Stride slams “Another bankers budget”

GEORGE Osborne keeps talking about a recovery but people in Harlow are £1,600 worse off under the Tories than they were under Labour. Each family is £861 worse off because of Osborne’s tax and benefit changes but he still managed to find the money to give a tax cut to millionaires. At the same time he has introduced 24 different tax rises.

Halfon praised as bingo duty halved in budget

HARLOW MP Robert Halfon was praised by the chancellor of the exchequer, George Osborne, after he reduced bingo duty as part of the 2014 budget. Mr Osborne said the number of bingo halls had “plummeted” by three quarters over the past 30 years and so bingo duty will be halved to 10 per cent.

Hospital bosses defend record after CQC criticism

“Staff know this and share my disappointment. When it comes to legal rights, we must remember we have considerable legal powers at our disposal for mental illness and we must always use them lawfully. This is partly a training issue and the CQC will be back to independently check our progress.”

Reg helps businesses in Harlow and beyond

The national project is designed to help new and existing businesses access contact details for regulators where expert help and support is available including business advice, trading standards, environmental health, planning regulations and more. Other regulators across Greater Essex including district and borough councils departments have also signed up.

Women robbed on forecourt of BP garage on Southern Way

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a woman was robbed of her bag on a petrol station forecourt in Harlow. A woman in her 50s was walking back to her car at the BP garage in Southern Way at 9.30pm on Sunday, March 16, when she was approached by a man who grabbed at her bag.

Man charged over indecent assault in Harvey Centre

A MAN has been charged with sexual assault following an alleged incident in Harlow on Thursday, March 6. Martynas Luckauskas, 22, of Northbrooks, Harlow, will appear before Chelmsford Magistrates Court on Wednesday, April 2. The shop worker was arrested in the early hours of this morning.

Council pledge to monitor “Blackouts”

A LEADING Harlow councillor has pledged to take action should there be an increase in crime during the time, street lights are switched off. Lights on many roads have been switched off by Essex County Council from mid-night to 5am.

Harlow District League: Football Results

DIV TWO CUP FINAL FC Flare Res 1 v 0 Galaticos Rhys Williams PREM Maiden 0 v 2 Paringdon Lyon Gavin Cockman Kerry Walton Risden Wood 0 v 2 Old Town Robert Garaty Harry Forsyth DIV ONE FC Clark 1 v 7 FC Cincuenta Lewis McKay Sam Travers-Knott x 2 Robert Campbell x 2 Jamie […]

Party in the park at Freshwaters

School fetes are so last season! At Freshwaters Primary Academy, it’s all about the Party in the Park. Pupils and teachers at the school, in School Lane, Harlow, are busy planning the outdoor event which they hope will bring the whole community together for an afternoon of fun and entertainment. Parents and neighbours who run […]

West Indian star set to shine at Lashings game

THE first big name has been signed up to play for the Lashings All-stars World XI in a special charity match to be staged at Harlow Town Cricket Club in June. Former West Indies Test spinner Sulieman Benn has agreed to play in the exhibition game at the Ash Tree Field club on June 27.

Ofsted praise Little Parndon’s progress

AS we visited classes, I noted that consistent approaches are used to provide pupils with clear targets on what they need to do to improve. I saw high levels of interest in Year 6 where pupils were experimenting with yeast and in Year 5 where pupils could explain the specific features of the fruit they were drawing. In Year 3 pupils spoke with confidence when discussing their families.

Energy minister visits Ecco headquarters in Harlow

ENERGY minister, Greg Barker joined Harlow MP, Robert Halfon in a visit to the Ecco centre on Edinburgh Way in Harlow. They were both met by chief officer, Sean Folan who was able to tell them both about the remarkable successes of Ecco, not only from an economic and social perspective but also in providing employment.

Blue skies as St Clare Hospice 10K is a triumph

ST CLARE events fundraiser Rebecca Barnett said: “It was an absolutely fantastic day and we would like to say a huge congratulations to all our runners and everyone who supported the event to make our 20th anniversary race such a success. It was lovely to see so many spectators turn out to support the runners and cheer them along the route and across the finish line.”

Dementia roadshow coming to Harlow

LAST year Essex County Council in partnership with North Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust completed a research pilot looking at ways to delay the onset of Dementia in people with mild cognitive impairment. The research suggested that there were activities which if adopted could help to delay the onset of Dementia. These fall into three main categories:

North Weald Bassett Master: Planning study – further public participation

THE opportunity for further comments from local residents and stakeholders as part of the on-going North Weald Bassett master-planning study has been welcomed by Councillor Richard Bassett, Planning Portfolio Holder for Epping Forest District Council. He said: “Following the Council’s commitment to protect aviation activities at the Airfield, this study offers a genuine opportunity for the local community to help shape the future of North Weald Bassett. I would encourage those with an interest in the future development of North Weald Bassett to have their say and contribute to the development of the study.”

A celebration of rhythm with Harlow Chorus

THE headline piece for Harlow Chorus’ concert at All Saints, Hockerill in Bishop’s Stortford on 29 March at 7.30pm is contemporary composer Will Todd’s Mass in Blue, a stunning work combining Todd’s love of improvisation and jazz harmonies with the English choral tradition and Gregorian chant. With soprano Sarah Dacey and accompaniment from Sue Graham Smith on piano, Dave Ayre on bass and Tim Gunnell on drums, this is ground-breaking stuff. However, 400 years ago Renaissance composers were also breaking the mould.