Stats reveal rising crime in Harlow

By William Spalding / 30th January 2020 / 0 Comments

POLICE data highlights the rise in violent crime in Harlow and the surrounding areas last year. From December 2018 to November 2019, there has been a general increase in the numbers of crimes reported, according to official police data. The highest crime-ridden month in 2019 was May, with 1,278 crimes reported. The highest rising category…

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Spotlight on Stratton: former Iron Maiden guitarist celebrates more than half a century living the dream

By Chloe Walpole / 24th January 2020 / 0 Comments
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FORMER Iron Maiden guitarist, Dennis Stratton, has performed on stage with some of the world’s leading musicians. Today he is a father and grandfather and lives with his partner Julia in a quiet Essex village near Harlow. He has not forgotten his roots however and still delights fans by touring the UK and Europe playing…

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St Clare Hospice hopes to raise £30,000 after 30 years of amazing work

By Chloe Walpole / 24th January 2020 / 0 Comments

ST CLARE Hospice, Harlow, will be celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and is calling on the community to help raise £30,000 for the charity. Each year the hospice supports and cares for local people who are facing death or suffering from loss and since forming in 1990 has helped more than 15,000 people. To…

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Former Harlow College tutor retires from being the ‘hidden voice’ of NCTJ exams

By Leah Grace / 23rd January 2020 / 0 Comments
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THE VOICE of National Council of Training of Journalism (NCTJ) shorthand exams, Jackie Deering spoke to journalism student Leah Grace about how her secretarial job led to a successful career in shorthand. Jackie became the first shorthand audio exam reader in 2016, at the start of the evolution of audio exams, but now three years…

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Harlow residents to be consulted on town centre revitalisation

By Matthew Collings / 23rd January 2020 / 0 Comments
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HARLOW residents are soon going to be asked for their opinions on plans to revolutionise the town centre, as the council moves into the next stage of bidding to secure funding.   Harlow Council has announced that after a successful bid for a share of the Government High Streets Fund, Harlow has been shortlisted for…

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Fire destroys multiple vehicles in car park

By Antonio Baidoo / 23rd January 2020 / 0 Comments
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  A FIRE in a Harlow multi-storey car park is believed to have been started deliberately. Essex Police and Fire Service are carrying out investigations to determine the cause. Fire crews were called to Terminus Street, Harlow, on Monday (January 6) at 12:06pm. Multiple fire service crews attended the fifth level of the car park…

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Harlow College principal reveals the challenges of being a woman in education

By Elana Xerri / 23rd January 2020 / 0 Comments
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KAREN Spencer, principal of 7,000 student Harlow College, has never found being a woman a disadvantage in further education. As far as Karen is concerned it was ageism that held her back when she first started working in a Sixth Form College – at one point she was told to ‘wait a few years’ before…

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Harlow primary school launches pop-up library scheme

By Jack Perring / 23rd January 2020 / 0 Comments
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HARLOW’S Freshwaters Primary Academy is looking to ensure pupils are exposed to as many reading opportunities as possible. A planned expansion this year should provide a new block to the school which will contain a new library. Until work is completed this autumn, head teacher Jackie Diggle is creating pop-up libraries to spark the children’s…

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BMAT Sixth Form opens its doors to new students

By Leah Grace / 10th January 2020 / 0 Comments

BMAT Sixth Form has launched its new curriculum package to cater for any path students want to take after they finish GCSE’s. Families flocked to Epping St John’s and BMAT STEM during their open events to hear more about how the unique sixth form gives young people the opportunity to study both academic and vocational…

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Harlow students inspired by puppy

By Chloe Walpole / 10th January 2020 / 0 Comments
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A VISIT from a small puppy has made a big impact on the students and staff at Sir Frederick Gibberd College in Harlow. The students at the school are fundraising to donate towards a training for puppies run by Guide Dogs for the Blind, after a visit from one of their little helpers, Thor. An…

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Brilliant Burnt Mill Academy students go to Cambridge

By William Spalding / 10th January 2020 / 0 Comments
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YEAR  Nine students at Burnt Mill Academy Harlow got an insight into life at Cambridge University and discovered they are ‘Brilliant’. The students were selected to take part in the ‘Brilliant Club’ at Cambridge. The club is a charity which strives to enable young people from under-represented backgrounds to gain access to highly selective institutions.…

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Harlow Playhouse’s ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ brings high-end theatre to Harlow this Christmas.

By Chloe Walpole / 17th December 2019 / 0 Comments
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ALL the fun of a traditional panto has come to Harlow Playhouse, with men dressed as women, a woman disguised as a cow and lots of classic humour fit for all ages. The theater’s production of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ had imaginative props, music and acting to bring the story to life. The audience was…

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Meet Santa at the Great Christmas Cake Off: Harlow Playhouse

By Elana Xerri / 17th December 2019 / 0 Comments
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HARLOW Playhouse is staging an extra special show for children aged two to six years. Entitled the Great Christmas Cake Off this is a new fun interactive show in which every child gets a chance to meet Santa and receive a special gift. Written by Kevin James the brilliant cast includes Samantha Harper who plays…

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Harlow votes Conservative, Halfon returns

By William Spalding / 13th December 2019 / 0 Comments

CONSERVATIVE Robert Halfon increased his vote share by 9.4 per cent in the General Election, adding up to his total share of 63.5 per cent of the vote in Harlow.   This result comes after weeks of hard campaigning from the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrat candidates with Hustings across the constituency. However, the…

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St Clare Hospice to launch ‘Cutest Canine Competition’ in Harlow

By Jack Perring / 13th December 2019 / 0 Comments

ST CLARE HOSPICE will be launching the much loved ‘Cutest Canine Competition’ in January. Dog owners around the Harlow area are encouraged to send in their best photos of their beloved pets for the chance of winning a dog hamper. They will also get to ‘lead the pack’ at next year’s annual 5km ‘Winter Walkies’…

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