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.

Jazz with Jim at St John’s

ONE of the major stars in jazz guitar, Jim Douglas will join John Petters Swing Band for the final jazz session of the season at The St John’s ARC in Old Harlow.
Born in 1942 in Gifford near Edinburgh, the award winning guitarist formed an interest in jazz while at school. Bitten by the Skiffle bug, he bought a guitar and eventually appeared on a talent show which resulted in a trip to London.

College scoops beacon award

HARLOW College was announced winner of the 2013 AoC Beacon Award for Innovation in FE at the AoC Annual Conference at ICC Birmingham today (19 Nov). The award is sponsored by OCR and the announcement was made by Matthew Hancock MP, Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise.

Suzy focusses on road safety

ROAD Safety Week, coordinated by the road safety charity Brake, is the UK’s leading event to promote safer road use. This year Road Safety Week focuses on preventing tragic collisions caused by driver distraction, such as mobile phone use, and will be supported by a week of increased police enforcement coordinated by the Association of Chief Police Officers.

Over 800 families in Harlow hit by the bedroom tax

THE bedroom tax came into force on 1 April, 2013 and this is the first time the Government has released data showing the actual numbers hit. But even this does not show the full extent of families affected – it excludes those working families, previously in receipt of a small amount of housing benefit, whose entitlement has been completely wiped out by the bedroom tax.

Lawn arm of the law! £100k worth of stolen garden tools found in Harlow lock-up

POLICE are looking to reunite a final few stolen items with their rightful owners after they were stolen during a series of burglaries in north-west Essex earlier this year. Seventy-nine items of stolen property were returned to their rightful owners at a two-day event held by Hertfordshire Constabulary’s North Herts Local Crime Unit and Safer Neighbourhood Teams over the weekend (November 16 and November 17).

Women trapped in vehicle on Fourth Avenue

FIREFIGHTERS were called to a road traffic collision (rtc) in Harlow at lunchtime today (Nov 19th). The rtc involved two vehicles and occurred at 1pm on Fourth Avenue. Crews were able to assist the woman from her vehicle and place in the care of Essex air ambulance.

Harlow histories: The Clocktower

THERE IS something about the Clocktower that somehow straddles decades of Harlow history. Perhaps it is the image of the clocktower striking 6 0’clock in the late 19th century, a time that would tell those working in the fields that it was the end of the day. And then it was the day, chronicled by the historians, when the Arkwright family, signed over the land to the builders of the new town.

TV comedy stars coming to the Harlow Playhouse

FANCY giving your giggle muscles an intense workout?Then good news – because some of the country’s best TV comedians are coming to Harlow Playhouse on November 23rd. If you ever got out of bed in the early 2000s then you will remember Paul Tonkinson as a host of the Big Breakfast as well as The Sunday Show and countless other TV appearances. But as well presenting, this self-confessed ‘professional northerner’ is a startlingly good stand-up performer as you will know if you caught him on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow.

Stewards Academy students book their places in “Reading Week”

The week’s activities ran alongside the other reading schemes that are in operation at Stewards and were intended to highlight the benefits of reading to students of all ages and at all stages of school life. Activities included students completing a reading booklet with book related quizzes, word searches and crosswords, a write a book review competition, and staff departmental readings in the library at lunchtime, which were very well attended by students.

Running: Sean inspired by dirt

HARLOW Running Club members had a productive time at last weekend’s Gunpowder Parkrun 5K at Waltham Abbey, with all four runners improving their personal best time for the distance, and one new club record achieved. Leading the way was Terry Pike finishing in 21st place out of 74 finishers in a superb 24min 15sec. He was followed home by Debbie Barry 25th in 24min 56sec, Peter Mills 36th and 1st Vet 60 in 26min 13sec to create a new HRC Vet 65 record and Jane Evans 38th in 26min 34sec.

Spurs stars are on their way to Harlow

Please note that it will be a maximum of two items per person for autographs and the session will be limited to the first 200 people. There will also be limited access to photo opportunities to ensure everyone visiting the shop gets the chance to meet the players. Players/times are still subject to change…

CBeebies Star brings Magical Playroom to Harlow

FOLLOWING a sell-out Edinburgh Festival Fringe premiere, Cerrie Burnell (as seen on CBeebies) brings The Magical Playground to Harlow this Saturday
This delightful new show features a new story inspired by Cerrie’s own childhood. Cerrie plays Liberty Rose. Libby dreams of becoming a ballerina like her mother before her. But when she’s told to wear a false arm for dancing lessons, Libby rebels, seeking escape in her favourite playroom. Suddenly, the toys magically come to life around her. Will Libby’s new friends be able to help her to become a famous ballerina?

Have your say on crime in Harlow

THE Police and Crime Commissioner will be holding a public meeting to discuss crime and policing issues in Harlow on Wednesday November 27, starting at 5:30pm. Nick Alston aims to hold a public meeting in every district of Essex twice a year, working with colleagues from Essex Police, Community Safety Partnerships, district and unitary councils, partner organisations and the voluntary sector. These are important events for everyone who cares about the way their community is policed and who wants to know the facts about crime in their area.

Suzy Stride backs energy price freeze for Harlow residents

ON Saturday, Suzy Stride Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Harlow, joined energy campaigners and labour party activists on a day of action to tackle the cost of living with events taking place up and down the country. So far over 500 residents in Harlow have signed Suzy’s petition calling on the Prime Minister to freeze energy prices.

The fostering agency that always puts children first

CHILDREN First was established in April 1999 and is an independent Fostering Agency which provides a high quality fostering service for children and young people within the age range birth to 18 years. The Agency is managed and staffed by highly qualified practitioners.

Essex County Council consider disability Budget

ESSEX County Council have released a new public consultation looking at ways to improve services for adults with disabilities across the county. The consultation will ask residents their views on the services currently offered to adults, with the aim of increasing independence.

Celebrity gardener backs Hospice cash bid

St Clare’s campaign to win £50,000 from the People’s Millions has been given spade-loads of support from celebrity gardener Christine Walkden.

The One Show’s green-fingered expert is urging the community to dig deep and vote for the Hospice when it appears on the ITV Anglia News bulletin on Wednesday, November 27 at 18:00pm.

“Why and how do we fight fascism today” – Harlow TUC Meeting.

HARLOW TUC will be holding a joint meeting with Harlow Socialist History and Politics Group, “Why and how do we fight fascism today”.

Guest speakers at the even will include, Max Levitas – veteran of the Battle of Cable Street 1936, and Dan Randall Member of Workers’ Liberty and supporter of the Anti-Fascist Network.

Blog post: Nishall on Positivity

Life is too short to not be optimistic.

It is often that currently things around us discourage us. It’s hard not to be when people constantly say things like that our generation is going to have a hard time finding jobs and that everyone is getting fat and lazy and that we practically need degrees to be successful. It is hard to be optimistic when all the focus in the media is crimes, military coups, murders and starvation. In addition, yes life is hard.

Essex Council meetings this week

Residents of Essex can this week have their say at the following council meetings, which are open to the public to attend:

The Essex Health and Wellbeing Board is being held on November 21st at the Council Chamber in Uttlesford District Council Offices, Uttlesford, Saffron Walden from 14:00pm until 17:00pm.