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.
STRATFORD Town are now 19 points clear at the top of the Baker-Joiner Midland Alliance after slamming Causeway United 7-0 at the DCS Stadium on Saturday.
It was the second consecutive 7-0 success following last week's identical triumph at Ellesmere Rangers.
With nearest challengers Loughborough University having their game at Studley called off and third-placed Stourport Swifts losing 2-0 at Gornal Athletic, Town increased their lead at the top by a further three points.
A hat-trick from leading scorer Tony Robinson laid the foundations for Saturday's win against a plucky Causeway who never threw in the towel as the goals flew in.
Defender Richard Robinson celebrated receiving an award for completing 100 appearances for Stratford with a goal which was added to by further strikes from Tyrone Fagan, Lei Brown and Jamie Bailey.
Town manager Carl Adams said: "Once again we were outstanding. It's good to see several players on the scoresheet as well as Robbo [Tony Robinson] who was superb.
"It was nice to keep a clean sheet again and we will take some catching now. Teams around us are now starting to take points off each other but we are not really worried about them now.
"To score 27 goals in five games this year is incredible. It really sends out a message and we don't fear anyone."
Town have no midweek game this week and travel to Rocester on Saturday before another away game at Stourport next Tuesday 26th February. They then begin the first of six successive home games in March.