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.
LOVE is in the air for Stratford-upon-Avon’s Nathan Clifford who recently proposed to his American girlfriend, Coreen Moon, at the top of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre Viewing Tower and she said “yes!”
Nathan, aged 25, is pictured below on bended knee in the viewing tower, 32 metres above Stratford, asking Coreen to marry him.
And to make sure their intimate moment remained a treasured memory forever, Nathan secretly booked the viewing gallery for 15 minutes so the couple could be well and truly alone.
Moments after Nathan slipped the engagement ring on Coreen’s finger his mum, Tracey, and sister, Gemma, took photos and gave the couple loads of happy hugs to celebrate their good news.
His choice of the viewing tower was inspired by the couple’s visit to the theatre the day before to see Wendy and Peter Pan, currently showing at the main house.
But if it hadn’t been for Nathan’s dancing skills, which took centre stage at a hotel bar in Las Vegas, last year, the pair might never have met!
“I was on holiday in Vegas with some mates and so was Coreen,” he told the Herald.
“I thought my dancing was pretty good but obviously she thought it wasn’t and started to giggle and joke with me about my dancing technique, so we got chatting and couldn’t stop, it was love at first sight.
“We agreed to meet up again in New York in September and then I invited her to my hometown and decided to pop the question when Coreen got here.”
Head over heels, the engaged couple with their head in the clouds and over the moon about their happy news came back to earth following their big moment in the RST viewing tower and made their way to a nearby pub to celebrate with family and friends.
The irony of Nathan’s decision to choose the tower for the best views of Stratford will not have been lost on Coreen who hails from the American city of Seattle, home of the world famous Seattle Space Needle which measures 185 metres high.
Apart from looking ahead to a June wedding next year, Nathan was asked what other plans the couple had in mind? “I think I probably need some dancing lessons from Coreen before we get married!”
Couples are being invited to get romantic for Valentine’s Day and perform an extract from Shakespeare’s classic love story, Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare’s Birthplace in Stratford. The charity is offering couples, or fans of the play, the chance to star in their own version of Shakespeare’s timeless tale, which will be filmed and put up on the trust’s Living Shakespeare blog, during the three-day event which runs from 14th to 17th February.