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.
THE EARL of Warwick has sold a series of paintings that used to hang inside Warwick Castle for a staggering £10.78 million, smashing pre-sale estimates.
Guy Greville, the 9th Earl of Warwick, sold nearly 30 paintings last week at a two-day auction at Sotheby’s in London.
The highlight of the auction was a portrait of Edward Wortley Montagu painted by George Romney in Venice in 1775.
Expected to fetch between £2-3 million, it was sold for just over £4 million, once the buyer’s premium to Sotheby’s had been added. It was the most anyone has paid for a Romney painting.
Most of the portraits were collected in the late 18th century by the 2nd Earl of Warwick, an art collector whose obsession left him penniless by his death in 1816.
They used to hang in Warwick Castle until they were removed when Lord Brooke, later the 8th Earl of Warwick, sold the castle to Maddam Tussauds for £1.5 million in 1978.