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 BROKEN surfboard sold for £1,320 on eBay for a five-month old boy with cystic fibrosis has inspired a South Warwickshire landlady to host a fundraising night for her grandson.
Noah Weekes is from North Devon but his grandmother, Angela Heron, is the landlady at The Boars Head in Hampton Lucy.
After well-known North Devon surfer, Paul Barrington, known locally as Barracat, decided to auction off a Quiver surfboard which had snapped in half to raise money, she decided to help out too.
The Boar’s Head are now hosting a charity raffle night on Saturday 22nd February and just like the surfboard auction, it has taken off.
This broken surfboard fetched £1,320 on eBay this week.
Noah’s aunt Clare Bardell also works at the pub. She said: “Lots of local business have been very generous and we’ve got a whole range of prizes.”
Dozens of prizes are up for grabs, including five tickets to see Wendy & Peter Pan at the RSC, a caravan break in North Devon, a clay pigeon shoot, and a full day of paintballing for five.
There will also be a Michael Buble tribute from Warwickshire swing-singer William May.
After 131 people bid for Barracat’s broken board before the auction’s finish on Monday, Angela is hoping for just as much support at the pub this Saturday.
Mr Barrington is donating the money to the North Devon Cystic Fibrosis fund, and The Boar’s Head will give what they raise to national charity, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
Saturday’s event starts at 7pm.