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.
A GROUP of 23 young actors, directors and technical staff from Warwick’s Playbox Theatre, will be heading off to California in three weeks for a residency in Santa Monica, hosted by Santa Monica Playhouse. The company, all members of Playbox’s Shakespeare Young Company (SYC) and living in Warwickshire, will be taking with them three plays and a unique project to Santa Monica’s Miles Playhouse. The first, The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare, is given an original and non-verbal…» Read Full Story
STRATFORD’S Phoenix Players always seem to pull a little gem out of the bag at some stage during its season of productions. This year’s treasure was its recent production of Take Away The Lady, by Lancashire playwright Jimmie Chinn. The Players always boast they are an amateur company, but performances often hint of more talent and stage credit. And this production was such. Director Rebecca Alun-Jones had cherry-picked her cast well, and even took advantage of the new ArtsHouse audito…» Read Full Story
STRATFORD’S Trinity Players will be commemorating the Great War with its forthcoming production at the end of this month — a new play by the town’s Steve Newman, called October 1914. The siege of Antwerp in October 1914 — before the trenches were dug — is an almost forgotten episode of the First World War, where communities were either destroyed or changed forever.…» Read Full Story
ACCLAIMED musicians and artists from around the world will be arriving in Stratford-upon-Avon to take part in the Stratford Music Festival. Artistic director, Ambrose Miller, has assembled a diverse and eclectic mix that spans over 500 years of musical history with the promise of something for everyone. Running from this Saturday to Saturday, 25th October, the event also includes the ever-popular Lunchtime Series, free Buy-a-Beer events, Fringe Festival and works from Beethoven to Billy Br…» Read Full Story
THE former long standing editor of the BBC radio series The Archers Vanessa Whitburn is this weekend staging a concert at St Andrews Church in Shottery, Stratford-upon-Avon.…» Read Full Story
STRATFORD-UPON-AVON has a lot to thank Nick Fogg for. Although he was born and bred in the town, he hasn’t lived here for a very long time. But he clings to it with a passion that knows no bounds. His love of Stratford and all that goes with it – including a poet and playwright by the name of William Shakespeare – is such that he’s produced several books on the town (and even a scholarly book on the playwright). His latest homage to this small settlement in Warwickshire is Stratford-upo…» Read Full Story
NEW seasons come about in different ways, according to Gregory Doran, the artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, who announced his 2015 summer season. The forthcoming programme in the main house, which includes The Merchant of Venice and Othello, will run under the banner of the ‘Venice Season,’ a theme which will spread into the Swan Theatre when three contemporary takes on classic plays explore the notion of ‘the outsider’.…» Read Full Story
WARWICK Arts Centre’s Concert Series for 2014/15 features a programme full of the world’s greatest music from internationally renowned orchestras and musicians. The Russian State Philharmonic Orchestra marks the beginning of the series on 7th October with a programme of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov. Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé return on 8th November, and Armonico Consort will provide festive joy with Handel’s Messiah on 14th December.…» Read Full Story
WILMCOTE author Helen Watts, who released her latest novel No Stone Unturned at the end of last week, has had a love of books from an early age. “My mum loved reading as a child and had a wonderful collection of hardback books, including some classic poetry anthologies, which she would let me read,” she told Herald Arts editor, Sandy Holt.…» Read Full Story
FORMER Chipping Campden schoolboy Edward Bennett’s journey to the stage came about after he was sacked from a job when he was just a teenager, writes Herald Arts editor Sandy Holt. He was temping at the time, so it was no great loss — although the company did go bust after, he recalls. “I remember after being sacked, I walked straight down to the Royal Shakespeare Company and asked what I needed to do to get a job as an actor,” he said.…» Read Full Story
On my first week in the editor’s chair, I made a pledge to listen to our readers and serve their needs as, first and foremost, a community newspaper. Two months on, there have been some changes to both the look and content of the Herald and, I’m happy to say, feedback has been largely positive. Back in August, I also alluded to plans for a special Open Doors evening. This week I am delighted to announce the details of this event, and cordially invite you all to get involved.
THE MEN'S first team of Stratford-upon-Avon Hockey Club recorded their first win of the season on Saturday. Two goals from Mark Leary plus further goals from Alex Byrd and Gregg Ricketts won a tight encounter with Nottingham Sikh Union at Stratford High School. Read more in Thursday's Stratford Herald. Scroll down for photos. All photos: Mark Williamson.
STRATFORD’S Phoenix Players always seem to pull a little gem out of the bag at some stage during its season of productions. This year’s treasure was its recent production of Take Away The Lady, by Lancashire playwright Jimmie Chinn. The Players always boast they are an amateur company, but performances often hint of more talent and stage credit. And this production was such. Director Rebecca Alun-Jones had cherry-picked her cast well, and even took advantage of the new ArtsHouse auditorium, setting the production in a flat thrust.
STRATFORD-UPON-AVON has a lot to thank Nick Fogg for. Although he was born and bred in the town, he hasn’t lived here for a very long time. But he clings to it with a passion that knows no bounds. His love of Stratford and all that goes with it – including a poet and playwright by the name of William Shakespeare – is such that he’s produced several books on the town (and even a scholarly book on the playwright). His latest homage to this small settlement in Warwickshire is Stratford-upon-Avon – The Biography, published by Amberley Publishing at £16:99.
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.