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.
GRIPPING their frying pans tightly, children scampered up Alcester High Street today for the town’s traditional pancake races.
Hundreds of onlookers jostled for position on the pavement, a bumper crowd drawn thanks to blue skies and mild weather.
They were treated to 19 races in all, 18 children’s events and one competitive relay between six local pubs.
Steve Brown is High Bailiff of Alcester Court Leet, who organise the races each year.
“It’s been one of the best ever,” he said. “Beautiful weather, huge turnout and a record number of races.
“It’s a tradition that goes back many years, and just another example of Alcester being a great festival town.”
The first race of the day was for toddlers, won by four-year-old Ewan Doherty. (Scroll down for a full list of winners).
Beaming afterwards, his mum Tracy said: “He’s so happy, he’s been talking about it all week!”
But as the runners got older, the competition got fiercer. Waddling toddlers holding mothers’ hands were followed by sprinting pre-teens. Mandatory pancake flips were an added dimension introduced for the older children.
First, second, and third places were rewarded with Easter eggs, provided by sponsors Simply Fresh – the popular independent convenience store on the High Street.
Winners were also handed a certificate, something to be proud of round these parts.
There was a relaxed but noisy atmosphere on what is one of the town’s most enjoyable days.
One Court Leet member joked he was going to randomly drug-test the children for Haribo. Not surprising considering the speed of the runners and the noise of their supporters.
Earlier, teachers at The Croft Preparatory School in Stratford-upon-Avon held a three-legged relay pancake race in their playground.
The four members from St Andrews house won, although that’s hardly surprising considering they had a former Coventry City FC captain on their team, PE teacher Brian ‘Harry’ Roberts.
The rest of the winning team was made up of Year 4 teachers Sally Challis and Angela Mills, and School Director Sam Thornton.
In Warwick, the Rotary Club organised over 30 pancake races in Market Place for 200 local schoolchildren.
After a whopping 29 heats, there were two finals, won by Year 2 pupils from Newburgh Primary School and Year 6 pupils from Coten End Primary School.
Each child got a crème egg for taking part, and the winners were given Easter eggs donated by Tesco.
The Lazy Cow restaurant supplied hot pancakes to the crowd, and this year adult teams had a go at racing.
Rotary President Michael Swaby said: “This is a nice way to keep a tradition alive and for the children to learn about the meaning of Easter.
“This is one of the events we arrange for the local community and we are delighted that local businesses have joined in this year”
Mayor of Warwick, Bob Dhillon, centre, with Sarah Wrist from Tesco, presenting the prizes to the Year 2 team from Newburgh.
Full list of winners from Alcester Pancake Races
Luke Clemens – Our Lady's Catholic Primary School
Millie Hughes – Our Lady's
Mike Okonski – Our Lady's
Kian Charnock – Our Lady's
Jess Stevens – St Nicholas C E Primary School
Courtney Gilbert – St Nicholas
Ben Simpson – St Nicholas
Abi Smith – St Nicholas
Kyle Campbell – St Benedict's Catholic High School
Will Baxter – Alcester Grammar School
Ruby Smith – Alcester Grammar School
Alcester Grammar – School relay
The Turks Head – Pub relay