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  • Golf: Charlie's shot of a lifetime at 74

    A 74-year-old golfer is celebrating his first hole in one after more than 20 years in the sport. Charlie Cutts, of Frobisher Road, Dovercourt, struck lucky while on the back nine of a round at the Harwich and Dovercourt Golf Club. Charlie started playing

  • Showjumping: Ingatestone club is national champion

    Riders from the Ingatestone and Blackmore Riding Club became the National Junior Champions in equestrian showjumping at Malvern, Worcestershire, recently. They beat West Scotland Riding Club by one mark out of 73 in the individual finals. Claire Nowland

  • Cricket: Hearn backs Hussain's benefit plans

    Matchroom Sport, the Romford-based business run by Barry Hearn, is backing Essex and England cricket captain Nasser Hussain's benefit year with four separate functions. The Waterfront Place Restaurant, Chelmsford will be the venue on Tuesday, October

  • Colchester: Girl, 6, dies on family holiday on holiday

    A Colchester schoolgirl has died after being involved in a car accident while on holiday. Jasamin Eslami, six, a pupil at St James' Primary School, Colchester, was visiting relatives in Iran with her mother and brother when they were involved in the accident

  • Caretaker sacked after Stambridge village hall lock-out

    A retired sergeant major who locked parish councillors out of their own village hall has been sacked as caretaker, it has emerged. The councillors had to hold an emergency meeting in the car park, then decided to break into Stambridge Memorial Hall to

  • Southend: Cliffs classics

    Ten major orchestras are coming to Southend for the new season of classics at the Cliffs Pavilion. A feast of top talent is coming from as far away as Moscow and Hungry, with programmes rich in classical and romantic works. The New Queen's Hall Orchestra

  • Southend: Beauties made for treasuring

    SALLY KING casts her eye over a collection of modern treasures created by talented Essex crafts people. Craftsmen and women from all over Essex have been planing, sawing, painting, etching and sewing to produce a beautiful array of arts which are on display

  • Southend: Cliffs classics

    Ten major orchestras are coming to Southend for the new season of classics at the Cliffs Pavilion. A feast of top talent is coming from as far away as Moscow and Hungry, with programmes rich in classical and romantic works. The New Queen's Hall Orchestra

  • Benfleet: Arthur's fighting fit again

    A Benfleet councillor is back and fighting fit after a five-hour heart operation. Arthur Stevens, Labour member for St George's ward has now returned to his council duties after he had a heart valve replaced at St Bartholomew's hospital in London earlier

  • Southend: Get set for poetry day

    Southend poets are getting ready for National Poetry Day. The celebrations on Thursday, October 7, will be taking place at the Central Library on the town's Victoria Avenue and the Railway Hotel, Clifftown Road. The Southend Poetry Group will be giving

  • Southend: New hope for the homeless

    New housing for homeless people with mental health problems has opened in Southend. The town's mayor, Tony North, planted a tree outside Century House in North Road to mark the launch of the project which is expected to help hundreds of people. Clients

  • Harold Hill: Alert as burglars stroll into house

    Police are urging residents to keep their front doors locked after opportunist burglars strolled into a Harold Hill home - while their victim was upstairs. The 18-year-old homeowner, who had unexpectedly returned to her house in Lancing Road shortly after

  • Harold Hill: Early hours yobs plague residents

    Harold Hill residents have demanded action to rescue their neighbourhood from the yobs that have turned it into a hotbed of crime and a late night race track. They are insisting that the only way to kill off vandalism and yobbery on the housing estate

  • Braintree: Worker awarded £25,000 injury payout

    A woman who claimed that working at fuel giants Shell UK Ltd had left her with personal injury has been awarded £25,000. Michelle Gould, 26, of Church Street, Braintree, who claimed she had developed repetitive strain injury (RSI) while working at the

  • Basilon rapist sentenced to six years

    Rapist Thomas O'Connor was sentenced to six years in prison on Friday after being found guilty of a series of sex attacks on a 29 year old divorcee. O'Connor, 30, of Middle Crockerford, Basildon, was found guilty of four rapes, two indecent assaults and

  • You're from Frinton? Never!

    The quiet image of Frinton has been rocked as a punk rock band from the town is recording their first live album tonight. The Audio Terrorists are not what you would expect from the genteel seaside resort. Lead singer of the band Charles Rogers said:

  • Partial parking victory for Westcliff residents

    Campaigners have won a partial victory in their battle to park cars outside their homes. Councillors have agreed to investigate new measures which could allow residents of Hainault Avenue, Westcliff, to park on both sides of the street. The move was the

  • Rugby: Brentwood rise to the challenge

    Brentwood picked up a good challenging fixture on the fixture exchange when their opponents in the first round of the NPI Cup cried off. Playing down the slope they took the lead in an exchange of penalties soon after the start. Both sides were prepared

  • Speedway: Hammer juniors pip Mildenhall

    Without a match for the senior side, Arena staged a Junior Challenge and a good sized crowd enjoyed an entertaining match between two well-matched sides with the Hammers obliged to their two regular first team members to ease them home. Gary Corbett was

  • Tennis: Youth Games success

    Seven junior members of the Billericay club helped a joint Billericay and Basildon team win the tennis event in the Essex Youth Games. The games, sponsored by BAA-Stansted, had an entry of seven areas for the tennis event. Billericay/Basildon finished

  • Tennis round-up: Amy misses big day through broken arm...

    Wickford Tennis Club held its junior finals day at the weekend and if a trophy could have been awarded to the player with the worst luck it would have gone to Amy Dijkstra. She was unable to play in the under-14 girls' final after breaking her arm while

  • Squash: England have to settle for bronze

    Former Colchester squash star Chris Walker captained England to a bronze medal at the World Team Championships in Egypt. But that was a disappointment for England who were pre-tournament favourites. England were surprisingly beaten by Wales in the semi-finals

  • Soccer: Four tough tests for City

    Chelmsford City face their strongest challenge of the season on Saturday, when they entertain unbeaten Folkestone Invicta, championship favourites, but manager Gary Bellamy has no qualms that his young chargers will up to the task and is confident of

  • Athletics: Pair celebrate England call-up

    Athlete Somma Power cut 20 seconds from her previous best 800 metres performance to ensure winning an international call-up for England. Somma, a star member of Basildon Athletic Club, was competing in the junior girls heptathlon at the English Schools

  • Cricket: Hussain’s benefit plans

    Matchroom Sport, the Romford-based business run by Barry Hearn, is backing Essex and England cricket captain Nasser Hussain's benefit year with four separate functions. The Waterfront Place Restaurant, Chelmsford will be the venue on Tuesday, October

  • Soccer: Mid-Essex League round-up

    PREMIER DIVISION Tillingham gained a narrow victory over their hosts Burnham Ramblers . John Curtis gave the Ramblers the lead equalised by Paul Henson and an own goal by Martin Hatcher put Tillingham ahead at the interval. Tony Wilkin equalised but Andy

  • Thurrock: Free seat safety checks

    Thurrock Council is joining forces with Safeway supermarket to offer free safety checks for children's car seats. Latest figures show 70 per cent of child seats are not fitted properly, but tomorrow anyone can go along to the Chafford Hundred store to

  • Soccer: Essex Intermediate League round-up

    SENIOR DIVISION ONE Bishops Stortford Swifts recorded a third win of the season when, at home to promoted Sandon Royals, they kept a clean sheet while scoring three through Campbell, Petrou with a penalty and Parnwell. SENIOR DIVISION TWO A local derby

  • Yachting: Top man at Burnham

    Ben Ainslie, Britain's 1996 Olympic silver medallist and reigning world Laser champion, leads a galaxy of stars at the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club's Endeavour Trophy next month. Ainslie, currently in Sydney competing in the pre-Olympic Regatta, will dash

  • Ice hockey: Chieftains stutter to victory

    Cardiff Rage..........................2 Chelmsford Chieftains.............4 (English Premier League) Chelmsford Chieftains stuttered to a far from convincing victory over bottom club Cardiff Rage on Saturday. Chieftains were without captain Karl Rogers

  • Soccer: Whitton's double transfer blow

    Colchester United manager Steve Whitton's attempts to sign two new players ahead of the team's Division Two clash at Millwall have been blocked. The U's boss was keen to bring in Southampton's David Hirst and Brighton's Andy Arnott on loan before Saturday

  • Cricket: Barry quits Brightlingsea over league switch

    Brightlingsea stalwart Mick Barry has waved a controversial goodbye to the Two Counties League club's second eleven captaincy after a reign of more than 15 years. And the 44-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman blamed the league's move to play cricket only on

  • Rugby round-up: Pegasus lose thriller...

    A riveting Tetley's Bitter Vase tie left Pegasus with just a scintillating opening try to compensate for a narrow loss. Pegasus matched their hosts in every department, bar the scrummaging, which ultimately proved decisive. Ongar appeared dominant for

  • Braintree: Holiday couple spot son - on poster!

    Tourists Ray and Kathleen Hart were stunned when they saw a picture of their son Bob on a political poster in Portugal - taken when he was just 18 months old. Mrs Hart spotted the poster first as the couple, of Gloucester Gardens, Braintree, strolled

  • Walton: Woman in cliff fall

    p1 coast splash + pic (5177-15a) A major cliff rescue operation was launched after a woman fell more than 30ft down a sheer drop at the Naze at Walton. Kathy Warner, from Colchester, was seen lying unconscious on a ledge by a member of the public who

  • Brentwood: Road safety scheme 'unecessary and intrusive'

    A radical new road safety scheme aimed at protecting schoolchildren has been branded "unnecessary and intrusive" by concerned local residents. St Martin's School, in Hanging Hill Lane, was chosen earlier this year as a pilot site for the Sustainable Routes

  • Hadleigh: Forced out of dreamhouse

    A new purpose-built house for a four-year-old disabled boy has so many defects, the family will be forced to move out for six months. Karen and Ian Newton, parents of wheelchair-bound Joshua, have been told to rent a house while a staggering 176 repairs

  • Clacton: Driver's 44-minute emergency call wait

    A man has complained to the Chief Constable of Essex and Harwich MP Ivan Henderson after he had to wait 44 minutes for police to arrive on an emergency call. The man said he called the police after he was forced off the road by another car. The incident

  • Southend: £150,000 bill to fix unsafe playing fields

    Up to £150,000 needs to be found from Southend Council coffers to cover the cost of re-laying three school playing fields after they were found to be unsafe. Although they were only laid between 1992 and 1994, pupils at Prittlewell School have been unable

  • Basildon: Headteacher goes back to her roots

    Basildon born and bred and proud of it! That's the new headteacher at Lee Chapel Primary School, Susan Jackson. Mrs Jackson, 38, was born at her grandparents' house in Whitmore Way. The second generation "Basildonian" grew up in Long Riding and went to

  • Great Wakering: Rubbish tip power plan

    Ambitious plans to turn methane gas from a rubbish dump into electricity to power thousands of homes were today unveiled. An energy company has put in an application to Essex County Council to build and run a methane conversion plant at Barling landfill

  • Shoebury: Brutal youth beats warden

    Warden Brian Edwards, beaten black and blue by a teenage thug after he asked a group to keep the noise down, has spoken of his ordeal. The brutality of the unprovoked attack has shocked detectives. Youth nuisance has been a problem outside the warden-controlled

  • Soccer: Canvey weigh up Conference

    RYMAN PREMIER LEAGUE Nationwide Conference here we come! That could be the rather cheeky clarion call from Canvey Island to send shock waves through the non-league soccer world. Gulls have made meteoric progress from county soccer to the highest echelons

  • TV fame for Blues' team mascot, Darren

    Do you know Sammy the Shrimp? If you don't, then you soon will! Sammy alias accountant Darren Posnack, is set for television stardom when a new series hits the small screen. Darren, 26, of Gordon Road, Southend, will be one of the stars when ITV launches

  • Michaela's dance of triumph...

    TOM KING finds that dance teacher Michaela Headford has grabbed success from the jaws of personal disaster after an accident ended her own promising dancing career Michaela Headford, principal of South East Theatre School, was on holiday in Spain and

  • West Hanningfield: Bogus buyer steals car

    A woman who advertised her Volkswagen Cabriolet for sale in a magazine had it stolen by a man who posed as a potential buyer. The purple £12,800 car was driven away from her house in Church Lane, West Hanningfield. While the woman was talking to her husband

  • Rollerspeed-skating: Prizes roll in for Essex club

    A haul of 11 podium placings out of a possible 30 left South Woodham Ferrers & Wickford Rollerspeed Skating Club delighted with their day's work in Birmingham against most of the country's top performers. Competing in glorious sunshine, South Woodham

  • Soccer: Swift points needed

    Swifts will be looking to bounce back from their sad FA Cup exit when they go to Aylesbury for a Ryman League Premier Division match on Saturday. Without the distraction of the cup, Swifts can now start to get their league form rolling, and there will

  • Golf: Charlie's shot of a lifetime at 74

    A 74-year-old golfer is celebrating his first hole in one after more than 20 years in the sport. Charlie Cutts, of Frobisher Road, Dovercourt, struck lucky while on the back nine of a round at the Harwich and Dovercourt Golf Club. Charlie started playing

  • Soccer: Blues ready for Posh challenge

    Blues' boss Alan Little and his Peterborough counterpart Barry Fry are turning up the heat on tomorrow's Roots Hall clash by labelling it one of the season's biggest games. Little, aiming for Southend United's fourth Division Three win in a row, said:

  • Soccer: Trio must travel for vital Vase encounters

    It's Carlsberg FA Vase time this weekend with the second qualifying round being staged. Three of the four local Schweppes Essex Senior League sides competing are away from home with only Canvey-based Concord Rangers, who take on Ilford at Thames Road,

  • Judo: Lisa's a golden girl

    Lisa Birch, 15, earned herself a place in the Eastern Counties team at the national judo trials later this year when she took the over 63k gold medal at the BJA Ipswich Under 20's Championships on Sunday. Lisa, a blue belt who trains at Witham Judo Kwai

  • Cricket: What's gone wrong?

    As Essex take up a position in the Second Division of both League competitions, the question will be asked: "What's gone wrong?" Essex have been one of the major cricket forces for two decades and have set a standard that is increasingly impossible to

  • Soccer: Colchester ex-skipper sent on loan

    Warren Aspinall's Colchester United career could be over with boss Steve Whitton revealing he has been sent on loan to Third Division Brighton. The 31-year-old midfielder was stripped of the captaincy by the U's boss and it looks as though he could be

  • Chelmsford: Rapist walks free

    A rapist killer has walked free from a court after another alleged rape victim brought a trial to a standstill. Barristers defending Roddy Henry at Chelmsford Crown Court inferred the alleged rape victim had deliberately engineered the end of his trial

  • Mid Essex: Death crash driver cleared by jury

    A cargo handler at Stansted Airport has been cleared of causing death by dangerous driving as he drove home after a 17-hour shift. Nigel Wright was involved in an accident on the A120 at Stebbing last September in which motorist Anthony Morris was killed

  • Southend: Man bitten by attacker

    Detectives today stepped up their hunt for a man who repeatedly bit a teenager in a street brawl. The 18-year-old victim needed urgent hospital treatment and stitches to his ear and nose following the brutal attack in Southend High Street. He was today

  • 12-year-old says: ''Bus driver is my hero''

    A Thamesway bus driver has been praised for taking care of a lost 12-year-old girl and bringing her home safe and sound. Nikki Roberts got on the bus at Basildon bus station thinking it was going to her Laindon bus stop. But she fell asleep on the bus

  • City coach cuts anger Southend commuters

    Bus chiefs faced the wrath of commuters on Friday after cutting more than a third of early-morning coaches from Southend to London. Arriva and Thamesway are slashing the number of coaches to the capital - even though 800 people travel on the service every

  • Laindon man jailed for air rage

    An air rage lout who caused misery on a packed plane and even threatened to "sort out" the captain has been jailed. Robin Bland, of Laindon, left fellow passengers panicking and even reduced cabin staff to tears as he drank, smoked and swore. Salesman

  • Lifeline bid for five-year-old Chelmsford boy

    Chelmsford Prison officers and ancillary staff have volunteered to become potential bone marrow donors in a race against time to save the life of a five-year old boy. Harry Cass (pictured right) was diagnosed by doctors at London's Great Ormond Street

  • 16 die in four weeks on county roads

    Police have appealed to drivers to slow down after an unprecedented toll of 16 road deaths in just four weeks on Essex roads. The fatalities have also been compounded by an increasing number of serious accidents - the latest of which occurred on Tuesday

  • Mid Essex: Hospital porters train as guards

    Hospital porters are being trained as security guards in a bid to improve staff safety, it has been revealed. Mid-Essex Hospitals NHS Trust used to employ private security guards but is now training porters after discussions with staff. All five of the

  • Stisted: Runaway car ploughs into historic building

    A runaway car rolled 100 yards through a village street and ploughed into an 18th century former library and meeting room. An empty Citroen Xantia rolled down a slope in The Street, Stisted, near Braintree, into the historic Montefiore Institute. Witnesses

  • Colchester: Baby scans stolen in car break-in

    A pregnant woman was today devastated after thieves stole pictures of her first baby's scan. The thugs broke into Anna-Leigh Palfrey's car, a Honda 4x4, when it was in the Nunn's Road NCP car-park in Colchester. They smashed their way in through a window

  • Walton: Grace raises funds as thank you

    It's full steam ahead for the world's biggest coffee morning. The kettle will be on the boil all over the country on Friday, October 1 to raise money for the Macmillan Cancer Relief. In Walton, Grace Hatton will be leading the way and passing out the

  • Billericay couple find raider at home

    A couple returned home to find a burglar in their house in Beaufort Road, Billericay. Driving into their drive way at around 9pm on Sunday September 19 they noticed a light on in the living room and a figure moving about. As they stopped the car the thief

  • Soccer: Basildon give Brentwood the blues

    Brentwood were disappointed with this result having played some good football but it fell to two second half goals by Liam Nash (50 minutes) and Paul Batt (68). Basildon are an improving side and strengthened their squad last week by signing a number

  • Table Tennis: Good start for Billericay

    Billericay A, who retained their first division status only when promoted ECC C dropped out, have started the season with a convincing 8-2 win over Baddow Village A in Division One of the Chelmsford & District Table Tennis League. The signing of leading

  • Golf round-up: Paul's USA treat...

    Paul Jefford had the trip of a lifetime to the United States after winning the Daily Telegraph qualifier with a gross 67 at his home Thorpe Hall club's Junior Open. Jefford, who plays off two, was the fourth lowest qualifier from over 30,000 entrants

  • Drugs seized in Colchester raids

    Drugs with a street value of £500,000 have been seized in a major Colchester police operation. About 500 plants, thought to be cannabis, plus substances believed to be ecstasy and amphetamine sulphate, were among the haul recovered in a major covert crackdown

  • Runaway car ploughs into historic Braintree building

    A runaway car rolled 100 yards through a village street and ploughed into an 18th century former library and meeting room. An empty Citroen Xantia rolled down a slope in The Street, Stisted, near Braintree, into the historic Montefiore Institute. Witnesses

  • Woman rescued after Walton cliff fall

    A major cliff rescue operation was launched after a woman fell more than 30ft down a sheer drop at the Naze at Walton. Kathy Warner, from Colchester, was seen lying unconscious on a ledge by a member of the public who contacted Thames Coastguard at Walton

  • Colchester schoolgirl dies on family holiday

    A Colchester schoolgirl has died after being involved in a car accident while on holiday. Jasamin Eslami, six, a pupil at St James' Primary School, Colchester, was visiting relatives in Iran with her mother and brother when they were involved in the accident

  • Warning given as burglars stroll into Harold Hill house

    Police are urging residents to keep their front doors locked after opportunist burglars strolled into a Harold Hill home - while their victim was upstairs. The 18-year-old homeowner, who had unexpectedly returned to her house in Lancing Road shortly after

  • Southend: Man bitten by attacker

    Detectives today stepped up their hunt for a man who repeatedly bit a teenager in a street brawl. The 18-year-old victim needed urgent hospital treatment and stitches to his ear and nose following the brutal attack in Southend High Street. The incident

  • Motorsport: Third spot for Brentwood team at Silverstone

    Anthony Reid finished the 1999 Auto Trader British Touring Car Championship with third in the Feature race for Ford Team Mondeo at a wet Silverstone last weekend. Torrential rain made for an action-packed if short-lived Sprint race washout. When the race

  • Soccer: Intersports hit seven

    Paul Knock grabbed a hat-trick and Inter remain unbeaten after this comfortable win against newly promoted Arun. Inter scored four goals within a short period in the first half and added a fifth shortly after half-time. Arun pulled one back but Inter,

  • Soccer: Youth soccer results (Colchester and district)

    Under 9s East Reds Division: Weeley 4 (P.Galligough, L.Tomms 2, L.Peacock) Harwich & Parkeston 1 (C.Cornell), Clacton Town 1 (K.Chapman) Frinton Youth 7 (A.Oxley 4, S.Brook 2, og), Wivenhoe 3 (S.Yearal 2, H.Browning) Royal London 4 (Ekin, Licence,

  • Soccer: Colchester ex-skipper sent on loan

    Warren Aspinall's Colchester United career could be over with boss Steve Whitton revealing he has been sent on loan to Third Division Brighton. The 31-year-old midfielder was stripped of the captaincy by the U's boss yesterday and it looks as though he

  • Cricket: What's gone wrong?

    As Essex take up a position in the Second Division of both League competitions, the question will be asked: "What's gone wrong?" Essex have been one of the major cricket forces for two decades and have set a standard that is increasingly impossible to

  • Archery: John on target for success

    John David King, 10, pictured left, from Brentwood, has achieved second place at The English Field Archery Association 1999 National Championship. This two day event on September 11 and 12 was hosted by Kings Forest Bowmen at their course just outside

  • Showjumping: Ingatestone club is national champion

    Riders from the Ingatestone and Blackmore Riding Club became the National Junior Champions in equestrian showjumping on September 11 at Malvern, Worcestershire. They beat West Scotland Riding Club by one mark out of 73 in the individual finals. Claire

  • Banger Racing: Monk with a winning habit

    This Sunday Worcester Park's Andrew Palmer defends his 1300 Stock Car Supreme title at Arena-Essex. Sussex superstar Derry Monk is hot favourite to win, but anything can happen in a 30 car Stock Car race - so don't be surprised if Gravesend veteran Steve

  • Basildon: New boss for town centre

    Basildon has appointed its first ever town centre manager to lead the town into the next millennium. After a two-year hunt, Kerry Davison was chosen by town centre bosses. She today said she was "flattered and excited" by the historic appointment. Her

  • South Essex: Cancer treatment 'is best in Britain'

    Cancer services for people in south Essex can match the best anywhere in the country, a top consultant believes. Alan Lamont, cancer specialist at Southend Hospital, today welcomed news that Basildon Hospital is to get its own MRI (magnetic resonance

  • Southend pier: Two charged

    Two men are due to appear in court charged with endangering life and criminal damage following an incident on Southend Pier, police said today. The 19-year-old and the 20-year-old were arrested after a train crashed into a runaway worker's cart on the

  • Thundersley: Storm over phone masts

    Rayleigh MP Dr Michael Clark today headed calls for more research into possible health risks from mobile phone masts. His call came as protester Jack Barber took to the roads on a tractor in the fight to stop a 35ft mast being built near a children's

  • Woodham: Calls for hospital unit

    A campaign has been launched to rally support for a minor injuries hospital unit in South Woodham Ferrers. Several groups in the town have already backed the call and the need for the new facility will be highlighted during Community Week from September

  • Braintree: 50 new jobs for firm

    Braintree could be in line for a jobs boost after a firm announced it is to create 50 jobs. Electronic Packaging Systems (EPS) took over Rider, Fenn and Ridgway (RFR) when it went into receivership last January. At the time, EPS - an electronics and telecoms

  • Clacton: Town's shopping needs in dispute

    Clacton's future shopping needs have been disputed. Developers behind a proposed multi-million pound country and retail park claimed the needs of the area's shoppers are not being catered for. But Tendring Council maintains there is still enough provision

  • Archery: John on target for success

    John David King, 10, pictured left, from Brentwood, has achieved second place at The English Field Archery Association 1999 National Championship. The two day event was hosted by Kings Forest Bowmen at their course just outside Bury St Edmunds. This major

  • Soccer: Witham go out

    WITHAM TOWN........................0 CHESHUNT....................................2 (AXA FA Cup Replay) After a first half with hardly a shot on goal at either end, all the action came in the last 15 minutes of this evenly matched game at Spa Road on Tuesday

  • Soccor: Hard work for Iron

    TIPTREE UTD............................0 BRAINTREE TOWN..................1 (Eastern Floodlight Competition) Fielding a mixture of first and reserve players the Iron made hard work of overcoming their Jewson League opponents at Chapel Road on Tuesday.

  • Rugby: Chelmsford cruise into next round

    CANVEY ISLAND.............7 CHELMSFORD................39 (NPI Cup) Chelmsford progressed into the second round with a sound win over Canvey Island from the league below. It was just seven minutes before Chelmsford got onto the score sheet. Paul Smith

  • Soccer: Excellent performance from City

    AYLESBURY UNITED.....................................1 CHELMSFORD CITY......................................3 (AXA FA Cup Second Qualifying Round) This was an excellent performance by a City side that played the better football throughout, scoring three

  • Soccer: Pope & Smith League round-up

    PREMIER DIVISION Little Waltham played hosts to White Notley who coming off the back of a 1-1 draw last week with Heybridge Social. No-one expected the score to be so emphatic, Notley going down 7-3. Coggeshall Town at home to Cherry Tree Sports pulled

  • Angling round-up: Rue has nothing to regret...

    Another mammoth catch highlighted a busy round of matches for Hockley Angling Club. Peter Rue triumphed in the top lake contest with a catch of 117lb 6oz. Lee Ceurvels's haul was 98lb 10oz, with Sharon Brown third on 72lb. Fourth place went to Jeff Long

  • Cricket: Law named Essex player of the season

    Essex batting star Stuart Law has been named as the county's player of the season. Days after signing a new two-year deal with Essex, Law received a cheque for £1,000 by Greg Jephcott, managing director of Ridleys brewery, at an end-of-season dinner.

  • Colchester: Drugs seized in raids

    Drugs with a street value of £500,000 have been seized in a major Colchester police operation. About 500 plants, thought to be cannabis, plus substances believed to be ecstasy and amphetamine sulphate, were among the haul recovered yesterday in a major

  • Canvey: Jetty scheme to prompt island jobs boom?

    A massive investment in Canvey's waterfront could see a wealth of jobs created on the island. The key to the major industrial development is the mile-long Occidental jetty which cost £10 million to build and is being sold off as an integral part of the

  • Harold Hill: Work scheme for pupils

    Harold students who are underachieving are being given the chance to swap the classroom for the workplace in a bid to help them fully realise their true potential. Rather than slogging through extra GCSE subjects which they may have no interest in, students

  • Basildon: Warden cuts prompt storm of protest

    A storm of controversy has erupted around proposals to reform the warden scheme for sheltered housing in an effort to make savings of up to £400,000 per year. Proposals that sheltered housing should move from a residential to a non-residential warden

  • Billericay: Couple find raider at home

    A couple returned home to find a burglar in their house in Beaufort Road, Billericay. Driving into their drive way at around 9pm on Sunday September 19 they noticed a light on in the living room and a figure moving about. As they stopped the car the thief

  • No-go to cut Wickford car park charges

    A move to cut car parking charges in an attempt to attract shoppers to Wickford has failed. Wickford Conservative councillor Tony Ball argued at Thursday night's Basildon Council environment committee that charges should be lowered to encourage shoppers

  • Southend fishermen net free training

    Free training courses will soon be on offer to Southend's fishing industry, thanks to a £21,000 handout from the European Union. The cash will be used to spearhead a new programme of practical skills training, run in partnership with South East Essex

  • Colchester: £1m from Blair to fight cancer

    Prime Minister Tony Blair has pledged more than £1 million to fight cancer in Colchester. And the handout means the town's Essex County Hospital is among the first in Britain to share £93 million of national lottery cash. The cash - from the new opportunities

  • Braintree: Holiday couple spot son - on poster!

    Tourists Ray and Kathleen Hart were stunned when they saw a picture of their son Bob on a political poster in Portugal - taken when he was just 18 months old. Mrs Hart spotted the poster first as the couple, of Gloucester Gardens, Braintree, strolled

  • Thundersley: Crash victim loved to fly

    A grieving family told how Ronald Sayer, who was killed in the Luton plane crash, was passionate about flying. Father-of-two Mr Sayer, 50, of Grangeway, Thundersley, died instantly in the horrific crash at Luton airport on Saturday. He was one of three

  • When petrol was just 7p a gallon!

    TOM KING is taken back to the days when a day in the country entailed a chauffeur-driven car The photograph displayed above, taken in the back-streets of Westcliff, is being published for the first time. It dates from about 1937, and shows what was -

  • Southend: Beauties made for treasuring

    SALLY KING casts her eye over a collection of modern treasures created by talented Essex crafts people. Craftsmen and women from all over Essex have been planing, sawing, painting, etching and sewing to produce a beautiful array of arts which are on display

  • Take your dog to work day

    Offices, factories and shops will be going barking mad on October 5, as it is the Blue Cross take your dog to work day. Hundreds of people across the country are taking part in the event to raise funds for the Blue Cross animal welfare charity. Take your

  • Wartime shells found in Braintree house

    Army bomb disposal experts were called to a house in Cressing Road, Braintree after a pair of World War II shells were found in a cupboard. The 18lb artillery shells were found to be empty and taken away to the unit's base at Colchester. It is believed

  • Michaela's dance of triumph...

    TOM KING finds that dance teacher Michaela Headford has grabbed success from the jaws of personal disaster after an accident ended her own promising dancing career Michaela Headford, principal of South East Theatre School, was on holiday in Spain and

  • When petrol was just 7p a gallon!

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