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.
TRAFFIC problems stopped some runners taking part in the first ever Warwick half-marathon on Sunday.
Around 3,000 runners signed up for the 13-mile run, organised by the British Heart Foundation, and the charity think more than £100,000 was raised in the sell-out event.
But the day was ruined for some when long queues meant some runners did not make the 9am starting time in the grounds of Warwick Castle.
Amy Townsend, from Stratford-upon-Avon, did get to run, and she raised over £1,000 with friends Emma Davies, Charlotte Ponder, and Katie May.
Taking part in her first ever half-marathon she said: “Me and the girls ran the whole race together, they helped me to complete it.”
“It was a big achievement,” she added. “I didn’t experience any problems but there were big queues for parking.”
Amy Townsend, left, with friends Emma Davies, Charlotte Ponder, and Katie May.
As well as queues beforehand, not helped by roadworks near the castle, after the run, it took some people over two hours to get out of the “quagmire” of a car park.
Clare Pearce, Regional Head of Events at the British Heart Foundation said:“To the runners who came to the event but were unable to take part, we apologise.”
“Heavy traffic at the entrance to Warwick Castle meant that some people had to be turned away, as the deadline for closing the roads used in the race, as agreed with the Police and Highways Authority, had passed.
“This is the first year we’ve run this event, and we’ve been given plenty of food for thought for next year’s race.
“We wholeheartedly appreciate the amazing lengths you have all gone to: training, fundraising and running for heart patients and heart disease research across the UK.”
She confirmed that plans are already underway for next year’s race.
The girls finishing the race.