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By Jo O’Reilly FOR A long time, Burnt Mill had a reputation as the school that battled with Mark Hall for top spot in the town. Both schools saw a decline in their fortunes. In 2009, Burnt Mill’s nadir was the fact that only 27%…

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HARLOW residents are being urged to do everything they can to cut down on avoidable food waste, following the publication of a new report which found that UK households are throwing away £60 worth of food a month. The new report from WRAP (Waste &…

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A NEW initiative to stimulate interests in education, training and employment amongst youth. The one-day shop will host a variety of taster sessions and talks from industry professionals in sectors such as catering, fashion, design, sport, music and more. The shop aims to inspire and…

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HARLOW Town centre came to a virtual halt on Thursday evening as Velizy Avenue filled with vehicles trying to get into Harlow College. The carpark was unable to cope with the sheer volume of vehicles, leading to long tailbacks. Fortunately most visitors were undeterred and…

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STEWARDS Academy excelled itself this year with a sensational double bill at the annual Shakespeare Schools Festival. A cast of 40 pupils brought Macbeth and Julius Caesar to life. Directors Di Johnson, Karen Batterham and Sam Ramsey were delighted with the manner in which pupils…

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ESSEX County Council is encouraging parents to apply for primary school places for September 2014. Parents and carers of children born between 1 September 2009 and 31 August 2010 must apply between 11 November 2013 and 15 January 2014 for primary school places for the…

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ESSEX is ready for the start of the winter season, with 15,000 tonnes of salt available and a fleet of 63 gritting lorries on standby around the clock. Essex County Council is required to focus its gritting resources on keeping major roads clear, so it…

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IN A FAR corner of Harlow, high up on Potter Street, members of the armed services, along with members of the public came together to fall silent and remember the signing of the armistice on November 11th, 1918. Across town, outside the civic offices in…

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IN A MOVING ceremony on a beautiful crisp autumn day, the people of Harlow gathered at Netteswell Cross to remember those who gave so much for our country. Led by the new padre for the Royal British Legion, rev Ernie Guest, the community gave their…

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POLICE are warning people in Harlow to be aware of a variation of a telephone fraud scam after a number of people reported dubious phone calls yesterday (Fri Nov 8). Four people, in Leigh on Sea, have contacted police after they were called by men…

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YOUNG people in Harlow are setting their sights on careers as bankers, microbiologists and vets. Year 8 students at Burnt Mill Academy, in First Avenue, enjoyed learning about various professions during their careers day. They spent a morning hearing from local professionals before posing probing…

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ESSEX County Council is celebrating the successes of its adoption service this National Adoption Week (4-10 November 2013) as 46 children have been placed with adoptive families this year. In addition, Essex has also approved 35 more adoptive families and is on track to outperform…

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WHY not get some early Christmas ideas when the friendly Italian Food Market, Italia in Piazza, comes to North Weald Airfield on Saturday 9th November? The market will be located alongside the already popular weekly market and will run from 9am to 4pm. Italia in…

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THERE IS LOTS going on at Stewards Academy. Very much a vibrant atmosphere and a can-do philosophy. The chair of Harlow Council, cllr Linda Pailing attended the culture day that allied foods from across the world with dance and music from the five continents. There…

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IT’S hard hats at the ready as work commences on a £100,000 garden makeover project at Kiddi Caru Day Nursery in Church Langley. This will include not only the introduction of a host of new outdoor learning experiences for the children but also a unique…

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IF you need help for a minor health problem don’t forget your local pharmacist can offer you advice and treatment, and no appointment is needed! West Essex CCG is asking local people in Harlow, Uttlesford and Epping Forest to make better use of their local…