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 STRATFORD-upon-Avon man whose brother was murdered in 2008 in a bizarre killing that led to the jailing of a Swedish twin, welcomes a new book recently released that questions whether she did it at all.
Jon Hollinshead, aged 51, is the brother of Glenn Hollinshead, who was stabbed to death in Stoke-on-Trent in 2008.
The murder came to national attention because it involved one of two Swedish twins, Sabina and Ursula Eriksson, who a couple of days earlier had inexplicably ran in front of cars and lorries on the M6, apparently under a rare temporary delusional disorder.
Ursula was left unconscious after being hit by a truck, but Sabina was released by police. Three days later she killed Glenn in an unprovoked attack, and was sentenced to five years in jail.
However, a new book written by author David Cann called A Madness Shared By Two, suggests Sabina may not have been the person responsible for the murder.
And Glenn’s brother Jon, from Stratford, agrees. He said: “I want the book to be a success and read by as many people as possible.
“David Cann and his team, along with my family, have met a lot of resistance on trying to get to the truth.
“You would think it was an open and shut case that Sabina killed my brother but I can categorically say that is not the case. I have my doubts over whether she attacked him or killed him.”
The book suggests Glenn – self-employed welder, and former RAF worker – was killed by two separate weapons, and that he may have been held down by someone else. It claims his real killer could still be on the loose, and the author believes jailing Sabina was a cover-up.
Mr Cann, the author, said: “This was a woman who had ran across the M6 and she was allowed out of custody after about five hours. It doesn’t add up.”
After the killing Sabina was found in the area hitting herself in the head with a hammer. She then jumped off a 40ft bridge and was arrested while being treated in hospital.
She was released from jail on parole in 2011 and although her whereabouts are unknown, her sister Ursula has since returned to the United States.
Their actions, which were the subject of a 2010 BBC documentary called Madness in the Fast Lane, have never been explained.