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.
A CAT that went missing in Kent almost two years ago has been successfully reunited with its owner after it was found wandering lost in South Warwickshire.
No one knows how Tinkerbell came to be in Southam—170 miles away from his home in Ramsgate—but its luck changed when ‘pet detective’ student veterinary nurse Vicky Gresty began tracking down his owner.
Vicky was on duty at the Avonvale Veterinary Centre, in Southam, when Tinkerbell was brought in for a health check and routine blood test by Cats Protection.
“They had found him as a stray and asked me to give him a thorough check-up before putting him up for rehoming,” said Vicky. “I scanned him for a microchip and contacted the national Pet Log database and was amazed to see that its owner lived in Ramsgate. However, when I telephoned the number given it was out of date, so I couldn’t contact the owner.”
Then Vicky, who lives in Rugby and has been with Avonvale for three years, had an idea and began to trace the veterinary practice that had inserted the microchip. She was then able to get up-to-date details and put in a call to the owner Amy McNeill.
“I couldn’t believe it when she rang to say that Tinkerbell was alive and well,” said Ms McNeill, who immediately made plans to catch a train to Leamington and taxi to Southam. “It took ten minutes for it to sink in—then I started to cry. He was about a year old when he went missing and we had given up on ever seeing him again. My son Jake asked about him every day and he was really excited about seeing him again.”
How Tinkerbell got to Southam is still a mystery but staff at Avonvale say it has been known for cats to find a snug place to go to sleep in furniture removals vans and awake to find themselves hundreds of miles away.