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.
A MAN arrested in Stratford-upon-Avon earlier this year has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 23 years for the murder of a youth in Oxford. William Blencowe, aged 21, was found guilty of murdering 17-year-old Connor Tremble after fatally stabbing him at a house in Oxford on 13th February. The next day, 14th February, Blencowe was arrested in Evesham Place, Stratford. He had been staying at a Bed & Breakfast in the town.…» Read Full Story
A 20-year-old from Henley-in-Arden has been missing since Thursday. Sophie Drake was last seen leaving her home in Johnson Place at 8am four days ago, and her family are becoming increasingly concerned for her safety.…» Read Full Story
EMERGENCY services were called to a crash between a car and a van on the A46 near Snitterfield today. The crash, which was between a Mazda MX5 and a Citroen Berlingo, took place at the top of the hill around 12.30pm. Paramedics and police were called, but fortunately nobody was injured. The road was blocked for some time, causing traffic delays.…» Read Full Story
THERE is currently no evidence to suggest that the Stratford district should take overspill housing from the cities of Birmingham or Coventry. This is one of the conclusions of a report being presented to Stratford-on-Avon District Council's ruling cabinet at its meeting on Monday 8th September. The report forms part of the council’s response to public consultation on the “soundness” of the authority’s proposed core strategy that will be considered at a special full meeting of the …» Read Full Story
A WOMAN was airlifted to hospital following a car crash in Clifford Chambers this morning. The 59-year-old was trapped in the vehicle for 45 minutes while paramedics treated her for abdominal and hip injuries and the fire service cut her free from the wreckage. One onlooker climbed into the back of her vehicle to hold her head steady and keep her calm before the emergency services arrived.…» Read Full Story
AN air ambulance has been called to Clifford Chambers this morning to help deal with a head-on car crash near a children's nursery. Four patients are currently being treated after emergency services were called to Clifford Lane at 7.47am. …» Read Full Story
MEASURES to help prevent child sex exploitation in Warwickshire - in the wake of shocking revelations of child abuse cases in Rotherham - will be discussed by police chiefs and council leaders at a meeting later this month. Ron Ball, the Police Commissioner for Warwickshire and Cllr Izzi Seccombe, leader of Warwickshire County Council, have both expressed their “profound shock and sadness by the horrific cases of abuse suffered by over a thousand vulnerable children in Rotherham.”…» Read Full Story
AN expectant father took part in a charity skydive on Sunday to celebrate his wife falling pregnant, ten years after she was diagnosed with cancer. Kineton couple Daniel Young, 36, and wife Amanda, 34, are expecting their first child on 28th November. In 2004 Amanda was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, the UK’s fifth most common cancer. She was only 24. On Sunday, Dan mustered up enough courage to jump out of a plane from 10,000ft. For the full heart-warming story plus more pho…» Read Full Story
A NEW £1.7 million footbridge with two lifts will be installed at Stratford-upon-Avon Railway Station by the end of the year, it has been promised. Work on the new disabled access bridge was initially due to start in October 2013 and it was supposed to be in place by ‘Summer 2014’. Although there is currently no sign of the bridge, Warwickshire County Council said it has already been built off site.…» Read Full Story
ONE chief constable ruling over two police forces has been branded “unworkable” by Warwickshire’s crime commissioner Ron Ball. Mr Ball said one senior officer to lead both Warwickshire and West Mercia Police forces wouldn’t work after his counterpart in West Mercia, Bill Longmore, said the idea was being discussed. Mr Longmore said: "Shared leadership is subject to ongoing discussion."…» Read Full Story
A MAN arrested in Stratford-upon-Avon earlier this year has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 23 years for the murder of a youth in Oxford. William Blencowe, aged 21, was found guilty of murdering 17-year-old Connor Tremble after fatally stabbing him at a house in Oxford on 13th February. The next day, 14th February, Blencowe was arrested in Evesham Place, Stratford. He had been staying at a Bed & Breakfast in the town.
STRATFORD Town FC have rearranged a league fixture following their shock FA Cup exit. Town's 1-0 defeat at Blaby & Whetstone meant they would have been left without a fixture on Saturday, 13th September, but they have now rescheduled a trip to North Leigh in the Southern League, South & West Division. The trip to Oxfordshire had originally been pencilled in for Wednesday October 29th. North Leigh lost to Flackwell Heath in their cup-tie last weekend.
TWO huge stars of the small screen, Graham Norton and Patricia Hodge, will be appearing in the Stratford Literary Festival this October. On Friday 24th October, chat show host and compere Graham Norton will be in conversation at The Courtyard Theatre talking about his much-anticipated memoir, The Life and Loves of a He Devil.
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.