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Motorcyclist, in his 70s, has died after a crash with a van in Steeple Bumpstead

Gazette: A361 closed at Sampford Peverell

5:09pm Thursday 18th September 2014

A motorcyclist aged in his 70s has died after he was involved in a crash with a van.

Cow dead after crash on the A12 near Hatfield Peverel


11:04am Thursday 18th September 2014

A cow has died after it was struck by a car on the A12 near Hatfield Peverel.

Wednesday latest: British man questioned in relation to murder of Hannah Witheridge


8:15am Wednesday 17th September 2014

A British man has been questioned in relation to the murders of two Britons found dead in Thailand.

UPDATE 2pm: Hannah Witheridge's family pay tribute to "beautiful, intelligent, loving young woman"


9:33am Tuesday 16th September 2014

THE family of a murdered Essex University student have paid tribute to a "beautiful, intelligent, loving young woman".

Fun and education at Halstead fire station open day


5:00pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

Families attended an open day at Halstead fire station and learned about fire safety from local crews.

23-year-old woman found murdered in Thailand is Essex University student Hannah Witheridge


6:13pm Monday 15th September 2014

A YOUNG woman murdered on a beach in Thailand has been named as Essex University student Hannah Witheridge.

Stick to market town not floral town, says chamber of trade

Gazette: anne maree robertson

3:00pm Sunday 14th September 2014

Halstead should stick at being a market town rather than a floral one, suggests the town’s chamber of trade.

150 people attend book launch and exhibition on Rippers factory


3:00pm Sunday 14th September 2014

Some 150 people attended an exhibition and book launch about Hedingham’s industrial past which was brought to life with photos, real-life experiences and artefacts.

Water leak still not fixed after six weeks


9:00am Sunday 14th September 2014

A water leak that has been going on for six weeks has infuriated residents.

Scrapped plan for future development could still be used to decide planning applications

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

3:00pm Saturday 13th September 2014

A scrapped plan for future development in the district could still be used to decide planning applications - until a new plan is drawn up.

Prep school awarded "outstanding" in all areas


9:00am Saturday 13th September 2014

St Margaret’s Prep School has been awarded “outstanding” in all areas by Ofsted for their early years provision.

Villagers win £6k grant for new shop in Gosfield

Gazette: Braintree district:

3:00pm Friday 12th September 2014

Community-spirited villagers have been granted thousands of pounds to build a new village shop in a portable cabin.

Earls Colne street light petition attracts nearly 500 signatures

Gazette: Street light

9:00am Friday 12th September 2014

A mother is impressed by the amount of support a petition to keep the streetlights on has attracted.

Landowners have suggested more sites for potential development


3:00pm Thursday 11th September 2014

Landowners have suggested extra sites for potential development.

Talented girl rides her way to second class at prestigious show


9:00am Thursday 11th September 2014

A talented horse rider has qualified for her second class at the Horse of the Year Show.

MS patient fears he is being left to "rot" by health bosses


5:00pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

AN MS patient fears health bosses are letting him “rot” because his life-changing medication is not funded by the NHS.

More parents in Halstead willing to take their children out of school and pay a fine


3:00pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

Parents in Halstead are now more inclined to take their child out of school for a holiday and pay a fine than ever before.

Halstead teenager raises more than £1,000 for charity


12:00pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

A determined girl is pleased to have raised more than £1,000 for charity.

Death of golfer inspired club to fundraise for defibrillator


10:30am Wednesday 10th September 2014

The death of a keen golfer has inspired others at his club to raise money for a defibrillator.

60 Minute Makeover filmed in Halstead to air later this year

Gazette: Star reader Marcus Arnold snapped this picture of Peter Andre

3:00pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

A makeover show presented by Peter Andre and set in Halstead will be aired at the end of the year.

Witchcraft, ghosts and suffragettes - Sible Hedingham's past through its pubs

Gazette: Sible Hedingham has been commended in the Village of the Year competition

12:00pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

The historic village of Sible Hedingham, which dates back to the Bronze Age, was once home to 12 thriving pubs, but now only one remains.

Mixed reaction to Oak Road development plans


9:00am Tuesday 9th September 2014

The proposed plans for the Oak Road development have been met with mixed reactions by residents.

Halstead engineering firm celebrating successful year


9:00am Monday 8th September 2014

Halstead engineering firm is celebrating after achieving its highest ever annual turnover.

Tributes paid to popular bookies manager


9:00am Sunday 7th September 2014

A widow has paid tribute to her “generous, honest, moralistic” husband who was a popular bookies manager.

Police urging vigilance after catalytic converter stolen from Halstead van

Gazette: Braintree: drugs police raid ten homes

9:00am Saturday 6th September 2014

A £1,000 catalytic converter has been stolen from a van.

Exciting bid for Halstead cultural hub

Gazette: Halstead Community Centre Charitable Company members

8:55am Friday 5th September 2014

Halstead’s new community centre could be completed within two years - after a 15 year wait.

Open day at Halstead fire station

Gazette: ONGAR: Fire on school roof

5:50pm Thursday 4th September 2014

Halstead fire station, Parsonage Street, is holding an open day.

Open verdict recorded following death of popular community member


5:00pm Thursday 4th September 2014

A coroner has recorded an open verdict after the death of a popular member of the community.

Saddle up for charity bike ride in Halstead

Gazette: First aiders on bikes for festivals

12:00pm Thursday 4th September 2014

Holmes and Hill Solicitors are holding their ninth annual bike ride for Essex Air Ambulance.

Wartime hero Bertie who saved lives after bomb hit factory dies aged 94


5:00pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

A wartime hero who rescued people from a burning factory has died aged 94.

Commuters facing disruption after person hit by a train

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

4:46pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

NORTH Essex commuters are facing an evening of disruption after a person was hit by a train.

Parish council to spend thousands on deciding whether to refurbish toilets


3:00pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

Thousands of pounds of taxpayers money is being spent on deciding whether reopening public toilets can go ahead.

Get a behind the scenes look at Dad's Army

Gazette: More Tea Vicar? With Frank Williams

12:00pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

Take a trip down memory lane and get a unique glimpse behind the scenes of Dad’s Army.

Halstead skate park to be repaired


9:00am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

Skateboarders will finally see their skate park repaired after lobbying for investment.

Forum on Stansted Airport Growth being held in Halstead

Gazette: Essex: Stansted Airport job fair to showcase vacancies

6:00pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

Halstead Rotary Club are holding a forum about Stansted Airport growth.

Car enthusiasts' heaven at Hedingham Castle this weekend


12:00pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

Hedingham Castle is going to be a car enthusiast’s paradise this weekend.

Halstead restaurant applies for licensing changes


9:00am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

An Indian restaurant is applying for a late music and longer alcohol license.

Get a health MOT check for your dog

Gazette: AT THE SERVICE: Holly the dog looks excited about the service

6:00pm Monday 1st September 2014

Dog owners are being invited to bring their pets along for a free health MOT.

Halstead's horticultural show this weekend

Gazette: Picture from the Ropley Horticultural Show

12:00pm Monday 1st September 2014

Halstead Horticultural Society are holding their early show on Sunday.

Stowaway found under coach Halstead woman was on


10:30am Monday 1st September 2014

A woman has been left with some unusual holiday photos after an illegal immigrant was found underneath the coach she was travelling on.

Baby and toddler group to close in weeks if volunteers do not come forward


3:00pm Sunday 31st August 2014

A baby and toddler group which is under threat because of a shortage of volunteers is set to close next month if no help materialises.

A man in his seventies has died after an A12 crash


11:08am Sunday 31st August 2014

A man has died after a crash into a central reservation.

Charity shop theft branded "the worst"

Gazette: EACH Family Fun and Dog Day

9:00am Sunday 31st August 2014

Thieves have been condemned from stealing ffrom Halstead charity shops.

Violent crime in Halstead has increased by nearly 50 per cent

Gazette: Burglary surge hits Halstead area

5:00pm Saturday 30th August 2014

Violent crime has risen by nearly 50 per cent in the first six months of this year compared with the same period in 2013.

Halstead man creating a mosaic for entrance to Chelmsford Cathedral


3:00pm Saturday 30th August 2014

A father-of-two is feeling honoured after being asked to create a mosaic for the entrance of Chelmsford Cathedral.

Rebranding Halstead as a floral town met with unanimous favour


1:00pm Saturday 30th August 2014

Proposals to rebrand Halstead as a floral town have been met with unanimous favour.

Cats Protection Shop to reopen

Gazette: Cats Protection Adoption Event

9:00am Saturday 30th August 2014

The Colne Valley Cats Protection Charity shop will reopen after being closed for three months.

Affluent commuters snapping up 'cheap' Halstead homes causing house price surge


9:00am Friday 29th August 2014

Homebuyers from affluent commuter towns are snapping up cheaper houses in desirable Halstead.

Police crack down on nuisance youngsters

Gazette: Braintree: drugs police raid ten homes

12:00pm Friday 29th August 2014

Nuisance youngsters are being tackled in a policing crack down.

Explore Victorian and Georgian cartoons at Solar Society's next meeting

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

12:00pm Thursday 28th August 2014

The Solar Society’s next meeting will explore the history of art.



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