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 death has been announced of Philip S Hart, or Phil Hart, as he was popularly known. Mr Hart moved to Stratford from Somerset in 1975 to take up the post of contracts co-ordinator at Stratford District Council (SDC). Immediately after coming to live in the town he volunteered at Tyler Street Youth Clubs and did almost 30 years’ service, finally becoming chairman of the committee until his health started to decline when he developed Parkinson’s Disease. …» Read Full Story
DIANA JAGGARD, who died last Friday at the age of 90, was a captivating teacher who served pupils in the Stratford area for some 60 years. The daughter of Sir Edward Salt, the Conservative MP for Birmingham Yardley from 1931 to 1945, she took a Froebel Degree, a modern form of child-centred education, at Roehampton University. The university was evacuated to Knebworth House during the Second World War and Diana completed a three-year course in two. …» Read Full Story
STEPHEN PRATT, who was headmaster of King Edward VI School, in Stratford, between 1963 and 1981 has died at his home in Chipping Campden. Born in Sussex, Mr Pratt, pictured left, came from a family of teachers and was educated at Worthing Grammar School for Boys. He won a History Scholarship to Hertford College, Oxford, in 1938, where his studies were interrupted by the Second World War. From 1940 he served with the Royal Artillery and by the end of the war he was engaged in Austria in the rehab…» Read Full Story
STRATFORD-upon-Avon lost a true Shakespearean treasure last week when veteran Royal Shakespeare Company actor Jeffery Dench died, aged 85. Born in Greater Manchester in 1929, Mr Dench has been described as the kind of actor who has made the RSC what it is today—having had a five-decade career on stage in Stratford. Mr Dench, who lived in Clifford Chambers, was the older brother of Oscar-winning actress Dame Judi Dench. And although he may not have always been centre stage his performances …» Read Full Story
LONG MARSTON’S star of stage and screen Kate O’Mara, who started out working behind the scenes at the Royal Shakespeare Company, has died at a Sussex nursing home, aged 74. The actress, who became a household name for her role as Joan Collins’s screen sister, ‘Caress’ Morell, in the 80s soap opera Dynasty, had a great passion for acting and loved talking about the theatre. She had a long and successful career, appearing in cult television series such as Danger Man a…» Read Full Story
FRIENDS and supporters of Louise Weatherhead, who has died aged 62 following a long battle with cancer, turned out in force at her funeral. There was standing room only as over 300 mourners attended St Andrew’s Church, Shottery. A tireless fundraiser, volunteer and stalwart of Stratford netball, Louise Weatherhead was proud of her Stratford roots. She was born on 7th July 1951 at the Monroe Devis Maternity Hospital in Tiddington and grew up in Stratford with her parents, Bill and Betty Ro…» Read Full Story
JOHN WINTERBURN, a former chairman of Stratford-on-Avon District Council, has died aged 84 after several years of battling leukaemia. Born in Leamington in 1929, as a child during the war he correctly identified a German bomber that had reached Leamington without detection. He ran for cover and alerted the adults he was with, but they did not believe a young boy and stood there arguing until they heard the bombs being dropped a few miles away. He later graduated from University College Leiceste…» Read Full Story
BRIAN SLAUGHTER, a Bidford councillor for over 40 years and dedicated fundraiser, died peacefully of pneumonia on 28th January at Warwick Hospital. A former chairman of Stratford District Council, the 80-year-old, pictured right, lived in the district all his life, most recently in Ardens Grafton where alongside his wife, Clare, he was an active member of the community. …» Read Full Story
AUTHOR of over a hundred books and designer of hundreds of boats, the remarkable South Warwickshire centenarian, Percy Blandford, has passed away in his granddaughter’s arms aged 101. Known all over the world for his innovative naval architecture, the great-great-grandfather lived in Newbold-on-Stour for more than 60 years. Percy spent 101 years on earth, and ninety-three of those were in the Scout Movement. At 1pm today (Thursday 6th February), the scouts are holding a large funeral for h…» Read Full Story
ACTRESS and long-term Stratford-upon-Avon resident, Dorothy Raistrick died suddenly on 21st December aged 87. Born Dorothy Thelwall in Manchester, the daughter of a bank clerk and former nanny, she had a good childhood, despite it being interrupted by wartime evacuation to Lytham St Anne’s. Her education was at Levenshulme Municipal High School and this led to her secretarial career, becoming PA to the chairman of Tootals Ltd, where she had her own grand office with two large red leather e…» Read Full Story
POLICE tasered a dog in the centre of Stratford-upon-Avon on Wednesday. Two police officers on a routine patrol came across a man who they believed was breaching his bail agreement. As they started to arrest the man on the tramway footbridge connecting The Lazy Cow and Swan’s Nest Lane, his dog allegedly bit one of the officers.
Wellesbourne Cricket Club are hosting a charity cricket match this weekend in memory of former player, groundsman and ECB pitch advisor Geoff Calcott.
CROPREDY, near Banbury was yet again the venue for folk-rock veterans Fairport Convention’s annual get together. The three day event started last Thursday with glorious sunshine, church bells ringing and the band opening the show with a handful of their acoustic numbers, including Festival Bell, which celebrates the new bell funded by the band in 2006. Fairport were joined on stage by an orchestra of forty three students of Birmingham Conservatoire under the direction of Joe Broughton to play one of violinist Ric Sanders’s instrumental numbers.
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.