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
SHOTGUNS, pistols and rifles were among 39 weapons handed in at Stratford-upon-Avon police station during what is being described as a two-week gun surrender. During Operation Magpie, which finished on Sunday, anyone living in Warwickshire who possessed an illegal weapon was able to hand it in at their local police station.
Alcester 36-0 Rugby Welsh Midlands 5 West (South) A FIRST-HALF hat-trick from teenager Ryan Clark eased Alcester RFC to a 36-0 thrashing over Rugby Welsh today. Although the teams started the day on the same number of points in third and fourth, it was evident straight from kick-off that there was only going to be one winner. The home side ran in four unanswered tries in a dominant first-half performance, and then kept Rugby Welsh shut out in the second half to the delight of a large crowd at President's Day in King's Coughton.
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.
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.