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.
GCSE results at schools in the Stratford-upon-Avon area once again bucked the trend as head teachers reported their students had produced an excellent set of results despite a big drop in English A*-C grades being recorded elsewhere across the country.
Big changes to maths and English results meant this year that – nationally – top English grades were down two per cent while maths was up five per cent but that wasn’t the picture being drawn across South Warwickshire where all schools in the area turned in another top of the class performance.
At King Edward VI School there was a 100 per cent pass rate with over three-quarters of papers graded A* or A. No fewer than 40 students achieved at least 10 A* and A grades.
Stratford School achieved another set of good results with 75 per cent of students achieving grades A*-C in English and 71 per cent passes in maths, meanwhile students in Alcester were also celebrating their good showing in this year’s GCSEs.
At Alcester Grammar 63 per cent of all entries were graded A*-A and 31 per cent were graded A* and across town at Alcester Academy 76 per cent of students achieved five or more A*-C grades at GCSE, with 75 per cent of students achieving grade C or above in maths and 69 per cent in English.
Full school report on the GCSE results in next week’s Midweek and Stratford Herald.