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.
FLOOD warnings have been issued this morning for Stratford-upon-Avon, Welford-on-Avon and Bidford-on-Avon.
The river level on Waterside and the recreation ground in Stratford is rising and with further rainfall predicted this afternoon, conditions are expected to get worse.
The Environment Agency issued a flood warning for Stratford at 7.40am this morning, sayingL “The river level is rising slowly and is expected to continue rising over the next few hours. “Over the past 24 hours, there has been 20 millimetres of rain. Further rainfall is expected through this afternoon and the river is expected to continue to rise through this afternoon and evening.”
The River Avon flooding the recreation ground in Stratford this morning. Photo: Jason Adams
Areas affected include Warwick Road, Tiddington Road, Bridgefoot, Waterside, Shipston Road, Avonside, Saffron Walk, Stratford Racecourse area and Luddington Road. At 3am this morning Rayford Caravan Park on Tiddington Road was evacuated, and this morning, residents woke up to floods on Stratford Racecourse.
Stratford Racecourse was flooded on Thursday morning.
The agency also issued warnings for Welford at 7.50am and Bidford at 9am.
Yesterday, schools were closed, trains were delayed and driving conditions were severely affected after heavy rainfall in the south Warwickshire area.
Click here for pictures from around the district yesterday.