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.

Legendary climber Johnny Dawes re-opens The Lock Climbing Wall

THE LOCK Climbing Wall at Harlow held its official relaunch to the public over the weekend (11-12 January) – with help from star climber Johnny Dawes. The ‘stone monkey’, as he is nicknamed, held climbing masterclasses throughout the day and delivered a talk in the evening to an enthusiastic audience. Johnny has an autobiography out […]

Rugby: Harlow’s away form continues to cause problems

HARLOW have had a weak away record all season and again on Saturday they lost a game which was well within their reach. They were handicapped by a number of team changes. Although the players who came in were all experienced at first team level the fact that they had not played together and some had to play out of position did not work well in terms of coordination.

Come join the St Clare’s dog walk

PUPPY love is in the air at St Clare Hospice now that registration is officially open for our annual Winter Walkies. St Clare housekeeper Zoe Almond, husband Michael and their seven adorable mutts will be among the walkers and their canine companions taking part in the 5km pooch parade starting at the Hospice in Hastingwood on Sunday, February 9 at 11am.

Athletics: Harlow shine in New Hall woods

HARLOW Running Club hosted the second round of the East Herts and West Essex Cross Country League on a cold Sunday morning over a five mile course on the fields and woods between Newhall and Church Langley. After a clear night there were some icy patches to beware of in the open stretches but the woods were still very muddy in places.

Wake up to ‘Onesie Week’ with St Clare Hospice

SCHOOLCHILDREN will be swapping their usual uniform to snuggle in their sleepwear for St Clare Hospice’s second annual Onesie Week. As part of the fundraising campaign from February 10 to 16, we are once again inviting local schools and youth groups, such as the Brownies and Scouts, to wear their onesies for the day in exchange for a donation to the Hastingwood-based Hospice.

Nishall’s blog: The working life……

YES, it is incredibly important to have a job, so you can pay the bills, buy necessary items, and most importantly to enjoy yourself. Many people have a job for the sake of for a long term period, and I say no to this. A job should be something you enjoy, something you look forward to, it should not be a chore. Working in life should not be everything but should be an important part if it, amongst socialising, learning and doing things you like.

RSPCA offer free spaying service for cats

IT says cats are often neutered too late in life when they have already produced at least one litter of kittens and spaying is the only effective way to reduce the number of unwanted cats in the UK. The RSPCA recommends that cats be neutered at four months of age, before they start puberty, to prevent unplanned pregnancies

Review: London Overspill at The Gibberd Gallery

ON Thursday night the Gibberd Gallery hosted a private viewing of British photographer, James Smith’s latest photography collection ‘London overspill’. Guests were invited to look around the exhibition before The Gibberd Galley’s Corrina Dunlea, introduced Harlow MP Robert Halfon to say a few words. This is the first photography exhibition she has put on in her time as curator at the gallery, and she is clearly excited by how thought provoking the images are.