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.
TWO huge stars of the small screen, Graham Norton and Patricia Hodge, will be appearing in the Stratford Literary Festival this October.
On Friday 24th October, chat show host and compere Graham Norton will be in conversation at The Courtyard Theatre talking about his much-anticipated memoir, The Life and Loves of a He Devil.
Graham Norton has been entertaining audiences and having fun with the world’s biggest stars for nearly 20 years.
He first made his mark as a stand-up comedy drag act at the Edinburgh Festival, then went on to appear in Father Ted before hosting some of the most successful shows in television including So Graham Norton, How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? and The Eurovision Song Contest.
As well as his popular weekly Radio 2 show, Graham hosts the hugely successful BBC1 chat show The Graham Norton Show.
He’s won just about every award going including seven BAFTAs, and most recently, the BAFTA for Best Entertainment Programme.
Tickets (£30, including a signed copy of The Life and Loves of a He Devil) are available by calling the RSC box office on 0844 800 1110 or booking online at rsc.org.uk/tickets
Actress and star of the hit show Miranda, Patricia Hodge has been delighting theatre and TV audiences for many years.
She will be talking about her prolific career with interviewer and broadcaster Fiona Lindsay at Stratford ArtsHouse on Thursday 30th October.
She will be reflecting on some of her great theatre roles, which have included the works of Shakespeare, Pinter and Miller, and her many films and TV appearances including Poirot, Waking the Dead, The Life and Loves of a She Devil, Robin of Sherwood and playing Margaret Thatcher for the BBC in The Falklands Play.
Currently she is best known as “what I call” Miranda Hart’s mother Penny, in the series Miranda where, when she’s not nagging her daughter, everything is “Such fun!”
Tickets (£17, concessions available) are available from the ArtsHouse box office on 07189 207100 or online at stratfordartshouse.co.uk