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.
UPDATE: Unfortunately, typical English weather cancelled Shana’s skydive on Wednesday 28th May. She’s rearranged it for Friday 6th June.
THE GIRLFRIEND of a young man killed in a head-on collision with a bus is taking part in a charity skydive tomorrow (Wednesday), on what would have been his 24th birthday.
Michael Dugmore, from Wilmcote, was sitting in the passenger seat of a black Ford Fiesta when it crashed into a sightseeing bus on Featherbed Lane in the village in January 2012. He died aged 21.
Shana Nichols, aged 20, is jumping out of a plane tomorrow to raise money for the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.
Michael was supposed to be celebrating turning 24 tomorrow, and Saturday 25th May would have been the couple’s six year anniversary.
“It’s been over two years now and I want to give something back to the Air Ambulance Service who tried their hardest to save Michael’s life,” said Shana.
“I never actually realised that the air ambulance don’t get any funding from the government or the lottery.”
In January 2012, both Michael and his friend, Mikey Abdou from Hockley Heath, were killed when the car Mr Abdou was driving crashed head-on into a bus making its way back to Stratford-upon-Avon from Mary Arden’s Farm.
They were just down the road from Mr Dugmore’s house.
“The last two years have been very hard and every day it gets harder and harder; it certainly does not get any easier in time,” said Shana.
“It hurts more and more each day, feels like I’m still dreaming and it’s a terrible nightmare that I can’t wake up from.
“I would do absolutely anything to bring him back to me. My life has been torn apart and nothing will ever be the same again.
“On the day that he died part of me died too and that will never ever be able to be replaced.”
Shana is trying to raise £2,000. She is paying for the skydive entirely out of her own pocket and stressed that every donation is going straight to charity.
Donate online at www.justgiving.com/shana-nichols or text MJSD80 plus the amount to 70070.