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.
HUNDREDS of people turned out for a dazzling fireworks display at the Royal Shakespeare Company theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon last night, in celebration of William Shakespeare's 450th Birthday.
After a speech from RSC Artistic Director, Gregory Doran, the crowd on the Bancroft Gardens were given a brief blast from a brass band situated on the theatre balcony before an impressive display was launched from the rooftop.
Held at 10.40pm after that evening’s performance of Henry IV, Part I, the late start did not deter people from the fireworks, which were set to background music from among others, the Arctic Monkeys.
A huge flaming bust of Shakespeare was ignited, and at the end of the display, golden sparks rained down from the theatre.
Although yesterday was the official anniversary of the Bard’s birth, the majority of the celebrations in Stratford are taking place on Saturday.
For more information on this weekend’s events see today’s Herald!