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.
A STRATFORD-upon-Avon van driver had denied assaulting and raping a prostitute after picking her up in Coventry and driving her to an isolated location.
Adrian Terence Watts pleaded not guilty at Warwick Crown Court to two charges of raping the woman, who was working as a prostitute at the time, in May.
It is alleged that on May 1st he raped her twice.
Watts, aged 48, of Hodgson Road, Stratford, also denied assaulting her, causing her actual bodily harm, and attempting to rape her.
He also pleaded not guilty to falsely imprisoning his alleged victim by trapping her in his works van against her will.
At an earlier hearing, the court was told it is alleged that Watts picked up the woman in Coventry before assaulting and raping her and then dumping her at the side of the road on the A46 near Stratford.
But at that hearing his barrister said: “The defence he would raise in this matter is one of consent.”
After Watts had entered his not guilty pleas, Michelle Heeley, prosecuting, said his trial was expected to last up to five days and that it had not been possible to find a court date.
Judge Richard Griffith-Jones adjourned the case for trial and for a further hearing to take place in September, and remanded Watts in custody.