Multi-faith prayer room opens at Burnt Mill

BURNT Mill Academy officially opened their mutli-religion Prayer and Reflection Room. The Harlow school welcomed leaders of faiths to answer student questions and view the new room. Decorated to accommodate the six major world religions, the Prayer and Reflection Room provides students and teachers with a place to pray and gain quiet time to themselves during lunch breaks and even before and after school.

Nominate a Harlow football volunteer

VOLUNTEER-run clubs, dedicated coaches and loyal administrators from Harlow could be recognised by The Football Association on a local, regional and national scale through the annual FA Community Awards, with nominations required online by Friday 28th March at

No plans to close The Maples

FOLLOWING a six-week consultation on proposals to develop and improve the provision of overnight short breaks for disabled children and young people in Essex, Essex County Council has concluded that The Maples in Harlow will remain open unless and until new good quality overnight short breaks provision that meets the needs of children currently using these services are in place.

Nigel Farage plans UKIP Day of Action in Harlow

A further war of words occurred on Saturday (March 8th) Thurrock UKIP tweeted a photo of four of their team who had been out campaigning. The tweet was seen by Harlow Councillor Tony Durcan who, in his own inimitable way, noted that not one of them was a woman. “Nice to see the ladies of UKIP not available,cleaning behind fridge?”

Police seek two men after theft from BP on Southern Way (Again!)

POLICE want to identify two men who were caught on CCTV at the time that foodstuffs worth £200 were stolen from the BP Filling Station shop, in Southern Way, in Harlow. Two suspects had entered the store just after 1.10pm on Wednesday February 12 and filled two baskets with goods before leaving the store without making any attempt to pay. They also took the shopping baskets, worth £40, with them.

Osagie reaches World Final

HARLOW runner, Andrew Osagie, who won bronze in World Indoors Champs in 2012, reached the men’s 800m final. The London 2012 Olympic finalist finished second in his heat, behind Pole Adam Kszczot, but his time of 1:45.88 was good enough to progress to Sunday’s final as one of three fastest losers.

“Some UKIP members are like Nazis” says Robert Halfon

MR Halfon, MP for Harlow, said: “To me there are two kinds of UKIP – the Godfrey Bloom guy who’s like a cross between Sid James and Bernard Manning, and then there’s a much more sinister element, like the MEP who said every Muslim has got to sign a declaration of non-violence, which to me is literally akin to the Nazis saying Jews should wear a yellow star.

Burnt Mill and Passmores top school places bid (but stats make grim reading for Mark Hall and St Marks)

PASSMORES ACADEMY and Burnt Mill Academy have once again topped the poll judging by the number of applications they received for pupils to enter Year 7 in September 2014. Passmores Academy had 706 applications in total for just 210 places. Burnt Mill Academy wasn’t far behind with 643 applications for their 210 places.

Halfon to speak to Harlow’s mumpreneurs

HARLOW has the highest business growth in the UK – and the businesswomen of the town and its surrounding districts play an important role in this statistic. There’s an abundance of talent, entrepreneurship and skill among our women – as seen in the many microbusinesses & small-to-medium enterprises we run, and the array of networking groups we attend.

Dance spectacular at Stewards Academy

STEWARDS Academy was the venue for the biggest and most spectacular show yet produced by the dance company ‘Dance Fusion.’ Entitled ‘Let Love Lead The Way’, the show was created under the artistic direction of ex-Stewards pupil Kerri Ann Trowsdale, who is the Director of the popular local club.

Stief A Billy: Actor, musician and runner!

THESE are busy times for Harlow renaissance man, Stief A Billy. Stief is mainly known for his music but these days he spends more of his time treading the boards. YH popped over to the Horn and Horseshoes in Foster Street to chat to Stieff about his love of music, his busy acting schedule but as importantly, the half marathons he is running for charity.

Fold Croft allotment day a big success

THE ex-allotment site in Foldcroft had become overgrown during the wet winter and hhidden amongst the brambles were a few surprises as volunteers removed years of fly-tipping from the land. A bath tub, kitchen sink and a fridge were among the objects to be removed. Unsurprising given its proximity to Cannons Brook Golf course, volunteers, also unearthed around a hundred golf balls and even a couple of golf clubs.

Basketball: Hawks flattened by Bulls

HARLOW Hawks’ promotion hopes were dealt a blow as they lost 64-49 loss to Bedford Bulls in division two of the Herts Basketball League. The defeat means they lost their undefeated home record.

Rugby: Harlow Ladies crush Chelmsford

HARLOW Ladies crushed close rivals Chelmsford 27-5 in the RFUW National Challenge South East North division one. The Rams ran in five good tries to secure the win on Sunday making sure of the league points and a bonus point for scoring more than four tries.

MP Halfon raises tragic case of Eystna Blunnie in House of Commons

BEFORE she met her ex-fiancé, Eystna was a happy young woman who had a close relationship with her family. During her relationship with her ex-fiancé she became withdrawn, and had little contact with her mother and father. In April 2012, she was taken to hospital after being strangled and falling unconscious. She was pregnant at the time, with a daughter called Rose. She made the decision to leave her ex-fiancé, and returned to live with her family. But two months later, and just days before her baby was due, she received a text from him saying he had a surprise for her. She was found by the roadside with over 50 injuries, and died shortly afterwards from severe head injuries.

Stewards raise the standards even when going downhill!

THE penultimate day of the trip saw pupils take part in a spectacular slalom course, at the end of which they received medals and badges for their efforts. Every pupil was a credit to Stewards, but special mention should be made for Som Pinukram for her organisation and leadership both on and off the slopes. Thanks also to Alex Dodd for his help and assistance to a fellow skiier on a tough downhill ski.

Questionnaire for proposed M11 junction 7a reopened

A QUESTIONNAIRE about the proposals for the new M11 junction 7a has been reopened for further comments to alleviate some confusion which arose around the last question. The questionnaire, which originally closed on 31st January 2014, has been reopened until 17th March 2014, with the question which had previously caused some confusion subsequently revised.