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BOOK REVIEW: Stratford-upon-Avon’s history charted from the Middle Ages to modern times

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON has a lot to thank Nick Fogg for. Although he was born and bred in the town, he hasn’t lived here for a very long time. But he clings to it with a passion that knows no bounds. His love of Stratford and all that goes with it – including a poet and playwright by the name of William Shakespeare – is such that he’s produced several books on the town (and even a scholarly book on the playwright). His latest homage to this small settlement in Warwickshire is Stratford-upo…

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Funeral of former F1 mechanic Gary Davies to take place

THE funeral of Gary Davies, a well-known former Formula 1 and Le Mans winning mechanic from Stratford-upon-Avon, takes place today (Monday). Mr Davies, aged 63, passed away on 16th September, and family and friends will be joined by former colleagues at Jaguar Motor Racing for the funeral service at Oakley Wood Crematorium.…

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Meet the A* student who achieved against the odds

A-LEVELS are about as stressful as it gets in the already-tumultuous life of an 18-year-old. Marathon exams, testing topics – and the need to look ahead while saying goodbye to the past. So imagine being lumbered with a dangerous health condition that you were too embarrassed to tell anyone about?…

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Updated: Missing Alcester pensioner found safe and well

POLICE have said an elderly man with Alzheimer's, who was reported missing yesterday afternoon (Friday), has been found safe.…

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Village marks 100 years since start of the Great War

TANWORTH-in-Arden is paying its respects today (Saturday) to those who lost their lives in World War One. Dozens of villagers turned out for a parade and wreath-laying ceremony this morning.…

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‘Hundreds’ of at-risk children sparks £1m safety hub

A SMALL multi-agency “safeguarding hub” is to be established in Warwickshire to help protect vulnerable children from sexual exploitation. Known colloquially as a “mini-mash”, the initiative has been launched at the instigation of Warwickshire’s police and crime commissioner Ron Ball following the child abuse scandal in Rotherham. Warwickshire Police has already agreed to invest £1 million in the project.…

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Paralympian’s team raise Guide Dogs’ cash in triathlon

A TEAM including Stratford’s Paralympic gold medallist James Roe has demolished the competition in a specialist triathlon in Cumbria while raising money for guide dogs. A 10km hike up and down the Old Man of Coniston fell was followed by a 3km kayak across the lake and a 12km mountain bike ride through Grizedale Forest.…

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Stratford MP calls Islamic State “a contagion” and backs airstrikes

ISLAMIC STATE is a contagion and Britain is right to join its coalition partners in airstrikes, Stratford MP Nadhim Zahawi said in a speech prepared for today’s special Commons debate. Mr Zahawi, who is of Iraqi Kurdish origin and who recently visited the region on a parliamentary fact-finding mission, had to cut his speech short because of time restrictions. But he was able to make the point that airstrikes would degrade IS’s war fighting capabilities while stressing that military action …

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Stratford plays its part in World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

KIND-HEARTED coffee drinkers from Stratford-upon-Avon helped raise money for charity this morning (Friday). Businesses, charities and groups from across the district aimed to raise cash for Macmillan Cancer Support through its World's Biggest Coffee Morning event.…

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Tragic Joe Whittaker inspires friend Audrey with Help 4 Heroes stall

A FRIEND of the family of fallen soldier Private Joe Whittaker will be raising money for Help 4 Heroes tomorrow (Saturday).…

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