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.
THE Lions and Legends have named their squad for the Forces Support Charity Football Festival key match at Stratford Town’s DCS Stadium at 3pm on Sunday 18th May.
The Villa showcase XI, who will meet a former Coventry City side and compete for the E-Lites Trophy, includes many of the ‘big names’ who played in Aston Villa’s European Cup winning squad from the 1981/1982 season, such as Nigel Spink, Ken McNaught, Gordon Cowans, Tony Morley, Des Bremner, together with Gary Shaw who will be attending the event.
All money from the day will raise funds for Forces Support, who operate all over the UK. They provide practical support for bereaved military families. This help for the families of the fallen sounds simple but has shown to have hugely beneficial effects for those left behind.
Ken McNaught, Aston Villa European Cup XI, said: “I would personally like to thank all our former players for giving up their time to come and join our Legends side for this very worthwhile event. We are all very much looking forward to this match and raising money for Forces Support.”
Bill McCance, founder of Forces Support said: “As with the Coventry City side, there are some fantastic names in the Villa showcase team playing for our charity. I know all the Villa fans that come along for this event are going to be thrilled by seeing their heroes in action.”
Several places remain for supporters from each side who wish to take the opportunity to play for 15 minutes in the second half of this match. A fee of £200 will be charged which will be used as a donation to the charity. Places will be allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Email Brian Seymour-Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Legends squad: Nigel Spink, Neil Cutler, Ian Ward, Ken McNaught, Pat Heard, Colin Gibson, Bryan Small, Des Bremner, Gordon Cowans, John Capaldi, Tony Morley, Ryan Amoo, Lee Hendrie, Darren Byfield, Martin Carruthers, Ben Pett, Dean Smith, Gary Shaw.