Advance care planning: your care, your way

IMAGINE, one day, without any warning, you find yourself in a life-threatening situation and unable to communicate your wishes. Who would speak for you and make healthcare decisions on your behalf? From Tuesday, October 1, all the healthcare organisations in west Essex will be offering patients the opportunity to complete an advance care plan and support them to ensure their wishes for treatment are clear if they can no longer speak for themselves.

Homes for hedgehogs at Millwards

THE HEDGEHOGS of Millwards now have a home after Harlow Council delivered houses to Millwards school. Becci Court from Community, Leisure and Cultural Services at Harlow Council was joined by councillor Nick Churchill as they presented the children from Millwards School with 21 bird boxes and seven hedgehog houses.

Prince’s Trust produces budding dragons

DRAGON’S Den could soon be seeing a few new faces appearing as The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme saw a successful end to its first course in Harlow, with nine enthusiastic young entrepreneurs graduating. The free course, aimed at 18- to 30-year-olds who are either unemployed or working fewer than 16 hours per week, has provided invaluable training for young people looking to explore self-employment or going into business. Following successful completion of the course aspiring entrepreneurs will also be offered mentoring and potential access to finance taking them on the next steps to setting up in business.

Football: Yachtsman sink the Hawks

IT IS ONLY early October but Harlow boss Danny Chapman may well be starting to feel under pressure after Harlow lost to Wroxham 3-2 on Tuesday night. The result sees Harlow now seventeen points behind the leaders.

Search for man after ordeal for twelve-year-old girls in Town Park.

POLICE are searching for a man who is alleged to have grabbed two 12-year-old girls while they were walking a dog in Harlow. The incident occurred at 7.10pm on Wednesday, September 25th near the town park, on the field between the adventure playground and the building site off Marshgate and School Lane close to the footpath leading to the Edinburgh Way underpass.

Plaque to Churchill set to be unveiled

THERE WILL be an unveiling ceremony of a plaque to Winston Churchill. It is at the Victoria Hall, St John’s Road, Old Harlow at 3.00pm on Friday 4 October 2013. Former Harlow MP Bill Rammell and Council Leader Linda Pailing will be there with Robert Halfon MP doing the unveiling.

Chief Constable blasts hungover cops

THE Chief Constable of Essex Police, Stephen Kavanagh has blasted officers who take sick leave to nurse hangovers. Mr Kavanagh spoke out after figures revealed that his officers were taking an average of 12 days off sick each year.Mr Kavanagh said: “If you look at the overall numbers, compared to other forces, there is a group – a small group, but a group nonetheless – abusing the process.

Harlow Council unveil new housing allocation policy

HARLOW Council has introduced a new Housing allocations policy which changes both the criteria that enables people to apply for Council housing as well as the way Council housing is allocated. Harlow’s current social housing shortage along with changes to Government legislation led the Council to review its housing allocations policy and the way its Housing Register works.

Benjamin Eel: A bitter pill and a beautiful voice…..

ON Thursday night at ‘The Square’ Benjamin Eel took to the stage. Behind him stood a range of incense sticks, this made the crowd wonder who was about to perform. Picking up his guitar with a big smile on his face, he filled the room with acoustic/alternative music. Around forty curious people stood around and watching Ben sing his heart out, meaning every single word he sung.

Bedroom Tax: “We will fight them on the doorsteps” say protestors

DOZENS of protestors gathered at last weeks Harlow Council Cabinet meeting to deliver a strong message to the ruling Labour group. They managed to avoid the scenes of last month when angry and vocal protestors were asked to leave. However, Mick Patrick made a passionate appeal to the Labour cabinet as he posed a question to them on eviction notices.

Essex County Council meetings

HEALTH Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Wednesday 9 October 2013, from 10am, Committee Room 1. Essex Fire Audit Governance and Review, Wednesday 9 October 2013, from 2pm, Fire Service HQ Essex Fire Audit Sub-Committee, Wednesday 9 October 2013, from 3.30pm, Fire Service HQ

Strike: School closure details

NEITHER the governing body nor the Headteacher is legally allowed to close the school “in sympathy” with the strike and we will not do so. However, our main concern is the safety of our students. A school can only close if in the opinion of the Headteacher it is not safe to remain open. Having considered the impact of not having a significant number of teachers in school on this day, I have decided that it is not possible to maintain an adequate level of provision for our students or to ensure the necessary level of supervision. Consequently, I have decided that the school will close to students.

Sun shines for Hospital Fun Day

THE SEPTEMBER sun shone for the Princess Alexandra Hopsital Fun Day yesterday, the event opened by snooker ace Ronnie O’Sullivan included a coconut shy, teddy bear’s hospital, bouncy castles and a cake sale. The event also incorperated the Hopsitals AGM.

Essex Police share scam warning video

ESSEX POLICE have taken to social media to warn of a new scam, posting the following video on their Facebook and YouTube pages, ‘In this video, we hear from an elderly man who was the victim of a telephone scam who claimed to be a police officer. Please listen to his story and make sure you, your family and friends are aware of the methods being used so you don’t become a victim.’

Burst water main in Commonside Road

IF you live in the above area and are experiencing supply problems there is currently a burst water main on Commonside Road which may be affecting you. Unfortunately Affinity Water do not have a timescale for supplies to be restored at this stage.

Playhouse prepares to open ‘The Hatch’

THIS OCTOBER as part of its ‘Freaky Fortnight’ The Playhouse prepares to lift the lid on Harlow’s deepest , darkest and most well covered secret. On the run up to Halloween, members of the public will be able to explore a labyrinthine network of storm drains recently uncovered during building works at the Playhouse. Accessed via an entrance in the basement, known as The Hatch, the drains aren’t for the faint-hearted or claustrophobic, and getting around will mean crawling on hands and knees.