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.
THIS morning's snow has shut dozens of schools across south Warwickshire, as the Met Office warned that up to 15cm of snow could fall within the next few hours.
A band of heavy snow will spread across Wales to the southwestern half of England during Friday morning. In the Midlands, the snow is expected to continue to fall throughout the afternoon and evening.
Stratford-upon-Avon is currently under an amber alert, and expected to have at least 5-10cm of snow, with the possibility of up to 15cm.
The Met Office warned that those areas under red alert are likely to have 20-30cm of snow, with strong winds causing blizzards.
The public should avoid all non-essential journeys and be prepared for travel disruption.
See below for a full list of schools closed in south Warwickshire as of 9am, Friday.
Acorns Primary School, Long Compton
Alcester Grammar School
Brailes C.Of E. Primary School
Bridge Town Primary School
Coughton C.Of E. Primary School
Dunnington C Of E Primary School
Ettington C.Of E. Primary School
Great Alne Primary School
Henley-In-Arden Voluntary Aided CofE Primary School
Ilmington C.Of E. Primary School
Loxley C.Of E. Community Primary School
Mappleborough Green C.Of E. Primary School
Moreton Morrell C Of E Primary School
Newbold And Tredington C.Of E. Primary School
Ridgeway School, Warwick
River House School, Henley
Round Oak School, Support Service and Sports College, Warwick
Salford Priors C.Of E. Primary School
Shipston High School
Shipston Primary School
Shottery St. Andrew's C.Of E. Primary School
Stratford-upon-Avon Primary School, Broad Street
St. Gregory's Catholic Primary School, Stratford
St. Nicholas' C. Of E. Primary School, Alcester
Temple Grafton C.Of E. Primary School
Tysoe C.Of E. Primary School
Welcombe Hills School, Stratford
Welford-On-Avon Primary School
Wootton Wawen C.Of E. Primary School
Hampton Lucy C.Of E. Primary School. Closing at midday.
Kineton C.Of E. (Voluntary Aided) Primary School. Closing at 1pm.
The Willows C.Of E. Primary School, Stratford. Closing at 1pm.
Thomas Jolyffe Primary School, Stratford. Closing at midday.
Wellesbourne C.Of E. Primary School. Closing at midday.