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.
ACCLAIMED author Charlie Hill will be at Stratford-upon-Avon Library tonight (Tuesday). He will discuss and sign copies of his second novel, Books, from 7pm. The author is one of six local writers appearing at Warwickshire Libraries Readers Evenings around the county. They are part of Fantastic Fun with Words, the popular libraries festival, now in its seventh year.…» Read Full Story
THE travellers who set up home on Stratford-upon-Avon Recreation Ground a week ago moved on over the weekend. About 15 traveller caravans arrived at the Rec on Friday, 10th October and after negotiations with police and district council officials were allowed to stay overnight. They remained in Stratford for a week and left on Saturday for an unknown destination.…» Read Full Story
A woman was left trapped in the wreckage of the car she was driving for the best part of an hour after a crash in Warwickshire that damaged two other vehicles and a house. The crash happened at the junction of Warwick Road and New Road in Henley in Arden at just before 4.50pm yesterday (Monday) afternoon.…» Read Full Story
The Met Office is tonight warning of wet and windy weather hitting South Warwickshire during Tuesday. Gusts of up to 70mph are expected to cross the county as the tail end of Hurricane Gonzalo decends on the UK with the worst the of the bad weather hitting our area during the morning rush hour on Tuesday. The Met Office has issued a "be aware" warning for many areas. Keep up to date on any distruption caused by the storm at stratford-herald.com. …» Read Full Story
THE adoption of Stratford District Council’s vital core strategy has been delayed by another three months and is not now expected to take place until at least July 2015. This was revealed at today’s (Monday’s) full meeting of the council by its leader, Cllr Chris Saint (Cons, Tredington). Cllr Saint told the meeting that Peter Drew, the planning inspector appointed to conduct the public examination of the soundness of the strategy, had booked the council’s HQ in Stratford for the whole…» Read Full Story
NEW plans to build another 95 homes in Shipston-on-Stour have come under immediate fire from the Liberal Democrats in the town. Cllr Richard Cheney (Lib Dem, Shipston), who is also the leader of the opposition on Stratford District Council, said he was “very unhappy” with the proposals being put forward by developers Ainscough Strategic Land. He said the site was on rising ground to the south of Campden Road in Shipston, just above the location next to Oldbutt Road where a scheme for 90 ho…» Read Full Story
A PROPOSAL to build 400 homes at Long Marston Airfield has suddenly emerged following the recent rejection of the plan to develop 3,500 homes on the site. Cala Homes, which was also proposing the much bigger scheme, is behind the latest idea and is holding two public consultation events later this week.…» Read Full Story
MEDICAL teams were called pitch-side after a boy was injured playing rugby in Shipston-on-Stour on Sunday morning. West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call to Shipston Rugby Club at 11.30am, a community first responder, a community paramedic, an ambulance and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance attending the scene.…» Read Full Story
THREE people were taken to a hospital after the car they were travelling in left the road and ended up in a ditch in Warwickshire last night. The incident happened in Deppers Bridge near Southam at 7.30pm (Saturday). Three ambulances, a paramedic area support officer, a community paramedic and a senior paramedic officer attended the scene.…» Read Full Story
THE Remembering Tree which proved such a big festive hit on Bancroft Gardens in Stratford-upon-Avon, will be back on Monday, 1st December. Last year’s huge, multi-coloured crochet which covered a tree in the gardens raised more than £5,000 for charitable work in Africa.…» Read Full Story
ACCLAIMED author Charlie Hill will be at Stratford-upon-Avon Library tonight (Tuesday). He will discuss and sign copies of his second novel, Books, from 7pm. The author is one of six local writers appearing at Warwickshire Libraries Readers Evenings around the county. They are part of Fantastic Fun with Words, the popular libraries festival, now in its seventh year.
Nuneaton Town Youth 0-5 Stratford Town Youth FA Youth Cup — 3rd Qualifying Round STRATFORD Town’s youth team maintained their 100 per cent record for the season, sweeping past Nuneaton Town in the FA Youth Cup on Monday night to reach the First Round proper. Without Johnny Adair, who unfortunately broke his leg in the match at the weekend, Town put in a five-star performance after an even first half. Ollie Trotman’s goal in the 43rd minute gave them a crucial half time lead before Billy Lewis put them two up three minutes after the restart. Nuneaton missed a penalty soon after and from then on, Town never looked back. When Charlie Faulkner had made it 3-0 from the penalty spot on the hour mark it was effectively game over. Faulkner added two more in the last 15 minutes to complete his hat-trick and send Martin Humphries’ exciting and talented side through to the First Round where they have a home tie against Kidderminster Harriers.
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 auditorium, setting the production in a flat thrust.
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-upon-Avon – The Biography, published by Amberley Publishing at £16:99.
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.