When you can’t work from home: keeping cars on the road during the pandemic

By Lucia Banks / 30th April 2021 / 0 Comments
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ALTHOUGH our need for travelling was heavily curtailed during the pandemic, some journeys remained unavoidable. Keeping our cars up and running over the last year has been essential, especially since the government advised against using public transport. In this video, Harrier reporter Lucia Banks interviews Chris Banks and Nicholas Zavros, two car body repairers from…

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Cheshunt emotional support group returns – and with new branding

By Lucia Banks / 30th April 2021 / 0 Comments
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THE FIESTA Emotional Well-being Project at Cheshunt Young People’s Centre finally returns in person, after having to move online during the pandemic.  The weekly two-hour sessions, run by Services for Young People (SFYP), aim to boost the emotional well-being, confidence and self-esteem of young people aged 13-17, by offering a safe environment and providing support from youth workers.  “It’s a nice group of people and…

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Magna Carter Primary Academy to welcome new headteacher 

By Lucia Banks / 26th March 2021 / 0 Comments

PUPILS at Magna Carter Primary Academy, Stansted, are preparing to meet their new headteacher next month. Jen Pearce is taking over the role from Marios Solomonides, who is moving on to a new position after the Easter break.  Ms Pearce previously worked at another BMAT school, Cooks Spinney Primary Academy, Harlow, where she has held the roles of assistant head and deputy head over the last five…

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MP backs campaign for Harlow tube station in the long term

By Lucia Banks / 19th March 2021 / 0 Comments
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HARLOW MP Robert Halfon supports the idea of a tube line coming to Harlow – just not yet. “It’s a brilliant idea in the long term and I would certainly support the campaign for one. I believe it would be great for the environment and commuters,” said Robert Halfon. Harlow is a developing town and…

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Teacher at Sir Frederick Gibberd College, Harlow, to make documentary for students

By Lucia Banks / 7th January 2021 / 0 Comments
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CHRIS PILCHER, a classics teacher from Sir Frederick Gibberd College, Harlow is putting together a documentary for his students to bring the real-life elements of intrigue and excitement of school trips into classrooms during the pandemic.  As a former broadcast journalist, Mr Pilcher plans to use his previously acquired skills to share with students interesting artefacts and costumes, as well as giving them guided tours via video.  The filmed content…

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Schoolgirls from Burnt Mill Academy win charity Christmas competition

By Lucia Banks / 4th December 2020 / 0 Comments
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STUDENTS from Harlow’s Burnt Mill Academy, Mirela Turcan, Year 7 and Mackenzie Cook, Year 8, both designed Christmas cards for a competition launched by Mind, a mental health charity in West Essex. The girls were two of five winners from schools around the county, including one winner from Harlow College. All winning designs will be…

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Classroom takeover: students become teachers for a day

By Lucia Banks / 4th December 2020 / 0 Comments
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TWO STUDENTS from Cooks Spinney Primary Academy, Harlow, turned the tables when they taught a history lesson to their fellow classmates. Dawson and Holly, despite only being in Year 6, successfully planned and delivered an entire lesson on spies during WW2. The children were able to engage their classmates throughout and their extensive knowledge of…

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Environmental activist’s Round the World yacht race changed his life

By Lucia Banks / 22nd October 2020 / 1 Comment
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Around the world in 80 days… more like 11 months.    EDWARD Gildea is a well-known environmental activist, with movements such as Extinction Rebellion (XR), Climate Reality and the Green Party. He’s attended countless protests and is ‘eco team leader’ at his local church. However, he hasn’t always been this passionate about saving our planet.  …

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Ex-professional diver trains to become journalist

By Lucia Banks / 9th October 2020 / 0 Comments

  A YOUNG sporting professional ditches her diving to become an investigative journalist. Skye Stewart, from Greater London, has been diving professionally since the age of seven, after being scouted at a school swimming lesson. She was offered a scholarship to train at Crystal Palace, and during her prime, competed alongside sporting legend Tom Daley.…

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