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.
THREE people—one a baby—were taken to hospital following a road accident on the A422 Stratford-upon-Avon to Banbury road last night (Friday).
West Midlands Ambulance Service dispatched two ambulances, a rapid response vehicle and a paramedic area support officer to the road traffic incident on Banbury Road, in Pillerton Priors, at approximately 9.50pm.
An ambulance service spokeswoman said: “Crews were called to a single vehicle road traffic collision. On arrival at the scene, crews found a car that was facing the wrong direction on the carriageway.
“The driver, a man in his 20s, was treated for a chest injury believed to have been caused by the seat belt.
“The front seat passenger, a woman in her 20s, had sustained neck, back and leg injuries. Due to the nature of her injuries the woman was fully immobilised and extricated from the vehicle, with the assistance of the fIre service.
“A baby, who was restrained in a child seat in the rear of the vehicle, was assessed at the scene and fortunately had sustained no obvious injuries.
All three occupants of the car were taken to Warwick Hospital for further assessment and treatment.