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Relax and unwind at a special event

Gazette: Logo for Emma Lovell Yoga

12:00pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

Unwind at a mind, body and spirit fair.

Do you have hearing problems?


9:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

Residents with hearing problems are being invited to help shape a charity’s work.

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


3:00pm Monday 29th September 2014

An optician from Bures conned people out of more than £12,000 by supplying them with inferior lenses.

Learn Shakespeare's phrases in an unusual way

Gazette: Comedy Festival: Raw

12:00pm Monday 29th September 2014

The Mercury Theatre in Colchester has found an unusual way of translating Shakespeare’s phrases - all you have to do to find out is spend a penny!

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.

Get quizzing for Halstead Hospital

Gazette: Enjoy a quiz night at Richard de Clare School on Friday

9:00am Monday 29th September 2014

A quiz has been organised to raise money for Halstead Hospital.

Community bus to include Halstead Hospital stop

Gazette: Halstead Hospital

3:00pm Sunday 28th September 2014

Owners of a community bus are hoping to extend their route to include Halstead’s hospital.

Watch a professional demonstration of water colour landscapes


12:00pm Sunday 28th September 2014

Halstead Art Group will be hosting a demonstration of water colour landscapes by professional artist David Passfield.

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.

Planning application submitted to reopen Halstead's public toilets


3:00pm Saturday 27th September 2014

Plans have been officially submitted to reopen public toilets in Halstead.

Whole host of workshops at gallery this month


12:00pm Saturday 27th September 2014

The Minories Gallery is holding a series of workshops, talks and demonstrations to accompany its latest exhibition, 30YRS of 12PM.

Treasurer of long running group retires


9:00am Saturday 27th September 2014

A Halstead woman is hanging up her dancing shoes after retiring from the Halstead Tea Dancers.

Taste your musical knowledge at charity quiz

Gazette: Enjoy a quiz night at Richard de Clare School on Friday

6:00pm Friday 26th September 2014

Give your brains a work out and raise money for a vital charity.

Company hopes to appoint architect for new Halstead community centre this week


3:00pm Friday 26th September 2014

A company in charge of bringing a new community centre to Halstead is hoping to appoint an architect to design it this week.

Baby and toddler group saved thanks to Gazette appeal


5:00pm Thursday 25th September 2014

A baby and toddler group under threat has been saved thanks to a Gazette appeal for volunteers.

Get dancing for wildlife

Gazette: A table set at Orford

1:00pm Thursday 25th September 2014

A charity ball is raising money for the Essex Wildlife Trust.

Do you remember Halstead during the Second World War?

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

12:00pm Thursday 25th September 2014

Halstead 21st Century Group is trying to create a timeline of events in Halstead that happened during the war and they are looking for people to contribute their own memories.

Can you help bring films back to Halstead?

Gazette: Budding film maker at Greendown

9:00am Thursday 25th September 2014

Empire Theatre is holding its AGM and wants anyone who can help either with the theatre or with the campaign to show films at the theatre to come forwards.

Historic village pub to become special needs school


3:00pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

A special needs school in Ridgewell will move from the village into a historic pub.

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.

New road named by nine-year-old is officially opened


3:00pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

A new road in Halstead named by a nine-year-old girl has been officially unveiled.

New headteacher vows to put Ramsey Academy at the heart of the community


3:00pm Monday 22nd September 2014

A new headteacher at Halstead’s Ramsey Academy has plans in place to improve the school and make it the talk of the town.

MP claims £16k more in expenses

Gazette: Halstead: MP backtracks over road plans due to divided opinion

12:00pm Saturday 20th September 2014

Halstead's MP claimed nearly £16,000 more in expenses last year compared with the previous year.

Tributes paid to generous community champion after cancer death aged just 49


3:00pm Friday 19th September 2014

Tributes have been paid to a kind and generous community champion who has died from cancer aged just 49.

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.



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