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.
THIRTEEN staff members from West Midlands Ambulance Service came to Stratford-upon-Avon yesterday to take part in an extra-special ice bucket challenge.
After pouring ice over their heads, the off-duty staff members were then doused by hoses from the fire service, who are based next door on Masons Road.
Paramedic Tamara Smith said: “We were nominated by Tom Barnwell, controller in the emergency operations centre, also known for his appearance on BBC One’s ‘The Voice’.
“We’ve also seen the ice bucket challenges on the internet and thought it would be nice to do a group one to raise money for MND. It’s become a bit more poignant now because one of my relatives has just been diagnosed with MND.”
The ice bucket challenge has so far raised £60million for ASL (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), known in the UK as Motor Neurone Disease (MND).
The disease affects the brain and the spinal cord causing motor neurones to degenerate and die, leading to gradual paralysis and eventual death.