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.
STRATFORD Town's scheduled league cup match against Evesham United on Tuesday night has been postponed. Evesham are playing an FA Cup replay on Wednesday night, after drawing 0-0 away at Histon in the second qualifying round on Saturday. Evesham, currently 15th in the league, are the only team who have beaten league-leaders Stratford at the DCS Stadium this season. The game will now be played on Tuesday 21st October.…» Read Full Story
TWO goals from James Gifford helped Alcester Town stay top of Division Three of the Midland Football League today. Alcester comfortably dispatched Northfield Town 3-0 at the Stratford Road ground.…» Read Full Story
STRATFORD Town have extended their lead at the top to six points, thanks to their third 1-0 win in a row. An 18th minute goal from Simeon Tulloch was enough to beat second-from-bottom Bashley away from home. The winger hammered the ball home from two yards out after striker Tyrone Fagan had his cross-shot parried by the keeper. It extended the club's lead at the top of Southern League Division 1 South & West to six points because second-place Wimborne lost at home to Tiverton. To…» Read Full Story
LEAGUE-leaders Stratford Town travel to second-from-bottom Bashley this afternoon, where manager Carl Adams hopes to put more daylight between him and the chasing pack. Alcester Town are also top of their league — Division 3 of the Midland Football League — and they host Northfield Town at Stratford Road. In Rugby, Stratford travel away to Leek on the back of their first win last Saturday, but the club are effectively back on zero points thanks to a five-point penalty for fielding an …» Read Full Story
WARWICKSHIRE have secured second place in Division One of the County Championship with victory over Durham by an innings and 13 runs. Centuries from captain Varun Chopra and England's Jonathan Trott meant the Bears finished in the top two of all three competitions this year. Facing the team that beat them in the Royal London One Day Cup on Saturday, Warwickshire bowled Durham out for 201 on Tuesday thanks to Keith Barker's five wickets for 59 runs.…» Read Full Story
MARCUS Cook says Saturday’s first half against Kenilworth was the best rugby he has seen a Stratford-upon-Avon team play. Stratford’s new head coach was delighted with his first victory of the season, and says the team has steadily improved since their disappointing opening day defeat at home to Earlsdon. Stratford, who had narrowly lost their first two games, battled through a spate of injuries in the second half to hold on against a Kenilworth team sitting third in the table after wi…» Read Full Story
IN a pulsating game which provided a bumper crowd with a cracking afternoon’s entertainment, Joe Halsall’s 19th minute goal was enough to condemn pre-season favourites Merthyr to their first defeat of the season. The win puts Town four points clear at the top of the Southern League Division One South & West, just two seasons after getting promoted into it. To read the full match report, plus an interview with Town manager Carl Adams on the importance of the next two games, buy to…» Read Full Story
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 ove…» Read Full Story
WARWICKSHIRE County Cricket Club limped to 165 all out in the first innings of today’s Royal London One Day Cup final. A steady 64 from new club captain Varun Chopra helped recover an innings that was perilously close to collapse at 68-5, but the opening batsman will be furious at himself for allowing Chris Rushworth to clip the top of his leg stump when he was looking to kick on. Durham are undoubtedly favourites at this stage of the match, and their decision to put Warwickshire into ba…» Read Full Story
WELLESBOURNE Ladies were unlucky to miss out on the final of the seventh ladies touch tournament of the season on Sunday. The club hosted nine teams from the North Midlands Ladies touch league at Tiddington Home Guard Club. Wellesbourne started their campaign with a loss to league leaders Bromyard but captain Claire Davis was the only person to score a try on the day against the eventual winners.…» Read Full Story
STRATFORD-upon-Avon’s top cop says low attendance rates at vehicle crime is “nothing new” in Warwickshire. Speaking exclusively to the Herald, Inspector Adrian Davis says just because officers attend only seven per cent of thefts from vehicles, it doesn’t mean the crimes are not properly investigated.
STRATFORD Town's scheduled league cup match against Evesham United on Tuesday night has been postponed. Evesham are playing an FA Cup replay on Wednesday night, after drawing 0-0 away at Histon in the second qualifying round on Saturday. Evesham, currently 15th in the league, are the only team who have beaten league-leaders Stratford at the DCS Stadium this season. The game will now be played on Tuesday 21st October.
STRATFORD-UPON-AVON has a lot to thank Nick Fogg for. Although he was born and bred in the town, he hasn’t lived here for a very long time. But he clings to it with a passion that knows no bounds. His love of Stratford and all that goes with it – including a poet and playwright by the name of William Shakespeare – is such that he’s produced several books on the town (and even a scholarly book on the playwright). His latest homage to this small settlement in Warwickshire is Stratford-upon-Avon – The Biography, published by Amberley Publishing at £16:99.
THE Phoenix Players’ next production, Take Away the Lady by Jimmie Chinn, is the directorial debut of enthusiastic young director, Rebecca Alun-Jones. Take Away the Lady runs at Stratford ArtsHouse from Thursday, 25th September until Saturday, 27th September at 7.30pm.
LATE September sunshine and a warm welcome from the waiting crowd meant the visit by HRH The Princess Royal to the Forest of Arden Agricultural Society’s Ploughing and Hedging Match last Thursday was a big success – it was also the first ever royal visit to the show.