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.
DOZENS of children met Prince Charles today (Monday) as the heir to the throne paid an official visit to Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick.
The prince met schoolchildren at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre before moving on to King Edward VI School and the Guild Chapel, where he apologised for causing “mammoth disruption.”
Later, he opened a young people’s hub at the Shakespeare Hospice and afterwards he headed to Warwick School and Warwick Castle to celebrate their joint 1,100th anniversary.
Arriving at the theatre to a ripple of applause just before 11.30am, the prince shook hands with local dignitaries before being ushered inside, where he was treated to an extract of Henry IV Part I performed by 14 local schoolchildren.
The prince, who is President of the Royal Shakespeare Company, was then taken up the road to KES where he visited Shakespeare’s classroom and watched children from Alveston Primary School in Tudor dress have a Latin lesson.
He signed the school’s visitor book, spoke to a number of pupils in the chapel’s courtyard and then officially reopened the renovated Guild Chapel and unveiled the new organ. Prince Charles himself made a donation to the organ back in 2007-08.
The prince then visited the Shakespeare Hospice to officially open their young people’s hub.
It was a particularly proud moment for hospice founder and trustee Francis Prentice who was presented with his MBE by Prince Charles at Windsor Castle in October 2012.
It was then that Mr Prentice invited the prince to come to Stratford and enjoy “a cup of tea” when he could. And that’s precisely what happened as Prince Charles sat down and chatted with patients and staff over afternoon tea.
Stratford actor David Bradley, who recently won a Bafta, was also a guest.
The prince then visited Warwick School, where he heard a performance from the choir, before going to Warwick Castle.
In the evening, he is returning to Stratford to watch Henry IV, Part I at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
•For a full report and more pictures, see the Herald on Thursday.