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 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
IAN Bell will miss tomorrow's Royal London One-Day Cup Final at Lord's, Warwickshire County Cricket Club have announced. The England batsman was a doubt because of a broken toe, and now a bout of tonsillitis has ruled him out. "I’m gutted to miss out on a Lord’s Final and the opportunity to play in a second domestic final," said Bell. "However, injuries are part of the game. I would like to wish Dougie, Varun and the team the very best of luck for the final and I hope all of the tra…» Read Full Story
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 runne…» Read Full Story
STRATFORD Town manager Carl Adams is “over the moon” the club are top of the table in just their second season since promotion. Speaking ahead of this coming Saturday’s enticing clash against early pacesetters and league favourites Merthyr Town, he told the Herald there was no one the squad feared at the moment. “I think a lot of credit has go to go to us,” he said. “We got promoted last year and finished tenth, and now we are sitting top of the table, it’s unheard of. We des…» Read Full Story
WARWICKSHIRE County Cricket Club could complete an historic limited-overs double on Saturday. The club, who won the T20 blast last month as the Birmingham Bears, could follow that up with a win in the Royal London One-Day Cup at Lord’s. Twenty years after the club made cricketing history in England when they won the treble, Warwickshire’s Director of Cricket, Dougie Brown, is excited at the prospect of a double.…» Read Full Story
STRATFORD Cricket Club missed out on double promotion today but the Seconds won a tight encounter at home to Bromsgrove. Unable to chase down 247, the first team lost away at Newport and were not promoted from the Birmingham & District Third Division. But on Swans Nest Lane, Stratford Seconds expertly chased down 242 to beat fellow promotion-chasers Bromsgrove. Tim Smart hit the winning runs in the final over to the delight of a large crowd. His 72 not out was backed up by opener…» Read Full Story
STRATFORD Town climbed to the top of the league today with a hard-fought 1-0 away win at North Leigh FC. A winner from substitute striker Tyrone Fagan was enough to put them top of the Southern League Division One South and West. Town, who have won six of their first nine games, have gone top thanks to the fact the majority of teams were on FA Cup duty this weekend. For a full match report and the latest on Stratford Town see Thursday's Stratford Herald.…» Read Full Story
STRATFORD high jumper Rory Dwyer admitted he exceeded his own expectations defending his title at the 2014 Sainsbury’s School Games with a record-breaking jump. The Stratford School pupil was among more than 1,600 school athletes from across the UK to descend on Manchester to compete in 12 sports across four action-packed days. Dwyer, representing England Midlands, was undoubtedly one of the stars of the show – producing a leap of 2.09m to break the School Games high jump record on h…» Read Full Story
A STRATFORD-Upon-Avon man who battled depression and had a history of mental health problems took his own life by stepping in front of a lorry on the M40 in May, an inquest heard last Friday. According to witness evidence read out at the inquest, Ian Bryenton, of Clopton Road, aged 32, appeared to “hold-up his arms and shrug his shoulders as if he was giving up” just seconds before he walked in front of the lorry which was travelling at 56 mph in lane one of the southbound M40 on Saturday 24th May.
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 over the line.
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.