Two in court over Tendring Road assault

TWO people will appear in court today (Monday, October 7), charged in connection with a violent robbery on a 17-year-old boy in Harlow. The incident happened at 9.30pm on October 1 in Tendring Road when four people robbed the victim of his iPhone. The victim ended up with a broken jaw having been beaten until he lost consciousness.

Plaque unveiled to commemorate Sir Winston Churchill

THREE generations of Harlow MPs gathered together to unveil a plaque in memory and celebration of Sir Winston Churchill. The former prime-minister was MP for Epping Forest between 1923 and 1945. The constituency included Harlow. Robert Halfon was joined by Bill Rammell and Stan Newens as well as chair of Harlow Council, Linda Pailing as the plaque was unveiled at Victoria Hall in Old Harlow.

Ever wondered how many Jedi Knights there are in Harlow?

According to the 2011 Census, there are 330 Jedi Knights in Harlow. That is to say, 330 residents, when asked what religion they are, put down that they were Jedi Knights (it is a Star Wars thing). The ward with the most Jedi Knights is Bush Fair with 36. The ward with the least Great Parndon with 15.

Review: Spelling Bee…In a sentence… Fantastic!

WELL, we learned a lot. Strabismus, crepuscule and cow to name just three words but we also laughed and applauded a whole lot more at a terrific production of the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee which ran for three nights at the Harlow Playhouse. What marks this musical out is the characters. Not only a very dry and witty Darren Day as vice-principal Douglas Panch as well as the outstanding singing of Niki Evans but it was the patchwork personalities of the contestants that really lit up the playhouse.

Sometimes you just have to look around…

NOT sure if we are paraphrasing W.H Davies or was it Ferris Bueller? Either way, some days, you need to take a minute, look around and appreciate what you see. Sunday October 6th was unseasonably warm. Clear blue skies on an autumn day. This reporter took his family (and the highly strung cavalier) to the park.

Appeal after purse snatch in Staple Tye

POLICE are appealing for information after a woman was robbed in Staple Tye, Harlow. At noon on September 26TH a woman aged in her 20s dropped her purse on the footpath outside the Lister Medical Centre. As she bent down to pick it up she was barged out of the way and her purse was taken.

Introducing..the new principal at Harlow College

A LOT of places say they put students at the heart of what they do, but you don’t see many that actually do it! I thought it was important before I applied for the job to visit the College and find out more. I thought there was a great atmosphere here and a really positive aspirational culture. Both the staff and students commented on how purposeful and friendly it was. The students in particular all said how much the staff really cared about them! This College genuinely supports their students. There is a really excellent ethos here.

Superfast broadband plans for whole of Harlow

The details published today are based on early modelling using information such as ECC’s demand registration survey where over 10,000 individuals and businesses reported on their connection speeds. BT will now carry out surveys, network design and planning to develop an implementation plan for the next two-and-a-half years, meaning some areas may see the benefits of a superfast Essex earlier than scheduled in the maps.

Free cycling maintenance classes

WITH cycling continuing to grow in popularity, Harlow Council and the Active Harlow Strategic Wellbeing Group is working in partnership with Hub + Spoke to offer residents free bicycle maintenance and cycling lessons. The road cycling skills workshops will be delivered off-road but participants must be able to ride a bicycle. The sessions are aimed towards residents who can ride but would like to increase their confidence, develop cycling skills and knowledge of cycling.

Sign up for Hospice fright hike!

IN the run-up to Halloween, why not spook yourself silly with a Fright Hike Challenge through Epping Forest at night in aid of St Clare Hospice? Designed as a team event, the 30km overnight walk in six hours on Saturday, October 26 is one Hell of an adventure and will challenge your mind and body.

Milwards triumph in latest Ofsted report

MILWARDS primary school has been celebrating this week after receiving a glowing report from Ofsted. A year ago, the school was judged to be “Satisfactory” but just twelve months later, the school has made a great leap forward. By all accounts, the school, in a number of areas is “knocking on the door” of achieving an even greater rating.

Passmores take it to the bank!

In the late summer sunshine, the gathering audience were treated to a top quality selection of songs including ‘Mercy’, ‘Warwick Avenue’, ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ and ‘I’ve Had the Time of My Life’. Anya Hennessey, Madison Parker and Shannon Wood fronted the band with their expressive vocals and Lucy Kent made her debut in the band with some stunning drumming.

Pop ‘n’ Grow fundraiser for Stanley

COME to Staple Tye on Saturday from 12-4pm and enjoy the massive Shopping Fayre and Family Fun Day. Bouncy castles, horizontal bungee, food, entertainment, pampering stalls and lots of wonderful SHOPPING…SHOPPING…SHOPPING! Entrance is £1 adults and free for under 16’s. (TIP: Bring your old baby wipe packets and get in for half price!)

Cops want to stop One Stop suspect

POLICE would like to hear from anyone who recognises an image of a man who was caught on CCTV at the time of a theft from the One Stop Store, The Stow, in Harlow. On Monday August 26, between 8.30am and 9am, a suspect has entered the store and placed a number of items from the displays into a box he was carrying before leaving without paying for them.

Secret love at the Playhouse

THE MUSIC of Doris Day has a timeless quality. It may have come from the fifties but the music resonates today. ‘Secret Love’ is a heart-warming, heart breaking new musical play which comes to Harlow Playhouse on Wednesday 16th Oct.