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.
JUST two minutes before runners were due to start the Shakespeare Marathon in Stratford-upon-Avon on Sunday morning, they were told it had been cancelled.
All runners were forced to complete only the half marathon after the crashing winds and lashing rain created conditions deemed dangerous by officials.
Forcing themselves through a driving headwind for the last five or six miles, several runners described the conditions as they stepped over the muddy line as "the worst I've seen".
The full marathon is two times round the circuit of the half, and officials were worried conditions underfoot would deteriorate as the mud was cut up the first time around and the rain continued to pour down.
But others felt it should have gone ahead and some felt the decision to cancel it came far too close to the 9:30am start time.
Paul Hawkings, Club Captain of the Stratford-upon-Avon Athletic Club, described it as a “dreadful” decision after the race. “I thought it was stupid,” he said. “People have travelled a long way.”
The 56-year-old competed in the London Marathon last week, so was only planning to run the half marathon today anyway, but it was those who had trained for months to compete in the full marathon that he felt for.
However, the highest-placed member of the Stratford Athletic Club, Danny Tolhurst, who finished 11th in the half-marathon with a time around 1hr 22 mins, said he thought the decision was sensible.
Orlando Corea, aged 36, from Birmingham, won the half-marathon running for his club, Bournville Harriers.
Lucy Flanner, who works for Stratford-based law firm, Shakespeare's, was the fastest woman on the day with a time of 1hr 25 mins.
Winning it for the second time after coming first in 2010, the Solihull and Smallheath runner said there were lakes springing up on the course. “It felt more like cross country,” she said.
Both winners had trained to only compete in the half marathon. See what they said after the race here.