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
A STRATFORD-Upon-Avon man who battled depression and had a history of mental health problems took his own life by stepping in front of a lorry on the M40 in May, an inquest heard last Friday. According to witness evidence read out at the inquest, Ian Bryenton, of Clopton Road, aged 32, appeared to “hold-up his arms and shrug his shoulders as if he was giving up” just seconds before he walked in front of the lorry which was travelling at 56 mph in lane one of the southbound M40 on Saturday 24th May.
WARWICKSHIRE County Cricket Club limped to 165 all out in the first innings of today’s Royal London One Day Cup final. A steady 64 from new club captain Varun Chopra helped recover an innings that was perilously close to collapse at 68-5, but the opening batsman will be furious at himself for allowing Chris Rushworth to clip the top of his leg stump when he was looking to kick on. Durham are undoubtedly favourites at this stage of the match, and their decision to put Warwickshire into bat after winning the toss could prove decisive.
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.