Category Archives: Eat My Brunch

Gavin Perrett from Will Protect Ltd – Everything you need to know about Wills and more


Michelle Ward was joined by Gavin Perrett of Will Protect Ltd.

This month’s EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR is at the Marygreen Manor Hotel, London Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 4NR Tuesday 24th July at 6.30pm. Everyone is welcome, there is no cost for this event, it is not a selling exercise, this is to showcase the level of services that Will Protect provide and for you to learn about estate planning. 


Will Protect offers you a number of services that can save you time, stress… and money.

The Will Protect team combines specialist skills from across the entire legal spectrum to ensure that our clients are exceptionally well represented and their requirements fully met.

We pride ourselves on providing something extra for our clients. Alongside legal tasks being handled with minimal fuss, we find ways for clients to further benefit from our expertise.

We can…

  • Mitigate inheritance tax
  • Manage your estate, providing the most for your loved ones
  • Minimise your tax bill within HMRC regulations and guidelines
  • Remove the stress from buying and selling property
  • Reduce the chance of costly legal disputes for your business


Jazz Singer, Simone Perks performs live on Phoenix FM

Michelle Ward was joined by jazz vocalist, Simone Perks. Who came in to talk about her love of jazz, her up and coming performance at Writtle Jazz Festival and how to pronounce her name correctly. Forgive me SIMONE! 🙂







INTERVIEW PART TWO (Recording of What are you doing the Rest of your Life)


You can catch Simone live at the Writtle Jazz Festival 27th- 29th July



The lovely Simone

Gepostet von Michelle Ward am Dienstag, 17. Juli 2018

A Superb Talent – Singer Songwriter DAN OLSEN plays LIVE and in interview


Photographs by Vanesa Charna

Michelle Ward was delighted to be joined by singer/songwriter, Dan Olsen, in the Phoenix FM studio. Dan’s track HEART INTO TROUBLE has been on the playlist for the last four weeks and it was great to have the creator of the song to sing live and talk about his music.

Dan’s new single IN THE SUMMER is out now 

INTERVIEW PART ONE – Faroe Islands – The National Dish – My first guitar.






INTERVIEW PART TWO – The Songwriting Process – How Many Songs? – Happy or Sad – Gigging All over the World – Football 






INTERVIEW PART THREE – Touring – Audiences – Singing in Mandarin – Mellon Educate 






INTERVIEW PART FOUR – My Favorite Lyric – The Song I Wish Id Written – In The Summer 







Penny Hollington, Independent Specialist Recruiter




Joined in the studio by Penny Hollington from Hollington Associates. Hollington Associates is an independent specialist recruiter within the office support market, working with clients and candidates throughout Essex.

Each month Penny will be at Phoenix FM with practical tips to help you get that job! So, if you are a School leaver or looking to change jobs or going back into work after a break, Penny can help you.

Hollington Associates are based in Brentwood, resource support professionals at all levels

Hollington Associates support both clients and candidates through the recruitment process, taking the time to really understand what both parties are looking for, to ensure they get the right person for the right role every time.

With Hollington Associates it’s personal, we meet every client and candidate we work with.

With Hollington Associates it’s about building long term relationships, based on delivering a service that is honest, open and professional.

We offer…

  • A full recruitment service, finding the ideal candidate for the vacancy
  • Support during the recruitment process, to create a job specification, screen CV’s, conduct interviews, or assist at offer and pre-employment stage
  • CV advice and interview coaching for school leavers, graduates and experienced support professionals

KNOW YOUR POWER – Su Patel talks to Phoenix FM


Michelle Ward was joined in the studio by Su Patel (Director) of HR Training and Consulting.

Su talked about KNOW YOUR POWER LONDON which is aimed at women to empower them at sometimes the most difficult times in their lives. Su also told her own story during the interview which will inspire you too. Su now has a thriving HR Training and Consulting business and we talked about the role of HR and what it brings to employers and employees.



HR Training and Consulting Ltd. offer a full suite of HR training and support including Employee Relations, Strategic Advice, Management Training & Risk Management. All completely tailored to your Business needs.

SUMMER JAZZ EVENING – Ingatestone Hall Saturday 7th July


Michelle Ward was joined by Andrew Clarkson from Ingatestone Rotary to talk about the SUMMER JAZZ EVENING at Ingatestone Hall Saturday 7th July.

Swing and dance to the “Rockin’ Rhythm & Blues” of The Jive Aces  – the U.K.’s No 1 Jive & Swing Band will be performing as well as Classic New Orleans Jazz from The Salty Town Six.


5.45 p.m.  Gates open

6.15 p.m.   The Salty Town Six

7. 15 p.m.  Welcome by Lord Petre

7.30 p.m.  The Jive Aces

8.45 p.m.  Raffle Draw

9.45 p.m. Finish – Dusk


–  dine ‘al fresco
–  bring your own seating
There is no need to carry your own food and drinks, as these will be availableA Licensed Bar will be on site provided by
Brentwood Brewing Company
Choose from a selection of:
Real Ales  – Wine by glass or bottle
Soft drinks  – Mineral water


Our catering supplier will be cooking a variety of dishes,  including
– burgers
– hot dogs

Or you can supplement your picnic with dishes from here.

Other Refreshments available:
Coffee    –   Tea   –     Icecream

A Licensed Bar will be on site provided by
Brentwood Brewing Company
Choose from a selection of:
Real Ales  – Wine by glass or bottle
Soft drinks  – Mineral water


A must see production of THE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE – The Reject Theatre Company at Brentwood Theatre

Michelle Ward was joined by Kevin Richard (Business Manager/Actor) and Barry Hester (Director/Actor) THE REJECT THEATRE COMPANY to talk about their production of THE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE.

A fabulously funny chat with two guys who just love the world of theatre and put on shows the same quality as a West End Production right in the heart of Brentwood (Brentwood Theatre).





A shy girl rarely ventures outside her bedroom and when her loud drunken mother’s new boyfriend, a small time local promoter, spots her talent for mimicking famous singers he is determined to exploit her talents.


Up and coming events at The Beeches – Luxury Senior Living with Award Winning Care.

Michelle Ward was joined in the studio by Laura and Sommer both Client Liaison Managers from The Beeches (Brentwood) which stands for Luxury Senior Living with Award Winning Care.

Laura and Sommer came to talk about up and coming events from Wimbledon Day with strawberries and cream, Bollywood Event sampling the music and food of Bollywood and preparations for their 5th Birthday in September.




The awards keep coming in for The Beeches

  • Cavell Nurses Trust
  • CQC Award
  • Recommend Top 20 Care homes
  • Great British care Awards with 6 finalists
  • National Care Awards winner Jana Krapkova who is the Dementia Care Manage

We talked about The Beeches, the facilities and up and coming events.

T: 01277 690 300

The Book Club with Sylvia Kent and Janet Howson

Michelle Ward was joined by Sylvia Kent and Janet Howson for this month’s Book Club.

Discussing the Billericay Readers Group and this month, our special guest, Janet Howson talked about script writing, her life as a drama teacher and her renewed energy for writing since her retirement.




Michelle Ward was joined by Nicci Swainbank from Hazel’s Pottery Barn and Phil Norton from Billericay Street Pastors to discuss the POT-A-THON on 5th July at Barleylands, Billericay (9am – 9pm). Raising money for St Lukes Hospice and Billericay Street Pastors.

Come along and join the fun events.

Nicci and Phil talk Barleylands, Little Havens, Billericay Street Pastors, Fudge, CNN and more



GET INTO THE ARTS – Open to ALL ages, Dancing, Acting, Production and more!

Michelle Ward was joined in the studio by the writer, director, actor Emma Sweeney and Brentwood Theatre Manager, Ian Southgate to discuss GET INTO THE ARTS FESTIVAL.

GET INTO THE ARTS 23rd July – 5th August and its YOUR chance to get involved/try out acting, dance, production, learn to play the drums and so much more. OPEN TO ALL AGE GROUPS.



Join us in the foyer and patio of Brentwood Theatre throughout the festival for some great free drop-in activities and events, including:

Knit & Natter
Stitch & Sip
Book Swap
‘Play me, I’m yours’ – feel free to play the theatre piano
Show tunes for Lunch

Our box office will also be available for you to book tickets and The Spotlight Bar & Cafe will be serving refreshments.

*these activities will be on set days, please check the event listings for more details.


Healthwatch Essex – are you happy with your NHS Service?

Michelle Ward was joined in the studio by David Sollis and Rachel Horton-Smyth from Healthwatch Essex.

Healthwatch Essex is an independent voice for the people of Essex. We gather and represent your views about health and care services in the county to help improve them 

T: 0300 500 1895



What is Acromegaly – Writer Dan Jeffries explains

Michelle Ward was joined by writer Dan Jeffries to discuss Acromegaly. Dan and I are both in remission from Acromegaly, which is an extremely rare pituitary disorder.

Dan has also written Me, Myself and Eye, his memoir, which has received high praise indeed, writing about Acromegaly and Whyburn-Mason Syndrome.

Dan Jeffries has, and his insightful and hilarious memoir explores what it’s like living with one of the world’s rarest medical conditions – and then finding out you have another one.

Told through an innovative new approach that combines the traditional reading experience with modern technology, Me, Myself & Eye really lets the reader delve into Dan’s life story. Use your smart-phone, tablet or computer to look at family photos, medical documents, scans, videos and even listen to music he’s written over the years. Me, Myself & Eye is a memoir that is both fascinating and insightful, told with a fresh, honest and unique voice.



Annual meet up


Leigh Luscious Punk Poet in interview and live session



Michelle Ward was joined in the studio by Punk Folk Songstress, LEIGH LUSCIOUS. Leigh is always entertaining with her punk folk slightly cheeky songs and her funky guitar playing.

Leigh is a regular on the London gig circuit as well as several Facebook Live gigs per weeks for her ever-increasing number of fans.

Her new single VIP (Download JUNE 23RD)  and album, WoopDeDoop, is available on ITUNES or CD from her website or gigs.

Interview and Live Performance THE LOOK plus a snippet of her new single VIP and Love is Forever 


Social Media 


ANVER ANDERSON – Live Studio Session & catch him playing HAROLD WILSON this week!

Michelle Ward was joined by singer/songwriter and actor ANVER ANDERSON.

INTERVIEW PLUS LIVE PERFORMANCE OF No Such Place, Don’t Pretend & Into the Woods


Anver is also part of SPRINGERS Theatre Group who will be performing this coming week with



Inspired by a true story and based on the hit movie, MADE IN DAGENHAM is the uplifting new British musical comedy about friendship, love and the importance of fighting for what is right.

Essex 1968. Like millions of other working women, each morning Rita O’Grady is just trying to get her husband out of bed, get the kids off to school and get to work at the factory on time. But life is about to change forever when it’s announced that the girls in the stitching room of Ford’s Dagenham car plant will have their pay grade dropped to ‘unskilled’. Quickly drawing on a strength she never knew she had, Rita leads her friends in a battle against the might of Ford and the corruption of the Union supposed to protect them. As the girls’ inspiring journey gets bigger than anyone could have imagined, the pressure is too much for some, but can Rita keep up the fight and the happy home she’s worked so hard for?

St Francis Hospice – Volunteers Week. How you can get involved.

Michelle Ward was joined by Anita McCarthy, PR & Communications Executive from St Francis Hospice and Emily Gray who is an art therapy volunteer with the Family Support Services Team at St Francis Hospice.

Anita and Emily came in to talk about Volunteering at St Francis and updates on up and coming events.




If you have been inspired and would like to get involved please visit our website for information on all the roles available and to download an application. Or if you would prefer to speak to the Volunteer Services team call 01708 758614 or email

Don’t forget to sign up for the Hospice Raffle 


Volunteers’ gift of time contributes £2 million of service to the hospice

Big-hearted volunteers give the gift of time and skill, contributing £2 million every year to the specialist care service the hospice provides to the community.

As part of National Volunteers’ Week, Saint Francis Hospice would like to say a massive ‘Thank you’ to its 840 volunteers who volunteer a total of 260,000 hours a year because they want to make a difference to patients and families affected by life-limiting illnesses.

And people may also be surprised by the range of roles volunteers carry out in every area of the charity. These include: retail, administration roles, reception, gardening, maintenance, complementary therapy, bereavement services, photography, the inpatient unit, our day services at Pemberton Place and on our confidential telephone service OrangeLine.

Gill Wendelken, Voluntary Services Manager at the hospice, said: “Saint Francis Hospice continues to be proud of its increasing number of wonderful volunteers, who are helping at the Hospice, in Retail and Fundraising.

“So many wonderful local people giving their time, their skills and experiences, to help our patients, families and carers in a variety of ways.

“Our volunteers play such a vitally important role in everything the hospice does for the community.

“And to add to this good news – there is always room for more to join us.”

The hospice will formally thank its volunteers throughout June when it hosts its three annual Thank You evenings to bring its volunteers together to enjoy a meal and drinks.

Long Service Awards for people achieving milestones from five, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years will also be presented.

Volunteers have a wealth of experience and skills to give and we are featuring just a few of our heroes who reveal how helping people in need has enriched their lives.

If you have been inspired and would like to get involved please visit our website for information on all the roles available and to download an application. Or if you would prefer to speak to the Volunteer Services team call 01708 758614 or email

Dont forget to sign up for the Hospice Raffle


CHELSEY – Incredible live vocals and interview

Michelle Ward was joined in the studio by the incredible CHELSEY who performed two live tracks as well as hearing her original material, HEART SHAPED LIES.

This singer, songwriter and pianist is making fantastic original music and has a stunning vocal style all of her own. Her vocals are sweet, pure, breathy then she hits amazingly powerful notes along with perfect pitch vocals and beautiful run downs.




Available on Spotify, Apple Music and Soundcloud



Special thanks to Mike Jones of Phoenix FM for putting the video and audio together x



BaVard in interivew and playing live

Michelle Ward was joined in the studio by BaVard, Ben and Toby Jordan, a musical duo from Leigh on Sea who also happen to be brothers.

Ben on Guitar and Toby on Vocals, they write and perform their own music.  The genre is mixed with alternative pop/rock and little bit of country thrown in!

Their music is on iTunes Spotify and all the music platforms including our new track ‘Young and Restless’ which released 26 Jan 2018!

BaVard was born in early 2015 and we now perform acoustically together and with session musicians.


BaVard’s EP ‘Noir’ out now on iTunes and Spotify! Those Days, Just for Me & Make A Difference




T: @BavardOfficial


The name ‘baVard’ means ‘chatty’ in French which is what us two brothers are… and the ‘V’ represents uniting us as brothers and musicians. We lived in France for 5 years and is where we learnt classical guitar.  We still continue with our Classical route alongside rock and acoustic guitar too… and piano!



Shannon’s Cakes – Fantastic Brentwood Based Cake Specialist

Michelle Ward was joined in the studio by Shannon of Shannon’s Cakes who are based in Brentwood and supply delicious made to order cakes for any celebration.

From cupcakes, drip cakes, Unicorn Cakes, birthday, wedding, Fathers and Mothers Day Cakes,  to 4ft house cakes, Shannon has made them all.




I: @shannonscake

Cakes and cupcakes for any occasion that can be personalised to suit you
Based in the Brentwood area
5 star hygiene rating