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.
MOTHERS of young babies are perplexed at the decision to ban tea and coffee at Stratford-upon-Avon Children's Centre in what one called "another case of health and safety madness."
Warwickshire County Council recently banned hot drink at play sessions at all its children's centres across the county.
At the Stratford centre, in Drayton Avenue, the 'coffee and play' session for parents and their children aged up to 18 months had to be renamed last week as 'Baby Play'.
One mother was particularly confused because she believed the existing cups they used were safe enough.
“The hot drinks were never served in a cup or mug,” she said. “They were served in what I regard as a ‘no spill plastic safety cup’ with a lid. They were almost like flasks, with a very small opening.”
The young mother, who did not wish to be named, goes to the centre at least once a week, and she said all the mums were talking about the decision.
“Everyone is just a bit disappointed,” she said. “I know it probably doesn’t seem much, but having a cup of tea or coffee is quite a nice social thing to do as a new mum.
“Does this mean I shouldn’t be drinking a cup of coffee in the comfort of my home?”
Vicky Kersey, children’s centre officer at the county council confirmed: “To minimise any risk of scalding a child we have introduced a hot drinks policy at all of the county's children's centres.
“Hot drinks can now only be served at children and baby sessions if the layout of the centre provides a separate area to consume hot drinks away from the children playing.”
Stratford Children’s Centre will now provide water, fresh fruit and breadsticks instead of tea, coffee and biscuits.
Caroline Loveridge from Stratford Children’s Centre added: “All families using the centre were informed about this change of arrangements and we invited their feedback. The majority of responses we have received have been positive and supportive as parents understand we want to minimise the chance of any harm being caused to their child.”