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 GYPSY caravan lovingly restored by a Bidford-on-Avon man who recently passed away has been donated to a castle museum by his family.
Bill Birch renovated the caravan, known as a “Burton” wagon, over a number of years. After his death, his family looked for a permanent home for the decorative showman’s caravan.
They offered it to Worcestershire County Museum at Hartlebury Castle, who jumped at the chance to add it to their collection.
Rachel Robinson, Hartlebury property manager for the council said: “We were very excited about being asked to take on the caravan, it adds another element to our already varied collection. It obviously meant a lot to the family and had been kept in superb condition.”
The county museum holds one of the most varied collections of gypsy caravans on display anywhere in the country.
Currently home to nine gypsy caravans, or ‘vardos’ as they are also known, designs include the Bow Top, the Square Bow, the Open Lot and the Ledge.
As well as seeing the vehicles on display, visitors can also listen to audio guides about the caravans which explain their history, and learn more about gypsy life and culture including which gypsy words have become part of everyday language.