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.
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.…» Read Full Story
TWO goals from Chris Sterling completed a remarkable second-half comeback against an in-form Cinderford team at the DCS Stadium on Saturday. Registering their ninth league win in a row, it was enough for Town manager Carl Adams to say this week that the club are now aiming for the title. Read more in tomorrow's Stratford Herald. All photos: Mark Williamson.…» Read Full Story
STRATFORD RFC lost another tight encounter against one of the top sides in the Midlands 1 West league on Saturday. Read the match report, plus first team coach Marcus Cook's assessment, in tomorrow's Stratford Herald. All photos: Mark Williamson.…» Read Full Story
Stratford Town 2-1 Cinderford Town STRATFORD Town came from behind today to win their ninth league game in a row. Two goals from Chris Sterling in a dominant second-half performance turned the game on its head and kept Town eight points clear at the top of the Evo-Stik Southern League Division 1 South & West.…» Read Full Story
STRATFORD Town are back in league action today after three successive cup games. Eight points clear at the top of the Evo-Stik Southern League Division 1 South & West, they host seventh-place Cinderford Town at the DCS Stadium in Tiddington. Alcester Town have got a huge game in Division 3 of the Midland Football League. The league leaders are hosting second-placed unbeaten team, Rostance Edwards, knowing the winner will be top of the league at the end of the day. In rugby, Stratf…» Read Full Story
JONATHAN Trott has committed himself to Warwickshire County Cricket Club until the end of the 2017 season after signing a new three-year contract extension at Edgbaston. The 33-year-old England batsman scored 1,156 runs across all three formats in 2014, helping the Bears to runners-up finishes in the County Championship and Royal London One-Day Cup. Between July and September, he scored five centuries.…» Read Full Story
STRATFORD Athletic Club high jumper and hurdler, Rory Dwyer, has been ranked the most outstanding under-17 athlete in the UK. Dwyer, who lives in Alcester, received the accolade, plus a £500 bursary, from the Ron Pickering Memorial Fund at an England Athletics awards evening in Birmingham on Saturday.…» Read Full Story
This article first appeared in the Herald on Thursday 16th October. For the latest sports news in South Warwickshire, pick up the paper each week for just 60p. Warwickshire Bears 51-41 Northampton Phoenix A FORMER Paralympic skiier has helped Warwickshire Bears wheelchair basketball team win their first home game of the season against a spirited Northampton side in Henley-in-Arden. Warwickshire started strongly, scoring freely in the Phoenix basket, and won the first quarter 16-6. …» Read Full Story
This article first appeared in the Herald on Thursday 16th October. For the latest sports news in South Warwickshire, pick up the paper each week for just 60p. ZOE Perkin from Snitterfield has won silver in a national benchrest shooting competition for adults.…» Read Full Story
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
With Halloween upon us, Simon Woodings highlights some of the ghostly goings-on in a variety of locations across Stratford.
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.