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.
A CONVOY of supersized show case trucks paraded through Stratford-upon-Avon and raised over £2,000 for military charity Troop Aid. There were 29 trucks on show and the convoy was led by one titled Fallen Heroes which bore the names of all 453 British servicemen and women who died in the Afghanistan conflict. Read the full story in this week's Stratford Herald.…» Read Full Story
Here's a look at today's paper. We've got more on the announcement there will be no Global Gathering next year, and why it could have a knock-on effect on several charities, and some pictures of how the new Stratford Hospital will look when it opens in 2016.…» Read Full Story
THERE’S a spooktacular collection of Stratford-upon-Avon Halloween stories in this week’s Stratford Herald, a grey lady who haunts the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, a dolls house that moves in the night and the sound of crying babies in a cellar to name just a few.…» Read Full Story
FIREFIGHTERS are to stage further strikes in their long-running dispute with the Government over proposed changes to pensions. The latest walkout will start at 6pm on Friday and finish on Tuesday at 6pm. Bonfires take place on Saturday at Alcester Rugby Club and on Sunday at Stratford Rugby Club.…» Read Full Story
ABOUT £2,000 worth of designer glasses were stolen during an break-in at Boots Opticians. A till containing cash and a safe with money inside were also taken during the burglary, which happened at the store in Wood Street, Stratford, police said.…» Read Full Story
AN independent investigation has been ordered by Stratford District Council’s chief legal officer into meetings between the authority’s political leader and a well-known local property developer. The inquiry has been triggered by the results of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests about meetings between Cllr Chris Saint (Cons Tredington), leader of Stratford District Council, and developer Tony Bird. The FOI requests were prompted by the surprise emergence of plans for a new settlemen…» Read Full Story
GLOBAL GATHERING, the major dance festival held at Long Marston Airfield near Stratford-upon-Avon for the past 13 years, this evening (Sunday) announced the event will not be held in 2015. A statement was posted on its website by festival organiser MAMA & Company. …» Read Full Story
NEW plans to build another 95 homes in Shipston have come under immediate fire. 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. A planning application went into the district council late last month, but has only just come to light.…» Read Full Story
THE latest lifesaving machine to be installed in Stratford-upon-Avon has appeared at the district council’s Elizabeth House headquarters. The community defibrillator can be used by council staff as well as people living, working, shopping or visiting nearby, in the event of someone suffering a cardiac arrest. The machine is the latest model and is designed to be operated by people who are completely untrained, telling them exactly what to do.…» Read Full Story
THE first Coventry and Warwickshire Tourism Awards will be held in March, it has been announced. A full list of categories has yet to be announced, but is expected to include best visitor attraction, best hotel and best bar/restaurant. The venue for the ceremony has been confirmed as the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. The awards are being run by the Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Quidem, the owners of Touch FM.…» Read Full Story
A CONVOY of supersized show case trucks paraded through Stratford-upon-Avon and raised over £2,000 for military charity Troop Aid. There were 29 trucks on show and the convoy was led by one titled Fallen Heroes which bore the names of all 453 British servicemen and women who died in the Afghanistan conflict. Read the full story in this week's Stratford Herald.
SHIPSTON-on-Stour RFC pushed league-leaders Woodrush close on Saturday. After the previous week's superb win over Pershore, Shipston knew a win over Woodrush could catapult them to the top of the Midlands 3 West (South) league, but their visitors proved just too strong. Read the match report, plus all the latest from Shipston RFC, in tomorrow's Herald. Photos: Mark Williamson.
TV host Graham Norton was at the Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon last night (Friday). Norton, one of TV's most loved personalities, was talking about his recently published book, The Life and Loves of A He Devil. His appearance was part of the Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival's autumn season.
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.