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 HORSE charity has come to the rescue of St Andrew’s Church, in Shottery, to provide a new donkey for the annual Palm Sunday.
Suchard the donkey has led the traditional Palm Sunday procession for around ten years, but has taken retirement from the role.
The 33-year-old donkey from Clifford Chambers, is now quite elderly and not so agile on her hoofs.
Various donkeys have been taking part in the procession for about 30 years, and Suchard took on the role after her owner Bob Jones responded to the church’s plea.
The church was keen to continue the tradition and asked the Herald to publish an article appealing for a willing donkey volunteer and transport.
We then contacted Redwings Horse Sanctuary, in Oxhill, which has offered the services of two young donkeys, Timothy and Cain.
Nicola Markwell from the sanctuary said: “Timothy and Cain’s mums were both rescued in terrible condition from the horrors of Spindle Farm in Amersham, in 2008, when over 100 horses, ponies and donkeys were rescued from what became known as ‘Hell Farm’ – dead horses and donkeys had been left with live ones and so many were hungry, thirsty and in terrible condition.”
Luckily Timothy was born the day after his rescue to mum Mary, and Cain arrived five months later.
Nicola added that the young donkeys, who are appropriately named after Biblical characters, will be beginning a training programme ready for their Palm Sunday appearance.
The procession starts at 10am from The Bell, in Shottery, before moving along Church Lane to St Andrew’s Church. The donkey then waits by the door as the crowd enters the church.
Both Timothy and Cain are part of the Oxhill donkeys group available for adoption for £12.50 a year by visiting their website.