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.
STUDENTS at Stratford-upon-Avon Girls Grammar School were among those raising money for Sport Relief today (Friday). Pupils took part at lunchtime in a sponsored 1 mile walk around the running track at the school in Shottery.
Meanwhile, hundreds of people will be running and walking the charity Sport Relief Mile at the recreation ground in Stratford on Sunday.
The event, organised by Stratford District Council, is open to people of all ages and abilities to take part. Participants can choose to run or walk one, three or six miles on a circular route around the recreation ground.
Mass warm up sessions start at 10am. Races start at 10.30am for three and six miles and 11am and 11.15am for one-mile participants.
Although online entry has now closed, participants can turn up on the day with their entry fee to register and take part.
Those who are entering on the day have been asked to arrive at the recreation ground from 9.45am. Entry costs £6 for adults, £3 for children and £15 for a family of four.
In mid-February, television presenter Davina McCall cycled through Stratford and Shipston-on-Stour as part of her seven-day Sport Relief challenge to cycle, swim and run more than 500 punishing miles, from Edinburgh to London.
During her challenge she stopped off for lunch at the Macdonald Alveston Manor hotel, in Stratford, on the penultimate day of her Beyond Breaking Point challenge.
The highs and lows of her challenge were captured for a documentary Davina: Beyond Breaking Point which was aired on BBC One last night (Thursday) at 9pm.