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Harlow is 70: Why I Came Here

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YOU are warmly invited to attend our Celebration on Saturday 25th March 2017 for the Harlow Towns 70th Birthday. The opening of our new exhibition GIBBERD’S GIFT and a Talk by Stan Newens on Harlow Towns History: This exhibition has been created as a celebration…

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AS we said in our first film, the subjects of our films are people who came to Harlow from 1947 to 2017. With our more recent subjects, we hope to return to them in 2022 and then 2047. And so we turn to Sarah Hughes,…

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“WHAT was it like in Afghanistan?” asked the interviewer? “Well being mortared twice a week wasn’t fun!” replied Esther. It would be fair to say, that Esther Mills is made of what they call “The Right Stuff”. Even on the day of this interview, she…

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AT one stage, close to 10% of the population of Harlow had an Irish connection. The numbers have declined somewhat but the influence remains. Old Harlow musician, Roisin Quinn’s grandparents were Sonny and Tess Minihane. We sat down worth Roisin to talk about the story…

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This is the official logo which will celebrate Harlow’s 70th birthday. The logo was a joint collaboration between Harlow College graphic design student Bradley Newson and graphic design tutor Mustafa Sidiki. Both were supported by local graphic design agencies Blue Pig Creative (www.bluepigcreative.co.uk) and Hot…

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AS part of our series of interviews called Harlow is 70: Why I Came Here, we interviewed Longfield resident, Roy Henderson. With his proud Yorkshire accent and surrounded by his artwork, we asked Roy to retrace his steps back to 1950’s.

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NEARLY every day, octagenarian, Chris Harriss takes a three mile walk from his Sheering cottage. It is that “get busy living” attitude that has kept him in fine fettle all these years. And Chris was in fine voice too as we asked him why he…

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OLIVE Jones is one of Harlow’s proudest pioneers. A woman of dignity and determination as well as a considerable amount of class. Olive still writes to her sisters in Australia. And so, respecting that tradition, we asked Olive to write to us and tell us…

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SOMETIMES, our films comprise of the two questions: Why did you come here? Why did you stay? And then we let the camera role. With Harlow accountant, that was very much the case. David then sweeps though over sixty years of living in Harlow, in…

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IF there is a theme that is developing as we chronicle people’s journeys to Harlow, then it is that of family. We went to Potter Street to speak to father-of-four, Sam Stopplecamp. The son of Americans, Sam is a very interesting man with a great…

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YOU know there are some people who are just: nice. Whether it was the way they were brought up or in their genes or indeed a trait that they developed a long the way, they are simply..nice We went to Upper Mealines (where exactly is…

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IN 1968, Nila Hibbert came to Harlow from Sri Lanka. Since then, whether it is through her work as a nurse or her work as a community advocate, Nila has made a considerable impression in Harlow. In a fascinating interview, we talk to Nila about…

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AND so our next film takes us to Mauritius in 1991. We went to the Harlow Council chambers on a dark February night to interview Netteswell councillor, Waida Forman. What took her from one island to another and what motivated her to get involved in…

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ON SATURDAY morning, YH editor, Michael Casey presented a talk at Harlow Museum on the Why They Came Here project. In the audience was 91-year-old Florence Corker who had come to visit the museum from Devon. Florence told us that she came to Harlow as…

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THE name Eddie Woolf may not be familiar but to many people, John Walton will be. John Walton was the shop that many of us remember for school uniform. We caught up with Eddie and his cousin, Harlow MP, Robert Halfon outside where the shop…

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IN 1974, Becci Court moved from the village of Belchford in Lincolnshire and came to Harlow. Now, Becci, who works for Harlow Council, is co-ordinating the Harlow is 70 celebrations across the town. So we dropped into the chambers at the Water Gardens to ask…