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Harlow estate agents hosts fun day for St Clare

A Harlow estate agents is hoping to raise thousands of pounds for St Clare Hospice by organising what they hope will be the town’s biggest family fun day of the summer.

More than 40 attractions for the young and young at heart await visitors to the Reyland Johnson Charity Fun Day at The Link social club on Saturday, August 15 from 1pm to 6pm.

The event has been organised by the company’s community-minded directors James Reyland and Ben Johnson as part of the Hospice’s annual £50 Challenge fundraising initiative where the supporters are given £50 seed funding to grow into a profit for the Hastingwood-based charity.

Ben said: “James and I have been estate agents in Harlow for 15 years now, having worked for various agencies in the town, and we were always frustrated with the lack of enthusiasm to support local charities and community associations. So when we opened Reyland Johnson Estate Agents at the beginning of 2014, we decided to show the residents of Harlow just how much we really do care for our town by giving back to our community. In that time, we have helped and donated to five primary schools, two football clubs and our biggest donation last year was to St Clare Hospice.

“This year, we decided to continue our support and in an attempt to raise as much as possible for this fantastic charity, we have arranged the fun day. There are not many communities that benefit from the incredible specialist care that is provided to local people by St Clare Hospice and we hope everyone else feels the same and will come along on August 15 to show their support. All the money raised on the day will be donated to St Clare so they can continue to be there for local families facing one of life’s most difficult journeys.”

Attractions for all ages will include five bouncy castles, an inflatable football pitch, a penalty shoot out, swing boats, face painting, teddy bear auction, dance demonstrations and a raffle with a top prize of £250 cash.

Families can try their hand at a variety of sideshows and competitions, such as a tin can alley, coconut shy and Man versus Food-style contest, as well as keeping an eye out for appearances from some of Disney’s best-loved characters.

In addition, there will be a display of American classic cars and Essex Police will also be bringing along some of their vehicles.

There will also be stalls selling everything from glitter tattoos and hair accessories to handmade gifts as well as live music from local band Sax on Fire and a DJ plus refreshments including a burger stall, candyfloss and ice cream van. The majority of stallholders have kindly pledged to donate a percentage of their takings on the day to St Clare to boost funds.

Entry to the fun day is just £1 for adults and free for children.

Reyland Johnson are appealing for extra tombola prizes, so if you have something you can donate, please call 01279 216216. For fun day updates, see their Facebook page

Chigwell School student awarded bronze medal in International Physics Olympiad

Chigwell School student Bianca Andrei has been awarded a bronze medal representing the United Kingdom in the International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) in Mumbai in India.

This was an outstanding achievement given that Bianca still has a year to go to complete her A-levels.  

Eighty-four countries were represented in the annual physics competition which is open to secondary school students from across the world.  

It involved individual theoretical and experimental competitions in Physics.  

Bianca said her experience in India was hard to describe due to the sheer scale of the Olympiad event but that it was amazing to meet and make friends from all over the world and learn more about the subject.

Bianca was the only female member of the UK's six-member team.

Chigwell School headmaster Michael Punt, who is also a physicist, said: "I am extremely proud of Bianca who has worked incredibly hard over the last few months, preparing for the Olympiad on top of her AS-levels."

Parish council opposes "completely inappropriate" Hastingwood waste site plans


North Weald Bassett Parish Council is strongly opposing a proposal for land next to the M11-A414 roundabout at Hastingwood to be used as a waste site.

Essex County Council is suggesting that the Green Belt land could be used for open-air disposal of inert construction, demolition and excavation waste.

Parish council chairman Cyril Hawkins said: "As it currently stands this would suggest that a 'Construction Demolition and Excavation' waste site could be located next to housing, a hospice, garden centre and restaurant which is completely inappropriate.

“There are concerns at the number of lorry movements especially as the county council would have no further involvement in either running the site or in terms of traffic movements to and from waste facilities, and both their origin and destination.

“The parish council says it has been calculated that there would be a minimum of eight large lorries entering and exiting the site every hour seven days a week 52 weeks a year.

Overview and Scrutiny Committee councillors at Epping Forest District Council say the proposal should be rejected.

District councillors fear it would increase traffic congestion around Junction 7 of the M11.

Year 6 pupils at Hereward go out in style

Children in Year 6 at Hereward Primary School, Loughton, performed their leavers' play, 'Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies', to a packed hall of parents, carers and family members.

The talented pupils impressed everyone with the enthusiasm of their performance and sheer confidence in the way they sang, danced and acted. Following the show, all of the Year 6 children received their leavers' certificates from ex-staff member Dosha Salisbury.

Headteacher Matt Woolard then presented some children with cups to recognise their academic achievements.

The winners of the Achievement Cups were:

Reading Assessments - 1st Amelia Anakwue; 2nd Elliot Chow; 3rd Teri Sandford

Writing Assessments - 1st Valentino Milen; 2nd Amelia Anakwue; 3rd Abigail King.

Mathematics Assessments - 1st Elliot Chow; 2nd Oliver Anderson; 3rd Amelia Anakwue.

Citizenship Awards – Ryan Overill and Emily Petty

Sports’ Awards – Harry Snow and Lily Wingrove

Arts’ Awards – Daniel Atsev and Gabija Bijeikyte

ICT Awards – Connor Oxley and Olivia White.

Headteacher Matt Woolard said, "We are so proud of this particular group of children who have achieved so much in so many ways throughout their time with us.

"We wish them well as they start the next phase of their lives at secondary school."

School holds its own Race for Life event for Cancer Research UK

Staff and children turned Thomas Willingale School in The Broadway, Loughton, into a "sea of pink" when they held their own Race for Life fundraising event.

The day has so far raised £3,651.28 with more donations still being received.

Headteacher Teresa Phillips said: “As many of us in our school community have been affected in some way or another by cancer we decided to run as a school to raise funds for Cancer Research UK, to aid their vital research and treatment, and have fun at the same time.

“We also hoped that by preparing for the event by running laps of the sports field at each PE session, it offered the chance for the children to build on being active and healthy.

“On the day the children from Nursery to Year 6 and staff had a fantastic time and the school was a sea of pink. The sum raised so far is a staggering £3,651.28 - way above our target - and money is still coming in.”