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.
STRATFORD Town returned to action following a three-week, weather-enforced break in some style with a 4-1 victory at Didcot Town on Saturday.
Their last outing was a 4-0 success at Calor Southern League Division One South & West play-off hopefuls North Leigh on 28th December. But Carl Adams’ side showed no sign of rustiness in a comprehensive win.
They had to come from behind after Didcot took a sixth-minute lead through on-loan Reading Academy player Germaine Ofori, who swept the ball home from 15 yards past Town keeper Andy Kemp.
But a 23rd minute strike from man-of-the-match Chris Sterling ensured Town went in level at half-time and they went on to dominate the game in the second-half.
Leading scorer Richard Gregory scored his 23rd league goal of the season from the penalty spot after Sterling had been brought down in the box to make it 2-1 just after the hour-mark.
On 77 minutes, Jamie Sheldon reacted the quickest to fire in the third goal before the two Stratford substitutes combined to seal the game in stoppage-time when Tyrone Fagan followed up Sean Brain’s blocked shot to score goal number four.
Town manager Carl Adams said: “Once again I thought that we were outstanding. We built on our success at North Leigh in our last game with another complete team performance. And for us to score four goals in consecutive away games shows that we are now definitely moving in the right direction.”