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.
TWO men have been charged with murdering 22-year-old Harry Broadhurst, from Henley, stabbed to death on Sunday night after a boxing event.
Mr Broadhurst was found slumped in the street with a fatal stab wound to the stomach at 6.15pm after trouble at a social club in Chelmsley Wood, Solihull, spilled out into the surrounding area.
Paul McAteer, 32, from Kitts Green, Birmingham, and 18-year-old Liam Cole from Shard End, Birmingham were charged with murder and wounding, and they are due to appear before magistrates today. (Thursday)
Mr Broadhurst, whose 23rd birthday would have been yesterday (Wednesday) was taken to hospital with a serious stab injury but was pronounced dead an hour later.
A second man, aged 46, who lives in Chelmsley Wood, suffered a hand injury and was also taken to hospital.A police spokesperson said: “It’s understood the incident was the culmination of disorder that initially broke out at nearby St Anne’s Social Club and then spilled over into Nineacres Drive.”
Nineacres Drive, the street where Mr Broadhurst was found, was cordoned off from Sunday to Wednesday while forensic investigators scrutinised the scene. Flowers and notes littered the adjacent Bosworth Drive, the road with the social club on it. And last night (Wednesday) at 6pm, friends visited the area, now known to them as ‘Harry’s Spot’, to pay their respects and wish him ‘happy birthday.’
Tributes to Mr Broadhurst, who was a company director of his steel manufacturing business, Mount (UK) Ltd, have also poured in on social networking website, Facebook.
More than 300 people have signed up to a page dedicated to his memory and his sister, Millie, left this message: “Words can’t explain how much I love you, and I miss you that much it hurts. We all love you and we won’t go a day without thinking of you, you’re our everything.”
In the comments section of another website, one of his cousins, Issy Rowles, says: “The world lost an angel. Harry Broadhurst, such a kind person, you were only trying to do the right thing. Nobody can imagine being in a world where you’re not, but you’re in a better place now it’s such a shame that you had to leave us all behind. It hurts an unreal amount to know that I can’t see you. Even though you’re gone you will never ever be forgotten, you made such a huge impact on so many people.”
The afternoon boxing meet at St Anne’s social club, where police believe the disorder erupted, was described by residents as a family event.