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HARLOW MP, Robert Halfon rose on the floor of the House of Commons to praise the success of Burnt Mill Academy. Mr Halfon said: “Thank you Mr Speaker. Is my Honourable Friend aware that under the leadership of Helena Mills at Burnt Mill School in…

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OFSTED have published their report into Cooks Spinney primary. The inspection has come just after the infants and junior schools amalgamated. The government watch-dog has said the school requires improvement (the term used to be satisfactory) but many seasoned Ofsted observers believe that newly amalgamated…

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THERE DOES appear to be something of a wind of change in the way Essex Police are giving an account of themselves in public. Whether it is the installing of chief constable Stephen Kavanagh and police crime commissioner, Nick Alston but there appears to be…

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A NEWS team has been formed at Burnt Mill Academy, with students filming reports to broadcast online and around school. The first special report, which is available on YouTube, was put together during the recent open evening by Year 8 students Sophie Gander and Cat…

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WITH rising travel fares, a lot of people depend on their bicycles and especially in a town that has such an excellent series of cycle-tracks, so it is especially annoying when someone has their bike stolen. This bike was stolen between 5pm and 7pm on…

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PEOPLE all over Harlow awoke this morning to the distinct feeling that autumn had arrived. Summer and then the indian summer have definitely come and gone. The weather has taken a turn for the worse with high winds causing havoc all over the town including…

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THREE people were arrested when police stopped and checked 206 vehicles during an operation in Harlow to improve road safety and crack down on crime. Operation Surround A Town on Wednesday October 9 involved officers carrying out roadside checks and mobile patrols around the town.…

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POLICE are urging members of the public to look out for this distinctive “jewelled wedding bouquet” which was stolen from a florist. The item was stolen from Joy Flowers, in Bush Fair, Harlow, between 9am on Monday, September 30 and 5.30pm on Tuesday, October 1.…

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A MAN has been remanded in court custody having appeared in connection with the serious assault of a man in Harlow. Kieron Mulkay, 20, of Churchfield, Harlow, was charged with GBH with intent in connection with the assault of an 18-year-old man from Harlow which…

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TWO former Harlow College students are celebrating after winning the prestigious VTCT Certificate of Excellence for their outstanding Level 3 Beauty coursework during 2012/13. The award is nationally recognised by salons and employers and is considered a ‘fast track’ to the very top of the…

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CHILDREN who speak more than 40 different languages have been sharing an insight into their cultures with their Harlow school friends. Marisa Arnedo, Spanish teacher, said: “We had lots of students volunteer to put together presentations and give their classmates a taster of their language.…

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A YEAR on from a house fire that killed six members of the same family, the surviving father has issued a fresh appeal for information. The blaze tore through the family home in Barn Mead, Harlow, in the early hours of 15th October 2012, and…

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IT IS a tale of two schools in Paringdon Road. One, Milwards is good with elements of outstanding teaching. However, just up the road, Ofsted have painted a very different picture of St James’ Church of England primary. The school has always been classed in…

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MANY people say, why volunteer when you can get paid, I say otherwise. People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. For some it offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. For…

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GET THE feeling you are going to be told. According to the 2011 Census, there are 330 Jedi Knights in Harlow. That is to say, 330 residents, when asked what religion they are, put down that they were Jedi Knights (it is a Star Wars…

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Sunday Comment NOT sure if we are paraphrasing W.H Davies or was it Ferris Bueller? Either way, some days, you need to take a minute, look around and appreciate what you see. Sunday October 6th was unseasonably warm. Clear blue skies on an autumn day.…