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 people of Stratford-upon-Avon have got three weeks left to help choose the name of the new arts and heritage centre in Sheep Street.
The centre, which will celebrate and archive the heritage of Stratford and its people, is due to open at Christmas but as yet it doesn’t have a name, so organisers are asking local people to suggest a name that will be announced on Friday 6th June.
Located on the site of an old slaughterhouse which belonged to Hensons butchers for many years, the centre will host quarterly displays on the heritage of Stratford.
Scores of local tales, exhibitions and photographs will go on display in the centre, the first being local peoples’ involvement in the D-Day landings 70 years ago.
“We’re going to tell the story of Stratford and its people,” said Karen Williams, project manager at Escape Community Arts. “Shakespeare is pretty well covered in town so this centre is about the townsfolk and we hope to reflect our community right across the ages and the stories that people have to tell.”
The basic structure of the old slaughterhouse will be incorporated into a new building with an extension at the front to create extra exhibition space. The building backs onto Bridge Street and is bordered by High Street and occupies an area that many Stratfordians are probably not aware exists because it’s set back from Sheep Street, where the entrance would be.
Escape Community Arts, who are managing the arts centre project, were awarded part of the funding for the centre through money made available by the Stratford Town Trust £1 million Challenge.
The challenge now is to choose a name for the new arts and heritage centre and readers can send their suggestions direct to Karen at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The centre’s name will be announced on Friday 6th June at a special Escape Arts event, 70 Years On: D-Day Rememberedat Stratford Town Hall.