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.
STRATFORD Town completed their third 3-0 victory in eight days with success at Warwickshire rivals Coleshill Town on Saturday.
The result comes hard on the heels of 3-0 wins at home to Willenhall Town the previous Saturday and away at Atherstone Town last Tuesday evening.
And in-form midfielder Chris Murphy was again in the action with two first-half strikes to add to a James Travis effort as all the goals came in the first period.
He put Town ahead as early as the second minute when he converted a pass from Mykel Beckley inside the penalty area. Nine minutes later, Travis doubled the advantage when he headed home a cross from Cameron Jones.
The third goal, and Murphy's second, came five minutes before half-time when he volleyed home a clearance out of the Coleshill box. Murphy has now scored five goals in the last three games.
Town manager Morton Titterton said: “We were comfortable winners and it was a confident team performance. The frustrating aspect is our position in the league table, and all we can do now is make sure that we finish the season as positively as we can.”
With no midweek game, Stratford’s next fixture is at home to Dunkirk on Saturday, kick-off 3pm.
Studley went down 1-0 away to promotion-chasing Coventry Sphinx. The Bees are in action tonight (Tuesday), when they entertain Rocester in a 7.45pm kick-off.
Racing Club Warwick are through to the semi-finals of the Midland Combination Les James Endsleigh Challenge Cup after a 4-3 extra-time victory at Stretton Eagles on Saturday. The two sides were locked at 3-3 after 90 minutes, but it was Lee Knight’s men who got the winner in extra-time to book a semi-final place against Knowle. The 1st leg will take place next Saturday at Knowle with the return leg at Townsend Meadow on Saturday 7th April.
In the Premier Division, a last-minute goal condemned second-placed Southam United to a 2-1 defeat against 10-man Bolehall Swifts, who lie just below them. Swifts took a first-half lead through Mike Swann but Saints levelled early in the second period through Simeon Smith. Bolehall lost Dan Haynes after a second yellow card but the visitors still managed to snatch the points after substitute Craig Haywood’s last-gasp strike.
Elsewhere, Earlswood Town went down 3-0 at Bartley Green.