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 began their pre-season programme with a 1-1 draw against Conference outfit Kidderminster Harriers at a sun-drenched DCS Stadium on Saturday.
Tyrone Fagan gave Town a half-time lead, stylishly converting a 35th minute penalty after the big front man himself had been brought down in the box by Kidderminster keeper Dan Lewis.
Early in the second-half, Harriers grabbed a deserved equaliser when Chey Dunkley headed home a cross past Town stand-in keeper Dominic Roggero. Earlier in the game, Roggero pulled off an outstanding save to deny Kidderminster’s Jack Byrne when he plunged to his left to turn away a goal-bound shot.
Town included new signing and former skipper Joe Halsall in their line-up but left out his fellow newcomer Harvey Headley who has a hamstring strain. Full-back Aaron Stringfellow was on the bench following his return to the club.
Stratford manager Carl Adams was delighted with his side’s performance in their first competitive game. He said: “I thought that we did brilliantly against top opposition who were a game ahead of us having played in midweek. Last year we lost 5-0 in this fixture when we had virtually a new team.
“But this squad have had a full season together and I think that showed in the way they played together as a team. Everybody knew their job and I couldn’t have asked for a better performance in that heat.
“But as I said before we are not getting carried away with anything. We achieved our objective in this game and we move on to the next one.”
That next game is on Wednesday when Walsall Under 21s visit the DCS Stadium in a 7.45pm kick-off. Town then host Worcester City on Saturday, kick-off 3pm.
In the Red Insure League Cup 1st Round, Town have been handed a home tie against near-neighbours Evesham United. That game will take place on Tuesday 14th October.