Review: Carrie’s War

IT’S often said that the British look back at the Blitz spirit of the 40s, the rose tinted glasses, the same can be said of favour. The Apollo Theatre Company’s Carries War should work on stage, and it does to some extent but it feels distant, like a fond memory too faded to relish properly.

Harlow MP, Robert Halfon launches hospital car parking charges campaign

After sending hundreds of Freedom of Information requests to Health Trusts across England, I am putting together a report which reveals that 75% of hospitals still charge for parking. Staff and visitors can pay up to £4 an hour and as much as £12 for 4 hours. Unsurprisingly, London was the worst, with the Royal Free Hospital charging £504 per week.

Roydon school opens fruitful allotment

The project was launched back in October when the Year 6 school councillors attended a conference where they were challenged to come up with a scheme to improve their school environment. Gill Doyle, headteacher of the school in Epping Road, Roydon, said: “This is what my team came up with – an allotment patch for each class, where they would grow fruit and vegetables to be used in cooking to support their learning and the promotion of healthy eating.

Essex Police expect rise in domestic violence during World Cup

ACCORDING to research published in the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency (2013) police forces across the UK could see a rise of at least 26% on evenings when England are playing. Research suggests that when the England team win or draw domestic incidents rise by 26% and rise by 38% when England lose. In Essex this could mean an additional 22 domestic incidents when England win or draw and 33 incidents when England lose. There could also be an 11 % rise in incidents the day after an England game.

New council leader urges Essex Council to turn street lights back on during World Cup

THE NEW leader of Harlow Council (elect) has urged Essex County Council to heed concerns over public safety and turn the street lights back on over the World Cup. Cllr Jon Clempner’s call comes after mounting concerns that with domestic violence levels spiking during football tournaments (by up to 31%), vulnerable victims may be reluctant to flee from their homes because of the pitch black circumstances outside.

Harlow’s Razed Roof set to go on tour

A spokesperson said: “We commissioned Judith Johnson (playwright for NT Connections/Royal Court/ Arcola) to work with our inclusive performance company of people with, and without, severe learning disabilities, to produce the play ‘FLOOD’. It was successfully premiered at Harlow Playhouse and received glowing reviews.

Athletics: County cheer for Harlow Athletics Club

WHILST these events were unfolding in Chelmsford, Ellie Williams and Mohamed Tambedou set about picking up five bronze medals between them at Watford: Tambedou began his day with the U17 Men’s 100m and clocked a new PB of 11.48s. Buoyed by this success he went on to achieve another PB in the U17 High Jump, with a jump of 1.80m. Ellie Williams picked up her hat-trick of bronzes in the Discus, Javelin and Triple Jump respectively. Whilst none of her distances were PBs she was particularly happy with the ‘bonus’ Triple Jump success as her training had been hampered by knee injuries.

Glittering prizes at Harlow Rugby Club awards night

HARLOW Rugby Club Clubhouse was packed to capacity last Friday for the Club senior awards evening. The Club were pleased to welcome as guests Bob Whittle, President of Essex RFU who presented a number of the major awards and also Ivor Smith Secretary of Essex RFU. The success of the sport depends on a large and hard working ream of volunteers and these were recognized by a number of awards including the RFU President’s awards, two Essex President’s Awards and an RFU Volunteer Award

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Harlow Council secures prosecution against Arkwrights noisy neighbour Emma Cooke

EMMA Cooke of Arkwrights was originally served with a noise abatement notice on 1 July 2013, following complaints from residents, which required her to take steps to ensure she didn’t cause a noise nuisance. However, on 24 September 2013 Council Environmental Health Officers witnessed a breach of the noise abatement notice and Ms Cooke was issued with a court summons. On 5 March 2014 Ms Cooke was found guilty and fined £100 and ordered to pay £1,000 in costs to the Council and a £20 victim surcharge.