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.
BRUCE Springsteen has been staying in Stratford-upon-Avon on and off for the past two weeks, the Herald can reveal.
The 63-year-old global superstar has been keeping a low profile, staying at The Welcombe Hotel off Warwick Road with his wife Patti Scialfa and daughter Jessica Springsteen.
Currently on the massive Wrecking Ball Tour with his famous E Street band, ‘The Boss’ has been using Stratford as a base for this leg of the tour.
Two weeks ago he was seen at The Bridge restaurant in Bidford, just a couple of days after his Milan concert on 3rd June.
More recently he has been spotted using the Welcombe gym.
Greg Fehler, General Manager at the hotel, said: “He was here, on and off for the past two weeks, but he kept quite a low profile. He was a lovely guy, and his wife and daughter were equally as nice.”
Back in Stratford this week, after wowing 71,000 people at Wembley on Saturday, he flew up to Glasgow on Tuesday to play Hampden Park.
The American rock icon is back in the area today, playing his third and final UK concert on this leg of the tour, at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena.
Greg said: “He was very friendly, just an all-around nice guy, and being ‘The Boss’, he even had a picture with the boss of the hotel.”