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Lorry driver charged over M11 fatal
- 27th August 2015
A LORRY driver has been charged with
causing two deaths by dangerous driving
following a multiple-vehicle crash on the
Three cars, a horsebox and a lorry were involved
in the crash on the northbound carriageway
between junction 7 (Hastingwood) and junction 8
(Stansted) on May 15 last year.
Geoffrey Mills, 53, from Huissen in the
Netherlands and his sister Eleanor Mills, 45,
from Petersfield, Hampshire, died when their car
was struck by other vehicles.
Two other people were seriously injured.
Roger Sharratt, 50, of Bagots Oak, Staffordshire,
was charged on Saturday with two counts of
causing death by dangerous driving. He was
bailed to appear at Colchester Magistrates’
Court on October 6.
Go-ahead given for 343 new homes
- 26th August 2015
PLANS that will see the transformation of
three housing estates in Staple Tye - The
Briars, Copshall Close and Aylets Field - have
been given the go ahead.
Harlow Council’s development management
committee has granted planning permission for
343 new homes on the estates.
The proposals were submitted in May after Home
Group, Countryside and Harlow Council signed a
Development Agreement for the scheme.
The £67m development funded by Home Group and
Countryside features a mix of detached,
semi-detached, terraced houses and
Around 55 per cent of the homes will be managed
by Home Group providing either ‘affordable’
rented homes or shared ownership
The new development will replace the outdated
bungalows on The Briars, Copshall Close and
Aylets Field estates which do not meet Decent
The scheme will also provide new landscaping,
roads and parking and a new community centre as
well as training opportunities for local
Residents living on the estates have been
involved in producing the Design and Development
Brief for the scheme and have met with the
developers and attended consultation events over
the last two years.
The council has been supporting, and will
continue to help, council tenants living on the
Council tenants are given the choice of moving
temporarily and then moving back into a new home
or they can move permanently to alternative
council or housing association accommodation
elsewhere in the town.
The scheme will be developed in three phases.
The process of moving residents in phase one has
Harlow Council regeneration and enterprise
portfolio holder Tony Durcan said: “Working
with Home Group and Countryside we can really
transform these estates and create a mix of
brand new homes for local people.
"This redevelopment will help us deliver
our commitments to provide more and better
housing and to regenerate Harlow.”
Richard Cherry, CEO of Partnerships at
Countryside, said: “We are pleased to have
been given the go ahead for these plans that
will significantly improve the quality of
housing available to local people.
"Our focus is on creating a safe and
pleasant environment that people will be proud
to call home, with green open spaces and the
highest standards of design and finish. We are
now working hard to progress matters and start
on site as soon as possible.”
Gareth Crawford, Home Group’s head of
development, said: “This project will
transform the area, and enable residents to move
from outdated 1960s homes into modern well
designed energy efficient properties."
Open gardens weekend raises £6,000
- 26th August 2015
THE two-day St Clare Open Gardens
Weekend, when 27 gardens in and around Harlow,
Church Langley and Hastingwood were open to
visitors, raised £6,000.
Many of the garden owners provided additional
attractions such as music and raffles as well as
stalls selling plants, bric-a-brac and
Refreshments were also on sale while a family
fun day with a bouncy castle and children’s
activities was also held at Gibson Court,
This year’s Open Gardens was the last to be
organised by St Clare stalwart Ann Gould who
remains a Harlow Friend and will continue to
open her garden for future events.
St Clare community fundraiser Danielle De’ath
said: “From small acorns, mighty oaks grow and
under Ann’s careful cultivation our Open
Gardens Weekend has blossomed into one of our
most popular annual events.
"We would like to thank her for her
unwavering commitment and enthusiasm over the
years for helping sow the seeds of such a
successful fundraising event for the hospice.”
Man stabbed in ribs
- 24th August 2015
POLICE are appealing for information
after a man was stabbed in the ribs in
Officers were patrolling the Five Acres area
when they found the man aged in his 20s.
The victim had been followed by a group of eight
men and two girls to the Water Gardens area
where he was assaulted.
He suffered a small puncture wound. His injuries
are not believed to be life threatening.
The incident happened at about 3.45am on
Anyone with any information should ring Harlow
CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800
Three charged and three bailed over
burglaries and thefts
- 22nd August 2015
THREE people have been bailed and another
three charged as part of a police investigations
into a series of burglaries and other thefts in
the Harlow area.
Officers executed a search warrant at a location
in Fern Hill Lane, Harlow, on Wednesday
Two men, aged 34 and 22, and a 23-year-old
woman, all from Harlow, were arrested on
conspiracy to burgle.
The woman was also arrested on suspicion of
theft after a pug was recovered during the
They were all taken to Harlow Police Station for
questioning before being released on police bail
pending further enquiries.
The woman was released without charge in
relation to the theft of the pug as there was
insufficient evidence to proceed.
The dog was later reunited with her owner at
Harlow Police Station.
Owner Kate Witham said: "I had been so
worried about Lola since she went missing so
when I got the call from the police I was over
the moon. As soon as I saw her, her little tail
went into overdrive and I instantly knew it was
her. I am just so happy to have her back.”
Detective Inspector Alison Hooper said: "We
have been working hard to tackle a recent spike
in burglaries and car crime in the Harlow area
and these arrests are just part of our
"We have also recently charged another man
with conspiracy to steal and two others with
burglary and they are currently before the
Anyone with any information should ring Harlow
CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800
Steven Clark, 18, of Fern Hill Lane, Harlow, was
charged on Monday (August 17) with two counts of
conspiracy to steal. He appeared before
Chelmsford Magistrates the following day and is
next due to appear at Chelmsford Crown Court on
Monday, November 9.
Two 16-year-old boys, from Harlow, were charged
on Tuesday (August 18) with burglary
One faces two counts of burglary and the other
four counts of burglary and a driving
They are both on bail to appear before
Chelmsford Youth Court on Friday, September 25.
Man suffers broken jaw
- 22nd August 2015
A MAN suffered a broken jaw when he was
assaulted in Harlow.
Police say two men had an argument which
resulted in one of them, a 22-year-old man from
Harlow, suffering a broken jaw.
A police spokesman said the incident started
outside the JD Sports store and then moved into
Broad Walk by the library and around to Terminus
Street via the walkway beside Boots at about 3pm
on Tuesday, August 11.
A 19-year-old Harlow man was arrested on
suspicion of assault and has been bailed pending
further police enquiries until Wednesday,
Anyone who witnessed the incident should ring PC
Jo Snell at Harlow CID on Essex Police 101 or
Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Musicians return from Germany tour
- 21st August 2015
A GROUP of 28 students in Year 7 to 11 at
Burnt Mill Academy, Harlow, performed during a
music tour to Germany.
The concert band and choir stayed in Cologne and
put on performances at an outdoor bandstand at
Boppard and at the Konzert hall.
Music teacher Carla Rubery said: “As a school
we have taken part in performing arts workshops
abroad but this is the first time we have
prepared a performance with our concert band and
choir to take to another country.
“All of the students loved it and were buzzing
from the experience. They enjoyed the whole
experience of going to another country and being
able to perform in different venues.
“I am already looking into the next tour.”
GCSEs: Exam joy for Joe despite
- 21st August 2015
A CANCER diagnosis did not stop Joe Sims
from achieving a crop of top GCSE grades at
Burnt Mill Academy.
When the 16-year-old found a lump in his neck in
February he feared his chances of succeeding in
the summer’s exams had been ruined.
The diagnosis of a rare form of Hodgkins
lymphoma in April meant the lump had to be
removed immediately and Joe was given the
However a second lump soon appeared which has
this month been confirmed as cancerous and so he
now faces a bout of chemotherapy.
Despite his health battle Joe, of Challinor,
Church Langley, picked up nine A* and A
Mum Amanda, who collected Joe’s results with
him, said: "I can’t believe it really.
Nobody deserves this success more than Joe; he
is so hardworking. I always knew he would do
well, but because of everything he is going
through, I wasn’t so sure.
“He has let his illness go over his head and
hasn’t wanted a fuss to be made; he doesn’t
want to be labelled as the boy with
"Lots of people around him don’t even
know what he’s been going through. He has had
a few days off school but he has just got on
Mrs Sims added: “All he has been focusing on
is getting the grades to get into college and
looking into universities.
“Burnt Mill has been out of this world. I
emailed the school when Joe was diagnosed and
immediately got a phone call in return. They
have supported him 100 per cent; whatever he has
needed, they have sorted for him.
"I get a phone call from his teacher every
other day to make sure everything is ok and I
think that support will continue even though he
has now left.
“I told Joe to expect his friends to back off
a little when they knew he was ill but instead
they have said if he loses his hair due to
treatment, they will all shave their heads in
Joe hopes to study A-level maths, physics,
computer science and drama at Herts and Essex
High School, Bishop's Stortford.
He said: “I was not expecting these results at
all. I was expecting to get through but not
exceed like this. I am feeling pretty
“It has all been a bit of a blur. I was told I
would be having chemo and would miss my exams so
I did take my foot off the pedal for a while. I
cared more about my health than the grades at
the time. I have tried to get on with things as
much as possible.
"Everyone has been really supportive which
has been really important to me.”
Head of school John Blaney said: “We are just
so proud of Joe. His strength of character and
determination has got him through. "We are
proud of all of our students, but especially so
of Joe with everything he is going through.”
GCSEs: Exam successes at Burnt Mill
- 21st August 2015
ALMOST half of the students leaving Burnt
Mill Academy this summer scored A* and A grades
in their GCSE exams.
Forty-two per cent of students achieved at least
one top grade.
Star student Harry Grace, 16, recorded eight A*
and As as well as an A in A-level maths after
taking the exam two years early.
He said: “I got an A* in maths in Year 8 and
have kept going since then with private tutoring
given to me at school.
"The school has been so good, making sure
all through Year 11 I had enough work to help me
achieve my best.
“I am now going to Bishop's Stortford Sixth
Form to study A-levels in further maths,
chemistry, physics and computing.”
Overall, a total of 80 per cent of Burnt Mill
students achieved five or more A* to C grades
including English and maths.
Vladislav Mezentsev, who joined Burnt Mill
in Year 9 from Russia, bagged 11 A* and A
Other top performers included Naomi Matu (11
A*s/As), Gabriele Kurpyte (ten A*/As), Ellie
Eastman, Robin Gibbs, Alan Kong, Jack Shury, Joe
Sims, Leon Topley and Abbie Williams (all nine
A*/As), Luke Dalby, Ashleigh Darling, Connie
Farrance and Morgan Redman (eight A*/As),
Rebecca Smith (seven A*/As), Holly Street and
Penny Walker (six A*/As) and Phoebe Bush, Lucy
Forrow, Cameron Fuller, Emily Harrison, Kieran
Milrose, Svetlana Sucikova and Georgia White
(all five A*/As).
Helena Mills, head of all Burnt Mill
Co-operative Academy Trust schools, said: “We
are delighted that yet again more than 80 per
cent of our children have left us with five or
more A* to C grades, including English and maths.
“We have created a work ethic among this year
group which will carry them forward in all
careers and studies in the future.
“I am delighted these results have opened
doors to children which will enable them to
follow their dreams.
"We are a dream factory and Mr Blaney and I
are already looking at how we can help all our
other children achieve their dreams in the years
John Blaney has recently been appointed head of
school at Burnt Mill to enable Ms Mills to focus
her attention on all six of the BMAT
He said: “We are absolutely delighted with
these results. The fact we have managed to
sustain the results at 80 per cent for the
second year is fantastic. We are thrilled for
each and every student.”
results at Saint Nicholas School
- 20th August 2015
STUDENTS at Saint Nicholas School, Old
Harlow, have achieved "outstanding"
results in their GCSEs.
Overall, there was an 88 per cent pass rate for
those recording at least five GCSEs at grade C
and above including mathematics and
Almost a third of all exams were graded A* or A
and two-thirds were at least a B with more than
60 per cent of pupils gaining nine or more A*-C
Students achieved highly in English and
mathematics with 88 per cent and 91 per cent
respectively gaining a grade of C or
English Literature was particularly strong with
72 per cent of students gaining A or A*. Art,
Chemistry, Drama, Electronics, History, ICT,
Latin, Music and Physics all recorded 100 per
cent pass rates at grade C or above.
Among the top performers were Zoë Benton (seven
A*s, three As and two Bs), Bradley Veitch (six
A*s, four As and one B) and Jessie Ayres (four
A*s, six As and one B).
Headmaster Keith Knight said: "I am
extremely pleased with the strength of our
results. The approach of the school is to ensure
that all pupils take a broad and balanced
academic GCSE curriculum and not 'GCSE
"As a broadly non-selective entry school we
are rightly proud of our pupils' successes which
are once more a tribute to our dedicated
parents, staff and especially our students who
have a positive attitude to work and are
prepared to give all that it takes to be
Go-ahead for hospice's office plans
- 18th August 2015
ST Clare Hospice has been given planning
approval to replace two "dilapidated"
old sheds with a new office and storage
Chief executive Tanya Curry said: "We're
absolutely delighted the plans have been
approved. The past few years have been an
incredibly exciting period of development for St
"The number of people we are able to
support has tripled to more than 1,400 a year.
But, of course, to achieve this, our staffing
levels have been increasing across the
"As a stopgap measure, our retail team
moved out to rented accommodation four years
ago, but with the ongoing growth in our services
we are still desperately in need of more office
"The purpose-built facility means we can
save money on rent by bringing our retail office
back on site and it will free up space in the
main building for our expanding community, day
therapy and family support teams."
Following a detailed consultation process,
Weston Homes was appointed to undertake the
The two-storey building will have storage space
for vital clinical equipment and fundraising
resources whilst the upper floor will provide an
open plan office for some of the hospice's
support and administrative staff.
The design proposal also includes dedicated
facilities for the maintenance and gardening
Weston Homes chief executive Bob Weston said:
"We have supported St Clare Hospice for the
last 13 years and have helped raise over
£500,000 for the charity, and we are proud to
continue that support with the new office."
Three seriously injured in
- 18th August 2015
TWO motorcyclists and a pillion
passenger, all from Waltham Abbey, have been
seriously injured when two motorbikes collided
Police officers were called to Edinburgh Way,
near the junction with Howard Way, at about
11.20pm on Sunday.
The injured were taken to Princess Alexandra
A man aged in his 30s, who had been riding a
blue Honda 500, was later transferred to
Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, with leg,
pelvis and other injuries. His condition remains
The other bike was a red Honda 125 ridden by a
man in his 20s and a woman also in her 20s who
was a pillion passenger. Both were treated for
One rider has been reported for a motoring
Any witnesses or anyone with information about
events leading to the collision should ring PC
Dan Corr at Chigwell road policing office on
Work on new council homes almost
- 14th August 2015
THE interior of the first council houses
to be built in Harlow for more than 25 years
have been unveiled.
Work on the 18 two-bedroom homes on former
garage sites at Fesants Croft, Felmongers and
The Hill, began last December.
Building work is almost complete with just some
finishing touches to be made.
There is work to be carried out to pavements and
parking areas and connections to be made to
electricity, water and gas before they are
handed over to the council for final
The homes will be added to the council’s
housing stock of about 9,700 properties.
All homes will be allocated to local families on
the Housing Needs Register.
Keys for the first new homes are expected to be
handed over to families in the autumn.
The last council homes built in Harlow were in
the late 1980s.
Harlow Council leader Jon Clempner said: “Building
council houses shows residents that this council
is serious about honouring its commitments to
provide more and better housing and regenerate
the town. "The council has worked hard to
deliver this programme when finances are tight
and the demand for housing increases.
"These new homes will change the lives of
local families. These will be new homes for
Harlow people, allocated to local families in
housing need who have a connection to Harlow.”
Regeneration and enterprise portfolio holder
Tony Durcan said: “Just over eight months ago
this former garage site was just mud now seven
new family homes proudly sit here.
"I am delighted to have seen the progress
made and once they are ready for families to
move in it will be a very special moment for
social housing in Harlow.
"Our council house building programme will
provide new high quality homes and also
regenerate disused or under-used garage sites
making a positive, visible difference to Harlow.”
Splash Park reopens
- 14th August 2015
POTTER Street Splash Park has reopened
after it was closed for three days after a child
slipped and broke a leg.
Harlow Council youth and community portfolio
holder Emma Toal said: “The health and safety
of residents is our immediate priority so we
closed the park on Friday (August 7) while we
carried out an investigation and inspection of
"This has now been completed and there were
no faults found or follow-up actions
“The paddling pools and splash park are
popular facilities for families and the
thousands of children who use them during the
"This incident last Friday was an
unfortunate accident and we wish the child a
full and speedy recovery.”
As the pool had not been used for some days the
tank in the pump room was drained and the system
re-chlorinated before it reopened.
Police appeal after woman sexually
- 10th August 2015
DETECTIVES are appealing for information
after a woman was sexually assaulted in
The woman, aged in her 20s, was walking her dog
at Paringdon Road when a man grabbed her and
tried to drag her into bushes.
She managed to fight him off and he ran away
leaving the woman unharmed but badly
The incident happened near the mini-roundabout
at the junction with Parsloe Road at about
The woman, who lives locally, described the man
as white, about 6ft tall and aged between 35 and
40. He was wearing a black hooded top, with the
hood pulled over his face, and blue jeans.
Anyone with any information should ring DS Ian
Krout at the Essex Police Sexual Offences
Investigation Team on 101 or Crimestoppers
anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Health awards launched
- 10th August 2015
NOMINATIONS can be made
for the first Best of West
Awards being run by NHS West
Essex Clinical Commissioning
The awards recognise the
outstanding contributions to
health and care in Epping
Forest, Harlow and Uttlesford by
community members, groups,
volunteers, frontline health and
care professionals and
Two awards will be decided by
public vote with people invited
to choose the winner of the
People’s Professional Award
and Best #selfcareselfie Award,
a look back to the CCG’s
winter self-care campaign.
CCG chief officer Clare Morris
said: “These awards recognise
the efforts by people in Epping
Forest, Harlow and Uttlesford to
keep themselves, their family or
their community well.
"Whether it’s a simple
day-to-day act or a big
community project we really want
to celebrate their commitment
and contributions to their local
“We’ll also be applauding
the professionals from health
and care organisations that are
working closer than ever before
to ensure local people
experience high quality,
joined-up care whatever their
Nominations can be made via the
CCG website or by contacting the
CCG to request a nomination
Nominations close on Friday,
September 4, with the winners to
be presented with a certificate
at the CCG’s Annual General
Meeting in Harlow on September
The categories are Best #selfcareselfie,
People’s professional award,
Volunteer of the Year, best
community project, patient
ambassador of the year, best
health education, primary care
award, pharmaceutical care
award, best joined-up care
award, Leading with Compassion
(Quality), CCG’s Unsung Hero,
and the Commissioning with
Criteria details are available
Langley Colts watch Wembley
- 9th August 2015
HARLOW football team Langley Colts
watched the 2015 FA Community Shield at Wembley
Stadium thanks to a donation of tickets by local
franchisee Tony Fagg.
The team was given the opportunity to attend the
match between Premier League winners Chelsea and
FA Cup winners Arsenal by Mr Fagg who has
supported the club for the past eight years as
part of the McDonald’s Club Twinning programme.
The programme started in 2008 and has already
seen more than 1,000 grassroots clubs across the
country twinned with McDonald’s
It is one of the many ways in which McDonald’s
supports accredited grassroots clubs through
their Community Partnership with The FA to help
raise the standards of the grassroots
Grassroots clubs are twinned with their local
McDonald’s restaurants and receive support
through the provision of kit and equipment,
business advice and assistance with hosting
community football events.
Langley Colts chairman Mark Walker said:
"It was an incredible experience to be able
to watch such a fantastic game, especially at
the home of English football.
"The kids enjoyed every minute of it and I
am sure they will be talking about it for months
"Opportunities like this wouldn’t arise
without the club’s relationship with McDonald’s
and we are extremely grateful for the ongoing
support we receive from Tony Fagg.
"We look forward to continuing to work with
Tony to ensure we continue to offer the best
possible football experience for our local
Mr Fagg said: “I have supported Langley Colts
for a number of years and this is a nice reward
for all of the fantastic work they do for our
"This was an experience I knew they would
all love as passionate football fans and I am
glad they all had a brilliant time.”
Work planned for travellers' site
- 8th August 2015
PROPOSALS to refurbish pitches and bring
derelict pitches back into use at an established
permanent traveller site in Harlow have been
Harlow Council and Essex County Council are
proposing to apply for national funding to
rebuild 12 derelict pitches at the Fern Hill
If a bid is successful, both councils also plan
to match fund the investment by allocating
£70,000 each to upgrade existing pitches at the
A report commissioned last year by the Essex
Planning Officers Association predicted an extra
387 new authorised Gypsy and Traveller pitches
are needed in Essex up to 2018 with a minimum of
nine new pitches required in Harlow.
The same assessment also predicts an extra five
new pitches will be needed in Harlow between
2018 and 2023.
The two permanent traveller sites in Harlow, at
Fern Hill Lane and Elizabeth Way, are owned and
managed by Essex County Council.
The Elizabeth Way site provides 21 pitches and
the Fern Hill site has capacity for 24
Currently 12 pitches at Fern Hill are in use but
ten require extensive refurbishment and a
further 12 pitches have been derelict and unused
for more than ten years.
There are currently more than 30 families
waiting for pitches on the Harlow sites.
Those living on authorised permanent local
authority-run sites pay council tax, rent and
If agreed, Harlow Council, as a registered
housing provider, will apply for the funding on
behalf of Essex County Council.
The county council will be responsible for
implementing the refurbishment work and for the
management and maintenance of the sites once the
works are completed.
Splash park closed after child
- 8th August 2015
HARLOW Council has closed the Potter
Street Splash Park until further notice
following an incident involving a child who had
to be taken to hospital.
Emergency services including an air ambulance
and paramedics were called to the are
A council spokesman said: "The council is
in contact with the family who were with the
child when the accident occurred.
"We are sorry to hear about this accident
and wish the child a full and speedy
"As a precaution the splash park has been
closed until further notice.
"The splash park is likely to remain closed
over the weekend until a full investigation can
be carried out."
Harlow Museum hosting cycle
- 7th August 2015
HARLOW Museum is hosting an exhibition
dedicated to the life and work of John
Mr Collins was a local bicycle trader from a
long family of wheelwrights, going back to the
17th Century, who created one of the best cycle
collections in the country - and actually
founded the original cycle museum at Mark
Attendees at the private preview included
several members of his family attended a private
view of the exhibition which is open to the
public until the end of September.
The exhibition offers a rare opportunity to view
the Collins cycle collection.
Visitors can also enjoy the Walled Gardens at
Refreshments are available in the museum
For more details, ring Harlow Museum on 01279
413412 or visit www.science-alive.co.uk
Free fitness sessions
- 7th August 2015
HARLOW Council has entered into a
partnership with local business Stanley 4
Fitness to deliver free fitness sessions at the
Outdoor Gym in Harlow Town Park.
The sessions are funded by Harlow Health Centres
Trust which also funded the outdoor gym.
All levels of fitness are welcome and there will
be scaling options to ensure residents get the
right level of workout.
Sessions are held on Saturdays from 8am until
8.45am with women only sessions on Wednesday
mornings (starting August 12) from 9.30am to
Each session runs for 45 minutes and consists a
group warm-up into a circuit moving between the
equipment and the space around the outdoor
They will work in groups of two or three and
will last for 20-25 minutes.
This will be followed by a core and ab
development session with a cool down.
For more details visit www.stanley4fitness.com.
Coaches are available plus several mentors from
Stanley 4 Fitness who assist with any new to
All participates must complete a health
questionnaire and register for the class.
To book places visit http://book.stanley4fitness.com
and choose FitPark Session (detailed as FREE)
and follow the registration process.
Any queries should be emailed to email@example.com.
Participants will receive an email confirming
what they need to take and what they can
The Town Park outdoor gym is opposite the top of
the old pitch and putt course and can be
accessed from the footbridge over the cycle
track from the Greyhound pub, School Lane.
New look for school
- 7th August 2015
A HARLOW school is undergoing a revamp to
provide a better environment for children.
Little Parndon Primary School is the latest
Burnt Mill Co-operative Academy Trust school to
give its building and grounds a new lease of
Projects to take place before September include
the remodelling of the reception area.
The office space will be closed off to give a
quieter working environment for staff.
Artificial grass will be added to make some play
areas more useable, with extra seating areas
added around the grounds.
All corridors have already been given a fresh
lick of paint and some carpets have been
replaced with lino.
New tables and chairs have been placed around
the school to create small working areas outside
of the classroom.
A new dome on the school field has been
decorated by students and parents to provide
shelter and a quiet place to sit.
The space, with an underwater theme, has
cushions and blankets to provide a relaxing area
to encourage children to read.
Graffiti artist Nathan Murdoch will breathe new
life into the school corridors adding images of
the children’s favourite book characters to
all doors to give classrooms an identity and to
again encourage reading.
Head of school Sophie Laing said: “We want our
school to be more welcoming for parents and a
nicer environment for our children. We are
getting the site ready so it is nicer to learn
in which is so important.”
School holds Race for Life event
- 7th August 2015
CHILDREN, parents and teachers at
Freshwaters Primary Academy raised over £1,200
when they held their own Race for Life event for
Cancer Research UK.
They ran, skipped, walked and danced the 1km
around the school grounds, many completing the
challenge in support or memory of loved ones
affected by cancer.
A wall of remembrance gave families an
opportunity to write memory cards to dedicate
their run to loved ones.
Learning mentor Janet Lankester said: "It
was wonderful to see so many parents join their
children to run and raise money with many more
supporting their child’s efforts by helping
them to get sponsorship.
“This cause is close to the hearts of staff,
children and other members of our school
community. “We greatly value our supportive
Head of school Marios Solomonides said: “It is
important children are aware of illnesses such
as cancer and to know their actions make a
"There are cancers now where more people
survive than die. "By raising money and
awareness, cancer could be eradicated altogether
To add to the total money raised, visit www.justgiving.com/freshwatersacad
or text FHNU77 £2 to 70070.
Green Flag for nature reserve
- 7th August 2015
PARNDON Wood Nature Reserve has been
awarded a Green Flag, officially recognising it
as one of the best kept green spaces in the
country, for the seventh successive year.
The award recognises and rewards the best parks
and green spaces across the country.
A Green Flag is a sign to visitors that the
space is well managed to the highest possible
standards, beautifully maintained and has
The awards are judged by more than 700 green
space experts who volunteer visit applicant
sites and assess them against eight strict
criteria, including horticultural standards,
cleanliness, sustainability and community
The nature reserve is maintained by Harlow
Council and volunteers with local organisation
ECCO managing the conservation centre and
running community activities as part of a
Harlow Council environment portfolio holder Mark
Wilkinson said: "This is another excellent
achievement for Parndon Wood Nature
"It’s great to see all the hard work that
council Officers, volunteers and ECCO put in pay
off, to continue meeting such high standards
year after year is not easy and this Award
recognises their efforts.
“Hundreds of children and families take part
in community events at the reserve organised by
ECCO, which play a vital role in improving
people’s health and wellbeing in Harlow.
"This award recognises and highlights that
people in the town continue to benefit from a
green open space of the very highest
Time to register for Ride Harlow
- 7th August 2015
HARLOW Council is working with Hub +
Spoke, Paringdon Sports and Social Club, Essex
Police, The Cyclists Touring Club, Halfords,
Decathlon and Tesco to deliver Ride Harlow on
Sunday, August 30.
Ride Harlow is a mass-participation cycling
event encouraging residents to get on their bike
and take to the cycle tracks of Harlow.
The event aims to celebrate the cycle tracks
while promoting the use of bicycles in a
responsible manner as part of a healthy and
All abilities and families are welcome and there
are a range of prizes to be won from Halfords
Youth and community portfilio holder Emma Toal
said: “This event is a great way of promoting
health and wellbeing in Harlow through using one
of the town’s best assets.
"Cycling is a fun, healthy and
environmentally friendly way of getting around
and Harlow, which has one of the largest
networks of cycle tracks in the country with
approximately 30 miles of tracks, is a great
place to cycle.
"A town the size of Harlow is perfect for
cycling as most journeys are only a couple of
miles long; at peak travel times it is often
quicker to cycle than drive. Places for Ride
Harlow are limited.
To book visit www.harlow.gov.uk-/ride-harlow
Chinese teachers spend three weeks
at Burnt Mill Academy
- 7th August 2015
CHINESE teachers have had a taste of
British education at Burnt Mill Academy.
Six trainee teachers from Suzhou, in Jiangsu,
spent three weeks at the school experiencing
every aspect of life there.
They spent time with each faculty and completed
training sessions before teaching for three
Assistant headteacher Pat Walker said: “This
is a programme we get involved with every year.
It gives our children the opportunity to
experience another culture and to learn about
the Chinese way of life.
"It also supports our mission of going from
outstanding to world class in that it promotes a
different area of the world our children might
not normally experience.”
Traffic improvement work planned
- 1st August 2015
ESSEX County Council is investing in four
major schemes designed to improve journeys along
the A414 across Harlow.
The overall project is aimed at reducing severe
congestion during peak periods.
The schemes involve creating a signal controlled
junction with the A414 and the Enterprise Zone
and a new link road to London Road.
Also included in the plans is the widening of
the B183 to two lanes in each direction with a
dedicated left turn and widening Edinburgh Way
leading from the Cambridge Road
An upgrade to the signals at East Road and a new
access from Cambridge Road to the Templefields
Enterprise Zone on River Way is also
Essex County Council highways and transportation
cabinet member Rodney Bass said: “The A414 is
the prime distribution route for Harlow as well
as the major through route between Chelmsford,
Hertford and beyond.
"It is vital we do everything we can to
ease congestion, keep this important artery open
and to encourage growth and prosperity.”
Harlow Enterprise Zone chairman John Keddle
said: “Harlow is an important business
location and the development of the Enterprise
Zone means it needs the road network to sustain
"It also has the potential to create up to
5,000 new jobs over the next few years and the
road improvements will significantly enhance our
ability to deliver them.”
Family's £25,000 boost for breast
- 1st August 2015
A FUNDRAISING family have raised £25,000
to sponsor the lead research nurse post at the
breast cancer clinical trials unit at Princess
Alexandra Hospital, Harlow, and St Margaret’s
The money came from the Maria Falco Memorial
Trust which has raised over £320,000 since it
was launched ten years ago.
Charity trustees Jean and Mike Falco, the
parents of charity founder Maria, and their
daughter, Helena Williams, presented the money
to lead research nurse Ruth McCrea.
Maria began fundraising for the unit when she
was diagnosed with the disease. Her goal was
that all women with breast cancer should have
access to the latest treatments available.
Maria lost her battle against breast cancer in
2005 aged 39 but in her memory Jean, 71, and
Mike, 73, from South Woodford, Helena and
friends, including other charity trustees Kevin
Bunce and Reg Geggus, have continued
Jean said: “Over the last year we’ve held a
couple of golf days at Chigwell Golf Club and
organised ladies afternoon teas.
"In the past Helena has run a half-marathon
and we had a wonderful ball with dancers from
Strictly Come Dancing. It’s not as easy to
raise money now but what keeps driving me on is
Maria - she’d be absolutely thrilled that we
carried on her fundraising.”
Mike said: “We want to carry on because the
trials have real treatment outcomes. Herceptin,
one of the most widely used breast cancer
treatment drugs, was trialled at Princess
Mum-of-two Helena, 46, who works part-time for
the trials unit’s research nurses, said: “My
sister’s biggest wish was for us to carry on
because she didn’t want this to happen to
other people so it’s nice to carry on her
Associate specialist in breast surgery Ashraf
Patel said: “The Falco family are fantastic
long-term supporters of our clinical trials
unit. Without them we could not have undertaken
some of our important research.
"We’re so grateful to them for their