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.
A “LOVING mother” with a history of depression drowned herself in a cattle trough on the Welcombe Hills, an inquest has heard.
Julie Wilkinson was found in the trough roughly 500m from a car park on the Clopton Road on 27th November, four days after her husband reported her missing.
The 45-year-old mother from Percy Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, had been fighting depression for 20 years, and had attempted to take her own life three times before.
She had suffered from a series of miscarriages throughout her life and in the months leading up to her death, started buying Valium off the internet.
At an inquest into her death, her husband Nick said: “She thought she wasn’t a good mother. It was her own perception, she was a very loving mother and a very attentive mother. She had so much love to give and this is why it was such a tragedy.”
A week before she went missing, Mr Wilkinson spoke to his wife’s pastor and told him he was worried Julie was going to try and take her life again.
The youngest of eight siblings, she had taken the death of her own mother particularly bad.
But on Saturday 23rd November, the day she went missing, she seemed in “good spirits” at a lunch with friends at The Baraset Barn.
When Mr Wilkinson got back, she wasn’t in. He reported her missing to the police later that night, who then found a collection of suicide notes in a handbag in the cupboard. They spoke about being in water.
Specialist underwater rescue teams combed Stratford Canal before she was found in the cattle trough at 3.50pm on Wednesday.
Assistant coroner Simon Charlton concluded that Julie died of drowning caused by depression.