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.
STRATFORD Town begin their pre-season friendly programme on Saturday when Kidderminster Harriers are the visitors to the DCS Stadium in a 3pm kick-off.
The players reported back for training just over a fortnight ago and the Kidderminster game is the first of eight matches scheduled ahead of the start of the Southern League season on Saturday 9th August.
Town face tough opposition in the next couple of weeks when Walsall Under 21s, Worcester City and Leamington also visit Stratford — a point not lost on manager Carl Adams.
“I just shows how far we have come as a club when we can attract such quality opposition in pre-season,” said Adams. No doubt we might take a couple of hammerings somewhere along the line but it’s not about results and we will hopefully have benefitted from having such tough games.
“I think that Kidderminster are bringing their first-team squad on Saturday and know that Worcester will be doing the same so there should be plenty of quality on show in those games.
“We have just been concentrating on fitness in our training so far so this will be an opportunity to see how the side is looking on the pitch. It will be last season’s squad with just the two additions, Joe Halsall and Harvey Headley, although I might give a run out to a couple of triallists.”
Town have been given away ties in both the FA Cup and FA Trophy competitions for next season.
In the FA Cup, Town will travel to either Blaby & Whetstone Athletic or Harborough Town on Saturday 30th August. The winners will be at home to Sporting Khalsa, Pegasus Juniors, St Andrews or Tipton Town.
In the FA Trophy, they visit St Ives Town (Cambridgeshire) on Saturday 18th October. The winners will be at home to Stafford Rangers or Rugby Town.
Town have also announced that ticket prices will stay the same for next season at £8 for adults and £5 for concessions. Season tickets are also available by contacting the club.
Ticket prices for the pre-season friendlies are £5 adults and £3 concessions.