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.
LISTEN, learn and help bring to life your memories of Stratford over the past 70 years to present day.
Timed to coincide with this year’s Stratford Arts Festival in May and June, the Stratford Listening Project is a multi-disciplinary oral and aural reminiscence project, which engages with the people of Stratford to create a collection of recordings, which will be shared through an exhibition at this year’s festival in May and June and archived for future generations to share and enjoy.
The project focuses on the reminiscences of Stratford residents through a series of recorded interviews and conversations. It will interview people from different social backgrounds, present situations and future possibilities.
The aim of the project is to create a reminiscence soundscape of society, business and culture in Stratford between 1940 and the present day.
Anyone wishing to contribute to the project with memories, interviews and photographs should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, call 01789 292718 or visit www.stratforduponavonartsfestival.co.uk
The project is supported by Stratford Town Trust.