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.
SPECIALISTS from City of London Police and the UK’s national cyber crime agency are coming to Stratford on Thursday and Friday.
The country’s leading experts will be giving residents advice on internet fraud at a roadshow inside the Shakespeare Centre in Henley Street.
“It is very important for communities across the UK to understand how economic crime and cyber crime is an expanding and evolving threat that is increasingly infiltrating our homes and workplaces by telephone and online via computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones,” said City of London Police Commander Steve Head, who is National Coordinator for Economic Crime.
“This “Protect Yourself” event provides an important opportunity for us, working in partnership with Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police, to pass on the latest and most important crime prevention advice that will help local people protect themselves from these dangers and make life much more difficult for criminals looking to make capital in this part of the country.”
People in Warwickshire lost £200,000 to cyber crime in 2013/14, according to figures from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau.
In total, individuals and businesses in the county lost £4.4 million to fraud.
A specialist event for businesses is being held from 6pm to 8pm on Thursday 4th September at The Shakespeare Centre.
The public event takes place from 9am to 2pm on Friday 5th September.
If you would like to attend either session e-mail Jan.Horton@warwickshire.pnn.police.uk