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.
THE life and work of David Biddle was celebrated by his family, friends, students and staff at King Edward VI School where he was a member of staff between 1992 and 2014 and also a former student between 1949 and 1957. David Biddle died in July, aged 76, after battling a brain tumour. He was a much loved member and a huge part of the KES – and Stratford – community.…» Read Full Story
GARY Davies, a well-known former Formula 1 and Le Mans-winning mechanic from Stratford died on 16th September, aged 63. Mr Davies, who died of pneumonia, enjoyed a lifetime of success in motor racing and was a top racing mechanic in Formula 1 in the 1970s and later with Jaguar.…» Read Full Story
SIR DONALD SINDEN, one of the towering figures of theatre, film and television in the post-war years – and a passionate champion of Shakespeare and Stratford-upon-Avon – has died at the age of 90. He had been suffering from prostate cancer and died at his home in Kent. His family described his death as “a huge loss”. …» Read Full Story
THE death has been announced of Philip S Hart, or Phil Hart, as he was popularly known. Mr Hart moved to Stratford from Somerset in 1975 to take up the post of contracts co-ordinator at Stratford District Council (SDC). Immediately after coming to live in the town he volunteered at Tyler Street Youth Clubs and did almost 30 years’ service, finally becoming chairman of the committee until his health started to decline when he developed Parkinson’s Disease. …» Read Full Story
DIANA JAGGARD, who died last Friday at the age of 90, was a captivating teacher who served pupils in the Stratford area for some 60 years. The daughter of Sir Edward Salt, the Conservative MP for Birmingham Yardley from 1931 to 1945, she took a Froebel Degree, a modern form of child-centred education, at Roehampton University. The university was evacuated to Knebworth House during the Second World War and Diana completed a three-year course in two. …» Read Full Story
STEPHEN PRATT, who was headmaster of King Edward VI School, in Stratford, between 1963 and 1981 has died at his home in Chipping Campden. Born in Sussex, Mr Pratt, pictured left, came from a family of teachers and was educated at Worthing Grammar School for Boys. He won a History Scholarship to Hertford College, Oxford, in 1938, where his studies were interrupted by the Second World War. From 1940 he served with the Royal Artillery and by the end of the war he was engaged in Austria in the rehab…» Read Full Story
STRATFORD-upon-Avon lost a true Shakespearean treasure last week when veteran Royal Shakespeare Company actor Jeffery Dench died, aged 85. Born in Greater Manchester in 1929, Mr Dench has been described as the kind of actor who has made the RSC what it is today—having had a five-decade career on stage in Stratford. Mr Dench, who lived in Clifford Chambers, was the older brother of Oscar-winning actress Dame Judi Dench. And although he may not have always been centre stage his performances …» Read Full Story
LONG MARSTON’S star of stage and screen Kate O’Mara, who started out working behind the scenes at the Royal Shakespeare Company, has died at a Sussex nursing home, aged 74. The actress, who became a household name for her role as Joan Collins’s screen sister, ‘Caress’ Morell, in the 80s soap opera Dynasty, had a great passion for acting and loved talking about the theatre. She had a long and successful career, appearing in cult television series such as Danger Man a…» Read Full Story
FRIENDS and supporters of Louise Weatherhead, who has died aged 62 following a long battle with cancer, turned out in force at her funeral. There was standing room only as over 300 mourners attended St Andrew’s Church, Shottery. A tireless fundraiser, volunteer and stalwart of Stratford netball, Louise Weatherhead was proud of her Stratford roots. She was born on 7th July 1951 at the Monroe Devis Maternity Hospital in Tiddington and grew up in Stratford with her parents, Bill and Betty Ro…» Read Full Story
JOHN WINTERBURN, a former chairman of Stratford-on-Avon District Council, has died aged 84 after several years of battling leukaemia. Born in Leamington in 1929, as a child during the war he correctly identified a German bomber that had reached Leamington without detection. He ran for cover and alerted the adults he was with, but they did not believe a young boy and stood there arguing until they heard the bombs being dropped a few miles away. He later graduated from University College Leiceste…» Read Full Story
Rail services on the Snow Hill line towards Stratford upon Avon will return to normal tomorrow (Saturday 22 November). Network Rail has repaired the signalling fault that has stopped trains from running since Tuesday morning.
STRATFORD Town Youth recovered after conceding the opening goal to defeat Gornal Athletic 4-1 in last night's Birmingham County Youth Cup tie at the DCS. Liam Hickman gave the Black Country visitors a 15th-minute lead in the second-round contest, but it was 1-1 when Brandon Hague equalised on 27 minutes.
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.