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.
COX'S YARD in Stratford-upon-Avon is being turned into a Lazy Cow restaurant in a big-money refit – but the decision made today (Wednesday) to immediately axe all gigs on the site has left local musicians fuming.
There was a flurry of activity today, as the doors to the primary music venue in Stratford were shut and the insides started to be dismantled.
Despite just confirming rumours circulating Stratford for months, the immediate closure of Cox’s Yard without warning was criticised.
This morning, representatives of Urban Country and Leisure Ltd, the company which owns the successful steak and ale house in Warwick, The Lazy Cow, visited the site. The doors were immediately shut and all gigs cancelled.
The Herald understands that The Lazy Cow in Stratford will be opening in early December, and although UCL said there will still be some live entertainment on the site, it appears that Cox’s, the music venue as we know it, is a thing of the past.
The decision to axe all gigs on the site until further notice with immediate effect and without informing the musicians, has been criticised. Bands had initially been booked for every weekend until December.
One local musician, booked to play at Cox’s in November, said: “They must have know that this was happening; there were rumours for weeks. Not a single one of the musicians know anything about what is going on. It was very rude of them not to tell professional people who may have put it up on their websites.”
Preferring to remain unnamed, the musician added: “It would be a great shame to lose our only 200-seat venue. But it might open the door to another venue though.”
Urban Country and Leisure announced in 2011 that they were planning to roll out The Lazy Cow brand to several new destinations in the coming years to the tune of £20 million.
The company, which is planning to release more details of the deal in the next 48 hours, did reveal that the new restaurant should create around 40 jobs.
The previous operator of Cox’s Yard, and music-industry veteran, Ian McKenzie-Howard, told the Herald: “My cousin Simon Vetch and I took on the challenge of Cox’s Yard in March 2003 and have had nine great years of providing all sorts of entertainment.
“I guess we will be mostly remembered for our music venue, which played host to some great artists and covered many genres of music.
“I would like to thank all the staff over the years that helped to keep the show on the road. Too many to mention by name but I hope you will all remember Cox’s music venue fondly. The venue was certainly a very special place.
“However, as they say, “All good things must come to an end” and I have made the decision to move on and concentrate on my other business interests. It is someone else’s turn now to take control of the destiny of such a great location.”
Until the reopening in December, Cox’s Yard may be shut, but it appears to be business as usual in the Riverside Coffee Shop, which will be open from 9.30am until 4pm.