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Bus company drives down impact on environment

Gazette: Bus operator First Cymru has announced changes to its timetables from Sunday, February 22

5:47pm Tuesday 26th May 2015

A bus company is driving down its impact on the environement.

Police search for van driver who crashed into garden wall

Gazette: Braintree: drugs police raid ten homes

5:44pm Tuesday 26th May 2015

Police are searching for the driver of a van who crashed into a garden wall and gate.

840 homes hit by power cut today after lorry damages overhead power cables


5:41pm Tuesday 26th May 2015

More than 800 homes were hit by a power cut after a lorry brought down overhead power cables.

Three-car crash blocks A120 at the weekend

Gazette: Braintree: drugs police raid ten homes

1:23pm Tuesday 26th May 2015

A three-car crash at the weekend blocked the A120 for about four hours.

Football club in Sible Hedingham given £3k to expand facilities


1:20pm Tuesday 26th May 2015

A village football club has been given £3,000 to help expand facilities.

Plans to turn Indian restaurant in Earls Colne into house after 25 years in business


1:16pm Tuesday 26th May 2015

Plans are in place to turn an Indian restaurant in Earls Colne into a home after a quarter of a century in business.

Headteacher hits out at cuts to free school bus services

Gazette: Essex County Council are reducing the Youth Services budget

11:00am Sunday 24th May 2015

A headteacher of a Braintree academy fears connections with a primary school will suffer following a decision to axe free school bus services.

Consultation to move village post office into Co-op

Gazette: Highworth Post Office will be taken on by the Midcounties Co-operative, says the postmaster

4:00pm Saturday 23rd May 2015

A consultation is underway to move a village Post Office into a nearby shop.

Plans to build 370 houses in Rivenhall to be submitted in the summer

Gazette: The Newcastle-based Bellway said it sold 6,851 homes in the year to July 31, a rise of 21 per cent while average selling prices lifted 10 per cent to £213,000.

12:00pm Saturday 23rd May 2015

Plans to double the size of a village by building up to 370 homes will be submitted within weeks, it is expected.

Parents of teenage musician pay tribute by performing in memorial concert


10:00am Saturday 23rd May 2015

The parents of a teenage musician killed in a head-on crash have paid the ultimate tribute by performing in a concert in his memory.

Schoolchildren visit flag they designed outside Parliament


5:33pm Friday 22nd May 2015

Primary school children who designed a flag symbolising the Witham constituency have visited it flying outside Parliament.

Two Braintree police officers dismissed for gross misconduct

Gazette: Braintree: drugs police raid ten homes

1:43pm Friday 22nd May 2015

Two officers who were based at Braintree have been dismissed from Essex Police for gross misconduct.

Ambulance crews treat Witham schoolboy who was in collision with a car


12:07pm Friday 22nd May 2015

Paramedics and ambulance crews were called to Witham this morning after a young schoolboy was in collision with a car.

Hairdressers determined to stay in salon despite plans to turn it into a maisonette


9:47am Friday 22nd May 2015

Hairdressers are determined to fight proposals to turn their salon into a two-bedroom house.

Pensioner taken to hospital with serious injuries after being involved in a crash with a car


5:26pm Thursday 21st May 2015

A pensioner was sent to hospital with serious injuries after she was involved in a collision with a car.

Young men's ashes sent off to tour with famous band Bullet For My Valentine


12:06pm Thursday 21st May 2015

The ashes of two young men killed in a head-on car crash have been sent off to go on tour with a world famous heavy metal band.

Fears that Witham's healthcare is at 'crisis point' after GP sugery closes its books for A YEAR


8:56am Thursday 21st May 2015

Witham's residents fear the town’s healthcare is facing a crisis after the largest GP surgery closed its books for a year.

Vets to hold open day for those who helped save critically-ill horses


3:12pm Wednesday 20th May 2015

A veterinary clinic is opening its doors to those who helped save two critically ill horses found abandoned.

Plans for 100-bed hotel in Braintree shelved in favour of industrial units


3:08pm Wednesday 20th May 2015

Plans for a hotel at a Great Notley business park could be scrapped in favour of 18 industrial units.

Residents fear 'traffic bedlam' will get worse once new infant school is built


3:02pm Wednesday 20th May 2015

Exasperated residents living near three Braintree schools fear “traffic bedlam” will get worse once an expanded infant school is built.

Teenage girl Scout member awarded for helping others


3:00pm Wednesday 20th May 2015

A teenage girl who has spent eight years as a member of the Scouts has been awarded for her outstanding effort in helping others.

Braintree trader outbids rivals to win sign from famous Essex Barn nightclub


9:32am Wednesday 20th May 2015

A Braintree trader’s adrenaline kicked in as he successfully outbid rivals for a piece of the town’s history.

Witham's new mayor hopes to 'raise the profile of the town'

Gazette: Bill Rose has resigned from Braintree Council

2:34pm Tuesday 19th May 2015

Witham's new mayor hopes to boost visitors by improving the town’s image during his civic year.

New providers chosen to deliver medical services at St Lawrence doctors and Silver End Surgery

Gazette: NHS

2:22pm Tuesday 19th May 2015

New providers have been chosen to deliver medical services at two crisis-hit surgeries in the district.

Young Essex Assembly launch food waste campaign for schools


10:00am Tuesday 19th May 2015

Members of the Young Essex Assembly have launched a food waste campaign to encouraging schools to do their bit for the environment.

Mums who volunteer on telephone support line have been awarded for hard work


9:57am Tuesday 19th May 2015

Mums who volunteer to help run a telephone support service for breastfeeding have been awarded for their hard work and commitment.

Essex County Council advertises for new chief executive

Gazette: Essex County Council

9:53am Tuesday 19th May 2015

Essex County Council is on the hunt for a new chief executive to replace Joanna Killian.

Burglary victim's faith in humanity restored after strangers replace stolen possessions


5:10pm Monday 18th May 2015

A community hero whose home was targeted by burglars as he slept has had his faith in humanity restored after strangers offered to replace his stolen possessions.

Green-fingered schoolchildren see the fruits of their labour


5:06pm Monday 18th May 2015

Green-fingered schoolchildren have marvelled at the fruits of their gardening work.

Academy pupils hold peaceful protest over GCSE options


8:59am Monday 18th May 2015

A group of academy pupils held a protest about the lack of choice over GCSE subject options.

Greenfields Community Housing builds first houses in Braintree


8:53am Monday 18th May 2015

Braintree's biggest housing association is building its first houses in the town as part of its pledge to deliver 800 more homes over the next five years.

Castle Hedingham named as one of the most beautiful villages in England

Gazette: Hedingham Castle kicks off their season with Snowdrop Sundays this month

4:11pm Friday 15th May 2015

Castle Hedingham has been listed as one of the most beautiful villages in the country.

Four GP surgeries will be affected by 750 homes proposed for Witham, NHS warns

Gazette: NHS

4:08pm Friday 15th May 2015

Four doctor’s surgeries in Witham will be affected by an influx of 750 houses, the NHS has warned.

Computer whiz-kid Thomas cracks the code in national contest


4:05pm Friday 15th May 2015

A Witham whiz-kid has been named the county's finest codebreaker in a cryptology competition filled with puzzles solved by famed mathematician Alan Turing.

Coz's 'lasting legacy to the world': Musician is saving lives thanks to donor scheme


10:23am Friday 15th May 2015

More than 60 people have signed up to donate their organs after a talented young musician was killed in a head-on car crash.

Bus firm rejects plea to close road during Witham's puppet festival


9:46am Friday 15th May 2015

A bus company has threatened to scupper one of the biggest events in Witham's calendar after opposing the closure of Newland Street.

Memorial concert to tragic teenager James Simmons takes place on Saturday


3:49pm Thursday 14th May 2015

A memorial show to pay tribute to a talented teenage musician will take place on Saturday.

'A note on my long-lost mum's grave led to the discovery of 3 half-sisters'


11:32am Thursday 14th May 2015

A great-grandfather has told how a note left on the grave of his long-lost mother helped him track down relatives he never knew he had.

Headteacher leaves job at Witham academy after helping improve it to a 'good' Ofsted rating


10:55am Thursday 14th May 2015

A headteacher has stepped down from her role at a Witham academy as jobs are cut following the breakdown of a proposed merger.

PICTURES: VE day celebrations - Braintree and Witham mark 70 years since end of WW2


9:00am Thursday 14th May 2015

Schoolchildren, parents and care home residents marked the 70th anniversary of the Victory in Europe Day by holding special celebrations.

Braintree schoolkids have wheely fun time at cycling workshop


10:19am Wednesday 13th May 2015

Schoolchildren had a wheely fun time during a cycling workshop aimed at inspiring kids to get on their bikes.

Couple drawn together by silver screen celebrate platinum anniversary


11:00am Tuesday 12th May 2015

A couple drawn together by the silver screen have celebrated their platinum wedding anniversary.

Thieves break into Silver End garage to steal garden equipment

Gazette: Braintree: drugs police raid ten homes

9:16am Tuesday 12th May 2015

Burglars stole garden equipment and tools from a garage.

Passenger numbers at Stansted Airport top 21million in a year

Gazette: A bid to halt the expansion of Stansted airport has failed

9:07am Tuesday 12th May 2015

Passenger numbers at Stansted Airport has topped 21 million in one year for the first time since 2009.

Fundraising group raises more than £850 for cancer charity during quiz night


6:03pm Monday 11th May 2015

A fundraising group has raised more than £850 for a cancer charity by organising a quiz night and fish and chip supper.

Witham firm sponsors team's new rugby kit


6:01pm Monday 11th May 2015

A Witham firm has provided a junior rugby team with a new kit.

Kelvedon firm donates 1,000 handwriting pens to schoolchildren


5:59pm Monday 11th May 2015

A Kelvedon firm has handed out 1,000 handwriting pens to schoolchildren.

Firefighters hoist up car to free man who was trapped underneath

Gazette: ONGAR: Fire on school roof

4:29pm Monday 11th May 2015

Firefighters helped free a man who was trapped under a car he was repairing today.

Teenager injured after falling through roof

Gazette: Pic credit: East of England Ambulance Service Trust

1:04pm Monday 11th May 2015

A teenager has been taken to hospital after he fell through a roof.

Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer show featuring Braintree has been aired on TV

Gazette: TV property expert Phil Spencer talk about chYps, horrible viewings and why you should buy in New Cross

11:05am Monday 11th May 2015

Braintree has been thrown into the limelight on TV after a house was featured on a property show with Phil Spencer and Kirstie Allsopp.


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