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.
THE MAYOR of Warwick brought a council chairman back to life four times on Saturday after he suffered a heart attack while giving an after-dinner speech.
Bob Dhillon has been hailed a hero for his quick-thinking response, rushing to administer life-saving CPR to Warwick District Council Chairman Richard Davies.
Mr Davies was two minutes into his speech at the Mayor’s civic dinner in The Court House, Jury Street, when shortly after 10pm he suddenly staggered backwards.
The Mayor, who only learnt first aid nine months ago, sprang into action in front of 77 guests.
“I was sitting one step away and as I saw him falling down I grabbed the back of his head before he hit the floor,” said Mr Dhillon.
“I put him into the first aid recovery position to get him on his side. He stopped breathing, I gave him CPR and he started breathing, but then he stopped breathing again so I kept doing it.
“Four or five times he left and came back again. I didn’t think he was going to make it to be honest with you.”
For seven minutes he worked hard to keep the council chairman alive while Warwickshire’s Chief Constable Andy Parker urgently dialled paramedics.
Julie Cook, a nurse who was among the guests, and retired nurse Suzzette Smith helped the Mayor before paramedics arrived and took over.
They worked for 45 minutes before Mr Dhillon and the Chief Constable carried Mr Davies down to the ambulance.
“Richard was responding and he was talking, saying I want to get up,” said the Mayor.
“He said why can’t I feel anything in my arms or legs and was asking for his wife.”
On Monday, Mr Davies’ wife Erica confirmed her husband was still in hospital and waiting for a major operation.
It is believed two of his arteries were blocked.
The Mayor now wants Warwick to be better equipped with public defibrillators.
On Saturday somebody rushed out to get one from Shire Hall but by the time they returned the ambulance was already there.
“It shouldn’t have taken this event to happen, but hindsight is a wonderful thing,” said Mr Dhillon.
“I just wish Richard a speedy recovery.”