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 government announced on Friday £1.5 million of funding for the Royal Shakespeare Company to allow the Bard’s Complete Works to be translated into Mandarin. Culture Secretary Sajid Javid pledged his full support to measures unveiled by Chancellor George Osborne to boost business and cultural links with China. Helping to make the works of Shakespeare more accessible to the billion people living in China is at the heart of the government’s strategy. However, the move sparked criti…» Read Full Story
TWO huge stars of the small screen, Graham Norton and Patricia Hodge, will be appearing in the Stratford Literary Festival this October. On Friday 24th October, chat show host and compere Graham Norton will be in conversation at The Courtyard Theatre talking about his much-anticipated memoir, The Life and Loves of a He Devil.…» Read Full Story
CROPREDY, near Banbury was yet again the venue for folk-rock veterans Fairport Convention’s annual get together. The three day event started last Thursday with glorious sunshine, church bells ringing and the band opening the show with a handful of their acoustic numbers, including Festival Bell, which celebrates the new bell funded by the band in 2006. Fairport were joined on stage by an orchestra of forty three students of Birmingham Conservatoire under the direction of Joe Broughton to…» Read Full Story
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
DOG WARDENS in Stratford had to hire out a bigger van after receiving so many donations from animal lovers upset over the Manchester Dogs’ Home fire. The district council said it was overwhelmed with donations of food, blankets, cages and toys to take up north after more than 60 animals were killed in a blaze that ripped through one of the country’s largest dogs’ homes. Around 150 dogs had to be rescued, with the incident sparking a nationwide campaign to donate money and items to the home. More than £1.4million has now been raised.
STRATFORD Cricket Club missed out on double promotion today but the Seconds won a tight encounter at home to Bromsgrove. Unable to chase down 247, the first team lost away at Newport and were not promoted from the Birmingham & District Third Division. But on Swans Nest Lane, Stratford Seconds expertly chased down 242 to beat fellow promotion-chasers Bromsgrove. Tim Smart hit the winning runs in the final over to the delight of a large crowd. His 72 not out was backed up by opener Charlie Blake's composed 62 and some timely swift runs from Sam Douthwaite. For the full report and reaction to the end of Stratford's cricket season, see Thursday's Herald.
THE government announced on Friday £1.5 million of funding for the Royal Shakespeare Company to allow the Bard’s Complete Works to be translated into Mandarin. Culture Secretary Sajid Javid pledged his full support to measures unveiled by Chancellor George Osborne to boost business and cultural links with China. Helping to make the works of Shakespeare more accessible to the billion people living in China is at the heart of the government’s strategy. However, the move sparked criticism on social media with some people claiming chancellor George Osborne could put the money to better use elsewhere. Let us know what you think by commenting below, or via our facebook and twitter pages.
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.