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.
THE A46 north of Warwick was shut on Monday afternoon to allow an air ambulance to land so that a man injured in a road traffic collision could be airlifted to hospital.
The crash happened on the northbound A46 Warwick bypass between Leamington Road and Stoneleigh Road at about 4.40pm.
Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance were sent to the scene. A community first responder who was driving by also stopped to offer assistance.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found two vans that had been in collision. A blue ‘Luton’ van had rear end damage and was leaning over at an angle. A smaller white van had significant front end damage.
“The driver of the blue van was lying near the wreckage. The 43 year old had suffered potentially serious head injuries. Initial calls suggested that he had been unconscious for a period of time but had come round.
“In addition, he had facial, neck and back injuries. His condition was stabilised at the scene and was immobilised before being airlifted to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire where medics were on standby for his arrival.
“The driver of the white van, a 46-year-old man, was treated for a minor arm injury before being taken to the same hospital.
“The necessity to close the road to allow the air ambulance in to land, did cause significant disruption to roads in the area.”