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 Town have managed a top-10 finish in their debut season in the Calor Southern League despite slipping to a 4-3 defeat in their final game at Bridgwater Town on Saturday.
Leading scorer Richard Gregory has also won the Division One South & West Golden Boot award after finding the net 39 times in league matches. Town ended the campaign as the division’s second highest scorer with an outstanding 103 goals, only bettered by second-placed Merthyr Town’s 111.
They fell behind after just three minutes on Saturday when Jake Mawford scored Bridgwater’s opener. Chris Sterling equalised on 16 minutes before Tom Knighton restored the home side’s lead on the half-hour mark.
Sterling leveled again almost immediately for Town but the Somerset side led at the break after Kyle Tooze’s corner found the net.
In the second-half, Karim Rendell made the game safe for Bridgwater with an 87th minute strike before Tyrone Fagan scored Stratford’s third in stoppage time.
Town manager Carl Adams said: “I accept that we haven’t been at our best in the last few matches, but over the season as a whole, I believe that the lads who have played deserve an enormous amount of credit.
“To have finished 10th in our first attempt at Southern League level is something that I am really pleased about, and while with a little bit more quality in certain areas it could have been better it also could have been a lot worse as well.
“When the season started a finishing spot of around 15th would have been acceptable to most supporters and perhaps we have overachieved and raised a few false hopes. But all in all I’m proud of what we’ve done and we will all know a bit more about what is required in this league when the new season kicks off in August.”
Cirencester Town’s 3-1 victory at Yate Town clinched the Division One South & West championship for the Gloucestershire club.
Merthyr Town, Tiverton Town, Paulton Rovers and Swindon Supermarine will contest the play-offs.