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A campaign group aiming to stop a development of 5,000 houses in Great Chesterford have gained the support of TV personality and president of Civic Voice Griff Rhys Jones.

A charity worker has been disqualified from driving after her car was found “wedged” between two signs at the entrance of Birchanger services.

A parish councillor has said he wants to hold Essex County Council (ECC) “to account” after claims that more than 400 residents in a development near Little Dunmow have had to wait in excess of three years for a “21st century broadband connection”.

A learner driver whose car hit a five-year-old boy before hitting a wall in Gabriel Street, Saffron Walden, has pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Essex Fire said a resident from Hall Close in Henham had a lucky escape this morning after a fire went undetected in his house until he went upstairs to bed and found the room full of smoke.

A campaigner has spoken about his “dream” for buildings near Dunmow which housed prisoners of war during the Second World War to be turned into a museum, rather than possibly demolished to make way for new homes.

Suspects entered a church on the B1051 at Broxted on March 30 and removed two coffin stands, a wooden ladder, a wooden table and a brass bible stand.

Sport

Saffron Walden’s Castle Hill Tennis Club are preparing for the new Essex Division One season for small teams, after winning the Division Two title last yeat.

Saffron Walden PSG under-12 girls produced another confident display to beat Yaxley 5-2.

Saffron Walden’s Tom Blomqvist had a weekend of misfortune at the inaugural Rome ePrix.

Saffron Striders are gearing up for the London Marathon in aid of three local charities.

Saffron Walden Town returned to winning ways with a 2-0 success over Hadleigh United at Catons Lane.

What's On

Everything that opera can do is here. English Touring Opera’s double bill of short Puccini operas, which reached Cambridge Arts Theatre this week (April 16-21) included the tragic Il Tabarro (the cloak) and the comic opera Gianni Schicchi named after a character who deceives all the others to do a good deed.

There may be a more amusing version of The Marriage of Figaro than this one from English Touring Opera, but I haven’t seen it and don’t expect to. This ingenious English translation by Jeremy Sams rhymes and it’s cheeky. When Antonio, the gardener describes seeing a man fall out a woman’s bedroom window and he’s asked where the is man now, he sings: “I don’t know, he buggered off.”

On the first night of The Importance of Being Earnest in 1895 the story goes that the father of Oscar Wilde’s lover, Bosie, planned to disrupt the play by throwing rotten fruit. Wilde got wind of the plan and The Marquess of Queensbury was refused entrance to the theatre. If the playwright had seen this production by The Original Theatre Company, he might have welcomed him in.

This Oscar nominated picture tells the story of controversial American figure skater Tonya Harding who was accused of conspiring to attack one of her rivals during the build up to the 1994 olympics.

Written and directed by Greta Gerwig and staring Irish actress Saoirse Ronan in the lead role. Lady Bird follows 17 year old Christine MacPherson, through her

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