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.
STRATFORD-upon-Avon sprint hurdler Andrew Pozzi admits he was hoping to go faster still despite rewriting the record books once again at the BUCS Gatorade Nationals.
After setting a new BUCS Gatorade Nationals 60m hurdles record of 7.64 seconds in winning the title in 2012, Pozzi missed last year’s edition with injury cutting his season short.
But last Friday the 21-year-old was back at Sheffield’s English Institute of Sport looking to get his hands back on his title.
And he did exactly that, coming home in a new championship record of 7.57, equalling his fastest time of the season and just 0.01 shy of his personal best.
However, despite returning to the top of the podium with a bang, Bristol University student Pozzi insists he still has plenty more to give, something he is eager to prove sooner rather than later.
“I was hoping for a little bit quicker but it was good for now,” said Pozzi. “My aim was definitely to try and win here after winning a couple of years go.
“But I need to work on technical things. I feel I’ve got more to give right now and I want to iron out some technical problems.
“My ultimate aim for the indoors is to go to the World Indoor Championships and hopefully make the final there.
“I’m racing in Prague this week so hopefully I can keep building and keep improving – I definitely feel like I can go faster.”
Having seen his London 2012 dreams go up in smoke due to injury, Pozzi was once against struck down last year as he looked to bounce back in style.
But with plenty of major competitions to look forward to this year, Pozzi is eager to make up for lost time now he is fighting fit.
“This is not a bad way to start my season really and I have been in good form so I can’t really complain,” he added.
“I just need to keep my head down and keep working hard because I have big goals for this season after last year’s disappointments and I don’t want anything to get in my way.”
Gatorade is the exclusive nutrition and hydration partner to British Universities & Colleges Sports and headline sponsor of the BUCS Gatorade Nationals. BUCS and Gatorade work together to educate student athletes on the importance of sports nutrition and hydration – visit www.bucs.org.uk/gatorade