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Second fire on houseboat in three
A JOINT fire and police investigation
will take place into the cause of a second fire
on the same houseboat moored at Roydon Marina in
Initial investigations suggest that last night's
fire was started deliberately.
Two Harlow fire crews were called to deal with a
fire involving the diesel tank on the boat at
Firefighters took about 45 minutes to deal with
the fire which follows another in the early
hours of Monday morning which left the 15m long
boat heavily smoke-logged.
An Essex Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said:
"A joint fire and police investigation will
now take place to establish the cause of the
fire - the second on the same boat this
"Initial investigations have concluded that
the fire started deliberately, now a more
thorough investigation will be carried
All set for town's fireworks event
FINAL preparations are being made for
Harlow Council's annual free admission fireworks
night event at the Showground in Harlow Town
Park on Sunday (November 2).
The celebrations begin at 5.30pm with a funfair
and the Heart101.7 music roadshow hosted
breakfast show presenters Martin and Su.
Council chairman Ian Beckett will light the
bonfire at 6.45pm and a 20-minutefireworks
display will start at 7.15pm.
Fifth Avenue between the Sainsbury's roundabout
and Edinburgh Way roundabout will close at
5.15pm and re-open at 8.30pm due to the large
number of spectators expected to arrive at the
Showground on foot.
Residents in the area around the road closure
will be given access during the closure. Local
diversions will be in place.
There will be no parking at the Showground car
park, except limited parking for Blue Badge
holders arriving before 6.15pm who will then be
able to leave when the road re-opens at
All other drivers should use the nearby station
car park or Town Centre car parks.
The event is being organised by Harlow Council
with support from Great Parndon Community
Charity celebrates 30th anniversary
A SPECIAL event has been held to mark the
30th anniversary of local charity Accuro which
supports people with a disability and their
families in west Essex.
More than 90 families, professionals,
colleagues, friends and supporters of Accuro
gathered at Harlow Leisurezone to hear guest
speaker John Clements.
Mr Clements, a British clinical psychologist who
specialises in the field of developmental
disabilities and in particular autism, spoke
with compassion about his work including his
inspiring book 'Letters to the Home
There was an opportunity for guests to network,
enjoy a slice of celebratory cake and purchase
Mr Clements gave a donation from the book sales
to the Hastingwood-based charity.
He said: "It was an honour and a privilege
to be part of Accuro's celebration."
Crews tackle narrowboat blaze
TWO fire crews spent more than an hour
tackling a fire on a narrowboat at Roydon
The Harlow firefighters were called out shortly
before 1am and arrived to find the 15m long
narrowboat heavily smoke-logged.
Wearing breathing apparatus and using one hose
reel jet the crews had put out the fire by
An investigation will be carried out to
establish the cause of the blaze.
Investigation into blaze
AN investigation will be carried out into
the cause of a fire involving a number of
caravans and outbuildings in Fern Hill Lane,
Three fire crews - two from Harlow and one from
Sawbridgeworth - were called out shortly before
midnight last night.
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used
three main jets and three hose reel jets crews
to deal with the incident.
Crews were on the scene until after 1am.
France trip for Burnt Mill students
A GROUP of 30 Year 8 students from Burnt
Mill Academy, Harlow, have returned from a
five-day trip to Normandy.
During their stay they were set the challenge of
going to a market with a set budget and
producing a lunch.
They also visited a bakery to see croissants
being baked and tried archery and rock climbing
before a trip to Paris and a stay in the Disney
Head of modern foreign languages Louise Birke
said: "The trip gave them a real
opportunity to try out their language and to get
a passion for the country. If you love a
country, it gives you the incentive to learn the
language. They are now all asking about doing
Police appeal over tractor theft
POLICE are appealing for information
following the theft of a tractor in
The blue Iseki tractor was removed from a locked
container in Parsloe Road, and driven on to a
cycle track, between 11.30pm and 11.45pm on
Police want to trace a vehicle and a pedestrian
which may have passed the tractor as it left the
Police say it is a white vehicle, possibly a
Anyone with information should ring PC Craig
Till at Harlow Police Station on 101.
Vehicle keys stolen in burglary
DETECTIVES are appealing for information
after a property in Copshall Close, Harlow, was
Police say a messy search was made of the
property and vehicle keys were stolen.
The break-in happened between 9.30am and 2.30pm
on Tuesday, September 30.
Anybody who saw any suspicious vehicles or
people in the area are asked to ring DC Jo Lanz
at Harlow CID on Essex Police 101 or
Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
M&S to consult staff over store
BOSSES at M&S are to consult with
staff over the closure of the Broad Walk store
after Harlow Council rejected plans for a Simply
Food store at Queensgate Retail Park.
Marks and Spencer had said some 50 jobs would be
safeguarded should the go-ahead be given for the
out-of-town store however councillors refused
planning permission when they met on Wednesday.
Harlow Council regeneration and enterprise
portfolio holder Tony Durcan, speaking after the
meeting, said: "Meetings have been held
between the council and senior executives of
M&S over several months to explore options
for keeping them in the town centre and we
believe, particularly with the regeneration of
the town centre, that a suitable home could be
found for them.
"We also believe that residents and
businesses want flagship stores with a long
association with Harlow to stay in the town
centre wherethey are easily accessible for
shoppers of all ages."
He added: "The Development Management
Committee's unanimous decision to reject
planning permission is consistent with Harlow's
retail planning policies and national policies
which aim to protect the vitality and viability
of the town centre.
"Despite this decision we will continue to
press M&S to stay in the town centre and be
part of its regeneration along with other
retailers who are investing in the town centre.
"If local jobs do go, as a result of any
decision by M&S, and which we very much hope
won't be the case, then the council will do
everything it can working with other
organisations to ensure those affected are
provided advice and support to help them find
In a letter to Harlow MP Robert Halfon, M&S
said " We have been consistent throughout
the process in stating that should Harlow
Council decide to refuse planning permission it
would be our intention to close the existing
M&S store located in the Broadwalk as the
store is no longer commercially viable.
"Consequently we have informed store
employees today (Thursday) that we intend to
enter into a consultation with our employee
representative group w/c November 3 on a
proposal to close the store.
"Should the proposal go ahead, it will be
our aim to ensure that all employees are offered
redeployment to other M&S stores.
"Similarly in the event of the store
closing we own the freehold and will market the
School marks languages day
A TOUCH of France and Spain came to Burnt
Mill Academy when it celebrated the European Day
of Languages with food tasting and a game of
Year 7 students also took up the postcard
challenge to design a card which represented the
area it was sent from.
Modern languages teacher Paul Chandy said:
"This was an opportunity to promote
languages in school and to increase cultural
"The day created an interest in other
cultures. They learnt that their teachers speak
about 15 different languages and opened their
eyes to the opportunity of working abroad."
Expansion plans for town's market
HARLOW Council is proposing to expand the
market into Broad Walk as part of plans to
improve the viability of the market and town
The plans could see various changes trialled for
six months from November with the existing
market in Market Square expanded into the north
end of Broad Walk (subject to licensing
This will create room for about 16 traditional
market pitches which will be available to
existing traders first.
The council would encourage more pitches with
the free trading period for new market traders
extended from six trading days to three months.
The market will operate on Mondays, Tuesdays,
Fridays and Saturdays and not on a Thursday due
to this day having a low number of
The council has also agreed to help set up a
seven-day-a-week Christmas market in the north
end of Broad Walk.
Regeneration and Enterprise portfolio holder
Tony Durcan said: "The market has been in
Harlow for over 58 years and is an important
part of our town centre.
"There is a perception that the council
doesn't support the market; this couldn't be
further from the truth. We have been working
hard to look at how we can improve the market
and the choice for residents and help make it a
more viable business for traders.
"The proposed plans will give the council a
chance to try some new things and then review
what has worked as options for the future of the
market are explored.
"A vibrant market expanded in a busier part
of the town centre could be just what the town
and the town centre needs."
The council will be meeting existing market
traders to explain the plans. Now that the
council has agreed the expansion, the statutory
licensing approval process has started for
street trading at the north end of Broad Walk.
This will include a two-week public
For more information on the proposals
M&S future in Harlow to be
FIFTY jobs are under threat with the
closure of the Marks and Spencer's store in
Harlow town centre if it fails to win approval
for a Simply Food store at the out-of-town
Queensgate Retail Park.
M&S bosses have told Harlow Council and MP
Robert Halfon that it needs to move out of Broad
Walk if it is to have a future in Harlow.
Such is the decline in turnover at the Broad
Walk store over recent years that it is now one
of the company's worst performing stores in the
UK, M&S has said in a letter to the council
and Mr Halfon.
Harlow Council will decide on the Simply Food
planning application tomorrow.
Hugo Adams, Director of Property, Facilities and
Store Development with Marks and Spencer, said
the company believed a move to Queensgate would
have "considerable support locally" as
it would secure Marks and Spencer's long-term
future in Harlow and safeguard the existing 50
However should planning permission be refused
the company will begin talks over closing the
Broad Walk outlet where turnover has
"declined significantly over a number of
years and is now one of our worst performing
stores in the UK", Mr Adams said.
Since 2006-07 total store turnover has declined
in real terms by 30 per cent with turnover on
food down by 39 per cent, a drop which M&S
blames on the impact of the Water Gardens and
the shift of customers to the larger M&S
store at the Brookfield Centre, Cheshunt.
Mr Adams's letter states: "If M&S
cannot relocate to a Simply Food store the
alternative cannot be assumed to be a
continuation of the existing town centre store.
!f relocation is not possible, M&S will open
consultation with employee representatives on a
proposal to close the existing Harlow
Harlow MP Robert Halfon today met senior M&S
management to discuss the proposals for the
Simply Food store and the future of the Broad
Mr Halfon said the landlord of Queensgate
Property has indicated they would not appeal any
planning decision meaning the council's decision
on the planning application would be
Mr Halfon said: "Let me get one thing
clear: I would love Marks and Spencer to remain
in the Broad Walk/Harvey Centre. I recognise its
historic association with our town and also its
value to residents and employees.
"I know that if the store moves it will
potentially impact on the successful
regeneration of our town centre.
"For this reason, I have met with senior
M&S staff and urged them to stay. However
the clear impression I have had from the company
in my meetings with them is that they are likely
to close the Broad Walk store.
"Marks and Spencer has made a commercial
decision to move to Edinburgh Way, in part of
the old PC World Store.
"The store will be mainly food with a few
non-food items. Shoppers will be able to use the
store for Click and Collect via the M&S
"Most importantly 50 jobs will be preserved
that could otherwise be lost if the store
"Marks and Spencer have said to me that if
the council refuse planning permission on
Wednesday evening, it is likely that they will
still close the Broad Walk store with 50 jobs at
risk. They may leave Harlow completely."
Road safety campaign to be launched
AN award-winning road safety campaign is
to be launched in Essex to help to reduce fatal
and serious injury crashes by young or
The Honest Truth campaign uses eye-catching
images of young men and women with the heads of
animals and birds to identify poor driving
habits that can lead to serious
Speeding drivers are represented by cheetahs,
drinkers by a bulldog, drug users by a chameleon
and mobile phone users by a parrot.
A driver with no insurance is shown as an ass
and show-offs are peacocks.
Those who fail to wear seat belts are shown as a
rhino, to show how a passenger without a seat
belt can be thrown around in a crashing car with
the same effect as a charging rhinoceros.
The campaign relies on linking crucial messages
to animals to remind young people of the dangers
they could face.
Essex Police will be leading the campaign for
the Essex Casualty Reduction Board and will be
working closely with driving instructors, the
fire and rescue service and the road safety
teams in Essex, Southend and Thurrock to launch
Driving instructors will be encouraged to use
prompt cards with the images of the animals to
drive home crucial messages appropriate to each
individual learner driver during their
The Honest Truth catchline of the campaign asks
all drivers to study the images and to identify
if their own driving behaviour falls into any of
the dangerous categories.
The campaign was developed in South Devon after
a road crash in which three young people aged
nine, 17 and 19 died.
A partnership was set up to examine how similar
crashes could be avoided.
Young people helped to test various ideas for
highlighting key safety messages and the animal
hybrid concept was set up.
The campaign proved to be a huge success, won
numerous national awards and is being adopted by
partnerships across the UK.
On average, a young person is killed on UK roads
every 18 hours, while another suffers a serious
injury every 90 minutes.
In Essex a young person is killed, on average,
every 28 days, while another suffers a serious
injury every 36 hours.
On average each year in Essex 98 collisions
involve young car drivers. Of these young
drivers, four are killed and a further 65
seriously injured. However in 40 of these
collisions, whilst the young driver is not
injured, their actions were a contributory
factor in the deaths of four other road users
and in serious injury to a further 47.
Whilst these young drivers may not be physically
injured, they have to live with this
Essex Police's Casualty Reduction Manager Adam
Pipe said: "The Partnership is delighted to
adopt this new and novel approach to spreading
an appropriate road safety message to young
people and we look forward to sharing the
passion and enthusiasm demonstrated by Devon
& Cornwall Police for the scheme with local
"The safety of young people remains a
priority for Essex Police and its road safety
partners and all too often staff and officers
deal with the tragic consequences of road
traffic collisions involving young drivers and
"As the promotional activity develops it's
also very clear that the Honest Truth approach
can also be used to engage a number of other key
road users and their behaviours."
Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex Nick
Alston said: "There are still too many
people being killed or seriously injured on our
roads, and we must do everything in our power to
"I welcome the introduction of the Honest
Truth campaign to Essex, and I hope the
initiative raises driver awareness as
successfully as it did in Devon.
"We must continue to use innovative means
to remind everyone of our responsibility to
drive safely and responsibly on the roads of our
Essex County Council highways and transportation
cabinet member Rodney Bass said: "It is
important to engage young people to ensure they
"The partnership wants to drive these
messages home before these young people take to
the roads on their own, or with friends. This
campaign presents a novel opportunity to promote
safety to young drivers, in a memorable
Essex Casualty Reduction Board is holding
seminars in Chelmsford on October 27 and 28 to
launch the campaign and issue free resources to
approved driving instructors across the
The presentations will be at the Essex Police
Sports Association Pavilion at police
headquarters, Springfield, on Monday, October
27, between 6pm and 8pm, on Tuesday, October 28,
between 10am and noon and from 1.30pm to 3.30pm
on the same day.
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Are you entitled to a free flu jab?
PEOPLE eligible for a free flu vaccine
are being reminded to get the jab after it
emerged that fewer than half those in the
so-called 'at risk' categories had the vaccine
Those considered 'at risk' include people aged
65 or over, people of all ages with a relevant
health condition, pregnant women and children
aged two to four.
To arrange getting a flu vaccine, those eligible
can contact their GP surgery to book an
appointment or find out when their next flu
clinic is and drop in.
Children at primary and secondary schools in
west Essex will receive the vaccine in school,
as part of a county wide pilot scheme.
This could be as a quick, painless and effective
nasal spray vaccine which is available for young
children to protect them from flu without the
need for injections.
Anyone who is not eligible for a free vaccine
can purchase and receive theirs from a local
West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group clinical
director Dr Christine Moss said: "Last year
over 200 people in west Essex with a long-term
health condition were urgently admitted to
hospital with flu or pneumonia which they could
have avoided with a simple vaccine.
"That's why we're encouraging people,
especially those at greater risk such as
pregnant women, people with a health condition
or children aged two to four years of age, to
help themselves to stay healthy this winter by
getting their free flu vaccine now."
Last winter in Harlow, Epping Forest and
Uttlesford only 46.9 per cent of people aged six
months to 65 years and deemed to be at-risk,
took up the offer while 70 per cent of those
aged 65 and had their free vaccine.
Crews deal with house blaze
TWO Harlow fire crews have dealt with a
blaze at a house in Westfield, Harlow.
Firefighters were called out shortly after 9am
and reported that the ground floor was heavily
Fire crews wore breathing apparatus and took
about 20 minutes to deal with the incident.
Apple-themed day at school
CHILDREN at Cooks Spinney School, Harlow,
spent a day improving their reading, writing,
drawing and cooking when they took part in an
The school has an apple theme running through it
all year round, with its behaviour management
system and class names using apples for
The apple-themed day saw children use the apple
as the basis for written description work,
mathematical challenges through adapting apple
muffin recipes for different batch sizes, as
well as creating apple themed hanging
They also tasted different varieties of apples,
tried apple carving and wrote apple themed
Head of school Stuart Pope said: "Apple day
is a Spinney tradition and is a good opportunity
for all year groups to get involved in
activities based around the theme."
EastEnders star visits school
YOUNG actors were put through their paces
by EastEnders favourite Gillian Wright when she
visited Burnt Mill Academy, Harlow.
The star, who plays Jean Slater in the soap,
spent a day at the school running workshops for
children in Years 8, 9 and 10.
Gillian used her experience from performing in
Steven Berkoff's Religion and Anarchy in the
West End to help Year 10 students with their
study of the director's work.
She also gave students feedback on their
performances, helped them develop their own
characters, told what working under pressure is
like while being believable and answered
questions about her career and
Gillian, who recently returned briefly to
EastEnders after stepping away from her
character a year ago to pursue other
opportunities, said: "I have seen some
great kids here, they are so talented and full
"I hope I have given them something a bit
different and that it will mean something to
them as they continue their work."
Gillian, who went to university with Burnt
Mill's assistant headteacher and performing arts
teacher Pat Walker, said: "These children
at Burnt Mill are learning stuff that I learnt
at degree level. They have far more facilities
than I had.
"At their age, performing arts was a small
subject taught in the sports hall. Now it has
earned its right to be here and is hugely,
"When I was at school, I was told theatre
was a hobby, not something you made a living
from, but it's been my profession now for 30
"Running workshops like this helps me to
keep my feet on the ground and gives me an
opportunity to give something back."
Keen actor George Joyce, 13, from Church
Langley, said: "A career in acting is
something I would like to do so it was great to
perform in front of Gillian and get her
"She told me I was good and to be
confident. We are so lucky to have Gillian come
in to help us like this."
The actress also attended the school's
after-school media club where wannabe
journalists got the chance to interview the
School opens outdoor kitchen
AN outdoor kitchen has been set up to
alleviate lunchtime queues at a Harlow
Burnt Mill Academy has invested in the cabin -
known as a flexi kitchen - to enable students to
get their lunch and snacks quicker.
While split breaks and lunch hours have helped
to ease the problem, catering manager Fred Tyne
was keen to ensure his customers were served
He said: "We are dealing with children and
so expecting them to queue for 40 minutes for
their food isn't ideal.
"We have tried explaining to them it would
be better to have 30-minutes of playtime and
then come to the main kitchen for their food,
but instead they all insist on queuing at
The cabin sits under a canopy and is surrounded
by benches and tables, enabling the children to
make use of it all year round.
A full range of lunches and snacks, both hot and
cold, are available from the outside
Mr Tyne said: "I have been here for five
years and the queuing is better now than it was
due to the split breaks but the children were
still waiting too long for their food.
"It was important for us to get the queues
down so there is more free time for the children
to have a proper break."
School holding book fair
EVERY student and teacher at Burnt Mill
Academy is being urged to buy a book during a
push on reading.
The school is holding its book fair for an
extended two weeks this term with a book shop is
open every day in the main hall from 8am until
Deputy headteacher Stephen Hehir said: "We
want every student to love reading and so are
encouraging every one of them to spend their
30-minute tutor time each day reading.
"Our aim is for every student and every
member of staff to buy a book during the fair.
It's important for our students to see the
adults around them enjoying reading
As further incentive each Year 7 and 8 student
has been given a £2 book token to spend at the
A competition will see the best book review
written rewarded with a £25 book voucher.
If the school raises £1,000 through sales it
will be given a bonus by the book fair to spend
on books for the school.
The school's last book fair raised £2,400.
Roman day at primary school
9.59am - 8th
HISTORY came to life for children at
Cooks Spinney Primary School, Harlow, when they
took part in a Roman day.
Year 3 pupils enjoyed a day in character as they
worked with visitors History Off The Page. While
children acted as slaves, teachers became
shopkeepers and stallholders as they followed a
storyline and reacted to announcements
throughout the day.
Year 3 teacher Amy Dias said: "The children
did lots of making, including jewellery, wax
tablets and mosaics, as well as writing with
quills and lots of painting.
"They had to do deals with the shopkeepers
and work out how to get money. They were served
a lunch of Ribena to represent red wine, bread,
grapes and cheese.
"This is the first time we have done
anything of this nature and the pupils
absolutely loved the whole
Head of school Stuart Pope said: "This is
the first of our new Wow days where we inspire
children at the start of every new topic. It's
the start of a new way of doing things.
"The children have learnt such a lot from
the Roman day. It got them so immersed into the
topic, lots of them went off and did their own
research as a result."
Academy appointed 'teaching school'
9.56am - 8th
HARLOW'S Burnt Mill Academy has been
appointed one of just a handful of teaching
schools in the country.
With its own teaching classified as outstanding
by Ofsted, the school has been asked to help
others to reach the same standards, by creating
the very best teachers.
Associate headteacher John Blaney said:
"The DfE asks the best schools in the
country to support other schools to
"Burnt Mill has been recognised as being in
a strong position to support the development of
teaching in other schools. We will do this while
making sure teaching and student attainment
remain outstanding within Burnt
Burnt Mill joins forces with Davenant Foundation
School, Loughton, to work for three years to
encourage graduates into teaching.
Burnt Mill headteacher Helena Mills said:
"This is wonderful news for Harlow and will
be a way of attracting fantastic teachers to
work in the town, in both our primary and
"We will be making sure we get the very
best teachers for Harlow and are able to keep
them within the town.
"We already train about ten teachers each
year, but as a teaching school we will now be
able to train even more.
"We also have the licence to run national
qualifications for headteachers and middle
leaders and will be inviting other schools to
take part in our excellent procedures for
professional development. "We will be a
centre for people to come and develop not just
their teaching, but to take on additional
qualifications to become leaders in education.
"The Government's aim is system-led
improvement and that means the best schools with
the best leaders, the best teachers and the best
systems will help others to improve.
"Not all schools which apply are accepted
as teaching schools, so this is an amazing
responsibility to be given."
Charity holding murder mystery
4.55pm - 7th
ACCURO is holding its
first Murder Mystery evening at
The Manor of Groves Hotel, High
Wych, Sawbridgeworth, on Friday,
November 14 (7pm).
Tickets, priced £45 each,
include a three course meal and
To book tickets, and for more
details, ring 01279 433667 or
The Hastingwood-based charity
provides a broad range of
support and activities for
children, young people and
adults with a disability and
their families in west Essex
with services including shared
care, parenting support, holiday
schemes, youth groups and a
Saturday Club, together with
adult friendship schemes and a
community gardening project.
For more information about the
charity's work, volunteering
opportunities and fundraising
information visit www.accuro.org.uk,
or ring 01279 433117.
St Clare supporting Hospice Care
1.21pm - 6th
ST Clare Hospice is joining with six
other Essex hospices to mark Hospice Care
As part of the national initiative (October
6-12), the Hastingwood-based charity is
collaborating with St Francis, The J's, St
Luke's, Farleigh, Havens and St Helena in a bid
to shed light on the 'H' word and raise greater
awareness of all the ways they care and support
local people with life-limiting illnesses and
St Clare chief executive Tanya Curry said:
"Hospice Care Week is an ideal opportunity
for the seven hospices in Essex to work
collectively to challenge some of the common
misconceptions surrounding hospice care and
promote the services available to those facing a
life-limiting diagnosis, a journey which can
span years, not just days.
"Together, we can have a more powerful
voice and far greater impact, hopefully reaching
more families who could benefit from our caring
work if not now, but in the future."
During Hospice Care Week, Tanya will be speaking
on BBC Essex about the pivotal role hospices
have to play in working in partnership with
other health and social care providers to close
the gaps in the system.
St Clare supporter Claire Matthews will be
sharing her story about the support her family
received from the new Hospice at Home team which
enabled her to progress the editing of a book
that her husband, Rodney, had written so he
could see it published before he died.
In addition, St Clare Hospice will be featuring
in a three-part series focusing on Hospice Care
Week on ITV Anglia News.
The hospice is also holding an Open Day on
Saturday, October 11 (11am-3pm) for those who
would like to understand a little more about St
Clare and the services local people can
For more information about the Open Day, ring
communications and marketing manager Karen
Griffiths on 01279 773752 or email email@example.com
Record golf day for hospice
1.18pm - 6th
HOUSEBUILDER Weston Homes raised a record
£65,000 for St Clare Hospice at its 20th annual
The developer has been supporting the day for 13
years and in that time has raised over £500,000
the Hastingwood-based hospice.
Teams enjoyed breakfast before hitting the green
at Stoke by Nayland Hotel near Colchester.
There was also a dinner and entertainment,
prize-giving ceremony and auction.
Weston Homes chief executive Bob Weston said:
"Both myself and all of Weston Homes are
proud to support this fun event for an
"The work of St Clare Hospice is
immeasurably important within Essex and that we
are able to support it with an event like the
golf day is even better."
Hospice chief executive Tanya Curry added:
"We are extremely grateful to Weston Homes
for their generous support of St Clare over so
"It is only with the support of loyal
friends like Weston Homes that we are able to
sustain and grow our services to ensure we
continue to be there for local people now and in
the years to come."
Man suffers fractured jaw
1.16pm - 6th
POLICE are appealing for witnesses after
an assault at a Harlow pub left a man with a
Officers were called to the Shark pub, Hobtoe
Road, at about 10.40pm on Saturday, September 27
following reports that a 34-year-old man, who
lives in Harlow, had been punched in the face by
a man and two of his friends.
This followed an argument that took place on the
pub's dance floor, a police spokesman said.
Anyone with any information should ring PC
Louise Howell at Harlow Police Station via Essex
Police 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800
Two men arrested after injured man
found on M11
3.48pm - 5th
TWO men have been
arrested on suspicion of
attempted murder after a man was
found on the M11 with serious
Police were called to the
northbound carriageway near the
exit slip road to the
Hastingwood roundabout at
junction 7 shortly after 6.10pm
yesterday (Saturday) following
reports that a man was found in
He was taken to hospital for
treatment where he remains in a
serious but stable
The M11 was closed northbound
between junctions 6 and 7 while
investigations were carried
The road reopened shortly before
A 50 year-old man and a 41
year-old man, both from
Lithuania, were arrested at the
scene on suspicion of attempted
murder and taken into custody.
They are currently being
questioned by detectives.
Burnt Mill students visit Ghana
3.54pm - 4th
NINE Year 11 students from Burnt Mill
Academy, Harlow, marked the end of their time at
the school with an the 11-day trip to
They visited Accra where they took part in
community projects and sightseeing
The students had spent months fundraising to pay
for their trip and gathered clothes, stationery
and educational supplies to donate to those they
met in Ghana.
The group visited Cape Coast Castle, where
slaves were kept before being shipped to the
Caribbean or America during the slave trade, and
Kakum National Rainforest where they completed a
hike and canopy walk high among the
Other experiences included a meal in a
restaurant built over a crocodile lake, a visit
to a monkey sanctuary, drumming lessons and
teaching children at Christ The King Primary
Ghana expedition school co-ordinator Andrew
Scott said: "A significant aspect of the
trip was seeing Burnt Mill students replicating
some outstanding teaching methods to the pupils
they were asked to teach in Ghana.
"Students were also involved in building
concrete floors for the school as previously the
floors were made of sand."
Each Burnt Milll student was given a traditional
scarf, bracelet and certificate indicating they
had contributed to improving lives in Ghana.
Chance to find out about Town Park
3.48pm - 4th
VISITORS to the Town Park tomorrow can
find out more about the Heritage Lottery Fund
plans for improving the area's landscape by
joining a guided walk.
The £2.8m restoration project will see
footpaths, gardens, two new avenues of trees and
views across the park created along with the
restoration of the Water Garden pond, an
improved Bandstand, new café and a revamped
Landscaping works as part of the project are due
to start this month.
The walk will include information on the
planting of new trees and the removal of old
trees in the park.
The walk, starting at the School Lane Car Park
at 2pm and finishing at 3.30pm, will be led by
Town Park Volunteer and education officer Mike
Harlow Council regeneration and enterprise
portfolio holder Tony Durcan said: “The
restoration of the Town Park will be a fantastic
project for Harlow.
"The Town Park is a much-loved public space
but we think Harlow deserves a better Town
"The £1.8m funding from the Heritage
Lottery Fund and the other money the council has
secured will help to do just that.
“The landscaping works are the first stage of
the project. We realise there may be some
concerns about trees being removed and the walk
is residents' chance to find out more about what
is planned and how the park will improve.
"A large number of trees being removed are
in poor condition and we will be planting more
trees than we are removing to help create a
School creating wildlife area
7.49am - 1st
A LONG forgotten wildlife area in the
grounds of Cooks Spinney Primary School, Harlow,
is having new life breathed into it.
An overgrown pond has been rediscovered and
renewed and outdoor classroom spaces are being
uncovered in the wooded area.
Head of School Stuart Pope said: "This is
the first step to a whole new area which the
children will look after and take inspiration
"There has been a padlock on the gate
around it for years. It would be a crime not to
make use of this wonderful space. The
opportunities are endless."
Older pupils have previously only enjoyed
outdoor learning on their Year 6 residential
trips, but this work - funded by the Friends of
Spinney - will open up a whole new world to all
Children will be encouraged to research the
wildlife they come across, to write factual
pieces of work as well as to be inspired by the
outdoors to boost their imaginations and
Night vision cameras will be set up so the
children can monitor what happens when they are
not at school.
Mr Pope said: "Some of the children have
seen the newts we discovered in the pond area
and have gone off to research them off their own
backs because they were so interested.
"There have been woodpeckers and all sorts
of other birds and wildlife seen in this area,
so we will be putting bird boxes up to encourage
even more activity for the children to watch and
learn from. "We want to provide
opportunities outside of the classroom and to
inspire creative and factual
There will be seating areas hidden among the
forest for children to sit and read, write and
take in their surroundings.
"The area will also encourage our
children's nurturing side as this is something
they need to take care of. It's about focusing
on the whole child.
"This is another wonderful opportunity for
The school is keen to receive donations of time
and materials, such as bark chippings to make
paths, from its community and local businesses.
Breast cancer unit to benefit from
7.46am - 1st
FITNESS instructor Elaine Taylor is
training for the Royal Parks Half-Marathon to
raise money for the local breast cancer unit
that treated her.
Mum-of-one Elaine Taylor, 40, from Old Harlow,
will joined by her son Louis, 16, partner, Derek
Glover, and eight women that Elaine trains at
the Harlow Virgin Active Health Club.
They are running for the clinical trials unit at
Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow, and St
Margaret's Hospital, Epping.
Elaine said: "I had such brilliant
treatment from the unit, I was diagnosed so
quickly and the team there are so lovely and
work really hard.
"The timing was horrific for me, my son
Louis was working for his GCSEs when I was
diagnosed in November, I had chemo on January 16
- the day before my 40th birthday, but I'm alive
Elaine, who has been a personal trainer for two
decades, carried on working giving classes like
body pump and spinning at Virgin Active
throughout her treatment, which included an
operation, six rounds of chemotherapy and four
weeks of radiotherapy.
"I carried on for my sanity and to show
Louis he didn't have to worry about me as I was
"There were times when I couldn't go to
work, I think I had two weeks off at one point,
but I'm quite well now and coming back running
again training for this event is my way of
working through it."
Some of her clients will walk the 13.1-mile
course through four of London's Royal Parks -
Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, St James's Park
and The Green Park - but she is going to run -
and hopes to beat Louis who is now studying for
his A-levels at Bishop's Stortford
Her partner Derek is also running at October's
event which attracts 12,500 runners. The trials
unit has 50 people taking part.
Associate breast surgeon Ashraf Patel said:
"I'm so proud of Elaine. She is an
inspiration and I thank her for fundraising for
the clinical trials unit that treats local
"We rely on the amazing support we get from
former patients, their family and
To sponsor Elaine, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/GI-elaine/