Shakespeare leads to Stewards teaching award

THE three year action research was led by Clare O’Sullivan and the English department of Stewards Academy and was rooted in the idea of setting aspirational challenges and broadening pupil frame of reference. It all began with the creation of a six week unit of work entitled: “Shakespeare on Love”. Pupils in year 9 were challenged to study six Shakespeare plays in six weeks!

Hundreds turn out for Harlow Tye Rotary Abseil

HUNDREDS turned out, thousands raised as the seventeenth annual Harlow Tye Rotary abseil took place at the weekend. It is the landmark at the landmark as all over the town (and on the M11) people can see the brave souls who have decided to descend down the water town on the far edge of Church Langley.

Celebrating the breast of Bosom Buddies!

TREE House Children’s Centre, which is managed by children’s charity Spurgeons, held a lunch on Wednesday 30 April to celebrate the volunteers’ achievements and the successful completion of their training. The newly qualified volunteers also feasted on a cake with a difference – specially made in the shape of a bosom!

Nishall’s Blog: The skill of the selfie

SO my blog this week is inspired from Friday when we had a Ministerial visit at college, with Matthew Hancock MP, Robert Halfon MP and Vicky Ford MEP, when I asked for a selfie with Mr Hancock, in front of everyone. For those of you don’t what a selfie is a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website. The word selfie was named Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2013, the word actually traces back to 2002 when it was used in an Australian online forum, according to Oxford Dictionary.

Athletics: From California to Letchworth, Harlow runners continue to impress.

HARLOW Running Club’s Andy Kinney continued his run of American marathons with the Avenue of the Giants Marathon, his third marathon
in as many weeks. Staged on the scenic “The Avenue of the Giants” in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, located in rural Northern California, the paved course winds through giant 300ft tall old growth redwoods. Kinney finished in 501st place out of 636 finishers in 5hrs 16min 12sec.

Tiny acorns: The growth of the Harlow Independent Party

AN INDEPENDENT party or residents party has worked in many council areas over the years. Havering has had a very successful one for a number of years. Now there is a Harlow Independents Party that wants to “rise above party politics” and reflect, it says, more accurately, the concerns of Harlow residents.

Businesses demand answers over growing numbers of Gypsy Travellers in Harlow

BUSINESSES have started to ask questions about the growing presence of Gypsy Travellers in Harlow. The growing concerns come after the area on Third Avenue just next to Flex Meadow has over twelve caravans settled on the cycle paths and verges. Sources have told YH that the travellers know exactly which pieces of land are Harlow Council land and which belongs to Essex County Council land.

Ward by Ward: Harlow Common: Maggie may but UKIP just might

ON a local level, it has three hard working Labour councillors (Maggie Hulcoop, Emma Toal and Mark Wilkinson). Cllr Wilkinson win with a majority of 111 in 2011 and Cllr Toal extended that to 265 in 2012. With all three being high profile and taking on a large number of issues in their ward, it is hard to see anyone dislodging Maggie Hulcoop.

Fire in Harlow during firemens strike

AS the FBU national strike moves into its fourth hour, working Essex crews have attended nine incidents. At 13:46 hrs, two appliances attended a kitchen fire in a ground floor flat in Long Banks, Harlow (incident 7340).

Harlow residents could benefit from Epping disability funding boost

THE Epping Forest Project called ‘Six for All’ will work with local sports clubs to assist them in developing specialised disability sections, so that people with disabilities of all ages can take part in sport, both as participants and coaches. The project will create participation, voluntary and paid coaching opportunities for people with disabilities so that they can benefit from continued sports participation throughout their lives.

New road safety campaign to reduce motorcycle accidents

A NEW road safety campaign to reduce motorcyclist deaths and injuries on Essex roads will launch this weekend at the Motorcycle Show at North Weald Airfield.
On Sunday 4 May, the Essex Casualty Reduction Board (which comprises partners including Essex County Council, Essex Fire and Rescue Service and Essex Police) will launch the new Hugger motorcycle safety campaign.

Libraries looking for young volunteers

THE role of a volunteer is to encourage children and young people to read and to talk to them about the books they are reading. Students aged 14 and over can use this opportunity to gain work experience within their community and their volunteering hours can contribute to schemes such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Students will gain vital workplace skills and experience, have a lot of fun and really make a difference to the children they are working with.

Athletics: Kinney hits the Big Sur in California

HARLOW Running Club’s adventurous member Andy Kinney crossed the continental United States to compete in the Big Sur International Marathon on the California coast just a week after completing the Boston Marathon. Kinney finished the very hilly and windy race in 2916th place out of 3335 finishers in 5hrs 35min 47sec.

An amazing line up for Stort Fest!

STORTFORD Music Festival is now in its 14th year and boasts an attendance of around 3000 people over the Saturday & Sunday of the May Day Bank Holiday. The event relies on a team of volunteers, from the stewards on the day to directors, all of whom spend many hours with the common goal of creating a fantastic weekend of fun for the whole family to enjoy.