In this week’s Stratford Herald. . .


THERE are plenty of reasons to buy the Herald again this week. . .

In the news, find out how momentum is gathering locally in the campaign against controversial plans to review the future of children’s centres.

The face of Stratford town centre continues to change as Bamboodle closes its doors for the final time. Find out why.

Meanwhile though, opening its doors for the first time is the brand new Stratford Cancer and Eye Hospital, which, after more than two years of fundraising, welcomed its first patients on Monday.

Plus we report on the latest setback in the campaign for reinstating the Honeybourne rail line, including further reaction on our Letters page.

In a special feature this week we take a look back to the big floods of 2007 which, ten years ago this month, devastated parts of the county.

In Arts, the Herald’s editor reports back on a fascinating social experiment she took part in at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre – with some interesting results – and, as Miss Saigan prepares to come to Birmingham, Arts editor Gill Sutherland interviews the show’s director Jean Pierre Van Der Spuy.

And our man on the touchline brings you all the latest sporting news and results from across the region, including the story of a 12-year-old Shipston schoolgirl who has achieved blackbelt in kickboxing.

As well as being packed with news, sports and Arts, we see the return this week of a popular reader offer – and just in time for the school holidays. Just take the exclusive voucher on page 10 along to Muffin Break on the Maybird in Stratford and claim your FREE MUFFIN with every hot drink purchased. And there’s no need to rush – the offer doesn’t expire until August 17th so be sure to pick up your copy of the paper and get your voucher to keep for when needed! The free muffin is worth £2.40 so not a bad saving!

And, if that isn’t enough, there is another great competition this week. The Herald has teamed up with Billesley Manor Hotel to offer readers the chance to win one of FIVE Champagne Afternoon Teas.

And of course, there’s also the usual village and clubs reports as well as listings section, Business Matters page and Readers’ Letters.

So, not at all bad for just 70p. Enjoy!