Football: Harlow through to quarter-finals of Essex Cup

THE Ryman North play-off chasers have now won each of their last eight fixtures, extending an unbeaten stretch which amounts to 13 games with this latest triumph courtesy of Read’s 28th goal of the season after 20 minutes. Harlow’s cause wasn’t assisted by James Smith’s 57th-minute red card following a reckless challenge on Jack Carlile, but they held Redbridge at bay to clinch a last eight berth for the second time inside three seasons.

High Noon for Harlow as sheriff comes to town

FOLLOWING a reception at the Civic Centre, the High Sheriff was taken to visit the DAISY Project at Princess Alexandra Hospital, where staff delivered a presentation on the service, she then went on to visit the Harlow Council Community Safety Team. She met with team members and also visited the kennels where the team’s working dogs are housed.

Tim’s blog: From a prayer in The Downs to funky slippers

CHRISTMAS. What does it mean exactly? I know for me it lost the religious meaning a very long time ago. And if i’m honest I think most people’s idea of Christmas now is Santa Claus and not Jesus Christ, Mary and Joseph. However, over the last few years when it gets to December, I get this warm fuzzy feeling inside, and for me anyway, this time of year has become very special.

Review: One night of wonder for Nine Day Decline

AFTER every song that was performed, loud lingering cheers buzzed around the room, making the band smile. The audience were bopping their heads and tapping their feet with every song that was sung. Most people seemed to be stuck at the back of the room which left a massive space at the front which was a shame, but this meant more room for the two photographers who were snapping pictures of the night.

Two burglaries out of 49 solved in Harlow in October

LAST MONTH, we reported that 86% of all burglaries in Harlow (April ’12-March ’13) were not solved. We thought we would have a further look into the figures, so we have taken a month (October) and have discovered that only two out of the 49 burglaries that occurred in Harlow have (to date) been solved. […]

Harlow 20/20 set to be dissolved

THEY OFTEN SAY that journalism is the art of telling people who never knew that Lord Abernethy was alive, that Lord Abernethy is dead. And do it is with the Harlow 20/20 partnership. Google it and you could be forgiven for thinking it is the racecard at Harlow Greyhounds but in fact it is a strategic partnership group, designed to discuss and chart and facilitate the development and regeneration of Harlow in the 21st century.

Police seek gold bar burglar

THE woman had gone into Cash Generators, in Harlow, to try to sell a gold bar but they did not accept the item. Officers would like to speak to her in connection with a burglary at Parsonage Leys in which a gold bar was stolen.

Diary of a “Stay at Home” Dad

OLD HARLOW resident Rob Tyler is a “Stay at Home” dad. Over a year ago, he made the decision to quit work and look after his two children, Ruby, 6 and Poppy, 3.As part of the process, Rob decided to start a diary. He then turned the diary into a Facebook page, which has proved very popular.

In defence of Latton Green Primary: “Ofsted is sweeping across Harlow like a disease.”

Ofsted is sweeping across Harlow like a disease, putting our so called ‘failing’ schools into Special Measures, so that they are forced in to becoming Academies. Although I can only speak for myself, and my children’s progress, I would urge anyone who was considering enrolling their children at Latton Green not to just take the Ofsted report as a decision maker for your choice, as it is, and always has been, in my opinion, a good school, with great staff, who have the pupils needs and education at the top of their list of priorities, unlike Ofsteds box ticking exercise which seems to be on their agenda as soon as they see a ‘Harlow’ address attached to it.

Harlow pensioners victims of telephone fraud

POLICE have renewed an appeal for Harlow residents to be on guard against telephone tricksters following an increase in incidents in the west of the county. Six elderly people in Harlow have been targeted since the start of December, including five on Monday December 16, as the fraudsters extended their activities into new areas after concentrating mainly in south Essex.

Rugby: Rams let Brentwood off the hook

HAVING taken an early lead and had control of the game for the first three quarters Harlow allowed Old Brentwood’s to get off the hook in the closing stages. Thanks to the bonus point for losing by 7 points or less and the misfortunes of teams below Harlow hold on to their 5th place but the result goes down as a game they should have won.

Blog post: William’s journey

THE DOCTORS found that I was fully dilated and also that William was breech. I was immediately taken in for an emergency caesarean. We were both warned before the surgery that it was likely William would be transferred after birth to another hospital for specialist care as he was so premature and would be unable to breathe on his own. Although we both understood this was necessary, it was still distressing to hear.

Rylan stars in St Luke’s nativity

X-FACTOR star and all round good guy, Rylan dropped in on St Luke’s primary to star in their school nativity play. The children, aged between 7 and 10, won TalkTalk’s Shining Stars competition aimed at finding the next generation of aspiring singers, dancers and actors. The performance was professionally filmed and will be screened to millions on the country’s fastest growing TV service, TalkTalk TV later this month.

Mandela commemoration held at Kingsmoor

HARLOW residents and civic representatives gathered at the Kingsmoor Centre to pay tribute to the life of Nelson Mandela. The evening was organised by Bush Fair councillor, Daniella Pritchard. Among the guests were Harlow MP, Robert Halfon and chair of Harlow Council, Linda Pailing. Harlow has always had close links with the anti-apartheid struggle, re-naming […]

Council welcome airport report

ESSEX County Council has welcomed the report by the Davies Commission today as a clear reflection of the views expressed in this year’s county council submission report called “Flights of Fancy”. Following the release of the Davies Commission Report today, Leader of Essex County Council Councillor David Finch said:

Burnt Mill head delighted at namecheck in major education report

LAST WEEK, the head of Ofsted, Sir Michael Wilsher, produced his annual report on education in England. The report made for grim reading for some schools but there at the heart of the report was a great tribute to Burnt Mill Academy. The report said: “The headteacher of Burnt Mill Academy in Essex provides exceptionally strong and effective leadership, which is driving the significant improvements seen in the academy.

Update: Police appeal after Harlow man killed on Second Avenue

POLICE are appealing for witnesses to come forward, who they have not yet spoken to, following a fatal road traffic collision which happened in Second Avenue, in Harlow, at around 4pm on Monday December 16. Police and ambulance paramedics had attended at the scene following reports that a pedestrian had been in collision with a lorry and the road was closed whilst they dealt with the incident.

St Clare Hospice receives full marks from CQC

ST CLARE Hospice has been given a clean bill of health by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Following an unannounced inspection by the independent regulator on November 25, we achieved full marks for meeting essential standards of quality and safety in all five key areas that were scrutinised.

Lineker tips Harlow’s Hoddle for Spurs job

FORMER Spurs striker Gary Lineker has taken to Twitter to express his desire for Harlow’s Glenn Hoddle to return to Spurs following the sacking of manager André Villas-Boas this morning. Liniker Tweeted,
“AVB has been sacked by Spurs. Would love to see Glenn Hoddle given another chance at this level. Has a brilliant football mind.” Hoddle, a former Burnt Mill pupil managed the team from 2001 until his own sacking in 2003.

Harlow MP urged to call for fair funding for care reforms

ESSEX County Council has called on the county’s MPs including Harlow’s Robert Halfon, to speak out in Parliament about legislation that will see huge changes to the social care system and could cost the authority an extra £40m in the first year of implementation alone.

The Care Bill, one of the most important pieces of social care legislation since the 1940s, is being debated in Parliament today and the council has briefed MPs on the issues causing concern at County Hall.

Harlow father skydives for The Sick Children’s Trust

HARLOW father Andrew How has raised £2,740 for The Sick Children’s Trust after he and his colleagues completing a sponsored skydive for the charity. When Andrew’s son william was born in March he was transferred from Harlow to the Royal London Hospital to treat a bleed on his brain, the sick children’s trust provided Andrew and his partner, William’s mother Tracey Crowe with accommodation at the hospital.

Two weeks left to sign Youth Service petition

THERE are only two weeks left for residents to sign the petition apposing the £3million cuts to the Essex Youth Service budget proposed by Essex County council. The petition which was started by Harlow Youth Council member Madalina Salavestru closes on December 31st.