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.
MASKED men in a stolen car burgled The Golden Cross pub near Bidford-on-Avon at 4am this morning.
Ransacking the landlady’s office, they made off with tills, two air rifles, and a heavy safe.
However, after the stolen black BMW was caught on CCTV cameras in Studley, police used a stinger to stop the car on the A435 near Portway just before the M42.
Four young men, aged 19, 22, 23, and 23, were arrested on suspicion of burglary. They are currently in police custody.
Landlady Debbie Honychurch told the Herald: “I got woken up by 4am this morning and looked out of the window to see a man rolling a balaclava over his face, at which point you think ‘this isn’t so good’, so I phoned the police straight away.
“I could see them carrying the contents of my office out, they had the tills, they had the change safe, and they took out our main heavy safe. I saw them trying to put it into their car.
“They couldn’t fit it in their car, that’s the funny thing, they had a BMW with a normal boot, and they spent a couple of minutes trying to jam it in there.
“Then they drove off towards Wixford, the boot was still open.”
Debbie, who’s worked at The Golden Cross on Wixford Road for eight years and has been the owner for the last three, lives above the pub.
“I was quite lucky they didn’t look into my room,” she said.
This morning police forensic investigators were at the pub until lunchtime, but it remained open throughout.
“I’m sure lots of people will be in tonight to gossip,” said Debbie, who has never experienced something like this before.
“I don’t think it’s hit me at the moment, maybe it will tonight when I hear bumps in the night!”
The air rifles and a quantity of money was found in the stolen car, but the safe, which was ripped out of the ground at the pub, has not yet been found.
It is described as muddy green in colour and roughly 2x2x3ft.
Police want anyone who has seen a safe matching this description in the Bidford, Studley or Redditch areas, or has any information about the burglary, to contact them on the non-emergency 101 number.