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.
FORMER Stratford Town player Will Grigg bagged two goals and put in a man-of-the-match performance against Manchester United last night. Grigg, who played for Town in 2007, scored the opening two goals in MK Dons' shock 4-0 thrashing of United in the second round of the Capital One Cup. The 23-year-old, who's on loan at the Dons from Brentford, benefited from a Jonny Evans howler to open the scoring in the 25th minute.…» Read Full Story
A SERIOUS-LOOKING neck injury to Evesham United player Elliot Kennedy overshadowed his side’s 2-0 victory in the local derby game against Stratford Town at the DCS Stadium on Bank Holiday Monday.…» Read Full Story
Wellesbourne Cricket Club are hosting a charity cricket match this weekend in memory of former player, groundsman and ECB pitch advisor Geoff Calcott.…» Read Full Story
Shortwood United 1-1 Stratford Town SHORTWOOD United completed the league double over Stratford Town last season, but there was no repeat this time around after a spirited performance from Carl Adams’ side earned them a richly deserved draw at Meadowbank on Tuesday evening. Town shaded the first-half and Tyrone Fagan fired them ahead from the penalty spot after half an hour. But Shortwood upped their game after the break and Matt Bennett grabbed their equaliser with five minutes to go.…» Read Full Story
WARWICKSHIRE CCC captain and former Stratford-upon-Avon batsman Jim Troughton has retired from the game with immediate effect. The 35-year-old has struggled to overcome a persistent back injury, which required surgery at the start of the season. He made his debut for the Bears in 2001 and was made captain in 2011.…» Read Full Story
FLAT racing at Warwick Racecourse finishes on Bank Holiday Monday after a 307 year history. The racecourse is to become an all-jumps track from 2015 with the intention of making it one of the UK's leading small jumps courses within the next five years; Warwick currently stages 11 jumps fixtures and 10 flat fixtures during the racing calendar Full story in this Thursday’s Stratford Herald. …» Read Full Story
STRATFORD Town slipped to their first defeat of the new Southern League season when they went down 2-1 at league-newcomers Sholing United on Saturday. After a goalless first-half, Sholing went ahead straight after the break through Stuart Mott before Tyrone Fagan equalised for Town on 74 minutes. But just four minutes later up popped Mott again with the winner. …» Read Full Story
STRATFORD Cricket Club’s Birmingham League Third Division promotion bid suffered a blow when they went down by eight wickets at Kings Heath on Saturday. The result sees them drop to third place, 10 points behind second-placed Streetly and 20 points behind leaders Sutton Coldfield. Both clubs recorded victories on Saturday, Sutton crushed second-bottom Newport by 144 runs while Streetly edged past bottom club Penn by one wicket.…» Read Full Story
STRATFORD’S Keir Lewis admitted being roared down the home straight on The Mall by hordes of fans at the Prudential RideLondon Youth Grand Prix would live long in the memory. The 16-year-old was one of 48 talented young cyclists picked to contest the Youth Grand Prix in front of thousands of cycling fans who lined the route in support in the capital. The 45-minute race followed a 1.3-mile loop around St James’s Park and Buckingham Palace and saw 12 teams from regions across the UK comp…» Read Full Story
SNITTERFIELD TC provided the winners and runners-up in the Edgbaston Archery mixed doubles veteran’s tournament. It was the first time Richard Le Page, Claire Niblett, and Julian Straker and Louise Walter had competed in the Birmingham club’s annual over-45s competition on superbly maintained grass courts.…» Read Full Story
EMERGENCY services were called to a crash between a car and a van on the A46 near Snitterfield today. The crash, which was between a Mazda MX5 and a Citroen Berlingo, took place at the top of the hill around 12.30pm. Paramedics and police were called, but fortunately nobody was injured. The road was blocked for some time, causing traffic delays.
FORMER Stratford Town player Will Grigg bagged two goals and put in a man-of-the-match performance against Manchester United last night. Grigg, who played for Town in 2007, scored the opening two goals in MK Dons' shock 4-0 thrashing of United in the second round of the Capital One Cup. The 23-year-old, who's on loan at the Dons from Brentford, benefited from a Jonny Evans howler to open the scoring in the 25th minute.
TWO huge stars of the small screen, Graham Norton and Patricia Hodge, will be appearing in the Stratford Literary Festival this October. On Friday 24th October, chat show host and compere Graham Norton will be in conversation at The Courtyard Theatre talking about his much-anticipated memoir, The Life and Loves of a He Devil.
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.