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.
MORRISONS have invested £1.5 million in its Stratford-upon-Avon store, creating 28 new jobs.
The supermarket's interior has been revamped, and a preservative mist is now being sprayed on the fruit and vegetables to keep them fresher for longer. There is also a new pizza counter, a flower shop, and a cake shop.
The jobs have been created across the fresh produce and deli departments and a new academy has been set up in store, training staff in butchery, bakery, and fishmongery.
General manager Martin Bell said: “We have more skilled craftsmen and women on our counters than any other supermarket and pride ourselves on the knowledge and advice that they can offer to customers. They have the specialist knowledge to fillet a fish, make sausages from scratch or bake a bread loaf.
“Traditional skills and the provenance of food have come to the forefront of customers minds in the wake of the horsemeat scandal and we’re proud that we can tell customers that the meat on our butchers counter is 100 per cent British.”
Existing staff are also receiving training in food and wine matching so they can recommend good combinations to customers.
“All of our staff have benefited from training which in-turn benefits our customers as we can offer the best advice and tips on how to prepare and cook the food we sell,” said Martin.
Morrisons' new fresh herb display.