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Harlow is 70: Why I Came Here

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ONE of the motivating factors for our Harlow is 70: Why They Came Here project was to leave a legacy. There will be day, later on in this century, when all the subjects in our films will have passed on. We would like to think…

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AS we come to the end of our Harlow is 70 project, the author of the project, Michael Casey, wanted to take the opportunity to chronicle why his parents, Kevin and Kathleen Casey came to Harlow from County Clare in the Republic of Ireland to…

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IF they should ever want to bottle optimism, energy and enthusiasm, then they could do worse than visit the eight Stewards Academy students, we interviewed as part of our Harlow is 70 project. We have been interviewing residents all year and will be reflecting on…

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WE interviewed the chief executive of Harlow Council, Malcom Morley in his final week as head of the council. Although the interview is part of our heritage project much of the interview is dedicated to Mr Morley’s fourteen years at the helm of the council.…

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OXFORD Brookes Professor, Glen O’Hara delivered a fascinating lecture into the past, present and future condition of Harlow. Prof O’Hara delivered his lecture as part of the Harlow Architectural Awards last week. Th full film is below.

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WE met Moorfield resident, Mike Steel, as he was cleaning his steps, In fact he was cleaning a number of steps as he felt (rightly or wrongly) that the council had neglected them. Many of our “Why They Came Here” interviewees chart major journeys on…

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ZULQAR Cheema is one of those community champions in Harlow that have helped make this town the place it is. Humble, quietly spoken, Cheema ( he is known by his surname) has been a member of organisations such as Harlow Hospital Radio and Ten17. He…

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IF you are popping into the Harlow Council offices at the Water Gardens then take a few minutes to look at the Battle of Passcehendaele exhibition. If their lovely volunteers are there, getting chatting to them as they are a mine of information about Harlow’s…

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IN the third of our interviews with nurses at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, we interviewed Nuala Jennings about her journey from Offaly in the Republic of Ireland to Harlow. We would like to thank the PAH for their help.

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IN THE second of our “Princess Alexandra Hospital” interviews, we spoke to Miriam Mbayiwa and asked about her journey from Zimbabwe to Harlow.

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WE went down to the Princess Alexandra Hospital “Event in a Tent” last week. WE went down to the Princess Alexandra Hospital “Event in a Tent” last week. Whilst there, we interviewed nurse Grace Varkey and asked Grace, “Why did you come to Harlow?” and…

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WE dropped in on John Young at a heritage event in Old Harlow. John is a member of the Essex Family History Society and he is one of our residents who is part of the fabric of the town.

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WHO remembers Embers Bingo at The Stow? Or what about Bennys nightclub that replaced it in the early eighties? Our 45th interview as part of our Harlow is 70: Why They Came Here project was with owner and entrepreneur David Sampson, who looked back on…

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A NUMBER OF Harlow residents have appeared in a key BBC Radio 4 series on social housing. The series, presented by eminent social historian, Lynsey Hanley tells the story of Harlow’s construction after the second world war. Many Harlow residents reflect on their journeys from…

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THIS is our 42nd film in our series of Harlow is 70: Why I Came Here films and can we just take this opportunity to say what a pleasure it has been to interview so many positive people who have chosen to live in this…