Young people team up with McDonalds for litter pick

COUNCILLOR Boyce continued: “I particularly want to thank Tony Fagg and his staff at the McDonalds restaurant in Hastingwood. It is very good to see them taking such a keen interest in the environment and how they can work with the local community to tackle litter. Every day the restaurant staff conduct litter patrols in the areas around the restaurant. They pick up all litter they find, not just that of McDonalds. If we could instil some of that philosophy in our younger generations, just think what an amazing impact that would have on our whole district.”

Holly and Belle help promote Santa Run

TWO furry friends have been helping bring some extra Christmas magic to St Clare Hospice’s annual Santa Run. Their team of Santas recently went along to Harlow’s Pets Corner to meet their resident reindeer, Holly and Belle, to help promote the family-friendly event taking place on Sunday, December 8.

Man wanted over theft from Maplins

IT is alleged the man went into Maplin Electronics in Howard Way at around 1.30pm on Thursday October 24 with another man and took two sat navs and a mini projector and left the store without making any attempt to pay. Anyone who recognises him is asked to call Pc Mark Smith at Harlow Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Filipino community hold concert for victims of typhoon

On behalf of the Filipino community here in Harlow, we write to invite you to a fundraising event, ‘Harlow Rocks: Benefit Concert for Philippine Typhoon Haiyan Efforts’ on Friday 22 November 2013. In light of Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) that hit over 36 provinces in the Philippines leaving more than 480,000 homeless and affected more than 9.8 million Filipinos, we ask for your help and join us in our efforts to work towards helping our countrymen.

Watch out for those hygiene ratings in Epping this christmas

GOOD company, great food, Christmas crackers and all the trimmings are usually the ingredients for a great meal out during the festive season. But what about the food hygiene rating? Whatever your recipe for eating out this Christmas, make sure you choose one of the 374 eateries (restaurant, café, pub, coffee house or takeaway) in the Epping Forest district with a rating of 3 or more.

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.