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 employees at a Stratford-upon-Avon car garage are all celebrating working for 40 years at the family-run business.
The four men, who have worked a combined 172 years for Arden Garages, are marking the occasion after one of them recently retired.
Tim Hale, aged 65, was a technician at the Ford dealership for 42 years.
“It used to be a lot muckier,” he said. “The job’s a lot cleaner and the cars are a lot more technical. Nowadays, cars don’t get oil leaks, years ago every car had oil leaks.”
Roland Ingram in sales has been there for 43 years, service manager Graham Grasby for 41 years and 63-year-old technician Roger Kirby came to the garage straight out of Stratford High School in 1968, 46 years ago.
“We’ve probably seen more of each other than our wives in the past 40 years!” joked Roland, who now works three days a week.
Arden Garages first started trading tractors on Shakespeare’s Birthday in 1956. Founded by Alan Titchmarsh and his son Peter, Alan’s grandson David is the current MD of the family business.
“I’m a mere nipper, I’ve only done 30 years,” he said.
A lot’s changed in the past four decades. In its heyday in the 1970s the company employed around 40 people, now there are just over 20.
The cars have got a lot more electronics inside them today, and ten years ago the garage moved from Arden Street to its current location on Masons Road.
Although a lot more problems are ‘diagnostic’ and electrical, rather than mechanical, Tim said: “You still have to work things out for yourself, you don’t just plug it in into a laptop.”