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.
THREE local people have received honours in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours announced on Friday.
Stratford-upon-Avon’s Oli Hyatt has been awarded an MBE for services to animation.
The former Alveston Primary, Kineton High and Alcester Grammar school pupil is co-founder of Bafta award-winning Blue-Zoo animation. The MBE recognises his role in the implementation of the animation tax relief scheme which means animators no longer need to take work abroad to avoid heavy tax bills in the UK.
Mr Hyatt established Animation UK, a lobby group to provide a collective voice for the animation industry and he continues to work towards addressing issues affecting the animation industry today.
Elizabeth Phillips, chief executive of Age UK Warwickshire, has been awarded an MBE for services to the county’s older people for the past 23 years.
Ms Phillips was appointed the charity’s first chief officer in 1991 and developed services which help older people remain independent and live safely in their own homes.
She turned a small charity with just two part-time staff and two charity shops into the largest charity working for older people in the county. There are now 200 staff and 500 volunteers, and nine charity shops.
Marcus Bryson, aged 59, of Stratford, chief executive at GKN Aerospace Group, has been awarded a CBE for services to the UK aerospace industry.
For further details of this year’s Birthday Honours see this Thursday’s Herald.