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.
ELVIS has been found safe and well under a hedge in Charlecote near Stratford-upon-Avon.
The hound dog went missing near his Hatton home three weeks ago when he got all shook up by a pheasant that suddenly flew up in front of him and his owner Ivor Eborall as they went for a walk in the fields.
“He bolted out of his dog collar and was gone in ten seconds,” Ivor told the Herald.
“He’d only been with us two days it was a shock to us all. Since then Elvis has been spotted all over the place but I always knew I’d see him again, he was always on my mind.”
For Ivor and his wife Jeanette, each day brought more worry as they heard reports that Elvis had been spotted near the M40 at junction 15, A46 near Leek Wootton, Snitterfield, Stratford Racecourse, Shottery, Alveston, Loxley and finally Charlecote where he was tracked down on Sunday night.
It capped off a memorable family weekend for Ivor and Jeanette whose son Stuart got married the day before on Saturday.
“What a weekend we had. First the wedding and then Elvis turning up on Sunday it was like the icing on the wedding cake!” Ivor said.
Ivor has nothing but praise for the people who helped rescue Elvis and searched for him doggedly during the three week hunt for the missing pack hound.
“They’re nothing short of fantastic, all of them,” he added.
What did become obvious from the start of Elvis going missing was the power of social media.
A Facebook page titled Help Find Elvis The Hound was set up and achieved 12,000 hits and over 700 ‘Likes’. People regularly phoned and texted possible sightings of the missing there-year-old canine.
One of the many concerned dog lovers who stayed on the trail of Elvis was Trisha Shaw from Warwick whose own dog Tinkerbell raised the alarm when it sniffed out Elvis under the hedge.
“He was very nervous and it took four or five hours to coax him out,” Trisha said.
“We had a lot of help from everyone including off duty police officer Natasha Susnik who spent most of Sunday evening lying on the ground trying to feed Elvis dog food so we could slip a lead on him and eventually it worked.”