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.
STUDENTS from Stratford School took some of the strain of the ‘big New Year food shop’ by packing customers’ bags at Waitrose, in Stratford—and raised £767 towards the cost of a guide dog for the blind.
On the Saturday before the New Year, supporters of the Shakespeare’s Puppies project raised £856 to go towards a guide dog puppy; one of the 25 currently having funds raised for them in the area as part of the project.
On the Sunday it was the turn of Stratford School, which is currently raising funds for its own puppy. The team of students and staff spent the day packing bags for all the customers and were overwhelmed by their generosity.
Two of the students, Navitha Jathin and Mishael Beppin, not only raised funds at a similar bag-packing last year but also worked both the Saturday and Sunday to ensure that as much as possible was made of the fundraising opportunity at Waitrose.
Navitha is also raising funds to donate a guide dog puppy of her own. She has given up birthday and Christmas presents as well as running other fundraising events.
As a result of these and her work at Waitrose she now has the £1,500 needed to provide a new puppy and ‘Hamlet,’ named by Navitha, will soon be in training.
The Shakespeare’s Puppies Appeal is a local initiative to raise funds for Guide Dogs, by naming puppies after Shakespeare characters.
Appeal organiser Jackie Horton said: “We have been overwhelmed by the tremendous support we have received from students and staff of Stratford School.
“Despite sore feet and aching backs, the bag-packers worked hard with enthusiasm and commitment to raise money for their school Guide Dogs puppy.
“Our thanks go to both the bag packers and also to Waitrose for offering us this opportunity.