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 setting of world records is synonymous at Long Marston Airfield, and there’s the potential for another one to become reality this coming Easter Sunday for the largest convoy of Land Rovers!
Born from a desire to help by the bikers of Wootton, Convoy for Heroes is dedicated to raising funds for Help for Heroes, who in turn provide facilities and support services that benefit British servicemen and women injured in action.
In 2011, Convoy for Heroes’ plan was to beat the Guinness world record originally set at 260 in April 2004. Using the Heritage Motor Centre at Gaydon and the Jaguar Land Rover proving ground, Convoy for Heroes broke the record and so a new annual event was born, raising over £30,000 in three years.
Events for this year’s convoy at Long Marston Airfield scheduled for Easter Weekend (April 18th/21st) are well under way.
“Our new centrally located venue at Long Marston gives us the ideal opportunity to attempt to break our own Guinness world record,” said organiser Ian Uwins.
“In order to achieve this we will need around 500 Land Rovers, basically anything born with the green (or more recently black) oval. We hope to have vehicles from across the entire marque from the earliest series to the latest Range Rovers and everything in between.
“Arrangements for the 2014 event are well under way with clubs and individuals already booking their places, traders making arrangements and evening live entertainment being sort.
The camping/caravanning with toilets and hot showers area are all allocated, and plans for the convoy route are all in place to attempt to break our Guinness world record.”
Captain Tony Harris, driver and founder of Race 2 Recovery, will be starting the convoy as well as giving a talk about the work Help for Heroes, and also his recent Dakar experiences.
Along with a parade of the Land Rovers all of the usual convoy favourites like the Easter bonnet parade, a circus workshop for the kids, Easter egg scrambles, auction, the twilight tour, live music, licensed bar and a film night. Even Hero Bear will be making an appearance.
Bookings for the actual world record attempt end on Monday 31st March. So if you’re a Land Rover enthusiast and you would like to get involved in this annual event then full details can be found at www.convoy4heroes.org.uk