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.
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
THERE has been a spate of nudity rippling across Warwickshire this year and, at the end of last week, the epidemic hit Stratford. It is the tenth anniversary of the 2003 comedy film Calendar Girls, which was then made into a smash hit stage play (2008). Now that rights have been released for amateur companies to perform it, performances have been popping up all over the country, with Stratford’s Second Thoughts Drama Group becoming part of this national ‘institution’. …» Read Full Story
IT is refreshing to see a strong and safe production of Antony and Cleopatra, which also carries the qualities of good theatre, on the RSC’s stage - after the previous one seemed cursed from the outset. In Michael Boyd’s 2010 Courtyard Theatre production not only did his leading man Darrell D’Silva shoot himself in the hand (not the foot, as many actors do when playing such demanding roles), but his leading lady Kathryn Hunter quit the production while it was still running. …» Read Full Story
POLICE searching for a missing Birmingham man are making enquiries in Warwickshire after the 37-year-old was spotted in Stratford-upon-Avon. James Henderson has been missing from his Northfield home for three weeks and his family are concerned for his welfare. James, of Browning Tower, has had no contact with his family since the beginning of the month and they are extremely worried.
Stratford Town 2 Leamington 2 STRATFORD Town came from behind twice to force a draw with Conference North neighbours Leamington on Tuesday night. It was an impressive friendly performance against a team two leagues above the home side, with new signings and academy boys stepping up in the absence of some first-team players.
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.