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.
PROSECUTORS have accepted that a South Warwickshire man was not involved in a burglary during which three bulldog puppies were stolen from a young Stratford-upon-Avon mother’s home.
James Cooper had pleaded not guilty at Warwick Crown Court to carrying out the burglary at the house in Justins Avenue, Stratford, on a Sunday afternoon in January.
The intruder, who got in through a small kitchen window which had been left ajar, got away with two 12-week-old British bulldogs and a five-month-old French bull-dog.
The owner, 25-year-old Christine Wilkinson, said at the time, that the loss of the puppies had left her and her two-year-old daughter devastated.
But on the day that Cooper, aged 28, of Avon Road, Lighthorne Heath, was due to stand trial for the burglary, prosecutor Justin Jarmola applied to add a second charge of handling stolen goods.
Cooper then pleaded guilty to that charge, detailing that he had “undertook or assisted in the retention, removal, disposal or realisation” of the three puppies by or for the benefit of another person.
Mr Jarmola said a decision had been taken the previous day, after a review of the case, that the plea, first proposed by Cooper through his barrister last month, would be acceptable.
Richard Davenport, for Cooper, conceded: “He does have a most horrendous antecedent record, fuelled by his drug addiction, but only a couple of minor thefts in recent years.”
Asking for the case to be adjourned for a pre-sentence report to be prepared on Cooper, who would have been classed as a third-strike burglar if he had been convicted of the break-in, Mr Davenport said he had been trying to get his life back on track.
Adjourning for the report to be prepared and remanding Cooper in custody, Judge Parker told him: “I regard this handling as an extremely serious offence of its kind.
“It is inconceivable that you could not have known where the dogs had come from.
“You must have been close to the burglary, and I know you were physically close to the premises.
“You have managed to avoid conviction for a third qualifying burglary; but you were dealing with live creatures which, incidentally, had a large financial value as well as a sentimental one.”