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58 school students have taken part in an interactive workshop where they learned about the democratic process and the Council’s role as a community leader.

 The Year 6 students from St Luke’s and St Albans Catholic Academies visited the Civic Centre on Tuesday 13 November, where they were set a task to come up with ideas for a leisure facility in Harlow for 5 to 18 year-olds using an imaginary budget of £5 million. The children were asked to consider things like design and location of the facility, costs to service users, transport links and on-site facilities. 

 The children used real voting booths to elect their chosen classmates as Chair and Vice-Chair, before splitting into four teams, two from each school, to complete the activity. They were provided with a full agenda for a meeting which was held in the Council Chamber, where they debated and voted on how the budget should be used.

 Angel, aged 10, from St Luke’s school, said, “I was voted to be Vice-Chair, which I really enjoyed as I got to sit at the front and listen to everyone speaking about their ideas.”

When all the teams had put forward their ideas, which included a Safari Park and a Trampoline Park, the votes were cast and counted, and the acting Chair had the final say, voting in favour of a leisure centre, put forward by St Luke’s Team Two.

 Sam, aged 10, from St Alban’s school, was voted by his classmates to take the role of Chair. He said, “It was difficult to choose as all the teams had good ideas, but I enjoyed being able to announce the winners.

 “I would like to take part again as I want to be Prime Minister when I’m older.”

 Chair of Harlow Council, Councillor Maggie Hulcoop, said “We are keen to get children and young people interested in local democracy from a young age, to help raise awareness and to encourage them to have a say on local issues.

 “I was very impressed by how engaged the children were in the democracy workshop and how well they worked together in their teams to come up with some great ideas and confidently present them in front of their peers.

 “This has been a fun and important learning experience, not just for the children but also for the Council, as we now have some thought-provoking ideas about the type of facility children and young people might like to see in Harlow.”

 To find out more about your Councillors and democracy in Harlow, visit



10 Riding Schools near Harlow

Hadham Mill Equestrian Centre

Widford Road, Much Hadham,
Hertfordshire SG10 6EY
01279 841040

Friendly, fun and professional riding school, offering lessons, hacks, pony days, pony parties, vouchers, competitions, courses, horses and ponies to loan and livery spaces.

They offer a high standard of tuition for adults and children in a friendly, attractive, fun and safe environment.  Competent riders may also enjoy a hack through the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside on the many bridleways leading from the Centre.

Just Riding

Lower Lodge Farm House, Long St
Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 3TH
Tel:  01992 763451

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The riding school offers lessons to children, ranging from all ages and abilities.  From those having their first experience on a horse to those who have ridden top level show ponies.  Our qualified instructors are here to help. We have a large selection of ponies to cater for every level of ability.  We also offer to lease a pony if this is the next step you are looking for, plus competition livery and schooling your own horse.

Our owner Justine is available for jumping and flatwork lessons. As one of the best know riders on the Show Circuit, Justine has had huge success at both Horse of the Year Show, and the Royal International Horse Show, taking the Working Hunter honours on several occasions, including winning the Supreme Championship at HOYS in 2003.

Hallingbury Hall Equestrian Centre

Little Hallingbury, Bishops Stortford,
Herts CM22 7RP
Tel:  01279 730348
Hallingbury Hall website

Suitable for ages:  Young children (4-8), Older children (9-12) and Teenagers (13-18)

BHS approved Hallingbury Hall Equestrian Centre – Learn how to improve your riding skills by the use of half halts and lateral work to balance and supple your horse.  All of our instructors train using the Classical system.  Improve your riding skills by riding horses bred for the job.  Learn how to make it look easy, improve your feel and position, make the horse that you ride enjoy his work.

Maple Pollard Riding School

The Dairy Farm, Little Hallingbury
Bishops Stortford, Herts CM22 7PX
Tel: 07778 489346

Suitable for ages:  Young children (4-8), Older children (9-12) and Teenagers (13-18)

Maple Pollard Riding Centre specializes in group children’s lessons and training for Pony Club, BHS and NVQ exams.  They have a range of well-mannered mounts who are experienced with young riders as well as the experienced older types, and after an initial assessment, the best pony for your age and ability will be assigned.

Hacks can be arranged during the drier weather and private lessons are also available by arrangement.  They have a friendly and enthusiastic team who are happy to talk to nervous riders through their wobbly spots but also highly trained and qualified so able to support those at the other end of the scale too.  They also run a holiday programme for more intensive riding during the school breaks.

Woodredon Riding School

Woodredon Farm Lane, Upshire
Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 3SX

Tel:  01992 714312/711144
Woodredon Website

Woodredon Riding School – We offer lessons for all abilities from age 4 years onwards, for adults as well as children.  We offer training in jumping for novice through to affiliated competitors as well as dressage training and advanced flatwork lessons. Our lessons vary from private tuition to group lessons and organized hacks through the forest for both children (including lead rein) and adults.

Petasfield Riding School

Maingrove Lane, Hertford,
Herts, SG13 8QQ
Tel:  07970 924958
Petasfield Website

Petasfield Riding School – At Petasfield Riding School we aim to provide every rider with the opportunity to achieve their goal.  We are a riding school based in Hertford that can help you learn in a professional yet friendly and fun atmosphere.

We offer tuition for beginners all the way through to the more advanced rider.  Group or private lessons are available.

High Beech Riding School

Pynest Green Lane,
Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 3QL
Tel:  0208 508 8866
High Beech Website

The school for horse riding in Epping Forest

High Beech Riding School – High Beech Horse Riding School first opened to the public in 1970 and our aim today is the same as the day we opened to teach you to ride or improve your riding in a friendly atmosphere and pleasant surroundings.

Crouchfield Farm Stables

Wadesmill Road,
Chapmore End, Ware, Herts SG12 0EX
Tel:  01920 463161

Contessa Riding Centre

Willow Tree Farm, Colliers End,
Nr Ware, Herts SG11 1EN
Tel:  01920 821792/821496

Contessa Website

Contessa Riding Centre – Situated in 50 acres of beautiful Hertfordshire countryside and within easy reach of London and Cambridge, Contessa Riding Centre is a Riding and Training centre specializing in Dressage. Contessa was voted third Best Riding School in Europe in 2006 and the highest placed British entry. Contessa is approved by the British Horse Society and the Association of British Riding Schools.

Forest Stables Riding Centre

The Street, Great Hallingbury,
Bishops Stortford, Herts CM22 7TR.
Tel:  07519 647150
Forest Stables website

Part, full and DIY livery available on a well-established family run yard, 2 menages individual turnout and fantastic direct hacking into Hatfield Forest.  Onsite tack room, tea room and toilet.  We also have onsite rider and teacher as well as mechanical horse available for lessons to the perfect position.

Aldersbrook Riding School

Empress Avenue, Chingford,
E12 5HW
Tel:  020 8530 4648

Suitable for ages:  Young children (4-8), Older children (9-12) and Teenagers (13-18)
BHS approved Aldersbrook Riding School offers a variety of pleasingly tempered mounts for lessons, which are available for all ages with specific preschool and under 8 mornings available.

Aside from the lessons there are also Grooming and Riding Competitions, Lead Rein Hacks, Own A Pony Days, Picnic Hacks and even live theatrical performances involving the horses!

Gilston Livery Stables

Pye Corner,
Gilston, Harlow, CM20 2RB
01279 444165

Gilston Livery Stables Harlow is a horse riding stable serving its local area in Essex.  They offer horse riding, horse jumping lessons and horse riding lessons.

By Jake Shepherd (Jake.Shepherd.2016(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)

Telling the New Town Story: a study of Harlow’s 40th & 70th Commemorations”

My name is Jake Shepherd and I’m currently a geography undergraduate at Royal Holloway, University of London. Harlow is my hometown, and so whilst this project is personal I also want the process and the results to be engaged with by more than just a handful of people.

I want to draw local residents’ attention to the theme of my dissertation and a website ( which aims to complement my research by (Re)Tracing, (Re)Showing and (Re)Telling the process as it unfolds.

In a nutshell, my project takes the 40th & 70th-anniversary commemorations of Harlow and compares them in order to discover how the commemoration of the town’s past has changed, specifically the process in which the town’s history has been told and re-told.

On the website, you can read about the aims of my dissertation in more detail, but more importantly, I want residents to get involved in a range of ways. The website is by no means a substitute for my dissertation, instead, it is something separate which sets out to fulfil the additional aims I have envisaged for my dissertation.

You can also contribute in a separate way through one or more of the following ways:

  • Do you know or possess any archival material (documents, photos, leaflets, memorabilia) from Harlow’s 40th Anniversary Celebrations? Would I be able to view, borrow or take copies of any items?
  • Were you one of the key figures who organised or contributed to the 40th-anniversary celebrations? Please feel free to get in contact with me if you wish, it would be greatly appreciated.`
  • Would you like to participate in an interview at a later date (July – September), about your experience of the 40th Anniversary Celebrations, either as an organiser or as someone who took part in any of the events?

Thank you for taking the time to read about my dissertation project and remember to check out, and to spread the word about this worthwhile and genuinely interesting project!



by Rob Halfon

The Department for Transport and Jo Johnson, Transport Minister, are investing more in digital technology so that it becomes commonplace on the rail network.

Read about the plans in the Minister’s letter below.



John Glen, Economic Secretary to the HM Treasury, sent me this letter about the work the Government is doing to tackle illegal money lending. (more…)

Work will start next week on the regeneration of Prentice Place in Potter Street. (more…)

Here are a few agents that are offering good deals on theatre tickets for London Musicals and Plays.  Some are half price. (more…)

The Harvey Centre in Harlow is delighted to announce that Sticky Sisters, a new fast-casual dining experience, is coming to The Terrace this December. (more…)

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