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 waiting is over as the route of the Olympic Torch through Stratford-upon-Avon and the district on Sunday 1st July has now been revealed.
The 2012 Olympic Torch Relay will be passing through the communities of Earlswood, Alcester, Newbold-on-Stour, Alderminster and Stratford before continuing its journey to Warwick.
The full route of the torch was revealed today (Monday), and gives local communities plenty of time to prepare and participate in this unique event, by embracing the Olympic spirit and cheering on the nominated torchbearers as they travel through their town.
The torchbearers to carry the Flame have gone through a public nomination processes and the organising committee for the torch route has endeavoured to slot all community torchbearers within an hour of their nomination address so family and friends can cheer them on.
Each torchbearer will wear a white and gold uniform which has been designed by adidas.
“It’s fantastic that the Olympic Torch is coming to Stratford district. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness the spectacle of the Olympic Torch Relay. This announcement really brings the route to life and I hope local communities are excited by the opportunity to get in involved in the build up to London 2012 and show Stratford district is embracing the Olympic spirit,” said cllr Chris Saint, leader of Stratford District Council.
An average of 115 torchbearers a day will carry the Olympic Flame during its 8,000 mile journey around the UK before it arrives at the Olympic Stadium on 27th July 2012 for the lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, signifying the official start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The routes confirmed for Sunday 1st July, are:
Earlswood at 9.12am – Tanworth Lane, Slater Street, Shutt Lane, Earlswood Common, Broad Lane, Alcester Road
Alcester at 10.49am – Alcester Health (B4090), Birmingham Road, School Road, Henley Street, High Street, Swan Lane, Evesham Street, A435, A46
Newbold-on-Stour at 2.21pm – Stratford Road (A3400)
Alderminster at 2.29pm – Shipston Road (A3400)
Stratford at 2.51pm – Shipston Road (A3400), Banbury Road, Clopton Bridge, Bridge Street, Henley Street, Windsor Street, Birmingham Road, continues on A46 to Warwick.