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.
ALFRED "Jake" Weaver, who celebrates his 100th birthday this Saturday, has always enjoyed a close relationship with horse racing throughout his life.
Born in Oldbury, West Midlands, Alfred lived for many years in Little Kineton where he owned a tyre recycling factory.
He was married to Florence for 60 years and the couple had two children.
As well as supporting West Bromwich Albion, Alfred loved horse racing and owned three successful steeple chasers in the 1970s, one of which was ridden by Irish racing legend Jonjo O'Neill.
Alfred also rubbed shoulders with the great and the good from the racing world like Sir Gordon Richards and Donald “Ginger” McCain, trainer of three time Grand National winner Red Rum.
Alfred will be joined by his two grandchildren, two great grandchildren and his close family for the big birthday party at a care home near Alcester on Saturday.
He is pictured with his son, Danny Weaver, left, his daughter-in-law, Angela Weaver, trainer Dan Skelton, centre, Mr Skelton’s wife, Angela, together with stable staff member Richard Carrington who’s seated on Midnight Tuesday.