Clacton girls get a taste of the Prem

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By Molly Garlick

Clacton County High School’s under-13s girl’s football team has won a place at the Premier League Schools Tournament finals, representing Chelsea FC.

Last month the girls took part in the first tournament held at Moulsham high school in Chelmsford, where they played against all participating Essex school teams. They played six matches, one of which was against local rivals Tendring technology college, which went to sudden-death penalties. But a goal from Sara Smith-Walters meant the CCHS girls were victorious. They are now at the top girls’ football competition. Continue reading

Essex rescue dog team wins top prize

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Essex service search and rescue dog team John Ball and his border collie Darcy have won a bravery award for their international work.

Since training Darcy as a puppy, John has gone on to take his four-legged friend to many incidents in Essex. The team were also a part of international rescue efforts in Sumatra in 2009 and in Nepal after the devastating earthquakes last year. Continue reading

Stansted skateboarders shun new park

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FLYING HIGH: one skateboarder who is using the new park

By Victoria Williams

Young skateboarders have dismayed residents of Stansted Mountfichet by turning their backs on a new skate park.

Daniel Birmingham, 25, who lives near Forest Hall Park, said: “I feel the issue of the kids skating the stairs near my house can not only be dangerous but it is very disruptive to neighbours. The skate park is a 10-minute walk away. If one of them has an accident I will have to help. Only the other day a skater broke a leg down the park. It is likely to happen here.” Continue reading

Oscars row a diversion, says film-maker

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By Molly Garlick

The uproar surrounding the absence of ethnic minorities from the nominations for this year’s Oscars misses the point, according to an award-winning Colchester film-maker and writer. 

Ronnie Thompson, who has directed two feature films including the hit I Am Soldier, said: “I can see why black and ethnic minorities feel that they are being misrepresented but I don’t think it’s just that. I think it stretches beyond that, digging deeper into the class structure in the industry.” Continue reading

Junior doctors’ leader condemns Tory ‘bullies’

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DOCTORS’ PROTEST: Dr Sheneen Meghji (front) outside the Chelmsford hospital where she works

By William Mailes

The leader of Chelmsford’s junior doctors last week condemned Jeremy Hunt for prolonging the dispute over doctors’ employment contracts.

Sheneen Meghji, 31, a junior plastic surgeon at Broomfield General hospital, Chelmsford, warned that “more strikes will occur” now the health secretary has imposed new contracts. Continue reading