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.
THE FINALISTS for this year's Pride of Stratford Awards have been announced today (Thursday).
The awards, run by local radio station, 102 Touch FM, are a mix of business and community awards and were open for nomination by businesses, individuals and organisations from across the Stratford-on-Avon District.
The awards, which are in their second year and are sponsored by Barclays and Stratford-based company DCS Europe, will be presented at a ceremony on 1st February 2013 at the Holiday Inn, Stratford.
The finalists were chosen by a panel of four judges which included last year’s ‘Stratford Pride Award’ winner and CEO of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Diana Owen.
Her fellow judges were Cllr Neville Beamer (Chairman of Stratford on Avon District Council), Tom Horton (Barclays) and Steve Orchard (CEO, Touch FM).
Steve Orchard said: “My fellow judges and I were extremely impressed with the standard of nominations.
“I love reading so many wonderfully positive stories of success from around here and all of the judges agreed that narrowing the nominations in each category to just three finalists was a huge challenge.
“I’d like to congratulate every single one of our finalists and whether they walk away with a trophy on the night or not, they’ve done a fantastic job to reach the final stages of the competition. If you weren’t selected as a finalist this year, I do hope that you’ll come back and next year to tell us of your continued success.
Tickets have already sold out.
The finalists are:
Business of the Year 2013 – sponsored by NFU Mutual
DCS Europe Plc
Small Business of the Year 2013 – sponsored by Bright Assessing
THE big FISH
Town Centre Outlet of the Year 2013 – sponsored by Stratforward
Harmony Health & Beauty Clinic
Sew Me Something
Green Business of the Year 2013
Ettington Chase Hotel
Hospitality Business of the Year 2013 – sponsored by Holiday Inn
Menzies Welcombe Hotel, Spa & Golf Club
The Golden Cross
The One Elm
Team of the Year 2013 – sponsored by Premier Inn
Civic Hall Team
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust – Dig for Shakespeare Team
Stratford River Festival Team
Customer Care Award 2013 – sponsored by Western Power Distribution
Bromford Support South Warwickshire
The One Elm
Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 – sponsored by Stratford on Avon District Council
Adam Taylor & Lexi Tamasan
Large Business Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 – sponsored by Wright Hassall Solicitors
Denys Shortt OBE
Tourism Initiative of the Year 2013 – sponsored by the Really Useful Tourism Group
Olympic Opening Big Screen Event
Stratford Food Festival
Stratford Town Walk
Arts Organisation of the Year 2013 – sponsored by the Royal Shakespeare Company
Orchestra of the Swan
Tread the Boards Theatre Company
Citizen of the Year 2013 – sponsored by Orbit Heart of England
Carer of the Year 2013 – sponsored by Nuffield Health
Educator of the Year 2013 – sponsored by Stratford Town Trust
Young Achiever of the Year 2013 – sponsored by Guy Salmon Land Rover
Thomas & Harry Richman
Stratford Pride Award 2013 – sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover
PC Trevor Hall