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.
A TEACHER has retired today (Friday) after working 41 years at the same Stratford primary school.
Pete Butler, now aged 64, joined The Willows when he was 23 years old when the school was known as the “traffic lights school” and located on the corner of Alcester Road and Grove Road.
He’s taught more than 1,230 pupils, ran the boy’s football team for over 30 years, and has written and directed the school pantomime for the last 34 years.
At an assembly last week his pupils called him “The Legend, Mr B”.
Despite his extra-curricular activities, class teaching has remained his passion.
“I just love the class teaching relationship,” said the Shottery Road resident.
“I’ve been responsible for Year 6 for the last 25 years of my career, it’s been a great privilege to see them through quite a traumatic year of transition into secondary school.
“There’s the 11-plus and Key Stage 2 Sats, for them it’s a scary time and stressful time.”
Now teaching children of his ex-pupils, Mr Butler was a big part in the formation of The Willows Friends, acting as the staff representative on the parent teacher association for many years.
For decades he’s organised Year 6’s annual trip to the Isle of Wight.
“It’s quite an important landmark in their lives, the first time they go away without their parents,” he said.
“We go in April and you can almost see how they’ve grown in confidence afterwards.”
Tomorrow, Mr Butler is taking his last ever Year 6 leavers’ assembly.
Last week, 50 Year 6 pupils jumped into an old blue double decker bus and picked him up from his house.
“Waving regally from the top”, he had a “closed-bus parade” around Stratford.
School head Janis McBride said: “His send off on an old fashioned Routemaster bus was a fitting tribute to a teacher; who in the words of the children in assembly called him the Legend Mr B.”
Looking forward to spending more hours with friends and family, Mr Butler said: “It has been a huge privilege to be a part of Stratford’s community for so long.
“There has been lots of changes in the national curriculum, whatever the changes the joys of the job remains.
“Ultimately, you’re trying to bring something to those children that is going to enhance their life and make their life richer in experience.”