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Police appeal over missing woman
- 23rd March 2015
POLICE say Angela Fiddes, who was
reported missing from her home in Harlow, has
been found in London this morning.
She was located by Met Police officers shortly
after 9am and is now receiving medical care.
- 23rd March 2015
POLICE are concerned for the safety of a
woman missing from her home in Harlow.
Angela Fiddes, 37, of Hare Street Springs, was
last seen by her husband at 10pm last night
(Sunday) when she went outside her house to have
After 15 minutes she had failed to return and
her bicycle was missing.
Angela is described as white, about 5ft 8ins
tall, with shoulder length wavy brown
She was last seen wearing a blue fleece with
Wildlife Park written on it and black leggings.
She could also be wearing a hat.
Her bicycle is a green men's pedal cycle with a
child seat on the front and white writing.
Anyone who has seen Angela is asked to ring
Essex Police on 101.
Breast cancer charity reaches £2m
- 18th March 2015
A CUBAN-themed party for the breast
cancer clinical trials charity turned into a
massive celebration when fundraisers realised
they had passed the £2m mark for the total
raised for the charity.
Some 200 people enjoyed a Cuban Fiesta night at
the Manor of Groves, High Wych, raising £20,000
for breast cancer clinical trials at Princess
Alexandra Hospital, Harlow, and St Margaret's
The event was organised by Tim and Amanda Barr,
Victoria Gerlis, Jo Bischoff, Polly Dully, Kim
Jarvis and Victoria Rex.
Amanda, 51, said: "We were so thrilled to
pass the £2m mark. It was already a fantastic
party with Cuban food, a live band, salsa
dancers and a disco, and when we realised we'd
done it, the place went wild!"
Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001 and given
the all-clear in 2009, Sawbridgeworth
hairdresser Amanda has conquered Kilimanjaro -
the tallest mountain in Africa - and trekked in
Cuba, Peru and the Great Wall of China for the
cause raising well over £100,000.
Ashraf Patel , associate specialist at Princess
Alexandra Hospital, thanked everyone who had
helped the charity raise £2m since April
He said: "I'd like to say a huge thank you
to everyone who has supported us over the last
12 years, joining a trek, run, bike ride,
abseil, sky dive or sponsoring a friend, coming
to a party like this to help us reach this
unbelievable amount, especially David Lewis and
the Sunseeker London team, without whose support
reaching the £2m mark would have taken many
more years, and Amanda, who has inspired an
awful lot of people to start fundraising for the
charity which benefits so many women in east
Herts and west Essex.
"Amanda is a great friend to the clinical
trials charity and has been a big part of
raising this incredible amount, so it was
fantastic to cross the £2m milestone at one of
"As well as fundraising, she volunteers at
our Fabulous and Beautiful programme to support
women living with cancer, and we are so very
grateful for her energy, enthusiasm and
dedication to the cause."
He added: "We rely on charitable donation
to continue our important work to improve our
understanding and find out how to prevent,
diagnose and treat different kinds of breast
"We always have lots of events coming up,
so please help us."
Anyone who would like to join a 2016 Cuba trek
or Borneo trek to help the charity can contact
the fundraising office on 01279 827857, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or search for The Princess Alexandra Hospital
Charitable Trust - Breast Trials Unit on
Facebook for more information.
Police renew appeal over assault
- 18th March 2015
DETECTIVES are renewing their appeal for
witnesses to an assault in which the victim
suffered serious facial injuries.
A group of males and females are believed to
have been involved in the attack on a man in his
50s in The Stow, Harlow, at about 10pm on
Saturday, February 28. He needed surgery for his
A 15-year-old girl, a 16-year-old girl and a
19-year-old man, all from Harlow, were arrested
in the early hours of Sunday, March 1.
They have been bailed until May 29 pending
Anyone who witnessed the assault or has any
information should ring PC Jo Snell at Harlow
CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800
Hospice welcomes new chaplain
- 18th March 2015
THE Bishop of Barking, the Rt Rev Peter
Hill, gave a blessing at St Clare Hospice to
celebrate the arrival of the charity's new
Rev'd Marion Williams was officially licensed
for her new ministry by the Bishop during a
ceremony in the hospice's Sanctuary.
Rev'd Williams, who was ordained an Anglican
Deacon in June 2014, said: "I have been
called quite late to the Priesthood but always
knew my calling lay in helping people and that
this is what God had planned for me.
"My role at the hospice is very varied,
from sitting with patients and their loved ones
at the end of life, or giving prayer and advice
when needed. It is responding to that spiritual
need, and to those questions in all of us.
"And although I am a Christian and I
represent the Church of England, I am available
to all, to those of any faith or none."
School's lessons in languages
- 18th March 2015
A HARLOW school with students speaking up
to 50 different languages is celebrating its
Freshwaters Primary Academy has seen an increase
in the number of pupils joining without any
To encourage non-English speaking families to
feel a part of the school, a language of the
month is being highlighted.
Head of school Marios Solomonides said: "We
have quite a few children start here without any
English at all. We had one child start in Year 6
this year with no English and they are now
achieving level four - that is the level
children who have completed their entire
education in England should be at, which is just
"The idea of language of the month is for
teachers to use a bit of the language and to
invite parents in who speak it to share their
culture with the children.
"Language can be a barrier stopping parents
from coming in and speaking to us, telling us
what they want or if there is a problem.
"We believe they will feel more welcome if
they are invited to share photos of their home
country or maybe cook with the
Children starting at Freshwaters with no English
are helped with the basics of being able to
communicate the things they need, like going to
the toilet, or how they are feeling and to be
able to respond to the register.
Pictures are used to help develop
Mr Solomonides said: "We have one child in
Year 6 who has joined from Germany so close to
his SATs that our colleagues at Burnt Mill
Academy are creating a maths dictionary to help
"Maths should not be about understanding a
The first language of the month focuses on Urdu,
the countries it is spoken in and the children
and staff at Freshwaters who speak it.
A display board in the school's corridors
celebrates the language of the month.
The school has also launched a new website which
can be converted into 90 languages to improve
communication with its families.
Council to hold public meeting over
- 12th March 2015
HARLOW Council is holding a public
meeting on Thursday, March 19, about the interim
town-wide injunction and future planned actions
for tackling unauthorised traveller
The meeting, which will begin at 7.30pm in the
Council Chamber, Harlow Civic Centre, will
include information on the process for securing
an interim injunction followed by a discussion
on existing powers for public authorities,
traveller site provision across Essex and
further securing land in Harlow.
The meeting will be chaired by Harlow Council
leader Jon Clempner.
MP Robert Halfon, Essex Police Chief
Superintendent Sean O'Callaghan and Essex County
Council customer services, planning and the
environment cabinet member Roger Hirst are also
expected to attend.
The meeting follows Harlow Council and Essex
County Council's joint action to secure an
interim town-wide injunction which bans
travellers from setting up unauthorised
encampments in Harlow.
A hearing for a full injunction will take place
later this year.
Mr Clempner said: "Now we have the interim
town-wide injunction in place I believe the time
is right to hold a public meeting where
residents and businesses can find out more about
the injunction, future plans and ask
"Finding a long-term solution to deal with
repeated unauthorised encampments has been a top
priority for Harlow Council since the summer and
residents and businesses have played a key part
in reminding everyone of the impact this issue
has had on the town.
"For a long time we have been unable to
talk about the legal action we were planning and
we know this added to the frustration the
community were feeling.
"I am sure there will be lots of questions
the public have about this issue and this is
their chance to talk to us and share their
thoughts as we continue to prepare and look at
future actions to address this issue."
Parliamentary candidate visits
- 10th March 2015
LABOUR parliamentary candidate Suzy
Stride visited Passmores Academy to talk to
young people about their career plans.
As part of her series of school visits under the
title 'Aim High', Miss Stride seeks to hear the
views students have on career prospects and
identify common areas which prevent Harlow's
young people from achieving their
The focus of her visit was on university places
with Miss Stride listening to students' views on
what might prevent them from going on to higher
Miss Stride said: "I think it is always
really interesting to hear from young people
about what barriers they see to them achieving
"It's striking that many students did talk
about the potential for debt and how that would
influence their decision on whether to go to
"For me this shows why bringing down
tuition fees is so important, so that we remove
that barrier and give young people the
encouragement to go and follow the path their
talents take them down.
"That's good for them, it is also good for
Harlow and ultimately it's good for our country
as a whole."
Five arrested after three injured
in Old Harlow
- 9th March 2015
FIVE people were arrested after three men
were attacked in High Street, Old Harlow.
A man in his 50s, from the Harlow area, suffered
a fractured wrist.
A man, aged in his 40s, also from the Harlow
area, suffered a broken rib and bruising to his
A third man was assaulted.
Enquiries are ongoing into the circumstances
surrounding the incident which happened at about
12.30am on Sunday, February 22.
A 16-year-old boy, from Harlow; a 16-year-old
boy, from Sawbridgeworth; two 17-year-old boys,
from Harlow, and a 19-year-old man, from Harlow,
were arrested on suspicion of assault.
They were released on police bail until Monday,
March 30, pending further inquiries.
Police are appealing for anyone who was in the
High Street or Bengal Cottage Indian restaurant
and saw the incident to ring PC Richard Canning
at Harlow CID on 101.
Pupils go behind the scenes at
- 9th March 2015
CHILDREN at Cooks Spinney Primary School,
Harlow, are learning about where their food
Year 1 and Year 6 classes have gone behind the
scenes at Tesco in Church Langley and the rest
of the school will follow.
They found food items on the shelves before
locating the country of origin on a map.
They also visited the warehouse and experienced
the extreme temperatures of the fridges and
Headteacher Stuart Pope said: "This is an
opportunity to show our children the journey
their food takes, from farm to fork. "Not
only are the children getting to find the food
in the store and try it, they are learning how
far the items have travelled by referring to
"It is an absolutely amazing experience and
something else that enriches and inspires their
"We are very far from the stereotypical
curriculum here; it's what makes us
Pyjamas and tea party for World
- 9th March 2015
PUPILS at Freshwaters Primary Academy,
Harlow, spent World Book Day listening out for
the bell which prompted them to drop everything
The children dressed in their pyjamas for the
day and were instructed to carry their favourite
bedtime story around with them so they were
prepared for the spontaneous reading at any
Head of school Marios Solomonides said:
"World Book Day was a perfect opportunity
to promote reading for pleasure, which is why we
chose a bedtime story theme rather than coming
to school dressed as a book character.
"Children and adults relished the
opportunity to drop everything and read. It
showed them they can escape to a different world
just by opening the pages of a book.
"I firmly believe books change lives and if
we only had one aim as a school, it would be for
all pupils to leave us with a deep love of
reading. If they read, they will
Children also enjoyed a Mad Hatters Tea Party
themed lunch to highlight the story of Alice in
Wonderland and took photographs to school of
them reading in the most unusual places.
* Meanwhile pupils at Cooks Spinney Primary
School, Harlow, dressed as their favourite
storybook stars for World Book Day before
visiting the local library.
Other pupils read The Gingerbread Man and baked
their own gingerbread men or created their own
characters and wrote stories.
Pupils creating mural for school
- 9th March 2015
YEAR 6 pupils at Little Parndon Primary
School, Harlow, are working with Burnt Mill
Academy art teacher Rosie Hayes to produce a
The work, for the entrance to the school, will
feature laser-cut stars made by each
Miss Hayes, who is working with the pupils once
a week, said: "The children's work will
become a 3D instalment with the theme 'reach for
"It was down to them to work together to
come up with a theme and to bring that to life
Stansted school offer to Harlow
- 9th March 2015
CHILDREN on the waiting list to join
Burnt Mill Academy, Harlow. from September are
being offered a place at its new partner school
A total of 210 Year 6 pupils discovered they had
secured their place at the academy for the new
school year last week. However the school still
has more than 300 names on its waiting
Headteacher Helena Mills has recently taken
responsibility for Forest Hall School, in
Stansted Mountfitchet, which which received an
Ofsted rating of Good in 2013.
The school joined the Burnt Mill Co-operative
Academy Trust (BMAT) on February 1.
Children failing to get into Burnt Mill are
being offered the opportunity to instead go to
Forest Hall, dubbed "mini Burnt Mill",
as it is being run by the same leaders and with
the same ethos and routines.
Former Burnt Mill deputy headteacher Stephen
Hehir has been drafted in as acting headteacher
at Forest Hall. Children from Harlow joining
Forest Hall will be taken to and from by school
bus on the 20-minute journey.
Ambulance service to take over
- 9th March 2015
THE East of England Ambulance Service NHS
Trust will run the patient transport services in
west Essex from May 1.
This follows a competitive tender process
carried out by West Essex Clinical Commissioning
Liz McEwan, head of non-emergency services,
said: "We know our patients really
appreciate the work of our staff and the
services we run which is shown time after time
in our excellent patient satisfaction survey
results and we look forward to taking on this
opportunity in west Essex."
Toni Coles, from West Essex CCG, said: "Our
aim is to make sure people who need help getting
from home to their place of care get the best
possible patient transport service.
"It's not just about getting from A to B
though, it's also about making sure they can
book their journey easily, the transport turns
up in a timely fashion and provides patients
with a positive experience from door to
"We are confident the East of England
Ambulance Service shares our patient-centred
values and will provide a good quality, safe
patient transport service for the people of west
The ambulance trust will be undertaking about
42,000 patient journeys every year in west Essex
and plans are now being put in place to ensure a
smooth transition on May 1.
The fleet is almost ready and the ambulance
service is actively recruiting staff to work
alongside those who want to transfer into the
service from the current provider.
In addition, the trust will be recruiting
volunteers to help provide the best possible
service to patients.
Specialist vehicles are used to convey patients
who are elderly, disabled and frail or with
mobility or medical needs but those who are
mobile and able to sit comfortably in a standard
saloon car may also be taken to hospital by a
volunteer drivers, known as the Ambulance Car
Health Secretary visits hospital
- 9th March 2015
HEALTH Secretary Jeremy Hunt has visited
Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow.
He met some of the hospital's management team,
doctors, nurses and other staff following an
invitation from MP Robert Halfon.
The hospital's A&E department has been under
significant pressure recently due to a surge in
extra visits over the winter months.
Figures show the hospital is one of the busiest
in the country with significantly more patients
per bed than much bigger hospitals.
Boy punched while sitting in car
- 6th March 2015
POLICE are appealing for witnesses to an
assault on a teenage boy outside Passmores
The incident happened at about 3pm on Monday,
February 23, when the suspect, believed to be a
teenaged boy, opened the door of the car the
victim was sitting in and punched him in the
The victim was left with cuts and bruises to his
Anyone with any information should ring PC Dawn
Shearing at Harlow Police station on 101 or
Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
MP helps school mark World Book Day
- 6th March 2015
HARLOW MP Robert Halfon visited two
schools to mark World Book Day to highlight the
importance of books to a range of different year
At St Marks West Essex Catholic School, Mr
Halfon headed an assembly with Sixth Form
students where he spoke about the deep value of
literature and what books meant to him.
Mr Halfon spoke of his favourite books and
engaged with many students on the subject of
politics in a question and answer session.
He later commended the students' honesty and
willingness to speak up and ask questions.
Mr Halfon then visited Year 5 children at Holy
Cross Primary School where he read some of C.S.
Lewis's classic 'The Lion, The Witch and The
Wardrobe' before handing out certificates.
Many of the children were dressed in colourful
costumes and spoke to Mr Halfon about their
characters. Mr Halfon said: "I often go
round to schools across Harlow reading to kids
and handing out bookmarks.
"It is wonderful to be able to take part in
World Book Day in Harlow.
"It is a day that shows Harlow and the
world why books are such wonderful things to
have, and hopefully encourages people to read
Disabilities Minister visits
- 6th March 2015
DISABILITIES Minister Mark Harper visited
Motability's main headquarters in the Pinnacles,
Accompanied by MP Robert Halfon, Mr Harper saw
how Motability works and the important role it
plays in helping disabled people travel for
Motability specialises in providing adapted
vehicles for people with disabilities, enabling
them to retain a greater level of mobility and
They then met one of Motability's customers who
demonstrated her adapted vehicle and explained
how it allows her to travel independently to
work, an opportunity she said she might not have
without it. A number of other adapted cars were
also on show.
The MPs also met employees and discussed the
day-to-day operations and fundraising for the
Mr Halfon said: "I was delighted to visit
Motability headquarters in Harlow, it's an
incredible organisation that helps people with
disabilities have cars, and empowers people with
"This is my third visit and it was really
good to bring the minister up from London and
tour round and meet all the employees who do an
incredible job. We should be proud that
Motability has chosen Harlow as a base for their
Mr Haper said: "I was very pleased to
accompany Robert Halfon to Motability's
operations and view the work being done to make
sure the scheme is being properly managed.
"I also saw vehicles that have been adapted
to meet the needs of disabled customers, which
ensures they are able to travel to work and
contribute to a fuller economy and society in
Council invites interest for
improved sports facilities
- 6th March 2015
HARLOW Council is inviting expressions of
interest for the lease of the community building
at Nichols Field when improvement works to the
Nichols Field Pavilion and pitches are
The project is part of the multi-million pound
Harlow Gateway Scheme that also funded new
homes, Harlow Leisurezone, Barrows Farm Stadium,
Mark Hall Athletics Track and the refurbishment
of Ash Tree Field Pavilion aims to promote
health and wellbeing whilst regenerating a
The council is inviting expressions of Interest
for the lease of the community building at
Nichols Field with options for facility
management of Nichols Field Pavilion and / or
Significant improvements are being made to the
site and the council is interested in receiving
expressions of interest for facility management
(building, changing rooms and sports pitches),
building-only management (excluding changing
rooms) and sports pitches and changing rooms
It is expected that successful bidders will
offer a range of community uses such as youth
activities, sport and physical activity,
services for children, services for families,
crèche and health services.
For an informal discussion or tender pack ring
Chris Purvis on 01279 446435 or email email@example.com
by Friday, March 13.
Councils granted interim injunction
over traveller encampments
- 3rd March 2015
HARLOW Council and Essex County Council
have been granted an interim town-wide
injunction from the High Court banning the
setting up of unauthorised traveller encampments
The interim injunction remains in place until a
hearing for the full injunction takes place
later in the year.
The news has been welcomed by MP Robert Halfon.
He said: "For over a year now I have been
working hard in Parliament with debates,
questions and meetings with ministers and the
police to help get the siege of Harlow
"Today's announcement is a major step
forward to ridding our town of this blight once
and and for all and comes alongside commitments
made by the Chief Constable to look at what more
can be done."
He added: "It's good news for Harlow
residents that an interim injunction has been
granted which will ban the setting up of illegal
encampments across the town until there is a
full hearing later in the year.
"Although I think this is something that
should have been done a long time ago, I am
grateful for all of the fantastic work of the
Harlow Anti-social Behaviour Team who have
worked hard alongside Essex County Council to
secure this injunction.
"I am hopeful that in the time before we
get the full injunction the town can get to
"We must ensure Harlow never again is seen
as a soft touch for unauthorised or illegal
Rare breeding birds stolen
- 1st March 2015
FOURTEEN rare breeding bullfinches, worth
over £3,000, have been stolen from a property
in Peterswood, Harlow.
The seven pairs of birds were stolen between
midnight and 8am on Thursday, February 26.
Police say a window on one of two aviaries was
forced after the suspects climbed over the
It is believed they would have had a large box
or cage to transport the birds which would have
made a lot of noise when they were separated
from their mates.
Police are appealing for witnesses and
particularly want to hear from anyone who has
seen or heard birds being carried or stored
since the burglary.
Anyone with any information can ring Harlow
Police Station on Essex Police 101.
Winter Walkies set to raise £7,500
- 1st March 2015
WALKERS with two and four legs took part
in the St Clare Hospice Winter Walkies
More than 100 dogs of all shapes and sizes set
out for the walk as a record-breaking 170
walkers left the hospice at Hastingwood for the
sponsored 5km countryside stroll.
The event, sponsored by estate agent Mullucks
Wells, was supported by the Epping-based Forest
Veterinary Centre, with staff offering a free
microchip checking service and pet care advice
as well as handing out doggy treats.
Half Moon Pets, of Bishop's Stortford, provided
goody bags for everyone who took part and have
donated a prize hamper for the person who raises
the most sponsorship.
The competition for the best dressed dog was won
by Connie the Chihuahua and her owner Fern
Patterson who wore matching animal print coats
There was also a 'Guess the Famous Dog'
competition for children and a tombola.
Winter Walkies is expected to raise
St Clare event fundraiser Heather Cameron said:
"This was the ninth year we have organised
Winter Walkies and it gets more and more popular
every year, this time attracting a record number
of dogs and their owners.
"It really was a sight to see so many happy
wagging tails held aloft as all the dogs set off
out the hospice gate and it was wonderful to
hear the positive comments from those who took
part saying what a lovely atmosphere there was
among their fellow dog lovers.
"We'd like to thank everyone who came along
or supported the event, helping us raise
much-needed funds so we can provide our skilled
and compassionate care to every local family who