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Hospice launches Children's
ST Clare Hospice has officially launched
its new Children’s Bereavement Service.
The launch event was attended by more than 50
supporters including television presenter Jeff
Brazier who delivered the key note speech.
Lord Lieutenant of Essex Lord Petre and Dame
Claire Bertschinger DBE, the Deputy Lieutenant
of Hertfordshire, were also present along with
Epping Forest District Council chairman Dave
Stallan, Loughton mayor Philip Abraham and
Waltham Abbey mayor Mick Fitch who has chosen St
Clare as his charity of the year.
Mr Brazier, whose debut book ‘The Grief
Survival Guide’ was published this month, is a
supporter of the hospice and consulted their
bereavement team during the writing of his
The impact of bereavement in childhood has been
an issue close to his heart following his
experience of raising his two sons, Bobby and
Freddie, after the loss of their mother, Jade
Goody, who was cared for at St Clare Hospice in
He said: “It is fantastic that St Clare has
secured funding to launch this vital service for
the children and young relatives of those they
"My own personal experience, as the father
of two sons who lost their mother at a young
age, has shown me just how essential this type
of specialist care and support is.
"Grief can happen to anyone, at any point
in life; but for children, who may be less
well-equipped to cope with it and manage the
effects, the need for support is even
The Children’s Bereavement Service has been
funded by a major grant from BBC Children in
Need and bolstered by additional gifts from
Clara E Burgess Trust and Charles S French
For more information about the service ring the
Patient and Family support team on 01279 773742
or visit www.stclarehospice.org.uk/care/support-families
Police target anti-social behaviour
POLICE in Harlow are continuing to take
action against those responsible following
reports of anti-social behaviour.
District Commander Chief Inspector Matt Cornish
said: “We are aware of concerns relating to
anti-social behaviour in parts of Harlow,
including the Staple Tye area.
"We have been working closely with
residents and shop owners through a number of
different methods to tackle to the issues
“I want to reassure residents, customers and
shop owners it is something we take very
"We have had a plan to tackle the issues in
place for sometime, this plan is on-going and
relies on the help of the community.
“A significant amount of community policing
resources along with help from local shops to
support us have been involved in the process so
far as well as youth ambassadors attending the
area every week for the past few months.
“I would encourage the Harlow community to
continue to engage with our officers.
“No-one should be subjected to behaviour which
leaves them with concern for their safety or
welfare where they live."
New Lord Lieutenant appointed
A DEPUTY Lieutenant of Essex, Jennifer
Tolhurst, has been appointed by The Queen to
replace Lord Petre as Lord Lieutenant when he
retires in August after 15 years as the Royal
representative in the county.
Lord Petre will stand down on August 4 after
turning 75 - the obligatory retirement age for
the Sovereign’s representatives.
Mrs Tolhurst, a former High Sheriff of Essex,
who lives in Danbury with her husband, Philip,
said: “I am extremely honoured to have been
appointed Lord Lieutenant of Essex. It will be a
tremendous challenge to follow Lord Petre who
has given such wonderful service to the County
of Essex, but I will do my absolute best to
fulfill the role, and represent Her Majesty the
Queen in our very special county."
Mrs Tolhurst, who has three grown-up children
and seven grandchildren, launched the Danbury
and Little Baddow branch of the NSPCC and
chaired the Prince’s Youth Business Trust in
Essex, while also serving as a magistrate and
vice-chairman of the governors of New Hall
She remains vice-president of the Essex
Community Foundation, serves on Essex University
Court, is an assessor for the Queen’s Awards
for Voluntary Services and is vice-chairman of
the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory
Lord Petre, 18th Baron of the Petre family and
Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order,
whose ancestral family home is at Ingatestone
Hall, said: “I have every confidence that
Jenny will be a most worthy personal
representative of HM The Queen in this
“She has already proved herself many times
over as an active and enthusiastic supporter of
a large number of our local institution.
New buses launched on airport
LONDON Stansted Airport and Arriva have
teamed up to launch 12 new luxury single deck
buses on the 508/509/510 route from Harlow to
the airport, via Bishop's Stortford.
Arriva has invested £1.9m in the buses that
have the latest euro six engines, which generate
95 per less emissions, greatly improving air
The service runs 24/7, up to every ten minutes
during peak and takes just under an hour to get
from Harlow to London Stansted Airport.
The buses, which stop outside the airport,
feature free 4G Wi-Fi, USB charging points and
the eco-leather seats.
The buses also have a dedicated space for a
wheelchair and an extra space is provided for
Two injured in motorbike collision
A MOTORCYCLIST and his pillion passenger
were injured when a motorbike was in collision
with a car on Cambridge Road, Harlow.
Police say the collision involving a Volvo XC90
and a Suzuki motorcycle happened near the
junction with Hart Road at about 6.20pm on
Thursday (June 15).
The 22-year-old motorbike rider was thought to
have suffered serious injuries was taken by air
ambulance to The Royal London Hospital,
His pillion passenger, a 19-year-old man,
suffered leg and spinal injuries and was taken
by ambulance to Princess Alexandra
Any witnesses and anyone with dashcam footage
are asked to ring PC Tina Quinlivan at Chigwell
Roads Policing Unit on 101.
Harlow Council: Only two out of 14
council tower blocks have fire alarms
HARLOW Council has revealed that only two
of its 14 tower blocks - Netteswell and
Pennymead - have fire alarms.
In a statement following the Grenfell Tower
tragedy in London, the council said:
"Installing fire alarms in all tower blocks
has not been identified as a requirement from
fire risk assessments.
Detailing the fire safety measures the council
has in place for its 14 tower blocks, the
authority states that fire safety risk
assessments are completed every two years in
line with legislation.
Outcomes from the assessments are prioritised
and included in the council’s annual programme
Weekly and monthly management inspections of
tower blocks are carried out by council
officers. Any actions are recorded and dealt
with as a priority.
This includes removing any flammable materials
stored in communal stairwells and areas, such as
dumped rubbish, as well as checking evacuation
arrangements and the position of signage.
There are no outstanding actions from any recent
inspections, the council adds.
Each tower block has a fire safety action plan
which are published on the council’s website
with guidance posted on noticeboards in communal
A copy of the plans is given to all new tenants
Smoke detectors are fitted within every council
home and serviced annually. In some cases homes
also have heat detectors as well as smoke
Communal doors and internal doors to flats are
fire resistant and these are renewed as required
following fire risk assessments.
Emergency lighting and lighting conductors
within tower blocks are part of the council’s
regular inspection programme and are compliant
Out of the 14 high-rise tower blocks only
Brenthall Towers have had cladding fitted to
them in the late 1990s.
This cladding is made out of solid, “non-combustible”
materials with the system and materials used
complying with building regulations.
This cladding is not the same design as used on
the Grenfell Tower.
The council is reassuring its residents living
in tower blocks about its fire safety measures
following the Grenfell Tower blaze.
The council says fire safety is a top priority
and it works closely with Essex Fire and Rescue
Service to regularly review fire safety. Essex
Fire and Rescue Service has approved the
approach the council takes in its tower blocks,
supported housing and temporary
Harlow Council housing portfolio holder Mark
Wilkinson said: "My heartfelt thoughts and
sympathies are with everyone affected by this
awful tragedy in North Kensington.
"The local community there and across the
country, including the Harlow community, are
doing what they can to support the families
“We know this tragic event is likely to
concern our tower block residents so we want to
provide reassurance at this time on the measures
we have in place.
“Our fire safety plans are always under review
and we will continue to work closely with Essex
Fire and Rescue Service to ensure the safety of
residents living in our tower blocks.
“We will be following the proposed public
enquiry and full investigation into the Grenfell
Tower fire very carefully and I am sure all
social housing providers, including Harlow
Council, will respond to any recommendations to
changes in the building and fire
Third person arrested over robbery
A THIRD person has been arrested in
connection with a robbery in Harlow where a man
suffered stab wounds.
The incident happened at an address in
Arkwrights at about 4.50am on Tuesday, June
The victim suffered a stab wound to his ear but
his injuries are not life-threatening.
A 36-year-old Harlow man, who was arrested later
that day, has been charged with robbery and
He appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court
on Wednesday and was remanded in custody to
appear at Chelmsford Crown Court on July
Two women from Harlow, aged 18 and 34, who had
previously been arrested in connection with the
incident have both been released under
Two people charged over girl's
bouncy castle death
TWO people have been charged in
connection with the death of a seven-year-old
girl who suffered serious injuries while on a
bouncy castle in Harlow Town Park.
Summer Grant, from Norwich, was taken to
Princess Alexandra Hospital following the
incident which happened on March 26 last year.
She died a few hours later.
Fairground employees Shelby Thurston, 25, and
William Thurston, 28, of Whitecross Road,
Wilburton, were arrested in connection with the
They were charged today (Thursday) with
manslaughter by gross negligence. They are also
charged with failure to discharge a general
health and safety duty under the Health and
Safety at Work Act.
They are due to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates’
Court on July 19.
Detectives are continuing their enquiries and
are trying to trace a witness who was near the
fairground rides at the time of the incident. He
was described as a young black man, believed to
be aged in his teens.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact
the Harlow Major Investigation Team on 101 or
Hospice recognises volunteers
SEVENTY-six long service awards have been
presented by St Clare Hospice to volunteers who
have reached a milestone number of years service
with the charity.
Forty volunteers achieved five-year awards, with
19 achieving ten-year awards, seven volunteers
with 15 years and eight volunteers with 20
Two dedicated supporters received awards for 25
years of voluntary service to St Clare.
Volunteer fundraisers Liz Jones and Letitia
Berry have both supported the hospice’s
fundraising efforts for more than 25 years,
taking part in various street collections and
The hospice’s clinical teams honoured their
60-plus clinical volunteers with a Fun
Fair-themed thank you party in the hospice
Clinical volunteers assist in a wide range of
roles, including as health care assistants and
complimentary therapists as well as supporting
the say therapy groups and serving teas on the
The party featured traditional Fun Fair games
including hook-a-duck and hoopla, with
volunteers treated to candy floss and toffee
* Two hospice volunteers were recognised with an
invitation to a Buckingham Palace garden
Dawn Clark, who has volunteered at the hospice's
Scarlet shop in Buckhurst Hill for four years,
and day therapy volunteer Val Jones were the
lucky two picked out to attend this year.
Dawn said: “I was so surprised when I got the
call to tell me I was going to Buckingham
Palace. I actually bought my jacket for the
event from the St Clare shop where I
"I started volunteering at the shop after
my husband died, and I’ve met so many people
in a similar situation to me.
"If it were not for St Clare I don’t know
what I’d do - it’s like a big family. I do
everything with the friends I’ve made at St
Clare – we even go on holiday together. They’ve
all been texting me and wishing me a lovely day
at the palace today!”
Val said: “Both Dawn and I realise we are
extremely lucky that out of the hundreds of St
Clare volunteers we were chosen to attend.
"It’s wonderful to be invited to
Buckingham Palace for such a prestigious
"I even bought my new outfit for today from
Oxford Street with the help of my own personal
Charities get county council
TWO Harlow-based charities have received
grants from the Essex County Council Millennium
and Chairman's Funds.
Michael Roberts Charitable Trust and
Streets2Homes each received £5,000.
Gary Knott, from Michael Roberts Charitable
Trust, said: “Through our Bounty Club we work
with local businesses to collect surplus fresh
"We then distribute it to people in need,
many of whom are from low income families,
people who are homeless, people with addictions
or people who are just finding it difficult to
make ends meet each week“.
Streets2Homes chief executive Kerrie Eastman
said: “We have seen an increasing demand for
our services in Harlow and we are extremely
grateful to receive this grant.
"We provide a safe and friendly environment
for people, who have found themselves without
anywhere to go home to and we help them to
overcome the obstacles which are preventing them
from finding accommodation and rebuild their
The funds, managed by the independent charitable
trust Essex Community Foundation, provide
support for community and voluntary
organisations whose good work enhances the lives
of people living in Essex.
The Essex Millennium Fund was established as an
endowed fund within ECF by members of Essex
County Council to celebrate the
The fund, which provides an annual income for a
grants programme, distributes funds to voluntary
and community groups working within four
priority areas, carers, community support,
enhancing the environment and young people.
The Chairman’s Fund was established with ECF
in 2007 to support voluntary and community
groups working to enrich the lives of people in
their local communities through activities
exploring culture and heritage.
For information about how to apply for a grant
from Essex Community Foundation visit www.essexcommunityfoundation.org.uk
or ring the grants team on 01245 356018.
Man charged over neck slash
A MAN has been charged in connection with
an incident in which a man suffered a slash
wound to the neck.
Car salesman Leon Callander, 33, of Lindum
Close, Epping Green, is charged with grievous
bodily harm and possession of an offensive
weapon in a public place.
He appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court
on June 8 and is next due to appear at
Chelmsford Crown Court on July 6.
The charges relate to an incident at Twenty One
Bar in Post Office Walk, Harlow, on May 29.
Queen's Award for Razed Roof
10.08am - 8th
THE Razed Roof Theatre Group has received
The Queen's Award for Voluntary Services, the
highest award a voluntary group can receive in
The group will receive the award from the Lord
Lieutenant of Essex, Lord Petre, later this
Lord Petre said: "I am delighted to be
presenting, on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen,
the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services to
Razed Roof Theatre Group, Harlow.
"There are few opportunities for adults
with learning difficulties in Harlow but the
volunteers of Razed Roof plug the gap with
affection and help change the lives of
learning-disabled people in the area.
"Razed Roof succeeds brilliantly in uniting
disabled people with energetic, lively and
caring young pupils. "The group has engaged
with hundreds of people at various community
events. Everyone is valued and personal
difference is celebrated.
"The mix of able and disabled, overseen by
a committed group of volunteers with an age
range of 16-82, brings light and love to a group
of learning-disabled people too often segregated
from, and by, society.
"Together the group tackles difficult
topics through imaginative and appropriate
performances in a safe and inclusive
"The assessor visited an Anti-Bullying
Workshop with Year 7 (11 to 12-year- olds) and
came away astounded at this master class in
inclusion, watching pupils visibly transformed
by working with people who obviously find life
far more challenging than themselves.
"Over 3,000 people have engaged with the
work of Razed Roof, plus many more who have
engaged with social media and YouTube links; 32
people regularly attend weekly sessions; 265
people have attended RAZED ROOF workshops; 1,700
have attended exhibitions and events; 1,200
people have made up the audience.”
Razed Roof leader Annette Lidster said: ”The
Queen's Award for Voluntary Services is a
wonderful endorsement of the work being done by
Razed Roof and most importantly recognition of
all the contributions and commitment of our many
fabulous volunteers and supporters.
"We are all feeling very proud.”
Police drop murder probe after
injured man found in car
9.58am - 8th
THE death of a man from Harlow is no
longer being treated as suspicious.
Andrej Arhipovs, 39, was found injured inside a
Volvo in Milwards, Harlow, at about 11.45pm on
Sunday, May 28.
He was taken to hospital, where he died in the
early hours of Monday, May 29.
Following enquiries, his death is no longer
being treated as suspicious and a file will be
prepared for the coroner.
A 24-year-old man, from Bishop’s Stortford,
and two men, aged 35 and 40, from Harlow, were
arrested on suspicion of murder and released
They have now been released without charge and
face no further action.
Man slashed in nightclub attack
9.56am - 8th
POLICE are appealing for information
after a man received a slash injury to his neck
in a nightclub in Harlow.
The 29-year-old victim had been out with friends
inside Twenty One Bar when he was attacked at
the bottom of a set of stairs at about 2.15am on
Sunday, May 28.
He suffered a 15cm cut to his neck and managed
to run away before being taken hospital for his
The victim has since been discharged.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Dc
Richard Canning at Harlow CID on 101 or
Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Man stabbed in chest and back
8.34am - 1st
A MAN was stabbed in the chest and back
as he walked in Old Road, Harlow, at about
1.15pm on Friday.
Police say he was near the White Horse pub when
he was approached from behind.
The suspect ran off and the victim was taken to
hospital. He has since been discharged.
The suspect has been described as a white man,
between 5ft 8ins and 5ft 10ins tall, aged in his
40s and stocky. He had dark scruffy hair and
wore shorts and a blue polo shirt.
Anyone with information is asked to contact
Harlow CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously
on 0800 555 111.
Police name murder victim
8.32am - 1st
POLICE have named the man who died after
being found with head injuries in a car in
Harlow as Andrej Arhipovs, 39, from
Police officers were contacted by the ambulance
service at about 11.45pm on Sunday with reports
that a man had been found injured inside a Volvo
He was taken to Princess Alexandra Hospital
where he died in the early hours of
A post-mortem examination has found that he died
as a result of a head injury.
A 24-year-old man, from Bishop’s Stortford,
and two men, aged 35 and 40, from Harlow, were
arrested on suspicion of murder. They have been
released under investigation.
Police continue to investigate the circumstances
leading up to Mr Arhipovs' death.
Witnesses or anyone with information are asked
to contact Brentwood Major Investigation Team on
101 or email email@example.com