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.
TRAINERS from a Stratford-upon-Avon boot camp are taking on a 24-hour treadmill challenge on Waterside to raise money for Sport Relief.
From 12 noon next Thursday (20th March) members of the Xtreme team will begin running on a treadmill near the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
Members of the public are also invited to take part in half-hour sessions to help raise money for charities in the UK and abroad.
As well as the main event, Xtreme will also be holding a Plank Challenge, a Push-Up Challenge, a raffle and the Xtreme Bake Off.
James Evans, trainer at Xtreme, said: “We’re really excited for the 24 hour challenge and can’t wait to get stuck in raising money for Sport Relief.
“We want as many people as possible to come down to Waterside and help us with the challenge – whether they jump on the treadmill for 30 minutes, enter the raffle or help us put the calories we’ve burnt off back on by bringing a cake along for the Bake Off, it all helps.
“There really is no excuse for not getting involved, there is something here for everyone to have fun and raise money for Sport Relief.”
To sign up for a half-hour run, e-mail James at email@example.com
To sponsor the team visit their fundraising page.