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 a Surrey man killed in Cleeve Prior near Bidford-on-Avon have spoken of their pain over his death and re-issued an appeal to find his body.
Jesse Richards was killed in Cleeve Prior on Friday 31st July 2009 over a drugs debt.
Despite five men being jailed in connection with his death in April 2012 for a total of more than 58 years, his body was never found.
Mr Richards was 41-years-old when he died and left behind a wife and three children.
On the fifth anniversary of his death, his family have appealed for information from the public to trace his body.
Jesse’s mother, Lucy Richards, said: “I ask anyone with information as to the whereabouts of my son to come forward and give me the opportunity to be re-united with him.
“I have been in a constant state of grief since the day he died and five years after his death the pain is still unbearable.
“My life has been changed forever and it is something I do not wish on anybody.
“I ask those individuals who know what happened to him to contact police so he can be brought home.”
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Loader led the investigation for West Mercia Police.
“Firstly I would like to remind the public that a £10,000 reward is available for any information which leads to the successful discovery of Jesse’s body.
“On a separate note this was a brutal attack on an unarmed man and I ask those who do possess information regarding his body to think of those who continue to suffer long after his death.
“I urge them to come forward to police so Jesse and his family can be re-united.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the police non-emergency 101 number.
If you want to give information without giving your name you can also call the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit their website www.crimestoppers-uk.org