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Second fire on houseboat in three days

9.06am - 30th October 2014

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 three days. 
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 1.15am today.
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 week. 
"Initial investigations have concluded that the fire started deliberately, now a more thorough investigation will be carried out."

All set for town's fireworks event

8.35am - 29th October 2014

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 8:30pm. 
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 Association.

Charity celebrates 30th anniversary

5.11pm - 28th October 2014

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 Front'. 
There was an opportunity for guests to network, enjoy a slice of celebratory cake and purchase John's book. 
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

8.14am - 27th October 2014

TWO fire crews spent more than an hour tackling a fire on a narrowboat at Roydon Marina. 
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 2.15am. 
An investigation will be carried out to establish the cause of the blaze.

Investigation into blaze

9.47am - 25th October 2014

AN investigation will be carried out into the cause of a fire involving a number of caravans and outbuildings in Fern Hill Lane, Harlow. 
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

1.56pm - 24th October 2014

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 hotel. 
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 GCSE French."

Police appeal over tractor theft

1.53pm - 24th October 2014

POLICE are appealing for information following the theft of a tractor in Harlow. 
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 September 29.
Police want to trace a vehicle and a pedestrian which may have passed the tractor as it left the location.
Police say it is a white vehicle, possibly a 4x4. 
Anyone with information should ring PC Craig Till at Harlow Police Station on 101.

Vehicle keys stolen in burglary

1.51pm - 24th October 2014

DETECTIVES are appealing for information after a property in Copshall Close, Harlow, was broken into.
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 closure

1.43pm - 24th October 2014

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 new jobs." 
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 property accordingly."

School marks languages day

4.28pm - 22nd October 2014

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 petanque. 
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 awareness. 
"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

4.25pm - 22nd October 2014

HARLOW Council is proposing to expand the market into Broad Walk as part of plans to improve the viability of the market and town centre. 
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 approval). 
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 traders. 
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 consultation.
 For more information on the proposals visit www.harlow.gov.uk/market-trader-expansion

M&S future in Harlow to be decided

1.05pm - 21st October 2014

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 jobs. 
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 store."
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 Walk store. 
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 final. 
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 website. 
"Most importantly 50 jobs will be preserved that could otherwise be lost if the store closes. 
"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

5.23pm - 20th October 2014

AN award-winning road safety campaign is to be launched in Essex to help to reduce fatal and serious injury crashes by young or inexperienced drivers. 
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 collisions. 
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 the campaign. 
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 lessons. 
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 knowledge. 
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 driving instructors. 
"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 passengers. 
"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 address this. 
"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 county." 
Essex County Council highways and transportation cabinet member Rodney Bass said: "It is important to engage young people to ensure they drive safely. 
"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 way." 
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 county. 
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. 
To book a place email Sgt Graham Freeman at 1273@esssex.pnn.police.uk and request your preferred date and time..

Are you entitled to a free flu jab?

5.21pm - 20th October 2014

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 last year. 
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 pharmacy. 
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

3.25pm - 20th October 2014

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 smoke-logged. 
Fire crews wore breathing apparatus and took about 20 minutes to deal with the incident.

Apple-themed day at school

4.26pm - 19th October 2014

CHILDREN at Cooks Spinney School, Harlow, spent a day improving their reading, writing, drawing and cooking when they took part in an apple-themed day. 
The school has an apple theme running through it all year round, with its behaviour management system and class names using apples for inspiration. 
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 decorations. 
They also tasted different varieties of apples, tried apple carving and wrote apple themed poems. 
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

4.24pm - 19th October 2014

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 experiences. 
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 of character. 
"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, hugely different. 
"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 years. 
"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 feedback. 
"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 star.

School opens outdoor kitchen

9.17am - 10th October 2014

AN outdoor kitchen has been set up to alleviate lunchtime queues at a Harlow school. 
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 even quicker. 
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 once." 
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 kitchen. 
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

9.15am - 10th October 2014

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 4pm. 
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 too." 
As further incentive each Year 7 and 8 student has been given a £2 book token to spend at the book fair. 
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 October 2014

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 experience." 
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 October 2014

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 improve. 
"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 Mill." 
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 secondary schools. 
"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 evening 

4.55pm - 7th October 2014

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 entertainment. 
To book tickets, and for more details, ring 01279 433667 or email karen@accuro.org.uk
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, email enquiries@accuro.org.uk or ring 01279 433117.

St Clare supporting Hospice Care Week 

1.21pm - 6th October 2014

ST Clare Hospice is joining with six other Essex hospices to mark Hospice Care Week. 
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 their families. 
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 access. 
For more information about the Open Day, ring communications and marketing manager Karen Griffiths on 01279 773752 or email karen.griffiths@stclarehospice.org.uk

Record golf day for hospice 

1.18pm - 6th October 2014

HOUSEBUILDER Weston Homes raised a record £65,000 for St Clare Hospice at its 20th annual golf day. 
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 exceptional cause. 
"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 many years. 
"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 October 2014

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after an assault at a Harlow pub left a man with a fractured jaw.
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 555 111.

Two men arrested after injured man found on M11 

3.48pm - 5th October 2014

TWO men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a man was found on the M11 with serious head injuries. 
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 the road.
He was taken to hospital for treatment where he remains in a serious but stable condition. 
The M11 was closed northbound between junctions 6 and 7 while investigations were carried out. 
The road reopened shortly before 12.30am today. 
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 October 2014

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 Ghana. 
They visited Accra where they took part in community projects and sightseeing activities. 
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 treetops. 
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 School. 
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 plans 

3.48pm - 4th October 2014

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 Pets’ Corner. 
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 Levett. 
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 Park. 
"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 better park.”

School creating wildlife area 

7.49am - 1st October 2014

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 from. 
"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 age groups. 
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 creative writing. 
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 writing." 
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 our children."
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 half-marathon 

7.46am - 1st October 2014

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 and thankful."
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 still working.
"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 College. 
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 women. 
"We rely on the amazing support we get from former patients, their family and friends." 
To sponsor Elaine, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/GI-elaine/



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