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.
A BARRAGE of loud ‘Oyez Oyez’s pierced the Alcester air on Saturday afternoon as the town held its annual town crying competition.
Fourteen town criers from around the country descended on Malt Mill Lane to compete in this year’s event, won by Sandwell crier, Adrian Holmes.
Alcester’s Low Bailiff Vaughan Blake, was one of four judges. He said the Sandwell crier emerged victorious because: “He was by far and away the clearest, it was his consistency of volume really.
“Some of them dropped their volume, they started off with the Oyez Oyez and half the town could hear them, but then they fell away.”
Dressed all in green, the Sandwell crier picked up points for his clarity, volume and cadence.
“He ticked all the boxes,” said the Low Bailiff.
“He also had a flow to it, which I think clinched it. Some of them just seemed to shout each word individually.”
Sandwell crier Adrian Holmes won the event.
The town crier for Nuneaton and Bedworth, Paul Gough, came second, and there was drama in the form of a three-way tie for third place.
After the competition’s first cry-off in its 20-year history, third place was given to both Trevor Heeks from Trowbridge near Bath and Ken Knowles from Lichfield.
The Mayor of Alcester Mark Cargill was also judging, while his wife Kathryn Cargill judged the ‘best dressed’ category alongside the High Bailiff’s wife Alison Brown.
They decided Dennis Robinson from Sandbach near Crewe, was the smartest.
After the competition, which took place between 2pm and 3pm, the winners were presented their trophies at lunch in the town hall.
Dennis Robinson was judged to be the 'Best Dressed'.
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