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Harlow Ambassadors hold second
5th December 2018
MORE than 80 ambassadors met at the
Harlow Museum and Walled Gardens for the second
Harlow Ambassador meeting.
The Harlow Ambassador programme brings together
business, residents, investors and others to
help forge a positive future for Harlow under
the banner of Discover Harlow.
Harlow Ambassadors champion the town as a great
place to live, work and visit.
They will help the place compete and attract
investment while enhancing the sense of pride
people feel in Harlow.
Ambassadors meet bi-monthly to hear news about
Harlow which they can share with their
The November meeting heard about recent
developments at Harlow Museum and Walled
Gardens, including the return of the John
Collins cycle collection and the museum’s role
in the community and education, and The Royal
Opera House Bridge which works to ‘connect
children and young people with art and culture’
and is working in Harlow with its new
initiative, Inspire Harlow.
Dr John Keddie, chairman of the Harlow Place
Board and former vice-president of Global
Operations for GlaxoSmithKline, said:
"Thank you to our speakers Sharon Davies
from Harlow Museum and Sarah Waterman from the
Royal Opera House Bridge for sharing with us the
exciting developments in their worlds.
"Harlow has a great story to tell as a
place of colour and culture and as Ambassadors
we can spread the news of and champion this
vibrant work that’s happening within the
For more information about the Ambassador
Programme email firstname.lastname@example.org
MP marks Small Business Saturday
3.16pm - 3rd
HARLOW MP Robert Halfon celebrated Small
Business Saturday by visiting business across
the town to present three awards.
Jack Broadstock, who works with WE Marson and
Harlow College, received the Apprentice of the
He showed Mr Halfon some of his 3D models which
are used to design and create laboratory
equipment for firms around the country.
WE Marson director James Marson gave Mr Halfon a
tour of the workshop where he met staff. Mr
Halfon said: "It’s companies like WE
Marson that are so special to Harlow.
"I’m thrilled the company has now got two
apprentices working with them as this presents a
ladder of opportunity to the people of Harlow a
"The work that WE Marson is doing for
schools and other businesses is great to see and
I hope that their success continues.”
Tony Ahmet and his team at Harlow Dry Cleaners
received Mr Halfon's Employer of the Year award
after the MP received many nominations for the
company with many saying staff were very happy
at work and felt their work was rewarded.
Mr Ahmet said: "I don’t know what to say.
I just want to say thank you very much. I’m
just lost for words." The Shake Hut, The
Stow, who the New Small Business of the Year
Mr Halfon is a big fan of the Shake Hut and was
thrilled when he received nominations for the
Shake Hut owner Samantha said: "Thank you
very much for your support. We’re absolutely
thrilled we were nominated and awarded the
Mr Halfon added: "Small Business Saturday
has been a fantastic celebration of the small
and independent business in Harlow and the
"These businesses are the backbone of our
society by creating jobs and apprenticeships.
These business bring the ladder of opportunity
to people which is so important.".
Students complete 30-mile cycle
ride to raise money for school equipment
8.41am - 1st
ELEVEN students at the BMAT STEM Academy
raised money for table tennis tables and yoga
mats when they completed a 30-mile cycle from
the school to the Olympic Park in Stratford,
Head of school Lisa Tooley said: “We want to
make sure every child is catered for and looked
after mentally and physically.
"Our new yoga sessions will look after
students’ mental health and wellbeing and
provide an outlet for them to do something
different during their breaks and at
"We have a number of keen cyclists and so
we thought it would be a nice challenge for them
to take part in a fundraising bike ride.
"We had seven punctures along the way,
which students had to fix, and it was a
physically exhausting ride.
"The conditions were quite tough as it had
rained the night before but everyone completed
The group raised £590.
Bees award for Parndon Wood nature
8.38am - 1st
HARLOW Council, Parndon Wood Nature
Reserve and volunteers are celebrating after
winning a national Bees Needs Award.
The award, which is run in conjunction with
Defra and Keep Britain Tidy, is for Green Flag
Award winning parks and green spaces in England
that have made improvements to encourage
Parndon Wood won for its partnership work with
the Harlow Bee Keepers Association, and the work
carried out by local Wildspace Volunteers based
at the reserve that provides a home and food
source for pollinating insects.
Harlow bee keepers have four hives at Parndon
Wood and sell the honey through the Conservation
Centre which is run by Harlow Council’s
They also run a bee weekend each year at Parndon
Wood which includes live hive demonstrations,
honey tasting, a trail quiz, arts and crafts and
Wildspace volunteers have been opening up
glades, relocating plants and collecting seeds
to encourage the spread of wildflowers across
the reserve, which supports pollinators
including the bees.
This summer Parndon Wood had the best display of
flowers the reserve had seen for many years,
thanks to the ongoing efforts of the Wildspace