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.
TONIGHT’S (Tuesday’s) concert by Stratford-upon-Avon’s Orchestra of the Swan has been moved at very short notice from Stratford Civic Hall to the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Courtyard Theatre in the town.
The sudden switch of locations has been caused by a leaking roof at the civic hall.
This afternoon Helen Munro, chief executive of Stratford-upon-Avon Town Trust, the charity that owns the civic hall, told the Herald: “As part of the civic hall’s multi-million pound refurbishment work is being carried out on the roof.
“Unfortunately the inclement weather has caused the existing roof to leak. A new roof is currently being put in, but it was necessary to move tonight's Orchestra of the Swan performance for the safety and comfort of the audience.
“The concert will go ahead at the Courtyard Theatre and we have worked with the Orchestra of the Swan to contact ticket-holders. Staff will be at both venues to help customers tonight.”
Tonight’s concert will consist of Haydn’s Symphony No 83 (La Poule) in G minor, Mozart’s Concerto for flute and harp, and Schubert’s Symphony No 5 in B flat major. The orchestra will be conducted by its artistic director David Curtis and the soloists will be Diane Clark (flute) and Helen Sharp (harp). It starts at 7.30pm.