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.
STRATFORD-UPON-AVON has a lot to thank Nick Fogg for. Although he was born and bred in the town, he hasn’t lived here for a very long time. But he clings to it with a passion that knows no bounds. His love of Stratford and all that goes with it – including a poet and playwright by the name of William Shakespeare – is such that he’s produced several books on the town (and even a scholarly book on the playwright). His latest homage to this small settlement in Warwickshire is Stratford-upo…» Read Full Story
THE Phoenix Players’ next production, Take Away the Lady by Jimmie Chinn, is the directorial debut of enthusiastic young director, Rebecca Alun-Jones. Take Away the Lady runs at Stratford ArtsHouse from Thursday, 25th September until Saturday, 27th September at 7.30pm.…» Read Full Story
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.…» Read Full Story
Misaki Morita from Japan visited England for the Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations and while here saw Tread the Boards Theatre Company’s Othello, which ran until Sunday and returns to the Attic Theatre for the Stratford Arts Festival……» Read Full Story
SECOND Thoughts Drama Group seems to be re-establishing its reputation for putting on challenging performances, to not only stretch the company’s ability but also to stretch the audience, as last weekend’s production at the Bear Pit Theatre proved. Graham Taylor, who was making his directoral debut with the drama group having previously directed for Avonside Players, set himself a huge task when opting to stage Terence Rattigan’s hugely acclaimed The Deep Blue Sea. …» Read Full Story
SHIPSTON Town Band has always had a close relationship with the Shipston branch of the British Legion and as such was only too pleased to be able to perform a concert for them to raise money for their poppy appeal. The concert aimed to commemorate the outbreak of the Great War 100 years ago and the content was especially chosen to reflect this. …» Read Full Story
IT is one of the best-loved tales on the panto circuit and with writer-director Graham Robson’s unique take on Snow White, The Phoenix Players once again conjured up some panto magic to delight across the age range. With humour ranging from silly to just that little bit saucy, a baddie, some goodies and a full range of emotions along the way, this was a colourful, charming addition to the Phoenix panto track record. …» Read Full Story
THE prospect of watching just over six hours of theatre practically back to back could be seemed as a daunting one – especially when it is an adaptation of two Booker prize-winning novels, which span between them more than 1,000 pages. How could anyone have to cut so much from the books, yet keep the essence of the originals? …» Read Full Story
HILARY Mantel was given an ovation on the last preview night of Wolf Hall at the RSC this week, and it was much-deserved, because the stage adaptation of her prize-winning Tudor novel is as intriguing and witty as the book. …» Read Full Story
AS the three weird sisters manipulate fate and action in Macbeth, so too do three girls in Ella Hickson’s wonderful new adaptation, Wendy & Peter Pan. But instead of a sense of the supernatural working together to bring darkness, chaos and conflict, Hickson’s sisterhood of Wendy, Tink and Tiger Lily bring humility, warmth and strength while separately conquering all, in Jonathan Munby’s production. …» Read Full Story
THE Young People’s Hub at The Shakespeare Hospice has opened. It provides a welcoming environment and was created to house the hospice’s growing Young People’s Services for bereaved children, young carers and young people with life-limiting illnesses.
TWO Stratford-upon-Avon sisters narrowly missed out on a medal at the Canoe Polo World Championships in France last week. Nicole Brain, who works at Stratford Leisure Centre, captained the British women’s team in her third U21 championships, and she was joined on the team by her 17-year-old sister Dani. This was Nicole’s third world championships, and her last in the U21 team. To read the full story buy tomorrow's Stratford Herald.
STRATFORD-UPON-AVON has a lot to thank Nick Fogg for. Although he was born and bred in the town, he hasn’t lived here for a very long time. But he clings to it with a passion that knows no bounds. His love of Stratford and all that goes with it – including a poet and playwright by the name of William Shakespeare – is such that he’s produced several books on the town (and even a scholarly book on the playwright). His latest homage to this small settlement in Warwickshire is Stratford-upon-Avon – The Biography, published by Amberley Publishing at £16:99.
THE Phoenix Players’ next production, Take Away the Lady by Jimmie Chinn, is the directorial debut of enthusiastic young director, Rebecca Alun-Jones. Take Away the Lady runs at Stratford ArtsHouse from Thursday, 25th September until Saturday, 27th September at 7.30pm.
IT’S NOT often British 100-metre track star Harry Aikines-Aryeetey comes out second best in a sprint – but he did in Alcester this week. And not only did the one-time Young Sports Personality of the Year winner get beat at Ragley Hall, but it was also against a man climbing a 25-metre long pole.