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.
IRELAND’S president Michael D Higgins visited Stratford-upon-Avon today and made it quite clear that he intends to visit the town again – presumably in a less official capacity.
Mr Higgins made his comments about returning to Stratford during a visit to Shakespeare’s Birthplace in Henley Street with his wife, the actress Sabina Coyne, on the final day of their historic week-long state visit to Britain.
Mr and Mrs Higgins were shown around the Birthplace by senior guide Clive Depper, who told the Herald afterwards: “It was absolutely fantastic. He and his wife were genuinely interested in Shakespeare, and he did say he would come back.”
Given that Mr Higgins is a poet, and his wife is an actress, it is not surprising that they were both fascinated by being shown the place where the Bard was born and brought up.
One area that attracted enormous interest was the stone floor in the parlour of the building, which dates back to 1530 – 34 years before Shakespeare’s birth.
When told that people sometimes removed their footwear to stand on the floor, Mrs Higgins took off her shoes and said she wanted “to be close to Shakespeare”.
After the presidential visit Dr Diana Owen, the director of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, told the Herald: “They had no idea it was such a complete house and said it was a wonderful experience stepping back in time, to Shakespeare’s time.”
When Mr and Mrs Higgins emerged from the house into the garden, someone shouted: “Three cheers for Ireland!” After the customary hip, hip hoorays, Mr Higgins responded: “Three cheers for Shakespeare!”
'Three cheers for Shakespeare!' cried the president.
As they came out of the building they were treated to a performance of Titania’s lullaby from A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Jennifer Stone, Victoria Baker and Martin Smith.
Earlier the president and his wife visited the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, where they watched an extract from the RSC’s current production of Henry IV Part 1, starring Sir Antony Sher as Falstaff and Alex Hassell as Prince Hal.
The rounded off their UK trip with a visit to Coventry, including Coventry Cathedral in their itinerary.
For fuller reports see next week’s newspapers.
The president was serenaded by a cittern.