• Colchester Institue new facility for degree students

    A CENTRE for degree level students has been unveiled at the Colchester Institute. The school, in Sheepen Road, officially launched the centre at its annual public meeting on Tuesday. It features 12 teaching rooms, a common room, learning zone

  • Lord Hanningfield wrongful arrest case due in court

    A TOP judge will decide whether Lord Hanningfield was wrongfully arrested. The disgraced peer has sued Essex Police for unlawful arrest and trespass after cops raided his home at dawn in September 2011 in an investigation over his County Hall expenses

  • Kids go to town with Lego

    YOUNGSTERS built their own city from Lego during an activity morning. Sonic Town was created by pupils at Monkwick Infant School as part of ongoing project about buildings and geography this term. After a session on how to build strong foundations

  • Cash for litter hopes for fundraising volunteer

    A VOLUNTEER hopes to collect cash when she does a sponsored litter pick. Emily Isaac, 23, volunteers with the Woolverstone Project at Alton Water, near Brantham. In a novel way of raising cash she will be clearing litter from footpaths around

  • Tenant returns to find garden wall demolished

    A MOTHER returned from work to find her garden wall demolished. Stephanie Reubins, 26, discovered the damage to her rented home in Gavin Way, Colchester, on Tuesday. The wall was intact when she left for work at 11am but the brick work had

  • Thousands of residents to recycle plastic for the first time

    THOUSANDS of residents will be able to recycle plastic for the first time when new facilities are rolled out later this year. At the moment, about 8,000 residents who live in flats more than two-storeys high cannot recycle plastic, but Colchester

  • Special educational needs review launched

    VIEWS are wanted for the future of special educational needs services in Essex. The county council has launched a discussion about the priorities for the future. Parents, carers and education providers are all invited to take part in the 12

  • Council hosts private fostering event

    PEOPLE wishing to find out more about private fostering can do so next week. An information event hosted by Essex County Council will be held at Colchester Library from 1pm on Friday February 15. The council hopes the event will inform residents

  • Academic discusses asylum seekers and language

    LANGUAGE testing for asylum seekers will be discussed at an academic talk. Professor Peter Patrick, from Essex University’s language and linguistics department, will talk about how immigrants’ mother tongue is used to assess their background.

  • Colchester author up for national gong

    A NOVELIST is celebrating after her book has been nominated for a national award. Author Liz Trenow, known to many as Liz Curry, will find out later this month if her debut book The Last Telegram has scooped Epic Romantic Novel of the Year.

  • Gazette readers win top prizes

    GAZETTE readers have bagged great electrical prizes. The lucky subscribers won TVs and blenders thanks to Colchester electrical store Stellisons, on Harwich Road, after their Astute card numbers were printed in the paper. Everyone who subscribes

  • Pupils celebrate National Storytelling Week

    CELTIC storytellers spun their tales for pupils at a Greenstead school. Renowned yarn spinner Jim McCool and son Ambrose visited the Colchester Academy, in Hawthorn Avenue, to perform old songs rhymes and stories from Scotland and Ireland.

  • Uni scientists team up with NASA

    SCIENTISTS at Essex University have worked with NASA on a project using brainpower to control a virtual spacecraft. Two people steered a virtual spacecraft to a planet using a unique brain-computer interface (BCI) mouse, developed by scientists

  • Website tracks broadband progress

    A NEW website keeping track of superfast broadband improvements has been launched. Essex County Council has set up the site to keep the county’s residents progree in their area. The Superfast Essex site has information on how the project is

  • Premiere for chilling play

    THE world premiere of psychological thriller And Then the Dark opens at the New Wolsey Theatre this week. Written by Mike Lesslie, the man behind the West End smash hit Swimming Sharks, And Then the Dark is set a town house in present day London

  • Mayor opens sensory garden

    A SENSORY garden at a primary school was opened by the Mayor of Colchester. Christopher Arnold cut the ribbon to the new garden at the Bishop William Ward Primary School, Coach Road, Great Horkesley. The garden appeals to all of the senses,

  • Mum's the word at Copford hotel

    COTS may be replacing beds at a hotel soon as three managers are all due to give birth within two weeks of each other. Accountant Jenny McClinton, revenue manager Karolina Skorcz and Stephanie Lenhard, food and beverage manager, are all expecting

  • Four property fire caused by electrical fault

    A FIRE which ripped through four properties has been blamed on an electrical fault.   Fire crews were called to King Harold Road and All Saints’ Avenue as flames spread through four gardens.   Firefighters managed to put out the blaze but

  • Offers galore - with today's Gazette!

    Astute Gazette readers can get offers galore with today's Gazette. There's half price entry and a child's meal at Rascals, half price MoTs and two games of bowling for just £5 per person. Astute cards are available when you subscribe to the

  • In today's Gazette: Miracle mum died twice

    In today's Gazette: A mum has thanked hospital staff who saved her life twice after she suffered pregnancy complications. Danielle Murphy, 29, was 16 weeks pregnant when she needed two life-saving operations at Colchester General Hospital. She

  • Muriel Rosina 'Mim' Rutterford

    RUTTERFORD Muriel Rosina “Mim” Passed away peacefully on 24th January 2013 at Woodlands Residential Home for Ladies Aged 85 years Formerly of The Avenue, Wivenhoe Funeral service to take place at Colchester Crematorium on Monday 11th February at 1.15pm


    BRUCE James Passed away peacefully with his family by his side on 24th January 2013 at Colchester General Hospital. Loving Husband of Jean, dearly loved Dad of David and Stephen, loving Grandad to all of his Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren and


    PURKISS Paul Trevor Passed away on Friday 25th January aged 49 years. Will be sadly missed by his Son Justin, Justin’s Partner Ruby and all his family and friends. Funeral Service at St Barnabas Church, Old Heath on Friday 8th February at 11.30am.