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 Cricket Club’s Birmingham League Third Division promotion bid suffered a blow when they went down by eight wickets at Kings Heath on Saturday.
The result sees them drop to third place, 10 points behind second-placed Streetly and 20 points behind leaders Sutton Coldfield.
Both clubs recorded victories on Saturday, Sutton crushed second-bottom Newport by 144 runs while Streetly edged past bottom club Penn by one wicket.
After losing the toss on Saturday, Stratford were put into bat and bowled out for 222 in the 49th over. No.3 batsman Nat Gregory was just five runs short of a century when he was bowled for 95, Ben Pigott made 32 and skipper Chris Whelan 20.
In reply, Kings Heath reached 226-2 in the 40th over to clinch victory. Dexter Purser was the only successful bowler for the Panthers, taking 2-39 from seven overs.
Stratford host Quatt next Saturday in a 12noon start.
There was better news for Stratford 2nds in their bid to gain promotion from the Second S 2nd XI Division.
They defeated Kings Heath 2nds by six wickets at Swans Nest Lane. Chasing the visitors’ total of 164-9 they replied with a winning 167-4 in 34 overs to remain in second place in the league table.
Shipston’s charge towards the Cotswold Hills League title stalled when they were beaten by four wickets by Leamington III at London Road.
Batting first, Shipston were bowled out for 199 and the visitors replied with 200-6.