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.
STRATFORD-upon-Avon actor David Bradley won his first Bafta on Sunday night at the age of 72.
He was awarded Best Supporting Actor for his superb portrayal of vilified newsagent Jack Marshall in the hit ITV drama, Broadchurch.
Head of the sea cadets, Jack is falsely accused of murdering 11-year-old Danny Latimer.
Bradley, who is best known for playing Argus Filch in the Harry Potter films, joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1971 and is President of Stratford’s Second Thoughts drama group.
He said on the night: “Thank you ITV for commissioning the programme… and to a wonderful cast and crew for such a memorable time, and of course to Chris Chibnall for creating a piece of work that seems to have captured the imagination of so many people.”
The established stage actor, who won a Laurence Olivier Award in 1991 for his supporting role in King Lear, added: “My agent Ruth sent me a replica of this [Bafta figurine] in chocolate, and now finally I can take it down from the mantelpiece and eat it. This is a great honour, thank you very much.”
Olivia Colman, who played DS Ellie Miller, the local police officer thrust into a murder investigation about her son’s best friend, was awarded her third Bafta in two years.
She was given the award for Best Actress while the show also won Best Drama Series, making Broadchurch the big winner on the night.
Writer Chris Chibnall said: “Thank you to the greatest cast I could ever hope for as a writer, some of whom are here today, and obviously the wonderful David Tennant who can’t be here. This means a lot to all of us, thank you.”