Sweet taste of success for Shipston Food Festival

THERE was a distinct local flavour to the second Shipston Food Festival which has been hailed a “huge success". Shipston’s secret appears to be the desire to keep all produce at the festival nice and local whether it be food or beer and even the music playing in the town square was from local musician and guitarist, Gary Michael.…

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Aiming high with a little help from Freddie Mercury

THE grand piano Freddie Mercury used to compose Bohemian Rhapsody is the same one Kineton pianist and songwriter, Nina Baker, used to record her new album Quite Frankly, which was released last month. It was a true pinch yourself moment for Nina, who was recording at the world famous Rockfield Studios near Monmouth, where Queen recorded one of the most ground-breaking and elaborate rock songs of all time — Bohemian Rhapsody.…

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Car ends up on roof in late night town centre accident

A MOTORIST  had a lucky escape when the black Fiat 500 they were driving flipped over and landed on its roof at the busy Grove Road and Greenhill Street junction in Stratford-upon-Avon town centre, on Tuesday at 10.20pm.…

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Home owner offers £3,000 reward after treasured items theft

A REWARD of £3,000 is being offered for the return of sentimental items burgled from a house in Ettington near Stratford-upon-Avon. Home owner Judith Killeen said she was desperate for the return of a group of clocks, two mac computers featuring family photos, and work her son needed in order to complete his degree.…

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Depression led to Ian, 32, stepping in front of lorry

A STRATFORD-Upon-Avon man who battled depression and had a history of mental health problems took his own life by stepping in front of a lorry on the M40 in May, an inquest heard last Friday. According to witness evidence read out at the inquest, Ian Bryenton, of Clopton Road, aged 32, appeared to “hold-up his arms and shrug his shoulders as if he was giving up” just seconds before he walked in front of the lorry which was travelling at 56 mph in lane one of the southbound M40 on Saturday…

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Village’s story sewn up on new tapestry

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.…

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Five siblings at one primary school

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.…

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Police and council call summit on preventing child sex exploitation in Warwickshire

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.”…

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One chief over two police forces ‘unworkable’, says Warwickshire crime commissioner

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."…

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GCSE results: Teenagers around the district open their envelopes

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…

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