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 STRATFORD-upon-Avon gliding instructor has been killed in a freak motorbike accident in Ibiza.
Philip Pickett, aged 52, was holidaying with his wife Liz, 54, when he lost control of a rented motorcycle last week.
During the crash, it’s believed the wing mirror flew off and sliced into his chest.
Mr Pickett died at the scene, while his wife, who was riding pillion, sustained multiple fractures to her arm.
The accident is believed to have happened on a road between San Jose and the fishing bay of Porroig.
The couple, who lived in Kenilworth, were four days into a week-long holiday.
For years, Mr Pickett worked at Stratford Gliding Club, based in Snitterfield, as a course instructor and technical officer.
John Dickinson, secretary of the gliding club, paid tribute to his fellow glider and friend: “Phil was a well-respected and popular instructor who for many years enabled our club to operate seven days a week during the summer by acting as our mid-week duty instructor.
“He was also our chief technical inspector, and was instrumental in keeping our aircraft in flying condition and carried out much of the work required for annual inspections of the club fleet as well as on some private gliders.
“He will be missed on both a personal level and for his day to day contribution to our club.
“Tragic accidents are always difficult to handle, but this is especially difficult for Liz being injured herself and the accident happening abroad.
“The club will be offering practical support in any way possible. Our thoughts are with Liz at this very tragic time.”
A keen biker, Mr Pickett was excited about his trip, describing it as “very well deserved” on a motorbike forum the week before.