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.
HUNDREDS of bikers are taking part in a charity ride next month to raise money for the 353 charity in memory of a fallen Claverdon soldier.
Private Conrad Lewis, aged 22, was killed by a sniper on 9th February 2011. He was the 353rd British soldier killed in Afghanistan.
On Sunday 20th July his father Tony and brother Jordan are leading a procession of bikers from Ragley Hall near Alcester towards Bridgnorth.
Organised by 55-year-old Stratford-upon-Avon biker, Nick Ward, he said: “Conrad was a local lad, and as well as being a soldier, he was a biker, as are his family, so it just seemed like a reasonable idea to marry the two together. I approached the family and they were more than happy to go ahead.”
Although 250 people have already signed up for the ride, Nick is expecting it to be much bigger.
“With these things there’s a lot of people who just turn up on the day. We’re expecting between 500 and 1,000 bikes,” he said.
They’ll be riding through Cookhill, Feckenham, Hanbury, Bromsgrove and Kidderminster, before finishing at the popular bikers café at Quatt near Bridgnorth.
Each person, including passengers, will be paying £5 to take part, and on top of that there is a huge raffle at Ragley Hall in the morning.
“Ragley have just been so helpful it’s been amazing,” beamed Nick.
Prizes include two VIP passes to a British Superbike Championship event at Brands Hatch, and a classic Mercedes sports car for the weekend.
Hoping to raise up to and over £5,000, anyone is welcome to join in on the day. Open from 8am, the bikers are leaving Ragley Hall at 10am.
To find out more about the 353 charity visit www.353.org.uk