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.
THE FATHER of a Salford Priors man killed on the A46 has told the Herald how his son was a ‘friend for life’ to those who knew him. Ron Ravenhill paid tribute to 45-year-old son Christopher, who was killed when his car hit the central reservation in the early hours of Friday, 5th September.…» Read Full Story
PRINCESS Anne is paying a visit to Wixford, near Alcester, this afternoon (Thursday) as part of an agricultural show. HRH The Princess Royal helped the Forest of Arden Agricultural Society host its annual Ploughing and Hedging Competition at Kingley Farm.…» Read Full Story
BOTH couples met at Stratford-upon-Avon's Runaway Mop in the early 1950s, they both got married - and now they both celebrate 60 happy years of marriage. This week the Herald spoke to Don and Joan Smart, and John and Rose Spencer, to hear their love stories as both couples celebrated their Diamond wedding anniversaries.…» Read Full Story
STRATFORD Town Trust has been engaged in a bitter legal tussle to remove one of its tenants from a medieval property so it can carry out vital repairs. The charity owns Mason's Court, a Grade II* listed building in Rother Street, which is made up of four cottages dating back to the early 15th century. The tenant in question is Vuk Vukovic, who has been in Britain for 30 years, and who lives at number two Mason's Court, with his wife, Elena. …» Read Full Story
FIRE crews had an unusual call out when they were needed to rescue a flock of sheep from a canal.…» Read Full Story
DOG WARDENS in Stratford had to hire out a bigger van after receiving so many donations from animal lovers upset over the Manchester Dogs’ Home fire. The district council said it was overwhelmed with donations of food, blankets, cages and toys to take up north after more than 60 animals were killed in a blaze that ripped through one of the country’s largest dogs’ homes. Around 150 dogs had to be rescued, with the incident sparking a nationwide campaign to donate money and items to th…» Read Full Story
A SPECIAL meeting of Stratford District Council this afternoon voted to submit the final version of its core strategy to the planning inspectorate for approval.…» Read Full Story
RETAILER Phones 4u has slipped into administration and closed all of its branches – including one in Stratford-upon-Avon. The shock move, announced over the weekend, has put more than 5,500 jobs at risk nationwide.…» Read Full Story
A TAPESTRY, two years in the making, has been unveiled in Charlecote by the winner of last year’s Great British Sewing Bee. Ann Rowley used to cycle to the village 70 years ago during her summer holidays. And the Birmingham-born 83-year-old, who’s been sewing since she was eight, was invited back to unveil the 25 hand-stitched panel at the village hall in front of 70 residents.…» Read Full Story
FIRE crews spent 90 minutes putting out fires that had engulfed two cars in Wootton Wawen. The cars had been involved in a crash on Alcester Road at around 8.45am on Monday, Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service said.…» Read Full Story
THE FATHER of a Salford Priors man killed on the A46 has told the Herald how his son was a ‘friend for life’ to those who knew him. Ron Ravenhill paid tribute to 45-year-old son Christopher, who was killed when his car hit the central reservation in the early hours of Friday, 5th September.
FIVE Stratford Athletic Club runners came in the top 20 of Stratford’s Big 10k on Sunday. Cheered on by an enthusiastic crowd on Bancroft Gardens, David Bell from Cirencester took the win with an impressive time of 32 minutes 21 seconds – beating his own course record from last year. There was another repeat performance in the ladies from Jane Evans who led the women home in a time of 36mins and 3 seconds, three seconds slower than her time last year. The first three Stratford runners to cross the finish line in the sixth edition of this race presented a stirring flurry of yellow and black as they tore towards the tape fighting for a top ten place.
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.