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 WOOTTON Wawen farmer is leading a campaign to help farmers affected by flooding on the Somerset Levels.
Mark Hollands, of Wootton Hill Farm, launched 'Buckets for Somerset' following a trip to the West Country to donate forage.
While there are other funds raising money for members of the public, he realised there was nothing particularly aimed at the farming community, many of whom have been forced to sell animals at market as the floods threatened their livelihoods.
Mr Hollands said: “This is very much a case of farmers helping farmers. It’s not a charity appeal but a goodwill gesture in the farming community.
“Many of those affected are tenant farmers who just can’t walk into another tenancy. They have fought long and hard to be where they are now so we are trying to do our bit to help them.”
The idea of Buckets for Somerset is that buckets of grain are donated. The grain can be forwarded to the farms to feed livestock or can be sold to raise cash.
“The response has been brilliant,” he added. “Within ten hours we had been pledged 20 tonnes of grain – and that was just through word of mouth. We now have offers of around 70 tonnes.
“This is the time of year that arable farmers are emptying out their grain stores and there is often some left over which can be a problem.
“We are offering to collect that for them.”
Mr Hollands is working with the NFU and farmers wanting to donate can drop him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meanwhile, the NFU Mutual’s Charitable Trust has donated £50,000 to charities helping farmers and rural communities hit by the floods.
Trust chairman Richard Percy said: “The floods on the Somerset Levels are causing massive damage to homes, farms and businesses with thousands of acres under water for over six weeks. This means there will be severe difficulties on the Levels long after the waters have receded – possibly for years to come.
“NFU Mutual’s Charitable Trust was established to help farmers and country people when disasters strike, so we are pleased to support the efforts being made by farming and community charities.”
WARWICKSHIRE hunt supporters have raised more than £1,500 for the stricken Somerset farmers after staging a sponsored horse ride.
The eight-mile ride for Forage Aid, which started in Brailes, was arranged by Ian McConnel after poor weather forced the scheduled meet to be called off.
STAFF at a Stratford restaurant helped pay for a lorry-load of sandbags sent to combat the flooding along the river Thames.
A delivery of 1,000 sandbags and ten tonnes of sand was arranged by Ranjit Choongh, head of operations at Jimmy Spices which has a restaurant in Windsor Street, Stratford, with half the cost being met by those working at the eateries.
“I think this is something to be proud of especially as I asked them for their donation on Friday morning and by Saturday afternoon they had given me a pot of £500.”
The idea for the sandbags, which were taken to a depot in Surrey, came to Mr Choongh after he saw pictures of the flooding on the TV news.