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.
THE 2014 Celebration of Sport takes place on Friday, hosted by Stratford District Council at the Stratford Q Manor Hotel and sponsored by Rybrook MINI Stratford and Everyone Active.~
There are nine awards to be presented this year — Senior and Junior Sports Person of the Year, Senior and Junior Team of the Year, Alternative Sports Person, Coach and Volunteer of the Year as well as two special awards to be presented. Service to Sport to that special someone who has enriched many lives through sport and the NFU Mutual Community Sport Award for a group or person who does great work in and for the community through sport.
This year’s junior category is hotly contended with six young people through to the final shortlist: Rory Dwyer from Stratford Athletic Club and Annabelle Pask from Napton who are both excelling at athletics; Caitlin McCarthy from Stratford Girls’ Grammar School is a talented young archer; Lucy Shepherd from Studley High School is a striker for England U17s and Thomas McKenzie, a taekwondo specialist from Kineton High School.
Recognition and praise will be paid to some very special people who have worked tirelessly for sport in the district in the Service to Sport category; these include David Young and Neil Smith, both from Stratford Rugby Club, Paul Bearman from Stratford Athletic Club and Bob Macvie for services to school sport.
Paralympic gold medallist James Roe MBE will be attending the celebration evening along with three-time Olympians from the world of athletics — David Moorcroft OBE, Glen Smith and local Olympic canoeists Paul Brain and Chris Arrowsmith.
Other categories and finalists on the evening are: Everyone Active Junior Team of the Year: Henley School girls U16 netball team; King Edward VI School boys U13 and U15 fencing squad; St Benedict’s RC School boys U15 football team; Stratford School girls U13 football team. Senior Team of the Year: Stratford Town FC; Jump Rope UK; Stratford Athletic Club women’s cross-country team. Senior Sports Person of the Year: Josh Newman – triathlon; Imogen Green – athletics; Tom Price – rugby. Alternative Sport of the Year Award: Freya Bignell – equestrian vaulting; Stacie Pegg – skipping; Erin McGready – ultimate frisbee; Michelle Dale – rifle shooting; Lauren Shepherd – skipping; Josh Walker – competitive lifesaving. NFU Mutual Community Sport Award: ILEAP – Inclusive Leisure Activities; Rachael Dale – Jump Rope UK and skipping. Rybrook Stratford Coach of the Year: Paul Brain – GB canoe polo; Carl Adams – Stratford Town FC; Tom Butterworth – Welcombe Hills Golf Club. Volunteer of the Year: Malcolm Ankrett – Stratford Sharks ASC; Godfrey ‘Tipper’ Witts – Wellesbourne Cricket Club.