Suzy quizzes why Harlow MP missed Bedroom Tax debate

LABOUR has criticised Robert Halfon, Conservative MP for Harlow, for missing a debate on the bedroom tax, which Labour argue is unfair and fails to save the taxpayer money. The policy was discussed in an opposition day debate in Parliament yesterday (Tuesday), giving MPs a vote on whether to repeal the cuts to housing benefit for claimants with a spare bedroom.

Long list announced for Essex Book Festival

BY the end of last month, 60 writers from across Essex had submitted short (10 – 15 minute) scripts for this year’s Essex Book Festival writing competition Making Waves. Today, the competition organisers are delighted to announce the long list of 30 writers who have made it through to the next stage.

Future of Harlow Homework Club assured

THE future of Harlow Homework Club has been secured following the intervention of Harlow MP Robert Halfon who met with Essex County Council libraries, communities and planning cabinet member John Jowers to resolve funding issues.

It was feared the club – which runs during after-school hours in Harlow Central Library – would have to close when its funding ceased at the end of the current financial year.

Former Princess Alexandra nurse dies in Philipines typhoon

THERE are reports that a former nurse at Princess Alexandra hospital has died in the Philippines typhoon. Jeffery Ducusin, worked as a staff nurse at the hospital for 10 years but he returned to the Philippines earlier this year. His six-year-old son Jiro, a former pupil at St Luke’s primary School, is missing. It is understood that Jeffrey’s wife Joy, a fellow nurse, survived.

Vote, vote, vote for St Clare’s

PSST Have you heard? St Clare Hospice is a finalist in ITV’s People’s Millions – and we need YOUR help to win £50,000 for our Space to Breathe family garden! We are calling on our supporters to pick up the phone and vote for the Hospice when we appear on the People’s Millions during the ITV Anglia News bulletin on Wednesday, November 27 at 6pm.

Pop-Up Talent coming to Harlow

A NEW initiative to stimulate interests in education, training and employment amongst youth. The one-day shop will host a variety of taster sessions and talks from industry professionals in sectors such as catering, fashion, design, sport, music and more.

Appeal after thefts at shops on Howard Way

A group of people walked into the B& M Bargains Store, in Princes Gate, Howard Way, and selected goods from the display including an electric heater, a wicker basket, a steam mop and some small electrical items. These were loaded into a shopping trolley before they left, making no attempt to pay.

Former quango boss delighted to head up Enterprise Zone

ANDREW Bramidge, the new Project Director (Enterprise Zone Delivery) who will concentrate specifically on the delivery of Harlow Enterprise Zone has now taken up his new role. The post is being funded for the next three years by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership. Andrew will support the Harlow Enterprise Zone Board which is made up of private and public sector organisations including Harlow Council, Essex County Council, Anglia Ruskin University, GSK, Raytheon and independent individuals with specialist knowledge.

Pitney Bowes do the double at national sales awards

HAVING been invited on stage, Mr Cleghorn collected his award at the National Sales Awards after party, where he was congratulated on winning one of the most notoriously difficult categories. The committee was highly impressed with Mr Cleghorn’s work, acknowledging him as an “outstanding” Telesales Executive.

Three men sought after women robbed at bus stop

THEY approached the victim and then rifled through her pockets and took her money. The woman was not physically harmed but she was left very distressed by the incident. The first suspect is described as black, in his late 30s, 5ft 9in tall, of stocky build, with short hair and a line beard and moustache. He was wearing a cream jumper and blue jeans. The second man was black, in his mid 20s, with wavy hair which was shorter on the sides. He was 5ft 6in tall, of chubby build, and was wearing a shiny black adidas top and blue jeans.

Basketball: Two on the bounce for the Hawks

A THREE pointer from Sam Kmita and a jump shot from Lee Morris meant the Hawks went into the final period down 37-34. The Hawks came out fighting as the defensive intensity went up a couple of gears, making it hard work for the visitors to put points on the board. It was Roan Lenihan who got the run going and restored the lead.

Stewards Academy praised for Shakespeare performances

STEWARDS Academy excelled itself this year with a sensational double bill at the annual Shakespeare Schools Festival. A cast of 40 pupils brought Macbeth and Julius Caesar to life. Directors Di Johnson, Karen Batterham and Sam Ramsey were delighted with the manner in which pupils threw themselves into these roles and brought their characters to life on stage at Broxbourne Civic Hall.

In session: The Albino Peaches

GOOD NAME. Down at the bottom of a garden in Old Harlow, three piece band, The Albino Peaches rehearse, create and compose. The amiable trio of Daniel Parkin, Tommy Judd and Wesley Stringer have a confidence about them. Not the confidence that goes on about world domination and journey to the top but a belief in their own ability.

Funding boost for Harlow primary schools

IT is proposed to expand The Downs Primary School, Longwood Primary School and Holy Cross Catholic Primary Academy from one form of entry (fe) to two fe on a permanent basis with the provision of additional buildings, increasing capacity at all schools to 420 places. Each school would admit 60 pupils in reception from September 2014.

Nishall’s blog: The importance of family life

FAMILIES are much more than groups of individuals. They have their own goals and aspirations. They also are places where every child and adult should feel that he or she is special and be encouraged to pursue his or her own dreams; a place where everyone’s in­dividuality is permitted to flourish. Although every family has conflicts, all the family members should feel as though they can ex­press themselves openly, share their feelings, and have their opinions listened to with understanding. In fact, conflicts and disagreements are a normal part of family life and are important insofar as they permit people to communicate their differences and ventilate their feelings.

Primary school places – time to apply

ESSEX County Council is encouraging parents to apply for primary school places for September 2014. Parents and carers of children born between 1 September 2009 and 31 August 2010 must apply between 11 November 2013 and 15 January 2014 for primary school places for the September 2014 intake. All reception aged children are entitled to start school in the September following their fourth birthday.

3 Darths set to strike back!

GEEKS of Harlow rejoice, 3 Darths will be returning to Harlow, for all your collectables needs from cult TV, Film and Video games and other related products. The shop will be reopening its doors at Unit 10 Little Walk on November 30th, with an official grand opening event on December 7th. The event will see the return of the popular UK Garrison Star Wars and Film costume group to Harlow as well as special offers throughout the opening week.