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.
CLAVERDON swimmer, Rebecca Winn, aged 13, demonstrated her dominance in the 200m breaststroke at the recent Midland Age Group Championships held in Coventry.
Rebecca is a member of the junior elite squad at the City of Coventry Swimming Club and currently trains seven times a week, including two early mornings before she attends Henley School.
In the heats, Rebecca qualified fastest for the 13-year-old final, beating last year’s winner by over 2.5 seconds. In the final, Rebecca led from the start and recorded a time of 2.45.9, over three seconds ahead of her nearest rival. Rebecca’s heat time of 2.45.6 shoots her up the UK rankings for 13 year olds into fifth place.
In her most successful Midland championship yet, Rebecca finished fourth in 400m individual medley, fifth in 200m individual medley and 100m breaststroke, ninth in 400m freestyle and 13th in 200m freestyle. Top-10 finishes in the majority of events resulted Rebecca in being placed fifth overall in the prestigious BAGCAT award.
Rebecca will travel with her team-mates to Ponds Forge, Sheffield, at the end of July to compete in the National Age Group Championships and will be looking to improve on her seventh place in 2013.