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.
SHIPSTON Excelsior suffered cup final heartache when they were beaten on penalties by South Redditch Athletic in the final of the Stratford Alliance Division One Knockout Cup at Stratford Town’s DCS Stadium on Saturday.
An entertaining affair played in front of a healthy crowd around the 200-mark finished all-square at 1-1 after 90 minutes. The game went straight to penalties where the Worcestershire side prevailed with a 100 per cent conversion rate from the spot after Shipston had missed their first.
Excelsior took the lead on 18 minutes when Keiran Carr rifled home Matt Tye’s knock-down from a right-wing cross.
But after Shipston keeper Marcus Ireland had tipped over a fierce effort from Daniel Price, he could do little just before the half-hour mark when South Redditch player-manager Kevin Leggatt sprinted from the halfway line to connect with a corner from the right and steer the ball inside the post.
Despite chances for both teams the rest of the game was goalless, and the penalty shoot-out began badly for Shipston when Tye’s effort was saved by South Redditch keeper Adam Jervis.
Alex Seys, Kevin Hemmings and Nick Shurmer were all successful with their efforts for Shipston, but Nick Rumbold, Darrel Feesey, Conner Poole, Omar Pennicott and Garry Harvey all found the net to send the trophy back west.