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.
LOCAL drinkers are raising their glasses to the news that beer is back on tap following the launch of the first micro-brewery in the town for 50 years. Not since the famous Flowers Brewery in 1966 has Stratford-upon-avon had a local ale to call its own, but that’s all about to change thanks to the determination of local brewer Richard Williams, aged 25, who has just held a soft launch for his selection of beers which were on show at Stratford Alehouse in Greenhill Street last Friday.
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.