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.
A FIFTEEN-year-old Stratford-upon-Avon girl spotted at Birmingham clothes show has been strutting her stuff on the catwalks of Malta fashion week.
Chloe Gould has wanted to be a model since she was six years old. Now the Year 10 Stratford High School pupil has been signed to an international modelling agency.
Standing at 5ft 11ins tall, Chloe was noticed by industry scouts at the clothes show in December.
“I was just really shocked,” she said. “I really wasn’t expecting it. I just went there to go to the show and watch it.”
She was invited to Malta fashion week at the end of May, and now she’s been signed by SuperNova modelling agency.
“I’ve been speaking to my model agency and they want me to go Paris and Italy,” she said. “It’s amazing.”
The 15-year-old went to Malta with her mum Joanne Gould. “We didn’t realise quite how big it [the show] was because it’s quite a small island,” she said.
Her mum is delighted, but not surprised Chloe’s been spotted. “She’s quite a tall girl for her age, she’s stuck out all her life for being tall.”
It’s been a steep learning curve for Chloe, but she’s managed to take it all in her stride.
“They told me what I need to do, what kind of poses, how to walk and what speed, because you have to do it at specific speed, you can’t go too fast.”
And the fashion lover was excited to meet some of the industry’s top designers. As well as Jean-Paul Benielli, she wore 22-year-old Tiffany Pisani, who won Britian’s Next Top Model in 2010.
“I’ve always watched lots of next top model,” said Chloe. “She was so nice, it was kind of weird watching her on TV and then meeting her in person.”
Chloe and her mum have now been forced to speak to her school about taking some of her work away with her, while her modelling agency have promised to try and arrange work during the holidays.
“I can’t believe it’s all happened and what I’ve done,” said Chloe. “It was definitely a shock.”