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.
ALMOST £900 was raised by Naomi Wood during her sponsored head shave which she did to show solidarity with her Aunt Ruth who was diagnosed with breast cancer last year.
Naomi from Stratford-upon-Avon gathered with family and friends for the head shave last Friday evening which saw her aunt—Ruth Sampson-Dampier—shave the first few inches of Naomi's dark shoulder-length hair.
Ruth is currently undergoing chemotherapy and Naomi thought the head shave was a great way to say 'we're with you every step of the way'.
The event at Bridgetown School was attended by over 100 people and included music, face painting and cake stalls and children counted down from the number ten to signal the start of the head shave which lasted six minutes. The money raised will be donated to Cancer Research UK.
See pictures of the head-shave below.
Professional hairdressers take over as Naomi goes past the point of no return.
The two women proudly show off Naomi's new hairdo