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.
HE hoped it would be a dream date but in the end the lights went out on his tale of true romance as not one of the thirty women chose Adam Busiakiewicz, from Warwick, when he appeared as a contestant on the hugely popular dating show Take Me Out last Saturday night.
The local historian, art dealer and former Alcester Grammar School pupil, aged 23, started well in the dating game featured on ITV but in the end not one of the girls fancied going on a date with Adam and one-by-one they switched their lights off signalling a ‘no interest’ vote in the eligible batchelor who works at Warwick Castle as head of the history team at the castle.
But, in a strange twist of fate, even though Adam didn’t flick the switch for the girls in the studio, his tv appearance, which saw him playing a lute in Tudor costume at a banquet, has attracted scores of admirers who watched him on last week’s show.
“It’s been really amazing,” Adam said, “I didn’t get a date and all the girls turned their lights off to show they weren’t interested in me but afterwards I had loads of women contacting me on Facebook and twitter asking to go out with me or showing some sort of interest so that’s been really nice.
I thoroughly enjoyed filming the piece last December and, “yes,” I probably would do it again if asked,” Adam told the Herald.