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.
FROM a very early age, Jackie Moore, has cared about animals. When she was seven she held a humble jumble sale to raise money for the RSPCA. Motivated by that event she continued to dedicate some of her her spare time to animals and dogs whilst raising a family.
Just last month, and after five years’ working in an administration job, she decided to go it alone and start her own dog walking and dog caring business in Alcester.
She regards her four legged friends as ‘humans’ and has called her business Fetch4Walks. It’s an idea that stems from her experience of being a dog owner herself. She realised that even though many dog lovers out there do love their pets to bits, they also need a break from time-to-time.
She now offers a full range of dog caring services including walking, feeding, daytime care, overnight care and even holiday care, in the comfort of her own family home but it isn’t a kennel business.
“Every dog owner faces that moment of anxiety about what to do with the family pet, when the family goes on holiday, I’ve faced the dilemma myself and it can be a bit worrying. Me and my family make all pets feel welcome and they will be in good company with our springer spaniel called Baloo who likes making new friends all the time,” said Jackie.
There’s plenty of green fields and suitable walking areas around Jackie’s home which visiting dogs enjoy on their daily outings and all pets are well looked after according to their individual needs.
Now with the help and encouragement of her husband Dickie, son Ollie and daughters Georgii and Lillie, Fetch4Walks is starting to establish a name for itself in the Alcester area and beyond.
“We like to think of ourselves as providing a home-from-home environment for all dogs who stay with us. Visiting dogs can bring their own toys, blankets or baskets with them, it makes no odds, they’re all part of the extended family and that’s good for the owners because they get peace of mind while they’re away on holiday,” said Jackie.
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