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2nd May 2017

Shipston set to sing for health thanks to a new group

Sing for healthDo you have breathing difficulties? Then Shipston's newest group could help.  

With support from the British Lung Foundation, community choir leader, Rose Smith, has launched a new 'singing for lung health' group. Meeting on Wednesday mornings at 11am in the Scout Hut, the group is ideal for people who have asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or other breathing issues, but everyone is welcome to attend.

Rose said: "The benefits of singing on breathing and health in general are well documented. This new group is about people getting together in a relaxed informal setting and enjoying singing together. You don't need a great singing voice - all ages and abilities are welcome to join in the fun."

To find out more, contact Rose on 07905 884151.

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2nd May 2017

Book your place at the Tour d'Ilmington - 2nd July 2017

Tour d'IlmingtonPlaces can now be booked for the Tour d’Ilmington on 2nd July 2017 – the David Lockwood memorial bike ride. 

The name reflects the ride’s location and that it is held on the second day of the rather better known Tour de France! This local event is a unique blend of two rides. One consists of a ‘flat’/family course of 10 miles with a feed station half way. The other is a ‘hilly’ course for the more experienced cyclists which is over 30 miles of the most undulating roads in the area.

There will be a wide range of high quality refreshments available at Newbold village hall throughout the event.

Last year almost 200 riders took part and the event raised £5,000 for Rotary charities and good causes including Parkinson’s UK. Riders and their families can also use the event to raise money for their own particular charity or good cause. For more information, see the ad on page 16.

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2nd May 2017

Shipston High defies the odds to reach the Rotary Youth Speaks Final

Rotary speaksOn 7th May, Shipston High will represent the whole of the West Midlands, Wales and the South East of England in the Rotary Youth Speaks Final in Telford. 

The magnitude of the team’s success needs to be contextualised to demonstrate how well Millie Bryan, Georgia Cooke and Holly Osborne have done in getting this far. Shipston High School has less than 500 students and yet this team has beaten far larger schools. The high school’s team is drawn totally from Year 10, meaning these students are only 15 years old; the competition they are in contains many teams from sixth forms with some students who are well on their way to being 19. Finally, they have achieved their success by already winning in three rounds, culminating in their stunning victory at Abergavenny on 1st April, when they saw off two very prestigious public schools to book their place in the final.

Do you remember the euphoria last May when little Leicester City, at 5000 to 1, went on to win the English Premier League title? Is Shipston High School the Leicester City of public speaking? We certainly hope so. Good luck Shipston High!


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