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 SPICED pumpkin flavoured marmalade, has won a Stratford-upon-Avon B&B a bronze award at an international marmalade convention in Cumbria.
The Moss Cottage bed and breakfast on Evesham Road, which is run by Bill Bruce, entered two homemade marmalades into the World’s Original Marmalade Awards in Dalemain, Cumbria.
Made by Bill's partner Peter Buckroyd, a retired Chief Examiner of English, the pair were absolutely delighted to learn his spiced pumpkin creation had tickled the judges’ taste buds and clinched a bronze award.
Bill said: “I’ve been running Moss Cottage B&B on Evesham Road for just over two years. I try to provide homemade food as much as possible for my guests. Everybody is welcomed with cake that we make and a pot of tea or coffee and breakfast includes homemade bread for toast with our very own jams and marmalades made right here in the house.”
The tasty breakfast table treats impressed one of his guests so much, they tipped off the organisers of the world marmalade awards, who invited the B&B to submit his entries.
“I didn't expect to hear anything back but to my great surprise we won a bronze award for our spiced pumpkin variety in the B&B/hotel category,” Bill added.
We are sorry this article did not appear in this week's issue of the Stratford Herald, as promoted in Tuesday's Midweek Herald, but it will appear in full next week.