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.
KING’S High School for Girls, in Warwick, has appointed its first ever male headteacher since opening in 1879.
Richard Nicholson, aged 40, was announced yesterday (Wednesday) as the school’s new headmaster.
He will take over from current headmistress, Elizabeth Surber, in September 2015.
Currently the deputy head of Lady Eleanor Holles, an independent girls’ school in Hamp-ton, Middlesex, Mr Nicholson will be the first man to take charge of King’s High in its 135-year history.
Though his appointment might be seen in some quarters as revolutionary, Mr Nicholson told the governors his theme was very much “evolution not revolution”.
The school’s chairman of governors, Jane Marshall, said: “Mr Nicholson’s passion for girls’ education, his educational philosophy and his deeply held belief that the key to a fulfilling life is unlocking the potential in each individual student, are themes to which we can all relate.
“His goal will be to enhance an already excellent school. He simply wants King’s High to be the best King’s High that it can be.”
The new head has an MA in music from Pembroke College, Oxford, where he was an organ scholar.
An independent school, which includes a sixth form, King’s High was inundated with applications.
Mrs Marshall said: “In the end, Mr Nicholson made, what we thought was going to be a very difficult task, easy.
He was the unanimous choice of the selection panel.” Mrs Surber, 60, is the school’s tenth head mistress, and has been in charge since 2001.
“The governors were very fortunate that Mrs Surber gave us four terms’ notice of her intention to retire,” said Ms Marshall.
“Ample time for us to consider the qualities we are looking for in the new head and to plan a thorough recruitment process.
“I know that she and Mr Nicholson will work well together over the coming year to effect a seamless transfer.”
Opened on 29th April 1879 under the headship of 22-year-old Janet Fisher and her staff of three, King’s High initially taught 22 girls.
Now there are 610 pupils at the school, and in September there will be a bumper intake of 115 Year 7s.