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.
THE ORGANISERS of last weekend’s second annual Festival of Motoring are “absolutely delighted” with the feedback they’ve received.
Thousands of people swamped the streets of Stratford-upon-Avon on Sunday and bank holiday Monday to admire around 250 classic, modern and quirky cars brought to the town by motoring enthusiasts near and far.
“One of things that I thought was most noticeable was the atmosphere,” said Adrian Grubb from Stratforward Business Improvement District.
“People were enjoying the freedom of the town so much and many people commented on it.”
The festival cost around £20,000 in total, but Adrian said Stratforward – who get their money from businesses in the town – only contributed around a third of that.
The owners of most of the cars paid a £25 entry fee, which made around £5,000. Car traders like Listers and Toyota also contributed, and extra cash was generated through advertising.
“The net cost to the bid was well below £10,000” said Adrian. “It was very good value for money.”
He ran the event with Tony Merrygold, Managing Director of tourism website Shakespeare Country and the man behind Sherbourne-based Classic Car hire company, The Open Road.
“The big difference between this year and last year is we closed all the streets,” said Tony.
“That increased the feeling of being special, and being welcomed to the town. It was a great advert for Stratford.”
Old Town resident Steve Johnson had a 1959 MGA Roadster on display.
“Standing by my car I lost count of the number of compliments I heard, not necessarily directed towards my MG, but about the whole event in general.
“The atmosphere in town, with the roads in the centre effectively pedestrianised for the occasion, was outstanding.”
It was the largest set of road closures Stratford has seen in recent history and opened up the case for pedestrianisation. For more on that see the front page of today’s Herald (8th May). Inside the paper there is a full-page photo spread of the festival.
Mayor’s favourite car
David Pegg’s 1997 Marcos Mantara Spyder recovered from a dashboard fire on Sunday to be picked by the Mayor of Stratford Diane Walden.Only 137 were made, and only 30 survive.
The Cat’s Whiskers – picked by main sponsor Alscot Park Garage
Honington couple Ray and Suzie Coyte won this prize for their 1950 MG TD, which was found in a barn in America and then rebuilt. It won the prize because it is used regularly by all the family.