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.
FIREFIGHTERS were called to a garage fire in Shipston-on-Stour this morning (Thursday).
The fire in Signal Road started in a tumble dryer in the corner of the garage around 8am, and the fire service sent crews from Shipston, Wellesbourne and Stratford-upon-Avon.
It was put out by 9am and the fire engines left the scene around 10am. No injuries were recorded.
Deputy Mayor of Shipston Philip Vial tweeted: “Really pleased that Shipston has its retained firefighters.”
Where firefighters are retained in Warwickshire has been a contentious issue in recent weeks.
In March, Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service announced cuts of £2.4 million which include proposals to remove 24-hour coverage in Alcester, leaving the station manned from 10am-10pm.
Since then, a few high-profile fires have occurred in the town outside these hours.
On Saturday 17th May, the fire service are holding a roadshow in Alcester where the public can ask fire chiefs about the future of the town’s coverage.
It’s taking place between 10am and 2pm at the Bull’s Head Yard Car Park.