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.

Fame The Musical – Shenfield High School

Shenfield High School  has an excellent Drama department and earlier this year I was delighted to be invited to see their superb whole school production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.  Each year a variety of students from all years take part in a full scale musical and their next production early next year is Fame The Musical.

Joining me today was course Teacher Mrs Rachel Bryan along with students Lily Dawson, Lucia Rawlings, Amy Hollingsworth, and Dan West.

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Lily Dawson, Lucia Rawlings, Amy Hollingsworth, Dan West and Mrs Bryan

You can listen to our chat and two great live performances here –

Here are some pictures from the early rehearsals for the musical

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Billericay Rugby Football Club – Joe Clarke

Billericay Rugby Football Club was formed in late 1959 by members of the St Johns Cricket Club. The Club’s first full fixture took place in February 1960 versus a Brentwood XV and since then the club has built steadily.  Billericay’s 1st team have had a very successful season so far this year winning 6 of their 9 matches and are 2nd in the Essex One division.

It was good to welcome Club President Joe Clarke today to tell us a bit more about the club and their aims.

Billericay RFC President Joe Clarke

Billericay RFC President Joe Clarke

In my introduction I managed to miss out the word “Rugby” Oh well we’re all human!

You can listen to our chat here –

You can find out more about Billericay RFC on their Pitcheroo website here

Members of Billericay RFC at Billericay Christmas Market last Sunday

Members of Billericay RFC at Billericay Christmas Market last Sunday

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Brentwood Theatre Christmas Show – Narnia

The Brentwood Theatre is putting on a production of a wonderful show for Christmas this year. Based on the C. S. Lewis family classic ‘The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe’ Narnia runs at the Brentwood Theatre up to the 30th December.

Today I was joined by the Director of Narnia – Ray Howes and assistant Director James Sinclair, along with Tianna Mullings to take a few photographs.

Ray Howes and James Sinclair

Ray Howes and James Sinclair

You can listen to our chat here –

Narnia runs at the Brentwood Theatre up to the 30th December.   Tickets are £15 Concessions Available and to book tickets you can call the Brentwood Theatre Box Office on 01277 200305

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Help The Homeless in Brentwood and Billericay

It all started with a wheelie bin that appeared in Billericay Library yesterday.

Lori Mountford who runs a pop up shop in the Library selling charity Christmas cards posted a picture on The Billericay Discussion Page on Facebook of the sign on the bin that appealed for donations of rucksacks and other items that could help the homeless.

I looked into this further and found out that this is a genuine scheme.

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Here’s how you can help.

Essex Youth Offending Team are teaming up with the social project ‘Cool to be Kind’ to put together rucksacks for the homeless!

Our young people will be sorting through the donations and putting the rucksacks together to donate to the project!

The project will be delivering the rucksacks throughout the winter to those who are on the streets homeless.

We have set up donation stations around libraries in Essex where you can ‘drop’ your donations in the labelled wheelie bins!

The donation stations will be in place for the next few weeks!

Donation stations:

Brentwood Library
Chelmsford Library
Billericay Library
Springfield Library
South Woodham Ferrers Library
Great Baddow Library

We are in desperate need of Rucksacks/Sleeping bags and flasks also in need of:

New Undies
Warm Tracksuit Bottoms
Fleeces
Socks
Bars of Soap
Toothbrush and Toothpaste (if you have a dentist visit scheduled you may want to ask them for some free samples and explain what they are for!)
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Tins of food (with ring pulls)
Hats  Gloves  Scarves

For any larger donations or if you cannot get to one of these donation stations please email karen.sinclair@essex.gov.uk or phone on 07921 912509 for collection.

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The Billericay Christmas Market – Yvonne Kyndt

The Billericay Christmas Market has to be one of Billericay’s biggest community events, raising lots of lovely money for charity.

With around 20,000 people expected to attend this year, it all happens this Sunday 3rd December

Today I was very pleased to welcome Yvonne Kyndt from Billericay Mayflower Rotary Club to tell us all about it, especially as Yvonne came armed with mince pies!

Yvonne Kyndt

Yvonne Kyndt

You can listen to our chat here –

You can find out more by visiting the Billericay Christmas Market website here

Thanks for the mince pies Yvonne! Num num num.

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Working With Phoenix FM – Oliver Harvey

Oliver joined us for work experience this week.

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Oliver Harvey

This is what he had to say about his experience –

Upon arriving I was apprehensive towards the substantial and fundamental aspects of what would be asked of me and the jobs I would have to do. I have had wide experience with part time jobs, but had never arranged/had any ‘work-experience’ let alone on a medium of media production. (The single aspect of work I have a particular affinity towards.) In contrary to my apprehension, I was coaxed straight into a chair, had a pair of headphones slapped to my ears, a coffee set down in front of me, and was put straight onto airtime. I needn’t have worried.

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Every single person I came in contact with at the station was not only accommodating, but also eagerly proposed allocation of their perspectives, experiences and advice towards this particular medium of media, and other mediums they are experienced with, for that matter. In addition to this, my involvement/participation in the production of airtime and segments was encouraged and I was given independence towards this, which took me straight out of my comfort zone and helped me recognize individual strengths and weaknesses. Needless to say all of this has been extremely helpful in forming my own objectivity and attitudes towards Radio production as a career aspect and has provided a valuable insight towards media production

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I would like to extend a sincere thanks and gratitude to everyone who has helped me this week, it has been great.

You can listen to some of Oliver’s on air highlights here –

Thanks Oliver. It was a pleasure to have you with us in the studio. Thanks for your help and good luck for the future.

Oliver with singer Sophie Griffiths. (Pic - Michelle Ward)

Oliver with singer Sophie Griffiths. (Pic – Michelle Ward)

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Drinks and Links – Jill Willis

Brentwood has always had a strong creative and craft community. Well now there’s a new networking group in Brentwood – Creative Drinks and Links that should appeal to the creative community.
In to tell us all about it today was Billericay Marketing Consultant and Copywriter Jill Willis.

Jill Willis

Jill Willis

You can listen to our chat here –

 

It all happens at The Spread Eagle – Queen’s Road, Brentwood.
The 1st Wednesday of every month. (The next one is 1st November).
6pm-8pm.   £5 on the door gets entry, free drinks and nibbles.

To register to attend the next meeting on November 1st visit www.drinksandlinks.co.uk

Stay in touch via –

Instagram – drinksandlinks

Facebook – Drinks & Links

Here are some more photos taken during the interview by our work experience student this week, Oliver Harvey, Thanks Oliver!

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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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