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 will kick off their second season in the Southern League with two successive home games,
The season gets under way on Saturday 9th August when Bishops Cleeve will be the visitors to the DCS Stadium. On Tuesday 12th August, Town will entertain Didcot Town.
The club’s first away game is on Saturday 16th August when they visit league newcomers Sholing United. Sholing were FA Carlsberg Vase winners last season.
Stratford continue their pre-season campaign today (Saturday) when they host Worcester City in what will be their second game against Conference opposition. City manager Carl Heeley is expected to bring a strong squad for the game, which kicks off at 3pm.
Last Saturday saw a 1-1 draw against Kidderminster Harriers before Carl Adams’ side had a 2-0 home victory over Walsall U21s on Wednesday evening. Striker Tyrone Fagan got both goals in the second-half to add to his strike in last Saturday’s game.
Adams is relishing another tough challenge for his team. He said: “I know that Carl [Heeley] is bringing his strongest squad which will be another good test for us.
“I thought that we passed the Kidderminster test with flying colours last Saturday and I was impressed with our performance against a full-time Conference Premier side.”