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Breaking news Serious crash closes A12 in both directions


4:45pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

A SERIOUS crash has closed the A12 in both directions.

Camping and caravan rally at pub

Gazette: Caravan owners advised to check TV licence requirements

4:00pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

The Camping and Caravanning Club West Essex District Association is holding a rally at The Swan in Rayne on Saturday.

Enjoy a Poppy Prom for charity

Gazette: Pitminster Parish First World War Exhibition

3:00pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

Join a Poppy Prom in aid of the Poppy Appeal.

Two bikes stolen in a week

Gazette: Braintree: drugs police raid ten homes

1:00pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

Residents are being urged to ensure their bikes are kept secure after two bikes were stolen.

Braintree Town Football Club top of the league for cheap pies and teas


12:00pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

They might be not be among the upper crust of English football but the Iron are top of the league when it comes to best value tickets, pies, and tea.

Priti Patel wins award for championing small shops and newsagents


10:30am Thursday 23rd October 2014

A shopkeeper's politician daughter has been given an award by the organisation representing newsagents.

Man in hospital after two-vehicle crash

Gazette: Pic credit: East of England Ambulance Service Trust

9:35am Thursday 23rd October 2014

A man believed to be in his 60s has been taken to hospital after a two-vehicle crash.

Nuisance drunks are spoiling Witham's image, say traders and residents


8:50am Thursday 23rd October 2014

Nuisance drunks urinating on benches and verbally abusing shoppers on Witham’s high street are ruining the town’s image, say traders and residents.

Doctors at crisis point: Braintree GPs' mounting pressures mean they are "absolutely overwhelmed"


8:47am Thursday 23rd October 2014

Patient-focused doctors could soon be history amid mounting pressures such as lack of funding and a growing population, claims a Braintree GP.

Arsonists set fire to garden fence in Witham

Gazette: Braintree: drugs police raid ten homes

5:00pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Arsonists set fire to a garden fence causing £100 worth of damage.

Concern grows for welfare of teenager missing from home since Monday


4:56pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Concern is growing for the welfare of a girl who has gone missing from her home.

Celebrate orchestra's 25th anniversary

Gazette: Didcot Sings

3:00pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Colne Philharmonic Orchestra is celebrating its 25th anniversary with the family-orientated Hurrah.

Pensioner refuses to sell land to superstore developers


12:00pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A pensioner said a DIY superstore will have to be built around him because he refuses to move.

Witham charity launches Christmas appeal to feed orphaned and vulnerable Kenyan children


10:30am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A charity has launched an appeal to feed children at a Kenyan children’s centre.

Braintree musician teams up with top American comedian for show this weekend


9:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A musician is teaming up with a comedian who works on the famous Late Show with David Letterman.

Roadworks bring Witham to a standstill causing businesses to suffer

Gazette: Russell Davis

5:00pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

Roadworks caused businesses to suffer after Witham was brought to a standstill.

First World War commemorative events at Braintree District Museum


3:00pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

Braintree District Museum is holding a First World War commemorative event with lots of activities to keep everyone amused.

Wildlife artist comes to end of Witham exhibition


1:00pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A wildlife artist will be holding her final demonstration of a two week exhibition in Witham.

MP to hold second academies merger meeting


12:18pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

An MP has called a second public meeting to discuss how to stop a proposed school merger.

Friends record charity song for cancer sufferer Sienna


12:00pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A retired businessman and a care home worker have released a song to raise funds for a little girl who suffers from a rare form of cancer.

Carnival committee appoints new chairman


11:00am Tuesday 21st October 2014

Witham carnival has been saved thanks to new volunteers signing up.

Witham MP launches Christmas card competition

Gazette: Braintree district: MPs clash over gay marriage

10:30am Tuesday 21st October 2014

Could you design Witham MP Priti Patel’s Christmas card?

School "resilient and forward-looking" after Ofsted claim it requires improvement


9:00am Tuesday 21st October 2014

A headteacher has hit back at Ofsted, arguing their latest report does not accurately reflect the school’s achievements.

Works starts on changing Kings Head pub into Braintree's fifth Tesco


5:00pm Monday 20th October 2014

Work has begun to change a former public house into Braintree’s fourth Tesco store.

Court finds doctor guilty of sex assault on young mum


3:28pm Monday 20th October 2014

A DOCTOR who groped a young mum he was supposed to be examining has been convicted of sexual assault.

Chelmsford City Racecourse to host 58 fixtures


3:22pm Monday 20th October 2014

Chelmsford City Racecourse has been given 58 fixtures for next year, with the first in January.

Admire oil paintings of animals at exhibition


3:00pm Monday 20th October 2014

Having been the resident artist of Colchester Zoo since 2008, Tiptree artist Alison Burchert knows a few things when it comes down to drawing animals.

Do you know this man?


2:01pm Monday 20th October 2014

Police are searching for this man in connection with the theft of £100 worth of lottery scratchcards from a petrol station.

Strong winds predicted to hit Essex on Tuesday

Gazette: Met Office issues Dorset with weather warning

1:23pm Monday 20th October 2014

Severe gales could affect Essex tomorrow, forecasters have warned.

New Tabor Academy head: "We want to improve in all areas"


12:00pm Monday 20th October 2014

A new headteacher is one of the many fresh faces at Tabor Academy this year.

Free service to help Braintree and Witham smokers quit the habit


10:30am Monday 20th October 2014

It's never to late to quit smoking with the help of a free support service.

Pride in Witham: Kenneth still going strong as head of successful community project


9:00am Monday 20th October 2014

A community project to inspire people’s pride in their estate is still brimming with ideas after seven years of good work.

Food and drink fair tickles the taste buds of more than 3,000 people at Cressing Temple Barns

Gazette: Witham: Spooky fun at Cressing Temple Barns

7:31pm Sunday 19th October 2014

More than 3,500 people visited Cressing Temple Barns to sample the tasty treats and delicious drinks at their annual Autumn fair.

Wrestlers delight crowds at the Witham Public Hall

Gazette: Witham Public Hall in Collingwood Road

7:29pm Sunday 19th October 2014

More than 50 people packed into the Witham Public hall to enjoy wrestlers battle their way to glory.

Thieves break into car to steal two PlayStation games

Gazette: Braintree: drugs police raid ten homes

5:00pm Sunday 19th October 2014

PlayStation games worth £60 have been stolen from a car.

Follow the crazy adventure of a group of women during Second World War in play


3:00pm Sunday 19th October 2014

Greville Theatre Club’s autumn production is Imogen Stubbs’ We Happy Few, performed at the Barn Theatre, Little Easton.

Community choir Funky Voices records new album


12:00pm Sunday 19th October 2014

A community choir has recorded a new album ahead of two scheduled performances in Braintree.

New artisan market will be halved in size as organisers make second bid to bring stalls to Witham


10:30am Sunday 19th October 2014

A new artisan market for Witham will be scaled back.

Pride in Braintree: We celebrate the town's best moments in history


9:00am Sunday 19th October 2014

We have picked ten of the town’s most interesting snippets from the history books for this week’s Pride in Braintree to celebrate the places and people that make Braintree what it is today.

Grill fire forces sandwich shop to close


5:00pm Saturday 18th October 2014

Staff and customers rushed out of a Braintree sandwich shop after a grill caught fire.

Art and flower exhibition to celebrate church's anniversary

Gazette: Wroughton and District Gardeners’ Society Horticultural Show

3:00pm Saturday 18th October 2014

Admire flowers and art with a theme of celebration.

Essex County Council has fixed 90 per cent of potholes on main roads

Gazette: The potholes before the markings were painted around them.

2:00pm Saturday 18th October 2014

More than 90 per cent of the district’s major potholes and road defects have been fixed in just three months.

Need support about coping with sight loss? Charity holds free exhibition about the options

Gazette: Justice for man's best friend as new guide dog laws come in

1:00pm Saturday 18th October 2014

A sight loss charity is holding an exhibition about support and gadgets available to help people with impaired vision.

Golf club celebrates amazing hole-in-one record


12:00pm Saturday 18th October 2014

A golf club owner claims his members are the most accurate in the country after at least 16 players scored a hole-in-one in just two years.

Extra buses added to timetables for four services in Braintree and Witham

Gazette: Bus service changes planned

10:30am Saturday 18th October 2014

Extra journeys have been added to four First bus routes in Braintree and Witham.

Luxury cat hotel chain sets sights on town

Gazette: Purrfect presents for cats at Haywards Heath hotel

9:00am Saturday 18th October 2014

A luxury hotel for cats could be on the cards in Bocking.

Braintree hospital staff set up picket lines over pay row


5:00pm Friday 17th October 2014

Hospital staff set up picket lines for the NHS’s first day of strike action in more than 30 years.

Enjoy art by Kelvedon and Feering Art Society


3:00pm Friday 17th October 2014

Kelvedon and Feering Art Society is holding its annual art exhibition on tomorrow and Sunday.

Teacher training event to be held at Coggeshall school

Gazette: Writing Q&A, Questions and Answers on a blackboard.   (10685421)

12:00pm Friday 17th October 2014

An event for people interested in teaching will be held at a Coggeshall school.

Passengers urged: back our campaign for 40 minute train journeys from Colchester to London

Gazette: There is disruption on the Greater Anglia service to Southminster

11:57am Friday 17th October 2014

PASSENGERS have been asked to back a campaign calling for trains to run from Colchester to London Liverpool Street in just 40 minutes.



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