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.
FOUR South Warwickshire churches have been awarded grants totalling £70,000 by the National Churches Trust as part of a £645,000 rescue package for 45 of the UK’s most historic and community minded churches.
The Grade I listed Collegiate Church of St Mary, in Warwick, receives a £40,000 Cornerstone Grant for urgent repairs to the Beauchamp Chapel, one of the country’s most beautiful, elaborate and historically significant chantry chapels and widely regarded as second only to the Henry VII Chapel at Westminster in grandeur.
It houses the tomb of Richard Beauchamp, who was one of the richest and most powerful people in English history.
Alison Giles, the church’s campaign director said: “We’re delighted to have the support of the National Churches Trust for this project. As well as the obvious financial value, we greatly appreciate this endorsement of the significance of the building and urgency of the repair needs.”
The Grade II* listed St Peter’s Church, in Kineton, receives £10,000 to help fund urgent masonry repairs and conservation because of safety risks to the public of masonry falling and to prevent further deterioration of the building over time and to overhaul cast iron rainwater goods.
Grade I listed St Lawrence’s Church, in Oxhill, receives £10,000 to help fund a project to strip and re-slate the nave roof and stonework repairs.
St Laurence’s Church, in Shotteswell, a Grade II* listed building with evidence of Saxon origins, receives £10,000 to help fund work including urgent masonry repairs to the 13th century tower parapet and also repairs to the leaded windows and to the south door.
The National Churches Trust is the leading national independent charity concerned with the protection and welfare of churches, chapels and meeting houses throughout the UK.