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David Bradley lighting bonfire at Halloween Extravaganza

ACTOR David Bradley, best known for his role as Argus Filch in the Harry Potter films, is lighting the bonfire at Stratford Town FC's Halloween Extravaganza tonight. Bradley will light the bonfire at the DCS Stadium in Knight's Lane, Tiddington, at 6.30pm and there will be a fireworks display at 7pm.…

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Much ado about Downton’s Hugh

THERE was a sense of Downton Abbey, on and off stage, at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. The RSC’s two productions of Love’s Labour’s Lost and Love’s Labour’s Won (Much Ado About Nothing) — directed by Christopher Luscombe — are set post-Edwardian, and well-known actor, Hugh Bonneville, a friend of Mr Luscombe, was in the theatre last Wednesday (15th October) to watch.  …

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The Mop’s back!

ALL the fun of the fair has returned to Stratford today (Thursday) with the arrival of the Runaway Mop in town. It takes place today and tomorrow (Friday), closing several roads around the town until 6am on Saturday.…

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Stratford College students pass commando test

THIS band of brothers from Stratford-upon-Avon College’s Uniformed Public Services course have tested their mettle at the Royal Marine Commando Training Centre in Lympstone. They spent three days living the lives of a Royal Marine recruit, being put through a variety of physically and mentally challenges, including the British Military fitness tests, a weapons and tactics lecture, and a lesson in escape and evasion sniper tactics.…

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A new chapter as KES takes up residence at council house

KING Edward VI School has opened a new sixth form annexe within the headquarters of Stratford-on-Avon District Council headquarters, in Church Street. This year KES received applications from over 300 students at 45 different schools to join its co-educational sixth form which represents a 400 per cent increase on 2010. As a result school governors took the decision to expand the size of the sixth form which now numbers 260.…

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‘Fundraiser is a thank you for saving my life’

A YEAR ago Shelley Faulkner broke her neck in an horrific car crash which could have left her paralysed or even dead. But, instead, to mark the first anniversary of her survival day, Shelley is holding a fundraising event in Stratford to say thank you. Shelley, aged 28, admits she was nearly killed in the crash when her car skidded on the way to work on Saturday, 15th November last year leaving her with a broken neck, a broken arm and dislocated elbow.…

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Poetry readings in memory of Felix Dennis

THE South Warwickshire charity Springfield Mind is to hold a memorial poetry event at its Stratford-upon-Avon HQ on 30th October in honour of its late patron, the publishing magnate Felix Dennis. The occasion will also be dedicated to Trevor, a “longstanding client and friend”, whose full name cannot be given for reasons of confidentiality. Mr Dennis, who lived at Dorsington, died in June at the age of 67 after a long battle with cancer.…

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High-speed broadband set for south Warwickshire villages by end of year

HIGH-SPEED fibre broadband will be available in villages across South Warwickshire before the end of the year, it has been pledged. More than 8,000 homes and businesses could benefit from upgrade work to add to the 15,000 already connected. Among the included areas are Bidford, Brailes, Ettington, Ilmington, Lapworth and Moreton Morrell, while parts of Henley, Shipston and Alderminster will also benefit from the scheme expansion.…

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Moves to make Shakespeare’s birthday celebrations self financing

A NEW initiative aimed at making the Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations self-financing through international sponsorship is to be launched in Stratford at the end of this month. The venture has set itself the task of raising a minimum of £150,000 a year from 2018 onwards to pay for key aspects of the annual event that marks the Bard’s birthday on 23rd April 1564. The project, known as “The Friends of Shakespeare’s Celebrations”, will be officially launched at Stratford Town Hall at…

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September shows spike in bike thefts

SEPTEMBER saw the highest number of bicycle thefts in the Stratford-on-Avon district for the last four years, crime statistics from Warwickshire Police have shown. Twenty bikes were stolen in the district last month, the highest number since July 2010, when 20 bikes were also stolen. Latest figures showed that six have been stolen so far this October. A police spokeswoman said that bicycle crime seems to increase each August and September, and suggested a possible reason was because it …

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