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.
THE FAMILY of the 20-year-old man from Coventry who died after falling ill at GlobalGathering have paid tribute to him.
Shane Kirkwood fell ill on Friday night at the two-day dance music festival on Long Marston Airfield.
He was taken to Warwick Hospital around 11pm, but sadly passed away in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Today, his family issued this statement.
“We are shocked and devastated by Shane’s death.
“He was a very caring person and would help anyone, going out of his way without a second thought.
“Shane never complained and nothing would worry him. He had a good sense of humour and was a real joker too.
“Very energetic, he was hard working and always on the go. Fitness was really important to Shane – he was at the gym most days, loved weightlifting and wanted to be a personal trainer.
“He worked as a painter and decorator and the future was bright as he planned to set up his own business. He was also half way through decorating the family home.
“A very practical person, Shane could build a computer from scratch. All his friends dropped by if they had a problem with their computers and he loved his gaming too. Another one of his great passions was music.
“We are deeply saddened by his death and are still very much trying to take in the fact that he has gone.”
The cause of his death is still unknown, and a post-mortem is due to take place later this week.