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.
EIGHT members of staff from Stratford-upon-Avon’s Thomas Jolyffe Primary School are running the Two Castles run this Sunday in memory of a colleague and dear friend who died suddenly last year.
Corinne West had worked at Thomas Jolyffe for 12 years when she was struck down by a brain haemorrhage at the school in September. Unfortunately nothing could be done to save the 42-year-old.
On Sunday, eight of her colleagues and two of her friends are running 10km between Warwick Castle and Kenilworth Castle to raise money for Headway.
Headway is a UK charity that works to improve life after brain injury. If Corinne had survived, this charity would have supported her and her family.
Teacher Rachel Wright organised the run. She said: “Corinne was always bubbly and smiling around school, always willing to lend a hand. As well as a colleague, she was a dear friend to us all.”
Head Teacher Mike Cocker said: “Corinne was a much-valued and loved member of staff who taught throughout the school as a higher level teaching assistant.
“She was a totally committed to Thomas Jolyffe, led after school clubs, and helped establish Clopton Nursery. She was an enthusiastic mainstay of school life and is sorely missed.”
To donate visit www.justgiving.com/Thomas-Jolyffe
Staff members running are:
Helen Bowen – teacher
Amy Townsend – teacher
Tina Barnes – teaching assistant
Lou Bridges – teaching assistant
Ali Richards – lunchtime supervisor
Chris Weston – teaching assistant
Martyn Helliker – teacher
Rachel Wright – teacher