Funeral date set for plane crash victim

THE funeral of a Harlow man who died after his plane crashed in field near Writtle last month will take place next week. Simon Chamberlain, 29, a married father of one from Harlow, died when the YAK 52 crashed into a field off the A414 near Cooksmill Green between Ongar and Writtle on March 29.

Smoke alarm saves high rise pensioner in Harlow

A SMOKE alarm alerted crews to a fire in a high rise block in Great Plumtree on Tuesday morning. ECFRS sent its pre-determined attendance for this type of building but on arrival at 0245 hrs, the incident commander reported the fire, in the second floor flat of an elderly resident, was already out.

Boy robbed of red dirt bike in Newhall

THE bike was custom built and is bright red with black wheels and red hubs. Detectives want to hear from anyone who knows where this bike is now. Dc Mike Ferguson said: “If anyone sees this in a garden, or sees someone riding it around the Harlow area, I urge them to contact police at Harlow CID on 101.”

E-fit issued of street robbery suspect

POLICE officers in Harlow have issued an EFit of a man they want to identify in connection with a street robbery in Hodings Road, Harlow on April 9.

JUST before 11pm a man approached the 51 year old man from Sawbridgeworth near the Willow Beauty pub, demanding he hand over cash. After being threatened by the man with a pint glass the victim handed over £10.

Football: Harlow scrape a point at Needham

HARLOW scraped a point against fellow play-off contenders, Needham Market on Saturday. It is all getting nervy at the top. Although Harlow dropped two points, the two teams ahead of them (Witham and VCD Athletic) both lost. However, the result means Harlow cannot now gain automatic promotion and must aim for the play-offs.

Mr Drew to return to Channel 4

PERHAPS the most famous deputy headteacher in the UK after his appearance on Educating Essex , Stephen Drew is soon to appear on our screens once again bringing unruly schoolboys into line. In his new self-titled show Mr Drew’s School for Boys the Brentwood county high teacher will be charged with a group of 11 boys aged between 9 and 11, most of them so badly behaved as to have been excluded from their primary schools, to try and turn their attitudes around.

Nishall’s Blog: Easter sees a new beginning

THEREFORE if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Cor 5:17) Through Jesus death and resurrection we are now new creations. The word for new is kainos meaning unused, fresh and new in regard to form and quality. Whether you have been a Christian since your childhood or you have only recently become one, each one of us needed to become a new creation. “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Cor 5:21) Because Jesus bore our sins on the cross and endured the penalty we deserved we are now righteous before God. We are now “fresh and new in regard to form and quality” before God. Of course we are still growing into our new identity but we can live today without shame, fear of death or guilt knowing we are completely accepted before God because of the cross and resurrection of Jesus.

Be an abseiling dare devil for breast cancer trials charity

FANCY a daredevil challenge this spring? Then why not try your head for heights and join the thrilling 110ft abseil down Harlow Water Tower in aid of a local breast cancer clinical trials charity? Last year 50 people took the challenge at Church Langley, raising an amazing £10,000 in sponsorship. On Saturday 3 May, the research unit at St Margaret’s Hospital in Epping, and Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow is doing it all over again.

Rugby: Harlow win down by the Island

HARLOW came away with a comfortable win against bottom of table Canvey Island on Saturday. However the winning margin should have been much greater but for a spell of madness by Harlow that allowed them three converted tries in the space of seven minutes. A try from Harlow in this period allowed them to retain their lead and in the second half they took control again.

Reachback reaching out at The Square

REACHBACK formed in 2009 and immediately set to work in writing fresh Pop-Rock tracks. After releasing their first single ‘Butterflies’ in 2010, which aired on Absolute Radio, Reachback went on to share the stage with acts including McFly, Scouting For Girls, Mayday Parade, Forever The Sickest Kids and many more. Reachback released two singles; Without You’ which went straight into the Total Rock Radio playlist, and resulted in Reachback being named Unsigned Band Of The Week by Sarah Champion of Absolute Radio, and ‘No One Else’ which caught the ear of Radio 1 and Kerrang! Magazine.

Greater Anglia improvement pledge welcomed

THE announcement includes the major refurbishment of intercity trains used on the Great Eastern Main Line (which runs between Norwich, Ipswich, Colchester, Chelmsford and London), including improvements to seats, lighting and toilet facilities. An additional 1600 standard seats are also being provided on weekday intercity services on the Great Eastern Main Line.

MP Halfon welcomes latest unemployment figures

HARLOW MP Robert Halfon has welcomed the latest unemployment figures for Harlow which show the number of people out of work in the town is 1.5 per cent lower than it was in May 2010. The number of unemployed claimants in the Harlow constituency in March this year was 1,930 – four per cent of the 16-64 aged group considered “economically active”.

Ed Byrne draws St Clare’s raffle inside a big yellow ball!

COMEDIAN Ed Byrne dived into a yellow zorb to draw the winning ticket for the St Clare Spring Raffle, which has raised a record-breaking £32,251.
Submerged in more than 32,000 tickets, the Irish funnyman pulled Vera Morley’s name from the giant inflatable as St Clare staff, volunteers, patients and guests gathered in the Hospice courtyard to watch.

Rush hour woes for Harlow road-users

M11 ESSEX- Queueing traffic on the exit slip road on M11 in both directions at J7, A414 (Harlow). A414 Essex – Queueing traffic on A414 in both directions at Harlow. A414 Essex – Slow traffic on A414 southbound in Harlow at the M11 J7 Hastingwood Roundabout junction.

Cyclist mugged in Bush Fair

A 19-year-old man from Harlow was riding a mountain bike at around 5.45pm when he was approached by a man who pulled his jacket, knocking him off his bike. Whilst he was on the ground he was punched and kicked by another man. His wallet containing a large sum of cash fell out of his pocket. His attackers ran off with it as well as taking his blue and yellow mountain bike.