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 WOMAN was killed and another one suffered serious injuries in a car crash in Alderminster on Saturday night.
Emergency services were called to the crash on the A3400 road to Shipston near the Ettington Park Hotel at 8.40pm.
The crash involved a white BMW and silver Vauxhall Corsa. The female drive of the BMW was pronounced dead at the scene.
The female driver of the Corsa was trapped in her vehicle.
“A woman believed to be in her 20s, was significantly trapped in the wreckage,” said an ambulance spokesperson.
“Upon initial assessment, medics found she had sustained multiple traumatic injuries including a head injury.
“Whilst ambulance staff and medics administered vital emergency treatment to the woman to help stabilise her condition, the fire service worked around the team to carefully cut the woman out of the car.
“After more than an hour, the woman was released and medics were able to fully immobilise her with a neck collar, spinal board, pelvic, arm and leg splints as well as deliver further drug therapy before she was taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further treatment.”
She was in a stable condition by the time she arrived at A+E, where she was treated for a broken arm.
The driver who died has been identified but police are not releasing her identity until her family have been notified and the formal process has been completed.
PC Ben Johnson would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or saw either of the vehicles and the manner in which they were being driven before the collision occurred.
Anyone with information is asked to call him on 01926 415415.