What do young people think of Harlow libraries?

FROM Monday 21st October to Sunday 3rd November Essex Libraries are going to be asking children and young people (0-16) to complete a questionnaire for their age group that asks them what they think of the service that libraries provide for them. Parents/carers will complete the form for children aged 0-7 years. If older children are unable to complete a questionnaire themselves, their parent/carers or library staff can help them.

Halfon focusses on apprenticeships

SINCE the late 1960s, the prestige and culture of apprenticeships in our country has diminished. Apprenticeships came to be seen as something for ‘second class’ citizens, and technical schools were seen as only being suitable for those who were not academically gifted. By contrast, students who attended university would be regarded as having ‘achieved’, and sometimes even received accolades in their local newspaper.

Festival of Britain talk at The Gibberd

LIN Hilton, art historian, will be giving a talk on the Festival of Britain on Thursday 24 October at 1pm in the Gibberd Gallery. Their current show, The Lost Modernist – Michael O’Connell – was commissioned by Sir Hugh Casson (two works in our permanent collection) to create textile wall hangings for the Festival of Britain which took pride of place in the Country Pavilions. The talk will refer to the happenings at this time that affected art and the town .

A Night to Remember!

THE music of some of the biggest artists from the 1950’s and 1960’s provides a night of world class entertainment and nostalgia that you will never forget! ‘Unforgettable’ is a first class production that highlights the musical icons of this era – favourite musical legends such as Elvis Presley, Nat King Cole, Buddy Holly, The Everly Brothers, Frankie Valli, Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, The Beach Boys, The Carpenters, The Beatles and many more .

Biking for Billy heads west

AN INTREPID team of cyclists are cycling from Harlow to the the Republic of Ireland and all for a great cause. Earlier this year, Church Langley residents Alissa and James’ Ashworth little boy Billy was born asleep on the 14th February – unfortunately Billy suffered from a number of fatal fetal abnormalities which were diagnosed at the 12 week scan.

Eels coming out of the shadows

WE KNOW it sounds all a bit Blue Peter but we were passing near Harlow library last week, when we saw a young man playing the guitar. We recognised him as Benjamin Eels who had played The Square recently.

Athletics: Jamie impresses in Ware 10K

HARLOW Running Club member Steve Murtagh completed the Great Eastern Half Marathon at Peterborough in 45th place out of 3842 finishers and 3rd Vet 45 in an excellent 1hr 16min. He was followed home by Lyndon Cooper in 56th place in a personal best time for the distance of 1hr 17min 03sec. In their debuts at the distance, Sandra Rust was 1393rd in 1hr 49min 24sec and Sarah Marriage was 3114th in 2hr 11min 21sec.

Forum to showcase manufacturing excellence

A FORUM to showcase manufacturing and engineering excellence and help Harlow businesses grow is being held next week. The Manufacturing and Engineering Forum will take place on Thursday 24 October 2013 from 5pm to 7pm at ScienceAlive which is within Harlow Leisurezone.

The Shakoor family tragedy: One year on, Harlow remembers

MEMBERS of the Harlow community gathered at the Salvation Army hall on Tendring Road to pay tribute to the Shakoor family who tragically lost their life in Barn Mead a year ago. The service was lead by the chaplin of Princess Alexandra hospital, Christine Hawkins who told the assembled parties of how they memories were still raw but in many ways, the tragedy had brought the community together.

Suzy full of praise for the work of Street2Homes

SUZY visited the Streets2homes day centre to see how it provides a place to access housing advice, social contact, training sessions, employment advice, health services, washing facilities, food, clothing, general guidance and support. Kerri Eastman, Manager of the Streets2homes Kerr, said : “We Need landlords to be working with us to provide supporting housing, the need is increasing but there is a real lack of suitable housing. Increasing the amount of accommodation is what is needed.”

51 Shades of Maggie!

FOLLOWING sell-out shows in Glasgow, Belfast and Dublin earlier this year, the smash hit comedy, Fifty-One Shades of Maggie, is set to become one of the funniest shows to hit UK stages in years as it embarks on the first 27-venue tour of the country, with former Emmerdale star Adele Silva taking the lead role

MP praises Burnt Mill in House of Commons

“THANK you Mr Speaker. Is my Honourable Friend aware that under the leadership of Helena Mills at Burnt Mill School in Harlow, they have achieved this year 76% in Maths & English A to C GCSE, compared to just 27% a few years ago, by doing many of the measures the Honourable Gentleman set out and having the relentless focus on Maths & English? Will my Honourable Friend look at schools like Burnt Mill to see examples of good practice and to see how the new accountability system works?

Get ready for a classic tale with a twist

THE producers of the smash-hit ‘Fairy Tales of the Unexpected’ are performing at The Harlow Playhouse, this coming Autumn season with another fantastic show after wowing audiences during the Summer of 2013. This time, promising fun for all the family, LP Creatives present ‘Treasure Island’ for one day only over the Autumn school hols (Sun 3rd November– 2.30pm)

Shakoor tragedy: Harlow community to come together

A MEMORIAL service will be held tomorrow to mark the one year anniversary of the fatal fire in Barn Mead. The emergency services, staff from Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH), local school representatives, Harlow Islamic Centre, local community members and other organisations will be getting together at the Salvation Army Centre in Tendring Road to pay their respects and spend a moment in reflection to mark the sad anniversary of the fatal fire in Barn Mead, that occurred in the early hours of October 15, 2012.

Fatal Fire a year on: Statement from Council Leader

TOMORROW marks the anniversary of the fatal fire in Barn Mead, in which Dr Shakoor tragically lost his wife and five children. Councillor Mark Wilkinson, Leader of Harlow Council, has issued this statement, ‘We will never forget that night and our thoughts continue to be with Dr Shakoor, his family, his friends and colleagues.’

Harlow magician puts his cards on the table

YOUR HARLOW met with Harlow’s very own Magic Man, Andy Jamieson. As well as being the resident magician at West Ham Untied Football Club, Jamieson is available to book for Weddings, corporate events and parties. For more info see his website.

Review: Crimson Ties at The Square

FIVE EXCITED lads jumped onto the stage with a lot of energy. Looking across the packed out room, there must have been just over sixty five people watching in amazement for the first song to kick off. There was a really long intro on the first song which did lose a lot of the audience’s attention to which they then started talking to one another.