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.
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 wh…» Read Full Story
IT’S NOT often British 100-metre track star Harry Aikines-Aryeetey comes out second best in a sprint – but he did in Alcester this week. And not only did the one-time Young Sports Personality of the Year winner get beat at Ragley Hall, but it was also against a man climbing a 25-metre long pole. …» Read Full Story
LATE September sunshine and a warm welcome from the waiting crowd meant the visit by HRH The Princess Royal to the Forest of Arden Agricultural Society’s Ploughing and Hedging Match last Thursday was a big success – it was also the first ever royal visit to the show.…» Read Full Story
AROUND 4,500 people turned out for a dazzling fireworks display at the Royal Shakespeare Company theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon on Wednesday 23rd April, in celebration of William Shakespeare's 450th Birthday. Below is a video of that display, which cost £30,000 and was paid for entirely by the RSC out of the West End profits from Matilda, The Musical.…» Read Full Story
A 59-year-old man working at Alveston Manor was airlifted to hospital today (Wednesday) after suffering severe burns while cleaning the kitchen. An air ambulance landed on the cricket pitch of the recreation grounds shortly after midday and airlifted the immobilised man to the specialist burns unit at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. The member of staff, burned on his chest and arms, arrived at hospital at 12:40pm. Alveston Manor are conducting a full investigation into the incident. …» Read Full Story
Watch the trailer for the Royal Shakespeare Company 2012 production of The Taming of the Shrew. Filmed on Bancroft Gardens in Stratford-upon-Avon. …» Read Full Story
WATCH the giant pillow fight on Friday when the cast of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s forthcoming production of The Taming of the Shrew were joined by members of the public outside the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. More than 100 people gathered for the event, which was being filmed to create a video trailer exploring the battle of the sexes to publicise the play. Watch our cameraman get stuck in and receive a blow to his head for the trouble. …» Read Full Story
Former King Edward VI School student Bob Rogers is one step closer to having a blockbuster film about Shakespeare on his hands after both Kenneth Branagh and the American film-makers, the Coen Brothers, asked to see a screened read-through of the script performed by Stratford actors. …» Read Full Story
THERE has been a drop of more than 5,000 jobs in the Stratford district between 2006 — before the recession — and 2014. Figures presented to Stratford district councillors on Monday showed that eight years ago the number of jobs in the district stood at 71,495. At the end of June this year it was 66,161, a fall of 7.5 per cent Interestingly, despite the reduction in actual jobs over the past eight years, the number of businesses in the district has increased by well over 1,000, from 13,324 to 14,415, a rise of 8.2 per cent.
STRATFORD Town are back in league action today after three successive cup games. Eight points clear at the top of the Evo-Stik Southern League Division 1 South & West, they host seventh-place Cinderford Town at the DCS Stadium in Tiddington. Alcester Town have got a huge game in Division 3 of the Midland Football League. The league leaders are hosting second-placed unbeaten team, Rostance Edwards, knowing the winner will be top of the league at the end of the day. In rugby, Stratford will be hoping to bounce back from last week's disappointing home defeat to Stoke, but they face a tough Worcester side at Pearcecroft in Loxley Road. Shipston are also at home, and after last week's superb win over Pershore shot them up to third in the league, they have a mouthwatering clash with top-of-the-table Woodrush. These scores will be updated throughout the weekend.
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.
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.