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 DRIVER was killed when his car left the M40 and overturned into a ditch near the Gaydon junction today (Sunday).
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a road traffic collision on the southbound carriageway of the motorway, near to junction 12, shortly before 10.25am.
Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and a Basics doctor were dispatched to the scene along with police and the fire service.
An ambulance service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a car that had left the carriageway and had overturned in a ditch.
“The car had been carrying three occupants at the time of the incident. The driver, a man, was immediately assessed by ambulance crews but unfortunately it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed deceased at the scene.
“The front seat passenger, a man believed to be in his 30s, was trapped in the vehicle for a period of time. Ambulance crews worked closely with the fire service to safely extricate the man from the car. Fortunately on assessment the man appeared to have not sustained any obvious injuries.
“The rear seat passenger, a girl believed to be approximately seven years of age, was out of the vehicle on the crew’s arrival. She was assessed at the scene and was found to be uninjured.
“Due to the nature of the incident the front and rear seat passengers were conveyed to Horton General Hospital for further assessment, as a precaution.”