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 KNEE injury to Joe Halsall overshadowed Stratford Town’s 2-1 defeat at home to Stourbridge on Saturday in their latest pre-season friendly game.
The influential midfielder landed awkwardly 14 minutes into the game after rising to head home Jamie Sheldon’s left-wing corner for Town’s equaliser, after Sean Geddes had given the Glassboys an eighth-minute lead. Halsall was taken to hospital immediately after the incident.
The winning goal also came in the first-half when Ben Bellingham lashed home a fierce left-footed shot past Town keeper Andy Kemp on 27 minutes.
Town manager Carl Adams reflected on an encouraging performance from his side against the Northern Premier League outfit. “It was a good workout for us and I felt that we were the better side in the second-half,” he said.
“We had the chances to win the match and it was disappointing that we couldn’t take them. Losing Joe was a big blow, and we have to hope that his injury isn’t as bad as it looked at the time.
“You have to remember that this was our fourth match in a week. Certainly no-one has worked harder than us this pre-season, and we now look forward to another stern test at Loughborough University on Tuesday evening.”
That game kicks off at 7.30pm.
Town have rearranged their final warm-up game before the start of the season. Next Saturday’s scheduled match at Ilfracombe Town will not now take place and instead a home game against a Leamington U21s team replaces it, kick-off 3pm.