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 CC continued their pursuit of the Birmingham League Third Division title with a two-wicket victory at bottom club Penn on Saturday. Their lead at the top of the table is now five points following second-placed Sutton Coldfield’s 77-run win at Hawkins C&R which gave them 24 points. Stratford gained 20 from Saturday’s success at Penn. …» Read Full Story
A KNEE injury to Joe Halsall overshadowed Stratford Town’s 2-1 defeat at home to Stourbridge on Saturday in their latest pre-season friendly game. The influential midfielder landed awkwardly 14 minutes into the game after rising to head home Jamie Sheldon’s left-wing corner for Town’s equaliser, after Sean Geddes had given the Glassboys an eighth-minute lead. Halsall was taken to hospital immediately after the incident. The winning goal also came in the first-half when Ben Bellingham…» Read Full Story
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. …» Read Full Story
STRATFORD Town continue their tough pre-season programme on Tuesday evening when they host near-neighbours Leamington in a 7.45pm kick-off. The game will be their third against Conference opposition, the latest being Worcester City who ran out 2-0 winners in an entertaining affair at the DCS Stadium on Saturday. …» Read Full Story
STRATFORD Town will kick off their second season in the Southern League with two successive home games, The season gets under way on Saturday 9th August when Bishops Cleeve will be the visitors to the DCS Stadium. On Tuesday 12th August, Town will entertain Didcot Town. The club’s first away game is on Saturday 16th August when they visit league newcomers Sholing United. Sholing were FA Carlsberg Vase winners last season. …» Read Full Story
STRATFORD CC stretched their lead at the top of the Birmingham League Third Division to nine points following a five-wicket win at Hawkins C&R on Saturday. After bowling out their hosts for 242, the Panthers replied with 246-5 from 43 overs to clinch victory and a vital 20 points in their quest for promotion back to the Second Division at the first attempt.…» Read Full Story
STRATFORD Town began their pre-season programme with a 1-1 draw against Conference outfit Kidderminster Harriers at a sun-drenched DCS Stadium on Saturday. Tyrone Fagan gave Town a half-time lead, stylishly converting a 35th minute penalty after the big front man himself had been brought down in the box by Kidderminster keeper Dan Lewis. Early in the second-half, Harriers grabbed a deserved equaliser when Chey Dunkley headed home a cross past Town stand-in keeper Dominic Roggero. Earlier i…» Read Full Story
STRATFORD have been crowned champions of the Wildmoor Spa Tennis League for the 12th year in succession after their 4-0 win over Claverdon gave them an unassailable lead at the top of the Premier Division with 42 points. Their nearest challengers Evesham, despite also chalking up a 4-0 victory over mid-table Alcester, have only 25 points with only 12 more on offer this season.…» Read Full Story
STRATFORD Town begin their pre-season friendly programme on Saturday when Kidderminster Harriers are the visitors to the DCS Stadium in a 3pm kick-off. The players reported back for training just over a fortnight ago and the Kidderminster game is the first of eight matches scheduled ahead of the start of the Southern League season on Saturday 9th August. …» Read Full Story
SOME 92 cyclists recently braved the potential downpours to ride the Warwickshire RC 10-mile open individual time-trial (TT) out of Salford Priors. This number included four Stratford Cycle Club members who regularly compete in the numerous TT races around the Midlands. …» Read Full Story
ANGIE MIDCALF hasn’t got hair anymore but a children’s charity she supports is £3,000 better off thanks to her selfless head-shave in front of crowds of people.
A KNEE injury to Joe Halsall overshadowed Stratford Town’s 2-1 defeat at home to Stourbridge on Saturday in their latest pre-season friendly game. The influential midfielder landed awkwardly 14 minutes into the game after rising to head home Jamie Sheldon’s left-wing corner for Town’s equaliser, after Sean Geddes had given the Glassboys an eighth-minute lead. Halsall was taken to hospital immediately after the incident. The winning goal also came in the first-half when Ben Bellingham lashed home a fierce left-footed shot past Town keeper Andy Kemp on 27 minutes.
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.