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 MAN from Ettington who won a brand new yellow Porsche worth £50,000 has immediately given it to his wife.
Steve Wortley was physically shaking with delight when the sports car competition’s commercial director Rupert Garton presented him with the keys to the Porsche Cayman S, and then surprised him with a further £10,000 in the boot.
The household will now be home to not one but two top-end cars, after Steve bought himself a Porsche 4×4 for the first time just two months ago.
The 48-year-old said: “I had a Range Rover in the past but I’d always fancied a Porsche so I finally bought one in May, and now I have two.
“I’m not a car nut but I do like driving nice cars so I thought I would try the Porsche and I’ve been really pleased. But to have won another is quite surreal, it’s unbelievable.”
He said his wife Jayne and daughter Jade hadn’t believed him when he had called to tell them the exciting news.
“My wife was beside herself, she was giggling all day; I don’t think she really believed it. We were just trying to decide what car to get as she needed to replace her company car, well that was an easy decision to make.”
He and his wife will share the cars, and doesn’t think his daughter will get anywhere near it, apart from the passenger seat.
Mr Wortley played online car competition, Best of the Best, but had no expectations of winning.
BOTB delivered the car to his office at Outsauce, in Cheltenham, and he said: “I knew straight away what was happening and I was shaking just a bit. I’m just glad they didn’t tell me to take it for a drive.”
Mr Garton added: “He has proven he is a better man than all of us as he’s actually going to give it to his wife. That’s love for you.”