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.
THOUSANDS of people packed onto the streets of Stratford-upon-Avon today to watch a 20-ft tall Lady Godiva puppet lead the People’s Pageant through town for William Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday Celebrations.
Today’s events kicked off with the usual procession of invited guests at 10.30am, which this year included a huge horse-drawn 450th birthday cake.
After the unfurling of the Big Birthday Flag at 11am, also a new addition, 450 balloons in Shakespeare’s colours of black and gold were released.
Then, at 11.20am, Lady Godiva led the People’s Pageant through town. Fully-clothed but without her horse, the six-metre tall puppet could walk, wave at the crowds, and even blink.
Marion Morgan, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s event officer, has explained the reason behind the decision to use Godiva, who was created for the Cultural Olympiad in 2012.
“She represents every man and every woman and she’ll be collecting stories as she appears in various places throughout the Midlands this summer,” she said.
“Everywhere she goes she’ll be collecting stories from the people of the towns she visits. As Shakespeare is ‘Mr Story’ it fits well with the theme of the day.
“There is a natural symbiosis between Godiva’s Odyssey and Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebrations—both were historic characters from the Midlands whose legends live on in our imaginations,” Ms Morgan added.
Although onlookers appeared bemused yet impressed by Godiva, the show was stolen by a samba band from Bromsgrove.
Wearing yellow shirts and colourful trousers, the drummers from Someone At The Door Samba Band were cheered all the way through town.
Despite concerning predictions of rain, the morning stayed dry to the relief of everybody.
There’s plenty more going on in town today and tomorrow. For a full round-up of this weekend’s celebrations plus reaction and photos, see next week’s special edition of the Herald.
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