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.
Zelkova string quartet, Stratford Chamber Music Society, The Shakespeare Institute. THE second concert in the 50th anniversary season of the Stratford Chamber Music Society was given last Sunday evening at the Shakespeare Institute, in Church Street, Stratford, by the young Zelkova string quartet, who originally studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, and who graduated in 2010.…» Read Full Story
SOMETHING magical happened in Stratford ArtsHouse last Friday night when two Stratford schools joined forces with the town’s Orchestra of the Swan (OOTS), Talking Birds theatre company from Coventry, and a Birmingham school to perform Ant & Cleo — The Musical! Magical because you could see on the faces of the school children involved that this project has greatly enriched their lives.…» 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
Graham Norton Stratford Literary Festival Courtyard Theatre IT was a real coup for Stratford Literary Festival when they brought one of the best-known faces on television — Graham Norton — to town on Friday, 24th October . The popular Friday Night chat show host (The Graham Norton Show and now Eurovision Song Contest presenter) had hot-footed up to the Bard’s town immediately after appearing live on ITV’s This Morning programme. Of course, to warm the audience up there were some S…» Read Full Story
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.…» 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-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
THE Phoenix Players’ next production, Take Away the Lady by Jimmie Chinn, is the directorial debut of enthusiastic young director, Rebecca Alun-Jones. Take Away the Lady runs at Stratford ArtsHouse from Thursday, 25th September until Saturday, 27th September at 7.30pm.…» Read Full Story
NIRVANA Unplugged was recreated by a dozen musicians in Alcester on Saturday 17th May and the gathered crowd lapped up every second of the gig.…» Read Full Story
Misaki Morita from Japan visited England for the Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations and while here saw Tread the Boards Theatre Company’s Othello, which ran until Sunday and returns to the Attic Theatre for the Stratford Arts Festival……» Read Full Story
Warwickshire Police is supporting White Ribbon Day today (Tuesday 25th November) to highlight and condemn violence against women.
Tiverton Town 3-1 Stratford Town Evo-Stik Southern League Div 1 South & West EVERYTHING has to end eventually, and Town’s ten-game winning run in the league did so at Ladysmead on Saturday. Tiverton were worthy winners, but Carl Adams’ side contributed to their own downfall as three of the hosts’ goals were due to mistakes in the Town defence. Jamie Mudge took advantage of a weak header from Sam Adkins to put Tiverton ahead halfway through the first half, and although Joe Halsall equalised for Stratford five minutes after the restart, the Devon side were then allowed to score twice from set pieces either side of the hour mark to secure their fifth consecutive league win.
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.
SOMETHING magical happened in Stratford ArtsHouse last Friday night when two Stratford schools joined forces with the town’s Orchestra of the Swan (OOTS), Talking Birds theatre company from Coventry, and a Birmingham school to perform Ant & Cleo — The Musical! Magical because you could see on the faces of the school children involved that this project has greatly enriched their lives.
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.