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Community First Responders group
A GROUP of volunteers that supports the
ambulance service in their community has
launched in Harlow.
The Harlow Community First Responder group,
which has three members, will be co-ordinated by
David Thurgood, a Harlow resident with a wealth
of knowledge in first aid training.
Community First Responders are activated by the
East of England Ambulance Service to attend
emergency calls where time can make the
difference between life and death.
Volunteers take it in turns to be on call and
carry basic first aid equipment as well as an
easy-to-use automated external
The emergency operations centre sends them to
the scene of high category 999 calls which have
been triaged as potentially immediately
Community First Responders are dispatched at the
same time as the ambulance crew but often arrive
first because they are based so locally.
The responder then provides care until the
ambulance arrives, usually only a few minutes
The group has so far been dispatched to almost
20 emergency 999 calls but with more volunteers
they could give a greater amount of cover.
Jack Squires, Community First Responder lead for
west Essex, said: "Last year we highlighted
a need for a group to start in Harlow and we're
pleased to say it is now fully operational with
members trained ready to help their
"The benefit of having a Harlow group is
that our volunteers should only be four minutes
away from a call, be it that they live or work
locally. This way a patient can be assessed and
treatment started during those vital first
minutes of an emergency while an ambulance is on
East of England Ambulance Service Trust senior
locality manager Karl Edwards said: "I'm so
pleased to see the group up and running in
"CFRs provide such a good lifeline to
communities and because it's not unusual to be
called to neighbours or even family members some
poignant relationships are often
"As with any voluntary group, the more
members we can recruit the more cover we can
give. People can be on call for as little or as
much time as they're able.
"What's important is that they want to
contribute something worthwhile to Harlow in a
For more information on the group and how to
become a qualified member, email Jack Squires at
Man charged over hospice oil theft
A MAN has been charged with stealing oil worth over £1,500 from St Clare Hospice
Jake Seaton, 20, of Barn Mead, Harlow, has been
charged with theft and released on police bail
to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates Court on
Chocolate Run charity seeks
VOLUNTEERS are wanted to help the
Chocolate Run charity and its efforts to help
the homeless in Harlow this Christmas.
For almost 20 years the Harlow Christmas Haven
has provided a shelter for the homeless at
The charity provides simple accommodation and
food in a warm, friendly and safe
The number of guests varies but up to 30 people
can stay overnight.
The Haven is open from December 23 until January
Cooks, cleaners and washers?up are welcome along
with people willing to sit and chat with
The charity is holding a Volunteer's Evening
where volunteering opportunities will be
The session is on Thursday, November 27 (7pm) in
the Playbarn, Great Parndon Community
Association, Abercrombie Way, Harlow. New and
experienced volunteers are welcome.
The charity operates five shifts a day, covering
24/7, and aims to have five or six volunteers on
each shift. For more information ring The
Chocolate Run chairman Jo Busson on 07951
612803, email email@example.com
or visit www.chocolaterun.org.uk
The Haven relies on the support of local people,
organisations and companies as it does not
receive any government or lottery grants.
Gifts for guests, such as flasks, sleeping bags
and sleeping mats, are welcome.
This year the charity is asking local companies
to consider asking staff to collect gifts as an
alternative to exchanging Christmas cards.
Armed robbers target bookmakers
ARMED masked robbers dragged a woman into
a back room when they raided a Harlow
Police say two men armed with a crowbar went
into the premises at Prentice Place at 8.40pm
The female cashier was dragged out to a back
room and forced to open a safe. Money was
stolen, believed to be a three-figure sum.
The woman was treated at the scene by
One of the robbers is described as 6ft tall,
believed to be aged in his late 20s, had his
face covered and held a silver crowbar.
The other robber was about 5ft 8ins tall,
younger and also had his face covered.
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Maleary said:
"I have authorised increased patrols around
bookmakers in the district as a deterrent to
other offenders as well as to reassure
"An extensive enquiry has begun to identify
the men responsible and I would urge anyone who
does have information to contact us as soon as
Anyone with any information should ring Harlow
CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Christmas lights switch on
HARLOW'S Christmas lights in Broad Walk,
Harvey Centre Approach and Market Square will be
officially switched on at 4.30pm tomorrow
High Sheriff visits Harlow youth
VARIOUS youth services in Harlow have
been visited by the High Sheriff of Essex
Mr Charrington met Harlow Council chairman Ian
Beckett and youth and community portfolio holder
Emma Toal at the Civic Centre where he viewed
displays showing the council's work on community
safety and displays by Essex Young People's Drug
and Alcohol Service, Essex County Fire and
Rescue Service and Harlow Youth Council.
The tour's first stop was Harlow Islamic Centre
in Paringdon Road where the High Sheriff found
out about the range of activities and events
provided for young people and their
The tour then visited Young Concern Trust in
Maddox Road where Mr Charrington met staff and
young people and learnt about the wide range of
services delivered to young people in Harlow
including advice, counselling and therapy.
Next stop was Harlow Foyer, at Occasio House,
where staff and young people spoke about the
wide range of services and activities delivered
by The Foyer which help young people access
positive opportunities for development including
support in to education, training and
United call over street lights
THE three political group leaders at
Harlow Council have written to Essex County
Council urging an urgent review of part-night
street lighting in Harlow.
In the joint letter to highways and
transportation cabinet member Rodney Bass, the
leaders - council leader Jon Clempner,
Conservative group leader Andrew Johnson and
UKIP Harlow group leader Bill Pryor - have said
the strength of public feeling in Harlow and the
particular local circumstances would warrant
looking again at the part-night lighting policy
The leaders have also raised concerns about the
impact the lack of appropriate street lighting
has on the public's feelings of safety and
wellbeing when using pavements and
The leaders are calling for a timetable to
launch an urgent review across the county and
they say Harlow Council would seek to assist in
exploring appropriate options instead of just
switching off lights between midnight and
The letter follows a unanimous agreement of a
resolution at a Harlow Council meeting in
September 2014 that called on Essex County
Council, where appropriate, to turn Harlow's
street lights back on now.
Hospice's Light Up A Life services
EIGHT St Clare Hospice 'Light Up a Life'
services are to be held in the Harlow and Epping
Forest areas before Christmas.
The services allow people to gather together to
remember joy people close to them, and pay
tribute to the support the hospice offers to
patients and their families.
Hospice chief executive Tanya Curry said:
"The opportunity to come together with
others who understand is, we know, a source of
comfort and strength for many and our invitation
is open to everyone who would like the
opportunity to reflect and cherish fond memories
at what can be a difficult time of
Each service will include readings and carol
The highlight of the hospice event is the
lighting of the Christmas tree with each light
representing the life and memory of a love
The services are:
* Saturday, November 29 - Loughton Methodist
* Thursday, December 4 - Abbey Church, Waltham
* Saturday, December 6 - St Clare Hospice,
* Saturday, December 6 - St John's Church,
* Wednesday, December 10 - St Clare Hospice,
* Thursday, December 11 - St Martin's Church,
* Thursday, December 11 - St John's Church,
Buckhurst Hill (7pm)
* Sunday, December 14 - St Andrew's Church,
MP seeks further action over rail
HARLOW MP Robert Halfon does not believe
a study into how rail services could be improved
goes far enough.
His comments follow the consultation results
released by Network Rail which looks at how the
Greater Anglia rail links could be
Among potential options identified for the West
Anglia main line, which serves Harlow and it
villages, are longer trains, which would require
platform extensions across this part of the
network and journey time improvements while
other options include adding two extra tracks to
the West Anglia Main Line south of Broxbourne to
increase capacity and doubling the single line
tunnel to Stansted Airport.
Mr Halfon said: "I would welcome Network
Rail's acknowledgement that they need to provide
more capacity on commuter trains but overall
their proposals are inadequate.
"They do not address the extremely poor
condition that some of the rolling stock is in
along the route, or that there is a serious need
for extra investment in our stations, for
example at Sawbridgeworth.
"I have already raised these issues a
number of times in Parliament and will continue
to work with colleagues to push for greater
Mr Halfon will be responding to the consultation
asking for more value for money for commuters,
refurbishment of rolling stock, higher capacity
trains, and updating the stations in Harlow and
the surrounding areas.
Last week he made the case for these
improvements at a House of Commons debate when
he urged the Government to look at value for
money, overcrowded trains, and upgrading
carriages on the West Anglia Main Line, which
links Harlow to London, and Stansted
Transport Minister Claire Perry agreed to meet
Mr Halfon to discuss his concerns more fully,
and see what more could be done.
Mr Halfon has asked that any Harlow and
surrounding area residents who are having
problems with the train service contact him
directly, and he will take their points to the
Man suffers broken jaw outside
A 20-YEAR-OLD Epping man sustained a
broken jaw during an incident outside a Harlow
Police say the incident happened outside CM20
nightclub in Post Office Walk between 2am and
4am yesterday (Sunday).
The man was taken to Princess Alexandra Hospital
Any witnesses to the incident should ring DC
Ryan Burgess at Harlow CID on 101 or
Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Investigation into business unit
A POLICE and fire service investigation
is being carried out into the cause of a blaze
at the St James Centre, Harlow.
Five fire crews, including an aerial ladder,
were called to a business unit at the East Road
site at about 3.40pm yesterday.
A short time later firefighters reported that 30
per cent of the 20m x 20m unit was well alight.
Football journalist visits school
A JOURNALIST who has toured the world
with the England football team inspired children
to enjoy reading and writing.
Dan Freedman visited Burnt Mill Academy, Harlow,
to tell Year 8 students how his writing gave him
the international footballer lifestyle.
The former FA editor now writes children's books
on character Jamie Johnson, a wannabe
The series follows the youngster to the age of
19 as he pursues his dreams.
But Dan told the students very few people make
it into the footballer world playing the
He said: "Glenn Hoddle came to your school
but he's the only famous footballer you can name
from your school's 50-year history. That shows
you it is Lottery winning odds in making it to
the top in football.
"But I have flown on the England squad
plane and stayed in the same hotels as them. I
have stood in the tunnel at the biggest games
and interviewed the top stars. I wasn't good
enough to do that as a footballer, it's my
writing which achieved that."
The writer told how reading was punishment when
he was at school so he would avoid books at all
He said: "When I was at school you never
would have picked me out as someone who would go
on to be an author and write books.
"Although I made it my mission to avoid
reading at school what I didn't realise was I
was in fact reading every single day out of
choice. But it wasn't the books my teachers gave
me, it was the sports pages of the daily
"Even though I wasn't reading books, my
vocabulary was blooming from reading every day.
It's not about the subject you are reading, it's
the fact you are reading."
The visit tied in with the school's strategy to
promote reading every day and to inspire
students to reach for their dreams, whatever
Dan said his seven years working for the FA gave
him the realistic storylines and details for his
series of books.
He said: "Books come from your life and,
for me, football was my life. The World Cup
finals were the greatest ever research I could
have done for my books.
"Your writing is a combination of
everything that's gone on in and around your
Hospice searches for cute canine
ST Clare Hospice is
searching for a cute canine to
be the face of its Winter
The charity is inviting pet
owners to enter their dogs in a
competition to find a top dog to
front the 2015 fundraising
The winner will be featured on
posters, leaflets and other
promotional material in the
run-up to the event on Sunday,
Fundraising manager Dominique
Brunning said: "Our Winter
Walkies is one of the most
popular events in the hospice
fundraising calendar and this
year we want to give one lucky
dog the chance to take the lead
by featuring in our publicity
"Dozens of walkers and
their canine companions take
part in Winter Walkies every
year so we know our supporters
are barking mad for their pets,
so this is a wonderful
opportunity for your pooch to be
our Winter Walkies
Owners can submit pictures of
their dogs before the public are
invited to vote for their
favourite via the St Clare
The winning dog and its owners
will take part in a photo shoot
at the hospice and will be
invited to start the walk. The
dog will also receive a canvas
from the photo shoot.
To enter, email a picture of
your pet to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline is midday on
Thursday, November 20. Include
your dog's name, age and breed
and your name, address and
contact phone number.
Voting opens via www.facebook.com/stclarehospice
on Friday, November 21, at
The dog that receives the most
'Likes' will be named the
The winner must be available to
attend the photo shoot on
Tuesday, November 25 (6.30pm).
Children set for hands-on literacy
PRIMARY schools within the Burnt Mill
Co-operative Academy Trust (BMAT) are spending
the coming year working with Discover Children's
Story Centre in Stratford.
Discover is a hands-on creative literacy centre
providing arts activities, learning
opportunities and creative events with a focus
Freshwaters, Roydon, Little Parndon and Cooks
Spinney schools will each have visits from
poets, storytellers and writers to inspire Year
2 children to have an interest in writing.
Their work will culminate in pupils' writing
being published in a book.
They will also take a trip to Discover to take
part in a story trail where they will have the
opportunity to build a story to help with their
BMAT executive headteacher Paul Jackson said:
"We want to develop children's writing
skills and to excite and engage them.
"We want them to see learning is fun and
for our families to see places like London -
with lots of fantastic opportunities - are not a
million miles away from Harlow. It's all about
The year-long project, Catching Words, will
involve whole-school assemblies and workshops.
VOTE 2015: Green Party selects
THE Green Party has
selected Murray Sackwild as 2015
General Election candidate for
the Harlow constituency, which
includes Nazeing, Roydon,
Sheering and Matching.
Mr Sackwild is currently General
Secretary of Harlow and Epping
Forest NUT, Deputy General
Secretary of Essex NUT and until
recently was a Harlow secondary
school teacher for 13
He said: "I'm standing to
give the people of Harlow a
genuine choice. The Tories,
Labour, Lib Dems and even UKIP
are peddling the same Free
Market brand, with the
short-sighted idea that profit
can and should be made out of
anything and everything.
"As a former teacher I know
we have some great schools in
Harlow but I am concerned that
the town's education system has
become fragmented and lacks
local, public accountability
which it needs.
"I want to see the likes of
schools, hospitals and railways
publically owned, publically
accountable and sustainably
operated for the people and
"For the sake of the future
we need to protect our green
spaces and we need to encourage
greater use of public transport
with fair pricing and a
first-rate, locally accountable,
He added: "I'm not standing
to maximise the profit of a
private few, but for the common
"I believe I can turn a
turn three-way battle for votes
into a genuine four-way battle
in Harlow next May. I am
confident that people in Harlow
will welcome a genuine
Boy robbed at knifepoint
5.57pm - 6th
POLICE are appealing for information
after a teenaged boy was robbed in Harlow.
A 17-year-old local boy was walking along
Tripton Road at about 9.15pm on Saturday when he
was approached by two men who demanded his
iPhone 5c mobile phone and threatened him with a
One of the men was white, slim with dark brown
hair and wearing a white jacket and blue
The other man was white, skinny and wearing a
white zip-up jacket and skinny jeans.
The boy was not injured.
Anyone with information should ring DC Ann-Marie
Pitcher at Harlow CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on
0800 555 111.
Tributes paid to man hit by
vehicles on A12
5.53pm - 6th
THE family of a Harlow man who died on
the A12 northbound carriageway between Boreham
and Hatfield Peverel when he was struck by a
number of vehicles have paid tribute to
Kyle Brooks, 28 of Broadfield, was struck in the
early hours of Thursday, October 30.
An inquest in to his death was opened and
adjourned yesterday (Wednesday).
Paying tribute, his family said: "Our son,
brother, step son, step brother, cousin and
uncle, Kyle, is loved and missed deeply by all
his family and friends.
"He was born and raised in Harlow and
attended Kingsmoor Primary School before moving
on to Stewards Secondary School. "He worked
briefly at Stansted Airport and Sports Direct,
before finding a job that he loved at
Luminescence, Bush Fair, Harlow.
"His greatest passion was football;
especially his beloved team Liverpool. He played
in a number of local teams whilst growing up,
and he had, just this year, returned to Sunday
League Football playing for a local team Brays
"Kyle loved music: he enjoyed listening to
a wide variety of artists and loved going to
festivals and socialising with his
"Although his life has been cut tragically
short, he touched the lives of many people. This
has been evident in the outpouring of love we
have received and is testimony to what a
wonderful, loving, kind hearted young man Kyle
"Losing Kyle so cruelly is something we as
a family, will not ever come to terms with, our
lives are emptier without him, we are all
heartbroken and struggling daily with the
knowledge that he is not coming home. We will
love him forever."
Officers continue to appeal for any witnesses to
the incident to contact them at the Serious
Collision Investigation Unit on 101 or email email@example.com
Funding secured for Christmas
2.21pm - 4th
THE Harlow Town Centre Partnership and
Harlow Council has secured funding which will
help light up Harlow Town Centre this
This year the Partnership listed the project on
Spacehive, the world's first funding platform
for civic projects to help fund projects that
make places better.
Harlow Council worked with the Partnership to
encourage support from the private sector to
pledge and make sure Christmas lighting and the
30ft Norway spruce is put up in Broad
Support was received from eight supporters, with
over £6,000 pledged from just two organisations
ensuring the project reached its goal.
Places for People, a property and leisure
management, development and regeneration
company, and Courtenay Investments Limited, a
town centre property owner and Town Centre
Partnership member, both pledged and along with
the £117 from individual pledges, their
generosity has meant the project will go
Harlow Council regeneration and enterprise
portfolio holder Tony Durcan said: "This
year the Town Centre Partnership wanted to
explore different funding opportunities,
including crowd funding, for the Christmas
"This is the first time this route has been
taken and it is great news that the appeal has
attracted funding from the private sector along
with donations from individuals. Harlow Council
was always committed to ensuring there are
Christmas lights in Broad Walk whatever happens
but we wanted to look at different ways the
lights could be funded to reduce the financial
contribution we make."
The project was listed on Spacehive in the hope
of attracting match funding from Experian
through its Save Santa campaign.
Experian did not approve the application however
£6,000 from Harlow Council, along with £1,500
from the Harvey Shopping Centre will meet the
It is planned that the lights will be switched
on in Broad Walk, Market Square and the Harvey
Centre Approach on Friday, November 14.
Brick thrown at moving van
2.18pm - 4th
POLICE are appealing for witnesses after
a brick was thrown at a moving vehicle in
Officers believe three men were responsible for
the attack on a white Ford Transit van which was
being driven by a local man in his 20s in
Ployters Road at about 11.30pm on October
Damage was caused to the vehicle's oil
Anyone with any information should ring PC Craig
Till at Harlow Police Station on 101.
Estate agents net £1,000 for
2.16pm - 4th
A HARLOW estate agent has donated £1,000
to St Clare Hospice as part of a fundraising
initiative that ran during the summer's football
The Hastingwood-based charity has netted the
money from Reyland Johnson after the company
pledged to donate ten per cent of its fee for
every property that came onto the market with
the firm while England remained in the
Walk raises over £13,000 for
1.01pm - 4th
A TEAM of 44 people supporting the
disability charity Motability raised over
£13,000 in a marathon walk.
The 27-mile trek along the River Lea started at
Motability Operations' offices at Southwark
Bridge, London, and finished at the charity's
offices in Harlow.
Motability director Declan O'Mahony, who was one
of the participants, said: "I would like to
thank everybody who took part and made this
event such a success.
"The walk was a great opportunity for
colleagues from across the Motability Scheme and
its partners, who see first-hand how important
the scheme is to disabled people in the UK, to
come together to raise a significant amount of
money for charitable grants."
He added: "Funds raised will support
Motability customers who cannot afford the right
car or adaptations for their needs, and
customers with driving lessons."
To support the team, donations can still be made
online at www.justgiving.com/WalkabilitySouth2014LondontoHarlow/
Motability's charitable work relies on voluntary
income and aims to raise about £2.8m each year
to help customers who would otherwise be unable
to afford the mobility solution they need.
This income is raised through charitable trust
and foundation donations, corporate support,
individual fundraising and from trading
Police appeal over series of
6.53pm - 3rd
POLICE are appealing for witnesses to a
series of incidents that happened on the same
Three incidents happened between 7.15pm and
8.40pm last Wednesday evening (October 29)
across Broxbourne and Harlow which detectives
Three men with covered faces stole personal
items from the staff area of the Moorhen pub in
Burnt Mill Lane, Harlow, at about 7.15pm.
A second incident occurred at about 8.10pm at
The Crown Hotel in Old Nazeing Road, Broxbourne,
where men with covered faces were seen to enter
the staff and living area to remove personal
items before fleeing in a vehicle.
Finally police had reports of three men entering
the Co-op in Colt Hatch, Harlow, at about 8.40pm
via the back room where they threatened staff
and removed cash and personal items. The men
were armed with a crowbar.
Police believed a silver or light-coloured
vehicle may have been used by the
A police spokesman said: "Incidents of this
kind are thankfully rare and because of the
similarities in the crimes we are linking them
at this early stage.
"Extensive enquiries are being carried out
to find the people responsible and we ask anyone
with information to contact us."
Witnesses are asked to ring Harlow CID on 101 or
people can also give information to
Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Thousands turn out for fireworks
6.51pm - 3rd
AN estimated 15,000 people turned out for
Harlow's annual firework and bonfire night
celebrations last night (Sunday).
The event, organised by Harlow Council with
support from Great Parndon Community
Association, has been running for over 40
The celebrations begun with a funfair and the
Heart 101.7 music roadshow hosted by breakfast
show presenters Martin and Su. Council chairman
Ian Beckett accompanied by the Ugly Sisters from
the forthcoming Cinderella pantomime at the
Playhouse lit the bonfire before a 20-minute
fireworks display lit up the skies.
Mr Beckett said: "I am very pleased to say
Harlow Council has provided another great event
enjoyed by thousands of people.
"There was a huge amount of cheers and
applause at the end of the fireworks display so
we know we put on a great show. "There are
not many free admission events like this
nowadays and the council's display is one of the
biggest, if not the biggest in the area.
"By putting on a public display means that
many local families can celebrate this occasion
together in safety rather than organise their
"I would like to say a huge thanks to
council staff, stewards, David Shimmen, from
Great Parndon Community Association, and
volunteers who worked hard all day and into the
evening to make sure that this event was such a
More than £110 was raised through donations for
the chairman's chosen charities - No Child
Without, The Chocolate Run and Gibberd Garden.