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.
CBTC Rawstorne Solicitors and CP Bigwood, have joined forces to support Forces Support with a major sponsorship partnership for Sunday’s charity football festival at Stratford Town FC.
The festival will be attended by the new Mayor of Stratford, the Military Wives Choir, representatives of the armed forces and will include a football match between a former Aston Villa team – Lions and Legends – and a former Coventry City XI.
Sarah Elliott, representing CP Bigwood across South Warwickshire, will kick off the event with Midlands football legend Cyrille Regis.
She said: “It is going to be a fabulous occasion and we are thrilled to be playing a part. It will give plenty of enjoyment and generate funds for a great cause.”
Bernard Shepherd, senior property lawyer, CBTC Rawstorne, said: “We are aware of what an excellent service Forces Support offers the bereaved families of our armed forces. We therefore had no hesitation in coming forward to help support this event. It promises to be great day, a great game, great fun for all concerned and we are delighted to be involved.”
Bill McCance, founder, CEO and trustee Forces Support said: “The news of this sponsorship by CBTC Rawstorne and CP Bigwood is brilliant. I am delighted that two of the most highly distinguished businesses in Stratford have come to our aid and I cannot thank them enough.
“We do so much work for the bereaved families of our armed forces and there are another 51 families at present seeking help. This support will go a long way to helping us help them.”
Over 2,500 people are expected to attend the event. Gates open at 12noon with the main match kicking off at 3pm.