Author Archives: Bob Simpson

About Bob Simpson

The Ojays were right about me - I Love Music, any kinda music! Brought up on The Beatles, wandered through the seventies dancing to anything from reggae to Led Zepplin and took up the microphone and decks all around East London and Essex when I wasn't doing my boring day job. Entered the world of radio in July 2011 and feel home at last. Thanks for visiting. Send me a message or request via Facebook on the link below - you are most welcome.

Jim Lea talks about Slade and Therapy.

Without doubt one of the most exciting bands to come out of Great Britain in the past 50 years were Slade.
With their unique blend of perfect pop-rock’n’roll, outrageous flamboyance and pure fun, and no less than 23 Top 20 singles of which 6 were No-1 hits….plus 6 smash albums, Slade have become a firm favourite in the hearts of pop fans all over the world.
Bass, keyboard and violin Player, songwriter and arranger with Slade, and now solo artist Jim Lea, is back with a re release on vinyl of his 2007 solo album Therapy and the single The Smile of Elvis.

 

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You can listen to our chat here –

 

You can order the album Therapy direct from Jim’s website or from Amazon or iTunes.

Jim Lea’s website is here

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Jim Lea

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Guide Dogs Coffee Morning – Brenda Weaver

The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association nowadays known as Guide Dogs is a British charity founded in 1934

This week is Guide Dogs Week and people all over the UK are raising money to help ensure Guide Dogs can help as many blind and partially sighted people as possible.

Joining me today was one of those people doing a fantastic job fundraising,  Brenda Weaver who told us all about the Guide Dogs and their fundraising coffee morning in Shenfield tomorrow. (Details below)

Brenda Weaver

Brenda Weaver

Brenda also brought along a special friend Aero a working Guide Dog who was very well behaved throughout and greeted me with a very waggy tail and a kiss!

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Aero

You can listen to our chat here –

Date: Thursday 12 October 2017
Time: 10:30 – 13:00
Event: Coffee Morning in aid of The Guide Dogs
Organised by: Guide Dogs
Location: Mount Avenue Banqueting Suite, Mount Avenue, Shenfield CM13 2NS map
Details: As well as the coffee there will be a raffle, Christmas cards, homemade jams and crafts and a chance to meet some puppies and adult guide dogs!
Cost: Free
Contact: Brenda Weaver 07753 482351

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The Essex Community Tree Network – Andrew Woodcock

The Essex Community Tree Network is a group of key organisations working together to support people in our community with mental ill-health.
The group is designed to enable people to access more opportunities for mental well-being.
Joining me today was Andrew Woodcock from one branch the network, Brentwood Community Print.

Andrew Woodcock

Andrew Woodcock

The Essex Community Tree Network will be represented at Shenfield Library next Tuesday 10th October for World Mental Health Day.

You can listen to our chat here –

Follow Essex Community Tree Network on Twitter here

Brentwood Community Print’s website is here

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Peter Livingstone talks about Remap

Remap is an amazing charity which designs and makes, or adapts, equipment for people with disabilities if it not commercially available.
Peter Livingstone from Remap joined me today to tell us about the great work they do.

Peter Livingstone

Peter Livingstone

You can listen to our chat here –

Here are some examples of the work Peter and his team have done.

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2012 Paralympics aids for competitors

 

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Pushchair linked to wheelchair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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If you would like to get involved in helping Remap to help people with a disability, Peter and the team would love to hear from you.

E-mail: essexcentral@remap.info, or

Peter Livingstone (01621 855354)

Remap’s website is here

 

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Essex and Suffolk Water’s Super Splash Hero Day

Glad to be joined by Oliver Rogers today to talk about Essex and Suffolk Water’s Super Splash Hero Day on Sunday  along with some tips for general water saving and reducing utility bills.

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Oliver Rogers

You can listen to our chat here –

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The Searchers and The Hollies Experience – Saturday at The Brentwood Theatre

Coming up at The Brentwood Theatre on Saturday 9th September is The Searchers and Hollies Experience, which brings to the stage the magical hits of these two legendary harmony bands.

Joining me today in the studio were two members The FOD band who will be performing all the hits.

Geoff Thomas and Simon Dove

Geoff Thomas and Simon Dove

You can listen to our chat and some great covers of The Searchers and The Hollies hits by the FOD band here –

 

The FOD Band’s website is here

You can book tickets for their Brentwood Theatre show here

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Little Havens Hospice – Peter Hall

It was great to welcome back Peter Hall to tell us all about the latest goings on at Little Havens Hospice.

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Peter Hall

You can listen to our chat here –

The Little Havens Hospice website is here

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Bless Support – Jenny Chapman and Christine Ford

Currently there are around 850,000 people living in the UK with Dementia. In the next 10 years this is expected to rise to over 1 million people.

The organisation, Bless Support, which aims to brighten the lives of the elderly through social stimulation, recently celebrated it’s 1st anniversary, and joining me today was the founder of Bless, Jenny Chapman along with Chris Ford.

Chris Ford and Jenny Chapman

Chris Ford and Jenny Chapman

You can listen to our chat here –

You can find out more about Bless Support on their website here

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The Billericay Art Trail – Adam and Jo Adshead

The Billericay Art Trail highlights the talents of local artists and promotes local business by encouraging people to visit the wide variety of shops, cafes, restaurants, pubs, churches and other community venues to view a wide variety of art throughout the Trail. Adam and Jo joined me today to tell us all about this year’s Trail.

Jo and Adam Adshead

Jo and Adam Adshead

It all begins on 8th September. Listen here to find out more –

You can download a brochure which gives details of all the events happening during the Art Trail here

Or to receive regular updates about The Billericay Art Trail you can “like” their Facebook page here

Thanks to Jo and Adam for telling us all about the trail and especially for my badge!Badge

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Brighter Opportunities Through Supported Play – Jodie Connelly

Brighter Opportunities Through Supported Play, otherwise known as BOSP, is a great local charity dedicated to improving the lives of children and young adults with complex disabilities through fully supported social activities.

Jodie Connelly from BOSP told us all about the charity today and the work they do.

Jodie Connelly

Jodie Connelly

You can listen to our chat here –

If you would like to learn more about BOSP and it’s work their website is here

Facebook page here

Or you can call them direct on 01277 624300

A great local charity that deserves our support!

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