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.
ALCESTER held its first St George’s Day parade in town today and playing the part of the English patron saint was American 27-year-old Cameron John.
Raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Cameron’s father is English and when he came to visit him two years ago he liked Alcester so much he decided to stay.
Now the Bar Manager at The Turks Head pub on High Street, Cameron has immersed himself in traditional English life, becoming the first American to join the historic Alcester Court Leet society.
“I originally came to Alcester just to visit some family members, but I ended up staying,” he said.
“I just like how the community get together to celebrate things. Alcester is constantly doing things like this in town.”
Because he’s a member of an amateur dramatic society, Cameron was asked to play St George by the High Bailiff of Alcester Steven Brown.
Although he admitted there wasn’t much serious acting, he enjoyed dressing up as the English knight nonetheless.
“It was just a little cheap costume,” he said. “I would have loved it if it was the full-weighted costume, chainmail and all.
“I’ll have to order a Game of Thrones-style one next time!”
Schoolchildren from Alcester built a huge paper dragon for the procession, which marched up the High Street around 11.30am before a short play in the churchyard of St Nicholas.
The Court Leet then retired for lunch inside Town Hall where our Yankee St George had “several pints of ale” at the top table with the High and Low Bailiff.