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.
Police are appealing for information about two men who stole eight Hornby train sets worth around £200 each from a family-run toy shop in Stratford-upon-Avon, over three different days.
Two men entered Much Ado About Toys, in Guild Street, at 1.25pm on Saturday 16th February and were believed to have stolen one Hornby train set.
Police believe the same men returned to the shop at 12.12pm on Monday 18th February and stole three more Hornby train sets.
The men also stole four Hornby train sets from the shop on Wednesday 20th February at 11.15am.
The police have released a description of the two men, who are both white. The first was thought to be aged between 35 and 40, about 5ft 10ins to 6ft tall, slim build and short hair.
The police said that the second man was thought to be aged in his 50s or 60s, heavy build and with a limp. According to the police the pair entered the shop carrying a rucksack.
Each train set is valued at around £200 and anyone who is offered a Hornby train set for a significantly cheaper price should contact the police.
A Warwickshire Police spokeswoman said anyone who recognised the description of the men should call Stratford Safer Neighbourhood Team on 01789 444500.