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Tim Hortons food chain brings welcome jobs boost for Harlow

By Daniel Luker / 7th May 2021 / 0 Comments
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ON WEDNESDAY (May 5) Essex’s first ever Tim Hortons opened in Edinburgh Way, Harlow, creating a major jobs boost for the town. Tim Hortons is an iconic Canadian multinational fast-food restaurant chain. More than 50 people have been employed already with around 30 of them being full-time and 20 part-time, with the potential for more…

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Hoddesdon survives the Lockdown

By Clare Eggenton / 6th May 2021 / 0 Comments
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Journalist Clare Eggenton explores her town Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire during lockdown. She speaks to people who provide goods and services to the town and a resident who has had her first dose of the vaccine.  THE LOCKDOWNS have been challenging. We have faced restrictions to our freedom and livelihoods.  Hoddesdon has experienced the loneliness of the lockdowns like many other towns in the country that has shops, pubs…

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Inside Harlow’s vaccination centre

By Lloyd F M Evans / 3rd May 2021 / 0 Comments
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HARLOW Leisurezone is operating as a West Essex vaccination centre. Thousands of people have attended to receive their first and second Covid jab. The centre opened back in January, and they are still working hard, vaccinating around 500 people every day. Over half of Harlow’s population has been vaccinated, as well as the countless others…

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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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Little Parndon Primary’s day of time travelling to a 19th century school

By Callum Wells / 30th April 2021 / 0 Comments
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PUPILS at Little Parndon Primary Academy, Harlow, took part in an interactive insight into the typical Victorian child’s school-day experience. Members of year six were expected to bow and curtsy on arrival to class, learn by candlelight, take part in regular posture checks, stand each time an adult entered the room, use chalk instead of…

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Sawbridgeworth teacher highlights increase in stress due to lockdown

By Joshua Candler-Jones / 30th April 2021 / 0 Comments
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A RECENT statistic published by the National Education Union states that one in three teachers plan to leave the profession in the next five years. Two in three also state that the overall profession had declined in the last 12 months.   Due to the national lockdown first implemented in March of 2020, teaching institutions have had to dramatically…

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Harlow Princess Alexandra Hospital labelled with ‘significant concerns’

By santynamarchesi / 29th April 2021 / 0 Comments
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HARLOW hospital, Princess Alexandra, has been called ‘inadequate’ due to understaffing and long waiting times after a recent care quality commission inspection. The inspection took place on February 14 and found staff was not following the PPE requirements put in place since covid 19. They also saw staff moving from amber areas to red throughout…

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How the public have coped with the gyms being reopened

By santynamarchesi / 29th April 2021 / 0 Comments
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Reporter Santyna Marchesi explores the different ways people have reacted and coped without the gym during the covid 19 lockdown. ON MARCH 20 last year, England went into a lockdown which meant many places were closed. For example: shops, restaurants, pubs but the biggest disappointment for many people was the fact that the gyms were…

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BBC editor encourages Harlow College journalism students to pursue their ambitions

By Lloyd F M Evans / 22nd April 2021 / 0 Comments
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NCTJ STUDENTS have received a ‘virtual’ visit from BBC’s Nikki O’Donnell. Nikki, who currently works on the BBC’s editorial policy team, was until recently an editor for BBC Look East. She has been with the BBC for 14 years.   This week (April 21) Nikki joined the journalism students on their morning lesson via Zoom. This…

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Mark Hall Academy’s road to further improvement

By Clare Eggenton / 22nd April 2021 / 0 Comments
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GOVERNORS at Mark Hall Academy, Harlow are making plans to improve the school. The school joined the BMAT Academy in January with the intention of improving choices for young people in Harlow. Ian Beckett, chair of governors, said: “The school had identified its weaknesses and made plans to improve, but not quickly enough for Ofsted as…

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Mark Hall Sports Centre preparing to reopen on March 29

By Daniel Luker / 26th March 2021 / 0 Comments
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  MARK HALL Sports centre in Harlow is set to reopen once COVID restrictions allow. The current lockdown roadmap allows outdoor sports and activities to continue from March 29. This means sports like football, athletics and netball are able to restart. This will allow the Norwich City Regional Devlopment Programme to host their first ever…

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Harlow College re-opens following third national lockdown

By Matt North / 26th March 2021 / 0 Comments
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ON MARCH 8 schools and colleges were allowed to re-open as the government began to ease lockdown restrictions in the planned roadmap out of lockdown. Since the turn of the year, it has been a tough time for both students and staff of schools and colleges, having to do lessons all from home on either…

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Magna Carter Primary Academy to welcome new headteacher 

By Lucia Banks / 26th March 2021 / 0 Comments
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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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Essex schools appoint new director to help children in need

By santynamarchesi / 25th March 2021 / 0 Comments
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MARIOS Solomonides has become new director of special education needs and disabilities trust (SEND) with aims to remove all barriers faced by children with additional needs within BMAT schools. He has been appointed as the new director to take into account the different ways of learning which need to be introduced and how they will…

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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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