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.
YOUNG footballers in Stratford-upon-Avon have the chance to play and train for free with ex-pro, Dennis Bailey, this weekend.
Bailey, who is the last person to score a league hat-trick against Man United at Old Trafford, is inviting children between 8 and 15 to join him for training over the next six weeks.
The 47-year-old striker finished his career at Stratford Town FC, and he now attends the Renewal Church, which puts on the sessions and meets every Sunday at Stratford High School.
He said: “My church, Renewal, was looking for a way of connecting with young people in local schools, so I started the club.”
Bailey played for Birmingham City, QPR and Gillingham, as well as a whole host of other clubs before joining Stratford.
He said: “Football is also a great medium for encouraging kids to take responsibility and work as a team. It builds confidence and leadership, on and off the pitch.”
Anyone aged 8-15 who wants to play should go to the Ken Kennet Centre, Hodgsons Green, Justin’s Avenue in Stratford at 3pm on Sundays.
The sessions – which are free thanks to the sponsorship from Stratford Town Trust – last for an hour and run for the next 6 weeks.