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 the car in yesterday's crash in the centre of Stratford-upon-Avon, did not have a heart attack according to West Midlands Ambulance service.
There were concerns for the driver's well-being after many onlookers feared he may have had a heart attack while driving, which caused him to lose control, ploughing the black Volkswagen through pedestrians and coffee-drinkers outside Costa coffee before smashing into White Stuff.
But a spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance said: "The driver of the car, a man believed to be in his early 60’s, suffered pelvic injuries in the crash. He received emergency treatment and his condition was stabilised whilst he was removed from the vehicle. The man was transferred by land ambulance to Warwick Hospital for further treatment."
He confirmed that the driver was not treated for a heart attack on the scene and that as far as the ambulance service were aware, he had not suffered one.
See the driver talking to firefighters after they cut him out of the wreckage in the video below, and scroll down for news on the other five people injured.
Six people in total were injured in yesterday's huge smash at the bottom of Henley Street, at least three seriously. There were no reported deaths.
Hundreds of people looked on in horror as a multitude of emergency services descended on the busy roundabout, and began treating those injured.
Confirming the injuries, a West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said:“Crews arrived and found six people that had been injured in the crash and ambulance staff immediately started treating the patients.
“A pedestrian in his 60’s suffered serious leg and pelvic injuries. The man received emergency treatment at the scene and was airlifted to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further emergency treatment.
“A woman believed to be in her early 20’s, suffered crush injuries to her legs and received emergency treatment at the scene. She was airlifted to The Alexandra Hospital in Redditch for further treatment.
“A woman in her 50’s was treated at the scene for a serious head injury. She was stabilised and transferred by land ambulance to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further treatment.
“A woman in her late 50’s was treated at the scene for leg injuries. She was transferred by land ambulance to Warwick Hospital for further treatment.
“A further woman believed to be in her 40’s was treated at the scene by ambulance crews for multiple minor injuries but did not require further hospital treatment and was discharged.”
For the full report, plus eye-witness accounts and the latest on those injured in the crash, see Thursday's Stratford Herald.