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.
THERE’S continuing concern for the welfare of a Stratford-upon-Avon woman who went missing on Monday morning.
Police say they are worried about Linda Good, who is aged 37, but believe she may be somewhere in Scotland.
She left her home in Longfellow Road at 7am to drive to her town centre job but never arrived and hasn’t been seen by her family in Stratford since.
At the time of writing, there were no new developments regarding Mrs Good’s whereabouts but have alerted colleagues north of the border at Police Scotland about the missing woman, her description and the blue Ford Fiesta she was driving at the time of her disappearance.
Police believe that Mrs Good may have travelled to Scotland, where she has family connections and are appealing to anyone who may have spoken to her recently or have any information about her intentions to get in contact with them.
She is described as white, 5ft 8ins tall with dark brown, shoulder-length hair. She may have been wearing a sporty, white fleece top.
The blue Ford Fiesta she was driving has the registration number YG59UGW.
Meanwhile, thousands of people have taken to social media in the last 48 hours expressing their concern for Linda with many writing they just hope she is “safe and taking care of herself.”
The Herald’s appeal was shared around the country on Facebook, reaching nearly 35,000 people.
Anyone with information is asked to call Warwickshire Police on 101.