Steve tell us why fostering is so important

LAST week, we interviewed Kim Selfe from Children First Fostering Agency and asked her what was it about their fostering service, that covers Harlow, is so special. This week, we interviewed a carer, Steve Hickin. There are many companies and local authorities that a person can choose. So why did Steve, choose Children First?

Halfon shocked by TB figures

To my shock, TB in Harlow is on the rise and over double the national average. It is 28.1 per 100, 000 compared to 13.9 per 100,000 nationally. Thirteen percent is from recent transmission. For every person who has untreated TB, the disease can potentially spread to ten to fifteen people a year.

Karate: Harlow Shotokan show the way at champs

EIGHT gold medals were won by members of Harlow Shotokan Karate Club who took part in the annual SKE Championships, held at the Harlow Leisurezone on Saturday. Six silver and six bronze medals were also secured after some fantastic performances from the club, which trains at Burnt Mill Academy in Harlow.

The pot-holes of Great Brays

YH was driving down Great Brays on Thursday morning when we noticed the plethora of perilous potholes. The street near to 62-65 has been bad for a few years but it looks like the street was devestated by the snow and frost from earlier this year. So, we thought we would take the opportunity to put Essex County Council on the clock and see how long it takes them to fix them.

Basketball: Two wins in six days for Hawks

THE first quarter started impressively for the Hawks who were up 11-2 within four minutes of the quarter. Once again Lee Morris scoring 5 of those points including a three pointer. However, Rimantas Norkeliunas and Sam Kmita combining for 12 points to take the lead by 14 points. Harlow cruised out the first quarter with ease which finished Magic 9 Hawks 23.

New M11 junction roadshow to come to town

A SERIES of public exhibitions about the proposed motorway junction on the M11 at Harlow comes to town next month. The exhibitions will be the first opportunity for householders, drivers, businesses and other interested parties to view proposals for the Junction 7a scheme and offer feedback.

Overwhelming participation in Essex CC’s youth service consultation claims council

ESSEX County Councillor Ray Gooding, Cabinet Member for Children and Families, has expressed his thanks to all the young people who took the time to get involved in the consultation on Essex youth services. The council has seen an unprecedented response to the consultation, not only from young people and their families, but also from community groups, youth councils, local authority partner agencies and the third sector, all of whom state support for the service.

Community minded tenants wanted

THE Council is seeking enthusiastic and community-minded tenants and resident leaseholders to act as Designated Persons on behalf of tenants and resident leaseholders as part of the complaints handling process. This is an important role which has come about as a result of the introduction of the Localism Act 2010, and will involve helping to resolve complaints against the Council’s Housing Landlord service about housing management, repairs, leaseholds, transfers and mutual exchanges.

Rugby: Ladies edge it over Chelmsford

THEY received the ball first, going down the slope with the wind behind them. The combination of wind, rain and a significant slope on the pitch made it important to establish an advantage in the first half. Ten minutes into the game Harlow skipper Sarah Stimpson playing at fly half scored first, after quick hands she ran around the outside to score out wide. I difficult conditions she missed the conversion. Ten minutes later outside centre Emma O’Donnell broke through several defenders to run over half the length of the pitch to score under the post, Stimpson converted. And Harlow held on to a 12 – 0 lead until half time.

Theft from Boots on Broad Walk

POLICE would like to speak with this man about a theft from Boots in Harlow. A man walked into the store, in Broad Walk, at about 1pm on November 9 and selected some aftershave from the display.

Jazz with Jim at St John’s

ONE of the major stars in jazz guitar, Jim Douglas will join John Petters Swing Band for the final jazz session of the season at The St John’s ARC in Old Harlow.
Born in 1942 in Gifford near Edinburgh, the award winning guitarist formed an interest in jazz while at school. Bitten by the Skiffle bug, he bought a guitar and eventually appeared on a talent show which resulted in a trip to London.

Suzy focusses on road safety

ROAD Safety Week, coordinated by the road safety charity Brake, is the UK’s leading event to promote safer road use. This year Road Safety Week focuses on preventing tragic collisions caused by driver distraction, such as mobile phone use, and will be supported by a week of increased police enforcement coordinated by the Association of Chief Police Officers.

Over 800 families in Harlow hit by the bedroom tax

THE bedroom tax came into force on 1 April, 2013 and this is the first time the Government has released data showing the actual numbers hit. But even this does not show the full extent of families affected – it excludes those working families, previously in receipt of a small amount of housing benefit, whose entitlement has been completely wiped out by the bedroom tax.

Lawn arm of the law! £100k worth of stolen garden tools found in Harlow lock-up

POLICE are looking to reunite a final few stolen items with their rightful owners after they were stolen during a series of burglaries in north-west Essex earlier this year. Seventy-nine items of stolen property were returned to their rightful owners at a two-day event held by Hertfordshire Constabulary’s North Herts Local Crime Unit and Safer Neighbourhood Teams over the weekend (November 16 and November 17).

Women trapped in vehicle on Fourth Avenue

FIREFIGHTERS were called to a road traffic collision (rtc) in Harlow at lunchtime today (Nov 19th). The rtc involved two vehicles and occurred at 1pm on Fourth Avenue. Crews were able to assist the woman from her vehicle and place in the care of Essex air ambulance.

Harlow histories: The Clocktower

THERE IS something about the Clocktower that somehow straddles decades of Harlow history. Perhaps it is the image of the clocktower striking 6 0’clock in the late 19th century, a time that would tell those working in the fields that it was the end of the day. And then it was the day, chronicled by the historians, when the Arkwright family, signed over the land to the builders of the new town.