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 WOMAN hit by a car at a drag racing event in Long Marston made her return to the raceway at the weekend.
Angie Woods was hospitalised for a month with serious injuries to both her legs after the accident on Saturday 3rd May.
The 44-year-old ruptured the ligaments in her right knee, dislocated her left ankle, and suffered an open fracture, where the bone pierces the skin.
Airlifted to hospital, the racing enthusiast returned to Long Marston Airfield this weekend to raise money for the paramedics of Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.
“It was one of my first times out as a marshal and I was in the bearing lanes basically directing the cars into the starting line, and I didn’t see one of the bigger cars,” Angie told the Herald this week.
“Still not sure to this day what happened, I felt a bit of a niggle on the back of my legs and next thing I know I was waking up to hearing medics telling me that I had had an accident and I needed to stay still.
“I vaguely remember being in the ambulance after that and being told that I’d dislocated my foot. I was chatting away by then, I had had one or two bottles of laughing gas!”
Despite undergoing such recent trauma, Angie is infectiously positive and bubbly, still cracking jokes.
Others at Shakespeare County Raceway described her as “awesome” and “a pleasure to be in the company of”.
Although she lives in Rushden, Northamptonshire, she travels to Long Marston for all Shakespeare County Raceway meets.
She’s only just had a metal cage taken off her left ankle, replaced with an air cast boot.
Her right leg will have to stay in its brace for at least the next six months. “I managed to do a double,” she said.
Although she’s mainly in a wheelchair, she said: “I’m very, very happy to say, as of last Friday, I managed to take my first steps, which meant I could just about swing my leg into the car.”
So her drag racing partner David Rowlands took her to the airfield.
Unfortunately, a charity ladies day of racing had to be cancelled because of the lightning and thunder on the Saturday but Angie still held a raffle and collected donations on Sunday.
Determined to be “jiggling our pots, hopefully on a set of crutches,” for the rest of the year, she’s going to continue fundraising for the air ambulance.
“I am immensely grateful to everybody at ‘Shakey’ and I apologise for scaring them half to death,” she said.
“Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance crew were wonderful, I want to show my gratitude, and look forward to raising money in the future.”