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 SHOP owner is grateful for the support he’s been offered by his community after an elderly woman ploughed her car into his off-licence in Warwick on Saturday.
Chetan Patel, 50, has had the Stratwicks Ltd off-licence on Reardon Court, Woodloes Avenue South, for 32 years.
Although she was shaken, the woman managed to escape injury, but a man in his 60s standing inside the shop suffered a broken leg.
Speaking to the Herald today, Mr Patel described what happened, and thanked the many local people who have offered to help.
“I’d just finished serving a customer and we were having a chat and all of a sudden I heard a screeching noise of tyres,” he said.
“She mounted the pavement and next thing you hear is a loud bang and the whole of the car was inside the shop. It all happened so quickly you couldn’t react.”
Wedged inside the shop, the car pinned the leg of one of Mr Patel’s regular customers.
“I climbed over the counter to see if the lady was alright, and if Brian was alright,” said Mr Patel. “As soon as it happened, people from the shops around came to see if everybody was alright too.”
The emergency services arrived quickly, just after 2pm, and helped the woman out of the car. Brian was taken to Warwick Hospital.
“I went to see him in hospital yesterday,” said Mr Patel. “They think the bone just underneath the knee is cracked.”
Having boarded up the shop, he’s assessing the damage with his insurance company tomorrow (Tuesday).
But he’s been inundated with texts from people offering to help and wishing him well.
“I want to say thank you for the support from the local people who have come in and given us encouragement for opening the shop up again and offered to help clean up.” said Mr Patel. “I’ve had so many texts.”