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.
SUPPORT from celebrities including Katie Price and Peter Andre helped charity single Soldier On make the UK charts last weekend.
The song, written in memory of Claverdon paratrooper Conrad Lewis who was killed by an Afghan sniper in Helmand Province, reached number 91 – just four places behind the latest release from Mariah Carey.
“How great is it to have a song in the charts,” said singer-songwriter Andrew James who performs the single with The Big Secret Sound. “For a non-label track we did very well but this isn’t the end of things – this is just the beginning.”
Sunday marked the third anniversary of Conrad’s death – he was the 353rd UK soldier to be killed in Afghanistan. The charity 353 has been set up in his honour.
“We had a great week playing the song to 6,000 children at 11 different schools,” Andrew added. “Now I want to write some more material and get back into the studio.”
Conrad’s story touched the hearts of millions of people when his family revealed that they planned to bring home the stray mongrel adopted by the soldier while out in Afghanistan.
He shared his army rations with the dog he named Peg – after the flying horse Pegasus which is the emblem of the Paras – and after launching a search through an animal charity, the high-flying canine is now here in the Midlands following a six-month quarantine stay.
Soldier On, which was recorded at Rhythm Studios in Bidford-on-Avon, can be downloaded via the iTunes store or at www.thebigsecretsound.co.uk