Running: Murtagh zooms past 50 in record time

HARLOW Running Club member Steve Murtagh celebrated his recent 50th birthday by breaking the HRC Vet 50 5K record by over a minute at the Serpentine 5K in Hyde Park. Murtagh finished in 18th place out of 274 finishers and 1st Vet 50 in a fantastic 16min 56sec.

Review: Moot House Player’s “Earnest” wins plaudits

THE latest production by the Moot House Players was the Oscar Wilde classic, The Importance Of Being Earnest. The Players have a local, and even international, reputation for wonderful theatrical adaptions. Their work on this production is certainly no exception. Under the excellent directorial guidance of renowned theatrical polymath Henrietta Branwell, the cast were off to a fine start even before the first rehearsal.

Ice to see Stephen helping St Clare

ICE cream man Stephen Daniel has come up with a cool idea to raise money for the Hospice this summer. If you are organising a school or village fete, family fun day, music festival, country show or even a wedding then he will donate a percentage of his takings if you book one of his Steve’s Ices van to attend your event.

UKIP make an impression with their Day of Action in Harlow

FROM Katherines to Old Harlow; from Rams Gorse to Potter Street, members of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) were all over Harlow on Saturday as part of their Harlow Day of Action. The day was motivated after comments by the Harlow MP, Robert Halfon. The day was dominated by members of the party on the doorsteps of Harlow residents, listening to their concerns.

It is 365 and 24/7 for Labour

THE message from Harlow Labour at the weekend was that they are out campaigning in Harlow 365 days a year and not just for a sunny Saturday in March. The message broadcast across social media may well have been directed at UKIP who were having a “Day of Action” in Harlow.

Man pleads guilty to possession of heroin in Harlow

AN east London man arrested as part of a police initiative to “enhance the quality of life for people” living in Harlow has pleaded guilty to drug-dealing. Operation Hornet was Essex Police’s response to community concerns and intelligence following reported Class A drug activity and violence since the beginning of the year.

Harlow teaching union delighted with strike action

THE HARLOW and Epping representative from the National Union of Teachers has expressed his delight at the response following a day of industrial action on Wednesday. NUT rep, Murray Sackwild said: “We are delighted with the response to today’s NUT call to strike. The majority of our 1000 teachers in the Harlow+Epping Forest Association took action.

Halfon praises Harlow lollipop ladies in parliament

Furthermore, Robert has tabled a Parliamentary Motion on the subject, and has written to Schools Minister, David Laws, calling for alternative budgets to be used to safeguard this valuable service. He writes: “Head-teachers from both schools have spoken out against this consultation, and many parents have contacted me with concerns, and over 200 Harlow residents have signed a petition against it.

Review: The Art of Craft at The Gatehouse

IF you’re wondering through Harlow Town centre between now and April 29th and need a little respite from the shops, you could do worse than poking your head into Gatehouse Arts new Art of Craft exhibition. With an eclectic display of work incorporating natural fibres, clockwork ‘time machines’ and teeth beneath a bell jar, this exhibition has something worth a few moments contemplation for everyone.

Review: Tunnels lead to light and the sight of delight!

In a performance that does its best to incorporate the expression of so much, the producers also excel at keeping to the basics: a story that makes sense, songs that are good, excellent production values and top bongo playing. Oh and they can sing as well. If there was ever a production that should come to every area in the country then this was it.

Rugby: Harlow fall short at Wisbech

SOME good kicking by Kurtis Knightley kept Harlow in the game throughout the afternoon but missed tackles allowed the home side to take the points in a closely fought match. Skipper Shaun Roberts added another try to the two he scored in the previous match. Harlow now have a week off before they meet Wymondham in their final home match of the season the 5th April, prior to this game the club are going to try and break a world record for the longest guard of honour as the team run out, everyone is welcome to join in. A week after on the 12 April they end their league campaign away to Canvey Island. The Islanders are in bottom place so Harlow will have some explaining to do if they can’t take the points from this one.

St Mark’s students take in culture, politics and the odd selfie in Paris

ON the Saturday, the Sixth Form students attended a conference which encouraged them to consider their future as citizens of the European Union. A talk by BBC’s Evan Davies helped them to understand the causes of the current Eurozone financial crisis. A presentation by Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty, enabled them to evaluate the importance of the European Convention on Human Rights. The day ended with a question time panel, which included Kenneth Clarke MP and Simon Hughes MP.

…and Bowie on Sax at St John’s ARC

KARL Hird and Steve Dagg are musical companions from the Australian jazz scene. They began playing together during the 1980s in Melbourne and combined forces through a shared love of the great swing masters, particularly Ben Webster, Lester Young and Coleman Hawkins.

Yobs destroy children’s toys at Bush Fair pre-school

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a children’s playground in Harlow was damaged by vandals. Children’s toys were broken and plant pots smashed at the Smiles Montessori Pre-School in The Fairway near Bush Fair. It happened at around 7.30pm on Saturday, March 22. Officers believe a group of youths caused the damage after they got into the playground by climbing over a brick wall.

Amazing Grace set for the Playhouse

AMAZING Grace is a catch phrase often applied to Irish Comedian Brendan Grace and indeed very true in many respects. The genial and much loved family comedian is celebrating 41 years in comedy and is now more popular than at any time in his career and what an illustrious career that has been!

UKIP are coming, UKIP are coming!

AN attack by Harlow MP, Robert Halfon on the UK Independence Party (UKIP), in which he likened the Party’s members to Nazis has backfired on him says the party. The anti-EU Party has organised a major day of action in Harlow on Saturday 29th March. UKIP members from all over the East of England will converge on Harlow for a mass leaflet distribution, starting at 10.30am, from the Latton Bush Centre in Southern Way.