HIYA's Memory Newsletter - Issue 1

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Capturing our communities memories


HIYA's Memory Newsletter

We're Teen Talk's Youth Forum, Harwich Inspired Youth Action (HIYA). We have been working with members of the Harwich Community to gather information about their childhood memories and to see how being a teenager has changed over the years. We will be making these memories into a newsletter to be sent out to local residents.

This edition features Jo Henderson, Tendring District Councils representative on the Teen Talk (Harwich) Committee and was written by HIYA member Erin Munro.

Jo Henderson was born in Harwich in July 1969. Jo attended the Harwich School, which was Sir Anthony Deane and finished her schooling just before her 16th birthday. During her time at school she enjoyed typing, cooking, needle work and technical drawing. However, she did not enjoy the amount of homework she got.

Outside of School
After school hours Jo had many hobbies, which included karate, badminton, hockey and roller-skating. Jo also enjoyed going to the local youth club, Vibe. She was also part of the Youth Training Scheme, aged 15, where she did hairdressing.

In her spare time Jo enjoyed hanging out with her friends at the beach. She remembers visiting the local Howlett's store. She remembers feeling very safe in Harwich and doesn't recall any issues with theft or drugs. She liked spending time with her family and pets. In 1987 Jo survived a Hurricane which affected Harwich.

Then and Now
Jo believes that there is a lot more pressure on young people and a lot more street dangers. When Jo was younger, computers were just being used, but she did have a television. Her favourite bands were Adam and the Ants and The Bay City Rollers.
What HIYA Say
The HIYA members agree with Jo that there is a lot of pressure on young people today. They say a lot of the pressure they feel comes from their peers, their school teachers and social media. Social media is something that hasn't really affected previous generations and there is still a lot to learn about the impact of social media on young people today.  
Get Involved
We'd like thank Jo for helping us with our Memory Project and for being the first to get involved. If you would like to share your memories of Harwich with us, just get in touch on 01255 504800 or email

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