Friday Night Extra 6.10 17 with Isabella & Annabelle talking about a trip to Lesotho, followed by Rob from CHESS.

Rob and Patrick 6.10.17Isabella & Annabelle were part of trip by 17 students from the Anglo European School to Lesotho. This had really opened their eyes to the difficulties of life for many people and changed their own views about the priorities in their own lives. The aim was to help with environmental sustainability, agricultural development and promoting health and safety awareness.  One of the ways they funded the trip, organised by was by selling trees to be planted there to help combat soil erosion. £5 buys a stabilising tree, £10 a fruit tree. They took with them gifts, including 20 thermal cooking bags called ‘wonder bags’. A shocking number of childhood deaths are due to smoke inhalation and these bags would help. The trees and the bags can be sponsored via the website. This also has a wide range of other information about how the work can be supported. Both girls wanted to go back at some time in the future.

We featured a first radio play for Sophie Griffiths track, A thousand times. Sophie is aged 15 years and comes from Ingatestone.

In the second hour we were joined by Rob, from CHESS. He gave us an update on the charity. In particular he told us about their autumn fund raiser, Daly dinning. They are looking for 1000 events. You simply organise an event where people eat and then ask them to contribute. He also gave us information about the sleep out in the grounds of Chelmsford Cathedral on November 24th. He said the most powerful part of that experience was getting in the car and driving home for a shower, when of course those who are really homeless cannot. Information about how to support CHESS and also be involved in numerous voluntary capacities are to be found on

Tonight’s playlist

Billy Joel – Uptown girl

Toto – Africa – chosen by the girls

Shakira – Waka Waka – chosen by the girls

Depeche Mode – I just can’t get enough

Gary Barlow – 6th Avenue

Ward Thomas – Cartwheels

Sophie Griffiths – A thousand times

Jean Michel Jarre – Oxygen part 4 – loved by Chris who e-mailed in that she had not heard it for years

Piano Guys – Its gonna be OK

London Grammar  – I believe – chosen by Rob

Tears for Fears – Closer – chosen by Rob

Kings of Leon – Closer

Billy Fury – In thoughts of you – requested by Patrick

Billy Fury – Halfway to paradise – requested by Phyl

Tom Petty RIP – Free falling – requested by Rene

Lisa Harman – Capital of my heart – another exclusive and a first radio play

Alison Krauss – A living prayer

Joni Mitchel – Big yellow Taxi 1970

Join me next week for another edition of Friday Night Extra, live from Brentwood to the world.Isabelle & Annabelle 2 Sept 17CHESS

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About Patrick Sherring

As a child I listened to the pirate radio ships, particularly Radio London on 266. I loved the romance of the DJs playing the latest music for the listeners to hear. After most of the pirate stations closed in August 1967 I used to listen to Fabulous 208 Radio Luxembourg, the continuing Radio Caroline, Radio North Sea International and Radio 1. I particularly enjoyed listening to radio in the evening and at night. One of my favourite shows was Late Night Extra in the early days of Radio 1. All kinds of guests would just turn up and be part of the show. As a listener radio should feel like a friend is talking directly to you. I dreamed of being on the radio for many years. In 1988 I began on Hospital Radio with Radio Enfield in north London. I had my own request show and used to commentate from Spurs and Enfield F.C. home games. I was also part of the Radio Enfield Roadshow team, taking part in many outside broadcasts. Now I am delighted to be on Phoenix FM, where I have had a Friday show since May 2011. On the show there are a mixture of musical genres. Often there are guests giving lengthy interviews on a wide range of topics including faith and social action. There are also some live music performances. This little boy's dream has come true!