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-upon-Avon Rugby Club is trying to trace any information on a team of players they’ve called ‘The Lost XV’ who were killed in the First World War.
Modern day relatives or anyone with photographs and memorabilia about Stratford RFC at the time of the war are needed to help piece together a historical jigsaw involving one of the oldest rugby clubs in the country.
At the time of the Great War thousands of sportsmen at clubs dotted around Britain volunteered to fight.
Rugby players were no exception and Stratford’s Lost XV enrolled because like millions of others they probably thought the conflict would be a short-lived affair when it started in August 1914, some joked it would be over by Christmas that year.
At the outbreak of war Stratford started playing matches against a French side known as SCUF—Sporting Club Universitaire de France. The fixture continues to be played each year in May.
Back in 1914 players taking part in the match, both French and British, would almost certainly have become embroiled in the events of the Great War.
Ironically, Stratford RFC had 15 players who didn’t return from battle who have been called The Lost XV.
In the centenary year that marks the start of the First World War, Stratford will be holding a one off commemorative game against SCUF with both teams in period rugby kit, playing with a vintage leather ball, under the 1914 laws of the game.
The charitable event will be held at Pearcecroft, Stratford on the very same pitch The Lost XV would have played on.
Following the game a commemorative plaque to those club members who made the ultimate sacrifice will be unveiled.
Their names are: “Doc” Smith, Norman Kinman, “Tiny” Hands, Jack Lambert, Ted Berry, Pat Thompson, “Nonny” Morgan, D O'Callaghan, Arnold Bloomer, T C Burke, C Mullaly, H B Wilson, Frank Hitchman, C C Bryan and A W Bailey
Anyone with more information about The Lost XV should e-mail stratfordslostXV@mail.com