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.
KING Richard III, whose skeleton was discovered today (Monday), owned Warwick Castle for 13 years between his marriage to Anne Neville in 1472 and his death at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.
History experts confirmed this morning that the skeleton found buried beneath a car park in Leicester and discovered last September was indeed that of Richard III, the last English king to be killed in battle.
DNA from the bones matched that of descendants of the monarch's family. The skeleton had suffered ten injuries, including eight to the skull. King Richard was 32 when he died at Bosworth which was the last battle in the War of the Roses.
Having married Anne Neville – daughter of Richard Neville, the 16th Earl of Warwick, who was known as the kingmaker, Richard automatically became the owner of Warwick Castle because of his marriage to Anne who was also born at the castle.
Richard commissioned the building of a new keep or gun tower on the north wall of the castle which is known as Clarence Tower. He never got to see the tower completed as he was killed at Bosworth in 1485.
For her part, Anne Neville was popularised in a best selling book written last year by author Philippa Gregory and called ‘The King Maker’s Daughter.’
According to Professor Stanley Wells, Honorary President of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, yesterday’s confirmation about Richard III could change our perceptions about the much-maligned king often portrayed as a malevolent, power hungry hunchback by Shakespeare.
Professor Wells recently told the Midweek Herald: “It will be intriguing to see if any theatre companies attempt to reinterpret Shakespeare's Richard III based on the find in Leicester.”