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James Cleverly's grip on the Braintree constituency tightened on Thursday as he was re-elected to the seat with an increased majority.

A "green" Christmas tree, made of 150 recycled plastic bottles, has been created by an 11-year-old boy from Dunmow concerned about the planet.

A motion calling on Uttlesford District Council (UDC) to develop a 'road map' to tackle climate change will be debated on Monday.

A celebration of "The man who invented Christmas", William Winstanley, was held at Quendon Church, St Simon and St Jude on Sunday, December 8.

The Conservatives have held onto the South Cambridgeshire seat - despite predictions that the Liberal Democrats might win.

The Saffron Walden constituency will choose its MP today (Thursday), as four candidates vie for votes in the general election.

The Saffron Walden constituency will choose its MP today (Thursday), as four candidates vie for votes in the general election.

Sport

Saffron Walden Golf Club raised a stunning £24,500 for charity during their 100th anniversary season this year.

Saffron Walden Town are set to welcome St Margaretsbury to Catons Lane on Saturday - after beating them in midweek to move to the top of the Essex Senior League table.

A team of five to seven-year-olds from Saffron Walden and Cambridge took part in the Mini Athletics Superstar National Championships in London.

Saffron Walden PSG under-16 girls claimed a fine 4-1 win at Histon Hornets to move up to third in the table.

Saffron Walden PSG U11 Girls had to battle tough opposition and less-than-ideal weather conditions in their latest outing.

What's On

The youngsters didn't have to be asked. As the action went on, they were so engaged with the story, they were standing up in their seats, pointing and calling out helpful instructions to the cast.

Martin Scorsese's mobster picture, The Irishman is showing at Saffron Screen on December 21 and January 7 and we have a pair of tickets for a reader to win, valid for either show.

Jennifer Saunders, Call the Midwife's Helen George and Downton Abbey's Elizabeth McGovern will all appear at Cambridge Arts Theatre for the new season, just announced.

The sewing machine is whirring away at the home of Belinda Savill, director of Cinderella at Foakes Hall in Dunmow.

So far, Belinda has made 135 costumes for the show and there are another 25 to go.

Violinist Nicola Benedetti will play at Cambridge Corn Exchange on February 7 and there are still a few seats left for people under £26, the tickets are only £5.

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