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 POPULAR young Shipston-on-Stour man who works at Tesco in Stratford-upon-Avon was fighting for his life yesterday (Wednesday) after suffering serious head injuries in an assault outside a nightclub in Cheltenham.
Simon Warren, aged 20, was assaulted at around 2.30am on Tuesday outside Moo Moo in Regent Street.
The former Shipston High School pupil was rushed to Cheltenham General Hospital for treatment, but has since been transferred to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol.
Goodwill messages and prayers poured in on Facebook yesterday (Wednesday), after Simon’s family updated anxious friends on his condition from his bedside.
After thanking friends for their support, the family said on Facebook yesterday morning: “Si had a comfortable night, but no change, still on life support. Let’s all hope better news today.”
Echoing the sentiments of his friends, Claire Weir, store manager at the Birmingham Road Tesco in Stratford, told the Herald: “Simon is a very popular colleague and our thoughts are with him and his family at this time.”
It is believed Simon had been at the club’s Milkshake Mondays event, and after the incident officers investigating cordoned off the scene and spoke to nightclub staff.
An 18-year-old from Moreton-in-Marsh has been arrested on suspicion of assault and remains in police custody in Cheltenham. Gloucestershire Police say no weapons were used during the attack.
They are urging anyone who witnessed the attack or anyone who was in Moo Moo shortly before the incident to contact them on 01452 728199 quoting incident 24 of 13th November .