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.
THE mother of the late British Olympic figure skating champion John Curry has turned 100 years old.
Rita Curry, who has lived in Binton for 34 years, held a party at Stratford Oaks Golf Club on her birthday, Saturday 28th December.
Born in Worcester, she married Joseph Curry in 1945 and they had three sons—Michael, Andrew and John —before her husband died in 1965.
John, who was born in 1949, went on to international fame, winning Gold in the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck. He was Britain’s flag bearer for those games and also BBC Sports Personality of the Year the same year.
Four years later, Rita moved to Binton where she is currently the oldest inhabitant.
It was in Binton where John Curry died 20 years ago, aged 44, after moving in with his mother for the last few years of his life.
Her two other sons attended the party along with family and friends and Rita is proud to have granddaughter Zoe, and great-grandson Jack.
She attributes her longevity to “having good plain food whilst growing up, not smoking, not dwelling on the past or anything that happened, always looking forward, and having no regrets.”
Rita asked for no presents, insisting well-wishers donated money to Save The Children charity instead. Around £500 was raised.
Despite a few broken bones over the years she has continued in good health and looks forward to more birthdays with friends and family.