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.
HEADS were bowed as silence fell across two South Warwickshire villages to mark 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War. A wreath-laying service and parade was held in Tanworth-in-Arden on Saturday, while in Welford a commemorative exhibition hosted artwork and looked at the lives of the 19 village men killed out on the battlefield. Among the items was a letter written by private Jim Matthews, from the village, just two days before he died. In Tanworth, relatives of those wh…» Read Full Story
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. …» Read Full Story
LATE September sunshine and a warm welcome from the waiting crowd meant the visit by HRH The Princess Royal to the Forest of Arden Agricultural Society’s Ploughing and Hedging Match last Thursday was a big success – it was also the first ever royal visit to the show.…» 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
A 59-year-old man working at Alveston Manor was airlifted to hospital today (Wednesday) after suffering severe burns while cleaning the kitchen. An air ambulance landed on the cricket pitch of the recreation grounds shortly after midday and airlifted the immobilised man to the specialist burns unit at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. The member of staff, burned on his chest and arms, arrived at hospital at 12:40pm. Alveston Manor are conducting a full investigation into the incident. …» Read Full Story
Watch the trailer for the Royal Shakespeare Company 2012 production of The Taming of the Shrew. Filmed on Bancroft Gardens in Stratford-upon-Avon. …» Read Full Story
WATCH the giant pillow fight on Friday when the cast of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s forthcoming production of The Taming of the Shrew were joined by members of the public outside the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. More than 100 people gathered for the event, which was being filmed to create a video trailer exploring the battle of the sexes to publicise the play. Watch our cameraman get stuck in and receive a blow to his head for the trouble. …» Read Full Story
Former King Edward VI School student Bob Rogers is one step closer to having a blockbuster film about Shakespeare on his hands after both Kenneth Branagh and the American film-makers, the Coen Brothers, asked to see a screened read-through of the script performed by Stratford actors. …» Read Full Story
Is Stratford missing out on vital transport funding? That's the question asked on the front page of this week's Stratford-upon-Avon Herald. It comes on the eve of a second transport summit looking at the town's transport woes set for tomorrow (Friday).
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.
HEADS were bowed as silence fell across two South Warwickshire villages to mark 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War. A wreath-laying service and parade was held in Tanworth-in-Arden on Saturday, while in Welford a commemorative exhibition hosted artwork and looked at the lives of the 19 village men killed out on the battlefield. Among the items was a letter written by private Jim Matthews, from the village, just two days before he died. In Tanworth, relatives of those who lost their lives were given the chance to honour them by laying a wreath at the village war memorial. The youngest to get involved was of primary school age while the oldest was in their 90s, organiser Peter Oakley told the Herald.