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.
TWO top celebrity chefs look set to open restaurants in Stratford-upon-Avon and Shipston-on-Stour soon.
In August, Marco Pierre White is opening a restaurant in Chapel Street, Stratford, creating 30 jobs.
Meanwhile, in Shipston, Michel Roux Jr has been spotted scouting a location in Market Place.
Marco’s New York Italian will be taking over from Othello’s restaurant in Chapel Street.
The 52-year-old celebrity chef already has three of these restaurants, located in Sheffield, Hoylake and Exeter.
Although diners will be able to walk through to the restaurant from The Shakespeare Mercure Hotel, Marco’s New York Italian will be a wholly separate business.
The restaurant will be opening around Sunday 17th August, with an official launch party announced shortly after. The project will create 30 jobs.
In Shipston, Michel Roux Jr has been seen at the Grade II listed building which used to be Sandra’s boutique clothing shop.
After Sandra’s closed down, an application to change the clothes shop into a café was put in by the Compton Scorpion 2002 Trust.
Andrew Knight, who lives at Compton Scorpion Manor House and is a former director of News Corporation, is believed to be behind the project.
Initially, residents and businesses were opposed to a new café, because they felt the town did not need another one, but now they are excited at the prospect of a celebrity chef’s restaurant in town.