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.
THE principal of Warwickshire College, Mariane Cavalli, has suddenly taken temporary leave of absence and the college’s chair of governors, Sue Georgious, has replaced her on an interim basis.
News of the dramatic developments at the college – which has sites at Henley-in-Arden, Moreton Morrell, Warwick, Leamington, Rugby and Pershore – came in an email to staff today.
Last month the college announced that it would have to cut its budget by £3 million after losing government funding of £10.5 million and Ms Cavalli said job losses were “inevitable and unavoidable”.
After hearing of Ms Cavalli’s sudden “temporary leave of absence” Anne O’Sullivan, of the University and College Union, told the Herald this afternoon that she was seeking an urgent meeting with the college to find out what was going on. She expected a clearer picture to emerge over the weekend.
Ms Cavalli joined the college in 2010 after being principal of Croydon College since 2001. Two years before her appointment Warwickshire College was rated as outstanding by Ofsted.
Today a college spokesperson said: “The board of governors of Warwickshire College can confirm that the principal Mariane Cavalli has taken a temporary leave of absence from the college with immediate effect.
“The governing body has appointed Sue Georgious, the college’s former chair of governors, as interim principal to lead the college during this time.
“Sue knows the college well and is deeply committed to it having previously been chair of the governing body and a governor since September 2011. Steve Wood, previously vice chair, has been elected as the new chair.
“Sue has extensive experience in the FE sector in a variety of senior management roles including FE and open college networks and latterly as director at the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency.”
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