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Plans to transform The Chapel into general store and coffee shop given green light


5:00pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

Exciting plans to transform a landmark building into a coffee shop and general store have been given the go-ahead.

Folk singer performing in Great Notley

Gazette: We’re asking our readers to send in audition videos or audio files of them doing what they do best.

3:00pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

The critically acclaimed Sarah Jones will be in concert at the Church in Great Notley on Saturday at 7.30pm.

A120 campaign claims dualling will cut some journey times in half

Gazette: Still no A120 roundabout revamp

12:52pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A FRESH campaign to dual the A120 throughout north Essex claims it could cut some journey times in half.

Police are looking for this man in connection with an attempted burglary


12:11pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

Detectives have issued a CCTV image of a man they wish to talk to in connection with an attempted burglary at Braintree.

Teenagers win Jack Petchey awards for commitment


10:30am Tuesday 30th September 2014

Dedicated teenagers have been given awards for their efforts.

Blogger Bethan takes to her laptop to inspire others with rare congenital defect


9:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

An inspirational youngster who was born with a rare defect has taken to her laptop to help others with the same condition.

POLL: Should Brooks Newmark resign as Braintree's MP following his social media sex scandal?

Gazette: Halstead: Hundreds sign petition opposing solar farms

10:32am Monday 29th September 2014

Brooks Newmark has said he will not stand down as an MP after being caught sending an explicit photo of himself to an undercover reporter.

Fears that Cressing could merge with Braintree if huge B&Q store is built


5:00pm Monday 29th September 2014

Fears have been raised that Braintree could become connected to Cressing if a new DIY superstore is built on the outskirts of town.

Internationally known singer and worship leader performing in Braintree

Gazette: The Brindley is gearing up for the Halton’s Got Talent final which will feature a host of stars of the future demonstrating their skills.

3:00pm Monday 29th September 2014

The internationally known worship leader, singer and song-writer Lou Fellingham is coming to Braintree in October as the first date of her latest tour An Evening with Lou Fellingham.

Do you recognise this man? Police want to question Witham burglary suspect


2:39pm Monday 29th September 2014

Detectives would like to speak to anyone who may recognise this man with distinctive hair.

Free Wi-Fi planned for Braintree and Witham town centres


12:00pm Monday 29th September 2014

Shops and cafes in Braintree and Witham town centres could receive funding for a free to use Wi-Fi network in a bid to boost visitor numbers.

Hairy gardener from Rivenhall loses first place by a whisker in national moustache contest


10:30am Monday 29th September 2014

A hirsute gardener missed out on first prize in a national moustache contest - after styling the winner’s tache.

Police investigate after man dies in motorcycle and car collision in Witham

Gazette: Essex Police closed the station as part of £2.5million cuts.

8:41am Monday 29th September 2014

Police are investigating a fatal collision between a motorcycle and a car in Witham on Sunday night.

60 family members celebrate Dorothy's 100th birthday


5:00pm Sunday 28th September 2014

Sixty members of Dorothy Morley’s family were by her side as she celebrated her 100th birthday.

Exhibition of natural paintings and sculptures unveiled for first time


3:00pm Sunday 28th September 2014

Admire a fascinating exhibition by the first artist in residence at the St. Mary’s Riverbank, Great Dunmow.

Heavily pregnant woman missing from Colchester hospital


2:06pm Sunday 28th September 2014

A heavily pregnant woman is missing from Colchester General Hospital.

Braintree MP Brooks Newmark issues apology after sex photo sting

Gazette: Halstead: Hundreds sign petition opposing solar farms

1:54pm Sunday 28th September 2014

Braintree MP Brooks Newmark has issued an apology after being caught in a social media sex scandal.

Rayne boxing club offers free sessions for young people in new project


10:30am Sunday 28th September 2014

Rayne Amateur Boxing Club is offering non-contact boxing sessions for young people aged 11 to 19.

Braintree MP Brooks Newmark resigns as civil society minister

Gazette: Halstead: Hundreds sign petition opposing solar farms

6:37pm Saturday 27th September 2014

Braintree MP Brooks Newmark has resigned as the minister for civil society ahead of a story due to be published in a Sunday newspaper.

Optician conned patients out of £12,000 by giving them cheaper lenses


5:00pm Saturday 27th September 2014

An optician conned people out of more than £12,000 by supplying them with inferior lenses, a professional misconduct hearing has heard.

Modern day sci-fi version of Frankenstein coming to Witham


3:00pm Saturday 27th September 2014

An emerging new theatre company, The Keeper’s Children, is bringing a modern day version of the classic thriller Frankenstein to Witham.

Mum welcomes MP's involvement in twin's case


12:00pm Saturday 27th September 2014

A mum fighting to keep her twin boys in the same primary school class has welcomed the intervention of her MP.

Winners bask in glory at the Mid Essex Business Awards 2014


10:50am Saturday 27th September 2014

THE finest businesses in Mid Essex were celebrated last night at the 7th annual Business Awards.

Housing association invests £280,000 in sprucing up six neighbourhoods in Braintree district


10:30am Saturday 27th September 2014

A housing association is spending £280,000 on sprucing up six neighbourhoods.

Plans for 328 homes in Rivenhall gather pace as environment survey waived


9:00am Saturday 27th September 2014

Plans to build more than 300 new homes doubling the size of a village could be submitted by the end of this year.

Hundreds of people sign petition against proposed merger of Witham academies


5:00pm Friday 26th September 2014

More than 400 people have signed a petition to stop a proposed merger of Witham’s secondary schools.

Police release CCTV image of man they want to speak to over Braintree rape


4:25pm Friday 26th September 2014

Police want to speak to the man pictured in this CCTV image in connection with an alleged rape in Braintree.

Enjoy a range of singers at charity concert

Gazette: Didcot Sings

3:00pm Friday 26th September 2014

Music by Candlelight with Elizabeth Davies at The Aubrey Art Gallery, Dunmow, features a range of musicians and singers raising money for Farleigh Hospice.

Braintree Council credit card spending figures revealed

Gazette: Braintree district: Council will continue naming and shaming benefits cheats online

12:00pm Friday 26th September 2014

Braintree Council executives charged more than £200,000 to ten corporate credit cards over the last four years.

Designs by artists including Bawden featured in new exhibition from Braintree's Warner Textile Archive


10:30am Friday 26th September 2014

From inspiring paper designs to intricately printed textiles, the individual pieces held by the Warner Textile Archive in Braintree are works of art in their own right.

Pride in Witham: Mum praises daughter Jessica for taking over her care during cancer battle


9:00am Friday 26th September 2014

A mum-of-six who battled cervical cancer says she can never thank her daughter enough for taking charge of her care.

A131 shut in both directions following incident

Gazette: A361 closed at Sampford Peverell

5:22pm Thursday 25th September 2014

The A131 is closed in both directions between the Marks Farm roundabout (A120/Coggeshall Road) and Broad Road (B1053).

Fitness fan Ellen is running two marathons and a duathlon for charity


5:00pm Thursday 25th September 2014

A fitness fan is taking on three huge challenges in six weeks.

Choir set to record latest album in Braintree


3:25pm Thursday 25th September 2014

Funky Voices are recording their latest album.

Essex Police to hold more meetings with residents to find out their concerns

Gazette: Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh has announced extra local policing officers

3:00pm Thursday 25th September 2014

Essex Police will be holding weekly 'street meets' and community meetings to encourage residents to communicate with officers.

Get your cat microchipped and neutered for £10


2:55pm Thursday 25th September 2014

The Cats Protection Leage and the RSPCA have teamed up to offer cat owners the chance to get their pets neutered and microchipped for £10.

Braintree boy, ten, survives lightning strike


12:00pm Thursday 25th September 2014

A primary school pupil came away virtually unscathed after being hit by lightning- while watching television in a bedroom in Braintree.

VIDEOS: Your clips of the weekend's storms


9:31am Thursday 25th September 2014

The weekend's storms provided the perfect opportunity for our readers to practice their camera skills.

Schoolboy struck by lightning and roads turned into rivers as storm strikes Braintree


8:30am Thursday 25th September 2014

A schoolboy was hit by lightning and a kayaker paddled in a flooded road when heavy storms hit Braintree.

Dramatic flash floods cause chaos across Witham


8:30am Thursday 25th September 2014

Homes and businesses in Witham have started the big clear-up after being deluged in dramatic flash floods.

John Ray infant school looking up one year after fire


5:00pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

It has been one year since a fire completely destroyed a Braintree infant school and things have never looked better.

Witham Business Club opens to help firms wanting to expand

Gazette: Witham town centre could benefit if businesswoman's funding bid is successful

6:24pm Thursday 25th September 2014

The Witham Business Club - a support network for new and established firms - officially launches tomorrow.

Essex fire crews called to help obese patients 465 times in ten years


12:00pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

Fire crews in the Braintree district were called out 47 times in ten years to help paramedics deal with obese patients.

Singer Raevennan Husbandes to perform in Coggeshall


10:30am Wednesday 24th September 2014

Raevennan Husbandes describes herself as an “Afrocentric quirky beatnik songbird, buster of shapes, lover of tea and cake, prolific letter writer.”

Crooks who stole school computers worth £160,000 ordered to pay back £1 each


9:15am Wednesday 24th September 2014

THREE men who admitted stealing £160,000 worth of computers from schools across Essex and Suffolk have no more than £3 left between them, a court heard.

A12 northbound closed following an incident

Gazette: A361 closed at Sampford Peverell

4:34pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

The A12 is closed following an incident involving a car and a lorry.

23 patients to move out of the Old Deanery care home because staff are struggling to care for them


4:17pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Braintree's largest care home is moving out 23 residents with complex needs because staff are struggling to look after them.

Braintree author publishes first book for children


12:00pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

A teacher from Braintree has joined forces with a Witham illustrator to launch his first book for children.

Uncle and nephew cycle Suffolk coast for children's charity


10:30am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

An uncle and nephew raised £250 for vulnerable children by completing a charity bike ride.

PICTURES: Homes and businesses begin recovery after flash-flood deluge


10:24am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Several homes and businesses have started the big clear-up after being deluged in dramatic flash-floods.



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