Author: Trudy Harper

Mental Health Awareness Day

MENTAL Health Day is an international initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health. This year it was held on October 10th and Harlow demonstrated commitment to mental health awareness and education by embracing the day. The theme this year was ‘psychological first aid’ with the emphasis being on strategies to give basic pragmatic psychological support which could be offered by anyone who finds themselves in a helping role. There is a great awareness that immediate first aid can save lives in the case of general illness and the idea is to raise awareness so anyone in acute distress...

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Education Minister Visits Holy Cross School, Harlow

  Education Minister Nick Gibb visited the Holy Cross Catholic Primary School in Harlow before the General Election.   Sue McGuiggan, Head teacher, welcomed the ‘opportunity to have a frank and open discussion about the issues facing Holy Cross and schools nationally’. Although it seems that Holy Cross will benefit from the new Fair Funding Formula she is unable to comment at this stage as she needs to study the figures more closely. She is also aware that as a growing school they will also have additional needs going forwards. Mr Gibb and Robert Halfon, the conservative candidate for...

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Health minister Jeremy Hunt visits Harlow

Jeremy Hunt publicly admitted that Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow is in a very bad state. The hospital was put into special measures after a Care Quality Commission rated it ‘inadequate” in October.         Following a visit to the hospital during the 2017 General Election Campaign Mr Hunt said ‘ I have seen for myself  the need for a new hospital. I recognise it is in a very bad state which we need to do something about. This will be a high priority for a future Conservative government if we win on June 8th. I think it needs to happen sooner rather than later’     Robert Halfon, the Conservative MP for the town since 2010 has campaigned tirelessly for Harlow hospital and received praise from Mr Hunt for his dedication. Robert Halfon said ‘One of my top priorities for Harlow is protecting our NHS. I’ve worked hard to secure extra funding and more doctors and nurses for our hospital. Since 2010, Harlow hospital has had 27 more doctors and 35 more nurses. Our A&E saw 10,628 more people in under four hours last year than it did in 2009/2010. I’ve also managed to secure a 6.32% funding increase for West Essex CCG for our doctor’s surgeries and, over the next three years, Essex will receive £49.9 million of additional Government funding for care. I’ve made...

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Robert Halfon launches Election Campaign in Harlow

  ROBERT Halfon launched his General Election campaign on the A414 in Harlow on Monday afternoon. He was joined by Conservative activists by the side of the road, a campaigning tactic he has used ever since he first started campaigning in 2001. Mr Halfon has lifelong difficulties in walking and therefore cannot visit as many houses as he would like and suggests this method is ‘a great way to show I am campaigning hard for Harlow’ Mr Halfon was keen to talk about some of the main aspects of his campaign and asked about the difficulties facing Harlow hospital...

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YES OR NO!

Head Teachers from schools in Harlow and Bishops Stortford were united in their opinion that the expansion of grammar schools did not offer a solution to problems within our school system. Mr Goddard, Principal of Passmores Academy said, ‘A Grammar School in Harlow would be of huge detriment to every child who doesn’t attend”   Karen Spencer, Principal of Harlow College, Vic Goddard, Principal of Passmores Academy and Jeremy Gladwin, Headmaster of Bishops Stortford College provided an interesting panel to discuss the implications of new Grammar schools in the area.   Grammar Schools are back on the political agenda....

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