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.
SCOTT KIRK’S 13th great-uncle is William Shakespeare and earlier this month he and his wife proudly took part in their daughter’s baptism in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford, a town they now call their second home having moved from Brazil specifically to have their daughter baptised in Shakespeare’s Church.
Being a direct descendant of Shakespeare’s sister, Joan, Scott who originally hails from British Colombia, has always held his blood ties to the Bard in the highest esteem.
He and his two brothers have Shakespeare’s coat of arms tattooed on their own arms to show how proud they are of him.
In fact the family ancestry is so important to Scott, he and his wife, Dayane, wasted no time moving to Stratford when they found out she was pregnant.
On arrival they got jobs at Mary Arden’s Farm and settled in town and then, last Christmas, daughter Suzana was born.
“Can you imagine how proud we felt?” Scott told the Herald. “We wanted to give Suzana the best start in life and we named her after Shakespeare’s daughter although it is spelt differently.”
Last Saturday Scott and Dayane gathered with friends at the Shakespeare Birthplace Centre for songs and sonnet readings and then they re-traced the Bard’s footsteps to Holy Trinity for their daughter’s baptism.
“It was overwhelming to be in Shakespeare’s Church and have our daughter baptised and re-new our wedding vows at the same time.
We shared the baptism with my mum, Thelmarie, and family, live on camera which made it extra special,” said Scott.
Hamlet is Scott’s favourite play but he loves any of the works penned by his 13th great-uncle.
“The man’s a creative genius, a literary giant, he connects with human emotions and that’s why people keep coming back for more!”