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.
AN ALCOHOLIC who attacked his former girlfriend after turning up at her South Warwickshire home in defiance of a restraining order against him, has been jailed.
Tim McAllister pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to assaulting Wenda Allen, breaching the restraining order and being in breach of a suspended prison sentence.
McAllister, aged 50, of Floyer Road, Small Heath, Birmingham, was jailed for a total of 14 months.
Prosecutor Richard Franck said that McAllister and Ms Allen, who lives in Lower Quinton, had been in a relationship which had lasted for about 18 months.
But in June last year, for an assault on her during which he grabbed her hair and banged her head against a wall, McAllister was given a 12-week suspended prison sentence and ordered to take part in an alcohol treatment programme.
He was also made subject to an indefinite restraining order under which he was banned from contacting Ms Allen or going to her home.
Despite that order, McAllister turned up at her home on 31st August, although Ms Allen who, said Mr Franck, was completely dependent on alcohol, could not say at what time because she was already drunk.
McAllister asked if he could stay, and she agreed, but after he went out on 3rd September she decided she did not want him there and refused to let him in when he returned at 6pm.
He threatened to break the door down, so she opened it, and he then began shouting at her, accusing her of having a relationship with a friend of his, and punched her twice.
McAllister spent the night there, and when Ms Allen woke the next morning he threatened her. She then suggested that she go to a nearby shop to get something to drink, and he allowed her to leave, but instead she called a friend who went to the shop to collect her.
The court heard that McAllister had entered his guilty plea on the basis that he had punched her twice to the face, but that other injuries she was found to have had been caused when she had fallen down the stairs a few days earlier.
Mr Franck added that as well as his assault on Ms Allen, McAllister had other convictions for violence, including assaulting an ex-partner in 200 and a girlfriend in 2002.
Tom Walkling, defending, said: “Mr McAllister has been an alcoholic since he was a teenager. As alcoholics frequently do, he finds himself in relationships with women who are also alcoholics; and those relationships are unhealthy for all concerned and they become volatile. He knows he cannot continue with relationships like that, and he is determined to have absolutely no contact with this woman ever again.”
Mr Walkling, who conceded that it had to be a prison sentence, added that since being remanded in custody McAllister had been forced to dry out.
Judge Sylvia de Bertodano jailed McAllister for nine months for the assault, with a consecutive three-month sentence for breaching the restraining order, and also ordered him to serve two months of his suspended sentence on top of that.
She told him: “You know that violence is always more serious when it happens in a domestic context because someone who is entitled to look to you for love and support is met by violence. This lady was particularly vulnerable because she was an alcoholic; and you should know better than most how vulnerable that made her because you are also an alcoholic. Your behaviour is aggravated by your previous convictions for assault in a domestic context and by the exceptional vulnerability of this victim.”