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 STRATFORD-upon-Avon museum is calling for a national Shakespeare Supper Night to celebrate the bard like Scottish poet Robert Burns is on Burns Night.
The Falstaff Experience in Sheep Street sent their idea to the Queen, who forwarded it on to Maria Miller, the government’s Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.
Janet Ford, from the museum, said: “It dawned on us that Burns Night has been going on for 200 years, yet Shakespeare, who is an international treasure and the most famous playwright in the world, doesn't have a similar occasion.”
The museum want Shakespeare’s night to be April 23rd, the date of both his birth and death.
Ms Ford said: “After 400 years it's unbelievable that we haven’t got a night to celebrate our most famous poet. Sometimes traditions just have to be started.”
According to her a Shakespeare Supper Night would consist of tudor dishes such as roast ox and quince tart, which would be served while sonnets were read, and minstrels played medieval music.