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.
EIGHT children affected by the Chernobyl disaster were treated to a pony ride from the Stratford Riding for the Disabled charity last week.
The Chernobyl’s Children charity has paid for the children aged between 8 and 17 to visit the area for three weeks.
Staying with host families, they are in the UK to undergo optical, dental and medical check-ups.
While they are here, the charity organises fun activities such as swimming, horse riding, farm visits, kite flying and picnics.
Last Thursday, the children, who come from Mogilev in Belarus, rode ponies around Home Farm in Compton Verney.
Donna Jenkins, Group Organiser of Stratford Riding for the Disabled said, “Our ponies and volunteers really enjoyed taking the children around the fields and through the wood where they had a treasure hunt.
“It was a beautiful sunny day and a pleasure to offer them the opportunity to ride as well as grooming and tacking up the ponies. We look forward to welcoming them back in 2015.”
Wherever possible the charity bring the same children each year, and ongoing research by doctors both in Russia and the USA suggest this boosts the battered immune system of the children and is increasing their life expectancy by at least two years.
In April 1986 a huge nuclear acccident at the Chernobyl power plant killed 31 people. It caused widespread contamination in parts of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine, with long-term effects.