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.
FOUR-legged frisky fillies and colts are a common sight at Warwick Racecourse.
But on the Saturday before Valentine’s Day next month, visitors will witness up to 15 romantic couples who have been tied together taking part in a race to win a free wedding. The ‘Valentine’s Dash’ takes place on Kingmaker Day at the Midlands racecourse on Saturday 11th February.
There is a twist to the 200-yard event though. As well as being attached to each other, midway through the race one person has to dress their other half in either a top hat or a veil.
Lee Moulson, the racecourse commercial manager, said: “Our Valentine’s Dash promises to be a hilarious spectacle, but for one couple there’s a fantastic prize at the end of it—a free wedding at the racecourse.”
Couples wishing to enter can either call 01926 491553 or email the racecourse sales and marketing assistant Natasha Swan at natasha.swan@ thejockey club.co.uk
Kingmaker Day is one of the highlights not only of Warwick Racecourse’s sporting calendar but of the jump racing season as a whole in Britain.
The day’s racing is being sponsored for the first time by Betfair, one of the largest international online sports betting providers.
Two years ago, the current Cheltenham Gold Cup holder Long Run won the Kingmaker Novices’ Chase.
Last year’s hero was Finian’s Rainbow, a leading fancy for this year’s Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. With the first race due off at 1.35pm, gates will open from 11.35am.
Tickets can be booked in advance at www.warwick racecourse.co.uk or by telephone on 0844 579 3013. Advance adult bookings get a 10 per cent reduction—£18 instead of the on-the-day price of £20.
Accompanied under 18s are admitted free of charge. Seniors (over 65 years) and Juniors (18 to 24 years) pay £15.