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.
FOUR students at Stratford Girls' Grammar School who won a national app competition are launching their published app onto the BlackBerry market today (Thursday).
The ‘Pitch Pals’ app is designed to tune stringed instruments including the violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar or ukulele accurately and independently.
Aimed at young musicians between the ages of six and 13, the app uses friendly animal pals to add a level of fun to the process and users earn progress points to compete with friends on social network sites.
Jamie Flower, Emma Gosling, Kate Hanson, and Annie Howard, all aged 14, worked on the idea together.
“We are very excited about where the app will go from here,” the girls said. “The Apps for Good course gave us wonderful insight into the correct way to plan, structure and create effective apps ready to take to market. In terms of our future careers and lives this has been a unique opportunity. To win the award was the icing on the cake.”
Launched at a public event at Thomson Reuters in London tonight, the app won the “Keep Moving – doing things on the go” category sponsored by BlackBerry at the ‘Apps for Good’ Awards 2013.
Since winning that award in June, the girls have worked with development agency Code Ten to have their app built professionally before today’s public launch on BlackBerry’s app store.
A screenshot of what the Pitch Pals app looks like in operation.
Debbie Forster, UK managing director of Apps for Good, said advancing technology was a great way to get through to children.
She said: “Traditional education systems are wasting talent. Many young people are de-motivated by traditional teaching methods that leave them ill-prepared for the real world.
“Technology is advancing; exciting the imagination of young people who want to use it to make, play and share. We believe that technology can be a great equaliser and a massive force for good to transform lives and communities anywhere around the world.
“Given the lack of women in technology at present, it is particularly exciting to see a girls’ team winning their category with such a creative app idea.”
The app is now available on BlackBerry World.