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.
FLOODS struck south Warwickshire today (Wednesday) as roads were closed, schools were shut down, and rail services delayed.
Four-hundred sandbags were put down in Shipston-on-Stour as a precautionary measure, and residents in the town watched the flood slowly creep up from the river.
The Environment Agency issued a red flood warning for the River Stour from Tredington to Clifford Chambers, and Roger Booth, who moved into The Old Mill in Shipston just ten days ago was forced to move upstairs after his new property flooded.
Anne Hathaway's Cottage in Cottage Lane in Shottery, Stratford-upon-Avon.
Shipston-on-Stour was flooded this afternoon as the River Stour burst its banks.
Several schools were closed because of the floods, including Wellesbourne Primary School, Welcombe Hills School in Stratford-upon-Avon, Tysoe Primary School, Shipston Primary School, River House School in Henley-in-Arden, Newbold and Tredington Primary School, Haselor School in Alcester, Great Alne Primary School, Ettington Primary School, and Acorns Primary School in Shipston.
The Old Mill in Shipston, now a private residence, was underwater this afternoon.
Tredington Primary School was closed at 11.45am today because of flooding.
In Stratford, reports of dangerous conditions on the roads were received as early as 7am this morning, on the A46 bridge on Bishopton Lane.
Deep standing water on Western Road, Stratford, impaired driving conditions later on in the day, and Anne Hathaway's Cottage in Shottery was forced to close.
The Environment Agency issued a red flood warning for the River Alne near Henley. Tanworth Lane and Camp Lane were particularly vulnerable after 27 millimetres of rain in 12 hours.
Several roads were shut throughout the area. Walton Lane in Wellesbourne, The Fosse Way at Halford, Bearley Road in Aston Cantlow, the A4189 New Road in Henley-in-Arden and Fulready Road in Ettington all closed as a result of flooding.
Flooding on the roads in Henley-in-Arden
According to Warwickshire Police, other areas hit with floods include the A435 near Kings Coughton, Watery Lane in Sherbourne, Dark lane in Hatton, and Gosport Lane, Mill Street, and Walton Lane in Kineton.
The Met Office issued a severe weather warning for the West Midlands and rain is expected to continue to fall until tomorrow.
BBC Midlands Today weather presenter Shefali Oza said: “We're over the worst of it today – it's clearing eastwards. But there'll be even heavier rain tomorrow. It'll be wet and windy.”
Traffic in Alderminster negotiates a flood.