23-year-old woman found murdered in Thailand is Essex University student Hannah Witheridge

Halstead Gazette:

6:13pm Monday 15th September 2014

A YOUNG woman murdered on a beach in Thailand has been named as Essex University student Hannah Witheridge.

Father and son who tried to help a killer escape justice will be given early release from jail

Halstead Gazette:

5:00pm Monday 15th September 2014

A father and son who tried to help a killer escape justice will be freed within weeks.

Flower festival returns to unique Little Maplestead church

Halstead Gazette:

12:00pm Monday 15th September 2014

Little Maplestead’s unique Round Church will be adorned with flowers this weekend.

Pub giant 'still interested' in town two years on from alleged delivery office bid

Halstead Gazette: DENIAL: Pub giants JD Wetherspoon has dismissed rumours of plans to build a new pub on the site of Ammanford's old police station in College Street.

10:30am Monday 15th September 2014

A pub chain is still interested in coming to Halstead two years after reportedly offering on a post office depot.

Puppets galore as festival returns to Witham

Halstead Gazette: Weird and wonderful displays in this year's Witham International Puppet Festival

10:30am Monday 15th September 2014

Animals, robots and quirky characters will be taking over Witham for the annual International Puppet Show.

Charity bike ride attracts records numbers

Halstead Gazette:

5:00pm Sunday 14th September 2014

A record number of riders saddled up for the annual Halstead Charity Bike Ride and raised more than £5,000 for the Essex Air Ambulance.

Stick to market town not floral town, says chamber of trade

Halstead 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

Halstead Gazette:

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.

Comedian Dave Gorman brings a Powerpoint presentation with a difference to Braintree

Halstead Gazette:

3:00pm Sunday 14th September 2014

Stand up comedian Dave Gorman will be performing new material at Braintree Arts Theatre.

Only two...but Taylan can reel off the flags of the world

Halstead Gazette:

10:30am Sunday 14th September 2014

Do you think you could beat a two-year-old in naming the flags of the world?

Water leak still not fixed after six weeks

Halstead Gazette:

9:00am Sunday 14th September 2014

A water leak that has been going on for six weeks has infuriated residents.

Halstead wins best town award at Anglia in Bloom

Halstead Gazette:

5:00pm Saturday 13th September 2014

Halstead has continued its extraordinary winning streak in horticultural competitions by scooping the best town prize at the Anglia in Bloom awards.

Scrapped plan for future development could still be used to decide planning applications

Halstead 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.

Pub landlords call for tighter planning restrictions as town centre inn closes

Halstead Gazette:

11:46am Saturday 13th September 2014

Landlords are calling for tighter planning rules to protect dwindling numbers of pubs from being turned into shops.

Prep school awarded "outstanding" in all areas

Halstead Gazette:

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.

Firefighters release trapped person from car at crash in White Colne

Halstead Gazette: ONGAR: Fire on school roof

5:35pm Friday 12th September 2014

Firefighters used specialist cutting equipment to release one person from a car.

Coach trips could boost Halstead tourism

Halstead Gazette:

5:00pm Friday 12th September 2014

Coach trips to Halstead could be used to boost tourism.

Villagers win £6k grant for new shop in Gosfield

Halstead 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.

Anglia Ruskin University to give Hedingham School pupils a taste of life on campus

Halstead Gazette: Anglia Ruskin University Undergraduate Open Day

12:00pm Friday 12th September 2014

Anglia Ruskin University is sending its roadshow bus to Hedingham School next week.

Earls Colne street light petition attracts nearly 500 signatures

Halstead 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.

The Empire strikes back - Theatre to bring back cinema after almost a decade

Halstead Gazette:

8:30am Friday 12th September 2014

A cinema is set to return to Halstead after almost a decade since the reels stopped.

Landowners have suggested more sites for potential development

Halstead Gazette:

3:00pm Thursday 11th September 2014

Landowners have suggested extra sites for potential development.

Councillor disappointed that shoppers were not consulted on changes to popular deli counter

Halstead Gazette: Jackie Pell

10:30am Thursday 11th September 2014

A councillor is disappointed shoppers were not consulted when a supermarket replaced its popular deli counter with pre-packed produce.

Talented girl rides her way to second class at prestigious show

Halstead Gazette:

9:00am Thursday 11th September 2014

A talented horse rider has qualified for her second class at the Horse of the Year Show.

Mother of man glassed in face at Braintree pub thanks friends for 'saving his life'

Halstead Gazette:

8:30am Thursday 11th September 2014

The mother of a 23-year-old man who was brutally glassed while at a town centre pub has praised his friends and paramedics for saving his life.

MS patient fears he is being left to "rot" by health bosses

Halstead Gazette:

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.

Golfer becomes latest club player to score a hole in one

Halstead Gazette: Close-up of Golf Club and Golf Ball (9720640)

5:00pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

A man beat incredible odds to became the seventh player in a year to score a hole-in-one at his golf club.

More parents in Halstead willing to take their children out of school and pay a fine

Halstead Gazette:

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

Halstead Gazette:

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

Halstead Gazette:

10:30am Wednesday 10th September 2014

The death of a keen golfer has inspired others at his club to raise money for a defibrillator.

Historic reference books used by Lovejoy author to go under the hammer

Halstead Gazette:

9:00am Wednesday 10th September 2014

The author of the popular Lovejoy novels is selling his extensive library of reference books used to research the stories about the roguish antiques dealer.

60 Minute Makeover filmed in Halstead to air later this year

Halstead 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

Halstead 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.

Working water mill reschedules open day

Halstead Gazette:

10:30am Tuesday 9th September 2014

An open day to see the inner workings of a water mill has been rescheduled.

Mixed reaction to Oak Road development plans

Halstead Gazette:

9:00am Tuesday 9th September 2014

The proposed plans for the Oak Road development have been met with mixed reactions by residents.

Hopes for a care home instead of houses at former factory site

Halstead Gazette:

3:00pm Monday 8th September 2014

Parish councillors are hoping a former factory site will be used for a care home rather than houses.

Tributes paid to Braintree tree expert who was instrumental in fight against Dutch elm disease

Halstead Gazette:

10:30am Monday 8th September 2014

A tree expert who was instrumental in work to fight Dutch elm disease will be remembered for his passion for nature and people.

Halstead engineering firm celebrating successful year

Halstead Gazette:

9:00am Monday 8th September 2014

Halstead engineering firm is celebrating after achieving its highest ever annual turnover.

What to do for an 80th birthday treat? How about cycling 88km?

Halstead Gazette:

3:00pm Sunday 7th September 2014

Most 80-year-olds would probably prefer a relaxed birthday celebration.

Tributes paid to popular bookies manager

Halstead Gazette:

9:00am Sunday 7th September 2014

A widow has paid tribute to her “generous, honest, moralistic” husband who was a popular bookies manager.

When Bing came to town - 70 years since legendary singer sang to crowd of 4,000

Halstead Gazette:

3:00pm Saturday 6th September 2014

It is hard to believe legendary crooner and actor Bing Crosby once sang to more than 4,000 fans in an aircraft hangar on what is now a tranquil countryside spot.

PCSOs in Halstead area could be trained as retained firefighters

Halstead Gazette: ONGAR: Fire on school roof

10:30am Saturday 6th September 2014

Police community support officers and retained firefighters could end up sharing roles, under a radical new scheme.

Police urging vigilance after catalytic converter stolen from Halstead van

Halstead Gazette: Braintree: drugs police raid ten homes

9:00am Saturday 6th September 2014

A £1,000 catalytic converter has been stolen from a van.

Popular Halstead pub calls last orders for final time

Halstead Gazette:

5:00pm Friday 5th September 2014

A pub has called last orders for the final time after a night of live music and celebration.

Tractor-mad two-year-old regularly helps farmers down on the farm

Halstead Gazette:

3:00pm Friday 5th September 2014

Could Jenson Jeggo be the youngest ‘farmer’ in the district?

Shoppers "should be charged" for Sunday parking to boost week day trade

Halstead Gazette:

10:30am Friday 5th September 2014

Shoppers should be charged for parking on Sundays in return for one hour free on week days in a bid to boost trading, according to business leaders.

Exciting bid for Halstead cultural hub

Halstead Gazette: Halstead Community Centre Charitable Company members

8:55am Friday 5th September 2014

Halstead’s new community centre could be completed within two years - after a 15 year wait.

Open day at Halstead fire station

Halstead Gazette: ONGAR: Fire on school roof

5:50pm Thursday 4th September 2014

Halstead fire station, Parsonage Street, is holding an open day.

Open verdict recorded following death of popular community member

Halstead Gazette:

5:00pm Thursday 4th September 2014

A coroner has recorded an open verdict after the death of a popular member of the community.

Find out how Castle and Sible Hedingham is linked to department store Selfridges

Halstead Gazette:

3:00pm Thursday 4th September 2014

Have you ever wondered what Selfridges has in common with Castle and Sible Hedingham?

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