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.
SHIPSTON-on-Stour’s mayor for 2014-15 was voted in by the town council last week.
At the age of 50, Cllr Philip Vial is the town’s youngest mayor in a “very long while” and over the next 12 months he wants to focus on the town’s youth.
“For me the year is making sure we support the young people in the town and we try and get young people involved,” he told the Herald.
Cllr Vial, who is ward manager and minor injuries unit manager at the Ellen Badger Hospital in Shipston, will be campaigning to keep the town’s Young Firefighters Association.
Under threat because of £2.4 million cuts to Warwickshire Fire and Rescue service, the group gives 11- to 17-year-olds the chance to get involved with local firefighters.
“They’re actually quite popular here,” he explained. “And the WCC cuts are threatening them. There are a lot of children in Shipston involved, it’s a popular youth club.”
Cllr Vial’s also pledged to raise money for a local charity that gives counselling to young people in Shipston at risk from drugs and alcohol.
Dash (Drugs Action Shipston) has been going for over ten years and was formed by the local police. The mayor said the charity was currently having difficulty raising money.
Having lived in Shipston for nine years, the Signal Road resident has immersed himself in the community.
He’s involved Transition Shipston, and organised the food festival last year along with fellow town councillor Dan Scobie.
“This year will be a bigger and better two- and-a-half-day event,” he promised. “We’re opening it up with a beer festival on Friday 19th September and then having a big day on Sunday 21st with local companies putting on food events on the Saturday.”
Cllr Jackie Warner was elected deputy mayor.