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 Cricket Club continue their preparations for the new Birmingham League season, which begins on Saturday week, with a friendly against Redditch CC at Swans Nest Lane on Saturday.
A new-look Panthers will be led by player-coach Chris Whelan, who brings a wealth of experience from his first-class career with Worcestershire CCC. Whelan will lead a string of newcomers, which include former Redditch player Dan Protherough, and Adrian Witts from Bretforton.
The club have also secured the services of Abel Mokhuane, a promising South African overseas player who has arrived in Stratford after a successful season in his home country.The 20-year-old is a left-handed top order batsman, left-arm orthodox spin bowler and an athletic fielder. He recently played twice for Northerns Provincial U19s team, scoring 43 and 73 not out and bowling tightly in one of the games.
There is also a new look feel to the junior side of the club. Peter Richards, the recently appointed director of junior cricket, has focused on getting more qualified coaches within the club, as well as employing the services of Complete Cricket, a company run by ex-Warwickshire CCC professionals who have established their own brand of high-quality coaching for budding talent.
The junior season started on Monday when Jim Troughton, Warwickshire county captain, formally opened the new outdoor nets at Swans Nest Lane and conducted a cricketing masterclass.
The league season opener sees the 1st XI take on Hawkins Sports CC at home on Saturday 26th April. The 2nd XI travel to Old Elizabethans on the same day to commence their league season under the captaincy of Richard Sykes.
John Paton will lead Stratford Bards, the club's 3rd XI, into their first Cotswold Hills League game against Elmley Castle II on 3rd May at Alscot Park.