Nishall’s Blog: Appreciation

PRACTICE appreciation by starting with yourself. If you have difficulty openly appreciating others, it’s likely you also find it difficult to appreciate yourself. Take a few moments at the end of the day to ask yourself this simple question: “What can I rightly feel proud of today?” If you are committed to constant self-improvement, you can also ask yourself, “What could I do better tomorrow?” Both questions hold your value.

Football: Harlow crash out of cup

HARLOW Town crashed out of the Robert Dyas Cup, as high flying AFC Sudbury move on to the semi-finals. Both teams carried momentum going into the game, with Harlow just a point off the top spot in the league, and Sudbury not having lost a game since November.

Running: Kinney has a Canterbury Tale

HARLOW Running Club member Terry Ridge completed the Gunpowder Parkrun 5K in 6th position out of 107 finishers in an excellent 20min 30sec and he was followed home by Spencer Brooks 25th in a personal best time for the distance of 22min 43sec. Meanwhile at a very wet, windy and hilly Canterbury 10 Mile race Andy Kinney finished in 536th place out of 629 finishers in a commendable 1hr 40min 30sec.

Nishall scoops Inspirational Award

“Amongst his many achievements in post, he has helped to author a report and recommendations on tackling anti-social behaviour in his town. He is currently focusing on ways to provide more jobs, apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities for local young people. He also supports a local GCSE study club and represents the interests of young people on a neighbourhood action panel.

Tales of the Resurrectionists……

WHEN Ruth Richardson started researching & writing in this field in the 1970s, the subject of body-snatching was more or less hidden – very little had been published on the history of the phenomenon, and the topic was regarded dimly as more or less fictional. It was almost an unspoken matter.

Jazz coming to the Marigolds

THE Ted Beament Quintet are coming to the Marigolds Club in Old Harlow. Ted Beament keyboards, Colin Watling saxophone, Nick Page guitar, Murray Salmon bass and Les Cirkel drums. With the exception of Les on drums the band are no strangers to Marigolds having entertained our aficionados royally on a number of occasions in the past.

Emergency services in major training exercise at North Weald

EMERGENCY services in from Essex and Herts took part in major incident training this week. Exercise Blackout took place at North Weald airfield. The aerodrome was transformed into a major accident scene where a light aircraft had crashed onto a motorway, causing a pile-up involving cars, two lorries, a coach and a motorbike.

Sally & The Sunflower set to brighten up your day

A flower shop owner helps a little girl to plant some seeds and as they wait for the seeds to grow she tells the girl a familiar tale. The story of Jack and the Beanstalk unfolds with a little girl as the heroine who comes up with lots of inventive and amusing ways of climbing up and down the very tall sunflower.

Football: Hawks record key away win

AN INJURY-hit Harlow side earned 3 points on a rain sodden pitch on Wednesday night, both team took some time to get into their stride before Romford’s Ryan Imbert used his strength and speed to beat two defenders before dragging his shot wide after ten minutes.

Volunteering opportunities at Harlow libraries

OVER the summer Essex Libraries will be running a series of art workshops for young people. They are now looking for young volunteers to become Project Planners and select the artists for the project and help design the workshops. The selection of the artists will take place on 21 February in Chelmsford and reasonable travel expenses will be paid. There will also be planning sessions for the summer workshops taking place in May. Young people are invited to volunteer to take part in the artist selection, the workshop planning, or both. The application deadline for this project is 7 February.

Comedy Club 4 Kids comes to Harlow

ON Saturday 8th February at 2.30pm, all the family are in for a great treat when Comedy Club 4 Kids returns to the Playhouse. Featuring cracking entertainment for everyone over six years old, they bring with them the best comedians from the UK and world circuit doing what they do best… but without the rude bits!

Giving blood more important than ever….

I STARTED donating blood 22 years ago when my wife became pregnant with our twin sons. Childbirth in the modern world is not as dangerous as it was 100 years ago but when your wife is pregnant (with twins at 30) you think of all the ‘what if’ outcomes. These thoughts along with the prompting of a friend whose wife was also pregnant at the same time led us both to make the first of many donations.

Gladys proud to put Hert and Soul into St Clares

WHEN Gladys Fleet takes to the stage with the Herts and Soul Community Choir for a fundraising concert in aid of St Clare Hospice she will be singing loud and proud for her husband Peter. Since encouraging her to join the choir when it was formed four years ago, Peter never missed a single performance and would ask his wife to sing to him when she returned home from rehearsals each week.

Ann Widdecombe to star in Harlow for Book Festival

HIGHLIGHTS of the Festival include Professor Anthony King from the University of Essex, who will be sharing examples from his new book The Blunders of our Governments; the ever-popular Gervase Phinn, a master storyteller; world expert in animal behaviour John Bradshaw who revealed the secret life of cats on BBC 2 recently and prolific crime writer and very funny man, Simon Brett.

Stephen K Amos heading for The Playhouse

THE maestro of feel-good comedy, Stephen has had an interesting life so far but he is often asked to be a spokesman on certain matters. Why is that? Is he qualified to do this? What is it about spokesmen these days? They’re everywhere. Stephen will be looking at spokesmen and many other things besides in his excellent new show.

Excitement for Winter Games at Harlow LeisureZone

THE festival will be opened by Rio 2016 hopeful, Wheelchair racer, Richard Chissarro from Harlow who is funded by the Active Essex, Essex County Council Inspired Athletes Awards at Gold level and Vic Goddard, Principle at Passmores Academy, Harlow who starred in the Channel 4 TV series Educating Essex in 2012.