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From homeless outreach to church repairs, befriending projects to specialist end of life care; more than £230,000 has been awarded to local good causes by Stratford Town Trust in its second grants round of 2014.
The Royal British Legion is calling on the public to plant a living legacy for those who fought and died in the First World War as part of its Centenary commemorations. Working in partnership with Ashridge Nurseries on a project called Centenary Gardens, the Legion aims to keep the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the First World War alive for future generations.
Annette Gann discusses Warwickshire-based fitness company ‘Bodies & Co’ and its philanthropic owner Jenni Fuller
Wondering what to do this weekend? Here are five recommendations from us for what to get up to in the Cotswolds...
A Kenilworth care home is set to raise funds for a cancer charity by taking part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday September 26.
When Amber-Lauren Ballantyne-Styles gave up a promising career in acrobatic gymnastics aged just 13, she used the negativity she experienced about body image to channel into her astonishing art
Candia McKormack visits the nurturing environment of 19th-century Hawkwood College
For 46 weeks of the year, Cotswold veterinary surgeon Tim Brazil’s patients are the sports and pleasure horses of this area and beyond. But for the remaining six it is the working equines of developing countries, like India and Egypt, that demand his attention. Debbie Graham spoke to him about his work.
Schools across Warwickshire and Worcestershire are being urged to nominate ‘children of courage’ to be celebrated at an awards ceremony later this year.
Dr Michael Mosley is the medical journalist who brought the fast-diet phenomenon to the world’s attention. Katie Jarvis talked to him over a cup of tea, with no cake
The services of Heart of England Mencap will be showcased at a gala night raising funds for the charity.
The weekend is imminent, but there’s still time to make plans. Here are five suggestions of what to do this weekend in and around the Cotswolds
World-renowned Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti is artist-in-residence at the 70th Cheltenham Music Festival, which runs until July 13. Nicola, who is both performing and holding master-classes, answered questions at a special music-festival lunch at Ellenborough Park last week.
Stratford Town Trust has been recognised as one of the best charities in the country as a finalist in a national competition.
The BBC’s Great British Bake Off star Paul Hollywood will be making his first appearance at Gloucester Quays Food Festival this month. Katie Jarvis spoke to the artisan baker who’s the best thing since sliced bread.
Tracy Spiers experiences Stratford-upon-Avon from a different perspective, as she takes to the water
A specialist Warwickshire recruitment firm is celebrating being voted one of the UK’s best places to work.
Adam Hart talks sharks, and with all those lovely warm bodies thrashing around in the sea, the words ‘children’, ‘sweetshop’ and ‘brutal inevitability’ spring to mind.
Katie Jarvis meets Jay Rayner (for the second time; she’d rather not talk about the first), to chat about his book – Greedy Man in a Hungry World – and why, when it comes to everything we thought we knew about food, we may well have to eat our words
The biennial on form exhibition looks forward to welcoming visitors to the beautiful surroundings of Asthall Manor and some of the finest stone sculptors in the world
Words by Candia McKormack
A £1.25 million supported housing scheme for local people with learning disabilities will open its doors in Shipston-on-Stour on June 9. Flats at Rosedale are now available, offering local people with learning disabilities independent living, but in a supported environment.
Promotional feature: This June, The Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury is welcoming jazz singer Jacqui Dankworth, a Rock ‘n’ Roll spactacular, Beauty and The Beast and a play about one of Britain’s best loved entertainers - Eric Morecambe
Sarah Windrum discusses gender inequality in the workplace - and how enabling women to work could hold the key to economic growth in the developing world
Certainty? You’d have to be an infinite monkey to believe in that, Robin Ince tells Katie Jarvis ahead of his appearance at the Cheltenham Science Festival, June 3-8
Residents of a Rugby-based nursing home have enjoyed a local shopping showcase from the comfort of their own home thanks to a specially-arranged event
It’s 15 years since Prince Charles declared Mark Gale the UK Social Entrepreneur of the Year. Mark now runs the charity Gloucestershire Gateway Trust, which, together with the family company Westmorland, is responsible for Gloucester Services, a new £40 million motorway-service area on the outskirts of Gloucester, due to open in June. At the heart of the project is a commitment to supporting the surrounding communities: 300 jobs will be created; the restaurant and farm shop will use local, artisan-made produce; and sales from the site will generate around £10 million over 20 years for residents’ groups and charities.
Posh fish is off the menu as Katie Jarvis can barely afford a sardine when she sets out to feed herself on just £1 a day
Sally Magnusson’s deeply affectionate book about her mother, Mamie, is a wonderfully personal account about the effects of dementia on someone we love. Words by Katie Jarvis
This year marks the 100th anniversary of World War 1. Shirley Lock recollects her father Harry Baston’s involvement in the war, from the Somme to Ireland - and home to Witney, Oxfordshire.
Stroud International Textiles, and the annual select festival, celebrate the very finest work from artists, makers and designers and bring them to the Cotswolds. Candia McKormack talks to organisers Lizzi Walton and Charlotte Abrahams about plans for this year’s event
Katie Jarvis talks to Kate Williams, the author of a new book about the woman who enthralled Napoleon, who will be appearing at Chipping Campden Literature Festival, May 6-11
Johnny Coppin’s new album celebrates our landscape, traditions and people. He tells Katie Jarvis about his Cotswold life and why he’s at home in the countryside
A Coventry training and recruitment firm is calling on local people and businesses to help make Easter ‘eggs-tra’ special and donate chocolate treats for children in care.
Following on from ‘National Heart Month’ in February, the Heritage Motor Centre has installed a defibrillator and trained all sixteen of their first aiders in life-saving CPR.
The impressionist and TV presenter Rory Bremner tells Katie Jarvis why politics shouldn’t be about people huddling into the centre for warmth and reassurance
We are pleased to be able to bring you the 12th annual Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards at Cheltenham Racecourse on July 7.