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.
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
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 were unable to complete an historic limited-overs double at Lord’s today, losing a tense low-scoring Royal London One Day Cup final to Durham by three wickets. After limping to 165 all out in the morning, the Bears gave themselves a lot to do after lunch but thanks to some bewitching off spin bowling from Jeetan Patel, they were in with a shout. His four lbws reduced Durham to 88-5 and then 131-7, but it was England man Ben Stokes who stayed in long enough to get Durham over the line.
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.