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VIDEO: Truckers support the troops

A CONVOY of supersized show case trucks paraded through Stratford-upon-Avon and raised over £2,000 for military charity Troop Aid. There were 29 trucks on show and the convoy was led by one titled Fallen Heroes which bore the names of all 453 British servicemen and women who died in the Afghanistan conflict. Read the full story in this week's Stratford Herald.…

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In today’s Herald …

Here's a look at today's paper. We've got more on the announcement there will be no Global Gathering next year, and why it could have a knock-on effect on several charities, and some pictures of how the new Stratford Hospital will look when it opens in 2016.…

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Haunting tales of old Stratford

THERE’S  a spooktacular collection of Stratford-upon-Avon Halloween stories in this week’s Stratford Herald, a grey lady who haunts the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, a dolls house that moves in the night and the sound of crying babies in a cellar to name just a few.…

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Firefighters to strike – on a busy bonfire night

FIREFIGHTERS are to stage further strikes in their long-running dispute with the Government over proposed changes to pensions. The latest walkout will start at 6pm on Friday and finish on Tuesday at 6pm. Bonfires take place on Saturday at Alcester Rugby Club and on Sunday at Stratford Rugby Club.…

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Thieves eye cash and glasses in raid on opticians

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.…

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EXCLUSIVE: Private meetings with developer to be investigated

AN independent investigation has been ordered by Stratford District Council’s chief legal officer into meetings between the authority’s political leader and a well-known local property developer. The inquiry has been triggered by the results of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests about meetings between Cllr Chris Saint (Cons Tredington), leader of Stratford District Council, and developer Tony Bird. The FOI requests were prompted by the surprise emergence of plans for a new settlemen…

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No Global Gathering in 2015

GLOBAL GATHERING, the major dance festival held at Long Marston Airfield near Stratford-upon-Avon for the past 13 years, this evening (Sunday) announced the event will not be held in 2015. A statement was posted on its website by festival organiser MAMA & Company.    …

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‘Town can’t cope with these houses’

NEW plans to build another 95 homes in Shipston have come under immediate fire. Cllr Richard Cheney (Lib Dem, Shipston), who is also the leader of the opposition on Stratford District Council, said he was “very unhappy” with the proposals being put forward by developers Ainscough Strategic Land. A planning application went into the district council late last month, but has only just come to light.…

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Machine will help save more lives

THE latest lifesaving machine to be installed in Stratford-upon-Avon has appeared at the district council’s Elizabeth House headquarters. The community defibrillator can be used by council staff as well as people living, working, shopping or visiting nearby, in the event of someone suffering a cardiac arrest. The machine is the latest model and is designed to be operated by people who are completely untrained, telling them exactly what to do.…

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Tourism in the spotlight of new awards scheme

THE first Coventry and Warwickshire Tourism Awards will be held in March, it has been announced. A full list of categories has yet to be announced, but is expected to include best visitor attraction, best hotel and best bar/restaurant. The venue for the ceremony has been confirmed as the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. The awards are being run by the Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Quidem, the owners of Touch FM.…

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