Harlow to remember HMS Sickle

IN JUNE it will be 70 years since the loss with all hands of HMS Sickle, the warship adopted by the towns of Epping and Harlow during warship week in 1942.
The people of Epping, Harlow and villages raised £176,000 to sponsor the vessel, which was commissioned in December 1942. Sickle spent most of her active service in the Mediterranean the stories of her patrols during the war have been collated by local historian John Duffel, and and can be found here

Essex County Council announces £1m School Improvement Fund

ESSEX County Council announced in today’s budget a £1m School Improvement Fund to give children the best start in life by raising standards and leadership in primary schools. The Schools Improvement Fund will support school leadership in primary schools through the establishment of the Essex Primary Leadership Academy which will celebrate success, attract the best new talent to Essex, nurture and support the best teachers in the county to become great primary leaders.

Labour’s European candidates canvass Harlow

A NUMBER OF Labour’s candidates for the European elections were out and about in Harlow at the weekend canvassing for the elections on May 22nd.
The European elections will be held on Thursday May 22nd, the same day as the local elections and so will be a fair indication of voting intentions for the General Election of 2015.

Football: Harlow go down in seven goal thriller

THERE is a definite feeling that although Harlow Town are having a very good season, the minute they are examined at the very highest level, then they are found wanting. This game was a classic example as they went down to a very well disciplined Heybridge Swifts, who no doubt will be there or there abouts at the end of the season.

Athletics: Osagie disappointed at disqualification

HARLOW Olympian Andrew Osagie was disqualified after winning the AAA Indoor 800 metres in Sheffield at the weekend. Osagie had produced a confident performance at the event holding off the cream of British 800 metre racing including Mukhtar Mohammed (Sheffield), Guy Learmonth (Lasswade) and Paul Goodall (Norwich).

Nishall’s Blog: Love is all around…..

So it Valentine’s day on Friday, so this week of course my blog will be about love, and what is it actually? So today I will try to explain what true love is from my “knowledge and understanding” of love. Poets and authors have tried to define love for centuries, whereas scientists have only recently started. Many of us know intuitively that love is a major purpose for living; that connection is inherent in all that we do, and without love, we cannot survive as a species.

MPs support ambulance Chief Executive following ‘great strides forward’

THE Chief Executive of the region’s ambulance service has today (February 11) met with members of parliament (MPs) to discuss planned service improvements and report on his achievements so far. The meetings mark six weeks of Dr Anthony Marsh being at the helm of the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) and MPs were pleased to hear how he has already taken great strides in moving the Trust forward.

Athletics: Winner Kai doesn’t get bogged down in the mud

IN the U11 boys 3k race, Kai Boggon stormed to victory with Joe Morgan finishing in 7th place and Frankie Edwards in 16th. In the U11 girls race over the same distance, Charlotte Pratt claimed a silver in 2nd, Hallie Copping-Jones 4th, Savannah Sirkett 8th, Ellen Savidge 10th, Katie Brennan 15th and Maddie Bailey 21st. There were 61 finishing athletes in the U11 race. These races were meant to be 1.4K but due to a marshalling error the kids ended up running the U13’s course but theses races were not timed.

Athletics: Harryman highlight of Indoor Champs

IN the main league events Harlow were only able to field teams in the Under 13 competitions with so many other athletes at the Indoor Championships or otherwise unavailable. In the Under 13 Boys section, the team finished a respectable fifth, out of eleven. And, Lewis Harknett took individual silver over the 3K course in 11.11 minutes; twin brother, Owen managed a strong run too to finish fifteenth in a time of 12.07 minutes.

County Council agree budget

ESSEX County Council has today (Tuesday) agreed a budget that invests in ‘jobs, people and infrastructure’ while freezing council tax for the fourth successive year. The Leader of the Council, Councillor David Finch, told today’s Full Council that millions of pounds of additional funding would be spent on key issues including road and footpath repairs, schools, apprenticeships and flood management over the coming year.

Another world of rich and vibrant colour

TONIGHT’S private viewing, the abstract paintings of Graham Boyd, promises to liven up the palette of grey the weather has shrouded the town in recently. Comfort in colour is exactly what this February night needs. Boyd’s paintings take you into another world, a Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory of colour and confectionery like texture. These are big, bold rich pallet knife strokes of food colouring and cake frosting.

Waggy tails aplenty at St Clare Winter Walkies

MUCKY pups and their welly-wearing owners squelched through the mud at St Clare Hospice’s first Winter Walkies of 2014. The miserable weather could not put a dampener on Sunday’s event, which saw some 150 people and their canine companions brave the elements to enjoy a bracing 5km walk through the Hastingwood countryside. There were plenty […]

Running: Daniel smashes under-20 half marathon record

HARLOW Running Club members produced some excellent performances at the Great Bentley Half Marathon with several personal best times for the distance and one club record.

This was despite the very windy conditions on the one lap course near Colchester. Pride of place goes to 18 year old Daniel Jephcott who finished in 255th place out of 748 finishers in an excellent PB time of 1hr 41min 02sec which improved the HRC U20 record by 29 seconds.

Blogpost….Living with Luke: Part 36

LAST week was a pretty crap week for us. I started off the week with a sniffy cold, which was just annoying. Then on Sunday, Tiddles and The Eldest Child’s Uncle Clatter (one of my brothers), bravely managed to break his leg and knee playing football and had to have an operation to have bolts and plates put in to hold it all together. So far, not great…

Council release funds to tackle flooding

A PACKAGE of measures is being put in place urgently in conjunction with District/ Borough/ City Councils to identify the worst flooding points, where action will be taken to clear culverts, empty and jet gullies and remove debris. Essex County Councillor Rodney Bass, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, is calling on the emergency services, drainage authorities, landowners, water authorities, rangers and the Environment Agency to also play their part in helping to clear up these flooding hotspots.

Accuro offering free disability support training

HASTINGWOOD-based charity Accuro (Care Services), which supports people with a disability, is offering free training to people considering paid or voluntary work with children with a disability. Shared Care Co-ordinator Sam Lee said: “The main focus of the training will be for people wishing to become Shared Carers with Accuro but the course would be an appropriate introduction for anyone considering working in this field.

Closing the Gap on health care provision in Harlow

ESSEX County Council (ECC) is proud to announce the Health Foundation has awarded £450,000 for a social care scheme to improve resident safety across Essex care homes and prevent unnecessary emergency hospital admissions. The news is also significant because it makes ECC the first social care organisation to ever receive funding from the HF.

Did these people make clean get-aways after theft of Dysons?

POLICE are appealing for help in tracing a woman they want to speak to in connection with the theft of a Dyson cleaner from B&M Bargains in Princess Gate, Harlow, at 3.55pm on January 15. A woman entered the store and selected a Dyson cleaner, then leaving the shop making no attempt to pay. A man was waiting in a white Ford Transit van outside for her to return.

Appeal after burglary in The Hides

POLICE are appealing for information following a burglary in Harlow. A house in The Hides was broken in to between 7.30pm and 10pm on February 7. Entry was gained via a back window and its thought suspects would have entered from the main road and jumped over the rear fence.

Harsh words over Harlow Times!

WE KNEW there had to be a war of words on the first occasion that the cameras were allowed into a meeting of Harlow Council and sure enough Labour and Conservatives did not let us down. Conservative councillor Simon Carter questioned the amount of money spent on “Glossy propaganda magazine” The Harlow Times. His questions were rebuffed by portfolio holder, cllr Tony Durcan.