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 NEW Death Café in Stratford-upon-Avon has been launched to help people overcome their fears about death.
The café held its first meeting on Sunday to discuss the trauma of facing up to death or the emotional upheaval caused by losing a loved one.
The monthly meetings are not regarded by organisers as counselling, therapy or support sessions but are seen as a forum for people to sit down and talk about the realities of death.
Founded in the United States, Death Café is a place where, according to its website, anyone can go “to drink tea, eat cake and discuss death”. Already similar cafés have been established in London.
A professional counsellor for 12 years at Myton Hospice, Gillian James ran the first session in Stratford with her friend Glynis Fletcher on Sunday 12th January at Lifeways in Albany Road, Stratford.
Both women are volunteers and there’s no charge to take part in the death discussions but places must be booked in advance.
“Our experience suggests that people would like to talk about death but it remains a taboo subject. Some of us are worried about dying, some may have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness while others are trying to come to terms with bereavement but where do you go for help?
“Our sessions are meant to be frank conversations with other people and there is no driven agenda,” Gillian said.
For more information about the Death Café contact Gillian at personcentred @hotmail.com or 01789 298782 or contact Glynis at glynis.fletcher@ talk21.com or 01789 267574