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.
SHORTLISTING for the 11th annual Stratford District Council Sports Awards has been completed and the winners will be announced at the celebration evening next month.
The ‘Celebration of Sport’, hosted by the Stratford Manor Hotel and sponsored by NFU Mutual, SLM Ltd and Ryebrook Stratford Mini, will take place on Friday 25th January 2013.
It will recognise not only the sporting triumphs of 2012 but also the hard work and commitment from volunteers, coaches and supporters in clubs and schools across the district.
The evening will consist of a three-course dinner, entertainment and of course the all-important awards, bringing past and present local Olympians and Paralympians together with local sports stars of the future and those who work tirelessly behind the scenes.
The finalists are as follows:
Junior Sports Person: Annabelle Pask – Coventry Godiva Harriers and Princethorpe College (athletics); Elliot Garside – Henley School (kickboxing and golf); Molly Rouse – Stratford School (football); Rory Dwyer – Stratford Athletic Club (athletics); Farrell Treacy – Mohawks Ice-Skating Club (speed skating); Isobel Roberts – Leamington Spa Archery Club (archery).
Senior Sports Person: Tom Clifford – Stratford Special Football (football); Andrew Pozzi – Stratford Athletic Club (athletics).
Junior Team: Stratford Grammar School for Girls U13 tennis team; Stratford School Girls football team; Stratford Athletic Club junior team.
Senior Team: Wellesbourne Ladies rugby team; Stratford Athletic Club triathlon team; Stratford Boat Club men’s team; Stratford Special football team.
Alternative Sport Individual or Team of the Year: Nicole Brain (canoe polo); Danielle Brain (canoe polo); Jump Rope UK (skipping).
Coach of the Year: Paul Bearman – Stratford Athletic Club; Matt Hyatt – Stratford Hockey Club; Linda Casement – Stratford Grammar School for Girls tennis coach.
Volunteer of the Year: Anne Tubb – Stratford Hockey Club; Stratford Grammar School for Girls young leaders; Thomas Heenan – Stratford Cycling Club.
Service to Sport Award: John Archer – Stratford Tae-kwondo Club; Rod Poulter – Action Unlimited; Dave Petty – Stratford Squash Club; Geoff Harrop – Stratford Snooker Club; Mat Pickering – Stratford Boxing Club.
NFU Mutual Community Sport Award: Martyn Brookhouse – Stratford Special Football and Maverick Sports; Stratford Cycling Club.
For more information on all of this year’s finalists visit www.stratford.gov.uk/sportsawards or contact Helen Slatter on 01789 260606 or email sports@stratford- dc.gov.uk.
If you are interested in attending this special evening of celebration, tickets can be purchased at a price of £30 per adult and £15 per child. The ticket will include a reception, three-course meal, entertainment and the all-important awards.