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Harlow Ambassadors hold second meeting

10.05am - 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 contacts. 

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 town." 

For more information about the Ambassador Programme email discoverharlow@harlow.gov.uk

MP marks Small Business Saturday with awards

3.16pm - 3rd December 2018

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 Year award. 

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 beyond. 

"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 award. 

Mr Halfon is a big fan of the Shake Hut and was thrilled when he received nominations for the business.

Shake Hut owner Samantha said: "Thank you very much for your support. We’re absolutely thrilled we were nominated and awarded the trophy." 

Mr Halfon added: "Small Business Saturday has been a fantastic celebration of the small and independent business in Harlow and the villages. 

"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 December 2018

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, east London. 

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 lunchtime. 

"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 challenge." 

The group raised £590.

Bees award for Parndon Wood nature reserve

8.38am - 1st December 2018

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 bees. 

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 partners ECCO. 

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 candle rolling.

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 Volunteers.

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