Council leader delivers “State of Harlow” speech

IF YOU want to get a feel for the condition of Harlow in 2014, then you should watch our series of pieces from the Harlow Council meeting last week. As part of the debate, Harlow council leader, Jon Clempner delivered an overview speech where he set out the challenges facing Harlow in 2014.

Roadworks at night on M11 and M25

THE M11’s northbound link road to the clockwise and anti-clockwise M25 at junction six will be closed between 10pm to 5.30am, for two nights from tomorrow (Tuesday, July 29). A clearly signed diversion route will be in place via junction seven. The southbound link road to the anti-clockwise M25 will be closed overnight, between 10pm and 5.30am, for two nights from Thursday (July 31). Work on Friday night will start at 11pm and again a signed diversion route will be in place via the M25 junction 28.

Review: Living with Luke: Wrestling with an excellent play

Living With Luke by Paul T. Davies – Sat 26th July 2014 – Passmores Academy. BY Ian Beckett HAVING a ringside seat of a wrestling ring for a theatrical event centred upon living with a child with autism – “Living with Luke” – it not a typical Saturday evening – for me at least. However […]

Cricket: Harlow amass record score in victory

THE visitors dragged themselves off the pitch clearly in need of the tea break. Unfortunately for them the rest of the day did not go any better as wickets tumbled at regular intervals. The in form Mohammed Hassan Ali (3 for 15) picked up 3 wickets as did Dan Farmer (3 for 31) whilst Ramya picked up 2 and Shaun Alderson the remaining wicket. J Bonnett was unable to bat due to his injury, we wish him a speedy recovery, and the visitors were bowled out for 116 in 26.1 overs.

Students flock to Burnt Mill Academy summer school

THE youngest recruits to Burnt Mill Academy are bursting with excitement for the new school term.
The Year 7 students have taken advantage of the first of two summer schools at the academy, in First Avenue, Harlow, to get to know their surroundings, teachers and classmates.
It is hoped they will now spend the rest of the summer relaxed and happy about their new start in September.
The students tried their hand at dance, circus skills, rocket-making, drama, animation, sport and songwriting during the week. More youngsters will do the same in August. Shawki Bakkar, director of learning for Year 7, said: “Summer school is a great opportunity for our new Year 7 students to get to know each other, while getting active and being healthy.
“When they first arrive on day one, you can see they are nervous. But, after taking part in the fun activities, they are soon relaxed and happy and eager to start at Burnt Mill full-time.”
The school welcomes in outside experts to run the sessions, along with students taking part in the Teachers for Tomorrow training course at Burnt Mill.
Former student Paige Martin has returned from studying songwriting at Brighton University to run music lessons during summer school.
Scott Simpson, of Makin’ Steps performing arts school which works closely with Burnt Mill, holds dance sessions during summer school. He said: “The classes are really positive and the children absolutely love it. We learn similar dance moves they see modern groups such as Diversity do, so that’s really cool for them. The classes give them an introduction to dance, experience of working in groups and independently and improve their confidence, co-ordination, fitness and discipline.”
Sam Ashford, of Livewire community youth theatre, helped youngsters get to know each other with drama activities.
Dan Godfrey, of Ware Football Club, works with Burnt Mill as a PE practitioner and ran two days of sessions during summer school. He said: “The idea of transition for PE is really positive. The children need to make the step up to the secondary way of life really quickly so this couple of days helps us to work with them on key skills and to assess their spacial awareness, agility and co-ordination.”

Tiny is coming to the Harvey Centre

SHOPPERS of all ages will be entertained, as they are invited to pet her, feed her and talk in her dinosaur language! What’s more a palaeontologist will accompany this loveable Stegosaurus. Get up close and personal with a ‘real live’ dinosaur and find out about how they lived, what they ate and why they became extinct.

Flower power raises £6,400 for St Clare Hospice

THE 20th annual Harlow Open Gardens Weekend has raised a blooming marvellous £6,400 for St Clare Hospice. Hundreds of visitors passed through the gates of 29 of the best-kept green spaces in Harlow, Church Langley and Hastingwood to admire the stunning flora and fauna on show during the two-day event organised by the Harlow Friends […]

Essex Council award new social care package to Corelogic

AS part of Essex County Council’s commitment to improve social care in Essex, the local authority has awarded the tender to deliver its new case management system to Corelogic. The social care case management system will replace 20 systems with one single system. This will provide a more joined up service for the customer and free up social workers so they have more time to work with residents.