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.
TV host Graham Norton was at the Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon last night (Friday). Norton, one of TV's most loved personalities, was talking about his recently published book, The Life and Loves of A He Devil. His appearance was part of the Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival's autumn season.…» Read Full Story
THERE was a sense of Downton Abbey, on and off stage, at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. The RSC’s two productions of Love’s Labour’s Lost and Love’s Labour’s Won (Much Ado About Nothing) — directed by Christopher Luscombe — are set post-Edwardian, and well-known actor, Hugh Bonneville, a friend of Mr Luscombe, was in the theatre last Wednesday (15th October) to watch. …» Read Full Story
A YEAR-LONG project, which came about as the result of a conversation between members of Stratford Art Society, is about to be unveiled in the town’s Fred Winter store. Last year, the art society members realised they were experiencing isolation in their working habits, so decided to embark on a project to test and expand their skills. Co-organiser Cathy Jones said: “We knew that to move forward with our art we must explore, experiment and research. …» Read Full Story
AWARD-WINNING comedian, ground-breaking ventriloquist and acclaimed filmmaker, Nina Conti, will be stopping off at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre on 25th January 2015. Winner of the British Comedy Award for Best Female (2013), Nina has appeared on ITV’S Sunday Night at the London Palladium, BBC’s Live at the Apollo, QI, Russell Howard’s Good News and HBO’s Family Tree.…» Read Full Story
STRATFORD-UPON-AVON soprano, Fleur Moore-Bridger, may be following in her father’s footsteps at the moment, but she is determined to follow her own dream with a career in opera. The 23-year-old, daughter of former King Edward VI School headmaster Tim Moore-Bridger, is currently in her second year of teaching classics at Brentwood School in Essex. But she was delighted when Stratford Choral Society asked her to perform with them again in the forthcoming season, in the opening concert on 2…» Read Full Story
A NEW initiative aimed at making the Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations self-financing through international sponsorship is to be launched in Stratford at the end of this month. The venture has set itself the task of raising a minimum of £150,000 a year from 2018 onwards to pay for key aspects of the annual event that marks the Bard’s birthday on 23rd April 1564. The project, known as “The Friends of Shakespeare’s Celebrations”, will be officially launched at Stratford Town Hall at…» Read Full Story
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
NUMEROUS bonfires and fireworks displays are set to take place across the Stratford district over the next two weekends.
SHIPSTON-on-Stour RFC pushed league-leaders Woodrush close on Saturday. After the previous week's superb win over Pershore, Shipston knew a win over Woodrush could catapult them to the top of the Midlands 3 West (South) league, but their visitors proved just too strong. Read the match report, plus all the latest from Shipston RFC, in tomorrow's Herald. Photos: Mark Williamson.
TV host Graham Norton was at the Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon last night (Friday). Norton, one of TV's most loved personalities, was talking about his recently published book, The Life and Loves of A He Devil. His appearance was part of the Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival's autumn season.
Roller Trio Stratford Jazz, No.1 Shakespeare Street GENRE-BENDING Mercury Prize winners, Roller Trio, who have emerged from the dynamic Leeds jazz scene, made their debut appearance for Stratford Jazz last Wednesday evening. All three Rollers, still in their 20s, are products of the influential Leeds College of Music, which habitually turns out immensely talented jazz musicians.
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.