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?
FORMER Harlow MP, Stan Newens is set to launch his memoirs this weekend. The autobiography is called: “In quest of a fairer society: My life and politics.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
LATTON GREEN primary school has been placed into special measures as government watchdog, Ofsted has published a highly critical report. The report has come as a crushing blow to the headteacher, Lorna Handscomb, who has dedicated herself to education in Harlow for many years.
FOUR youths have been arrested on suspicion of rape in Harlow. As reported on Monday, Essex Police were contacted following reports that a teenage girl had been sexually assaulted in the park area near Commonside Road and Maunds Hatch the previous evening.
A FORMER St Luke’s schoolboy was today confirmed dead in the Philippines after his body was discovered by rescuers in the aftermath of the typhoon. Jairo Ducusin from Harlow in Essex had been missing since the disaster struck 12 days ago. His father Jeffrey and his grandmother had already been declared dead.
POLICE are at the scene of a road collision involving two buses at Coopersale near Epping. Officers were called to Epping Road at 4.27pm today, Wednesday November 20, following reports of a collision between a school bus and local bus near the junction with Coopersale Common Road.
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.
HARLOW COUNCIL has pledged to take legal action against what is believed to be an encampment of gypsy travellers on Howards Way, close to Second Avenue. The party made camp at approximately 7pm on Tuesday night.
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.
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.
HARLOW College was announced winner of the 2013 AoC Beacon Award for Innovation in FE at the AoC Annual Conference at ICC Birmingham today (19 Nov). The award is sponsored by OCR and the announcement was made by Matthew Hancock MP, Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise.
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.
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.
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).
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 Conservative leader, cllr Andrew Johnson has expressed reservations regarding the continuing fiscal relationship between Harlow Council and the Co-Op bank. In May, Moody’s downgraded the Co-Op by six places from A3 to B3, mainly due to concerns that the bank faced the risk of further substantial losses.
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.