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-on-Avon MP Nadhim Zahawi says in an exclusive article in today’s Herald that it is in Britain’s interests to oppose the “horrifyingly brutal” Islamic State (IS) militants who have conquered large swathes of Iraq and Syria.
Mr Zahawi, an Iraqi Kurd whose family fled to Britain to escape persecution by Saddam Hussein, has visited the front line in the war against IS in his role as co-chair of the All Party Group for Kurdistan and secretary of the All Party Group on Iraq.
Among the heart-breaking stories he heard was that of an 82-year-old man who walked for three days to get his grandson to safety.
In an exclusive article written in Iraq for the Herald, Mr Zahawi says that to confront the threat from IS the West needs a clear strategy.
“Vital to this is continued humanitarian aid to the refugees, military support to the Kurds and political backing for a unity government in Baghdad,” he writes.
Mr Zahawi – who travelled to Iraq to gain a greater understanding of what was happening on the ground – said the embattled Kurds did not want British or American boots on the ground. It was lack of firepower that was holding them back.
“For the Kurds, this is their fight, and one they believe they can win with better equipment, and longer-term training and co-ordination with Western allies,” he writes.
And he declares: “It is in our interests to oppose the rise of those who would do anything possible to threaten our way of life if they became powerful enough to do so. And we have a duty to do what we can to help protect these innocent people from slaughter.”
The MP also pays tribute to the work of Britons who are helping with the humanitarian aid effort.
He writes: “We should be immensely proud of the role British aid workers and our armed forces have played. We have been at the forefront of the humanitarian relief effort, delivering more than eight tonnes of vital supplies to Mount Sinjar, and sending more than £13 million in UK aid.
To read the full article from Mr Zahawi in Iraq see today’s Stratford Herald.