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.
TWO teenagers escaped with minor injuries after accidentally rolling a car near Wootton Wawen yesterday (Thursday).
Sam Gunton and Steven Ebdon, both 19, were on their way to Alcester to see some friends when driver Sam lost control of the Volkswagen Golf GTI on a bend just before 6pm.
The car rolled onto its side and smashed into a tree on the B4089 Alcester Road, between the junctions for Grey Mill Lane and Pennyford Lane.
Both were checked over by paramedics at the scene, but luckily neither required hospital treatment.
Speaking to the Herald afterwards, passenger Steven said: “The speed limit was 60mph but he [Sam] was doing about 50 and he has misread the corner and gone too quick.
“The car has rolled a few times, smashed head on into a tree and we bounced off the tree and rolled again.”
The Volkswagen eventually came to a rest on its side.
“We both climbed out safely and I flagged someone down,” said Steven. “They helped, called 999 and stayed with us, which was very much appreciated.
“I cleared the road while my friend was shaking and couldn’t move, but all he had was a swollen thumb and a few bruises.
“I have burnt marks on my face which I guess was from the air bag, and a black eye which was from the car rolling around.”
Confirming both of the lads were now fine, Stephen even went to work today.
The road was partially blocked for around an hour between 6pm and 7pm. No other vehicles were involved.
Photos provided by Dominic Connolly and Steven Ebdon.