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A CARER from a Waltham Abbey care home has been going above and beyond to make the festive season special for the home’s residents and she is looking forward to spending Christmas day with them.  Honey Lane, on Margherita Road, is a 38-bed specialist residential…

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A LARGE number of rescued mice who are looking for new homes through the RSPCA have starred in a festive photoshoot for Christmas. Twenty-five male mice are being cared for at RSPCA Danaher Animal Home – waiting to be adopted in pairs or groups of…

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A FORMER Harlow Town footballer made an emotional return to his old club to take a penalty on the pitch thanks to the team at a Sewardstone care home. Norman Mitchell joined his local team, Harlow Town, aged 16, and was taken back to watch…

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HARLOW-based charity Rainbow Services, which works to improve the lives of local people, arranged a fabulous free Christmas party for around 50 local families on Saturday. Staff and volunteers from the charity cooked up a feast to serve the families thanks to a donation from…

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IN a festive display of community goodwill just four days before Christmas, 9-year-old James Theobold is embarking on a sponsored walk to benefit the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance. He has already smashed his original £250 target, with an impressive £652 already raised, James is…

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THERE was a lovely festive feel at The Herald pub in Summers on Monday night. Harlow Brass Band and Local Voices came together to play and sing a great selection of Christmas numbers. Harlow Brass Band https://youtu.be/ctkMfEOIn4k?si=13BLb5IsfPdECXgt Local Voices https://youtu.be/405tlM0Flyk?si=IOCY-0rDCZFTV7cK

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POWER workers were among Essex craftspeople who helped BBC1’s DIY SOS: The Big Build create a new base for socially isolated and lonely people. Stephen Varney, Andrew Boughtwood and Chloe O’Doughty-Edwards joined hundreds of local helping hands and some of TV’s Eastenders cast, under the…

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A DERELICT bungalow has been turned into a centre to help people with their mental health by the TV show DIY SOS, hundreds of tradespeople and the cast of EastEnders. The Butterfly Effect Wellbeing group’s new base at the Latton Bush Centre in Harlow, has…

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GREATER Anglia passengers have donated more than 1,600 meals’ worth of food to help people in crisis this winter through foodbank collections at stations. Customers donated a total of 684 kilograms of food and much-needed items between 9 October and 9 December at Bishop’s Stortford,…

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A PETITION has started over safety concerns over the roads near to Newhall Primary Academy. The petition centres on the Narrow Pavement on Round House Way and  20mph Speed Limit and Visibility Concerns. The full details are below. https://www.change.org/p/shielding-the-innocent-installing-barriers-to-protect-the-children?fbclid=IwAR11v6ja_kPJ1Azn_mPc1wW74MO3u_tttts7vX9bNxcp9cCOqYAD2yGCDgw

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IN this heartwarming special episode for Christmas on BBC One on Monday 18 December at 8pm, Nick Knowles and the DIY SOS team are joined by EastEnders cast members to support a mental health community project in Harlow reports the BBC. Driven by personal tragedy…

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HARLOW-based charity Rainbow Services were delighted to introduce Harlow’s Paringdon Pirates Walking Football Club to A Chance for Children – a not for profit organisation which offers young children day trips during the year to help broaden horizons, provide enriching life experiences, and improve life…

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KIND-hearted chef persuaded his wife to play People’s Postcode Lottery– and doubled their winnings.  Jeff Lilley, 65, signed up to help charities then talked missus Marion, 63, into joining after he had been playing for more than three years. Now the pair are celebrating after they each…

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OVER the past few weeks, in the run up to Christmas, we have spoken to a number of individuals and organisations who are helping Harlow residents battle the cost of living crisis. We interviewed Andy Thornton at the Harlow Foodbank; we interviewed Kerrie Eastman at…

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DOZENS of families, who have had a challenging year, were treated to a chauffeur driven tour of Harlow and a special performance of the pantomime at Harlow Playhouse on Saturday afternoon. The tour was organised by Daniel Robinson and Sons Funeral Directors. The convoy started…

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THIS December, as many families decorate the tree and prepare for Father Christmas to visit, foster carers are bringing the magic of Christmas to vulnerable children who have never experienced it before. Foster carer Sheila said: “There are children of all ages in Essex who…