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.
THE death has been announced of Philip S Hart, or Phil Hart, as he was popularly known.
Mr Hart moved to Stratford from Somerset in 1975 to take up the post of contracts co-ordinator at Stratford District Council (SDC). Immediately after coming to live in the town he volunteered at Tyler Street Youth Clubs and did almost 30 years’ service, finally becoming chairman of the committee until his health started to decline when he developed Parkinson’s Disease.
Phil Hart will be fondly remembered for his enthusiastic and whole-hearted commitment to volunteer work which spanned all his life and included being a church warden at Holy Trinity Church, Stratford; this also involved an extended period as warden during an interregnum. Mr Hart was treasurer to Holy Trinity for nearly a decade and treasurer to the Friends of The Music at Holy Trinity as well.
In addition to his commitments to the church, he was chairman of Stratford’s Parkinson’s Society and treasurer and chairman of Stratford Photographic Club.
He and his wife, Sue, enjoyed 24 years of garden openings with their neighbours in Alveston to create a large garden as part of The National Gardens Scheme.
He became a magistrate in the 1980s and completed almost 20 years’ service, having to retire on the grounds of ill-health just before he reached the actual retiring age of 70.
The last big project Mr Hart was involved with at SDC was its move to Elizabeth House in Church Street, finally closing the many satellite offices in and around the town. He took early retirement in 1994 and then served as deputy verger for another decade at Holy Trinity Church, retiring in 2004 as his health had deteriorated.