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 continue their tough pre-season programme on Tuesday evening when they host near-neighbours Leamington in a 7.45pm kick-off.
The game will be their third against Conference opposition, the latest being Worcester City who ran out 2-0 winners in an entertaining affair at the DCS Stadium on Saturday.
A fifth-minute strike from Connor Gudger after a great pass from Dave McDermott gave City the lead in a first-half that will also be remembered for a torrential downpour on the half-hour mark as thunderstorms from the west made their way past the ground.
Ten minutes into the second-half, Worcester scored their second goal when Ellis Deeney chipped the ball over Town keeper Andy Kemp into the net.
Town manager Carl Adams was pleased with his side’s performance. “I thought that it was a good workout against a very well-organised team. Nobody is working harder than us at the moment in pre-season and these sort of games are exactly what we planned to test us before our league season gets under way.
“The Worcester manager [Carl Heeley] congratulated me and said he was impressed with our set-up and performance. It’s going to be another tough game against Leamington but we are getting stronger with each game.”