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 TEENAGER from Bidford-on-Avon has raised £1,500 for the cancer unit at Warwick Hospital after her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Anna Green took part in the recent 5km Birmingham Colour Run at the NEC and now the 18-year-old has counted the money she raised.
In 2013, her mother Sue was diagnosed with cancer and after an operation to remove the tumour, underwent four months of chemotherapy treatment.
As her mum starts to regain her energy, Anna thought it was the best time raise funds for the hospital’s Aylesford Unit.
“The Aylesford Unit has not only helped my mum, but also many others, and I know that it is so important to recognise the amazing work they complete every day,” said Anna.
The event was no ordinary 5k run; participants start off in white and aim to finish the run covered in multi-coloured paint.
Following a challenging year, Anna felt that taking part in this fun and energetic run epitomised how far her and her family have come. She also whipped up a group of friends to join her.
“My mum stands by the saying ‘don’t let the world change your smile, let your smile change the world’.
“And it’s that phrase that is the inspiration we have behind us in deciding to raise funds and give back to the unit that’s cared so deeply for her.”
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