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.
GAME of Thrones star Sophie Turner has become a patron of a Warwick-based theatre group for young people.
Sophie, who plays Sansa Stark in the hugely popular HBO television series, is a former Warwick Prep and King’s High pupil who joined Playbox Theatre company when she was three years old.
The 18-year-old tweeted earlier this week: “So excited to be an ambassador for Playbox Theatre. This is where I learnt my craft with the most incredible acting teachers I could wish for.”
Born in Northampton, she moved to the area when she was two but since she started playing Sansa in Game of Thrones – currently in its fourth series – her face is now recognised all over the world.
Stewart McGill, Director of Playbox said: “All of us are, naturally, delighted that Sophie is willing to continue her links with Playbox in this new role of Patron.
“We all have very fond memories of her as a vibrant and energetic young actor which clearly reflects in her career.
“We look forward to seeing her at The Dream Factory once again and, of course, following her career with pride and anticipation.”
Sophie was the lead in the company’s Scary Play in 2009, and was memorable in the 2006 production of RED and the 2008 production of Seven, where her circus skills came to the fore.
Playbox Theatre hope to announce a Q&A session with Sophie at The Dream Factory on Shelley Avenue to discuss Game of Thrones and her other film and television projects.