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 singer Tom Barnwell admitted he was more nervous watching his performance on Saturday’s TV talent show 'The Voice' than he was when he was recording the programme in the studio.
The 26-year-old impressed judges Sir Tom Jones, Kylie Minogue, will.i.am and Ricky Wilson from the Kaiser Chiefs so much that all four turned around leaving the former North Leamington School pupil to choose who he wanted to work with.
And even though Tom knew the outcome, watching his performance with family and friends brought on the jitters.
“I was just so nervous I was shaking—and I don’t know why,” he explained. “It was nice to be able to watch it with everyone and to see their reaction – but I was more nervous than I was on the day.
“It has all been a bit mad since the programme. I have been on Free Radio and Touch FM and have also done a piece with Radio 1xtra.”
On Saturday’s show, viewers watched as three of the judges started dancing to Tom’s rendition of the Adele and Kanye West’s hit American Boy.
Tom, who lives in the Bridgetown area of Stratford, chose to become part of will.i.am’s team and will work alongside the Black Eyed Peas star ahead of his next appearance on the show—in the ‘battle round’ which will be shown on Saturday.
“It was between Will and Ricky,” the singer admitted. “But Will is one of my favourite coaches on The Voice and I thought his style suited me – I like the way he has produced other acts.”