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.
ACTOR David Bradley, best known for his role as Argus Filch in the Harry Potter films, is lighting the bonfire at Stratford Town FC's Halloween Extravaganza tonight. Bradley will light the bonfire at the DCS Stadium in Knight's Lane, Tiddington, at 6.30pm and there will be a fireworks display at 7pm.…» 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
ALL the fun of the fair has returned to Stratford today (Thursday) with the arrival of the Runaway Mop in town. It takes place today and tomorrow (Friday), closing several roads around the town until 6am on Saturday.…» Read Full Story
THIS band of brothers from Stratford-upon-Avon College’s Uniformed Public Services course have tested their mettle at the Royal Marine Commando Training Centre in Lympstone. They spent three days living the lives of a Royal Marine recruit, being put through a variety of physically and mentally challenges, including the British Military fitness tests, a weapons and tactics lecture, and a lesson in escape and evasion sniper tactics.…» Read Full Story
KING Edward VI School has opened a new sixth form annexe within the headquarters of Stratford-on-Avon District Council headquarters, in Church Street. This year KES received applications from over 300 students at 45 different schools to join its co-educational sixth form which represents a 400 per cent increase on 2010. As a result school governors took the decision to expand the size of the sixth form which now numbers 260.…» Read Full Story
A YEAR ago Shelley Faulkner broke her neck in an horrific car crash which could have left her paralysed or even dead. But, instead, to mark the first anniversary of her survival day, Shelley is holding a fundraising event in Stratford to say thank you. Shelley, aged 28, admits she was nearly killed in the crash when her car skidded on the way to work on Saturday, 15th November last year leaving her with a broken neck, a broken arm and dislocated elbow.…» Read Full Story
THE South Warwickshire charity Springfield Mind is to hold a memorial poetry event at its Stratford-upon-Avon HQ on 30th October in honour of its late patron, the publishing magnate Felix Dennis. The occasion will also be dedicated to Trevor, a “longstanding client and friend”, whose full name cannot be given for reasons of confidentiality. Mr Dennis, who lived at Dorsington, died in June at the age of 67 after a long battle with cancer.…» Read Full Story
HIGH-SPEED fibre broadband will be available in villages across South Warwickshire before the end of the year, it has been pledged. More than 8,000 homes and businesses could benefit from upgrade work to add to the 15,000 already connected. Among the included areas are Bidford, Brailes, Ettington, Ilmington, Lapworth and Moreton Morrell, while parts of Henley, Shipston and Alderminster will also benefit from the scheme expansion.…» 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
SEPTEMBER saw the highest number of bicycle thefts in the Stratford-on-Avon district for the last four years, crime statistics from Warwickshire Police have shown. Twenty bikes were stolen in the district last month, the highest number since July 2010, when 20 bikes were also stolen. Latest figures showed that six have been stolen so far this October. A police spokeswoman said that bicycle crime seems to increase each August and September, and suggested a possible reason was because it …» Read Full Story
ACTOR David Bradley, best known for his role as Argus Filch in the Harry Potter films, is lighting the bonfire at Stratford Town FC's Halloween Extravaganza tonight. Bradley will light the bonfire at the DCS Stadium in Knight's Lane, Tiddington, at 6.30pm and there will be a fireworks display at 7pm.
JONATHAN Trott has committed himself to Warwickshire County Cricket Club until the end of the 2017 season after signing a new three-year contract extension at Edgbaston. The 33-year-old England batsman scored 1,156 runs across all three formats in 2014, helping the Bears to runners-up finishes in the County Championship and Royal London One-Day Cup. Between July and September, he scored five centuries.
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.