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 NINE-YEAR-OLD girl from Kineton with profound learning difficulties had the thrill of a lifetime when she helped Royal Mail launch its Riding for the Disabled stamp at Compton Verney this week.
Scarlett Lee Lewis, riding her favourite horse Marco, helped launch a brand new set of stamps which depict the contribution horses still make to working life in the UK.
Scarlett has been going to the disabled riding centre, The Stableyard, Home Farm, Compton Verney, for just over a year and according to her dad, Justin, she loves every minute of her weekly riding sessions.
“We weren’t sure if riding would help Scarlett with her disabilities, but she really loves going and giggles away when she is on the horse, especially when they start trotting,” said Justin.
“The exercise of riding really helps strengthen her body and she is better both physically and emotionally as a result.”
As a pupil at Welcombe Hills School, Stratford-upon-Avon, Scarlett’s horse riding is a massive therapeutic boost to the youngster who suffers from a unique chromosome re-arrangement which so far remains a mystery to doctors.
“Amazingly during the sessions she understand the words “walk on” so she makes a click click sound with her mouth and afterwards she’s really calm and happy. It’s unbelievable the bond that she and Marco have made together,” said Justin.
Although Scarlett isn’t featured on the stamps that went on sale on Tuesday, Royal Mail chose Compton Verney for its regional launch of a six stamp set entitled Working Horses and Scarlett was on hand to help out with her best mate Marco.
The set features horses from the Riding for the Disabled Association, The King’s Troop Ceremonial Horses, Dray Horses, Royal Mews Carriage Horses, Police Horses and a Forestry Horse.
The Riding for the Disabled Association organises horse events including riding and carriage driving, so that 30,000 people with disabilities can enjoy the activities each year.