50 best Saffron moments - 10 - 1

PUBLISHED: 11:18 28 December 2006 | UPDATED: 10:05 31 May 2010

Alexandra Bent

Alexandra Bent

10 Disabled improvements

Disabled groups have welcomed the news that Audley End Station is to receive major improvements to its disabled access (November 23). Representatives from the Uttlesford Area Access Group and the Saffron Walden St Raphael Club for the Physicall

Julie Puxley with Jamelia and pupils

10 DISABLED IMPROVEMENTS

Disabled groups have welcomed the news that Audley End Station is to receive major improvements to its disabled access (November 23). Representatives from the Uttlesford Area Access Group and the Saffron Walden St Raphael Club for the Physically Disabled have both said that the long-awaited improvements should make a big difference for disabled people using the railway.

Sir Alan Haselhurst, MP for Saffron Walden, has successfully pushed for Audley End to be included on the next list of stations earmarked to have work done to improve disabled access, set to happen between 2009 and 2011.

Reporter James Burton with petitions and Post Bus-user Robert Thomas - Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

9 TANK PULL

Pouring-rain failed to dampen the spirits of people taking part in fundraising events for BBC Children In Need at Duxford Imperial War Museum (November 23). Ten teams of 20 participants each took part in a sponsored tank-pull where they had to pull an armoured personnel carrier, weighing more than 15 tones, the length of an Olympic swimming pool.

8 YOUNG BUSINESSMAN

The memorial unveiling

Saffron teenager, Greg Watson, is to become the youngest member of the national Federation of Small Businesses (November 23). The budding businessman, who attends Saffron Walden County High School, is applying to join in his role as manager of Naked squid, a nine-piece ska band. The teenager set up his own business with help from a London solicitors and support from Barclays Bank and local businessman, Tony Pullen, of Newport.

7 IPSWICH BOUND

Walden striker, Craig Calver, is on his way to football stardom after signing a two-year scholarship with Championship side Ipswich Town (November 23). The 15-year-old student at Saffron Walden County High School, will be moving to Ipswich after he has completed his GCSEs. He said: "This is all I've ever wanted and it's a dream come true."

John Tyskiewicz in action

6 ONLINE HISTORY

Uttlesford's rich and colourful history went online for the first time when a new database was launched at the Saffron Walden council offices (November 30). Recording Uttlesford History was designed by Rosemarie Grant of Ashdon and the brainchild of Radwinter Recorder Michael Southgate, to make collating and sharing information easier.

5 WAR MEMORIAL

A NEW memorial for fallen soldiers from a Carver Barracks regiment was unveiled on November 16 to honour the memory of all those who died while carrying out bomb disposal duties.

The memorial remembers the 630 bomb disposal experts to have lost their lives since the Second World War.

4 RUNNING THE RISK

Saffron Walden man, John Tyskiewicz, was celebrating after winning a special Beirut marathon in Lebanon on December 7).

Mr Tyskiewicz was one of five runners to take part in the special race, which had originally been cancelled after the assassination of a Lebanese government minister.

But Mr Tyskiewicz and four others took the risk to still take part.

"The Beirut Marathon is the friendliest race I have run and I would certainly recommend it," he said.

3 CURTAIN-RAISER

SAFFRON Walden's community cinema, Saffron Screen opened its doors in May and just seven weeks afterwards, on July 13 it scooped two awards.

The Saffron Walden County High School-based theatre was awarded the East of England Market Town Award 2006 for Environment and Culture. It was also awarded the East of England Overall Winner 2006 accolade.

Rebecca del Tufo, Screen chairman said: "I am delighted that the hard work put in by so many has been recognised in this way."

Then on October 26 it welcomed its 10,000 customer, Alexandra Bent, nine of Whiteshot Way.

2 BEST TEACHER JULIE

Teacher Julie Puxley was on top of the world after being named the best primary teacher in the UK at an awards ceremony.

The RA Butler Infant School teacher was put forward for the National Teaching Awards after winning an East of England Teaching Award on July 6.

Julie Puxley was named best in the region by BBC Look East and was presented with her trophy by pop star Jamelia.

1 U-TURN OVER BUS

A VITAL bus service, which pensioners rely on to shop in Saffron Walden, has been reprieved by Essex County Council (November 2).

The Saffron Walden Shopper, which takes pensioners to Saffron Walden from outlying towns and villages for free, will continue to run after Essex County Council decided to keep the bus service in place for the foreseeable future.

The Shopper, launched due to a Reporter campaign, replaced the Royal Mail Post Bus and first began running in August. Eunice Whewell, 86, of Newport, said: "Everyone who uses it is delighted the council have decided to keep it going. It's all thanks to the Reporter.

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