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.
WARWICK School U15s defeated Wellington College 12-8 at Allianz Park in the NatWest Schools Cup semi-finals, to set up a repeat of last season’s final against QEGS Wakefield.
They will join their U18s team, who beat Durham School in their semi-final, at Twickenham on Saturday 29th March.
Warwick exploded out of the blocks and within a minute, centre Paolo Peschisolido scored after a strong carry from No.8 Nick Rigby. This was duly converted to give Warwick the lead.
Full-back Nick David scored Warwick’s second try with the help of centre Theo Spencer and Peschisolido.
Wellington hit back to trail 12-8 at half-time but a scoreless second-half saw Warwick through.
Warwick U15 coach Tom Pierce said: “We knew coming into the game was going to be a massive challenge. Wellington demolished us at the breakdown and in the scrums. In the end our start was enough, and I thought our defence was outstanding at the end as well.”
Warwick School are the first school since Wellington College in 2008 to have both their U15 and U18 teams in the final. The U15 team go to Twickenham to defend their 2013 title, when they beat QEGS Wakefield. The U18 team previously won the title back in 2007 v Barnard Castle.
Warwick School Director of Rugby, Mark Nasey commented: “It’s absolutely amazing to have two sides from Warwick in the final. It will be an incredible experience for everyone involved with the school: students, staff, parents and Old Warwickians.”