Osagie reaches World Final

HARLOW runner, Andrew Osagie, who won bronze in World Indoors Champs in 2012, reached the men’s 800m final. The London 2012 Olympic finalist finished second in his heat, behind Pole Adam Kszczot, but his time of 1:45.88 was good enough to progress to Sunday’s final as one of three fastest losers.

“Some UKIP members are like Nazis” says Robert Halfon

MR Halfon, MP for Harlow, said: “To me there are two kinds of UKIP – the Godfrey Bloom guy who’s like a cross between Sid James and Bernard Manning, and then there’s a much more sinister element, like the MEP who said every Muslim has got to sign a declaration of non-violence, which to me is literally akin to the Nazis saying Jews should wear a yellow star.

Burnt Mill and Passmores top school places bid (but stats make grim reading for Mark Hall and St Marks)

PASSMORES ACADEMY and Burnt Mill Academy have once again topped the poll judging by the number of applications they received for pupils to enter Year 7 in September 2014. Passmores Academy had 706 applications in total for just 210 places. Burnt Mill Academy wasn’t far behind with 643 applications for their 210 places.

Halfon to speak to Harlow’s mumpreneurs

HARLOW has the highest business growth in the UK – and the businesswomen of the town and its surrounding districts play an important role in this statistic. There’s an abundance of talent, entrepreneurship and skill among our women – as seen in the many microbusinesses & small-to-medium enterprises we run, and the array of networking groups we attend.

Dance spectacular at Stewards Academy

STEWARDS Academy was the venue for the biggest and most spectacular show yet produced by the dance company ‘Dance Fusion.’ Entitled ‘Let Love Lead The Way’, the show was created under the artistic direction of ex-Stewards pupil Kerri Ann Trowsdale, who is the Director of the popular local club.

Stief A Billy: Actor, musician and runner!

THESE are busy times for Harlow renaissance man, Stief A Billy. Stief is mainly known for his music but these days he spends more of his time treading the boards. YH popped over to the Horn and Horseshoes in Foster Street to chat to Stieff about his love of music, his busy acting schedule but as importantly, the half marathons he is running for charity.

Fold Croft allotment day a big success

THE ex-allotment site in Foldcroft had become overgrown during the wet winter and hhidden amongst the brambles were a few surprises as volunteers removed years of fly-tipping from the land. A bath tub, kitchen sink and a fridge were among the objects to be removed. Unsurprising given its proximity to Cannons Brook Golf course, volunteers, also unearthed around a hundred golf balls and even a couple of golf clubs.

Basketball: Hawks flattened by Bulls

HARLOW Hawks’ promotion hopes were dealt a blow as they lost 64-49 loss to Bedford Bulls in division two of the Herts Basketball League. The defeat means they lost their undefeated home record.

Rugby: Harlow Ladies crush Chelmsford

HARLOW Ladies crushed close rivals Chelmsford 27-5 in the RFUW National Challenge South East North division one. The Rams ran in five good tries to secure the win on Sunday making sure of the league points and a bonus point for scoring more than four tries.

MP Halfon raises tragic case of Eystna Blunnie in House of Commons

BEFORE she met her ex-fiancé, Eystna was a happy young woman who had a close relationship with her family. During her relationship with her ex-fiancé she became withdrawn, and had little contact with her mother and father. In April 2012, she was taken to hospital after being strangled and falling unconscious. She was pregnant at the time, with a daughter called Rose. She made the decision to leave her ex-fiancé, and returned to live with her family. But two months later, and just days before her baby was due, she received a text from him saying he had a surprise for her. She was found by the roadside with over 50 injuries, and died shortly afterwards from severe head injuries.

Stewards raise the standards even when going downhill!

THE penultimate day of the trip saw pupils take part in a spectacular slalom course, at the end of which they received medals and badges for their efforts. Every pupil was a credit to Stewards, but special mention should be made for Som Pinukram for her organisation and leadership both on and off the slopes. Thanks also to Alex Dodd for his help and assistance to a fellow skiier on a tough downhill ski.

Questionnaire for proposed M11 junction 7a reopened

A QUESTIONNAIRE about the proposals for the new M11 junction 7a has been reopened for further comments to alleviate some confusion which arose around the last question. The questionnaire, which originally closed on 31st January 2014, has been reopened until 17th March 2014, with the question which had previously caused some confusion subsequently revised.

Labour education minister impressed with ambition in Harlow students

LABOUR shadow education minister, Lucy Powell visited Harlow College, Burnt Mill Academy and Passmores Academy and was clearly impressed with the drive and sense of purpose shown by the students and staff that the shadow minister met. YH caught up with Ms Powell, who was joined by Labour candidate, Suzy Stride, and assessed what her impressions were of Harlow students.

It’s Dark Outside…..In the Playhouse

COMMISSIONED by Perth Theatre Company, It’s Dark Outside is created and performed by Arielle Gray, Chris Isaacs and Tim Watts, the creators of the internationally renowned, multi-award winning production, The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer. Joining Watts, Gray and Isaacs, is 2012 Martin Sims Award-winning composer Rachael Dease who has created a uniquely beautiful and moving score for the play which will be at Harlow Playhouse on Sunday 16th March.

Over 3,000 homes improved in Harlow in less than a year

HARLOW Council has so far completed 3,000 home improvements as part of its Modern Council Homes Programme. The £22m programme, which started in July 2013, has seen over 3,000 improvements carried out in more than 1,500 Council homes and in addition nearly 2,000 electrical safety tests completed. The Council is planning to spend a further £26m on around 5,000 home improvements in 2014/15.

Blogpost: Living with Luke

IT is a story about my pirate creation, Captain Square Jaw and I wrote it as a proposed sampler for a re-launch of my other Captain Square Jaw book, which I had re-edited. Sadly, it didn’t happen and the story sat in my pc files whilst I ummed and arrred about what to do with it – and not in a pirate way either.

Major drug crackdown in Harlow as police swoop

AN operation to crack down on drug-dealing in Harlow has so far netted the arrests of 20 suspected drug-dealers. Officers executed search warrants at 31 residential properties in the Harlow area under the Misuse of Drugs Act shortly after 6am on Tuesday, March 4.

Athletics: Harlow runners rev up at Silverstone

WHILE several HRC members managed one of the water stations en route, five runners completed the course. Andrew Ramage finished the course in 1517th place out of 6778 finishers in a superb 1hr 47min 01sec, a personal best time for the distance by over 3 minutes. He was followed home by Matt Jones 1986th in 1hr 50min 53sec, Paul Schroder 2148th in a PB time of 1hr 52min 29sec, Susan Dewen 4652nd in 2hrs 14min 35sec and Paulene Galoppi 5322nd in 2hrs 23min 16sec.

Scaffolding is killing business says The Stow businessman

A STOW businessman has appealed to Harlow Council for help as he claims that scaffolding, erected after the gales, is killing his business in The Stow. David Barnes runs DBS Computers in The Stow, just next to the library. But over the last few weeks he has seen profits plummet as many people think, his shop is closed.