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.
MISS ENGLAND has kicked off a 24-hour treadmill run for Sport Relief on the Bancroft Gardens in Stratford-upon-Avon today.
Kirsty Heslewood ran the first 30 minute stint on the treadmill, which has been set up by Stratford bootcamp trainers, Xtreme Gyms.
The 24-year-old from Bishops Stortford said: “Well I am running the London Marathon in April so I’m always up for doing exercise that helps raise funds for charity.”
From 12 noon today (Thursday) until 12 noon tomorrow there will be somebody running on the treadmill which cannot drop below 6mph.
There’s also a rowing machine for people to warm up on, a cake sale, collecting buckets, and a raffle.
Kirsty, who came sixth in Miss World, agreed to help out Xtreme Gyms, who are running the fitness round at this year’s Miss England competition.
Miss England with James Evans, from Xtreme Gyms.
James Evans, the young Royal Marine recruit who runs Xtreme Gyms said: “It’s all for sport relief, this year the theme is running, cycling, or rowing, so we thought why not do something that’s a little but crazy and a little bit challenging.”
All of the Xtreme Gyms boot camp members have signed up for shifts – (and so has Herald reporter Matt Wilson).
But there are still some 30 minute slots available, so the team are trying to recruit people from around Waterside and the Bancroft Gardens to do their bit for charity.
“We want to raise the profile for Sport Relief and raise the profile for fitness,” said James.
Xtreme Gyms boot camps started in Stratford in October.
They hold fitness sessions at FISSC (Farmers Insitute Sports and Social Club) on Knights Lane in Tiddington on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and a further boot camp on Stratford recreation ground on Saturday.
Do you want to help out? Go down and offer your support or if you want to run for 30 minutes call James on 07584 900996.