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.
AN Alcester man jumped out in front of a car, forcing the driver to stop, and then scratched the side of it with a knife after the passenger had shouted abuse at him.
When he was arrested David Fisher claimed he was being “set up” by the occupants of the car and pleaded not guilty to charges of affray, causing damage and possessing a bladed article.
But on the day of his trial Fisher, aged 54, of Avon Crescent, changed his pleas to guilty.
Following an adjournment for a pre-sentence report to be prepared on him, he appeared at Warwick Crown Court where he was sentenced to 12 months in prison suspended for 12 months, with a 2pm to midnight curfew for three months.
Prosecutor Alexander Davies said that in October 2012 Rory Stowe was driving his Ford Fiesta along Gunnings Road, in Alcester, with David Whittaker in the passenger seat. Fisher and his wife were walking along the same road at the time, delivering Avon catalogues.
Mr Davies said there was “a history” between Fisher and Mr Whittaker, and it was accepted that Mr Whittaker shouted abuse from the car.
“The defendant jumped into the road, forcing the car to stop, and struck out at the car using a knife which caused some scratches to the side of the vehicle and the window,” added Mr Davies.
The car was driven off, and Fisher walked up the road and was seen to hide the knife in a bush from where it was later recovered by the police.
Mr Davies pointed out that Fisher had entered his guilty pleas on the basis that he had been provoked and that there was a history of Mr Whittaker causing problems for him and his wife, including violence and inappropriate comments.
In a written ‘basis of plea,’ Fisher said he and his wife were delivering Avon catalogues, and he had the knife with him to cut the ties on the bundle.
There was no plan to use it offensively, and it was only being carried temporarily for that purpose, but when Mr Whittaker shouted abuse at him, he snapped and struck out at the car in frustration.
Mr Davies added that Fisher had a number of convictions for dishonesty, but they were “of some age,” the last being more than ten years ago.
Edward Soulsby, defending, said that Fisher had health problems and, according to doctors, a limited lifespan.
“He is counting down the years. He doesn’t work; his health precludes that,” said Mr Soulsby.