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 relatives of a man who was born in Stratford-upon-Avon and killed in action in the Vietnam War in 1969 are being sought by the Office of Australian War Graves.
Australian officials want to trace relatives of Private Eric George Gould and get their permission to display photographs of him at a new Vietnam Memorial Library being built in Washington DC, America.
Little is known of Eric Gould, who was born on 16th July, 1947, except that he served as 55890 Private Eric George Gould, with the 8th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, and was killed, aged 22, in Long Khan Province, South Vietnam on 21st December 1969.
He was the battalion’s first casualty.
After cremation his ashes were returned to the UK but nothing else is known of the ashes whereabouts or any surviving next of kin.
Now the American and Australian governments are building a memorial research library in Washington DC and one its features will be a wall of photos of those who lost their lives fighting in Vietnam.
Two photographs of Eric Gould in combat fatigues, taken against the backdrop of what appears to be a jungle, can be viewed on www.findagrave.com
Anyone with more information about Mr Gould should contact Rick “Barney” Bigwood at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org