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 skipper Chris Whelan says that his team are firmly on course for promotion after watching them hit top spot in the Birmingham League Third Division — despite having to settle for a ‘winning draw’ at Fordhouses last Saturday.
Results elsewhere meant that the Panthers climbed to the top after previous leaders Hawkins C&R slumped to a surprise nine-wicket defeat at Bridgnorth and second-placed Sutton Coldfield saw their game at Astwood Bank abandoned without a ball bowled.
Batting first on Saturday, Stratford made 220-9 in a game reduced to 50 overs after a delayed start, before reducing the hosts to 172-7 at stumps. Stratford took 16 points from the game against eight for Fordhouses.
Whelan told the Herald: “We should be there or thereabouts at the end of the season. It might well go to the wire but we are on a good run and we are undefeated since the opening game of the season — which is great when you consider that we will be at the halfway point come Saturday.”
Stratford are back on home soil on Saturday when lowly Newport are the visitors in a 12noon start.
For the full story see Thursday’s Stratford Herald.