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.
Stratford 3 Old Silhillians 3
STRATFORD HC goalscoring legend Mark Leary celebrated his 50th birthday and 800th appearance for the club with a late strike to earn them a draw against table-topping Old Silhillians last Saturday.
The Black-and-Whites started the game brightly but found themselves 1-0 down as poor defending presented the Old Sils’ striker with a tap-in. When Stratford are in need they look towards Reg McKee for inspiration and the athletic winger came up trumps once again as he unleashed an unstoppable drag-flick past the keeper to bring the scores level.
Unfortunately Stratford slipped behind for the second time in the game just before half-time as Helliker let a loose cross slip in at his near post.
At the start of the second-half, Stratford found themselves 3-1 down as once again Old Sils were able to profit from some loose defending and a couple of lucky deflections.
The deficit was soon halved as a Greg Ricketts’ thunderbolt was deflected beyond the Old Sils keeper. With 10 minutes left on the clock, Leary found himself in space at the top of the D and he sent a rocket of a shot low and hard beyond the keeper to level the scores.