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 candidates for Stratford District Council's May elections have been revealed.
There are 62 candidates competing for 19 available seats. With 53 seats in the full council, each year around a third of the seats are contested.
For the full list of candidates standing for election scroll down, and for the full preview of the election see tomorrow's Herald.
Polling on Thursday 3rd May will be carried out at over 90 stations around the District between 7.00am to 10.00pm.
The candidates with asterisks by their name are serving councillors seeking re-election.
Alcester: Sue Adams* (Cons), Andrew Foster (Lab), Karyl Rees (Lib Dem), Karen Varga (Green).
Aston Cantlow: Sir William Lawrence* (Cons), Laura Nelson (Lib Dem), Charles Samuda (Lab).
Bardon: John Insoll (Lib Dem), David Talbot (Lab), Robert Vaudry (Cons).
Bidford and Salford: Barry Doherty (Lab), Bill Fleming, Jonathan Spence (Cons), Marjolein Turner (Lib Dem).
Burton Dassett: Wendy Handy (Lib Dem), Simon Jackson* (Cons), Janice Sewell (Lab).
Claverdon: Megan Dyer (Lib Dem), Philip Heath (Lab), John Horner* (Cons).
Ettington: George Hathaway (Lab), Bruce Robertson (Lib Dem), Izzi Seccombe* (Cons).
Harbury: Bev Mann* (Ind), James Parker (Cons).
Henley: Tracy Doherty (Lab), Stephen Thirlwell* (Cons), Diane Walden (Lib Dem).
Kineton: Jacqueline Abbott (Lab), Rob Ballantyne (Green), Alan Scorer (Cons).
Shipston: Richard Cheney* (Lib Dem), Jacqui Jones (Green), Jeffrey Kenner (Lab), Abdul Shahid (Cons).
Southam: Andrew Crump (Cons), Peter Hedges (Lib Dem), Carol Pratt (Lab).
Stratford Alveston: Phil Applin (Cons), Gill Davies (Stratford First Independent), Samuel Hargreaves (Lab), Kate Rolfe* (Lib Dem).
Stratford Avenue and New Town: Roy Dyer (Lib Dem), Jason Fojtik (Lab), Tony Jefferson (Cons), Juliet Short (Stratford First Independent).
Stratford Guild and Hathaway: Ron Cockings* (Cons), Bill Dowling (Lib Dem), Andrew Henderson (Lab).
Stratford Mount Pleasant: Paul Offer (Cons), Joyce Taylor* (Lib Dem), Stephen Troup (Lab).
Studley: Wayne Bates (Lab), Paul Beaman* (Lib Dem), Paul Martin (Cons).
Tanworth: George Atkinson* (Cons), Valerie Gaize (Lib Dem), Janet Ladyman (Lab).
Wellesbourne: Christopher Aston (Lab), Roger Fisher (Green), David Johnston (Lib Dem), Ryan Podmore (Cons).