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.
THE driver of a 4×4 vehicle was seriously injured when he got trapped under his vehicle after it overturned on the M40 yesterday.
The crash occurred on the southbound carriageway, just south of Junction 12, near Gaydon, at lunchtime. Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance attended the scene. A second car was also involved in the crash.
Paramedic area manager, Martyn Scott, said: “Ambulance crews arrived on scene to find a 4×4 vehicle that had overturned which was towing a trailer with agricultural equipment. The man driving the 4×4, believed to be in his 60s, was partially ejected from the vehicle and his leg became trapped under the vehicle that was on its side.”
The man received emergency treatment at the scene by ambulance crews, including pain relief, and his condition was stabilised. The vehicle was then lifted by the fire service using air bags and he was safely removed. The man was trapped for around one hour and received further treatment for his serious leg injury and a pelvic injury once he was released.
“The patient was airlifted to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further emergency treatment. The hospital had been alerted to the man’s arrival and serious injury.” Mr Scott said.
A man and a woman travelling in the second car were both treated at the scene for multiple minor injuries. The couple, believed to be in their 60s, were transferred by land ambulance to Horton General Hospital, Banbury for further treatment