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 MEN'S first team of Stratford-upon-Avon Hockey Club recorded their first win of the season on Saturday. Two goals from Mark Leary plus further goals from Alex Byrd and Gregg Ricketts won a tight encounter with Nottingham Sikh Union at Stratford High School. Read more in Thursday's Stratford Herald. Scroll down for photos. All photos: Mark Williamson.…» Read Full Story
SHIPSTON Rugby Club produced their best performance of the season to win a rollercoaster game against Pershore on Saturday. The win propelled them up to third in the Midlands 3 West (South) league. Read more in Thursday's Stratford Herald. Scroll down for photos. All photos: Mark Williamson.…» Read Full Story
ALCESTER Town beat FC Stratford 3-0 in the Birmingham Vase on Saturday. Goals from Nicholas Cox, James Gifford, and substitute striker Nick Dance were enough for the red and blacks on the 3G pitch at the DCS Stadium in Tiddington. Scroll down for photos. All photos: Mark Williamson…» Read Full Story
STRATFORD Rugby Club were undone in the second half against a swift Stoke outfit at Pearcecroft on Saturday. Disappointed with the result, read what first team coach Marcus Cook said after the game in Thursday's Stratford Herald. Scroll down for photos from the match. All photos by Mark Williamson.…» Read Full Story
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 befor…» Read Full Story
St Ives Town 0-1 Stratford Town FA Trophy Preliminary Round A LAST-minute goal from ace marksman Richard Gregory broke the cup curse hanging over Town manager Carl Adams on Saturday. Incredibly, Adams, who has propelled Town to the top of the Southern League Division 1 South and West just two years after promotion, hadn’t won a game in any cup competition since his arrival at the club in June 2012. Just as a forgettable game was heading towards a replay, Town produced the touch of …» Read Full Story
Southam United 8-0 Studley SOUTHAMPTON may have stunned the football world by smashing Sunderland 8-0 in the Premier League on Saturday, but on the same day, their near-namesakes in the Stratford-on-Avon District also put eight past a team beginning with S. Tunde Ajibade grabbed a hat-trick to help Southam United — also nicknamed the Saints — bounce back from their midweek defeat at Cadbury Athletic and beat neighbours Studley 8-0 in the Les James Midland Football League Challenge C…» Read Full Story
Stratford 8-29 Stoke-on-Trent STRATFORD were undone in the second half against a quick Stoke-on-Trent team at Pearcecroft today. Camped on the Stoke line for the opening 20 minutes, Stratford were duly rewarded for their effort when Simon Brain bundled over to open the scoring. All looked well for the Black and Whites, but a combination of missed tackles and Stoke’s pacey backs saw the visitors level things up just before half-time at 5-5.…» Read Full Story
St Ives 0-1 Stratford Town LAST season's top goalscorer Richard Gregory notched the winner in today's FA Trophy Preliminary Round game to break the manager's cup-curse with Stratford Town. Gregory — who scored 43 goals last season, as well as two more in Stratford's midweek loss to Wolves — scored an 89th minute winner away at St Ives to win Carl Adams' first cup game for Town. See next week's Herald for the latest on Stratford Town.…» Read Full Story
STRATFORD Town travel to St Ives for the Preliminary Round of the FA Trophy today. Having won their last eight league games, Town are in great form and sit top of the Southern League Division 1 South & West, but manager Carl Adams has never won a cup game with the team. Can he break his curse today? Stratford Rugby Club kick-started their season last weekend with a win away at Silhillians that dragged them off the foot of the Midlands 1 West league. They host Stoke-on-Trent at Pearcecr…» Read Full Story
On my first week in the editor’s chair, I made a pledge to listen to our readers and serve their needs as, first and foremost, a community newspaper. Two months on, there have been some changes to both the look and content of the Herald and, I’m happy to say, feedback has been largely positive. Back in August, I also alluded to plans for a special Open Doors evening. This week I am delighted to announce the details of this event, and cordially invite you all to get involved.
THE MEN'S first team of Stratford-upon-Avon Hockey Club recorded their first win of the season on Saturday. Two goals from Mark Leary plus further goals from Alex Byrd and Gregg Ricketts won a tight encounter with Nottingham Sikh Union at Stratford High School. Read more in Thursday's Stratford Herald. Scroll down for photos. All photos: Mark Williamson.
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.