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.
AN OFFICIAL paving stone commemorating Stratford-upon-Avon’s forgotten war hero for the 100th anniversary of the First World War will be placed in the town, the government has confirmed. Rex Warneford – the first man to single-handedly shoot down a zeppelin - was ignored in the government’s initial plans to recognise Victoria Cross winners because he was born abroad in India. The Herald launched a campaign, together with King Edward VI school, where Rex lived and studied for five years, to get the fighter pilot recognised.
STRATFORD Town went down 4-2 to Calor Southern League Division One South & West title-hopefuls Tiverton Town at the DCS Stadium on Thursday night.
The visitors took the lead on 16 minutes when right-back James Richards appeared on the left side of the Stratford box to rifle a shot past keeper Sam Brady. They doubled their advantage six minutes later when striker Michael Nardiello headed home a powerful cross from the right by Marcus Martin.
Stratford leading scorer Richard Gregory went close on three occasions for the hosts but was denied by brilliant goalkeeping from Mike Searle in the Tiverton goal, and it was the Yellows who led 2-0 at the break
Gregory gave the home faithful hope early in the second-half when his 30-yard snapshot wrong-footed Searle and found the corner of the net. It was the prolific marksman’s 37th league goal of the season.
But Tiverton scored a crucial third goal on 74 minutes when Nardiello headed home a cross from Richards before Martin put the game out of Stratford’s reach with the Devon side’s fourth.
Simeon Tulloch headed home a stoppage-time consolation goal for Carl Adams’ side.
Adams told the Herald: “We played a very good team on the night who might well go on to win the division. I thought 4-2 was a bit harsh as their keeper made three great saves during the game, but we were punished for our mistakes and they were the better side overall.
“The reality for us is that the top five teams in this division are too good for us. But that’s a learning curve and something that we will look to address next season.
“We have to take the positives out of it and one of them is just how this team have come together since Christmas and gained some great results.”
Town return to action on Saturday with a trip to Godalming Town before returning to the DCS Stadium on Easter Monday when Cinderford Town are the visitors. Both games kick off at 3pm.
THE Stratford Alliance Division One Knockout Cup final between Shipston Excelsior and South Redditch Athletic, which will take place at the DCS Stadium on Saturday, will kick off at 3pm.