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.
FIVE masked intruders forced their way into a house in Hatton Park on Monday, striking a man with a baseball bat and beating a dog.
The 48-year-old man who was in the house at the time had to be taken to Warwick Hospital by ambulance.
A Staffordshire Bull Terrier was also beaten by the intruders and taken to the vet for treatment to injuries to its face and head.
The masked intruders forced entry to the house in Mollington Grove, Hatton Park, near Warwick around 11pm, threatening the occupants.
The intruders fled from the house empty handed.
A 32-year-old man was arrested by police early on Tuesday morning on suspicion of aggravated burglary.
Appealing for witnesses, officers would like to hear from anyone living in Mollington Grove, or the adjoining roads in Hatton Park, who may have seen anything suspicious or out of the ordinary.
They would also like to hear from anyone who may have CCTV cameras overlooking Mollington Grove or the adjoining roads.
Contact PSI Dom Kennedy by calling Warwickshire Police 101, quoting incident 420 of 14th July.
Information can also be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or by contacting www.crimestoppers-uk.org