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.
DOCTOR Who and Star Trek captain Jean-Luc Picard have been spotted in a Tiddington back garden.
Actors such as Patrick Stewart, David Tennant and Antony Sher have made visits to the back garden, which is the location for a state-of-the-art recording studio belonging to local man Ed Walker and his wife Karen.
Stars of stage and screen regularly make visits to the recording studio because it has all the facilities they need right on their doorstep.
The couple run Sounding Sweet which is an independent recording and audio post production company based in Tiddington and offers a wide range of services covering most aspects of audio post production for television, film and computer games.
Its close proximity to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre means stars like David Tennant can appear on stage in Stratford-upon-Avon and then record a voice-over session at the studio, which is just ten minutes away without having to dash to Birmingham or London to do the same work.
A look around the studio reveals a very professional yet relaxed atmosphere, which is why it’s proved popular with actors; they can complete their work undisturbed.
Recently, David Tennant recorded various adverts that are regularly seen on television and featuring top UK brands whereas popular British historian, Dominic Sandbrook has recorded a few sci-fi documentaries for the BBC.
“Recording sessions normally take place during the day but we quite often accommodate out-of-hours sessions with other countries and time zones such as the USA and China via an ISDN line.
“At the beginning of the year in fact, we were able to accommodate regular voice-over sessions late at night with actor Jay Taylor and NBC Universal in Los Angeles, allowing him to carry out his normal voice-over work while also acting at the RSC theatre.
“I don’t think many people actually know when a big star turns up at the studio,” Ed said.
In fact just like Doctor Who’s Tardis, there’s plenty of room inside the studio complex.
All rooms are acoustically treated and provide the right environment for recording, monitoring, mixing and mastering. There’s even a small kitchen area for that much needed coffee break.
The branding Sounding Sweet was created by Karen, whereas the décor and the layout of the studio were carefully planned and chosen by Ed.
The couple met at Salford University where Ed achieved a first class honours degree in popular music and recording.
Sounding Sweet have recently completed the audio post production and mix for One Way Up—The story of Peckham BMX.
This is a film about two teenage boys who are on the road to the BMX World Championships which they see as their only escape from one of the toughest neighbourhoods in London.
The expression ‘don’t take your work home with you’ doesn’t apply to Ed and Karen because they love their work and only have to step into their back garden to meet the stars.