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Netteswell Neighbour is published by: Freshwaters Christian Fellowship.


Editor: Richard Read c/o FCF Unit F10 Peartree Business Centre South Road Harlow CM20 2BD Email: richard@freshwaterscf.org.uk Telephone: 01279 888 110 Web: freshwaterscf.org.uk/nn


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Next Edition 1st December Deadline for contributions: Monday 11th November


NETTESWELL NEIGHBOUR - Autumn 2013


Well, what a summer it’s been! We’ve had a very welcome heat wave and much success in sport: The British & Irish Lions won the rugby series in Australia; this was followed by Andy Murray’s thrilling men’s tennis singles win over Djokovic at Wimbledon; England


beat Australia in the Ashes test series and most recently GB has taken medals at the World Athletics Championship in Moscow. The birth of Prince George must not be overlooked since he may one day


be crowned King George VII. Just recently, two events happened that made me think about history: I listened to Ken Bruce musing on seeing his first TV programme in colour. Strangely, I can remember that vividly. I purchased a colour TV set in 1976 and well recall the joy of watching Wimbledon for the first time in colour – it felt marvellous. Later that year I went on to follow the popular snooker programme ‘Pot Black’, although somehow it took some of the fun out of having to remember what colour all the grey and dark balls actually were. Do you recall your first colour set? A few days ago I met a man using a metal detector in a recently ploughed field, the harvest there by now a distant memory. (Detectors always conjure up visions of those I see on summer evenings at the beach looking for who knows what!). On speaking to him, he told me his best find was an old Celtic coin. Although worth several hundred pounds he has kept it, as it is to him something very special. We all have a history – the unfolding of our lives. As I write this I am very


conscious that some in Harlow, and in all probability within Netteswell, have lost their job with Tesco’s as it closed its distribution centre recently. Harlow Council has approved plans for Poundland to open a distribution centre offering a ray of hope for some. However, I am so heartened to see that our community is caring – in this edition you will see an article about Foodbank which provides much needed assistance, and increasingly so in these economic times, emergency food to people in crisis. There is also an article by Christians Against Poverty which has recently ‘opened up’ in Harlow - CAP aims to help people out of debt. And Harlowsave has an article about helping people access low-cost finance via a credit union scheme. I am very excited and thrilled by the enthusiasm of contributors, thank you.


Quite a job fitting everything in – but a nice problem to have. You may not have received the Neighbour before. With advertising revenue and an unex- pected one-off contribution we have managed to print 3,000 copies – enough for every home! Thank you to those who have paid for adverts. I would really urge folk to consider advertising services etc. to help fund the Neighbour. The eagle-eyed will have noticed that the ‘Diary’ page has gone – being a quart- erly publication, it didn’t really work but please advertise events of interest. Finally, good luck to all the young people starting the new academic year,


be you starting school, moving up, changing school or entering college or university. Sincerely - Richard


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