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.
THREE primary schools in South Warwickshire are closed today (Thursday) because of public sector strikes.
Bidford Primary School is fully closed, while Brailes Primary is closed to the Squirrels class which makes up Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils.
Barford Primary School is open for classes but closed at lunchtime between 12pm and 1.15pm.
Strike action took place at Warwickshire County Council’s offices at Warwick’s Shire Hall from 8.30am.
The council say 142 members of non-school staff are on strike today, out of 5,500 total employees (including the fire service).
Forty-one employees of Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service are on strike, including 33 firefighters.
All face to face service – One Stop Shops, Libraries and Registration Services – are operating as usual today with the exception of Dordon Community managed library, which has closed for the day.
Thirty-four of Stratford District Council’s 287 employees downed tools.
More than a million public sector workers across the UK are expected to strike over disputes with the government over pay, pensions, and cuts.
The GMB trade union and other unions are behind the strikes.
“GMB members have spoken loud and clear. They want a decent pay rise,” said National Secretary, Brian Strutton.
“GMB members serving school meals, cleaning streets, emptying bins, looking after the elderly, helping children in classrooms and in all the other vital roles serving our communities are fed up with being ignored and undervalued.
“Their pay has gone up only 1% since 2010 and in October even the national minimum wage will overtake local authority pay scales. Their case is reasonable, the employers won’t listen and don’t care, no wonder they have turned to strike action as the only way of making their voices heard.”