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.
LEADING local young men’s organisation Alcester and Stratford District Round Table has made donations totalling £3,000 to charities and community organisations in and around Alcester and Bidford.
The cash was raised through the Round Table’s Christmas collections which saw Santa tour the two towns in his sleigh over ten evenings in December.
Ten organisations each received £300 at the ‘charity handover’ event at the Holly Bush pub in Alcester.
The recipients were Alcester First Responders, Alcester Town FC, Alcester Scouts, Alcester Guides, Coughton PTA, Temple Grafton PTA, Friends of Haselor School, Teddy Bear Corner, Alcester Nursery and Bidford Juniors FC.
Round Table chairman David Plumb, said: “This Christmas was one of our best ever for fundraising, with Santa coming to Bidford for the first time, and growth in membership enabling us to collect on ten evenings, compared with eight in previous years.
“This is reflected in the sum raised and we were delighted to be able to present cheques to all of the organisations who supported us in the Christmas collections.
“In 2013 we changed our name to Alcester and Stratford District Round Table to recognise that our membership is drawn from Alcester, Bidford, Studley, Henley and Stratford.
“For Christmas this year we would love to take Santa to Stratford but to do that we will need some more members. Any men under 45 living in and around Stratford can find out more about what we do via Facebook.”
Part of the international Round Table organisation, Alcester and Stratford District Round Table gives men aged 18 to 45 the chance to socialise, enjoy a range of activities and contribute to their local communities.
Recent events have included a gin-tasting evening and also sporting events involving other Round Tables in the Midlands.
For further details visit www.alcester.roundtable.co.uk