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.
GAME of Thrones star Sophie Turner has become a patron of a Warwick-based theatre group for young people. Sophie, who plays Sansa Stark in the hugely popular HBO television series, is a former Warwick Prep and King’s High pupil who joined Playbox Theatre company when she was three years old.…» Read Full Story
FROM Greensleeves to Elgar, modern musicals to madrigals, this year’s Wootton Wawen Music Festival from 9th to 14th June is intended to capture the ‘Essence of England’ in melody.…» Read Full Story
FOURTEEN young people from South Warwickshire performed extracts from Shakespeare’s plays last night in the Speaker’s apartments in the Palace of Westminster.…» Read Full Story
AROUND 4,500 people turned out for a dazzling fireworks display at the Royal Shakespeare Company theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon on Wednesday 23rd April, in celebration of William Shakespeare's 450th Birthday. Below is a video of that display, which cost £30,000 and was paid for entirely by the RSC out of the West End profits from Matilda, The Musical.…» Read Full Story
STRATFORD’S Tread the Boards Theatre Company has just released details of its most ambitious season of work ever at the Attic Theatre, which includes an opening production featuring a director who is a Coward aficionado and a local star fresh from a world tour with acting veterans Simon Callow and Felicity Kendal. The company, which was founded in 2009 by Catherine Prout and John-Robert Partridge, has quickly gained the reputation of being the top fringe company in Stratford, having been r…» Read Full Story
TINIE Tempah has been added to the Global Gathering line-up as a Friday night headline act on the main stage, it was announced today. He joins previously announced headliners The Prodigy, drum and bass masters Chase & Status, global dance phenomenon David Guetta, and soulful chart-topeer Katy B. Now in its 14th year, Global Gathering is being held at Long Marston Airfield on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th July. Alesso, Knife Party, Pete Tong, Eric Prydz and Jamie Jones are some of the oth…» Read Full Story
WILMCOTE author Helen Watts has teamed up with the country’s first story-telling laureate to produce a new paperback collection, which is due to hit the bookshelves next week. Helen, whose debut novel, published last year, One Day in Oradour was nominated for the 2014 CILIP Carnegie Medal for an outstanding book for children, has now written a second collection based on the First World War. …» Read Full Story
ONE of the all-time greats is on the bill at Warwick Folk Festival this summer for its 35th year. This year’s headline acts include Richard Thompson, named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the ‘Top 20 Guitarists of All Time’. The event takes place from Thursday 24th - Sunday 27th July. For the full article and other arts stories, see Thursday’s Stratford-upon-Avon Herald. …» Read Full Story
FORMER Stratford College drama student, 24-year-old Sam Swann, who has just finished starring as Peter Pan in the RSC’s production of Wendy & Peter Pan in Stratford, has taken his career to new heights by flying into a new film project. The young star has attracted the help of three other RSC actors, namely Josh Williams, who played Lost Boy Tootles in the production, Joanna Horton who was Celia in Maria Aberg’s As You Like It last year and, he has even got Guy Henry, who pla…» Read Full Story
ACTOR Edward Bennett, who has just been cast as Benedick in Love’s Labour’s Won (Much Ado About Nothing) and Berowne in Love’s Labour’s Lost in the RSC’s winter season, is the driving force behind a charitable event at the Shakespeare Institute in Church Street, Stratford, this Sunday 16th February at 4pm. …» Read Full Story
THIS weekend nearly 50,000 dance music fans will descend on Long Marston Airfield for a weekend of partying, but behind the scenes of GlobalGathering is a mammoth team effort that makes it all possible. In under two weeks, nine staged arenas filled with the latest and greatest lighting and speaker systems spring up on the airfield. Work started last Monday and on that first day only a small team of a dozen or so people walk around the site, planning where everything goes.
STRATFORD Town continue their tough pre-season programme on Tuesday evening when they host near-neighbours Leamington in a 7.45pm kick-off. The game will be their third against Conference opposition, the latest being Worcester City who ran out 2-0 winners in an entertaining affair at the DCS Stadium on Saturday.
GAME of Thrones star Sophie Turner has become a patron of a Warwick-based theatre group for young people. Sophie, who plays Sansa Stark in the hugely popular HBO television series, is a former Warwick Prep and King’s High pupil who joined Playbox Theatre company when she was three years old.
NIRVANA Unplugged was recreated by a dozen musicians in Alcester on Saturday 17th May and the gathered crowd lapped up every second of the gig.