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.
STRATFORD Town began the new Southern League season in winning form with a 2-0 victory over Bishops Cleeve at the DCS Stadium on Saturday.
Last season’s leading scorer Richard Gregory put them ahead from the penalty spot on 11 minutes after Chris Sterling had been bundled over in the box.
But when Sterling was again brought down in the box nine minutes later, this time Cleeve keeper Paul Tassell pulled off a superb save to his right to keep out Gregory’s powerful penalty attempt.
Gregory atoned for his miss on 23 minutes when he rose to head home a Jamie Sheldon cross to double his side’s lead.
But Town put in a disjointed second-half performance and failed to add to their tally as Cleeve had the better of the half without really testing Town keeper Andy Kemp.
Town manager Carl Adams said: “We were untouchable in the first-half and looked a very good team. Our movement was brilliant and should have put the game out of sight with five or six goals.
“Unfortunately as good as we were in the first-half we were as bad in the second-half and looked powder puff throughout.
“But it’s a win and also a clean sheet and we would have settled for that in the opening game.”
Town are back in action on Tuesday night when they host Didcot Town in a 7.45pm kick-off. Didcot were 2-0 winners over Swindon Supermarine on Saturday.