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.
STRATFORD CC crashed out of the Birmingham League Twenty20 Challenge Cup after a 117-run defeat against Premier Division high-flyers Knowle & Dorridge at Swans Nest Lane on Wednesday evening.
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, K&D posted an imposing total of 198-3 from their 20 overs against a Stratford attack that was missing the services of skipper Chris Whelan and seamer Mike Brown. Leading wicket-taker Tom Grundy skippered the side but was unable to bowl because of injury.
A blistering unbeaten 122 from K&D opener Michael Hill, which was supported by an innings of 59 from Alex Phillips, took the game away from the Panthers who toiled in the evening sun.
Former Australia Under 19 captain Hill has recently played in the Big Bash competition Down Under where he turned out for the Melbourne Renegades.
In reply, Stratford lost crucial early wickets and slumped to just 27-4 after 10 overs before finishing on 81-9 at the end of the 20 overs.
Stratford resume their Third Division promotion campaign with a trip to Fordhouses on Saturday (12noon).