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HELLO AND WELCOME TO The march edition of the cm17 connection

Have you noticed that the mornings and afternoons are slowly getting lighter? Snowdrops have been flowering for a while now (spotted a lot in whilst out on my walks!) and it won’t be long before the Bluebells are carpeting our woodland. Gotta love springtime!


I’m a mum so it seems only right that I use my editorial privilege to remind you about Mothering Sunday - it’s a little earlier this year on Sunday 11th March... forget it at your peril and remember the greatest gift you can give anyone (but especially mums!) is your time. So make time for yours whether it’s a phone call or a visit - these are the gifts that are truly priceless!

march 2018 ISSUE 149

CONTENTS ■ FEATURES & ARTICLES 5 Robert Halfon - working hard for Harlow

Don’t forget if you have an event coming up or belong to a group that could do with a little boost please do get in touch. This month I have loved helping: St Clare Hospice, Harlow Soup, The Gallery at Parndon Mill, Harlow Chorus not to mention everyone that appears on the community and listings pages, which are FREE.

9 Local Business People in Person

It’s also a great pleasure to have the support of local businesses, without whom this magazine would not exist. Welcome First Call Party Wall, Mutz Kutz, Yoga with Mira, Jamie’s Window Cleaning and returning customers Spin Doctor, MRB Gardening, Industrial Tool Supplies (ITS), Yoga with Penny Cluff and Harlow Garden Services Ltd. Thank you!

18 Smiles Montessori Open Day

Until next month, Lorraine

Keeping in touch with you

14 St Clare Hospice

Our Charity of the Year

20 Harlow Soup 24 Locals That Relaunch Mutz Kutz Ltd

26 Harlow Chorus 28 Interesting History 30 Parenting

PS Don’t forget the clocks will spring forward an hour at 1am Sunday 25th March. St Clare Hospice is our charity of the year 2018. To find out more about the wonderful work that they do visit their website of find them on Facebook.

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■ FUN & LEISURE 22 Just for the Kids

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32 Look what’s Cooking

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13 Cllr Joel Charles

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42 What’s On

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A Letter from Robert Halfon MP Robert Halfon MP Working Hard For Harlow

Dear CM17 Readers, Since I became your MP, I have been passionate about education and apprenticeships in Harlow. That is why I was the first MP to ever employ a parliamentary apprentice and I have had five young people from Harlow doing apprenticeships in my office over the years. I am passionate about Harlow College and our University Technical College too, as they are so important for skills and jobs in Harlow. That is why, in my role as Chair of the Commons Education Committee, I’m championing apprenticeships and education for Harlow residents. I believe in an educational ladder of opportunity to give everyone the opportunity to access the education and training they need to get jobs, prosperity and security for their future. A massive part of this is degree apprenticeships, which I’m very glad that Anglia Ruskin in Harlow now offer. Students earn while they learn, they do not take out any student loans, and they get good quality jobs at the end. They also help us meet our skills deficit, so they benefit society at the same time. We face a rise of the robots. Five Guys in America now use artificial intelligence and robots to serve their burgers. We need to

make sure that everyone gets the education and skills they need to get the high skilled jobs of the future. I worked very hard to get the Government to invest almost half a billion pounds in to Harlow with the move of Public Health England. I was delighted that this happened, but the next step is making sure that Harlow and village residents get the right training to get the thousands of jobs that Public Health England will create, particularly in science and technology subjects. Harlow College have made a very good start on this with their new, state-of-the-art Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Centre and I’m pleased that the Government supported this too with an additional £2.8million investment in our town. I will write again soon – if there is ever anything I can do to help, you can contact me via mail to: Robert



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Charity of the year St Clare launches new project to tackle loneliness St Clare Hospice has announced the launch of a new community-led project aimed at tackling loneliness and isolation across West Essex and East Herts. The volunteer community project is called Compassionate Neighbours. Compassionate Neighbours is an award winning, community-led project for people living with a life-limiting illness, or who are experiencing loneliness or social isolation. The project was founded by St Joseph’s Hospice in East London in 2011 and received national recognition when it won the Charity Times Community Award in 2017. Compassionate Neighbours projects have now been established in a total of seven hospices. Outlining the Compassionate Neighbours Project, St Clare Hospice Chief Executive, Sarah Thompson, said: “At St Clare we know that a lot of people living with a life-limiting illness become socially isolated, and that there are people facing death and dying on their own in our communities. We also know that there is a desire in our communities to be there for one another, and Compassionate Neighbours is about unlocking and enabling this to happen. Compassionate Neighbours is a network of trained volunteers who offer their time and support to people living in their local area. They offer friendship and a listening ear, and help them to continue to do the things they enjoy. We carefully match the Compassionate Neighbours with members of the community, so that they are suited to each other based on their interests and hobbies.”

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The Gallery at Parndon Mill finding words - A Journey Of Communication By Jo Howe This exhibition is a collection of work made from paper, books and painting, exploring conscious and unconscious processing - thought provoking and emotive work. Her work explores frustrations in human communication, seeking to express the difficulty of speaking without being heard.

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New purpose built nursery opens In January 2018 we opened the doors to our fully equipped, 100 place, purpose built nursery. The design for this nursery was based on a Chinese Montessori school and nursery owner Julia Jeffrey designed the beautiful new building with the Montessori ethos at the forefront of her mind. With its spacious gardens, open plan layout and individual bright classrooms, the nursery promotes learning and education in a light and modern environment. The Bush Fair nursery is still in its original location so parents have the option to choose which nursery would best suit them. If you wish to book a visit to either nursery please do not hesitate to call and organise a viewing.

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Harlow SOUP, a micro-granting community event, successfully went above and beyond its Crowdfunder target of £500 to fund its first event held on 22nd February at Phoenix Live in Harlow town centre. The brand-new community event finished its Crowdfunder with an impressive £610, over £100 over the target, to kick-start the very first Harlow SOUP. The event was open to attendees on a “pay what you like” basis and entrance included a selection of homemade soups and breads, cakes and live music from local musicians. Attendees heard four candidates each pitch a community project idea for Harlow and were able to vote for their favourite project. Pitches were made for a Public Piano, a toilet refurbishment for Streets2Homes, mindfulness sessions at Livewire and wildlife habitats at Parndon Wood. The votes were counted and the winning project was the toilet refurbishment at Streets2Homes. CEO Kerrie Eastman was delighted to receive the £327.21 made on the door that night.

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LOCALs that relaunch: Local dog groomer Sarah Marshall has been grooming for over 15 years and started Mutz Kutz 12 years ago. With a recent rebrand and refresh to the website, it seemed like a good time to find out a little more about this local business...

When did you first set up your business? I first started Dog Grooming over 12 years ago although I had been in full time training at Writtle College for three years before that in order to achieve my City & Guilds qualifications.

taking the leap full time into Dog Grooming as Mutz Kutz!

The initial funding for my business came from working part time doing a wide variety of jobs. I saved every penny towards my dream of opening my own Grooming Parlour. Looking back, all of these jobs were linked in some way with the animal world. I worked at a Stables in Epping Forest as a Stable Girl for several years and at a Boarding Kennels as a Kennel Maid, I also helped out at the grooming parlour there, which whetted my appetite to succeed even more. I worked as a veterinary nurse for several years before finally

What has been the most valuable? As a business owner I have learnt that I need to know exactly what it is that I don’t actually know... and then be prepared to go and find the answers.

What hurdles have you faced? In the early days just to simply survive was a massive hurdle. The failure rate in this trade is rather daunting and we have seen many similar businesses come and go.

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mutz kutz dog grooming Are you the only employee? I am so fortunate to be in the position that I have two other groomers, Natalie and Annabelle working with me. I also have Grace, who is currently studying Animal Welfare who works at weekends and holidays. Do you work full or part time? I work full time although I may not always be at the parlour as I am responsible for the Pick-up Service that we offer. So I can be out and about picking up or dropping dogs. There are full details regarding this service, as with all other services we offer, on our newly designed website which you can find at Do you hope to expand your business and if so, how, when? It is certainly in my plans. I have already been in discussion with interested parties who wish to open additional parlours for me. My aim is

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Harlow Chorus Haydn and Mozart concert, Saturday 24th March Words by Mick Rumens

Our rehearsals, with our new Musical Director, Edward-Rhys Harry, have been going extremely well and he has us very well primed to give a top class performance of the Haydn Mass in Time of War, and Mozart’s Solemn Vespers. Whilst these both sound like they will be very doleful pieces, in fact they are both as exciting, lyrical, and entertaining that you are likely to hear. We shall be joined by four soloists, Jessica Robinson (soprano), Juliet Schiemann (Alto), Aaron Meters (Tenor), and Nicholas Morton (Bass). We will also have the great pleasure of being accompanied by the British Sinfonietta orchestra. The British Sinfonietta is a top class professional orchestra involved in a variety of engagements including classical concerts, choral concerts, televised events, studio recording sessions and film screening with live soundtracks. One of our Musical Director’s roles is as their Resident Conductor and, while they

have extensively performed in the UK, they have enjoyed many visits to Western Europe. I’m very pleased to advise that we have had some new members join us this year, but we have plenty of room for more so, if any CM17 readers are interested then come and hear us in this at St John’s Church, Epping. This will be well worth your visit and you will appreciate the opportunities that membership of Harlow Chorus will provide. You will be able to enjoy a ‘probationary’ period without paying a membership fee and, of course membership for u25’s is free. Tickets for the above concert, which will commence at 7.30pm, are all unreserved. If you look on our website you will see that you can join the Friends of Harlow Chorus and obtain the benefits which they receive. Also we occasionally have fundraising events which you may find of interest.

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Interesting the history of alice By Catherine Rose

The Mad March Hare is a character from folklore that was forever immortalised by the Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, also known as author Lewis Carroll, in his classic children’s novel Alice in Wonderland. It was written for Alice Liddell, a friend’s daughter who looked nothing like Sir John Tenniel’s famous illustrations. So, who was the real Alice? Alice Pleasance Liddell, who later became Hargreaves when she married the Hampshire cricketer Reginald Hargreaves, was born on 4th May 1852 in Westminster, London. She was the fourth child of ten (two died in infancy) and close to her older and younger sisters Lorina (known as Ina) and Edith, who both went on to feature in Dodgson’s photographs and writing. Soon after she was born, Alice’s father Henry Liddell became Dean of Christ Church College and the family moved to Oxford in 1856 - the same year that Alice met Dodgson, a keen photographer and college librarian. Dodgson took many photos of Alice during their acquaintance, some of them hauntingly beautiful. They show a pretty elfin girl with a dark bob and soulful eyes pictured in various poses, costumes and guises from Oriental girl to beggar maid. By the time she was 20, Alice had become so well-known that the famous Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron also took her portrait. Remarkable for capturing the personality of her subjects, Cameron’s photograph shows Alice, by then an attractive young woman, staring defiantly into the lens. The original Alice’s Adventures Underground was conceived on a boat trip that the ten-yearold Alice and her sisters made with Dodgson and his friend Canon Duckworth. Entertaining them with one of his imaginative stories, the author invented a fabulous tale about Alice falling down a rabbit hole and meeting all sorts of curious characters on the way. After being


begged by Alice to write it down, he presented it to her as a bound handwritten manuscript in November 1864. Encouraged by his friends Henry Kingsley and author George MacDonald, Dodgson decided to commercially publish the story a year later. It was illustrated by the artist Sir John Tenniel and proved so popular that it was followed up in 1872 by Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, later to become simply Alice Through the Looking Glass. However, around the same time that Lewis Carroll’s famous novel was being born, there was a huge falling out between Dodgson and the Liddells. It is still not known what caused the rift as Dodgson’s diary entries for this time were removed. As a result, there has been much speculation over the years as to what happened. One theory is that Dodgson (aged 31) wanted to marry Alice (then 11) but the family were against it. Although times have changed and we would find this both shocking and unacceptable today, Victorian morality was very different and it wasn’t uncommon for an older man to choose a child bride. Up until 1885, when it was raised to 16, the age of consent for a girl was 12. Other theories have suggested Henry Liddell was put out by Charles Dodgson’s criticisms of his deanery or that there was a scandal when, following visits to see the children while their parents were away, Dodgson was accused of having an affair with their governess. It has also been suggested that Alice’s mother believed Dodgson’s visits and photo sessions had become too intrusive. Whatever the reason, it was clearly a bad enough rift for her to take the step of burning all his previous letters to Alice.

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history Imaginative and creative, Dodgson loved the company of children and as a result, his sexuality has later been scrutinised. Alice herself never accused him of any wrongdoing and it was even suggested that her only surviving son Caryl (her other two sons died in the First World War) was named in honour of the author.

Because the illustrated Alice bears no resemblance to Alice Liddell and the original story was markedly changed for publication, some critics believe the fictional Alice isn’t based on the real Alice at all. However, it can’t be denied that Dodgson made strong references to her throughout the text.

Following the fall out with Dodgson, as a young woman it is said that Alice had an affair with Queen Victoria’s youngest son Prince Leopold after he came to study at Christ Church, but that the pair were forbidden to marry by the queen because Alice was a commoner.

Perhaps the strongest is an acrostic poem epilogue to Alice Through the Looking Glass. A poignant and nostalgic verse about that original boat trip, it spells out her name and begins: A boat beneath a sunny sky, Lingering onward dreamily, In an evening of July….

Fast forward just over a century and the same scenario between a Prince and another ‘commoner’ who also met at university had a very different outcome!

There is a perhaps even sadder ending to this story as after Alice’s husband died, she sold her original manuscript of Alice’s Adventures Underground in 1928. It fetched the considerable sum of £15,400 at Sotheby’s and today is kept in the British Museum. Alice died in 1934 and her ashes are interred at Lyndhurst.

Perhaps a clue to their feelings is that Prince Leopold named his daughter Alice, and in turn, Alice named one of her sons Leopold.



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parenting moving house with children By Kate Duggan,

The thought of leaving friends and going to a new school, coupled with the anxiety of the unknown, can make moving house very unsettling for children. Kate Duggan recently moved house with ten days’ notice. (She wouldn’t recommend it.) Here are some of her top tips for helping children to cope with a big move. INVOLVING YOUR CHILD If possible, take your child to see the new house before the move, and explore the area together. Involve them in small decisions: “Where do you think this should go?” “What colour shall we paint your room?” You could also let your child choose some wall decals for their bedroom and a new duvet cover or rug. That being said, they will want familiar items around them. The day before you move, help them to pack a suitcase with everything they’ll need for the next couple of days, including a favourite teddy, a book, a game and so on. DON’T STRESS ABOUT DECLUTTERING While you may be desperate to declutter ahead of the move, your child may not cope with the extra pressure of giving up toys and clothes, even those that have been languishing in a cupboard for months. Don’t force them into getting rid of things if they don’t want to. You could suggest packing items that they’re not sure about into a box for the loft, with the agreement that you’ll both open it and sort through everything a few months after the move.


MAKING FAMILY TIME When your to-do list is three feet long, it’s really difficult to carve out any quality time to spend with your family, but do try. Leaving the boxes for 20 minutes so you can play a board game can help to avoid a potential meltdown later on. All of you will benefit from getting away from the house for a couple of hours now and then, ideally for some fresh air and time to focus on each other. TALK TO YOUR CHILD Explain why you’re moving house, whether it’s due to needing to pay less rent or because you’ve found a better area to live in. Talk about how your child is feeling about the move. What are they worried about, and what can you do to alleviate those worries? So, for example, if they’re worried about a new school, could you ask their teacher to help you arrange a playdate before your child starts at the school? If they’re upset about leaving friends, can you arrange meet-ups or Skype calls? MAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF Moving is stressful. And when you’re stressed, it’s very easy to lose your temper with the kids when they’re being particularly whingy or difficult. So try to take some time out to recharge your own batteries. You might find relaxation techniques useful, or just kicking back with a glass of wine and a film now and then may help.

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Special the great british spring clean The Great British Spring Clean campaign, which is taking place on 2 - 4th March, has a simple aim: to bring people across the country together to clear up the litter that blights our towns, villages, countryside and beaches. Tidy, an independent charity working towards eliminating litter, ending waste by creating sustainable practices, and improving our beaches, parks and streets. PLACES TO BE PROUD OF The goal of the Great British Spring Clean is to inspire 500,000 people to get outdoors, get active and help clear up the rubbish around them, so that they can ‘live and work in places that they can be proud of and prosper in.’ The campaign works with individuals, businesses, organisations and public bodies, and has some big-name supporters including Coca-Cola Great Britain, Lidl, McDonalds, Wrigley, Costa, Iceland, KFC, Greggs, Stagecoach, the RSPCA, the RSPB and the Marine Conservation Society. GET INVOLVED ‘Join our growing army of #LitterHeroes who have had enough of other people’s litter and are willing to do something about it,’ urges the campaign’s statement. ‘Together we can make a difference and clean up the environment on our doorstep.’ You can do some litter-picking by yourself or with friends and family, although make sure you stay safe, particularly if you’re litter-picking near roads. If you prefer to join an organised event or group, the campaign page has a handy map of what’s on – and you can also enter your postcode to discover events taking place near you. Visit support-our-campaigns/great-british-springclean. At Killingbeck in Leeds, for instance, the plan is to clean up the local nature reserve, making ‘the green space on their doorstep’ a nicer, safer


place for both people and wildlife. There are also plans to do a litter pick-up in the areas covered by Leeds Health Walks. Meanwhile, Belper claims to be planning its biggest litter-pick ever on the 3rd March, with several sites targeted for clean ups. There are lots of events on the map already – just click on a virtual map pin to see a snippet appear, then click the snippet heading to find out exactly where and when the event is taking place. FEELING ADVENTUROUS? The more adventurous of you may like to combine litter-picking with sightseeing, exercise or both. Wayne Dixon, whose adventures can be tracked by following @WayneKoda on Twitter, is walking and litter-picking his way around the 7,500 miles of Britain’s coastline accompanied by his dog, Koda. He is raising money for Mind and North Inuit Dogs while also supporting Keep Britain Tidy and their Great British Spring Clean campaign. It’s a cause dear to his heart and Koda’s, as Koda nearly lost a leg when he was injured by a discarded can. You may not have a few years to spare to follow in Wayne’s footsteps, but a shorter coastal excursion could be fun. If you like to be on the water rather than walking beside it, you could join the Plastic Patrol, as featured on The Russell Howard Hour. The group paddleboard the waterways of Britain removing discarded plastic. ‘We’ll supply the litter pickers, refuse sacks and we’ll even dispose of everything you find – just come along, do your bit and have fun.’ Visit and click on ‘clean-up events’ to find one near you.

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At the end of a very busy half-term learning all about life under the sea, Year 4 went on an exciting school trip to the Sea Life Adventure Centre in Southend. We knew a lot about sea life already, but came away from the trip feeling like underwater experts. We could not believe our eyes when we encountered some of the more peculiar creatures! We were able to identify many of the species and learnt lots of new information about them. Before arriving, we came up with some questions for the experts at the centre and we were grateful to have them answered during a handling session, where we got to touch a real starfish and crab! We felt as though we were swimming with the sharks when we entered the underwater tunnel and thoroughly enjoyed watching the penguins have their lunch. What a fin-tastic day.




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Starting at 1 and finishing at 49, track your way from one square to another, either horizontally, vertically or diagonally, placing consecutive numbers into the empty squares as you go. Some numbers are already given.

more letters that can be made from the letters above. Plurals are allowed, proper nouns are not. The 6 letter word will always be just a normal everyday word.

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Live Live Band Band HotDogs Dogs and and Burgers Hot Burgers bringyour your own own drinks bring drinks Tickets £10 Tickets £10


PLACES OF WORSHIP Church Langley Church Sunday service 10am in Main Hall. Sunday School; prayer ministry. Thurs Communion (2nd & 4th Thurs in Chapel, 9.30am). Mini-church 10am Thurs. Weekday house groups. Tel: Ann Kosla 629950. Email: Web:

Church of the Assumption Church House, Mulberry Green. 6pm Sat mass, 10am & 7pm Sunday Mass. Fr Michael Butler. Tel: 429388. www.

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Harlow Baptist Sunday Service 10.45am Tel: Rev. Tony Mayes 442642 fb: HarlowBaptistChurch


at St Mary Magdalene, Harlow Common Sunday March 25th (Palm Sunday) at 11am Procession, and Dramatic Reading of the Passion Thursday March 29th (Maundy Thursday) at 7.30pm Mass with Stripping of the Altars and Watch of Prayer Friday March 30th (Good Friday) at 2.15pm Meditation on the Stations of the Cross followed at 3pm by the Good Friday Liturgy Saturday March 31st (Easter Saturday) at 7.30pm Easter Vigil Mass Sunday April 1st (Easter Sunday) at 8am Holy Communion & 11am Easter Festival Mass Everyone is most welcome to any of these services. Please contact Fr James on 01279 451065 (or if you’d like to know more.

Potter Street Baptist Church Worship on Sunday is open to all with varied service types to suit the wide range of people who attend PSBC. Morning Service 11am. Rev Alison Taylor. Tel: 491029

St. Mary Magdalene, Harlow Common Fr James Rodley. Tel: 451065 Email:

St Mary’s, Old Harlow Sunday Services 8am, 10.30am and 6.30pm (5pm every 3rd Sunday). Please contact the Parish Office for all enquires Tel: 432135. Email:,





DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: Church Langley Neighbourhood Meeting Meet with your local councillors and neighbours to discuss local issues. Date: Monday 26th March 2018 Time: 7.30pm Where: CL Community Centre

Join our band, make new friends and learn to play the steel pans. Free music tuition for those aged 12-21 Tel: 07852 594133 GRIFFIN BOWLS CLUB OPEN DAYS 7th & 20th MAY 2018 11am-4pm


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AMENITIES &ATTRACTIONS Messy Church at Potter Street Baptist Church usually meets on the second Saturday of each month from 4-6pm from September to July. Families – Come and join us for fun, games, stories, craft and other messy activities. Messy Church – a new way of doing church especially for families. It’s free! Phone Sarah 01279 413095 for more details.


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Barbara 869806 or Carol 410324

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Friendly local community walking group meeting every Sunday morning For further information please contact Stephen Morton: Email: Mobile: 07928 511423 Or you can find us on Facebook Harlow SundayWalkersGroup All welcome to join us on these fun walks, dogs also welcome!

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WHAT’S ON ■■ every Monday Monday Dancers Potter Street Community Centre A friendly group who enjoy Sequence, Ballroom and Line dancing. Time: 1.30-3.45pm, contact: 01279 432228. ■■ Every Tuesday Latton Ladies Various Locations A friendly group of ladies who meet weekly on Tuesdays who go on visits to interesting places and meet for tea and talks. Contact: Barbara 869806 or Carol 410324, ■■ Every Saturday Harlow parkrun School Lane, Town Park FREE, weekly, timed 5km run. Pacer events on the last Saturday of every month. Time: 9am, ■■ Every Sunday Harlow junior parkrun Showground field, Town Park Free, weekly, timed 2km run for children aged 4-14. Time: 9am, harlow-juniors. ■■ every Sunday Harlow Sunday Walkers Meeting point varies Meet every Sunday for different walks around the local area and sometimes a little further afield! All welcome to join us! Contact: 07928 511423, email: or find us on Facebook - Harlow SundayWalkersGroup ■■ until Sun 1st april Finding Words an Exhibition by Jo Howe Gallery at Parndon Mill A journey of communication by Jo Howe. A collection of work made from paper, books and painting exploring conscious and unconscious processing - thought provoking and emotive work. ‘Art to me is using my voice without opening my mouth’. Time: Tue-Fri 10am–5pm Sun 2-4pm, FREE,

born, studied, currently resides or is working in Harlow, Uttlesford, East Herts, Epping and Broxborne. Contact: 01279 446404, ■■ Fri 2nd March Music @ Midday: A Winter’s Tale with Schubert’s song cycle Winterreise St John’s ARC Tom Raskin - Tenor, Christopher Weston - Piano. Pre-concert light lunch £5 including home made soup & artisan bread with a complimentary glass of wine or juice (lunch served from 12:45pm). Time: 1.30pm, entrance: £5 (including lunch), contact: 442447, ■■ Fri 2nd to Sun 4th march Great British Spring Clean Church Langley members of the popular Facebook group “Join if you live in Church Langley” will be tidying up the neighbourhood. Will you join them? For more information go to the Facebook group. ■■ Sat 3rd March Essex Society for Family History St John’s ARC Flames Across Essex by Michael Holland. Agricultural unrest - rural protesters in England the 18th &19th centuries. Time: doors open 2.15pm, talk starts at 2.45pm, email: suespiller@yahoo., www.westessexsecretary@esfh. ■■ thu 8th march The Arts Society Harlow St John’s ARC Henry Winstanley & the Eddystone Lighthouse by Ray Biggs. Time: 8pm, coffee from 7.15pm, contact Lesley Collischon: 0208 508 5694, email: visit: ■■ Sat 10th March Really Wild Play Sessions The Learning Centre next to Pets’ Corner Free activities for children with their parents/carers. Recommended for children aged 4-8 years. For more details on the sessions, visit our website: really-wild-play. Time: 10am to 12noon and 1.303.30pm, email: essex@groundwork. or contact Victoria Rudd on 07736 132 873. ■■ Sat 10th March Town Park Weekend volunteers Walled Gardens near Pets’ Corner Have you got green fingers or are interested in giving the Town Park a facelift - then come and help us with improving areas of the park. Please arrive 10 minutes before the start time. If you have any access requirements please let us know. No previous experience required. Tools, equipment and training provided. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear as you will be outside. Time: 1-3pm, contact: 01279 435466 or email: ■■ Sat 10th March Barn Dance Church Langley Community Centre Dance to a live band! Hot dogs and burgers available. Bring your own drinks. Time: 7pm, tickets: £10, contact:, 01279 629611 or Ann 01279 629950. ■■ Sun 11th March Harlow Symphony Orchestra Concert St John’s ARC Coriolan Overture - Beethoven, piano Concerto No. 5 “The Emperor”Beethoven, Pavane - Faure Symphony No.2 in A minor - Saint Saens. (Programme subject to change). Time: 3pm, tickets: £10, for more info:

■■ until Sat 7th April Harlow Open 2018 The Gibberd Gallery This year the Gibberd Gallery’s Open can be entered by any artist who was

■■ Fri 9th march Music @ Midday: A Spring programme for the Piano St John’s ARC Antonio Oyarzabal. Music: Kinderszenen by Schumann, Debussy, Mompou & Rave. Pre-concert light lunch £5 including home made soup & artisan bread with a complimentary glass of wine or juice (lunch served from 12:45pm). Time: 1.30pm, entrance: FREE, £5 (lunch), contact: 442447,




■■ Sun 11th March Paint a birdfeeder for Mother’s Day Parndon Wood Nature Reserve Bring your mums along to decorate your very own ceramic bird feeder. There will be a number of lovely bird feeder designs from you to pick from and then add your personal touch to. You can then take anything you have painted home with you to hang up in




IN March the garden. Tickets are £8 each and include a hot or cold drink, biscuits and 1 ceramic bird feeder for you to paint. Paints are provided also. Booking essential. Time: 11am-3pm, tickets: £8, booking required, contact: alex.matthams@ ■■ Wed 14th march Harlow Heritage Society: Essex Historic Houses by Ben Cowell (Historic Houses Association) Saint Marty-at-Latton Church Hall Historic houses and their landscapes represent priceless cultural treasures, of which we can all rightly be proud. Yet they are also vital engines of economic growth, and bring a host of other benefits to their local communities. Never before has it been more important to remind ourselves of the importance of safeguarding this heritage for future generations. Time: 7pm, entrance: FREE to members, visitors £3pp. ■■ Thu 15th to Sat 17th March Moot House Players Present: The Little Prince Moot Hall, The Stow An exciting new youth production with all cast and crew aged 16-25. Time: 7.30pm, tickets: £9, booking: ■■ Thu 15th March Harlow Music Society The Great Parndon Community Association, CM18 6YJ Meets third Thursday every month. A miscellany of music classical, light and jazz presented by artistes (often local) duos, groups and choirs, illustrated talks and occasionally films. Monthly visits to the Festival Hall, London for orchestral concerts are arranged. Time: 8-10pm, contact: Fred Farthing 01279 302155.

drums. Stevie Smith is considered to be one of the best frontmen on the blues scene and has played with many famous names from Rory Gallagher and Ray Dorset to Bad Manners. He has been praised for his harmonica work by no less than Muddy Waters himself but is mostly known on the blues circuit, as the pocket dynamo who fronted Ruthless Blues for Twenty Years. Time: 7.30pm, tickets: £10, contact: 414174 or 421763, ■■ Fri 16th march Music @ Midday: Flute & Piano St John’s ARC P. I.Tchaikovsky - Lenski’s Aria, Henri Dutilleux - Sonatine. Pre-concert light lunch £5 including home made soup & artisan bread with a complimentary glass of wine or juice (lunch served from 12:45pm). Time: 1.30pm, entrance: FREE, £5 (lunch), contact: 442447, ■■ Sat 17th march Book Sale & Coffee Morning St Mary Magdalene Church Hall Refreshments available whilst you browse. All books 20p. Time: 10am-12noon. ■■ Sat 17th March Sawbridgeworth Model Railway Exhibition The Sawbridgeworth Memorial Hall 10 working layouts and trade support, refreshments available. (Parking restrictions lifted for the event.) Time: 10:30am-4.30pm, entrance: adults £3, children and OAPs £2, contact: 07899 954422 for more information.

■■ Fri 16th to Fri 23rd March St Clare Hospice Art Exhibition The Gibberd Gallery, Civic Centre Works by St Clare Hospice day therapy patients. Time: Mon-Fri 9am-4.45pm, Sat 11am4pm, entrance: FREE.

■■ Sat 17th march Matching Farmers’ Indoor Market Matching Tye Village Hall Third Sat of the month. 19 food and drink stalls, plus a few craft stalls. Enjoy good quality fresh produce from farmers and other producers from within a 40 mile radius. Why not give it a try? Time: 10am to midday, FREE entry.

■■ Fri 16th march Music at Marigolds: Stevie Smith’s Sin House Harlow Cricket Club Stevie Smith harp and lead vocals, Steve Smith guitar and backing vocals, Richard Taylor bass and Clive Edwards

■■ Fri 23rd march PACT for Autism: Harlow Parent/Carer Support and Information Meeting The Blue Room, Latton Bush Centre Every month we hold support and information meetings for parents and carers, where you can relax and chat


with others about advice, queries and issues with raising your children. Time: 10am-2pm, contact: 01279 430300, ■■ Fri 30th march Music at Marigolds: Clark Tracey Quintet Harlow Cricket Club Clark Tracey drums, Alexandra Ridout trumpet, Sean Payne alto sax, Elliot Sansom keyboards and James Owston bass. Clark Tracey grew up in a jazz environment as the son of Stan Tracey CBE, the UK’s leading jazz pianist, and from an early age played piano and vibraphones. At 13 he started playing the drums and he turned professional at 17 in 1978 by joining his father’s various ensembles, from trio to orchestra. Time: 7.30pm, tickets: £10, contact: 414174 or 421763, ■■ Sat 31st March The Gibberd Garden Opens Marsh Lane, Harlow The unique and beautiful Gibberd Garden. Created by Sir Frederick Gibberd (1908-1984) and planned as a series of enticing spaces, every turn reveals a new vista or work of art. Join us for the first day of the 2018 season. Tea, coffee and cake available in the Barn Tea Room. All welcome. Time: 2-6pm, contact: 01279 442112, ■■ Sat 31st March & Sun 1st April Easter Egg Hunt Parndon Wood Nature Reserve Bring the kids along and have a go at our fun filled easter egg hunt around the nature trail. If you find all the hidden eggs you win a prize and even if you don’t, there will be a little treat waiting for you all in the conservation centre. There will also be lots of Easter animal fun in the conservation centre. Tickets are £4 (tickets are for children only), booking is required, this will include the easter egg hunt and the prizes. Time: 12noon, tickets: £4 per child, booking required, contact: alex.

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the listings Guides & Scouts 1st Church Langley Brownies meet every Fri 6.30-8pm Contact Tina: 07708 812378 1st Church Langley Rainbows meet every Tues 4.30-6.45pm Contact Badger: 07831 153857 2nd Church Langley Brownies meet every Mon 5-6.30pm Contact Brown Owl: 07831 153857 2nd Church Langley Rainbows meet every Tue 5.45-6.45pm Contact Badger: 07831 153857 2nd Harlow Common Brownies meet every Wed 6-7.30pm Contact:

meet in Potter Street Community Centre Wed and Fri Contact Joan Burley: 304575 or Les Wraight: 412983 Shorinji Kempo children’s martial art class 4.30-5.30pm, Tues at Norman Booth, £3 per session (term time) Contact Linda: 07946 615446 Taoist Tai Chi Contact: 424074

Social & Meeting Clubs Church Langley WI meet on the 3rd Wed of the month 8-10pm Contact Chris McIlhargey: 01279 301040 Gems Widow & Widower Social Club Contact Carol Titterton: 07713 544168

Harlow Symphony Orchestra rehearse every Tue 7.45-9.45pm at Tany’s Dell School Contact Andrew Bruce: 838598 or email: Harlow Theatre Company welcomes acting and backstage members Contact: or visit: The Three Valleys Male Voice Contact: Tony Moore: 01279 902452. Book us or join us!

Fine Art & Literature

The Arts Society Harlow Contact: Mrs Lesley Collischon 0208 5085694, email:

21st Harlow (Church Langley) Beavers, Cubs and Scouts meet at The Barn, 1st Avenue Contact Anne-Marie: 411921

Harlow Branch of the Royal Naval association meets once a month at The Royal British Legion Club Contact secretary June Ray: 865919

Harlow Writers’ Workshop meet every Thu 10am-12noon at Moot House Contact Adrienne Tinn: 723948

Sport & Fitness

Harlow Lions Club meet on the 1st Thu of each month at Oddfellows Hall, Old Harlow, CM17 0AG Contact Ronni Ayres: 443230 or email:

Harlow Flower Club meet for 7.30pm start at New Life Christian Fellowship Church, 2nd Thu in the month Contact: 432340 for further monthly details

Capoeira for kids - Capoeira Essex for ages 6-13 years meet every Tue 6-7pm at GPCA, Abercrombie Way Contact Emma Gibbs: 07894 716833 Church Langley Bowls Club meet every Tue 9.30am-12pm and Thu 3-5.30pm at the CL Community Centre Contact David Whitaker: 629277 Church Langley & Potter Street Football potterstreetfootballclub Church Langley & Potter Street Cricket The Griffin Bowls Club in the club house behind the Latton Bush Centre. Tue & Thu indoors 10-12pm short mat Contact: Ann 325691, GPCA Badminton Group meet Wed 8-10pm at GPCA Centre, Abercrombie Way. Some experience preferred. £3 per wk, new members welcome! Contact: Jackie 432569 or John 320215 Harlow Badminton Club meet at Mark Hall Sports Centre ladies/adult/ family Fri 6.30-9pm, Junior sessions Sat 122pm, £5 per adult/session Contact Sandra Holbrook: 07943 071269 or email Harlow Cricket Club Juniors and Seniors Contact Paul: 421763 Harlow Hockey Club train Thu nights 8-9.30pm at Leventhorpe Leisure Centre Contact Romy Antrobus 0750 0158 261 or email: Herts & Essex Badminton Club meet Fri 7.30-9.30pm at Mark Hall Sports Hall, some experience preferred Contact: Kevin 426540 Langley Colts Junior & Youth Football boys & girls Phoenix Feathers Badminton Club meet Mon expect Bank Holidays 8-10pm at Mark Hall Sports Hall, some experience preferred Contact Mick: 412660 or Steve: 07595 303591 PLEASE MENTION THE Potter Street Bowls Club

Harlow Photographic Society meet every Thu 7.45-9.45pm September to June at Moot House, The Stow Harlow Contact Malcolm Tinn 01279 723948 Harlow WI meet at the W.I. Hall, Garden Terrace Road, Old Harlow on the 2nd Wed of the month at 2pm Contact Diane Hatt: 428938 or Jean Wright: 432734 Herts & Essex Bridge Club meet every Tue 2-5pm at Hatfield Heath Village Hall. Duplicate Bridge players with or without partners welcome Contact Adrienne Tinn 723948 Latton Ladies meet every Tue at the New Life Christian Fellowship Hall, CM18 6HP Contact Barbara Harpin: 869806 Royal Air Forces Association meet at David Livingstone House, Potter Street, every Fri Contact Mr LC Hayes: 868950 or email: The Rotary Club of Harlow meet on Mon (except Bank Holidays) at Canon’s Brook Golf Club 12.15pm Contact Mike Ruocco: michele.ruocco@ or alan.leverett.surveyor@

Music & Performing Arts Amethyst Flames Majorettes meet every Mon at Lady Fatima Hall 5-7.30pm Contact: 07599 027512 or email: or visit: Harlow & District Caledonian Society meet every Tue 8-10pm at the W.I. Hall, Old Harlow for an evening of Scottish country dancing Contact Betty Allen: 303095

Harlow Music Society

meet onCONNECTION the 3rd Thu of every month CM17 WHEN Contact Joan Connelly: 422760

Bevan Quilters meet at the Women’s Institute hall, Old Harlow every Thu morning from 9.30am to 12.30pm Contact Lynn Lagdon: 444204 email:

Collectors & Enthusiasts Harlow Railway Circle meet Tue and Thu 7pm at Halling Hill Common Room Contact John Stratford (Chairman): 415541 or Owen Wood 07800 779745 or email: West Essex Society for Family History meet first Sat of the month 2.15pm for 2.45pm start at St John’s ARC Contact Sue Spiller:, www.

Health & Family Care

Freshwater Contact Centre meet Saturdays at The Meadows Children’s Centre, Harberts Road, CM19 4DL Contact, FB: or tel: 01279 450220 (ansaphone) Inner Peace Healing Sanctuary meet Mon, any time between 1-2.30pm (except Bank Holidays) Contact Jan: 861515 or Maureen: 451305 PACT For Autism Charity No. 1148170 Contact:

Young @ Heart Club meet every Fri 1-3pm Contact Ruth Whitaker: 629277

Harlow Chorus Contact Carol Spicer: 428898

Arts & Crafts

Parkinsons UK Harlow Branch meet every Wed at the David Livingstone club in Potter Street between 11am-3pm. Contact Corrine Hall: 07982 094194 Tots@Play meet Wed and Fri 10-11.45am (term time only) at Potter Street Baptist Church Hall Contact: 452820 St John Ambulance meet every Tues Contact: 0870 765 7856 or email: essex/harlow

St Mary Magdalene Sunday School and Crèche every Sun in the Church Hall at 11am, children of all ages very welcome RESPONDING TO ADVERTS Contact Karen Herbert: 427956




Community Centres


Church Langley Community Centre Church Langley, Harlow CM17 9TH 01279 629611

NHS 111 PAH (Hospital)

EMERGENCY NUMBERS 111 01279 444455

Electricity Emergency

0800 783 8838 Gas Emergency

Potter Street Community Centre 96, Potter Street, Harlow CM17 9AQ 01279 422746


St John’s Arts & Recreation Centre For opening hours and programme of events call:  01279 442447

Church Langley Florence Nightingale Health Centre, Minton Lane, Church Langley, Harlow CM17 9TG 01279 629065


Victoria Hall Theatre For opening hours and full programme of events call:  01279 420062

Old Harlow 43-45 High Street, Harlow CM17 0DN

Harlow Police Station 01279 423911

Potter Street 12 Prentice Place, Harlow CM17 9BG

01279 422909

Councillors Church Langley Councillor Simon Carter Councillor Tony Hall Councillor Andrew Johnson

429443 445897 865673

Harlow Common (Potter Street) Councillor Margaret Hulcoop 452252 Councillor Emma Toal 07885 881255 Councillor Mark Wilkinson 07866 433991 Old Harlow Councillor Joel Charles 07752 096765 Councillor Michael Garnett 437401 Councillor Sue Livings 422339

Local MP Robert Halfon MP

01279 311451

Doctors Church Langley Florence Nightingale Health Centre, Minton Lane, Church Langley, Harlow CM17 9TG 01279 638520

0800 111 999


Essex Police Non-Emergency


01279 641212 0800 555 111

Other Numbers Alzheimer’s Society

01279 418331

Citizens Advice Bureau

0845 120 3717

Church Langley Community Primary School 01279 629427

Contact Harlow (Council) 01279 446655

Churchgate Church of England Primary School 01279 866059

Freshwaters Contact Centre

01279 450220

Fawbert and Barnard Primary School

01279 429427

Gems Widow & Widower Club

07713 544168

Harlowbury Primary School

Harlow Food Bank

01279 724515

01279 423444

MS Society

01279 420059

Mark Hall Comprehensive School

01279 866280

Parkinson’s UK (Harlow)

07982 094194


01279 320511

Rainbow Services

01279 308150

Safer Places 

0845 0177668


0845 790 9090

Potter Street Academy Primary School

01279 866504

St Nicholas School

01279 429910

The Henry Moore Primary School

01279 427465


Old Harlow The Health Centre, Garden Terrace Road, Old Harlow CM17 0AX 01279 418136


Potter Street Osler House, Potter Street, Harlow CM17 9BG 01279 698658

Affinity Water

BT Faultline

01279 430011

St Clare Hospice Advice Line 01279 773773 0800 800 151

Train Enquiries

0345 357 2407

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