend.
TWO huge stars of the small screen, Graham Norton and Patricia Hodge, will be appearing in the Stratford Literary Festival this October. On Friday 24th October, chat show host and compere Graham Norton will be in conversation at The Courtyard Theatre talking about his much-anticipated memoir, The Life and Loves of a He Devil.
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.