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.
A POLICE helicopter and water rescue team were called to Stratford-upon-Avon on Tuesday afternoon to deal with a man seen jumping into the River Avon.
Eyewitnesses saw the helicopter land in a field opposite the racecourse, while three ambulance vehicles, two fire engines, and police cars raced towards Stannell’s Bridge on the Greenway.
The emergency services were turned out because at the time it was thought the man was a “suicide risk”.
When paramedics arrived the man was out of the water.
He was taken to Warwick Hospital for a check-up but yesterday it was confirmed he was “safe and well”.
“We were called to a person in the river because there were concerns for his welfare,” a police spokesperson said.
“He was taken to hospital, but there were no injuries and he is now safe and well.”
The fire service brought a water rescue team as a precaution, but they were not needed.
Eyewitness Charlie Pinfold said: “It was around 1.20pm when I noticed a police chopper landed on the field opposite the racecourse slight down from the iron bridge and shortly after I heard a lot of police cars, ambulances and fire engines and then saw them all go by and a few park at the entrance of the racecourse.
“I walked down to see what was going on and one of the female officers said someone had jumped from the bridge but gave no reason as to why.”