Snip those stamps and collect coins for St Clare’s hospice

THOSE little stamps on the corner of all your letters can still bring in hundreds of pounds for St Clare Hospice, which has joined a specialist company to help us manage donations. And if you still have old foreign currency – Spanish pesetas, German Deutsche Mark, or Italian lire at the back of your sock drawer – we’ll take them too. And who hasn’t got random keys in their kitchen drawer that don’t appear to lock anything?

Ladies and Gentlemen: “It’s The Rutles!”

THE RUTLES ARE simply legendary. Born from a sketch on Eric Idle’s Rutland Weekend Television. They were then the subject of a great spoof-documentary called “All You Need Is Cash”.

But it was the music of Neil Innes and his ability of all the songs to pay homage but not copy The Beatles which was a remarkable feat.

A Level triumph for St Mark’s

STUDENTS and staff at St Mark’s West Essex Catholic School are today celebrating another set of excellent A level results, with students once again exceeding previous record breaking results and many going on to universities, often the first in their family. Another superb pass rate was achieved with 99% of all A level examinations passed […]

Council and Princes Trust give help to young dragons

HARLOW Council is working in partnership with The Prince’s Trust to offer a free opportunity to 18- to 30-year-olds to take part in The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme which will help create future entrepreneurs. Aimed at 18- to 30-year-olds either unemployed or working fewer than 16 hours per week, the programme offers training, mentoring and potential access to finance to allow individuals to explore and decide if self-employment or setting up a business is right for them. It also helps guide them through the steps of taking their business ideas and making them a reality, and provides them with skills and knowledge necessary to succeed.

Harlow Labour backs Chris Bryant over Tescos

SUZY Stride, Labour’s General Election candidate for Harlow, said: “There have been problems with recruitment practices at Tesco site for some years, and Suzy Stride, and former MP Bill Rammell, have worked hard with USDAW in try to protect the employment terms and conditions of local workers. Tesco’s decision to close down its depot here and move to Dagenham was a massive blow to workers in Harlow, many of whom simply cannot make the move. We need reassurances that everything is being done to help local people.

D-Day for Aldi planning application

AN APPLICATION to erect an Aldi’s supermarket in The Stow is set to go before the Harlow Council planning committee tonight (Wednesday). The application has been before the committee before but the siting, next to the Howards Way roundabout has seen the application rejected due to “design, layout and parking.”

Football: Eight is great for The Hawks in eleven-goal thriller

HARLOW TOWN made a great debut on their new 3G pitch with a devastating 8-3 victory against new boys Barkingside at Barrows Farm. The Hawks took an early lead in the 9th minute through a Michael Akande header from a corner. But the lead only lasted four minutes as Barkingside were awarded and coverted a penalty in the 13th minute.

Sophia the pop princess set to star with Streep and Depp in Disney

HARLOW’S pop princess, Sophia Grace Brownlee has landed her first Hollywood role as she has been cast with Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep in the forthcoming Disney film Into The Woods. Old Harlow’s Sophia’s rise to the top has been well documented but for those who do not know: Sophia Grace Brownlee, became a youtube sensation after a video of her singing Nicki Minaj hit Super Bass attracted more than 40 million views worldwide.

Greenway Centre backs apprenticeship scheme

YH will be going down to interview the manager of the Greenway Centre, Lorraine King in Harlow soon. In the meantime, here is a blog piece taken from the www.spaceforgrowth.co.uk in which Lorraine extols the virtues of the apprenticeship system. “ “As the Centre Manager at The Greenway Centre based in Harlow, I was pleased […]

Blogpost: A widening circle for holistic therapists

THE Circle is unique in offering industry-specific networking for therapy, salon and health professionals, plus those involved in supplying and promoting nutritional and beauty products. The group holds regular events in Essex and Hertfordshire, which are lively gatherings and feature a mixture of speakers as well as networking – members of the group give demonstrations of their area of expertise, associate members showcase their services such as branding, design and administration, and guest speakers outline business development opportunities.

Athletics: Lyndon plots a great finish at Gunpowder 10K

HARLOW Running Club member Lyndon Cooper finished the Gunpowder Park run 5K at Waltham Abbey in 4th place out of 123 finishers in an
excellent 17min 44sec. He was followed home by Terry Ridge (11th) in 20min 11sec, John Bull (22nd) in a personal best time for the distance
of 21min 29sec and Robin Lozeau (34th) in 22min 44sec (PB). Debbie
Barry (63rd) in her first race for HRC finished in 26min 05sec, Michelle Aitken (70th) 26min 39sec and Alison Bull (71st) 26min 59sec.

Cricket: Harlow stay tough to beat Old Parkonians

Town got off to a great start when captain Ashley Alderson had Nadeem Akhtar and Jibran Azam both caught behind for 8. Two sharp slip catches from Scott Alderson and Matt Hurley had town on top of the opposition. Daniel Farmer picked up the wicket of Shane Vamadevan who made 32 and Shaun Alderson claimed two quick wickets to leave Old Parkonians struggling on 76-6. Town were superb in the field and Old Parkonians needing to dig in to make a defendable score. Shubhang Mehta and Janagan Vijayanathan went about repairing the damage and batted responsibly for their team. Mehta went on to make a very good 50 before he was eventually bowled by Shaun Alderson. Vijayanathan hung around and made a patient 39 to get Old Parkonians up to a respectable total of 205. The home side ended their innings with confidence after their recovery with the bat. Shaun Alderson was the pick of the bowlers for Town claiming 3 wickets off 10 over for just 31 runs.

Health group to launch information guide

DO you want to know who plans and buys local health services on your behalf and how you can have your say? If you do then a new information guide is for you.
It tells you all about the West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the organisation that is responsible for helping you to maintain and improve your health, as well as ensuring you can access the right service at the right time when you or your family are unwell.

Why Labour Councillor Jon Clempner is ‘Proud of Harlow’

JON said: “I’ve always been politically aware and I’ve always been involved in my local community wherever that may have been. I suppose for me it was about getting involved in my local community really, it’s as simple as that. That coupled with the general election in 2010 and getting increasingly angry with what the government were doing, basically it was just time to get off my backside and do something about it.”

Harlow leader urges Kier and unions to talk

THE Leader of Harlow Council is urging Kier Harlow Limited to hold urgent talks with local trade unions to stop potential strike action over a change to monthly pay dates. Councillor Mark Wilkinson has written to Kier Harlow after the Kier Group decided that it will change pay dates from the 15th of the month to 28th.

Huge turnout for Country and Western Festival

THEY TURNED out in their droves (and many in their stetsons) for a wonderful afternoon of country and western in the Harlow Town Park. Superbly organised: from the car park at Pearsons, food and refreshments, to lots of things for the kids to do near Pets Corner. Our cameras popped in and saw Kevin Barry plucking his stuff.

Diabetes roadshow in town centre proves a success

118 people in Harlow were referred to their doctor by a Healthy Lifestyle Roadshow having been identified as being at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, say Diabetes UK and Bupa. The charity offered free diabetes risk assessment tests to 232 people to identify their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes now and in the next 10 years. 118 people were referred to their GP for further advice, as their risk of diabetes was moderate to high.

Halfon slams Tesco’s as Labour question employment practices

HARLOW MP, Robert Halfon says Tesco’s new motto appears to be: “Pile the money high, sell the workers cheap”.The Harlow MP made the comments as part of the controversy stirred up by Labour’ shadow immigration minister, Chris Bryant, who, in a keynote speech, has slammed Tesco’s for their alleged employment policy in respect to “foreign workers”