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 SIX-YEAR-OLD boy named Cameron went to No 10 Downing Street on Tuesday after winning his school £1,000 of sports equipment.
Cameron Strachan met the Prime Minister's wife, Samantha Cameron, after designing a healthy packed lunch which came runner-up in a nationwide competition for National Obesity Awareness Week.
The Wolverton Primary School pupil went to No 10 with mum Kirsty, 32, but despite meeting the Prime Minister’s wife, little Cameron told the Herald his favourite part of the trip was “when we had the sausages.”
Impressed with the canapés, the six-year-old was obviously taking his role as an ambassador for children’s food seriously.
After they were searched and given special name badges, the kids were entertained by a magician before they met Samantha Cameron, hosting a reception for the National Obesity Forum.
Mum Kirsty said: “It was very interesting, we didn’t know what to expect. The magician was fantastic, when you have got young children and you go somewhere like that you get anxious, but he broke the ice a bit and made us relax.”
As well as meeting the Prime Minister’s wife, Cameron also got to meet Larry the Downing Street cat when a guard pointed him out hiding behind a curtain on a window ledge.
The six-year-old boy from Warwick was given a postcard of a picture of Larry, which is now going up on his wall alongside his official name badge.
Kirsty said: “The whole day for him was just amazing. When he got home he was saying he wanted to go back to London.”
National Obesity Awareness Week is running from 13th-19th January. It is hoped it will encourage the public to take action after reports warn that half of the UK population could be obese by the year 2050, costing the country £50 billion a year.