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 SHEEPDOG has been brutally castrated and left to struggle home with an open wound.
Tarne, a six-year-old border collie, recently went missing from his home in Long Compton and when he returned home, he had been illegally mutilated with a pair of shears.
When his owner, Mary Bloxsome, noticed the amateur neutering she rushed him to Avonvale vets in Wellesbourne.
“I was in horror really,” she said. “You don’t really realise what you were looking at.”
Mary, who has 11 border collies, runs a sheepdog business from her smallholding. She condemned the people who mutilated her pet.
“I don’t think there’s any words to describe a person like that, not that you can print anyway,” she told the Herald.
Tarne went missing for around four days but when he returned, Mary didn’t realise straight away he had been butchered in that manner.
“He didn’t look like there was anything wrong with him, he just laid down in the straw next to me,” she said.
The dog was unusually quiet and it was not until she went to feed him in the evening that she noticed the wound.
But thanks to the vets, he’s on the mend.
“He’s on a heavy course of antibiotics, he’s virtually back to his normal self and back doing what border collies do, rounding things up.”
The vets got in touch with the RSPCA who are now investigating the offence and appealing for witnesses.
Inspector Adrian Langley said: “This is a specific offence in relation to mutilation and causing unnecessary suffering under the Animal Welfare Act.
“The police have been informed, because it is also a criminal offence relating to damaging somebody else’s property.”
Tarne went missing from Butlers Lane in Long Compton on Sunday 16th February and returned home four days later on Thursday 20th February.
Anybody with information should call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.