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 Musical Theatre Company has been putting it about…that is, a pair of legs belonging to the Wicked Witch from The Wizard of Oz to promote next month’s show at the Courtyard Theatre.…» Read Full Story
IT’S forty years since the tragic death of Tanworth-in-Arden musician Nick Drake whose life, music and work has been remembered this week, Tuesday 25th November the anniversary of his death. …» Read Full Story
THEY have done it again! The Big Secret Sound has released another charity single which they hope once again will get into the UK charts, following the successful fundraising by the group’s last success story — Soldier On! Soldier On! was a fundraiser to support the family of Conrad Lewis, a soldier from Claverdon who died fighting in Afghanistan, by raising money for his family’s charity to help those in the military who are wounded or worse, and their families and community.…» Read Full Story
THE winner of this year’s Filming Shakespeare short films competition, part of Stratford’s Shakespeare on Film festival, organised by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and Misfit Inc, was announced at a special gala screening at Stratford Picturehouse last Thursday night. Of the 46 entries from seven countries and seven finalists (one of them, Michael Lane, is known locally) judges decided to award London-based duo — actor Robert Dukes and Kit Prosser, writer/director, with their productio…» Read Full Story
STUDENTS from Stratford’s King Edward VI School are busy rehearsing for the annual Michaelmas term drama production — an adaptation of Arthur Miller’s classic play, The Crucible. Written in the early 1950s, it is set in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692. It recounts the events surrounding the Salem Witch trials. This was a time when paranoia, hysteria, and deceit gripped the Puritan towns of New England.…» Read Full Story
STRATFORD ArtsHouse will be transformed into a winter wonderland this December for a wonderful Christmas show. This adaption of the classic fairytale, Rumpelstiltskin, boasts to be a fantastic family Christmas show, featuring wonderful storytelling, plenty of physical comedy and witty rhyming couplets as well as music and songs to keep toes tapping and little ones smiling.…» Read Full Story
IT may be a dog’s life for many, but for one Cairn Terrier, who is about to become a star of the stage, he couldn’t have had it better. Nurmi, from Stratford, has been cast as Toto in the Stratford Musical Theatre Company’s (SMTC) forthcoming production of The Wizard of Oz, which plays in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Courtyard Theatre in December.…» Read Full Story
THE Royal Shakespeare Company has announced that on Christmas Eve its production of Phil Porter’s new play The Christmas Truce will, for one night only, feature The Wilfred Owen Violin. The violin has been made to commemorate 100 years since the start of the First World War, and as well as its appearance in the production, which is inspired by true events surrounding the Great War, on the Monday prior to Christmas the violin will also be used during the RSC’s annual Christmas carol concer…» Read Full Story
STRATFORD’S National Operatic and Drama Association (NODA) award-winning drama group, Second Thoughts, is staging another challenging production, Shadowlands by William Nicholson, at The Bear Pit Theatre. The production, directed by Kate Sutcliffe and featuring Hannah McBride as Joy and Noel Dollimore as CS (Jack) Lewis, follows the great requited love story of the author of the Narnia children’s books and his American fan, Joy Gresham, who he befriends and eventually marries.…» Read Full Story
When Christmas comes under threat from a jolly man dressed in red, it’s up to one young boy to save the day – but can he save Christmas? From Victorian villains to Medieval monks, Puritan parties to Tudor treats, this latest terrible tale from the Horrible Histories stable is a wonderful hair-raising adventure through the history of Christmas.…» Read Full Story
THE heartbroken owner of a rare pygmy goat believed stolen by thieves is offering a £500 reward for her cherished animal’s safe return.
ALL three Stratford Ladies' teams won on Saturday to keep up their promising seasons. The Seconds climbed up to third in Division Two of the Warwickshire Women's Hockey League with a 4-1 victory at home to Rugby & East Warwickshire Seconds. More hockey in Thursday's Herald. All photos Andy Tinkler.
STRATFORD Musical Theatre Company has been putting it about…that is, a pair of legs belonging to the Wicked Witch from The Wizard of Oz to promote next month’s show at the Courtyard Theatre.
Handel’s Semele Stratford Choral Society Holy Trinity Church, Stratford Semele is a splendid opera, full of lovely melodies, great choruses and arias and plenty of wonderful orchestral scene painting, and it was given a suitably splendid performance by Stratford Choral Society on Saturday.
HEADS were bowed as silence fell across two South Warwickshire villages to mark 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War. A wreath-laying service and parade was held in Tanworth-in-Arden on Saturday, while in Welford a commemorative exhibition hosted artwork and looked at the lives of the 19 village men killed out on the battlefield. Among the items was a letter written by private Jim Matthews, from the village, just two days before he died. In Tanworth, relatives of those who lost their lives were given the chance to honour them by laying a wreath at the village war memorial. The youngest to get involved was of primary school age while the oldest was in their 90s, organiser Peter Oakley told the Herald.