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.
A REDDITCH man who carried out a vicious attack on a stranger in Stratford-upon-Avon town centre, knocking out his victim’s teeth and leaving his with permanent scarring, has been jailed.
Gavin Butters was told by a judge at Warwick Crown Court that his excuse that, for a second time he was acting out of misplaced loyalty, was “wearing thin.”
He had pleaded guilty at the court to inflicting grievous bodily harm on Alexander Pitts and common assault on a nightclub doorman during an earlier incident the same night.
Butters, aged 25, of Aldington Close, Redditch, was jailed for two years for his attack on Mr Pitts, with a consecutive two-month sentence for assaulting Caz Bar doorman Vladimir Margjoka.
Prosecutor Steven Bailey said the attack took place in September last year—just a month after a suspended prison term for an earlier offence of inflicting grievous bodily harm had come to an end.
Mr Bailey said that in the early hours of the morning Butters and his girlfriend, Adrianna Moore, and another couple went to the Caz Bar.
But his girlfriend took exception to being asked for some ID and became involved in a scuffle with the door staff, during which Butters threw punches at Mr Margjoka.
As the incident, which was captured by a CCTV camera, spread into the road, Butters tried to pull his girlfriend away, but she broke free and went back towards the door staff before he pulled her away again.
They and their friends then walked away as the police arrived on the scene, and in Guild Street, for no apparent reason, Miss Moore crossed the road and launched an attack on a woman in a group with Mr Pitts.
Butters followed her across the road and launched an unprovoked attack on Mr Pitts, punching him to the face, knocking him to the ground where he was then repeatedly punched or kicked.
As a result of the attack Mr Pitts had two teeth knocked out and had cuts which will leave him with permanent scars.
Butters and his girlfriend were arrested a little later after they were tracked by the CCTV operator.
Mr Bailey added that Butters had previous convictions for violence, and in August 2011 had been sentenced to 12 months in prison suspended for two years after punching and kicking another man outside a night club, breaking his jaw in three places.
Lee Masters, defending, said the attack on Mr Pitts had lasted at the most five or six seconds and had arisen out of ‘misplaced intoxicated loyalty to his partner’.
He pointed out that Butters had not initiated the violence outside the nightclub.
But jailing Butters, Judge Sylvia de Bertodano told him: “If you go out and get drunk and assault innocent people in the street at night, then you are in very serious trouble indeed.
“I am told this is misplaced loyalty, but that is wearing thin. That is what was said on the last occasion when you were fortunate to be given a suspended sentence.”