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1006, 2020

Harlow Art Trust: Social distancing in Harlow Sculpture Town

June 10th, 2020|

When I joined Harlow Art Trust as Artistic Director two years ago, I knew the value of public art in theory, but it took a global pandemic for me to understand it in practice. Artistic Director Kate Harding with Auguste Rodin’s ‘Eve’ (1897) in the Water Gardens, Harlow Town Centre. Harlow’s sculpture collection is a result of the Second World War: the last truly global crisis in modern memory. At the outset, it was an imaginative and ambitious attempt to rebuild communities. The sculptures were a way to create public spaces people would enjoy using and sharing with their neighbours. They reflected the optimism of the post-war period and projected [...]

1405, 2020

Public Health England: working during a crisis

May 14th, 2020|

Public Health England (PHE) is among many organisations at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19. There is hardly anyone within the organisation either not working on or supporting the totally unprecedented operation to tackle the virus which has dominated media headlines for many weeks now. At the tip of that effort are the hundreds of PHE scientists working with partners nationally and globally who are striving to contain and then eliminate the virus on a scale never seen before. Running parallel to that incredible work, is the programme which will deliver PHE’s new world-leading public health science campus at the former GSK site at Harlow. With state-of-the-art facilities and [...]

704, 2020

St Clare Hospice: support in times of uncertainty

April 7th, 2020|

This month's blog comes from Sarah Thompson, CEO of St Clare Hospice, a local charity which cares for hundreds of people across West Essex and the East Hertfordshire border each year. This month we really should be celebrating; it’s St Clare Hospice’s 30th birthday, and we have just received an ‘Outstanding’ rating from the Care Quality Commission. However, due to coronavirus, we have put plans to celebrate on hold. Now is not the time. Instead we have had to launch an urgent fundraising appeal in a bid to offset the projected income loss of up to £100,000 from cancelling and postponing many of our key fundraising events this year. This amount [...]

1603, 2020

Harlow Ambassador meeting at Harlow Football Club

March 16th, 2020|

There was a record turnout of Ambassadors at Harlow Football Club  on 5 March 2020 for the seventh meeting of Harlow Ambassadors. At the meeting Ambassadors heard from: Aideen McCambridge from Anglia Ruskin University (ARU)and Chris White from Wrenbridge, who spoke about Arise Harlow, ARU’s new Business Centre located on Harlow Science Park.  The 27 acre park provides Grade A development opportunities for office, research and development, mid tech and amenity businesses and is a joint venture between Harlow Council, Vinci Construction and Wrenbridge. Paul Mumford from Places for People, one of the UK’s largest placemaking organisations.  Paul spoke about Harlow  andGilston Garden Town and in particular about the role [...]

1003, 2020

Strawberry Star: transforming Harlow town centre

March 10th, 2020|

Santhosh Gowda is the Chairman of Strawberry Star Group who are working on a new residential scheme HQ (Harlow Quarter) in Harlow town centre.  These are certainly exciting times for Harlow and we are proud to be part of this new chapter for the town! A vibrant Harlow town centre with upgraded amenities and facilities, including entertainment, new retail, cafes and bars, green spaces along with modern residential units in the heart of the town is soon set to become a reality. Over the past few years, our property company Strawberry Star has been creating new vibrant neighbourhoods through residential schemes in London and the commuter belt towns. Now, we are [...]

1202, 2020

Guy Nicholson: launching Harlow and Gilston Garden Town

February 12th, 2020|

Photo Credit: David Levenson Guy Nicholson is the Chairman of the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town board. Over the last 20 years I’ve been involved in regeneration projects for communities and was part of the London 2012 Olympics project, supporting local communities in shaping the Bid, the Games and the Legacy. Playing a part in realising a new vision and legacy for Harlow is a great privilege and its reputation as a sculpture town is one that sits alongside my lifelong passion for arts and culture. The Harlow and Gilston Garden Town heralds a brand-new chapter in the history of Harlow and this March will see the community launch of the Garden [...]