Hoodies wanted after attempt burglary in Barn Mead

POLICE are appealing for witnesses following an attempted burglary in Harlow. Two men wearing hoodies were seen to jump over the fence of the house in Barn Mead at about 2pm on Saturday, October 19 and attempt to break in. The glass in the back door was smashed but no entry was gained.

Review: The Transport Theatre Company’s Adaptation of ‘As you like it’ at The Playhouse

IT can be hard to make a well-known play fresh, this is a particular problem with Shakespeare. How do you keep the integrity of the text yet bring it up to date? Whilst Shakespeare’s words are exceedingly good at being relevant today, how to you help the rest of the performance bridge that gap? Somehow that is exactly what the transport theatre have done with the comedy ‘As You Like it’.

Harlow healthcare plan drawn up

PROPOSALS for the delivery of health care in Harlow for the next ten years will be laid out this month.
Following consultations across the town, the West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (WECCG) has drawn up a strategy.

Halfon committed to cutting VAT on energy bills

Last week Harlow MP robert Halfon proposed cutting VAT on energy Bills in an article for Conservative Home. This was picked up by The Daily Telegraph who reported, ‘Robert Halfon, the Conservative MP who successfully campaigned to freeze fuel duty, called on the Prime Minister to repatriate the power to set VAT levels ahead of the referendum on Europe next year.’

Work to start on Burnt Mills Roundabout

IMPROVEMENT works to Burnt Mills roundabout are to begin next Monday, Essex Country Council have confirmed. The scheme which has been designed to improve roadspace capacity and reduce congestion at the A1169 Elizabeth Way/A1019 Fifth Avenue/A414 Edinburgh Way junction, commonly known as the Burnt Mills Roundabout will finally start on Monday October 28th and will take approximately six months to complete.

Blog: Nishall on Youth Service cuts

YOUTH SERVICE cuts will affect the Harlow youth council and the young people of Harlow quite badly. The youth service provide a lot to the young people of Harlow, they are provide a youth centre they can visit where the sexual health clinic is and can receive support and guidance from youth workers there. They service also provide us with a lot of support in education and personal ways.

College students are the business at Christmas

VOCATIONAL Business students and staff at Harlow College have been really busy gathering shoe boxes FULL of toys for the Samaritan’s Operation Christmas Child. The team were delighted with what they have achieved having exceeded their predictions. They managed to fill and gift wrap thirty-seven boxes with bundles of girls and boys toys, far exceeding their target of fifteen boxes.

Parents tell national press of their horror over alleged comments by Kingsmoor teacher

A NUMBER of parents have turned to the national press over an alleged incident at a Harlow primary school where it is claimed a teacher warned students she would “bury them in the woods”. Kingsmoor Academy teacher Sangita Naik has now been suspended and an investigation underway after it is alleged that she threatened the class of mainly seven-year-olds that she would ‘put them in the boot of her car’ before placing them in a hole in the ground.

New council house building plan unveiled

HARLOW Council has unveiled plans for a £1.8m house building programme which will see the first new Council homes being built in the town for almost 25 years. At a Cabinet meeting the Council agreed to award a contract up to the value of £2.7m to build new Council homes for rent on disused or under used garage sites across the town.

Staple Tye pensioner assault: Two teenagers arrested

POLICE have arrested two teenage boys after a pensioner was seriously injured in an assault at Harlow. The 76-year-old victim suffered a broken hip and broken arm and will require major surgery as a result of the incident at an underpass between Staple Tye and Bishopsfield at 5.15pm on Wednesday October 16. The boys, aged 17 and 14 and both from Harlow were arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent. They have both been bailed until November 21 pending further enquiries.

Your Harlow is first down ‘The Hatch’

THERE are not many places in town Your Harlow are not willing to go for a story, and the recently uncovered storm drains under Harlow’s Playhouse are no exception. During recent excavation work engineers have uncovered a fascinating series of tunnels deep beneath The Playhouse. The maze of old storm drains had been left untouched since the early days of the New Town. They were closed up for good following a nasty flood in 1953 during which six Harlow schoolgirls were swept away, never to be seen again.

Brass Band delighted to be in the medals

HARLOW Brass Band achieved a second place on their return to the contesting stage at the recent ODBBA contest. This was the bands first contest for over 10 years since their last appearance at the East Anglican BBA Contest in 2003. There was further success on the day with cornet player Roy Frost winning the soloist prize. A spokesman for the band told Empty Chairs website: “A great day for all the band and looking forward to moving up the prizes next time.”

Stewards welcome back Dr Shakoor

STEWARDS ACADEMY welcomed back Dr Shakoor last week as a visitor to 9CH, the tutor group which his beloved daughter Hira belonged to. It is now a year since the tragic fire which killed his wife and five children and it was an opportunity to reflect on Hira’s time at Stewards Academy and give the children an opportunity to talk about Hira.

Youth Service councillor denies it is a “done deal”

ESSEX County Councillor Ray Gooding, Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning is urging young people, youth workers, parents, carers and the wider Essex community to have their say on the future of youth services in the county. Cllr Gooding said: “We are a week into a consultation to look at the future design of the Youth Services and I’m disappointed that feedback so far seems to think that decisions have been made. I would like to stress that no decisions have been taken and it is incredibly important that people feel that their views are valued and will count towards influencing any decision I have to make.”

Former Harlow MP sets record straight on “romance with dance professor”.

FORMER HARLOW MP Labour minister has admitted that he has started a relationship with a senior academic at the university he now runs. Bill Rammell, who was MP for Harlow between 1997 and 2010 is now the vice-chancellor of the University of Bedfordshire. He told colleagues about his romance with Helen Bailey, a professor of dance, to avoid any perceptions of a conflict of interest.

Fireworks set for Harlow Town Park

HARLOW Council’s annual free admission fireworks night event takes place at the Showground in Harlow Town Park on Sunday 3 November 2013. The Chair of Harlow Council Councillor Linda Pailing will light the bonfire at 6.45pm. There will be a laser show from 6.45pm leading up to the start of the 20-minute fireworks display at 7.15pm. The night’s celebrations will begin from 5.30pm with a funfair and the Heart 101.7 roadshow.

Ideas fair for Katherines

As Katherines is on the outskirts of town and has a lack of facilities, onecommunity will be asking people what they would like to see in their communities and what they would like to get involved in. The team will be out and about in your area soon, but please get in touch if you have any ideas that you would like to share with them. Ideas Fairs are being held in the Rainbow Young Bus at Katherines Hatch on Thurs Oct 24th (8.30-11.30am) and Sat Oct 26th (11am – 3pm (come along for a coffee and chat)/

Halfon raises concerns over poor response times with ambulance bosses.

HARLOW MP Robert Halfon raised concerns over poor response times and lack of leadership from management when he met with East of England Ambulance Service Trust chairman Dr Geoffrey Harris on Wednesday. Mr Halfon said: “Dr Harris acknowledged the issues that I raised and gave assurances that he was making changes saying that he believed in the local services and was ‘happy to see, within an overarching structure, a system that meets local needs’.”

Harlow College pays tribute to Daniela

HARLOW COLLEGE has paid tribute to a former student who died in a road traffic collision on Tuesday.

The 18-year-old, from Hoddesdon, and fellow trainee dance teacher Charlotte Dove, from Cheshunt, died in a crash on the northbound A10 just south of Puckeridge after their car hit a deer at around 7.30am on Tuesday, October 15. The Citroen C1 car, driven by Daniela, then collided with a Volvo V40 and caught fire.

Hospital to raise awareness of dementia

PRINCESS Alexandra Hospital will be the venue for a week of events to promote Dementia Awareness Week. From Monday, the hospital will set up a number of information stands in the foyer which will be available to staff, patients, carers and the public.