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Christmas lights switch on
16th November 2018
HARLOW gets into the festive spirit when
the Christmas Lights Switch On takes place in
A programme of activities planned by Harlow
Council, the Harvey Centre and The Water Gardens
in the town centre throughout tomorrow
At 11am the Harvey Centre hosts a
fun-packed comedy Christmas launch event
featuring special guests and live entertainment
including ‘Sister Ruth’, the singing nun.
Children can also visit Santa’s Grotto. The
fun continues until 4pm.
At the same time (11am-4pm) in Market Square,
Harlow’s first Makers Market will take place
with a range of local makers offering unique,
hand-crafted products, from wooden garden
ornaments, baked goods and homemade cards to
knitwear, jewellery, preserves and chutneys and
Children can become one of Santa’s Little
Helpers at a free workshop where they can make
their own elf hat costume. Workshops run from
midday to 1.30pm and 2pm to 3.30pm.
At 4pm there will be a festive procession
through Broad Walk with the cast of this year’s
panto, Aladdin, Santa and his special friends
and the Pets' Corner reindeer.
Santa and his friends will set off from the
Harvey Centre, be led out into Broad Walk and
down towards the Christmas tree where the
countdown will begin and the Broad Walk
Christmas Lights switched on at 5pm.
The Water Gardens will be putting on its own
festive show from 4pm-6pm featuring live music
and mulled wine with their lights switched on at
MP supporting Small Business
14th November 2018
HARLOW MP Robert Halfon is supporting
Small Business Saturday by awarding a number of
prizes to local businesses and staff.
He will be presenting awards on Small Business
Saturday - Saturday, December 1 - to the Small
Business of the Year; Apprentice of the Year and
Employer of the Year.
He said: "Small Business Saturday is a
fantastic way of celebrating and supporting the
small businesses that are the backbone of our
"Whether you are a small business, an
employee or a customer, show your support on
Small Business Saturday for our vital community
shops, restaurants, pubs and organisations."
If you know a business or individual deserving
of one of the awards email Mr Halfon's office at
Campaign launched to reduce amount
of un-used prescription medicines
12.40pm -10th November 2018
A CAMPAIGN has been launched to help
reduce the £1m bill for medicines which are
prescribed every year in west Essex but never
GPs and pharmacists are working together to
encourage people to consider the cost and health
implications of not taking medicines as they are
prescribed, or ordering medicines which are no
Research with patients and carers across the
area suggests prescription medicines are
sometimes over-ordered ‘just in case’ they
run out - leading to very expensive and
potentially dangerous stockpiles of medicines in
the home that have a limited life.
Some patients are also reluctant to tell their
GP surgery that they have stopped taking
medicines that have been prescribed for them,
which could lead to serious health
Patients are returning unused medicines to their
pharmacy, but most do not realise they cannot be
re-used and must be destroyed - at a cost to the
If a medicine is handed back to a pharmacist
straight away, before the patient leaves the
pharmacy, it can be recycled for another patient
but once it has been taken outside the building
it has to be destroyed.
Medicines should never be thrown in the bin or
When you collect your prescription it is a good
idea to look in the bag before you leave the
pharmacy and hand back anything you do not
You do not need to order a medicine every month
to keep it on your repeat prescription
Dr Rob Gerlis, Chairman of West Essex Clinical
Commissioning Group and Joint Clinical Lead of
the Hertfordshire and West Essex Sustainability
and Transformation Partnership (STP) - the
health and care partnership driving the campaign
- said: "It’s really important that you
or the person that you care for take the
medicines that have been prescribed.
"If for some reason you are not, please
tell a GP, pharmacist or nurse, because it could
be having a serious impact on your health.
If a medicine doesn’t agree with you, it might
be possible to prescribe an alternative.”
The start of the campaign will see about 300
pharmacies across Hertfordshire and west Essex
displaying campaign materials in-store and on
Posters and screens in waiting rooms in GP
practices will also help get the message
A Twitter campaign will also be highlighting
medicines waste with the hashtag #lookinthebag.
It is hoped the campaign will save vital NHS
resources and support patients to think more
about the medicines they are ordering and
taking, and seek advice from their GP and
pharmacist should they need any help.
MP opens school's new facilities
5.36pm - 6th November 2018
A FORMER small classroom at Little
Parndon Primary Academy has been transformed
into a library to entice pupils inside to find a
love of reading.
A graffiti artist has breathed life into the
space with Wizard of Oz and The Lion, The Witch
and The Wardrobe images on the walls.
For children with special educational needs and
disabilities, a sensory room is also being
created at the school.
Harlow MP Robert Halfon opened the new
facilities and talked with children in the new
He told them: “I love libraries; they are
amazing. I spent a lot of time in the library
growing up; I think booksare incredible. “Books
are like friends and they can make your home
feel really warm and cosy. Having a beautiful
room like this is wonderful and you are very
Having answered children’s questions about his
role in Parliament and discussed favourite
books, he said: "Little Parndon is a very,
very special place. What is happening in this
school is just wonderful.
"Every single thing has been thought about.
To come to a school like this makes you feel
inspired. What is going on here is a miracle. I
go to schools a lot but the children here are so
Mr Halfon also heard about the work going on in
the new sensory room with children with
He said: “The sensory room will make such a
difference to a whole lot of children with
difficulties. It’s a beautiful place.”
Head of School Kirstie Clark said: "The new
library has been completely transformed and
looks fantastic. The space we had for the
library previously was too small and was not
"We want pupils to want to pick up a book
and feel comfortable going into the library to
relax and read. This space will give them
enjoyment around reading.
"What was the library is now a sensory
room. We have never had a dedicated space for
children with special educational needs to go to
to explore their senses.
"It’s really important for children with
needs to be able to go somewhere to have that
space and time.
"Previously, we would take children outside
or to the games trail to give them what they
"Now we have a facility to give children
what they need in school. It’s a quiet space
which can be used by all children to go to to
reflect and have time to themselves."
MP named in 'most influential
4th November 2018
HARLOW MP Robert Halfon has been named as
one of the most influential people with a
disability in the UK.
The Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 List is an
annual publication of the 100 most influential
disabled people in the UK.
More than 700 nominations were received for the
list which is compiled by an independent judging
panel, chaired by Kate Nash OBE.
Mr Halfon was recognised for his commitment to
social justice, for campaigning to bring an end
to hospital car parking charges and championing
the “ladder of opportunity”.
He said: "I am thrilled to be named on the
Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 List 2018. In my
role as MP and Chair of the Education Select
Committee I endeavour to ensure everyone has an
equal chance to climb the ladder of
Shaw Trust interim chief executive Nick Bell
said: "The judges were beyond impressed by
the standard of nominations but selected the
most influential people who are proving that
disability or impairment is not a barrier to
"One of our aims for the Disability Power
100 list is to demonstrate to young people that
they can achieve their ambitions.
"At Shaw Trust we work with government,
local authorities and employers to support
people overcome barriers which hold them back
from achieving their potential."
Drivers face fine and points for
driving wrong way on M11
4.03pm - 3rd
MORE than 80 drivers face a £100 fine
and three points on their licence after police
officers received information that motorists
turned around on the M11 near Harlow following a
The crash happened between junctions 6 and 7 at
about 1.10pm last Saturday.
The road was closed for 25 minutes due to the
number of vehicles involved. No-one was
Following the road closure police received
dozens of video clips from vehicle dash cams and
peoples’ phones through the Safer Essex Road
Partnerships’ Extra Eyes campaign.
The clips showed drivers turning around and
driving the wrong way up the hard shoulder and
Adam Pipe, Essex Police’s head of roads
policing, said: “Turning around on a road and
driving in the other direction is clearly
dangerous, there are no excuses.
"You wouldn’t do it in a moving traffic
and it’s no different to turning around
following a road closure.
“People determined to continue to do this must
remember there are extra eyes on our roads. Dash
cams are being a common feature in vehicles and
passengers can film you using their phones.
“In this instant, the road was closed for less
than half an hour. Being inpatient does not pay
and 86 drivers face a fine of £100 and three
points on their driving licence.”
For more information about SERP’s Extra Eyes
campaign visit https://saferessexroads.org/extraeyes/extra-eyes-what-next/
Three teenagers arrested over moped
4.00pm - 3rd
THREE teenagers have been arrested in
connection with an incident where a moped rider
was left with a serious head injury.
A man in his 20s was in collision with a van in
School Lane at the junction with First Avenue at
7.25pm on Wednesday, October 10.
He was taken to hospital where he was treated
for a fractured skull.
Three teenagers were arrested yesterday
A 15-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of
attempted murder, ABH, criminal damage, theft of
a motor vehicle, and theft from a motor
Another 15-year-old boy was arrested on
suspicion of attempted murder, ABH, theft of a
motor vehicle, and theft from a motor vehicle.
A 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of
ABH, criminal damage, and theft from a motor
All three have been released on bail until