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Essex homeowners offered £10,000 to ‘go green’ and save on bills UP to 80 Essex homeowners are being offered the chance to warm their homes for less and help tackle climate change through the government’s Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery (LAD) scheme. Led by…

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THE LOSS of the legendary music venue The Square on Fourth Avenue has been well documented. (see letter from Barbara Burge from The Civic Society for details) People have seen it close, be demolished and then waited for houses to be built. And waited and…

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HARLOW residents can listen to details and ask questions about the Harlow Library refurbishment project in two online meetings this month. Essex County Council (ECC) will be running two public Zoom sessions later this month to brief residents about the refurbishment of the Harlow Library…

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EAST Anglia’s train operator, Greater Anglia, has launched a series of webinars for employees aimed at improving rail journeys for disabled customers. Hosted by Sarah Rennie, Equality Trainer, each webinar includes influential panel members all with lived experience of disability, who discuss issues such as…

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HOUSEHOLDS in Harlow will soon receive details on how they can take part in Census 2021, a once-in-a-decade survey that gives the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England. The census, run by the Office for National Statistics and Wales, has…

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THE MENOPAUSE, for Harlow resident Hayley Cockman began at the age of fourteen. Twenty six years later, Hayley is now doing a lot of work to raise awareness regarding early onset of menopause. Hayley said: “In October 2020 I decided I was ready to talk…

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HEART 4 Harlow (H4H) did wonderful work under the guidance of Rev Robert Findlay. Now Robert has retired, the organisation continues to connect with the wider community of Harlow. This new video, introduced by Rev Martin Harris of St Paul’s Church explains how will set…

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[email protected] – new free online girls project launched THE Gifted is proud to launch its new online craft-along course, [email protected], which aims to share the joy and creativity of crafting and developing new skills, while also alleviating some of the isolation of lockdown. Aimed at…

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THE impact of COVID-19 has been overwhelming for us all, but a year of restrictions and lockdowns has seen the pressure facing those living with disabled children increase even more. Being physically isolated from friends and family, less practical support from community groups and cancelled special events have all taken its toll on families who may need some…

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A HARLOW comedian has organised a virtual comedy night in aid of a Princess Alexandra Hospital charity. Claire McCartney has gathered together a group of comedians for a special night on March 6th. Among the top quality guests is Lost Voice Guy, Lee Ridley, who…

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A SCHOOL in Harlow has been chosen as a finalist for the South East as part of the annual Kellogg’s Breakfast Club Awards. If it wins, The Downs Primary School will receive a £1,000 cash prize, plus a special party pack to help them celebrate.…

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THE community can show their support for their local hospital in the fight against coronavirus (COVID-19) through The Princess Alexandra Hospitals’ Charity’s latest appeal. In response to the requests and kind offers of support from local people during these unprecedented times, the hospital’s charity has…

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EMMA WILLIS is back with a new series of Delivering Babies on W Channel, which will explore what it’s like to be pregnant and give birth during a global pandemic.  Filmed during the first lockdown last year, the TV presenter and fully qualified Maternity Care Assistant gets…

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ESSEX County Fire and Rescue Service has honoured its long serving employees in a special awards presentation.  The event, which was held online for the first time due to Covid-19 restrictions, celebrated the long servicing fire service employees that have completed 20 years’ service and more.  Firefighters who have completed 20 years’ service were awarded The Fire Brigade’s…

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ESSEX-based housing association CHP has taken management of the 100th new property as part of its partnership with Legal & General Affordable Homes (LGAH). The 100th home to be handed over is a four-bedroom house for shared ownership located at the Newhall development in Harlow.…

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HARLOW pensioner Barry Allen has, like all of us, lived under the shadow of coronavirus for over a year. However, with the good news that people are now receiving the vaccine, Barry burst into song. Please listen as Barry sings (to the tune of Wild…