Old Harlow’s Vera scoops St Clare’s lottery

THE 87-year-old, who lives in Old Harlow, has decided to gift her prize to Ken Jelf, a member of her extended family. Mrs Morley has been supporting St Clare since the charity was first formed more than two decades ago and has been buying raffle tickets for several years. “I’ve never won anything in a raffle before,” she said.

Blogpost-Diary of a stay at home dad-Week 41

I HAVE no idea why so many toilet incidents seem to happen to my family. One morning this week Poppy had a sore belly and was being a little more quiet than usual so I knew something wasn’t quite right with her. I set up the building bricks for her to play with then went into the kitchen to try to give it a quick clean. When I was nearly finished it was all silent and every parent knows silence is never a good thing when children are involved.

In praise of Canalability (and a great half price offer)

CANALABILITY is offering canal boat hire on both its day and holiday boats at half price. You can book for a day or up to two weeks and provided your trip starts in January or February you will only pay half the advertised price. After planning and organising your Christmas and New Year celebrations it’s time to take it easy, relax and put your feet up. What better way to enjoy yourself than cruising in the beautiful Essex and Hertfordshire countryside? However, if you do still have some excess energy you can get involved in the steering of the boat or changing the locks. The kids will love it.

Old Harlow flats refurbished with conservation cash

FLATS and houses designed by Sir Frederick Gibberd as part of the 1970s modernisation of the High Street have undergone a £500,000 refurbishment. The external refurbishment to the 14 homes* known as the “Bookend” flats and houses included the renewing of roof coverings, general external redecorations, replacing windows and doors and cladding and removing asbestos. The thermal insulation to the facades and lofts of all homes have also been enhanced and a shared TV reception system installed to minimise the visual impact of satellite dishes.

Ruth raises thousands with a lactic fallout

I would like to thank everybody who took part in the Lactic Fallout and raised money for Motability,” said Aine Canavan, Corporate Accounts Executive for the charity. “Our charitable grants programme supports disabled people who cannot afford the right car or adaptations for their needs, or young disabled people with the cost of driving lessons. Money raised from events like this makes a big difference to disabled people and their families.”

Canalability launch their christmas cruises

CANALABILITY was formed in 1989, The Canal Boat Project is a registered charity in Harlow Essex and enables people with disabilities or disadvantage and also members of community and youth groups to experience boating on the inland waterways. It operates three specially adapted canal boats. These enable people of all abilities to take an active part in the boating activities and experience the fun and benefits this provides. It operates day trips, short breaks or longer holidays which are enjoyed by about 3.000 people each year. They come from throughout the UK and also from abroad including Ireland, Denmark and Australia.

Home Start-er for ten at Quiz Night

THE event was organised by Home-Start Trustee Wendy Beckett, and compiled and hosted by her husband, Harlow Council Vice-Chair Ian Beckett. Wendy said “It was a bit nerve-racking, never knowing for sure who or how many people would turn up but the support was tremendous. People were very generous and we were lucky to have some great raffle prizes donated by the Garden of India, Caroline Mitchell Hair & Beauty, Mayfield Bakery, Harlow Dog Stadium and Home-Start supporters.