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.
WARWICKSHIRE Police today issued a statement explaining the force’s involvement in the so-called Cost Coffee crash case that resulted in former magistrate Alan Marks being found guilty of dangerous driving by a jury at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday. Mr Marks, aged 65 – who suffers from multiple sclerosis - was given a two-year conditional discharge, banned from driving for two years and ordered to pay £1,200 in costs. On 23rd April 2012 a Volkswagen Touran driven by Mr Marks, of Sh…» Read Full Story
NEARLY 50,000 dance music fans are descending on Long Marston Airfield this weekend for GlobalGathering. Now in its 14th year, nearby residents picked up their discount £50 tickets for the two-day festival on Wednesday and Thursday. They normally cost £130. The festival organisers, MAMA and Company, increased the allocation from 1,200 to 1,400 for this year.…» Read Full Story
A POLICE helicopter and water rescue team were called to Stratford-upon-Avon on Tuesday afternoon to deal with a man seen jumping into the River Avon. Eyewitnesses saw the helicopter land in a field opposite the racecourse, while three ambulance vehicles, two fire engines, and police cars raced towards Stannell’s Bridge on the Greenway. The emergency services were turned out because at the time it was thought the man was a “suicide risk”.…» Read Full Story
THE jury in the so-called Costa Coffee crash case at Birmingham Crown Court this afternoon found former magistrate Alan Marks guilty of dangerous driving. Mr Marks, aged 65, of Shottery, was given a two-year conditional discharge and disqualified from driving for two years. He was also ordered to pay £1,200 in costs.…» Read Full Story
A WOMAN hit by a car at a drag racing event in Long Marston made her return to the raceway at the weekend. Angie Woods was hospitalised for a month with serious injuries to both her legs after the accident on Saturday 3rd May. The 44-year-old ruptured the ligaments in her right knee, dislocated her left ankle, and suffered an open fracture, where the bone pierces the skin.…» Read Full Story
POLICE searching for a missing Birmingham man are making enquiries in Warwickshire after the 37-year-old was spotted in Stratford-upon-Avon. James Henderson has been missing from his Northfield home for three weeks and his family are concerned for his welfare. James, of Browning Tower, has had no contact with his family since the beginning of the month and they are extremely worried.…» Read Full Story
A PRISONER on the run from jail was found and arrested in Stratford-upon-Avon last night. Martin Robinson has been put back behind bars after he was spotted in a vehicle on the Clopton Road at 7pm. The 29-year-old was released on licence from HM Prison Hewell in Redditch on 13th June.…» Read Full Story
DOCTOR Who and Star Trek captain Jean-Luc Picard have been spotted in a Tiddington back garden. Actors such as Patrick Stewart, David Tennant and Antony Sher have made visits to the back garden, which is the location for a state-of-the-art recording studio belonging to local man Ed Walker and his wife Karen. Stars of stage and screen regularly make visits to the recording studio because it has all the facilities they need right on their doorstep.…» Read Full Story
A MUM-TO-BE with a four-year-old son wants speed bumps installed to stop cars racing through Shottery after two of her cats were run over. Last week Samantha Buckley’s three-year-old silver tabby, Lady, was killed on Church Lane. It comes just over a month after her sister’s 11-month-old black cat, Sherlock, was found dead on the same road.…» Read Full Story
THIS weekend nearly 50,000 dance music fans will descend on Long Marston Airfield for a weekend of partying, but behind the scenes of GlobalGathering is a mammoth team effort that makes it all possible. In under two weeks, nine staged arenas filled with the latest and greatest lighting and speaker systems spring up on the airfield. Work started last Monday and on that first day only a small team of a dozen or so people walk around the site, planning where everything goes.…» Read Full Story
WARWICKSHIRE Police today issued a statement explaining the force’s involvement in the so-called Cost Coffee crash case that resulted in former magistrate Alan Marks being found guilty of dangerous driving by a jury at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday. Mr Marks, aged 65 – who suffers from multiple sclerosis - was given a two-year conditional discharge, banned from driving for two years and ordered to pay £1,200 in costs. On 23rd April 2012 a Volkswagen Touran driven by Mr Marks, of Shottery, Stratford-upon-Avon, mounted the pavement by the Costa Coffee outlet in the town centre and crashed into the White Stuff shop next door. Several people were badly injured, including Mr Marks himself.
Stratford Town 2 Leamington 2 STRATFORD Town came from behind twice to force a draw with Conference North neighbours Leamington on Tuesday night. It was an impressive friendly performance against a team two leagues above the home side, with new signings and academy boys stepping up in the absence of some first-team players.
GAME of Thrones star Sophie Turner has become a patron of a Warwick-based theatre group for young people. Sophie, who plays Sansa Stark in the hugely popular HBO television series, is a former Warwick Prep and King’s High pupil who joined Playbox Theatre company when she was three years old.
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.