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.
MYSTERY surrounds the sudden and unexpected resignation of the chairman of Stratford Town Trust, John Lancaster.
Mr Lancaster has also stepped down as a member of the trust’s board of trustees.
His role as chairman is being filled for the time being by Charles Bates, a former Liberal Democrat Stratford town and district councillor.
The mystery of Mr Lancaster’s resignation from the multi-million pound charity has been heightened by the fact that his current term as chairman was due to expire in October, only three months from now.
Helen Munro, the trust’s chief executive, remained tight-lipped about the reasons for Mr Lancaster’s resignation yesterday.
But when the Herald approached Mr Lancaster directly about his resignation, he said: “In essence the executive requested a course of action, supported by a number of trustees, which I considered were contrary to the long-term interest of the trust.”
When pressed for more information Mr Lancaster said he did not wish to comment any further at this stage.
Asked to comment on Mr Lancaster’s resignation, Ms Munro said: “The staff and trustees of Stratford Town Trust would like to extend their thanks and appreciation for all of the hard work and support John Lancaster has provided to the trust, both as trustee and chairman.
“John, whose term of office comes to an end in early October, has decided to resign early from his position for personal reasons.
She added: “John has been a wonderfully supportive chairman and I shall miss his professionalism and calm disposition. For me the last 20 months under his leadership has been a real pleasure. We all wish John the very best of luck for the future.”
Pointing out that Mr Bates had been appointed as acting chairman, she said the trust was currently seeking two co-opted trustees.
These were voluntary positions with a time commitment of approximately one to two days a month. Trustees had to live within the town boundary and the closing date for expressions of interest is 15th August.
Asked by the Herald for a fuller explanation of the reasons for Mr Lancaster’s resignation, the trust said there was nothing to add to the original statement.
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