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.
“PETRIFIED!” that’s how a Stratford-upon-Avon guesthouse couple summed up their reaction when they discovered they’d been chosen to appear on Channel 4’s hit TV show Four in a Bed which will be screened later this month.
Natasha and Dai Pollock, said their jaws dropped when their Stratford House guesthouse in Shottery Road was chosen to appear in the warts-and-all show which at times can get personal and a bit nasty as four guesthouse owners take turns to stay at each other’s establishments and then pass acidic comments about their hospitality experience over breakfast the next day.
“It’s fair to say we were petrified but we thought to ourselves, if we treat guests the same way we’d like to be treated then, fingers crossed, everything should be OK!” said house-proud Natasha, aged 32, whose family has been in the Stratford guesthouse business for years.
Having just got married last September and with a popular guesthouse to run for visitors from all over the world, Dai and Natasha suddenly found themselves having to keep to a hectic, 11-day film schedule in November which saw them visit three other guesthouses belonging to contestants in Oxfordshire, Ramsgate and Newbury.
So with a proud tradition in hospitality and with back-up from her midwife mum, Karen Cauvin, who helps run the guesthouse, how did Natasha and Dai get on?
“We can’t say!” she replied with a knowing laugh. “I actually cried when I read the marks my fellow contestants gave me for our breakfasts which they rated as superb and they each gave us ten out of ten! But other than that I’m sworn to secrecy!”
The big question is: was Natasha’s sumptuous home cooked breakfasts or the chocolate biccies in the bedroom enough to woo her critical guests? All will be revealed when the programme is aired over a five-day period, startingon Monday 24th March.