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 LONE gosling that looks only a week old has successfully integrated into a swan family on the River Avon.
Jade Swinfen, from Avon Boating Ltd, spotted the rare family in Stratford-upon-Avon around 3pm today.
It is the first time in his 20 years on the river he’s ever seen a gosling in a family of cygnets.
“You just don’t see things like that because effectively they keep themselves separate,” said Jade.
“It’s just one of those rare occurances, obviously it does happen in the wild.
“The mother was obviously still imprinting and this gosling got involved. Somehow this one has managed to slip under the radar.”
Although the two species are playing happy families at the moment, Jade said the mother swan could turn on the baby goose at any time, and he’s sure it is indeed a gosling.
“It’s too large to be a duckling, it’s the wrong colour to be a cygnet, it can only be a gosling!”
The cygnet family came from the swan reserve by the Holiday Inn and Jade reckons they also hatched about a week ago.
Photos: Jade Swinfen, Avon Boating.