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.
STRATFORD Town are still ahead of schedule, manager Carl Adams says, despite picking up just one point out of a possible 12. Read what the gaffer has to say ahead of this weekend's home fixture against Shortwood United in Thursday's Herald. As well as all the news on Stratford Town, FC Stratford, Alcester Town, Southam United, Earlswood Town, and the Stratford Alliance, the back page features Warwickshire Bears wheelchair basketball team, who are top of the table going into Christmas. I…» Read Full Story
A RYAN Timmins hat-trick condemned FC Stratford to a home defeat in Division Three of the Midland Football League on Saturday. Read the match report here. Pick up Thursday's Herald to find out what assistant coach Joe Featherstone made of the performance. Photos: Mark Williamson.…» Read Full Story
STRATFORD Hockey Club Men's First team secured four points in a double-header weekend. They beat basement boys Kings Heath Pickwick 5-1 at Stratford School on Saturday before battling to a 2-2 draw away at Melton on Sunday. Read more hockey in Thursday's Herald. Photos: Mark Williamson…» Read Full Story
ALCESTER'S Second XV threw away a lead for the third game in a row during a feisty game against Evesham on Saturday, but there were performances that hinted at an improvement. Pick up the Herald on Thursday to read more on this game, and a full round-up of rugby in the Stratford-on-Avon district. Photos: Mark Williamson…» Read Full Story
Hampton 3-4 Earlswood Town Division Two — Midland Football League EARLSWOOD were coasting this game at 4-1 with eight minutes left but they let the hosts back into the game before seeing out the win. The victory moves the Earls up to fourth in the league and extends their unbeaten run to five games. With the home team having the better of the exchanges in the first ten minutes Earlswood pulled themselves into the game and took the lead in the 12th minute.…» Read Full Story
Cinderford Town 2-1 Stratford Town Evo-Stik Southern League - Division 1 South & West STRATFORD Town's difficult December continued today as they slipped to their third league defeat in four games against a spirited Cinderford side.…» Read Full Story
FC Stratford 0-3 Rostance Edwards Division Three — Midland Football League A RYAN Timmins hat-trick condemned FC Stratford to a home defeat on the 3G pitch at the DCS Stadium this afternoon. Stratford’s goalkeeper James Cutts saved a Rostance penalty at 1-0 but it proved to be in vain. A dominant first-half performance from the Walsall side, who started the day in second, was enough to bully third-from-bottom Stratford into defeat.…» Read Full Story
Pershore Town 1-3 Southam United Les James Challenge Cup TWO goals from Chris Bright and another from leading goal scorer Louis Bridges gave Saints a 3-1 win at Pershore Town today. After surviving an early scare, Southam took the lead in this Les James Midland Football League Cup tie when Louis Bridges scored his 21st goal of the season in the eighth minute.…» Read Full Story
STRATFORD Town are still level on points with Merthyr Town at the top of the Evo-Stik Southern League Division 1 South & West, but they have lost three and drawn one of their last four games in all competitions. Today they face a tough away test at Cinderford Town. When the teams faced at the DCS Stadium in October, Stratford won 2-1 thanks to two Chris Sterling goals in a remarkable second-half comeback. But that was a team riding high on confidence having won eight league games in a …» Read Full Story
THE FINALISTS for the 13th annual Stratford-on-Avon District Celebration of Sport awards have been announced. The judges have met, and chosen a shortlist of finalists for each of the eight categories. Disability sport is well represented this year, with two of the three finalists for the senior sports person category from para-cycling and wheelchair basketball respectively.…» Read Full Story
THREE people living in Stratford-upon-Avon have been targeted by bank card scammers on the same day. Each had a call from a man claiming to be a police officer from Holborn Police Station, in London, who told them that their bank card had been cloned and was being used by criminals.
STRATFORD Town are still ahead of schedule, manager Carl Adams says, despite picking up just one point out of a possible 12. Read what the gaffer has to say ahead of this weekend's home fixture against Shortwood United in Thursday's Herald. As well as all the news on Stratford Town, FC Stratford, Alcester Town, Southam United, Earlswood Town, and the Stratford Alliance, the back page features Warwickshire Bears wheelchair basketball team, who are top of the table going into Christmas. Inside there is a full page of rugby coverage, as well as hockey, shooting, golf, snooker, table tennis, bowls, judo, cricket, athletics, bridge, darts and junior football.
ONE of the most exciting and charismatic performers of the rhythm and blues and rock and roll world will be at The Townsend Hall, in Shipston-on-Stour, on Friday, 19th December. Piano player, Mike Sanchez, founder member of the Big Town Playboys, and a one time Bill Wyman Rhythm King, was featured recently on Jools Holland’s BBC Radio Two show.
ACTRESS Alison Steadman regaled a packed audience at the Artshouse in Stratford-upon-Avon on Sunday evening with stories about land ladies in acting digs, mad aunts and getting Paul McCartney to sign an autograph outside Liverpool’s Cavern Club in the 1960s. The award-winning TV, film and stage actress, who was interviewed on stage by Fiona Lindsay for the final event in the Stratford Literary Festival’s Autumn Plus Series, kept jumping up from her chair as she described what a performer she has been since an early age, including painting her face with toothpaste, and delighted the audience with one of her most famous roles — the excruciating Beverley in Mike Leigh’s Abigail’s Party.
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.