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Harlow is 70: Why I Came Here

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ESSEX Record Office is delighted to have appointed an archivist to catalogue 491 boxes of the Harlow Development Corporation, thanks to a grant from Archives Revealed, funded by The National Archives, The Pilgrim Trust and The Wolfson Foundation. Hector Mir began working on the boxes…

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Black History Month – Harlow Council and the Anti-Apartheid movement Courtesy of Harlow Museum HARLOW Council was strongly anti-Apartheid. First Avenue in Harlow is also known as Mandela Avenue and was named so in 1983. During this time, signatures were collected for the Free Nelson…

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TRIBUTES have been paid to a much loved Harlow resident who has sadly passed away. Hare Street resident Joyce Chidley died on Sunday aged 91. Many readers will remember Joyce as a dinner lady at Hare Street school where she was very fondly remembered for…

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ON THIS Friday, seventy five years ago, whilst our nation was celebrating Victory in Europe (VE Day), Harlow sailor, Richard Edser was still fighting the Japanese in the Pacific Ocean. Richard was on board HMS Formidable as it was being attacked by kamikaze pilots. In…

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AN INSPIRATIONAL teacher who started the Harlow Youth Band at Netteswell School has passed away. George Atkinson, a musician who inspired many as a teacher and brass band leader, has died at the age of 94. Mr Atkinson started award-winning brass bands wherever he went.…

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HARLOW MUSEUM From Harlow Museum EVERY Sunday we bring to you a face from our ‘Made in Harlow: Remarkable women’ exhibition. The exhibition celebrates Harlow’s remarkable women past and present. This week we present Sarah Flower Adams (1805- 1848). Sarah was born in 1805 in…

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By Hugh Kerr MY friend Christine Mayhew, who has died aged 77, made a success of three careers across her working life – as a midwife, sociology lecturer and counsellor. Each of them she pursued in Harlow, a town to which she had moved as…

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Thursday 19th: 7-8.30pm THE Harlow Museum & Walled Gardens community programme celebrates “Made In Harlow Influential Women” including profiles of Renee Morris, Hester Woodley, Patricia Gibberd and more incredible females from our archives. Join us in conversation with Anne Wafula Strike and Eugenie Harvey to…

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THE FORMER chair of Harlow Council and one of the pioneers of Harlow New Town, Donald Legat Anderson, has passed away, aged 102. Donald’s son, Patrick, a former photographer at the Harlow Citizen placed a message on social media that his father had passed away…

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A HARLOW resident celebrated her 100th birthday on Monday. Muriel Lyons was treated to a special celebration at the Netteswellbury Farm complex where she resides. The chair of Harlow Council, cllr Clive Souter came to visit Muriel and presented a bouquet of flowers. The leader…

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FORMER Harlow MP Stan Newens has celebrated his ninetieth birthday. Stan Newens was MP for the Epping constituency (which included Harlow) between 1964 and 1970. He was then MP for Harlow between 1974 and 1983. He later went on to be an MEP. Stan has…

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THE BBC are making a film looking at how Britain has changed in the past 70 years during the course of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, from the beginnings of the welfare state, to the Northern Ireland peace process and Thatcherite Britain. It will show how…

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TRIBUTES have been paid following the death of long-term Irish Post photographer and popular Longford man Mel McNally. The 88-year-old, who hailed from Longford Town, passed away at a nursing home near his Harlow home on Sunday, November 3rd. Mel came to Britain in the…

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OVER the past week, celebrations have been taking place marking the fifty years, the Memorial University of Newfoundland has had a campus in Old Harlow. Newfoundland TV reporter, Leila Beaudoin, crossed over the pond to report on the significant anniversary. We took this opportunity to…

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A Personal Tribute MARLENE Scanlan Brooks, one of Harlow’s most passionate lovers of the area’s history has died, aged 70, after a short illness. Marlene was very much the keeper of the flame of local history in Harlow. Marlene kept the spirit alive with organisations…

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THE Irish Times has reported that Boris Johnson, who will probably be the next prime minister, may be having trouble with Irish names. It reported “At the Foreign Office he was heard to muse as to whether Chancellor Angela Merkel had served in East Germany’s…