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.
A SIBFORD SCHOOL stalwart has retired after spending more than half a century working at the school.
Philip Gilbert joined the grounds staff at the Quaker school near Shipston on 24th August 1963 at the age of 14. He retired on February 24th 2014, the date of his 65th birthday.
“I’ve loved working at the school,” said Philip. “When I started there were six of us looking after the grounds, but over the years we’ve got more and more machinery, so now we’re down to a team of three.
“I never thought that this would be my only place of work and I’m sad to leave but I need more time to take care of my mother who is 87.”
Over his years at the school Philip has witnessed numerous changes. Back in the 1960s the population of the school was around 260 —today it boasts nearly 400 pupils between the ages three to 18.
The school Philip joined was based at two locations, its current 50-acre site and the Manor, which was located across the road in the village of Sibford Ferris.
In 1989 Sibford opened its junior school and in 2000 the Manor was sold paving the way for the opening of a new art and music block in 2001 and the swimming pool in 2002.
Philip is very much a local lad. He has lived most of his life in Sibford Gower and is a regularly seen cycling around the country lanes.
To mark his retirement colleagues clubbed together to buy Philip a new bike.
Sibford’s resident potter, Richard Phethean, also created a special ceramic tankard etched with the following words: ‘It’s time to down tools, fill thy cup with the ale, for thy loyal service ye be the toast of Sibford Friends.’
Not that Philip will actually be downing tools just yet. “I love my gardening,” he said.
“So I won’t be stopping doing that. I’ve got a small garden at home with roses and vegetables which I’ll be tending to and I also hope to be doing bits and bobs in some of my neighbour’s gardens.”