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.
LOXLEY racing driver Sarah Reader and co-driver Flick Haigh sealed more vital points for their V de V Endurance Proto campaign with fifth in class at Dijon, France last weekend.
The TFL Racing duo missed out on a podium position after being caught out by the constantly changing weather conditions but minimized the damage with a superb and controlled performance.
Starting the three-hour endurance from the ninth row of the grid on a greasy track, Reader took the late gamble to start on dry tyres and spent the opening laps doing her best to get some heat into them.
Conditions however didn’t improve and forced Reader to bring the #26 Juno into the pits to change to wet tyres before rejoining the race in P26.
However, once back out, she wasted no time and set about making up for lost ground by producing consistently quick pace for the majority of her stint before the track eventually started to dry.
After making a switch back to slicks, Reader continued to shine, getting the car up to second in class, and 13th overall, before handing over to Haigh at the one-hour 40 minutes mark.
With another rain shower seeming imminent, Haigh went out on wets but, for the second time, the gamble didn’t go their way. However, they were able to take advantage of a safety car period soon after the stop, and the team called the car back in again to revert back to slicks.
Once on the right tyres, Haigh put in a strong and impressive performance, despite having all her dashboard lights go down in the last half hour of the race, leaving her with no information as to what the car was doing.
Despite her troubles, she took the chequered flag in fifth in class and 16th overall to secure more valuable points as the season enters its second half at Motorland Aragon next time out.
Reader said: “Once again we proved we have genuine pace to run at the front of the class. Unfortunately we took a couple of gambles that went against us but everything else was perfect so we limited the damage.
“I think the class podium was on, so I can’t help but feel a little disappointed but that was just how the race worked out for us and we’ve scored more points so we’re not going away empty handed by any means.
“TFL Racing have yet again done a fantastic job — apart from the issues with the dash, the car ran flawlessly — and Flick put in another brilliant drive, especially with her dash lights cutting out, she maintained a very good pace.”I think we’ve proved we have the package to contend for wins this season and naturally that is what we’ll be aiming for at Motorland.”
Reader and Haigh were also presented with an award from Michelin and V de V Sports for their fantastic performance last time out at Paul Ricard, which saw the pair snatch P2 after narrowly missing out on class victory.
Next up for Reader is the annual Fun Cup 25 Hours at Spa next week where she will be driving for 188 Global Racing run by Trackcars4hire, and she will resume V de V Endurance Proto duties at Motorland Aragon, Spain on 29th to 31st August.