THE Stratford Mop of 1914 appeared little changed from previous years. Wartime austerity had not yet set in and few people foresaw that the conflict would be lengthy. One of the great traditions of the fair was its roasts. No less than five oxen and seven pigs were rotating on the spits outside the pubs on the big day. The excursion trains brought their usual hundreds of revellers from Birmingham and other centres of population. None of Stratford’s conscripts had yet embarked overseas, although just five days before, a regular with the South Wales Borderers, Sgt RH Savage, had been the first Stratfordian to fall victim to the war. He had been struck by shrapnel at the Battle of the Aisne and died of his wounds in Bournbrook Military Hospital.
Four years ago Ellis Holtom, of Stratford-upon-Avon, was born with half a working heart. Later, the Herald featured his condition as a tribute to the work of Birmingham Children’s Hospital where he was treated. Now, to mark Congenital Heart Defect Week his mum, Vicki, updates his story. . .
ALL 326 local planning authorities in England, councils like Stratford-on-Avon District, need a local plan. The core strategy is a component of that local plan. It contains all the local district wide policies that need to be considered when processing planning applications. New development needs to satisfy local needs, helping to realise the hopes and ambitions of its communities and protect them from situations they fear. New homes and places to work should provide then with a healthy lifestyle, a pleasant place to live, good recreational facilities and above all the infrastructure that enhances their quality of life. The buzzword to describe this is ‘sustainable’.
THE poor are paying more than they should be for their energy, according to damning new evidence from Stratford-upon-Avon’s Citizens Advice Bureau. Prepayment meters (PPMs) are costing users in fuel poverty a “disproportionate amount” for what little gas and electricity they can afford, the bureau has found. There are around 7.2 million people on prepayment meters in the UK and several thousand in the district of Stratford. Despite Stratford’s reputation as an affluent area, the bureau is being forced to come to the aid of more and more people living in fuel poverty on an increasingly regular basis.
A TEENAGER who used to busk on the streets of Stratford-upon-Avon has shot to number two in the official UK singles chart.
Connor Ball, aged 17, is a former Henley-in-Arden School student who now plays bass for breakthrough teen pop band, The Vamps.
Their debut song “Can We Dance” went to number two in the charts on Sunday, narrowly missing out on top spot to American boy band One Republic.
Connor, who lives in Hatton, told the Herald: “It’s absolutely crazy we are in the top ten, I never would have imagined last year that I’d be in the top ten a year later, we’re so lucky.”
The band’s breakthrough came earlier this year when they supported McFly on tour.
After Can We Dance received millions of hits on YouTube, they released it as their debut song last week.
Connor, who was born in Aberdeen, moved to Warwickshire when he was four years old and went to Henley High School before he studied music technology at college.
He used to busk on the streets of Stratford and had a small number of online fans, but since joining The Vamps last year, he’s supported pop stars The Wanted, JLS, Little Mix, and Selena Gomez; as well as McFly.
The other three members of The Vamps – Bradley Simpson, 18, from Birmingham; James McVey, 19, from Bournemouth; and Tristan Evans, 19, from Exeter – found Connor through a friend of a friend last year.
Signed by Mercury Records, who are owned by Universal, their debut single sold only 1,000 copies less than One Republic’s Counting Stars in the closest battle for top spot this year.