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TIME TRAVEL. Childrens writer, by John Halden, tells us more!

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Joined in the studio by children’s writer, John Halden, to talk time travel in his new debut book, SCHOOL OUT OF TIME.

When twelve-year-old Larry Bowler, living in 1964, listens to a mysterious recording, he finds himself transported from his home to his school – but fifty-four years into the future! How can a boy from 1964 survive in a modern school? In any case, Larry is sure no one will believe that he is from 1964. Then he meets Abigail. She not only believes him, but does her best to help him fit into school. But can Larry’s new-found friend and her 21st century technology help him with his real problem – the nasty, bullying schoolmaster of 1964 who is making Larry’s life a misery?

The book is aimed at 9 – 14 year olds and is available on Amazon and also from John’s website http://www.johnhalden.co.uk/

https://pegasuspublishers.com/books/john-halden/school-out-of-time

Follow John on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/johnhaldenauthor/?pnref=story

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The Sun Is Rising for Chris Norman

Originally formed in Yorkshire, in 1966, Smokie hit the British pop charts several times during the late ’70s, influenced by the band’s stay on Mickie Most’s Rak Records as well as the writers of most of the band’s hit material, Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman. They comprised of vocalist Chris Norman, bassist Terry Utley, guitarist Alan Silson, and drummer Pete Spencer.
Chris Norman left Smokie in 1986 and went on to have a very successful solo career and is still performing and recording today with a new single out now and an album due out in September.
It was great to chat with Chris today.

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You can listen to our chat here –

Chris’s new single “Sun Is Rising” is available now.cn-sun-is-rising-cover

You can find out more from Chris’s website here

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Leigh Luscious Live

Joined in the studio by singer/songwriter Leigh Luscious.

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After her last successful album, THE LOOK (you can still order on ITUNES, physical copies have sold out), Leigh was back to talk about her forthcoming single, THE HUNGER, which mixes rap, pop and rap.

Her brand new single The Hunger is out later in the year.

Interview and live version – I’m Gonna Get Over You

 

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The Book Club (June) with Sylvia Kent & John Farrar

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Joined in the studio for this months book club with writer/journalist Sylvia Kent and our guest writer John Farrar.

Introduction by Sylvia Kent

 

Interview with John Farrar

 

 John worked for many years in the financial services sector in London and retired in 2008. On retirement he started a new hobby, genealogy and now has over 75, 000 name in his family tree! As he found so many famous names related to his family he decided to write a book about it.  The Farrare Chronicles is over 400 pages and 800 illustrations.

John also talked about his Uncle Arthur who was killed on D Day in 1944 and his memorial .

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MORE ABOUT SYLVIA

http://sylviakent.blogspot.co.uk/

Sylvia contributes to national, regional magazines and on-line journals. Following her Freelance Writer of the Year award for Writing Magazine, she began work on FOLKLORE OF ESSEX which contributed to Channel 5’s film COUNTY SECRETS.  Sylvia’s book THE WOMAN WRITER, published by the History Press is sold @ the British Library. This history of the Society of Women Writers & Journalists dates from 1894 and includes pioneers who made their mark in journalism, literature & poetry. Sylvia celebrates the centenary of Joyce Grenfell, a former SWWJ president. A chapter is dedicated to Joyce who meanders throughout the book which was reviewed in The Times, other dailies & YouTube. Sylvia is SWWJ’s Archivist. She work with several publishers including on-line specialists.Ebook titles are BRENTWOOD: HISTORIC TOWN & ST MARY MAGDALEN: BILLERICAY, both downloadable via Kindle. later books are kindlised. 2,000 articles are linked to Facebook,Twitter @sylviaakent & Suite 101. Film/audio clips now added.

Sylvia’s 10th book Barking & Dagenham From Old Photographs is selling well.

Sylvia’s Blog is currently 262,000 page views

 

 

 

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Celebrity Arsenal Football Team this Sunday! – Family Fun Day Shenfield

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Joined in the studio by Tony Taylor (Assistant Head) and Melanie Yexley (PTA)

 

The celebrity Arsenal football team will be playing at 1.00pm!

SUNDAY 11TH JUNE 12pm – 5pm (match kick off at 1pm)

£8.00 for adults & £4.00 for children order tickets online at (family tickets £20.00) book via the Shenfield High School website or you can buy at the gate on the day at a slightly higher price.

Shenfield High School, Alexander Lane, Shenfield, Essex CM15 8RY

http://www.shenfield.essex.sch.uk/

The fine weather has been ordered, the teams are ready. Come along and give your support generating funds for your school and children.

Prosecco tent. Inflatables. BBQ. And stalls.

Check out the celebrities at the event!

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THE BRUVS – Like Family Guy? American Dad? Simpsons? You’ll love THE BRUVS

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Great to meet Ian Brown the creator of THE BRUVS. Ian’s C.V. is incredible, having worked on so many TV shows for the past 30 years he now has his own TV show on DAVE and UK TV Play. His “passion project” is The Bruvs.

If you have not seen this fantastic animated cartoon for grown ups then you should or rather need to, its fantastic, funny, witty and blood is thicker than water…..

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THEBRUVS is an animated cartoon series for grown-ups featuring the misadventures of a family of East End criminal characters, led by brothers Doug and Den, who find it hard to leave their old ways behind as they make a new life in Essex. The Bruvs are trying to embrace frothy coffees and cargo shorts. But their old, naughty, often violent ways are never far off. Only now, most of the violence is between the brothers. After all, it’s all about family – and blood is thicker.

Now on DAVE and UK TV PLAY

https://twitter.com/TheBruvsTV

Twitter @TheBruvsTV

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Bansky exhibition coming to Brentwood

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This weekend is your chance to own a Banksy. Listen to the interview with John Brandler from The Brandler Galleries to learn more.

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On June 3rd Brentwood sees the opening of the biggest / most comprehensive ever exhibition of Record Sleeves designed by the artist known as Banksy

Included in the show will be artworks from £400- to £175,000 ( possibly £250,000 depending on one owner consigning a piece to us)

Brandler Galleries
1 Coptfold Road,
Brentwood,
Essex,
CM14 4BN,
United Kingdom

http://www.brandler-galleries.com/

Twitter @Brandler1      

 

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Perfect Blue Sky – Live Music & Interview

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Joined in the studio by the fantastic Perfect Blue Sky, Jane Kitto and Pna Andersson. I am really loving their single GIVE YOU MY LOVE which I have been playing out on Phoenix FM for a while. Their album, THE EYE OF TILOS is out now. Glad I have my copy! Available on ITUNES, AMAZON.

Must also just say, besides being extremely talented musicians, Jane has the most incredible arms I have seen. Very jealous of those arms Jane, very jealous!

Great to meet you both and hopefully meet again some sunny Greek day.

http://www.perfectbluesky.net/

Twitter @PBS_band

INTERVIEW ONE & Live Version of GIVE YOU MY LOVE

 

INTERVIEW PART TWO & Live Version of  ASTRONAUT 

 

INTERVIEW PART THREE & Live Version BEND ME YOUR SKY

 

 

Perfect Blue Sky is a collaboration between Australian rock singer and guitarist Jane Kitto and Swedish folk/metal artist Pna Andersson. Jane has played in 34 countries worldwide, including Belarus, Tahiti and at the North Pole! She has shared the stage with Dionne Warwick and Status Quo, and toured the UK as lead vocalist for Janis Joplin’s original band, Big Brother and The Holding Company. Pna is co-founder of leading Swedish metal band Netherbird, and a highly acclaimed sound engineer who has worked on productions featuring Ed SheeranMartha WainwrightSalif Keita and Charli XCX.

The album also features guitarist Jerry Donahue (The Proclaimers, Fairport Convention, The Hellecasters) and drummer Dave Getz (Big Brother and the Holding Company), amongst others.

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SHE HAS A NAME – An independent film everyone should see

 

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Joined in the studio by Daniel White from WHITE SCREEN PR who came in to promote and discuss the film SHE HAS A NAME which is out on the 13th June. The film is based on true life events of Human Trafficking.

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https://shehasanamefilm.com/pages/trailer

Jason, a lawyer, poses as a john to build a legal case against a ruthless pimp who is trafficking girls in Asia. He meets NUMBER 18, a girl forced to work as a prostitute in a busy red light district whose testimony is key to his case. Can he convince her to risk her life to testify for the sake of justice?…

https://shehasanamefilm.com/

Twitter @SheHasANameFilm

 

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The Book Club (May) with Sylvia Kent & John Cannell

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Joined in the studio by Sylvia Kent and guest writer John Cannell.

Since John’s retirement he has gone on to help out as an archivist at Warley Place and also to write a novel or three!

John’s first book THE WALL was received very well and proceeds of the sale went to Essex Wildlife Trust. His second book THE WALNUT TREE did equally as well. His third book will be out towards the end of the year.

Books available at Thordon Visitors Centre or Warley Place.

SYLVIA & JOHN TALK BOOKS

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MORE ABOUT SYLVIA

 

http://sylviakent.blogspot.co.uk/

Sylvia contributes to national, regional magazines and on-line journals. Following her Freelance Writer of the Year award for Writing Magazine, she began work on FOLKLORE OF ESSEX which contributed to Channel 5’s film COUNTY SECRETS.  Sylvia’s book THE WOMAN WRITER, published by the History Press is sold @ the British Library. This history of the Society of Women Writers & Journalists dates from 1894 and includes pioneers who made their mark in journalism, literature & poetry. Sylvia celebrates the centenary of Joyce Grenfell, a former SWWJ president. A chapter is dedicated to Joyce who meanders throughout the book which was reviewed in The Times, other dailies & YouTube. Sylvia is SWWJ’s Archivist. She work with several publishers including on-line specialists.Ebook titles are BRENTWOOD: HISTORIC TOWN & ST MARY MAGDALEN: BILLERICAY, both downloadable via Kindle. later books are kindlised. 2,000 articles are linked to Facebook,Twitter @sylviaakent & Suite 101. Film/audio clips now added.

Sylvia’s 10th book Barking & Dagenham From Old Photographs is selling well.

Sylvia’s Blog is currently 262,000 page views

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Dying Matters Week 8th – 14th May 2017

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In the second part of Dying Matters Awareness Week 2017 I was joined in the studio by Jane Merrigan from St Francis Hospice, Bridgett Sallis (Clinical Nurse Specialist) and Claire Edwards (End of Life Care Facilitator) at Queens & King Georges Hospitals Palliative Care Team.

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We only get one chance to have our dying wishes met, which is why it’s vital to talk, plan and make arrangements for the end of life – before it’s too late. That’s why Saint Francis Hospice is supporting the eighth annual Dying Matters Awareness Week from Monday May 8th to Sunday May 14th 2017.

The theme of the week is ‘What Can You do’. We want to discuss what you can do for yourself, and for those around you and in your community when facing death.

Here are six ways that you can get involved with hospice care! 

  1. Bust some myths for us – Help us spread the word about what we do and how we support our community, while challenging misconceptions about hospice care.
  2. Sign up to one of our events!Help us raise vital funds for Saint Francis Hospice while having fun at the same time.. why not register for our first ever Bubble Rush event or this years Star Walk
  3. Volunteer for us! We are always looking for volunteers – whatever your skill, we have a role for you. Our volunteers are the cogs that keep this place running, and we would love to have you on the team. 
  4. Sign up to one of our Education courses.You’d be surprised at the variety of courses we host, why not have a look and learn more about Palliative Care! We are even holding a Summer School for children aged 16-18 interested in a career in Health & Social Care – make sure to let anyone know who may be interested.
  5. Sponsor a Nurse – help fund our nurses and the incredible work that they do for the people of our community. 
  6. Donate a bag of goodies to your local shopor drop spot! Have a clear-out of your cupboards and fill a bag to drop off to your nearest Saint Francis Hospice charity shop. Do your part in helping your local hospice raise money for patient and family care. 

The week is aimed at providing practical steps to live and die well, and the hospice together with fellow local health professionals, solicitors and funeral directors will be holding information stands at local hospitals, libraries and shopping centres. Use the week to record your funeral wishes and talk to your loved ones about your future care and plans.

Dying Matters Awareness Week activities planned for the Saint Francis Hospice catchment area include information stands throughout the week!

Monday (May 8th)

  • Lesley Grainger, Practice Manager at Redbridge Council, will be holding a Death Café at Central Library in Ilford from 3-5pm.

Tuesday (May 9th)

  •  We will be holding an information stand at the London South Bank University ‘s Havering Campus from 10am to 2pm so people can find out more about the range of healthcare courses we run at the hospice.

Wednesday (May 10th)

  • ·Lesley Grainger will be at Central Library from 2pm to 3.30pm to give a talk about “Let’s Talk about Death and Dying.”
  • Our very own PR Executive will be on Phoenix FM to talk about what Dying Matters Awareness Week is all about and what the hospice will be doing throughout the week. She will also be joined by representatives from Queen’s palliative care team.
  • Our Education Team will have an information stand at Barking and Dagenham College from 12-2.30pm to tell people more about the courses available at the hospice.

Friday (May 12th)

  • We will have an information stand at shops on the High Street, Ilford as well as our South Street shop in Romford, from 10am to 2pm.
  • We will also have an information stand at Queen’s Hospital from 10am to 3pm!
Twitter @SFHUK
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Paolo Morena

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Having just won “SOLO PERFORMER OF THE DECADE” at the 10th Annual Panic Awards singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, Paolo Morena, has every right to be happy after a hugely successful 2016.

Paolo joined me in the studio to talk about the Panic Awards, his forthcoming album, The 38 (due for release Nov 2017), the success of his album The Mighty Small and to perform live in the studio.

Interview Part One (Panic Award)

 

Live Performance of 21st Century Curse

 

Interview Part Two (writing lyrics, gigging & looping)

 

Live Performance of Vanilla Skies

 

Interview Part Three (forthcoming album THE 38 plus sample of Treasure in the Trash)

 

Treasure in the Trash is his new single, available now on all platforms.

http://paolomorena.com/

Twitter @themightysmall   

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Dying Matters Awareness Week 8th – 14th  2017

What would be your funeral song? What would be the perfect send off? What funny stories would you like told? We have all imagined our own funeral but who really would know your wishes?

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Joined in the studio by Jane Bennett (Managing Director) and Bridget Holley (Bereavement Support Facilitator Pre-Paid Funeral Plan Advisor)  from Bennetts Funerals.

You can pre pay, pre plan your own funeral and have everything sorted if anything should happen, lets face its, its going to happen one day. Maybe that’s what puts people off talking about Wills, funeral wishes because you think talking about it might bring it on quicker! It wont!

Its important to make sure your affairs are in order and Dying Matters Awareness Week between the 8th – 14th May is about making you think, act and then enjoy the rest of your life knowing that everything is taken care of.

www.bennettsfunerals.co.uk

Fundraiser  for Blood Wise and http://www.helenrollason.org.uk/ Thursday 18th May at Ashwells at 7.00pm http://ashwells.co.uk/

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The Book Club (April) with Sylvia Kent & Barbara Redgwell

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Sylvia Kent and Barbara Redgwell joined me for this months Book Club.

Barbara is not an actual writer but she has researched her family history at Great Warley and has produced a photo book for her family.

Barbara gives advice on how you can do the same and how she researched for the photo book.

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More about Sylvia Kent

http://sylviakent.blogspot.co.uk/

Sylvia contributes to national, regional magazines and on-line journals. Following her Freelance Writer of the Year award for Writing Magazine, she began work on FOLKLORE OF ESSEX which contributed to Channel 5’s film COUNTY SECRETS.  Sylvia’s book THE WOMAN WRITER, published by the History Press is sold @ the British Library. This history of the Society of Women Writers & Journalists dates from 1894 and includes pioneers who made their mark in journalism, literature & poetry. Sylvia celebrates the centenary of Joyce Grenfell, a former SWWJ president. A chapter is dedicated to Joyce who meanders throughout the book which was reviewed in The Times, other dailies & YouTube. Sylvia is SWWJ’s Archivist. She work with several publishers including on-line specialists.Ebook titles are BRENTWOOD: HISTORIC TOWN & ST MARY MAGDALEN: BILLERICAY, both downloadable via Kindle. later books are kindlised. 2,000 articles are linked to Facebook,Twitter @sylviaakent & Suite 101. Film/audio clips now added.

Sylvia’s 10th book Barking & Dagenham From Old Photographs is selling well.

Sylvia’s Blog is currently 262,000 page views.

 

 

 

 

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Richard Digance in Interview & See him live this Sunday 23rd April at the Queens Theatre!

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“I googled you (Phoenix FM) and saw you did the sessions (music) which I think is absolutely fantastic because community radio for that reason is very very important” Richard Digance

What you doing Sunday evening, the 23rd April at 7.30pm? Well if you fancy a good laugh and an enjoyable evening get down to the Queens Theatre Hornchurch because Richard Digance will be live on stage with The 2017 Golden Anniversary Tour

Its all about being in the right place at the right time and obviously having masses of talent… this is just a snippet of the start of Richard’s career.

Hear how Billy Connolly got him into comedy at college and how sharing a flat with the legendary guitarist John Martin made learning the guitar that much easier!

He then came back to Essex and got a job at Old Church Hospital (developing x-rays). The head of the radiography was Jazz Summer who also shared a flat with Richard. Jazz in his spare time worked as a promoter and was putting together a band called WHAM and subsequently went on to manage the Scissor Sisters, The Verse and Snow Patrol said “I’ll manage you” the rest as they say is history.

He has also worked with Steve Martin and Robin Williams and of course the many years spent on Count Down plus so much more, its all here…… have a listen.

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Last time I interviewed Richard Digance I ended up replaying the interview to my Mum and friends, who said “what an interesting life “he’s so funny, isn’t he clever, he’s done so much”. We then ended up watching an hour and a half worth of You Tube Videos of Richard’s performances and sat there laughing along. However, like music, nothing beats seeing someone live on stage.

We had a few technical issues at the start of the interview which meant I called Richard three times (not like a mystery caller or anything). The interview jumps straight in due to me editing out the previous chatter. Forgive me!

www.queen-theatre.co.uk

Or call the box office 01708 443333

https://www.richarddigance.com/

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Josh Gleaves – Live and in interview

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Josh Gleaves EP STUCK is out on the 5th May available on all formats.

“I think Phoenix FM is a great radio station and you have to stay true to the people that live where you live”Josh Gleaves

https://www.facebook.com/JoshGleavesAcousticMusic/

Twitter @JGleavesMusic   

Instagram @joshleavesacousticmusic

INTERVIEW PART ONE (sample track from EP Something I’d Never Thought I’d Do)

 

INTERVIEW PART TWO

 

LIVE TRACK – STUCK (taken from the EP STUCK)

 

INTERVIEW PART 3 (Sample track from EP Take me for Me)

 

Its been nearly three years since Josh Gleaves was last in the studio and the 15 year old singer songwriter and guitarist continues to go from strength to strength.

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His style of music, his writing, his guitar work, his voice would make you believe he is much older. His fan base does have the young girls flocking around (he is a good looking lad) but there are just as many people in their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s who just love his music.

Josh is playing a good few Festivals this year and is often busking in London besides gigging around the Brentwood area more or less weekly. There is always a chance you will catch him live. For more live dates, check his Facebook page.

A great talented destined for a life in music no doubt about that.

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Stunning Performance by Benjamin Bassford singing the Blues Live

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“Benjamin has certainly put himself up there with the best…” – Blues Matters

“…stripped back melodic guitar and a voice that is strong and warm curling around the lyrics that have something to say.” – Bluesdoodles

Hell Hound on my Trail – Live

 

Interview Part One

 

Trouble in Mind – Live

 

Interview Part Two

 

Waltz Away – Live

 

He first appeared on my show over two years ago and floored me with his guitar and vocals singing the blues. I liked his voice so much I went to see him live in the evening and was blown away by how great he was.

Two years later and Benjamin is on even better form and still only 22 years old. His guitar work makes you think there are two other guitarists playing along to the blues. His voice and lyrics (his original works are beautiful) are those of an older soul trapped in a young persons body.

Always with Ben is his Dad, David, who travels to every gig and who shuts his eyes and breathes the music with his son. A close knit family who support Ben all the way with his music, including lugging guitars, p.a. systems, driving to gigs and on occasions sleeping in the car rather than paying for a hotel.

There have been many highlights for Ben, including supporting Jo Harman last year as well as up and coming Blues Festivals and other secret events he is going to reveal later this year!

www.benjaminbassford.com

 

 

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James King – superb acoustic performance

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James King, of James King and The Regals came in to talk about the bands forthcoming album and to play an acoustic version of Murphy’s Law.

Murphy’s Law is on our current A list and its beautifully crafted tune topped with excellent musicianship and vocals (they guys make sure they sound as good live as they do recorded).

James is a really passionate about music and the live sound of the band, we talked song writing, the band, lyrics, writing process and loads more.

Interview – (plus sample of Kemosabe Shore)

Live Acoustic Performance of Murphy’s Law 

 

James King & The Regals…. ones to definitely watch.

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https://www.facebook.com/JamesKingandtheRegals/

Twitter @Jamesking_music

 

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FREAK aka Connar Ridd talks music, life & Ed Sheeran

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A fantastic time in the studio with the multi instrumentalist, producer, singer, songwriter, and still only 19 years old, Connar Ridd AKA Freak. Yes his friends do call him Freak. How did he get his name, his song writing, his music, the new EP, Ed Sheeran, musical families,  its all here in this interview. One very talented artist and an interesting and funny guest to interview. Going places, so watch him!

The EP, I Like To Smile When I’m Sad is out now on download, CD & limited edition Vinyl.

INTERVIEW (including samples of tracks Cake, Nowhere & the current single I like to Smile when I’m sad)

http://www.imthefreak.com/

 http://instagram.com/freak.alt

 http://twitter.com/freakalt

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Rising Star, Daisy Benson Sings Live on Phoenix FM

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Local singer, songwriter Daisy Benson came in to talk about her new video and to sing live in the studio.

Interview & live performance (I cant make you love me & Will you still love me tomorrow)

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChF7BYf_gg7V8zOenFexxhw

https://www.facebook.com/dluxegirlband/

@DaisyBensonxx   

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The Book Club (March 2017) Sylvia Kent & Colin Payn

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Joined in the studio by this months book club guest, writer Colin Payn along with co host Sylvia Kent.

Colin’s book Dot’s Legacy is out now on KINDLE for just £1.99 with fantastic reviews and  the follow up coming summer 2017. Available to buy from Amazon and nothing but 5 star reviews!

About Dot’s Legacy

When Dot Jacks inherited a ‘public’ park she began a career that was to change the lives of the people of Chip Notting, providing unintended entertainment for them, and a social legacy to both haunt and taunt her heir. Rhys gradually discovered his inheritance included decades of hostilities with the local Council, the dog Dot tried to sue, the dossers, the debts, and the wonderful community his Aunt had inspired.
The story of the first year of Park ownership by Rhys, and outspoken girlfriend Anne, is strewn with lively characters, all of whom have a part to play in the ups and downs of love, business and the Park Effect that was Dot’s true legacy.

 

ABOUT SYLVIA KENT

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http://sylviakent.blogspot.co.uk/

Sylvia contributes to national, regional magazines and on-line journals. Following her Freelance Writer of the Year award for Writing Magazine, she began work on FOLKLORE OF ESSEX which contributed to Channel 5’s film COUNTY SECRETS.  Sylvia’s book THE WOMAN WRITER, published by the History Press is sold @ the British Library. This history of the Society of Women Writers & Journalists dates from 1894 and includes pioneers who made their mark in journalism, literature & poetry. Sylvia celebrates the centenary of Joyce Grenfell, a former SWWJ president. A chapter is dedicated to Joyce who meanders throughout the book which was reviewed in The Times, other dailies & YouTube. Sylvia is SWWJ’s Archivist. She work with several publishers including on-line specialists.Ebook titles are BRENTWOOD: HISTORIC TOWN & ST MARY MAGDALEN: BILLERICAY, both downloadable via Kindle. later books are kindlised. 2,000 articles are linked to Facebook,Twitter @sylviaakent & Suite 101. Film/audio clips now added.

Sylvia’s 10th book Barking & Dagenham From Old Photographs is selling well.

Sylvia’s Blog is currently 262,000 page views.

 

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Hayley & Gemma-Leigh talk clean eating

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Joined in the studio by Hayley Gemma & Gemma-Leigh Hunt from The Bodylicious Movement.

You can join the girls every Thursday at the Brentwood Centre reception between 9.30am – 11.30am to find out more!

INTERVIEW

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Nicci & Phil talk Pottery, Street Pastors & Fudge!

 

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Joined in the studio by Nicci, (Hazle’s Pottery Barn) and Noisy Phil  (Billericay Street Pastors).

Back in August myself and Phil had a Pottery Throw Down Competition. The winner was announced today and it was a draw (fix, I won, Phil cheated).

I never realised I had such a delicate speaking voice……

http://www.hazlespotterybarn.co.uk/

http://streetpastors.org/locations/Billericay/

 

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Singer Songwriter Sean Muir Live

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Joined in the studio by local singer songwriter Sean Muir.

Twitter @seanmuirmusic

Sean’s album wont be out until later in the year but in the meantime you can catch him live on Tuesday’s at The Swan, High Street, Brentwood 8pm onwards and monthly at The Spread Eagle, Brentwood.

INTERVIEW – Live Performance of Throwing It all Away & You are the One

 

 

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Race for Life – Cancer Research – Sign up!

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Joined by Gill Burgess who is the Events Manager for Cancer Research UK.

Its RACE FOR LIFE Saturday 27th May (5k) walk run skip space hop around the course at your own pace at WEALD COUNTRY PARK, BRENTWOOD, ESSEX.

You can take part in the race or be a volunteer or come along to support people taking part. There will be stalls, music and a great atmosphere on the day all held at the wonderful WEALD COUNTRY PARK, BRENTWOOD, ESSEX.

RACE FOR LIFE THIS IS BEATING CANCER

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life is a series of women-only events raising money for research into all 200 types of cancer

For all the information you need click on the link below.

https://raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org/?utm_source=EM&utm_medium=signature&utm_campaign=2017_Esig

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Roberto Palladino live in the studio

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Joined in the studio by local singer/songwriter, Roberto Palladino.

Roberto’s EP Half the Time is out at the end of March available from his Facebook page or contact on Twitter.

Roberto plays regularly at The Swan Pub (Tuesday night) or The Spread Eagle (every last Sunday)  both are in Brentwood.

https://www.facebook.com/roberto.palladino.315

Twitter @palladino_rob

Interview Part One & Live Performances “Let the Rain Fall”

 

Interview Part Two & Live Performance “If I could”

 

 

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Are you or someone you know a carer?

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If you or someone you know is a carer then listen to Paul Ramsden from Carers Choices.

 

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Joined in the studio by Paul Ramsden who is the CEO of Carers Choices.

Carers Choices

Our Mission is to improve the quality of care and support for People in Essex enabling them to make positive choices.

Welcome to Carers Choices, your local independent registered Charity and Carer Organisation for South Essex.

If you are looking after a partner, family member or friend, supporting them in some way we can offer some help and assistance.  Look at the range of carers services we offer particularly to help you carry on your caring role.

We can help you get an assessment and access to Carers Payments that will help you purchase some of the Respite Services we offer. With over 35 years experience supporting Carers and the people they care for in Essex we can ensure that you get the individual support and advice you need.

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The Essex Big Weekend – 1/2 April

Carol Jolly from Visit Essex joined us in the studio today to talk about an exciting giveaway for THE ESSEX BIG WEEKEND on the 1st and 2nd April and don’t forget if you are a winner of tickets there will also be a SELFIE COMPETITION to enter. GOOD LUCK!

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Calling all Essex residents! We’re all guilty of overlooking what’s on our own doorsteps, but for one weekend in April, we want to give you the opportunity to enjoy all that our county has to offer. There are thousands of free tickets up for grabs for popular attractions and hidden gems.

The ballot closes on Friday 17th March, so all you need to do is browse through the many offers we have available and apply for tickets for wherever you fancy! You’ll hear from us around the 20th March if you’ve been successful. Happy hunting!

Closes 17th March so get onto the website and apply for your free tickets.

https://www.essexbigweekend.co.uk/attractions/

http://www.visitessex.com/

@VisitEssex

Excitement is building for Visit Essex’s first EVER Essex Big Weekend! Residents will be able to visit some of our county’s finest tourist attractions for FREE!

Attractions across the county have donated FREE tickets for residents to use on 1st and 2nd April 2017. Residents can bid for available tickets to as many attractions as they wish from 16th February – 17th March. Two tickets per household (per attraction) will be allocated by ballot to the lucky winners (some family tickets will also be available).

The fun-filled weekend will include tickets for tours, family days out and adrenaline-fuelled experiences.

Organised by Visit Essex, the Essex Big Weekend is designed to encourage residents to rediscover the amazing things to see and do in our county – and to then spread the word about them.

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The Rotary Club of Brentwood talk Spring Concert 25th March

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Joined in the studio by Richard Albon from The Rotary Club of Brentwood to talk about their Spring Concert on the 25th March and also the fantastic work that Rotary carry out.

Spring Concert starts at 7.30pm, St Thomas Church, Brentwood.

A Little Light Opera plus Phoenix Youth Orchestra, Special Guest Soloist Philippa Hardiman, BOYM Jazz Band and St Thomas of Canterbury C of E Junior School Choir.

Tickets are £10.00 per adult and under 18 get in for £5.00

Tickets are available at Heart of Gold Jewellers, High Street, Brentwood, Woodland Bakery, Woodlane Avenue, Hutton and Dee Creases, The Keys Warley.

INTERVIEW

 

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Worst Wedding Ever – Elisabeth Hopper

The writer Chris Chibnall is best known for Broadchurch, the gripping TV series that stars David Tennant and Olivia Coleman.

Now Chris Chibnall’s laugh out loud comedy, WORST WEDDING EVER in which everything that could go wrong does go wrong, comes to The Queens Theatre on Wednesday next week.

Today I spoke to cast member Elisabeth Hopper who plays Rachel, the bride,  to find out more about this laugh out loud comedy.

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You can listen to our chat here –

 

Worst Wedding Ever runs from 15th March to 1st April and you can get tickets from the Queens Theatre Box Office on 01708 443333 or online at  www.queens-theatre.co.uk

We should say that the performance does include some strong language and is recommended for ages 12 and above.

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BBC Let It Shine star talks THE STAFF ROOM

 

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Craig Webb has had an amazing time on the BBC’s LET IT SHINE (Neon Panda) and is now set to star in a  brand new production called THE STAFF ROOM.

Playwright and actress Michelle Payne came in to talk about her play which has already received  a five star review at Theatre N16 from London Theatre 1, (https://www.londontheatre1.com/news/145480/michelle-paynes-the-staff-room-theatre-n16/) The Staff Room has since been offered it’s first professional outing at the Queens Theatre, Hornchurch for one performance (all of the payment from this will be going towards Edinburgh).

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We have set up an indiegogo page where backers can receive gifts, raffle tickets and perks from donating, including a VIP ticket package for the performance at the Queens Theatre. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-staff-room-by-michelle-payne-edinburgh-fringe-new/x/14281384#/

THE STAFF ROOM
They’re teaching our children, but are they teaching the right things? Three young teachers navigate their way through adulthood and educating.
A peak inside a state school staff room. With fad diets, Instagram abs and the government imposing a sugar tax, do the educators even know what is good for us? A Geography, History and PE teacher form an unlikely friendship within the dynamics and the solace of the staff room, bonding over all that matters; biscuits and banter.
Starring: Craig Webb, Faye Derham, Hilary Murnane.
Twitter: @STAFFROOMplay

The show will be at:
Queens Theatre, Hornchurch on Sunday 23rd July, 6pm
Theatre 3, The Space @ Surgeon’s Hall, Edinburgh from 21st-26th August 2017 (7.10pm)

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Archipelago a Cappella – In Interview & Song

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Joined in the studio by Archipelago a Cappella group. Archipelago are: Dee Hunter, Jasper Scott  Julie Cooper  Adrian Nash Steve Mallott and Sophie Nash.

INTERVIEW & Sample tracks

 

For Bookings email: archipelagoacappella@gmail.com

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Musician Mark Reed – Interview & Live Performance

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Musician, songwriter, guitarist and published writer, Mark Reed joined me to talk about his music, writing and to play live in the studio.

Interview & Preview of I found a Lover, Locomotive Swing, Aranlanthia & Distant Sun

http://www.rmdmusic.com/

http://dareyato.com/

https://www.facebook.com/mark.reed.12532

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Ladies! Fireman Car Wash & its all for charity!

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FIREMAN CAR WASH – after last years hugely successful Car Wash, the Fireman are back again to wash your cars in aid of charity and this year, there are more Fireman and two lanes to have your car looking its best.

Joined by Dean Huby to talk about the charity car wash to raise funds for Fire Benevolent Fund and Multiple sclerosis. Dean Huby and Gary Clark will be running the London Marathon on the 23rd April to raise further funds.

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FIREMAN CAR WASH

Saturday 4th March Brentwood Fire Station, North Road Brentwood Essex CM14 4UZ

10am – 4pm FUN DAY have your car washed by the fireman £5.00 per car.

Children are welcome and will be shown around the Fire Engines by the Fireman.

And ladies, Dean also guaranteed HUNKY FIREMAN will wash your car.

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The Book Club (February 2017) Sylvia Kent & Ros Green

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We are getting ever nearer to The Essex Book Festival. Joining Sylvia Kent this month is Ros Green who is the Director of Essex Book Festival which starts on the 1st March.

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Essex Book Festival is one of the highlights of Essex’s cultural calendar. Each March it hosts 60+ events in over 30 venues across the County, including theatres, libraries, schools, universities, through to cafes and art galleries.

The Festival was established by Essex County Council in 1999 to celebrate the book in all its forms with the widest possible audience in Essex. Since then it has grown into one of the leading festivals of its kind in the Eastern Region, inviting local writers and writers from all over the world to take part its activities. It also hosts a year round series of writing and reading programmes for all ages and abilities.

In 2011 it became an independent charity run by a board of voluntary trustees. This, in turn, led to a number of new opportunties. Not least of all the huge variety of partners with which it now works within Essex and beyond.

Essex Book Festival is based within the Centre for Creative Writing at the University of Essex’s Colchester campus.

http://essexbookfestival.org.uk/

 

 

 

ABOUT SYLVIA KENT

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http://sylviakent.blogspot.co.uk/

Sylvia contributes to national, regional magazines and on-line journals. Following her Freelance Writer of the Year award for Writing Magazine, she began work on FOLKLORE OF ESSEX which contributed to Channel 5’s film COUNTY SECRETS.  Sylvia’s book THE WOMAN WRITER, published by the History Press is sold @ the British Library. This history of the Society of Women Writers & Journalists dates from 1894 and includes pioneers who made their mark in journalism, literature & poetry. Sylvia celebrates the centenary of Joyce Grenfell, a former SWWJ president. A chapter is dedicated to Joyce who meanders throughout the book which was reviewed in The Times, other dailies & YouTube. Sylvia is SWWJ’s Archivist. She work with several publishers including on-line specialists.Ebook titles are BRENTWOOD: HISTORIC TOWN & ST MARY MAGDALEN: BILLERICAY, both downloadable via Kindle. later books are kindlised. 2,000 articles are linked to Facebook,Twitter @sylviaakent & Suite 101. Film/audio clips now added.

Sylvia’s 10th book Barking & Dagenham From Old Photographs is selling well.

Sylvia’s Blog is currently 219.000 page views.

 

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The Daisy Bowlers – Live Music & Interview

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Joined in the studio by The Daisy Bowlers, Heather Simmons – vocals and double bass
Debbie Bines – vocals and ukulele and Grammy Nominated Dave Cooke – vocals and piano/guitar/washboard.
All songs taken from the new album MUSIC TO SMILE TO which is available from the bands website.

 

Live Performance – Saving All your Honey for me (by Heather Simmons)

 

Live Performance – Has anybody seen my guy (by Heather Simmons)

And finally you can catch the band at http://fishermenschapel.org.uk/daisy-bowlers/  every last Friday of the month between 2-4pm along with cake, teas and coffees.
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The Daisy Bowlers are quirky and fun vintage band performing songs from the Charleston to Jive with 3 part vocal harmony, ukulele, double bass and guitar.
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A very exciting newly formed band of friends who have worked together in different bands for over 10 years . The Daisy Bowlers are international musicians who have credits such as being Grammy nominated, playing in top clubs such as Ronnie Scotts, performing for and with many celebrities.
 
Heather Simmons tel: 07879 232231 or email heathernyjazz@hotmail.com
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The Beeches Care & Nursing Home

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Joined in the studio by Client Liaison Managers Jessica Kemp and Paul Roche from The Beeches Care and Nursing Home.

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE BEECHES, BRENTWOOD.

 

The Beeches have been awarded the CQC for their level of care and currently have 6 finalists in the Great British Care Awards.

The Beeches Care and Nursing Home, Hubert Road, Off London Road, Brentwood Essex.

T: 01277 887 335    E: enquiries.beeches@signaturesl.co.uk         

Winner of CQC award

Great British care awarded 6 finalists

www.signaturecarehomes.co.uk

Facilities

Below are a list of the services that we offer here at The Beeches.

Award Winning
24 Hour Care
Nursing Care
Dementia Care
Respite Care
Activities 7 days a week
Studio Apartment
One Bed Apartment
Two Bed Apartment
En Suite
Kitchenette
Restaurant
Bistro
Private Dining
Café
Cinema
Library
Lounges
Hair Salon
Therapy Room
Spa Bathroom
Laundry
Housekeeping
Landscape Gardens
Patio (Private)
Free Wifi
Phone Line (Private)
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Money Worries, Domestic Violence & Education

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Joined in the studio by Expert Money Literacy Educator Deborah Sawyerr  of Sawyerrs House. Deborah is an educator of scholars and students. She also helps women who are, or have been victims of domestic violence because of money issues build wealth with or without money.

For more details http://sawyerrshousemoneylifestyle.blogspot.co.uk/

Twitter @sawyerrshouse

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Amazing live vocals from Sapphire Roads Olivia Rohdes

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Fantastic live vocals and guitar from the talented Olivia Rohde lead singer of SAPPHIRE ROADSAPPHIRE ROAD are described as a dreamy surf rock band. When not gigging with the band, Olivia is gigging around Southern California, just her, the guitar and one hell of a voice!

SAPPHIRE ROAD’s new album, IS THIS CINEMA is out on the 14th February. The albums first single is SUNBEAM.

https://www.facebook.com/sapphireroadmusic/?fref=ts

In Harmony is the solo album by Olivia Rohde is out on ITUNES http://www.oliviarohdemusic.com/music/

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INTERVIEW PART ONE – How the music started, Skateboarding/Surfing, Musical Family

 

INTERVIEW PART TWO – The Voice, Earning a Living, The Hoff/Spice Girls, The Band & The Album

 

INTERVIEW PART THREE – Songwriting, Album Titles, Strong Coffee, Touring, Karma & Sample of Run Away Child

 

INTERVIEW PART FOUR – Band Names, What’s the Dream, Music Hero’s, Vocalist Acrobats & Love

 

 

LIVE PERFORMANCE – Folsom Prison Blues

 

LIVE PERFORMANCE – Time Stood Still

 

 

  

 

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A tribute to Gary Raymond

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Received very sad news today that my previous guest, Gary Raymond had passed away. Just over a year ago I was joined in the studio by Gary, he came in to talk about his book BLAG, STEAL & BORROW which has gone on to be a massive success (and still available at all good book shops). He was a larger than life character and the interview was great fun. We kept in contact after the show on Twitter with Gary often retweeting and vice versa. I purchased the book after meeting Gary. He was meant to be in the studio last month but unfortunately wasn’t well enough. I have read so many wonderful words about Gary on Facebook and Twitter, a true music legend, loved and appreciated by many. x

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Joined in the studio by Gary Raymond to talk about his autobiography, BLAG, STEAL & BORROW. Gary gave us a little taster of what’s in the book and for those considering a music career or for those already trying to make it, this book will show you the funny, harsh and crazy side of the industry.

http://www.mrgaryraymond.com/index.php#blag

INTERVIEW

THE BOOK

Gary Victor Raymond was born in 1960 in East London before the family upped sticks and moved to The Cockney Del Sol seaside town of Southend-On-Sea. The pie & mash loving son of a professional drummer and publican, he had a colourful upbringing that included living in a zoo, working in a dolphinarium, listening to glam rock and watching Bruce Lee movies – sadly having no hand-eye coordination meant that he was never able to follow in his father’s footsteps and take to the stage. But it was when he started working in the music industry that he made his mark, taking 3 unsigned lads from Essex into the top 20, making music chart history, winning a gold disc and having them forever immortalised in The Guinness Book of Records. These days the father of four, having survived cancer surgery, prefers to sit in front of the television with a cup of tea cheering on his beloved Tottenham Hotspur or watching The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones and any movie about East End gangsters, leaving behind him those days in the music industry. Gary has had a number of poems published and his thoughtful poem ‘The Thrill of the Kill’ was used in an anti-hunting campaign.

REVIEWS

“I literally creased over laughing which I have never done with a book before.”

– Alex Fearn, Diamond Days

 

“This is the story of the underdog making history – I give it 10/10”

– Paul Baker

 

“It’s a book that will make you cry, laugh out loud, and wonder how anyone really ‘makes it’ in the music industry these days.”

– Neil Jones, Arts Editor, Essex Standard

 

“A fascinating read. The annals of management hero worship await.”

– Kurt Prinz, Goldmine Magazine

 

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TIME TO TALK – BRENTWOOD COMMUNITY PRINT

 

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As part of TIME TO TALK DAY  I was joined in the studio by Andrew Woodcock and Cara White to talk Brentwood Community Print.

INTERVIEW

 

For more information

http://www.brentwoodcommunityprint.org.uk/

Contact: 01277 849021

About Brentwood Community Print

A Community Interest Company

Every printer will make the claim that they are unique; quality, service, price, speed, people … you have heard it all before. But Brentwood Community Print really is unique and this is why. We are in the printing business to make money – just like every other printer. It’s what we do with your money that makes us different.

Brentwood Community Print exists to help people who are in recovery from mental illness. All the profit from our sales is re-invested into the service to provide a safe and caring working environment to assist people in their recovery. We believe that structured work and training helps people move back into the community and gain self-worth and confidence, all vital components for better mental health. It is easy to feel for someone with their arm in a sling or who has a life-threatening illness. But there is a stigma that comes with a mental illness. There shouldn’t be. It is real and could affect anybody. One person in four will suffer with some form of poor mental health at some time in their lives.

Every last penny you spend here helps us to fill a real need in your community. The support we offer is not available elsewhere. You will be making an ethical decision by choosing Brentwood Community Print for your design and printing. Brentwood Community Print is proud to break down barriers. We are passionate about changing perceptions.  We are a team of highly skilled and talented people who deliver a great service, delivering quality printing services. Why not visit for a cup of coffee and a chat about your next project?

 

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TIME TO TALK – FITNESS IN MIND

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As part of TIME TO TALK DAY I was joined in the studio by CHRIS HOOD, MEL WATSON from FITNESS IN MIND (and both presenters on Phoenix FM) to talk about Mental Health and Physical Activity.

INTERVIEW

 

ALL FITNESS IN MIND CLASSES ARE COMPLETELY FREE!

Find out more here http://www.brentwood-centre.co.uk/sport-and-leisure/fitness-in-mind 

Contact: 01277 246 057

CLASSES

  • Walking
  • Yoga
  • Dance
  • Meditation
  • Kickboxing
  • Gym Training

Fitness In Mind™ is an award winning initiative designed to promote, encourage and provide physical activity as an aid to mental wellbeing.

Sport and physical activity are proven to boost self-esteem, reduce stress, and help prevent or reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety, but getting active when you’re not feeling great isn’t easy. Low motivation, social anxiety, self-image issues, uncertainty regarding exercise, and financial expense, can all hinder us from using this vital and hugely enjoyable life tool.

At Fitness In Mind™ we strive to support individuals into fun physical activity, helping them establish and maintain a healthier lifestyle for both body and mind.

All our classes are run by specially selected, qualified instructors, and friendly Peer-Support Volunteers, giving expert tuition, emotional support, and guidance towards other useful organisations.

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TIME TO TALK – SEPT – The Buddy Scheme

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As part of TIME TO TALK day I was Joined in the studio by Jay Thornton (Buddy Scheme Co-ordinator) from SEPT (South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust) and our very own Scott W (MH Campaigner, Service User & Phoenix FM Sports Co Host) to talk about THE BUDDY SCHEME.

To get involved with The BUDDY SCHEME and for more information call 0800 085 7935

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Nurse Buddy Scheme – This is a scheme where mental health service users (aka ‘Buddies’) team up with second-year student nurses for a period of time (four one-hour sessions approx.). The aim is to enhance the student nurses development and understanding of mental health issues from the perspective of the service user at the receiving end.

Co-Production – is the involvement of mental health service users in the development and improvement of the delivery of mental health services.

SEPT – South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust provide community health, mental health and learning disability services for a population of approx 2.5 million people throughout Bedfordshire, Essex and Luton.

services include:

⦁ Mental Health Services – provide treatment and support to young people, adults and older people experiencing mental illness. Including treatment, in secure and specialised settings.

⦁ Community Health Services – provide support and treatment to both adults and children in community hospitals, health centres, GP surgeries and in our patients’ homes.

⦁ Learning Disabilities Services – provide crisis support and inpatient services and our community learning disability teams work in partnership with local councils to provide assessment and support for adults with learning disabilities.

⦁ Social Care – provide personalised social care support to people with a range of needs, including people with learning disabilities or mental illness, supporting people to live independently.

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Big Hearts Valentines Cabaret Show – Feb 14th

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Joined in the studio by singer Denyse Connell who has organised BIG HEARTS VALENTINES CABARET SHOW for Little Hearts Matter Children’s Charity on Saturday 18th February. There will be a host of acts including comedy from the highly successful Paul Sweeney, plus music, dance and speciality acts!

There will be two shows on February 18th at Ingatestone Community Theatre, High Street, Ingatestone. Box Office 07768 735905

  • 2pm (£25.00 for two people) which includes afternoon tea served at your table during the show.
  • 7pm (30.00 for two people) which includes a sharing platter served at your table during the show.
  • You don’t even have to move during the performance, alcoholic drinks can be served at your table from the bar(not included in the ticket price).

 

Additional Contact
bch@denysedonnell.co.uk

@BigHeartsCabaret

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Neil Stanton in interview & live session

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Singer songwriter Neil Stanton joined me in the studio to talk about his music and to play live.

Neil’s new 6 track EP is out later this year and will be available on his website.

https://neilstanton.bandcamp.com/

Twitter @sulcata32

 

Interview Part One & Live Performance of MY LOVE

 

 

Interview Part Two & Live Performance of I DONT KNOW WHY

 

 

Interview Part Two & THE TRAIN (recording)

 

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The Condriacs – Interview & In Session

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Making a return to my show, the amazingly talented duo The Condriacs Peter Spicer and Tony Slaven.

They never stop song writing and have a backlog of catchy songs with super hooks. The songwriters not only write for other artists they are now looking to put together their own album too.

Tony has a soulful voice with a crackle, its distinctive as soon as you hear it, memeroable. Peter plays a mean guitar and the boys work so well together writing song after song.

 

INTERVIEW PART ONE – How did you meet, Camp Fires, Winning Poetry Competition & Courtney Lees New Jingle

 

LIVE PERFORMANCE – GOOD MAN DOWN

 

 

INTERVIEW PART TWO – Song Writing, Anchor Notes and Dance Tracks

 

LIVE PERFORMANCE – I HEARD A SOUND

 

 

INTERVIEW PART THREE – Goals, Changing Jobs, Acoustic Album, I Love My Wife and People Watching

 

LIVE PERFORMANCE – SPIT IT OUT

 

Never ask The Condriacs how many songs they write in a month!

https://soundcloud.com/thecondriacs

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/The-Condriacs-1525077391131920/

Twitter @thecondriacs

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The International Holocaust Memorial Day Exhibition – BRENTWOOD

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Joined in the studio by Moira Dare-Edward to discuss The International Holocaust Memorial Day Exhibition

This is a joint initiative of Christian Friends of Israel (Essex) and Tikvah Chadasha Synagogue (Shenfield & Brentwood). This is an annual exhibition which explores the background to the Holocaust, the lives of people caught up in those tragic events, their survival and their subsequent return to life.

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

The Exhibition is taking place Thursday 26 January 2017 to Saturday 28 January 2017 09:30 – 16:30 (13:00 on Saturday 28th) at Town Hall, Ingrave Road, Brentwood CM15 8AY

On the ground floor: the Exhibition for browsing with interactive sessions of 45 mins with a Holocaust survivor for school groups & space permitting, individuals. Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning.

Upstairs in the Council Chamber: An opportunity to hear the personal story of Edgar Guest Thursday and Friday morning at 11 am. A Hungarian Jew, Edgar recalls episodes from his boyhood which was dominated by events culminating in The Holocaust. Film or speaker Saturday 10:30 am to be confirmed.

Meeting of Commemoration At 6:30pm on Saturday 28th January in The Main Hall of Brentwood County High School, Seven Arches Road, Shenfield Common, BrentwoodCM14 4JF (doors open at 5pm for viewing Exhibitions)

Free admission to all events but donations are welcome. A freewill offering will follow the evening meeting

Bookstalls ~ Information stalls ~ Films (Town Hall only) Refreshments after Saturday meeting

Further information from:

Moira Dare-Edwards: 01277 213243 – email: mdareedwards@btinternet.com

Natasha Radford : email: tikvahchadasha@gmail.com

The Exhibition is completely free to attend, donations are welcome.

 

 

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Stuck in a rut? Be inspired by Actor Vic Waghorn

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Stuck in a job you don’t like, deseperately wanting to change your life. Then listen to the inspiring story of Vic Waghorn who changed his life to become an actor after working for twenty five years in the construction industry.

Catch Vic in 2017’s BLUE IGUANA staring Sam Rockwell

He’s a low level criminal with no future and just out of prison. She’s a low level lawyer never noticed by others, a lost soul without a life. Their anger and hostility makes them serious criminals. Love happens in the strangest of places.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2316479/

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P.S. The biscuits you kindly gave lasted less than 24 hours at Phoenix FM and I swear Vic I didn’t get to eat one!

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http://www.vicwaghorn.co.uk/Index.html

@vic_waghorn

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Difficulty Sleeping? Anxiety? Stress? Try ASMR its completely free!

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I read an article on Whispers Red in the Daily Mail last year talking about ASMR aka Autonomous sensory meridian response and wanted to learn more about it. I went onto YOUTUBE and found an amazing array of ASMR artists including the first lady of ASMR Whispers Red aka Emma. It really is an online community.

INTERVIEW – Emma explains ASMR

 

How popular is ASMR, well some of Emma’s videos have over 2 million views!

Remember if the first video you watch doesn’t work for you, try another until you find SOUNDS, VOICE relax you.

WHAT DO I NEED TO LISTEN TO ASMR

If you have difficulty sleeping, anxiety, stress then give ASMR a try, it is COMPLETELY FREE. All you need is:-

  • An internet connection (ideal if you have a mobile, I pad, kindle)
  • A set of headphones (you MUST use a set of headphones)
  • Somewhere quiet and relaxing to listen to the sounds
https://www.youtube.com/user/WhispersRedASMR for a variety of videos and sounds.
DONT FORGET THOSE HEADPHONES WHEN YOU LISTEN OTHERWISE IT WILL NOT WORK!

 

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Singer Songwriter Sam Ghodsi talks to Phoenix FM

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L.A. Singer/songwriter Sam Ghodsi returns to talks to Phoenix FM about his life, music and new EP.

INTERVIEW

 

Sam’s new EP MADE IN THE STARS is out now and available for down load at his website the NEW EP will be out in March 2017!

http://www.samghodsi.com/

@Samghodsisound

https://www.instagram.com/samghodsi/

Bio

Sam Ghodsi, born in Bath England, started music when he was twelve years old by picking up his first guitar. It wasn’t long until he was singing and writing music. From then on he started playing in rock bands and touring around the world. He recorded in some of the top studios, including Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios (Box, England) and Killingsworth Recording Company (Los Angeles, USA) where he worked alongside producer Tomas Costanza, general manager for Chamberlain records and CEO of Killingsworth Recording Company.

Sam has also had lessons in opera training under Alexander Johnson, one of the top opera singers in the UK, to expand his vocal range. He also wanted to get a better understanding of the recording process to have more control over his music, so he attended Musicians Institute (Los Angeles, USA) recording program (RIT). Sam is currently working on his solo career and getting ready to get in the studio!

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Lywis Cowles sings live, amazing voice you need to check out!

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Just before Christmas I welcomed back Lywis Cowles an amazing young singer from Essex. Lywis was my guest earlier in 2016 and I wanted him back for my Christmas show.

A truly gifted vocalist and one to watch for 2017.

Interview Part One

 

Live performance – Say you wont let Go

 

Live performance – Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas

 

Live performance – Somebody to Love

 

www.facebook.com/lywiscowleslive

 

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Chris Tester Crowd Funding Appeal – Brentwood Local Shot During Robbery at parents restaurant

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Joined in the studio by Tristan Churchward who came in to talk about Brentwood local, Chris Tester. Chris was tragically shot in the head during a robbery at his parents restaurant in Antigua on Christmas Day evening. Tristan came in to give updates on Chris and how the amazing generosity of friends, family and strangers have helped so far.

INTERVIEW

The crowd fund is currently at £103,556 (within less than a week of being set up). Chris is being transferred this evening (Monday 2nd January) to Exeter Airport then Derriford hospital.

If you would like to give, please follow the link below, any amount, no matter how small is greatly appreciated, or share the page on Facebook or Twitter.

http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/chris-tester-urgent-appeal

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Molly Burman – Singer/Songwriter sings live

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Joined in the studio by 15 year old Molly Burman who is a singer songwriter from London. Molly gave an impressive vocal/guitar performance.

Interview Part One

 

LIVE PERFORMANCE Movie Star

 

Interview Part Two

 

LIVE PERFORMANCE Trying not to lose our Heads

 

https://soundcloud.com/user-551625782

@BurmanMolly

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Johnny Mack in interview & live performance

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Johnny Mack has just released his debut album, MY TIME. Johnny came in to sing live and talk of his passion for music , acting and appearing on Channel 4 this Christmas.

INTERVIEW & LIVE PERFORMANCES

 

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My Time contain seven tracks with two successful singles already released, Down to the River and Walkin.

The album is out to buy now on ITUNES and physical copies are available for Johnny’s website.

See Johnny in  ‘Snow White Meets The Seven Dwarfs’
At My Place 343 Dagnam Park Dr, Romford RM3 9EN

Cast includes: Becky O’Brien from Britians got talent as the Wicked Queen Evelina. Johnny Mack as Prince Andy, Blake Scott as Buckles, John Murnane as Dame Nurse Dotty Dinah O’Brien as Snow White, Shaun Lee as Henry Topper& Hillary kurt-Webster as the Majestic Mirror.

A great twist to the Dwarf characters bringing more added fun and excitement for the audience to enjoy.

See the classic story of Snow White, sing and dance along and have lots of fun.
Book tickets now, to save disappointment! 

Catch Johnny Christmas Eve Channel 4 on Dom Jollys Christmas Special

www.johnnymack.co.uk

@johnnymack

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Toys from Piccola – Make your own snow! Watch the video!

Joined in the studio by Simon Wilson owner of Piccola. Piccola is an independent children’s Toy, clothing and book shop on the High Street, Brentwood, since 1966.

PICCOLA TOYS

Water Pistol & Balloons Game – Shoot the numbered balls with the water pistol. Doggy Bank Money Box – Dog with a bowl who then scoops down, wiggles his limbs and eats coins into the money box. 15493737_10154863776014973_2307022493749996439_o

Fake Snow!

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INTERVIEW

SHOP LOCAL THIS CHRISTMAS.

Unlike many websites, when you buy something from Piccola you’re not buying from an office or a warehouse (or worse still, someone’s front room). We’re not etailers, an e-toy shop or anything like that – this website is the most cyber thing about us!

When you buy from Piccola you’re buying from a living, breathing children’s shop, with real toys and clothes that are being experienced by our customers every week of the year.

http://www.piccola.co.uk/

Twitter @PiccolaBrentwd

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/piccola.co.uk/?fref=ts

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Chinksey – interview & live performance

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Joined in the studio by London Rap artist, Chinksey.

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@The_ChinkSee

INTERVIEW PART ONE

 

INTERVIEW PART TWO

 

Live Performance – GLOW UP

 

Live Performance – HARKING

 

OUTTAKE

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Paolo Morena – In interview & live session

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His name is Paolo Morena and he’s a 21st Century One Man Band, Singer Songwriter from Essex.

Interview and live performance of Treasure in the Trash plus sample of Morrissey & Marshall track Love and Be Loved. Steve Mortimer mix of The Chauffer featuring Colin Wade and sample of Paolo’s brand new track, Dance David Dance

PART ONE

PART TWO

www.paolomorena.com

https://www.youtube.com/user/themightysmall

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/PaoloMorena.Is/?fref=ts

Twitter @themightysmall

 

 

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More great Christmas Toys from Piccola – Shop Local

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Joined in the studio by Simon Wilson owner of Piccola. Piccola is an independent children’s Toy, clothing and book shop on the High Street, Brentwood, since 1966.

TODAY’S TOYS

Sound machine (Original) £8.99

Sound Machine (Festive) £6.99

Sound Machine (Pirates) £6.99

Lotte Dolls you can pick from Ballet Dancer, Stat Gazer, Muddy Puddles, Butterfly Protector £15.99 each. Simon “Lotte dolls do not create negative body perceptions for the children”.

Christmas Set (All made from wood) A Hanger for the door with Santa Please Stop Here, A coaster for Father Christmas’s Milk or alcoholic beverage! Two tags to attach a carrot for the Reindeer and another for Santa’s Food, ie mince pie. Can be reused year after year and at £7.99 a great price.

SHOP LOCAL THIS CHRISTMAS.

Unlike many websites, when you buy something from Piccola you’re not buying from an office or a warehouse (or worse still, someone’s front room). We’re not etailers, an e-toy shop or anything like that – this website is the most cyber thing about us!

When you buy from Piccola you’re buying from a living, breathing children’s shop, with real toys and clothes that are being experienced by our customers every week of the year.

http://www.piccola.co.uk/

Twitter @PiccolaBrentwd

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/piccola.co.uk/?fref=ts

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The stunning voice of Maria Eracleous & in interview

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Maria Eracleous is a local singer songwriter who also plays a mean guitar.

Maria talked about her life in music and her up and coming EP, plus we got to hear live performances.

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/mariamusicpage/?fref=ts

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Interview

 

Live Performance – YESTERDAY

 

Live Performance – HANG ON

 

 

 

 

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Toys from Piccola – Bean Boozled!

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Joined in the studio by Simon Wilson owner of Piccola. Piccola is an independent children’s Toy, clothing and book shop on the High Street, Brentwood, since 1966.

INTERVIEW

SHOP LOCAL THIS CHRISTMAS.

Unlike many websites, when you buy something from Piccola you’re not buying from an office or a warehouse (or worse still, someone’s front room). We’re not etailers, an e-toy shop or anything like that – this website is the most cyber thing about us!

When you buy from Piccola you’re buying from a living, breathing children’s shop, with real toys and clothes that are being experienced by our customers every week of the year.

http://www.piccola.co.uk/

Twitter @PiccolaBrentwd

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/piccola.co.uk/?fref=ts

BEAN BOOZLED!

Simon kindly came in with one of the games from the shop, we played live on air BEAN BOOZLED. If your children love Harry Potter they will love this in fact I think get one for the children and one for the adults!

How to play.. spin the wheel and then you eat the jelly bean the pointer goes to. Each flavour can be either nice or ewwww. Guess who got Canned Dog Food flavour, me!

Coconut or Babwipes
Berry Blue or Toothpaste
Buttered Popcorn or Rotten Egg
Chocolate Pudding or Canned Dog Food (I got that one and it had the canned dog food aroma once you bit into it).
Peach or Vomit
Tutti-Frutti or Stinky Socks
Lime or Lawn Clippings
Juicy Pear or Booger!

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Noel Cowley – Beautiful live music performance

Joined in the studio by singer/songwriter, NOEL COWLEY.  A talented vocalist who can turn up with a guitar and play perfectly crafted songs from the heart.

Noel talked about his life in music and performed two tracks live in the studio.

EP Home is Everything is out now

www.noelcowley.com

Twitter @noelcowley

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/noelcowleymusic

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INTERVIEW

 

LIVE PERFORMANCE – Never gonna get these Days Again

 

LIVE PERFORMANCE OF – Out of this World (cover)

 

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THE BOOK CLUB (December 2016) with Sylvia Kent & Guest Celia Pyke

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Joined for Decembers Book by writer Sylvia Kent and guest writer Celia Pyke.

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Celia’s books

  • Rainham & Wennington Memories
  • Voices of Upminster
  • Voices of North & South Ockendon
  • Mystery on the Marsh
  • A Daisy Blossoms

ABOUT CELIA

I began writing when retirement loomed – I’ve always been a busy person, so attended various classes and began to get my work published in 1997.  I had several articles, short stories and poems published in a small press magazine which eventually folded. It was where ‘I cut my teeth’ so to speak. There followed a period when I wrote articles for county magazines but mainly for a history mag, which, too, eventually closed down. It was then, encouraged by Sylvia, that I wrote my first book Rainham & Wennington Memories – that was in 2005, followed by Voices of Upminster in 2008 and then Voices of North & South Ockendon in 2014.

I’m a member of the SWWJ where I took on the task of taking the Minutes at quarterly Council Meetings and am about to become full Hon Secretary which involves a few more jobs, so much of my spare time is now taken up with SWWJ work. I’ve known Sylvia for a long time through Brentwood Writers, of which I am also a member.  I’ve just published a children’s book – Mystery on the Marsh – which is based on my knowledge of the Rainham Marshes.  In 20011, I published A Daisy Blossoms, a novel which utilised my knowledge of the Victorian era.

At present I have another non-fiction book on the go entitled Dearest Ray. It comprises letters sent to and frm a young airman during the last world war. I hope to bring this out next spring.

 ABOUT SYLVIA KENT

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http://sylviakent.blogspot.co.uk/

Sylvia contributes to national, regional magazines and on-line journals. Following her Freelance Writer of the Year award for Writing Magazine, she began work on FOLKLORE OF ESSEX which contributed to Channel 5’s film COUNTY SECRETS.  Sylvia’s book THE WOMAN WRITER, published by the History Press is sold @ the British Library. This history of the Society of Women Writers & Journalists dates from 1894 and includes pioneers who made their mark in journalism, literature & poetry. Sylvia celebrates the centenary of Joyce Grenfell, a former SWWJ president. A chapter is dedicated to Joyce who meanders throughout the book which was reviewed in The Times, other dailies & YouTube. Sylvia is SWWJ’s Archivist. She work with several publishers including on-line specialists.Ebook titles are BRENTWOOD: HISTORIC TOWN & ST MARY MAGDALEN: BILLERICAY, both downloadable via Kindle. later books are kindlised. 2,000 articles are linked to Facebook,Twitter @sylviaakent & Suite 101. Film/audio clips now added.

Sylvia’s 10th book Barking & Dagenham From Old Photographs is selling well.

Sylvia’s Blog is currently 219.000 page views.

 

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GET THIS SONG TO NO 1 FOR CHRISTMAS!

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Its your chance to get THE LIVING YEARS to number 1 this year to raise awareness of the work of hospices throughout the UK. 99p is all it takes. Download from ITUNES, AMAZON (download and physical copy).

Joined in the studio by Anita McCarthy from St Francis Hospice and Jane Keen who is a member of The Saint Francis Hospice Choir and The London Hospices Choir to talk about their single THE LIVING YEARS.

WHERE CAN I BUY A COPY?

‘The Living Years’ by The London Hospices Choir and Paul Carrack is being released on December 16th. It’s available to pre-order now from:

Amazon (Physical): http://smarturl.it/e872qp   

Amazon (Digital): http://smarturl.it/ad3krd  

iTunes: http://smarturl.it/4sk7sm

HOW DID THE SONG COME TOGETHER?

A newly-formed choir of 300 patients, families, staff and volunteers from 18 hospices are aiming for this year’s Christmas number 1 – and to raise awareness of the hospice movement – with a cover of “The Living Years” alongside Paul Carrack, who was also lead vocalist on the original 1991 hit.  

The multi-generational London Hospices Choir recorded their new take on the classic track at the world famous Abbey Road Studios and shot the moving music video with patients at Clapham’s Royal Trinity Hospice, under the direction of top Hollywood film director Annabel Jankel (Super Mario Bros, Live from Abbey Road).  

Lead vocalist Paul Carrack said, “The Living Years has been an important song for me for many years, but this is the version that means the most. Recording it with this incredibly special group of people for such a worthwhile cause has created some kind of magic. It’s a powerful and inspiring track, and I hope that everyone gets behind it this Christmas.” 

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Leigh Luscious – Interview & Live Music

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Joined in the studio by Essex’s own punky folk guitar playing singer songwriter and purveyor of a few fruity lyrics, Ms Leigh Luscious.

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Leigh came in to talk about her music and to sing live in the studio.

The new single, Guitar Porn is out to download now on iTunes.

Please be aware that due to the content of lyrics and website you will need to be over 18.

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https://www.facebook.com/LeighLuscious/about?lst=671959972%3A100001289787807%3A1480352925

Twitter @leighluscious1

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We chat to Jane Geering from Contact The Elderly

Hi everyone,

I had the privilege of filling in for the fabulous Michelle Ward for one of her Eat My Brunch shows and I LOVED IT! I was lucky enough to be joined with a fantastic guest, Jane Geering from one of the Brentwood branches of Contact the Elderly was on the show speaking about the fantastic work that happens during a Contact The Elderly tea party and their need for new drivers. For more information you can visit the website at http://www.contact-the-elderly.org.uk or call the freephone number 0800 716 543.

If you are interested in volunteering in Brentwood specifically, as there are many branches dotted around all over the place you can contact Jane herself by email on: janegeering@talktalk.net

Thank you so much for coming in Jane, it was lovely chatting to you and I really hope that you get the volunteers you need very soon.

Click here to hear the interview again:

Playlist for the show:

  1. Junior Senior – Move Your Feet
  2. Ella Henderson – Ghost
  3. Rebecca Ferguson – Bones
  4. Little Mix – Shout Out To My Ex
  5. Abba – Mamma Mia
  6. Busted – Easy
  7. Niall Horan – This Town
  8. Aerosmith – I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing
  9. Melanie C – Anymore
  10. Olly Murs – Grow Up
  11. Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up
  12. Shawn Mendes – Mercy
  13. Bruno Mars – 24K Magic
  14. Lukas Graham – Mama Said
  15. Ting Tings – Shut Up And Let Me Go
  16. Girls Aloud – Something New
  17. Spandau Ballet – Chant No 1 (I Don’t Need This Pressure On)
  18. Madness – Mr Apples
  19. 5 Seconds Of Summer – Amnesia
  20. ABC – Poison Arrow
  21. Glen Campbell – Rhinestone Cowboy
  22. Calvin Harris Featuring Ellie Goulding – Outside
  23. Alanis Morisette – Ironic
  24. BB Diamond – Praying
  25. Madcon – Beggin’
  26. Kaiser Chiefs – Parachute
  27. John Lennon – Imagine
  28. Pixie Lott – What Do You Take Me For
  29. Bastille – Good Grief
  30. Clean Bandit Featuring Sean Paul And Ann-Marie – Rockabye
  31. Four Seasons – December ’63 (Oh What A Night)
  32. George Ezra – Budapest
  33. Nathan Sykes – Famous
  34. Jason Derulo – Want To Want Me
  35. Zayn – Pillowtalk
  36. The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey – Closer
  37. Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dancecontact-the-elderly
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Tenek EP – Imitation of Life OUT NOW!

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Joined in  the studio by Peter Steer of TENEK to talk about the new EP, IMITATION OF LIFE Released Monday 28th November 2016 the four track digital release available on ALL popular online stores

Tenek were formed in June 2007 by Peter Steer & Geoff Pinckney with 3 albums and 10 singles/ep’s released to date.

http://www.tenek.co.uk/

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NEW music video, Imitation of Life

This double EP comes bundled with two growing fan favourites favourites: “ Imitation of Life ” EP (inspired from their recent album, ‘Smoke and Mirrors’ and ‘What Kind of Friend? ’ EP (previously only sold in digital format), so why not put all on one CD!

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Hemmingway playing live & in interview

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Always fantastic to have live music in the studio and Hemmingway did not disappoint. A beautiful vocal from Cheryl Hemming (vocals/programming) Dave Moriaty (Guitar).  Ryan Abrahams (Bass) was not able to make the studio but Cheryl and Dave played an acoustic set for us.

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Interview & live performance of RISE AGAIN & FRONTIERS

Cheryl is the founder member of Hemmingway and started her career at 19 as a vocalist for The Shamen. She went on to be signed as a solo artiste to FXU records (home to D:Ream), and had several successful releases in the underground dance charts. She then took a break to raise her family, and is now back to unleash her new and distinct sound.

Hemmingway are in the studio, preparing to record their first EP, catch their debut gig  On The Pulse, Bassment, Chelmsford, Essex. Wednesday 30th November http://www.bassmentbar.com/

https://www.facebook.com/cheryl.hemmings.33/videos/10154140247898105/

Facebook @hemmingwaymusic

Twitter @hemmingwaymusic

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Mushroom Theatre – Sunshine in my Pocket

Interview with Daniel White from Mr Sands Theatrical Promotion to talk about Mushroom Theatre and their up and coming production SUNSHINE IN MY POCKET

Tickets available from http://www.towngatetheatre.co.uk/index.aspx?articleid=5485

Towngate Theatre Basildon on Sunday 20th November 2.30pm – 6.30pm

@mtcmushroom

 http://mushroomtheatre.co.uk/

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The MTC Mission

”The Mushroom Theatre Company aims to promote and encourage each student to achieve their full potential in a totally inclusive, safe and happy environment. To build
self-esteem and thoughtfulness to our world and those around us.”

What We Do

The Mushroom Theatre Company was set up in 2004 in Rayleigh, Essex.

The intention of the group is to promote the benefits of the performing arts, alongside the aim of creating a fully inclusive Theatre Company for the community. We integrate children with special needs with able-bodied children in all our classes and performances. We believe that this approach is beneficial for not just children with disabilities, but also for the able bodied children, whom we feel are helped by breaking down their ignorance and possible fear towards disabilities.

MTC offers an environment away from the stresses of everyday life, and we believe that the performing arts have many social and therapeutic benefits, yet are often disregarded.

All are welcome to attend our classes- regardless of gender, race, sexuality or ability. We offer specialist classes for individuals with Special Needs on Saturday mornings, however none of our classes are restricted due to ability, and therefore our company provides an excellent opportunity for the development of social interaction. Our emphases are on the development of self-esteem and teamwork, and as a result believe that our work is very beneficial to individuals with disabilities and for young adults.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chris Boyland & Bryan Dedman talk Lighting up Brentwood

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Always lovely to see Chris Boyland from Churches Together in the studio as we building up to Lighting up Brentwood and this year he was joined by Bryan Dedman.

LIGHTING UP BRENTWOOD 26th November between 1.00pm – 5.00pm. Music, entertaintment hosted by Phoenix FM’s Tony Smith (Sunday Lunch Show 12pm – 2pm) and Mike Porter (Breakfast Show Monday – Friday 7am – 10am). Plus loads of stalls selling food, gift ideas, mulled wine, mince pies and Father Christmas is at the Sugar Hut!

Location Brentwood High Street

Free parking will be shown on the Brentwood Council Website

 

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Sylvia Kent & Lorna Slade (Book Club Nov 2016)

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Joined in the studio by Sylvia Kent for this months book club along with Lorna Slade.

Lorna has been a journalist for 34 years, starting on a trade magazine, Chemistry in Britain, and moving between PR, trade magazines and working for large global blue chips in their corporate communications departments (including Unilever, HSBC, INSEAD business school and British American Tobacco). During her career she has also worked as a reporter on The Observer, having freelanced for them for a few years and for the Sunday Times. And now I’m back to trade magazines working for Rail Professional, which she’s been editor of for four years.  

Lorna is also a trained psychotherapist specialising in working with people who have been abused by narcissistic relatives or partners.

ABOUT SYLVIA KENT

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http://sylviakent.blogspot.co.uk/

Sylvia contributes to national, regional magazines and on-line journals. Following her Freelance Writer of the Year award for Writing Magazine, she began work on FOLKLORE OF ESSEX which contributed to Channel 5’s film COUNTY SECRETS.  Sylvia’s book THE WOMAN WRITER, published by the History Press is sold @ the British Library. This history of the Society of Women Writers & Journalists dates from 1894 and includes pioneers who made their mark in journalism, literature & poetry. Sylvia celebrates the centenary of Joyce Grenfell, a former SWWJ president. A chapter is dedicated to Joyce who meanders throughout the book which was reviewed in The Times, other dailies & YouTube. Sylvia is SWWJ’s Archivist. She work with several publishers including on-line specialists.Ebook titles are BRENTWOOD: HISTORIC TOWN & ST MARY MAGDALEN: BILLERICAY, both downloadable via Kindle. later books are kindlised. 2,000 articles are linked to Facebook,Twitter @sylviaakent & Suite 101. Film/audio clips now added.

Sylvia’s 10th book Barking & Dagenham From Old Photographs is selling well.

Sylvia’s Blog is currently 219.000 page views.

 

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U Matter 2 (Free Carer’s Support)

If you know someone who is a carer in the Brentwood area then put them in touch with U MATTER 2 (Hamelin Trust Supporting Individuals with disabilities and their carers).

The  service is easy to access and available free to any unpaid adult carer living in Basildon, Brentwood, Rochford, Castlepoint and Chelmsford.

I was joined by Liane Iles who is the Manager of U MATTER 2.

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http://hamelintrust.org.uk/u-matter-2-bringing-carers-together/

@HamelinTrust

Contact: um2@hamelintrust.org.uk or telephone 01277 653889

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Do you qualify for a free flu jab?

Joined in the studio by Dr Ramkhelawon from NHS Basildon and Brentwood CCG to talk about the flu jab.

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Basildon and Brentwood Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is reminding people in ‘at risk’ groups to book in for their free flu jab.  These include:

  • adults over 65
  • those with long term health conditions
  • children aged 2 – 7
  • carers
  • pregnant women

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people up and down the country see their GP and tens of thousands are hospitalised because of flu1.  Symptoms of flu can be debilitating and last for several weeks.  It can lead to more serious complications like middle ear infections in children, and pneumonia or bronchitis for those with underlying health conditions, and in some cases it can be fatal.

As someone with a long term condition, Basildon and Brentwood CCG’s Public Health Consultant Krishna Ramkhelawon has the flu jab every year and is encouraging other people in ‘at risk’ groups to get themselves vaccinated.

Krishna said: “Flu is a highly contagious illness that spreads rapidly through the population.  It can cause serious complications for at risk groups, such as the people who are frail and elderly, expectant mothers and people with long term health conditions such as diabetes, heart problems, cancer patients and asthma.

“This year more children are being vaccinated because we know that they can very easily pick up germs and spread them among  friends and family members.  This vaccination programme helps protect people and their communities.

“Thousands more local residents are entitled to a free flu jab and if you are unsure, please contact your GP practice. My advice for anyone eligible for the free flu vaccination is to get it early before flu starts to circulate in their community.”

Although it’s not possible to know which strains of flu will circulate each winter, the flu vaccination is still the best protection against an unpredictable virus which can cause severe illness and deaths amongst vulnerable groups.

Over the many years that the flu jab has been administered, there has generally been a good match between the strains of flu in the vaccine and those that subsequently circulate, so it’s important that we do all we can to ensure vulnerable people are not discouraged from having flu vaccination now, or in the future.

Vaccines are available now so contact your local GP or pharmacy as soon as possible – it’s free because you need it.

For more information visit http://basildonandbrentwoodccg.nhs.uk/your-health/stay-well-this-winter

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My Feral Heart – Rave reviews for new film release

Film Producer, James Rumsey, talks MY FERAL HEART a film that is getting rave reviews. It also stars Phoenix FM presenter Keith Chanter who besides presenting the Drive Time Show 3pm – 6pm weekdays is a successful film and stage actor.

INTERVIEW

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‘A sudden bereavement throws Luke, a fiercely independent young man with Down’s syndrome, into a daunting new environment where he finds unexpected support from his feisty, streetwise carer and a local heir dealing with his own demons. As friendships bloom and long-buried secrets are revealed, Luke verges dangerously close to disaster. My Feral Heart is a beautifully realised, understated character study bolstered by strong performances, distinctive cinematography and a deeply evocative score.’

The film is out November 2016 and you can book your tickets here https://www.ourscreen.com/film/My-Feral-Heart

TRAILER

http://myferalheart.co.uk/

Twitter @@My_Feral_Heart

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/myferalheart/

 

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Hopefield Animal Sanctuary Halloween Week

HALF TERM FUN KIDS WILL LOVE Creepy Crawley Handling, Fancy Dress, Trick or treating, arts, crafts, haunted barn walk, stalls, & more! Monday 24th October – to Sunday 30 October.

Between 13:00 – 16:00

Prices adults £5.00, children £4.00, under 3s free

http://www.hopefield.org.uk/

Joined in the studio by Ruth Mortimer, Hopefield Animal Sanctuarys Fundraising Manager. Great fun chatting with Ruth and her enthusiasm and dedication for her Hopefield is obvious. The work that the team at Hopefield do most of who are volunteers is amazing. They also have the support of one of the most amazing vocalists in the world, Leona Lewis, who is their patron.

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(Ruth enjoying the Phoenix FM legendary cup of tea)

LOVE ANIMALS AND WANT TO GET INVOLVED?

ADOPT AN ANIMAL – OR BECOME A VOLUNTEER- CHECK THE WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS

INTERVIEW

ABOUT HOPEFIELD

Hopefield Animal Sanctuary was founded in 1983 by Paula Clark and her husband Ernie Clark. It was the coldest winter for twenty years and the story of ponies and cobs being abandoned by their owners on Rainham marshes was hitting the headlines. Doctors receptionist Paula who was already raising money for other sanctuaries was sitting at home in tears over the story of these poor horses. When Ernie returned home from work Paula had shown him what was happening and it was from then on that they vowed to take action and help the animals that needed them.

They went down to the marshes where sixteen horses were already dead and the others were starving. They took tanks of water to them, bales of hay and feed. They even got the vet to examine some of them. Paula and Ernie started to raise money to buy the horses and move them to other sanctuaries and helped them to raise funds.

They then decided to put a call out for some land to start up their own sanctuary. A lady from Pitsea had half an acre to offer so Paula and Ernie started their dream, Hopefield. They started taking horses with the intention to foster. They would bring the horses back to health and then find them nice homes. The first horse they fostered out was Pye, soon after they heard that the fosterers were trying to sell him so Ernie took them to court which cost £4,000. Ernie Finally got Pye back and he was in a terrible state so both Paula and Ernie promised they would never rehome again and the animals had a home for life.

As the sanctuary grew Ernie and Paula both gave up their jobs to look after the animals that so badly needed them. They soon moved to a piece of land in Langdon Hills and were there for three years. Hopefield was still growing so they knew it wouldn’t be too long until they had to move to and even biggest piece of land.

Paula put another call out for land and they came across the land that Hopefield sits on today which is owned by Tesco. Through the years Paula and Ernie have had their ups and downs but have never given up. Their work has been recognised by a number of awards including both receiving a MBE. Their hard work has inspired many people and saved hundreds of animals lives.

Sadly Paula died of cancer 19th September 2009. Ernie kept his promise to Paula to continue their work which he did. Then Ernie sadly died of Cancer 11th September 2011.

They will never be forgotten and their work will continue with a dedicated team and the help of its supporters.

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Unused medicines – do you throw in the bin? STOP!

Do you throw your unused medicine in the bin or down the loo? STOP! Medical Waste costs the Basildon and Thurrock areas every year, £2.5 million worth of medication is returned to pharmacies unused.

This could pay for 3,125 cataract operations, 395 hip replacements or 100 community nurses

I talked to Head of Medicines Optimisation, Denise Rabette from NHS Basildon and Brentwood CCG who explains more.

INTERVIEW

Please take all unused medicines back to the Pharmacy to be destroyed. You don’t have to make a special trip, just bag up any tablets, creams etc and take them back to the pharmacy next time you visit. Its so easy. Even medicines that are not on prescription and you have purchased over the counter.

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http://basildonandbrentwoodccg.nhs.uk/medicines-waste

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Angelle – Singer/Songwriter

Angelle is a singer/songwriter from London and her current single, MISTAKEN, is out now on ITUNES.

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ACOUSTIC LIVE VERSION OF MISTAKEN

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Twitter @angellemusic_

Instagram @angelle_official

 

Check out Angelle’s You Tube Channel

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Author Rachel Lichtenstein

Mudlarkers, cocklers, and artists: discover the Thames Estuary with Rachel Lichtenstein

Joined in the studio by Rachel Lichtenstein to discuss her fascinating book ESTUARY (Out from London to the Sea) published by Hamish Hamilton.

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‘This fascinating book, awash with poignant, life-affirming tales, intricate detail and striking imagery, documents the history, geography, nature and people that have shaped the ever-changing landscape here [of the Thames Estuary]. And it does this most brilliantly through the eyes of those whose stories bring depth and character to what is often a bleak and desolate place.’ (Ben McCormick, Caught by the River)

www.rachellichtenstein.com

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Chris Ronald and John Ellis in session

A great song is a great song so they say and Chris Ronald & John Ellis have so many!

Beautiful musicianship and catchy songs all completed with a pitch perfect vocal. Awesome!

Chris came into Phoenix at the end of his European Tour and if you get a chance to catch him Thursday 13th October will be the date at Loughton Folk Club

 www.loughtonfolkclub.btck.co.uk

http://www.chrisronald.com/

@ChrisRonMusic

Interview Part One

 

City Girl – Live

 

Interview Part Two

 

Sons of Summer – Live

 

Interview Part Three

 

Interview Part Four

 

Retirement Plan – Live

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Chris’s fifth album is out early next year and available on pre order via his website.

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Jamie Reeves in interview & singing live

In interview and performing live in the studio, Singer/Songwriter Jamie Reeves.

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Joined in the studio by singer/songwriter Jamie Reeves along with is guitar and co writer Dave.

Three fantastic performances from Jamie along with an interview and we talk about his life in music.

Interview and live performance of the current single LETS GET MARRIED

Interview Part Two – Live Performance of Toothbrush

Interview Part Three – Live Performance of Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow

The album Believe by Jamie Reeves is available now on all digital music stores.

thejamiereeves.com

@jamiereevesuk

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In conversation with legendary comedian Jimmy Jones

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Comedy Legend Jimmy Jones see him live in aid of St Francis Hospice on 14th October, Romford.

INTERVIEW PART ONE

INTERVIEW PART TWO

Comedians Jimmy Jones and Mickey Pugh AN AUDIENCE WITH JIMMY JONES at the Premiere Cinema Romford on October 14th in Support of St Francis Hospice. Tickets are £15.00 each and money raised is going towards supporting the work of the hospice.

Had a fabulous chat on air (and off) with the legendary comedian, Jimmy Jones.

Jimmy has racked up over 50 years in the business and has played in venues all over the world.

Winning Club Mirror ‘Comedian of the year’ award – the first non TV comic to ever win the award, he has played Las Vegas, London Palladium, plus a sell out season at The Strand Theatre London. He was also the first stand up comic to release a video.

HELP JIMMY JONES AND MICKY PUGH raise funds for the amazing St Francis Hospice who provide care for people with life limiting illnesses.

For tickets go to www.sfh.org.uk

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A Month Of Sundays – we chat to William Hoyland

Actor William Hoyland is currently starring as Cooper in A Month Of Sundays, which is running at the Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch until 15 October.

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Robin Hooper and William Hoyland in A Month of Sundays at Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch. Photo: Mark Sepple

William has worked extensively with the most eminent theatre companies across the UK and he has also appeared in some of the world’s best-known films as well as numerous television hits. These include: Return of the Jedi, Gandhi, For Your Eyes Only, Scoop, Life on Mars, The Thick of It, Call the Midwife and Rules of Engagement.

Graham Stannard spoke to William about his current production and you can hear it again here.

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World Reflexology Week – What is Reflexology?

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Joined in the studio by Reflexologist, Penelope Morrisson MAR to discuss World Reflexology Week and all you wanted to know about Reflexology.

For registered Reflexologists please view Association of Reflexology website.

penelopemorrison.co.uk

@PMCompTherapies

 

 

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Bizee Women Networking – Find out more here!

 

 

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Networking for Women in Business.

Joined in the studio by Sharon Hawkins (Founder), Liz Smith (New Venue Manager) and Emma Dyos (PR Consultant) to talk about Biz’ee Women Networking.

ABOUT BIZ’EE WOMEN NETWORKING

Biz’ee Women meetings offer a relaxed approach to networking. For 2 hours a month per location (10am – 12 Noon), the group meet over coffee. Business women can be at any stage of their business from startup’s to established businesses, all are welcome. There are mini-intro’s allowing attendees to showcase their products and services, business interactive discussion time and the opportunity to have one-2-ones with other likeminded businesswomen. The meetings cost £7 if booked in advance or £10 on the day.

Biz’ee Women helps women nurture and grow their businesses.

A study of Biz’ee Women attendees showed that those who attended network events regularly saw over a 30% growth in their business.

Also on a personal development level the Biz’ee Women attendees cited the networking meetings as providing a great increase in confidence giving them opportunities they wouldn’t necessarily have envisaged for themselves

Locations are:

10am – 12pm on all days

Billericay – 2nd Monday of the Month

The Burstead Golf Club, Tye Common Road,  CM12 9SS

 

Brentwood – 3rd Monday of the Month

Harvester, 101 London Rd, Brentwood, CM14 4NP

 

Pilgrims Hatch3rd Tuesday of the Month

The Black Horse, 420 Ongar Road, Pilgrims Hatch CM15 9JN.

http://www.bizeewomen.co.uk/

Twitter @Bizee_Women

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HEADS UP! – Live Jazz on Phoenix FM

 

 

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Joined in the studio by Heads UP! who are Steven Duke (guitars), Steve Gee (basses/eub) Julia Austin-Brenes (saxes, flute) and Rick Wills (drums, percussion).

Heads UP! are a jazz quartet based in Essex playing melodic modern jazz with a bluesy, funky edge, blending new takes on standard tunes with original compositions and a healthy dose of world rhythms.

Interview

 

LIVE PERFORMANCE – Time After Time

 

LIVE PERFORMANCE – Caravan

 

LIVE PERFORMANCE – ALL BLUES (feat me on vocals!)


Drawing upon their varied musical backgrounds and influences, but making music for the future, Heads UP! are taking the next step forward in 2015/16.
http://www.headsupjazz.co.uk/
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Walking the Crossrail

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Joined in the studio by The Senior Minster of Sawyers Church, Peter Jordan (previously a Metropolitan Police officer for 25 years) to talk about his part in fundraising for a new community building.

Here’s some more information about the walk:

Peter is going to walk the Crossrail route from Heathrow to Shenfield over three days (22nd, 23rd and 24th September).  The new Crossrail route, which ends in Shenfield, will probably open around the same time as the new building, which will have a massive impact on the local community and is big news locally.

 

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Andy J Gallagher live at Phoenix FM

Hear the interview and session again:

It’s fair to describe Andy J Gallagher as a bona fide stalwart of the Essex Music Scene. I saw Andy’s first band, The Shopkeeper Appeared, 24 years ago at the Pink Toothbrush in Rayleigh supporting Irish indie nonsense merchants The Sultans of Ping – another little known band, Radiohead, shared the support with Andy that day.

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Andy came down today for his second session with Phoenix FM – the first being way back in 2009. With guitarist Millsy we had a chat about his musical career and played three songs for us, which you can see and hear below:

Andy has a new single, Sheena’s Big Night Out/Because We Are, out on JAC64 Records – the songs were produced by long-time collaborator and ex-Damned guitar/keyboard player Roman Jugg.

You can find out more about Andy at his official website – www.andyjgallagher.com.

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X FACTORS 2 SHOES – Singing Live plus Shoes, Phil Mitchel, Fame, Essex Fashion & IM A CELEBRITY!

https://www.facebook.com/2ShoesOfficial/?fref=ts

Twitter @2shoesOfficial

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LIVE PERFORMANCE – LOVE YOURSELF

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Lovely to be joined in the studio by two super vocalists who known as  2 ShoesCharley Bird and Lucy Texeira.

Since appearing on X Factor the girls have been working more or less non stop, travelling all over the UK and Europe (the Ibiza trips sound super). The girls have also appeared on This Morning, hosting The Hub, Celebrity Juice and on this weeks Xtra Factor with their good friend Rylan Clark.

Lucy appeared in todays national paper with her new tribute act to Beyoncé (starting November 2016) see clip below.

The girls keep it as real as ever with their down to earth personalities, everyone needs a bit of 2 Shoes in their lives!

 

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PROJECT MORNING – Artist Shaun C Badham explains all

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Joined in the studio by artist and project organiser, Shaun C Badham for MORNING.

www.shauncbadham.com

@ShaunCBadham

Project MORNING.

The Laindon Launch which will include walking tours around the former plotlands of Victoria Park and a chance to enjoy the new park designed by HAGS-SMP.

In the evening there is the opportunity to discuss Laindon’s past, present and future, where we will be presenting new artwork and ephemera at King Edward Community Centre.

Laindon Launch: Saturday 24th September 2016

17:00 – 18:30 Victoria Park, Victoria Road, Basildon, SS16 6RN

19:00 – 21:00 King Edward Community Centre, King Edward Road, SS15 6HL

There will be refreshments and snacks available. MORNING is a long-term art project that attempts to identify the correlation between a series of climbing frames, designed in the 1970s & situated in Victoria Park, Laindon, with the area’s inclusion in the Basildon New Town experiment, and their simultaneous periods of change.

When peeling back the layers of history that can be found in Victoria Park one can begin to learn about Basildon– from the Plotlands to the New Town experiment. MORNING’s aims were to consider this history while setting out to save and restore the park’s heritage climbing frames, giving them a new lease of life. They will be painted in a UV sensitive paint, so when a UV torch is shone on them at night, they will glow.

Follow us on Twitter or join the facebook event  for the launch.

MORNING is part of the Radical Essex programme for more events check out the website here: http://www.radicalessex.uk/event/morning/

 

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FORDS Dagenham – Did you or someone you know work their between 1968 – 1984?

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DID YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW WORK AT FORDS IN DAGENHAM BETWEEN 1968 – 1984?

Joined in the studio by Lucy Curtis to talk about Women’s Stories of Ford Dagenham.

Women’s Stories of Ford Dagenham will tell the stories of women who worked at the Ford plant between 1968 and 1984 and the Queen’s Theatre is appealing for people – male and female – to come forward with their memories of this time.

Anyone interested in taking part should visit the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch website at www.queens-theatre.co.uk, or call the Learning and Participation Department on 01708 462373 or write to: Women’s Stories of Ford Dagenham, Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, RM11 1QT or call 01708 462 373

Details

The Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch is delighted to announce it has received a £12,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting new project, Women’s Stories of Ford Dagenham.

This project runs in conjunction with the Queen’s Theatre’s newly-opened production of Made in Dagenham, a musical celebrating a momentous piece of local history and the women who led the fight for equal pay in the 1968 strikes at the Ford Dagenham plant.

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Lywis Cowles live on Phoenix FM

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I love having different musicians onto my radio show, all ages, all styles, that’s the pleasure of the job I do, giving people an opportunity to be heard. Occasionally you get to hear a voice so astounding  it leaves you speechless and you know I bloody ramble for England! Today was that day and Lywis Cowles was the voice – simply amazing. His vocal ability and range is impressive yet he doesn’t over complicate a song, he doesn’t do vocal gymnastics although he sure could, you listen and its pure. I think I just met a future STAR!

Lywis Cowles… Life is too short to care what other people think – Be happy and always be proud of who you are.

Interview Part One – Live Performance ALL I ASK

Interview Part Two – Live Performance LAY ME DOWN

Interview Part Three – Live Performance

FACEBOOK Lywis Cowles for bookings

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FAMILY FUN DAY SATURDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER – BAYTREE CENTRE, BRENTWOOD

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Great to talk to Malcom Bigg who is the chairman for Talking Diabetes Brentwood and Robin Maynard who is also on the committee.

Malcolm and Robin came in to talk about their FAMILY FUN DAY 10am – 4pm Saturday 10th September just outside the BAYTREE CENTRE Brentwood CM14 4Bby the church ruins on the High Street. The Mayor of Brentwood will be opening the event.

We also talked about the signs and symptoms of Diabetes.

Health screenings, live music, cartoon character walkabouts, food, competitions, prizes and much more.

All money raise is going to Diabetes UK.

There are currently 3000 people in Brentwood with Diabetes and 300 who are undiagnosed. Get your free check on Saturday!

 

 

   
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The highly entertaining author Nicholas Barrett talks Michaelmas Term

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Joined in the studio by author Nicholas Barrett to talk about his debut work, Michaelmas Term (or why is that boy naked?).

Nicholas has had a varied working background from Administration, session drummer, stand up comedian and has during that time always written. He also shared a house with a ghost called Mr Goodman.

His fictional work, Michaelmas Term is based on some of his real life experiences, funny, witty and heart breaking. Its a story we have all experienced, growing up and our school days.

THE BOOK

Nicky has inexplicably passed a scholarship exam. Oops… He has now been earmarked for the oldest and most esteemed school in the area: Saint Onan’s Academy. Now his village friends think he’s a snob, and the posh boys think he’s a yokel. His new schoolmates include a Lord, a serial escapologist, oh… and an alien. His new teachers imbibe too much spirit, talk to spirits of a different kind, and call up demons. Can a boy from a village so small that it could be carpeted with a payday loan ever make his mark? Why is the Archaeology Society always determined to dig up the past? Michaelmas Term follows his struggle to find his place in the upper echelons of education (no talking at the back please…). Let us fervently hope that this seat of learning does not have a drawing pin on it…

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Nicholas has written a funny book you wont want to put down he has all the makings of the new tom sharp

Available at Amazon, Waterstones and all good bookshops.

www.pegasuspublishers.com

 

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Johnny Mack is BACK! Singer, Songwriter & Loose Lads Star

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Great to have Johnny Mack back in the studio to sing live and to talk about his album launch and Loose Lads TV show along with his LL co-presenter and rap artist, Billy Kabanda.

Johnny’s album, MY TIME, is launching Friday October 7th 7.30pm onwards with a host of singers and entertainment, including the man himself. Tickets available from Witham Town Hall from Monday 5th September (limited Tickets and no entry on the night without ticket). Part of the ticket sales will be going to the charity Brainwave which Johnny is closely involved with.

For tickets please contact https://www.facebook.com/events/1771229186498028/

Tracks Played
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  • Walkin
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Sam Ghodsi – LA Based Singer Songwriter talks to Phoenix FM about his new EP

Michelle Ward – Eat my Brunch – 10am – 1pm weekdays

www.michelleward.co.uk

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It was a pleasure to meet Sam Ghodsi  to talk about his new EP and to hear his latest release MADE IN THE STARS.

Sam and his wife had just flown in from Europe but live and work in L.A.

Tracks played

  • Every Time All the Time
  • Made in the Stars

Check out Sam performing live below.

Follow Sam

http://www.samghodsi.com/

 

 

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American singer songwriter, Tra Cee is back! Interview & Live performance.

Michelle Ward – Eat my Brunch – 10am – 1pm weekdays

www.michelleward.co.uk

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Tra Cee is on her second visit to the UK and Phoenix FM (she was on the show back in February) this time to record her video for Conversations in London. A whistle stop trip from Hammond, Indiana.

Joining Tra Cee in the studio, her Manager Reggie Barns and actor/voice over artist Vic Waghorn @Vic_Waghorn who have both made appearances in her video.
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Fantastic to have Tra Cee singing live again in the studio and we got to hear her original material

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Plus we got to hear Hearts and Symphony.

Interview Part One

Interview Part Two

Tra Cee should be back in the UK in 2017 and we hope to see her live with her band at Ronnie Scotts in London.

Tra Cee is also COO Songbird of Terror Records, Inc.

https://www.facebook.com/tzlewis

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Macauley Elvin sings live on Phoenix FM

Michelle Ward – Eat my Brunch 10am – 1pm Weekdays

www.michelleward.co.uk

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Young singer, songwriter Macauley Elvin came into Phoenix FM to talk about his music and to sing live.

Macauley is 19 and from Suffolk and has over come many obstacles to carry on his love of singing. Macauley was born with Asperger’s but he has certainly never let it hold him back.

Two live music performances:-

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We also got to listen to the single, Make this Happen.

Macauley is currently working with ChartHouse Music on releasing his Vido EP at the start of 2017.

Always a pleasure to see you Macauley and I love that aftershave you wear! x

https://www.facebook.com/macauley.elvin

@MacauleyMusic

 

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Miss Romford, Rebecca Smith, talks Fundraising & Pageants

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Joined in the studio by stunning Rebecca Smith who is the current Miss Romford. Rebecca will be taking part in the Miss London City 2016 pageant shortly. This is Rebecca’s first pageant and her full time job is at Home Instead Senior Care, a job she loves.

As part of the pageant, Rebecca is hoping to raise money for Brainwave a children’s charity http://www.brainwave.org.uk/

Brainwave works with children with a wide range of conditions and developmental needs; including, cerebral palsy, genetic conditions, Down’s syndrome, autism and developmental delay. Brainwave assessments equip parents and carers with the necessary skills through the teaching of individually tailored programmes. Continuous support from the team and regular assessments with skilled therapists means that Brainwave is able to adjust the therapy required as the child grows and progresses, meaning that support is available for as long as needed.

To find out more, please visit Rebecca’s FUNDRAISING PAGE  https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Rebecca-Smith166

We all wish Rebecca the best of luck at the pageant, she is a completely natural beauty and a deserving winner. Miss Romford has never looked so good.

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Fantastic Live Performance from the talented Georgia Box

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Joined in the studio by singer songwriter, Georgia Box, definitely a rising star with a super voice, brilliant songs, awesome production and a stunning look! Her album is already in the top 100 of the ITUNES album charts and at number 3 in the singer songwriter chart!

We got to hear three tracks from Georgia, all from her EP, LOVE LANGUAGES

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Live Performance of LOVE LANGUAGES the title track from the EP

Her current track, AGAIN is an outstanding and deserves to be heard, if this EP (LOVE LANGUAGES) doesn’t catapult this girl then I’ll eat my hat (I don’t wear a hat but I will eat someone else’s).

Georgia’s EP, LOVE LANGUAGES is out to buy now on ITUNES and its doing extremely well and to be honest I wasn’t surprised. https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/love-languages-ep/id1132798518

EP LAUNCH Want to see and hear Georgia Live

EP Launch at 02 Academy, Islington 21st August, with support from Next Stop Mars and MyttonSanneh http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/introducing-georgia-box-tickets/234337

https://www.facebook.com/georgiaboxofficial

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Great to meet Georgia again after meeting her at a gig recently and hopefully she will be back in the studio again soon, oh and “Hi to Mum!. x

 

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Whoodedoop! Leigh Luscious Singer Songwriter Live

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PART TWO

Joined in the studio by the “party popper, excitable and random” singer songwriter from Essex, Ms Leigh Luscious.

Leigh came in to talk about her brand new single WHOODEDOOP which is out now along with her debut album, THE LOOK. Both available on ITUNES and Leigh’s website.

Live performances of BEING WITH YOU & I’M GONNA GET OVER YOU.

For details on Leigh’s up and coming gigs check her website for details.

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See Leigh live with the Dublin City Rounders https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=leigh+luscious&view=detail&mid=1E74013E1F3A542FC8D01E74013E1F3A542FC8D0&FORM=VIRE

https://www.facebook.com/LEIGHLuscious

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https://www.youtube.com/user/leighluscious

Please note, Leigh’s website is for over 18’s only due to its explicit content.

 

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Gemma Vango – Acoustic Session

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Joined in the studio by local singer songwriter Gemma Vango.

Beautiful voice, gorgeous songs and the most sparkling green eyes I have seen for years! A young talent to watch.

Gemma performed two live songs WHEN THE RAIN FALLS DOWN & FIX YOU. Plus we got to hear her single BESIDE YOU.

The single BESIDE YOU is out on the 26th August.

@GemmaVango

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/when-rain-falls-down-single/id1114870391

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Everywhere live in session!

Click here to listen to the interview:

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We were delighted to welcome Everywhere into the Phoenix FM studio this week for their first interview and session.

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Since their Hypemachine charting debut ‘Eddie’, Eveywhere’s music has been streamed millions of times on YouTube, Soundcloud and Spotify. They made their first International appearance at the 2013 NME Awards in the UK, playing alongside Django Django and Palma Violets, and later went on to support the Kaiser Chiefs and headline Notting Hill Arts Club in London.

The band were formed in Sweden by frontman Max Berga, but when he relocated to London he reformed the band with fellow Londoners from France and Switzerland as well as England – hence the name!

We had a chat about how the current band got together and their current plans for playing live, writing and recording.

They also played some songs for us which you can see again below:

You can keep up to date with the latest news on the band’s Facebook, Twitter and Soundcloud pages.

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The Last Post

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Queens Theatre Interview 20th July 2016 edited

I was joined today by Olly Langdon, the Artistic Director of Kilter Theatre, to talk about The Last Post, a production with a difference at the Queen’s Theatre … or rather NEAR the Queen’s Theatre.

It’s set on a tour bus. The bus takes 18 people so it’s an intimate space with the actors right in front of you and there’s even live music!

Step on board Mobile Sorting Office (MSO) 451 and be transported to a world where snail mail reigns supreme. Our pillar-box red van is brimming with vintage paraphernalia from a much-travelled life, with a thousand items of real mail. Meet Verity, the irrepressible heiress of an international pen-pal agency and Red, a redundant Post-Master and witness the unwrapping of a curious love story accompanied by “harmony-drenched, melancholy-tinged” live music, provided by Tomaz (who arrived one day in a jiffy bag)

After the show, stay for a tipple of sherry with Great Aunt Sofya and perhaps write that letter you’ve been meaning to send before popping it into our real (and functioning!) post box for delivery. Or if you’re stuck for inspiration you can pick up a postcard from our ‘Friends for Pens’ pin-board and write to a real life recipient who is waiting for your letter.

Performances will take place on Sunday 24th July at 2pm and 5pm.

You can find out more about Kilter Theatre at www.kiltertheatre.org.

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Saint Francis Hospice CQC Award

Hospice staff celebrating their outstanding rating from the CQC

Joined in the studio by Pam Court CEO of St Francis Hospice and Jane Merrigan PR & Communications Executive to talk about their recent Care Quality Commission award.

The inspection team from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) spent five days at Saint Francis Hospice in April and in its report published this week, it praised the “outstanding care and support” it provided to the community and said the management, staff and volunteers were “highly motivated and committed” to ensuring people benefited from the best possible care.

 www.sfh.org.uk

 

 

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Brentwood Children’s Literary Festival

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Joined in the studio by Natasha Radford who is the owner of The Chicken & Frog Bookshop, Ongar Road, Brentwood who has organised Brentwood Children’s Literary Festival for children (and their grown ups) from pre-schooler s to teens. The festival will take place 22nd–30th July 2016.

Tickets are now available online – thank you to Brentwood Theatre for running our box office.

www.brentwoodlitfest.com

www.chickenandfrog.co.uk

 

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Amazing live performance from Lee Sargeant

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Joined in the studio by the brilliant Lee Sargeant. Great talker and so passionate about music! I loved his three original tracks, one of my favourite vocal/guitar performances of 2016. Definitely be playing out his album later in the year.

Playing live, Saturday 16th July at the Village Beach Festival in Grays so get down there!

INTERVIEW

LIVE TRACKS Strolling On, Me & the Moon, Relationships plus a sneaky listen to blast of an exclusive a new track…

@TheLeeSargeant

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Blue Flower Café – A support group for dementia carers

Joined in the studio by Lesley and John to discuss the Blue Flower Café – A support group for dementia carers

Blue Flower Café – A support group for dementia carers

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The Blue Flower Café is a support group for dementia carers, run by dementia carers in the Brentwood area. It is the brainchild of Lesley, a local dementia carer, who sought the help of Essex Community Agents to get the club off the ground.

Carers can often feel isolated, as if others do not understand how their lives have changed. After a while, conversations with partners can seem a little lacking. Talking amongst a group of like-minded carers can help solve this.

Some challenges faced by carers of loved ones will have been successfully surmounted by other carers, who are happy to share their experiences. Not all problems can be solved but we can help each other a lot of the time by just talking to each other.

The purpose of the Blue Flower Café is to provide a fixed time, date and location in our diary so that dementia carers to meet on a regular basis for a chat with fellow carers, professionals and volunteers to share experiences and to help each other with the day to day problems they encounter.

All local dementia carers and their cared for loved ones are welcome to join us at the Blue Flower Café. We hope to help in many ways and maybe educate carers in some ways that they have not had to previously cope with.

We meet on the third Monday of each month for an hour and a half between 10.45am to 12.15pm at The Brentwood Theatre Café, 15 Shenfield Rd, Brentwood, CM15 8AG. The Blue Flower Café is free to attend, the Brentwood Theatre Café charge very reasonable prices for tea, coffee, etc.

Future Blue Flower Café dates are; 16th May, 20th June, 18th July, 15th August and 19th September. If these sessions are successful we will try and add another date, provisionally every 4th Wednesday of the month.

If you are interested in attending a Blue Flower Café session or would like to find out more, please contact the Right at Home (Brentwood, Billericay & Havering) office on 01277 811105 or email brentwood@rightathomeuk.com.

Community Agents is a partnership between Age UK Essex, the British Red Cross, Rural Community Council for Essex (RCCE),Essex Neighbourhood Watch and Essex County Council. For more information or to request the support of a Community Agent please contact them on:

Tel:            08009 775858

Email:       enquiries@caessex.org.uk

Website:   www.communityagentsessex.org.uk

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Sylvia Kent & Town Crier Jim Shrubb (Book Club July 2016)

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Really interesting chat with Jim Shrubb who is a Town Crier. Jim explained about his work, the origins, traditions and also read out a few words from his carefully tied scrolls.

Sylvia kept us up to date with the latest news from The Billericay Readers Group and The Society of Woman Writers.

Also joining me this week is Harry Stacey, who is at Phoenix FM on work experience.

jim.shrubb@hotmail.com for bookings

http://www.toastmasters-tmcf.co.uk/tmcf_jamesshrubb.htm

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MORE ABOUT SYLVIA KENT

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http://sylviakent.blogspot.co.uk/

Sylvia contributes to national, regional magazines and on-line journals. Following her Freelance Writer of the Year award for Writing Magazine, she began work on FOLKLORE OF ESSEX which contributed to Channel 5’s film COUNTY SECRETS.  Sylvia’s book THE WOMAN WRITER, published by the History Press is sold @ the British Library. This history of the Society of Women Writers & Journalists dates from 1894 and includes pioneers who made their mark in journalism, literature & poetry. Sylvia celebrates the centenary of Joyce Grenfell, a former SWWJ president. A chapter is dedicated to Joyce who meanders throughout the book which was reviewed in The Times, other dailies & YouTube. Sylvia is SWWJ’s Archivist. She work with several publishers including on-line specialists.Ebook titles are BRENTWOOD: HISTORIC TOWN & ST MARY MAGDALEN: BILLERICAY, both downloadable via Kindle. later books are kindlised. 2,000 articles are linked to Facebook,Twitter @sylviaakent & Suite 101. Film/audio clips now added.

Sylvia’s 10th book Barking & Dagenham From Old Photographs is selling well.

Sylvia’s Blog is currently 219.000 page views.

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Holloway Road – Live & in Session

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Twitter @hollowayroaduk

Joined in the studio by Holloway Road who are Jack Cooper and Robert Gulston. These guys are from Southend on Sea but listen to their music and they are modern Country Music all the way from Nashville.

Vocals are pitch perfect, harmonies are beautiful, guitar playing, perfect. Just the two guys today in the studio, the sound was incredible. What they sound like live with their full band must blow your musical mind.

Their original songs are thoughtful, well crafted and you feel yourself start to sing along to the chorus even if its the first time you hear it.

Definitely a band to watch, Holloway Road are rising fast.

Want to see them live? Check their website for details, loads of up an coming festivals http://www.hollowayroadmusic.com/

They promised me a BBC Coffee Mug (stealing is so wrong) I am waiting….. :)

INTERVIEW Including GOOD THING GONE BAD

TRACK – WE SAID SO

TRACK – UNRELEASED

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The boys striking a pose outside The Sugar Hut – Brentwood High Street.

ABOUT HOLLOWAY ROAD

Holloway Road are Jack Cooper and Robert Gulston, both originating from sunny Southend-On-Sea. But these aren’t your ordinary Essex Boys: Instead of tanning or getting their vajazzles done, they’recreating ‘free big in your face’ country pop music. Jack and Robert, being in their mid-twenties now, have had their fair share of experience writing and playing around the world. After attending the same school and working on musical projects together in the years since, Jack and Robert’s ability to write and produce stems from the idea of being able to write about being real and having a good time. Their influences include Florida Georgia Line, Kacey Musgraves, The Eagles, Mumford and Sons, and drinkin’ a beer!

Along with their debut, self-titled EP entering the Top 10 UK iTunes Country album charts, the duo have spent time in Nashville, been invited to play the Martin Guitar stage at the CMA Festival, toured with #1 hit writers John & Jacob, and performed at Country to Country Festival at the O2 Arena in London two years in a row. And they’re just getting started – with a string of UK and European dates in the spring and their second EP on the way, Holloway Road are well on their way to imprinting their own footprint in the country community.

 

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Infrared Penguin – Live & in Session

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https://www.facebook.com/OfficialIRP/?fref=ts

Twitter @penguininfrared

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Joined in the studio by Suffolk based band, Infrared Penguin – Andrew – Vocals, Ewan – Guitar, Will – Guitar, Billy – Bass and Jack – Drums.

The guys have not been together long but sound like they have been together for years. They are young and extremely talented, with their original tune CHILLIE n CHILL being a catchy number and mature beyond their years.

Hopefully see the guys back at Phoenix FM next year when their debut EP is released.

INTERVIEW – Track SAY IT ISNT SO (COVER)

TRACK – CHILLI & CHILL (ORIGINAL)

TRACK – HENRIETTA (COVER)

 

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Falling Under – Interview & Live Session

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Joined in the studio by FALLING UNDER, who have just headlined Clacton Sea & Beach Festival after winning the Battle of the Bands Competition. The band are from Chelmsford and Newport! Max Webborn -Guitar/Lead Vocals, Ryan Phillips -Guitar/Vocals, Alex Orpin -Bass  and Liam Vinnicombe -Drums.

Some really good hooks in their original music that keep the tracks in your head for the rest of the day.

https://www.facebook.com/FallingUnderOfficialUK/

INTERVIEW

Track – TUNNEL VISION (Live)

Track – GASOLINE (Live)

 

Falling under stage gig

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Artist Sue Mills talks Brentwood Art Trail & World Vitiligo Day 25th June

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Joined in the studio by Sue Mills who is a local artist from Hutton.

Sue talked about her art work, which is part of the Brentwood Art Trail and is currently being shown at Shenfield Library until the end of July.

Part of Sue’s artwork features paitnings of people with a skin condition, Vitiligo, which Sue has herself.

“I started painting these portraits to help spread awareness of the condition, which is where you lose your skin pigment and parts or all of your skin become white. I have gained much support on social media, especially the British Skin Foundation and Tiffany Grant, whose tattoo ‘went viral’ which said, ‘It’s called Vitiligo’.

Sue is also hoping to raise money for the British Skin Foundation by selling/raffling/auctioning one of my art works. 


www.curlymills.wix.com/curlyartcloud

Sue Mills

http://brentwoodarttrail.co.uk/project/sue-mills/

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Village Beach Festival

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Joined in the studio by Yogesh Taylor who is the organiser of Village Beach Festival in Grays.

July 16 2016 11am – 7pm (FREE) Village Beach brings you an all day festival that the whole family can enjoy and get involved with a huge range of arts activity from musical theatre, literature, visual art, music and crafts which will be on offer across the day.

The line up includes something for all ages across the whole day – and best of all its completely FREE.

WHAT’S ON

This year five different stages will showcase the best of local bands and performers; Village Beach Main Stage, Thames Delta Stage, Perform Stage, Global Stage and Busking Beach Hut.

The Park’s green spaces, ‘the beach’, the riverside pathway and the marketplace will all host an eclectic mix of arts led activities, developed with some of the most creative and original arts organisations from around the region.

All welcome – we hope to see you there.

www.metalculture.com/event/village-beach-2016-2/#sthash.CkPqOkHu.dpuf

SOME OF LAST YEARS HIGHLIGHTS

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Blues Engine Live Session

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Joined in the studio by BLUES ENGINE, Katya Chernyakova (Vocals), Alex Cooray (Guitar) and Alex Liutai (Bass). Band member, Hamish Birchall (Drums), couldn’t be with us due to work commitments.

INTERVIEW

ACOUSTIC SESSION OF HUSH YOUR MOUTH, THIS LITTLE HEART & NOBODY KNOWS YOU WHEN YOUR DOWN AND OUT

http://www.bluesengine.net/

Twitter @BluesEngine

https://www.facebook.com/Blues-Engine-701452949886130/?qsefr=1

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http://www.bluesengine.net/

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Mustard Seed Cook talks Supper Clubs & Festivals

Joined in the studio by Katherine Garner, AKA, The Mustard Seed Cook, talking festivals and food.

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http://www.mustardseedcooking.co.uk/

Twitter @mustardseedcook

Here at Mustard Seed we LOVE food!
We love to welcome you into our home and around our table.
We love to demonstrate and teach you fabulous recipes.
We love to produce wonderful food for your parties and celebrations.
We’re all about sharing and enjoying great home cooked food from all corners of the globe; Bold flavours and authentic ingredients; Rustic, generous dishes presented with love and care, not clinical precision!
Where possible we use our own home grown or locally sourced ingredients; and for our global themed events we source the most authentic ingredients from passionate, independent suppliers.
And everything we do is made and delivered with love, and a prayer to bless whoever receives it.

 

 

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Steve Brookstein singing live on Phoenix FM

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Fabulous live music at Phoenix FM today with the soulful vocals of Steve Brookstein along with his superb guitarist, Luka.

Steve is performing at The Brentwood Theatre on Wednesday 15th June with his full band line up, including the amazing guitarist Luca. It will be a beautiful night of soul classics and supporting Steve will be the stunning jazz vocalist Eileen Hunter.

Brentwood Theatre Box Office 01277 200 305  

http://www.brentwood-theatre.co.uk/

INTERVIEW (Steve talking EU Ref,  Twitter, The NEW X Factor Line Up, Music, Twitter & Fame)

LIVE PERFORMANCES

SADIE

CALIFORNIA DREAMING

PEOPLE MAKE THE WORLD GO ROUND

INTERVIEW (Steve talking about his book, Getting over the X, Max Clifford, Venues & Steve/Michelle singing impromptu duet)

Links:

Website: http://www.stevebrookstein.com/

Twitter @stevebrookstein

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EILEEN HUNTER

http://www.eileenhunter.co.uk/

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Eileen Hunter possesses a beautiful, timeless voice. Drenched with the great vocal stylings of the classic forties and fifties women singers, her clearly-intoned, warm sound also sits comfortably in the Peyroux, Krall and Norah camp. Hunter is the gem in an overpopulated jewelbox of female vocalists.” Ian Shaw, BBC Jazz Award Winner

 

 

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Matt Tubey plays live on Phoenix FM

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Joined by local singer and songwriter, Matt Tubey.

Matt played live and talked about his music, good bit of studio banter too and a cracking good voice and songs. If you get a chance get along to one of his many gigs across Essex.

INTERVIEW PLUS LIVE PERFORMANCES (Long Time Coming, Keep on Keeping On, My Mental State and He Below Me)

Twitter @MattTubey

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/long-time-coming/id1063878686

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ANTIQUES play live

 

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Joined in the studio by Antiques a local band with some fantastically catch tunes.  Adam Nichols, Vocals & Guitar, Bryn Daniel, Bass Guitar and Elliot Yarnall on Drums.

The boys have their EP Launch for HERE ONLY ONCE on the 10th June at O2 Academy Islington Angel Central, 16 Parkfield Street, N1 0PS London, United Kingdom 6pm onwards.

INTERVIEW PART ONE PLUS LIVE PERFORMANCE OF MASQUERADE

INTERVIEW PART TWO PLUS LIVE PERFORMANCE OF SALLY DONT BE SCARED

LIVE PERFORMANCE

https://youtu.be/UT1YLrxhPa8

THE BAND

We are Antiques, a three piece Alternative Rock band from South Essex. We have spent countless hours in dingy, cold rehearsal rooms perfecting our own material that can’t be compared to any one artist or band. We have a Robert Smith of The Cure meets Queens of The Stone Age sound that makes us stand out in the crowd; enough to get noticed and remembered but not so much that we are considered outcasts in the Alt Rock scene.

Facebook @WeAreAntiques

Twitter @WeAreAntiques

https://www.instagram.com/weareantiques/

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Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin Fans – A phenomenal gig Saturday 10th September 201.6

www.acyluk.com or 07947 069 191

 

Joined in the studio by Chris Chitticks to talk about the up and coming gig featuring some of the best cover bands in the UK. Its all in aid of Prostate Cancer UK. 40 thousand men are diagnosed each year with Prostate Cancer. Chris is a cancer survivor and guys, we need to make sure that you get checked! Its a simple blood test, if you are over 40, next time you get to your doctors, get checked.

The gig is called H.I. T.S 2015. H.I.T.S  stands for Head in the Sand which is what men tend to do when they think about illness. So men (and wives, girlfriends) make sure you remind your guy to get that simple blood test at the doctors.

DATE: 10th September 2016

WHO’S PLAYING?

Glam Star – Playing all the Glam Star favorites and having seen them live, they are brilliant.

Coda – Led Zeppelin Tribute Band

Any Colour you Like – The UK’s top Pink Floyd Tribute Band

VENUE:-

THE TRACTOR SHED THEATRE an amazing venue

London Heys Farm,  Latchingdon, Essex. CM3

TICKETS ARE £10.00 each and there is a maximum of 200 tickets for sale so don’t leave it too late to get yours.

chris c

 

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Tony Hadley talks to Phoenix FM

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Michelle Ward spoke to the Spandau Ballet frontman about his forthcoming performance at this year’s Brentwood Festival, taking place this year here at the Brentwood Centre from 15-17 July.

 
Michelle asks Tony about his music origins, what he’s listening to now and we also got to find out what he thinks about the current Arsenal team …

Tony will be headlining on the weekend’s final day, Sunday 17 July. For tickets and more information visit brentwoodfestival.co.uk.

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A Right Royal Street Party

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I was joined in the studio by Robin Longman and Jess Kemp who are both Client Liaison Managers at The Beeches Care and Nursing Home in Brentwood.

Robin and Jess love their jobs, everyday is different and you can tell they have a real passion for their work and making the lives of others their priority.

The Beeches Care & Nursing Home have some great events coming up:-

June 2nd – A Right Royal Street Party – residents will be commemorating the Queen’s 90th birthday with fish and chips, ice cream van and a barbershop quartet. We will also be launching the Independent Living apartments on the lower ground floor, the final phase of The Beeches to open with private patios and parking for residents. Tours to be conducted on the day by appointment.

June 17th – National Care Home Open Day – Have a look around the Beeches, with entertainment throughout the day for residents. Book a visit with Robin and Jess to view the final few apartments.

National finalists at the National Care Awards – dignity in care award.

Dementia Awareness sessions from July onwards following dementia champion training for staff from the Alzheimer’s Society.

 

General Enquires

01277 561 019

For family members and staff

01277 690 300

  • The Beeches
  • Hubert Road, off London Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 4NA
  • Email: enquiries.beeches@signaturesl.co.uk

The Beeches

The Beeches, a wonderful place to call home.

The Beeches, our new care home in Brentwood offers the full spectrum of 24-hour residential and nursing care for individuals and couples. Whatever you need, whether it’s short term respite or convalescence, a comfortable home and some assistance with everyday tasks, or specialised dementia or end-of-life care, we have the expertise and the people to provide it. You and your family can have complete peace of mind, knowing you’ll never have to look elsewhere.
 
This elegant purpose-built property offers 99 spacious en suite private apartments, a variety of studio, one- and two-bedroom are available. Set within the most beautiful landscape gardens, meticulously tended by our resident gardening team. This provides a lovely environment for a relaxing stroll or an alfresco drink, ideal for sharing with friends and family. The Beeches has its very own cinema room – guaranteed to keep everyone entertained and a Signature Cafe that offers a welcoming, casual dining experience.
 
The home will boast Signature’s excellent standards of care, outstanding facilities and dedication to treating every member of our community with respect, dignity and the individuality they deserve.
 
Our services will also feature a specialist dementia suite, designed especially to offer unique support for individuals requiring specialist dementia care.
 

 

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John Brandler talks Banksy

Joined in the studio by John Brandler from The Brandler Galleries in Brentwood.

Part One

Part Two

John’s gallery has been a fixture in Brentwood for over thirty five years. John has a wealth of knowledge for art and art investment.

Today John joined me to talk about his up and coming artist recommendations and also the exhibition in Rome for the artist BANKSY.

www.brandler-galleries.com

 

 

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Scott McGlynn talks about his book – OUT

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Joined on the line by author Scott McGlynn to talk about his debut book – OUT.

OUT is a memoir that chronicles 28-year-old Scott McGlynn’s years of being bullied for being gay and how he overcame them. His writing takes a close look at his experiences growing up and learning to accept his true self. His mission is to end bullying once and for all. McGlynn’s autobiographical story about his struggles with peer pressure and coming to grips with his sexuality at a young age gives readers a personal insight into the life of a young man’s growth and his newfound ability to embrace who he is. His aim is to inspire people of all walks of life so that they can be proud of who they are. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Scott McGlynn, the author of OUT, is from Cardiff, Wales UK.

The book is available to buy on Amazon and all good bookshops.

Twitter @scottymcglynn and on Instagram @ScottyMcGlynn.

https://scottmcglynn.net/

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ASK MOLLY BEAUTY 20th May 2016

Michelle Ward – Eat my Brunch

Tweet me @luckybitches

Facebook me www.facebook.com/msmichelleward

www.michelleward.co.uk

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Joined in the studio by Molly Miller with ASK MOLLY Beauty.

PART ONE

PART TWO

PRODUCT LIST

Oskia Eye Wonder £48 www.oskiaskincare.com

Eyejusters prices from £69 www.eyejusters.com

Chanel Demaquillant Yeux Intense £22 020 7493 3836

DHC Bubble Foaming Mesh £2 www.dhcuk.co.uk

Dermalogica Stress Relief Treatment Oil £17.50 www.dermalogica.co.uk

Cherry Active Juice www.cherryactive.co.uk £8.99

Lip Dual by Leighton Denny £17.50 www.ld-boutique.com

Benefit gimme brow £18.50

Benefit 3D BROWtones £18.50

Counters nationwide

Melissa Restful Sleep Tablets £40 Holland & Barrett

 

Molly Miller Freelance Beauty/Lifestyle Editor

Essex Chronicle Media Group

Gazette Series

Hertfordshire Midweek Mercury

Phoenix 98FM

www.askmollybeauty.com

Twitter @askmollybeauty

 

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Interview with Mike Edmonds

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Joined in the studio by actor, MIKE EDMONDS to talk about the documentary of his life called, UNDER THE RADAR: THE MIKE EDMONDS STORY.

A great interview with a lovely man, who I spoke to along with award-winning Director, Simon Frith and personal friend and writer Sylvia Kent who arranged the interview.

The world premiere is on the 30th May at Park Inn Palace Hotel at 8.30pm. Entry is £5.00 contact http://southendfilmfestival.com/ this gives you an exclusive pass into the after show party at Southend Casino!

Simon has interviewed many amazing actors/directors for this film. Star Wars and Indiana Jones Producer, Robert Watts, Film Director and Python, Terry Gilliam, Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett) Actor, Danny John Jules but to name a few.

Actor Mike Edmonds is from Southend, Essex. Having worked on Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Time Bandits, Flash Gordon, Harry Potter but to name a few. Mike has also toured with The Royal Shakespeare Company. Millions of children will also know him as Little Ron in the BBC Maid Marian and her Merry Men series.

http://www.simonfrith.co.uk/

http://redstablefilms.com/

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HOOLIGAN LEGACY (Cert 18) out 30th MAY set in ESSEX – I talk to the star of the film Kris Johnson

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Joined in the studio by Actor Kris Johnson and Producer Lucinda Rhodes about their film HOOLIGAN LEGACY.

INTERVIEW

The film shot on location in Essex is a gripping, gritty story of four men, no strangers to unlawful transgressions, who execute a daring football stadium robbery, but the volatile dynamic soon turns sour when the leader of the group becomes paranoid and begins to self destruct. Years later, after a stint in prison, the villainous leader is unrelenting in his path to retribution, he wants his years back and will take them from all of the men who know the true reasons for his prolonged captivity.

The film also hosts a selection of great actors, most hailing from Essex with Terri Dwyer playing the part of Kris’s wife in the film. Terri is a fine actress and has one of the most distinctive voices, she has appeared in Hollyoaks and a number of high profile TV shows.

The film will be out on the 30th May available on DVD, this is a certificate 18, so if you love gritty drama, violence, edge of your seat thrills along with the “proper” way that cockneys really talk and not a watered down PG version, you will love this film.

SEE THE TRAILER HERE

FOLLOW on TWITTER @MovieLegacy

https://www.facebook.com/hooliganlegacymovie/likes

Kris Johnson plus Lucinda

 

 

 

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Singer Songwriter Johnny Mack in interview & singing live

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Joined in the studio by the talented singer, songwriter and all round lovely guy, Johnny Mac.

Johnny has just released a great new track, DOWN TO THE RIVER, which is one of his original songs.

When he is not writing his own material, Johnny is one busy guy gigging all over the country with tributes to Michael Buble, Gary Barlow and Ollie Murs. He simply doesn’t stop working.

Interview Part One with a sample of the brand new track DOWN TO THE RIVER

Interview Part Two with live performance of L.O.V.E.

www.johnnymack.co.uk

Twitter @mrjohnnymack

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/mrjohnnymack?fref=ts

 

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DYING MATTERS AWARENESS WEEK 9th – 15th MAY

Joined in the studio by Jane Bennett and Bridget Holly of Bennetts Funerals to talk about Dying Matters Week 9th – 15th May.

Jane Bennett

Bennetts Funeral Directors, an award winning, family owned and run company who go the extra mile, before, during, and after the funeral.

http://bennettsfunerals.co.uk/

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Brentwood Mayor, Mark Reed, sums up his year as Mayor & needs you to sponsor him on the 11th May!

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Brentwood Mayor, Mark Reed and his lovely Mother.

Joined in the studio by Brentwood Mayor, Mark Reed, his Mother, Mike le Surf and Roger Davison (CEO Brentwood Centre) and Ce Ce the dog!

We talked to Mark about his year as Mayor and its a fantastic ten minute summary of his time as Mayor with a few interruptions from Ce Ce!

SNAP CHARITY

Mark is raising money for SNAP, Special Needs and Parents, a charity that supports hundreds of families across Essex and who work so hard to both fundraise and to deliver the best support possible for the families.

The ‘marathon’ walk will be taking place on Wednesday 11 May from 8am to 8pm in the foyer of The Brentwood Centre. Mark can be sponsored at https://www.justgiving.com/Mark-Reed14/ and is looking to raise £1500, with £300 already promised from co-walkers.

Well done Mark for great year as Brentwood Mayor.

Roger Davidson

Mr Bond and Ce Ce

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Sylvia Kent & writer Molly Looby The Book Club (April 2016)

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PART ONE Sylvia talks Books, Victoria Wood and pickles.

PART TWO Molly Looby talks ZA (Zombie Apocalypse)

PART THREE Molly Looby talks NaNoWriMo, a must for all writers!

Joined in the studio this month by writer Molly Looby and yes that is her real name. It means that every account you can image, she can use her own name, rather than adding a 1, 2 or 5 to it!

Molly Looby is the author of ZA and many other unpublished works that are just on the verge of being published. She spends almost all of her time hunkered down at the desk under her stairs with her imaginary friends.

Achievements include a 315,000+ total NaNoWriMo word count, more about that in the interview, a Shakespeare Award for services to Literature created by her A’ level form tutor, and a Zombie Run medal.

Molly writes and writes, so success is only just around the corner. People who do, they succeed and I have no doubt that Molly will be a name to watch.

www.mollylooby.com

FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/MollyLoobyAuthor

TWITTER @mollylooby

Director and Editor in Chief at Molten Publishing

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MORE ABOUT SYLVIA KENT

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http://sylviakent.blogspot.co.uk/

Sylvia contributes to national, regional magazines and on-line journals. Following her Freelance Writer of the Year award for Writing Magazine, she began work on FOLKLORE OF ESSEX which contributed to Channel 5’s film COUNTY SECRETS.  Sylvia’s book THE WOMAN WRITER, published by the History Press is sold @ the British Library. This history of the Society of Women Writers & Journalists dates from 1894 and includes pioneers who made their mark in journalism, literature & poetry. Sylvia celebrates the centenary of Joyce Grenfell, a former SWWJ president. A chapter is dedicated to Joyce who meanders throughout the book which was reviewed in The Times, other dailies & YouTube. Sylvia is SWWJ’s Archivist. She work with several publishers including on-line specialists.Ebook titles are BRENTWOOD: HISTORIC TOWN & ST MARY MAGDALEN: BILLERICAY, both downloadable via Kindle. later books are kindlised. 2,000 articles are linked to Facebook,Twitter @sylviaakent & Suite 101. Film/audio clips now added.

Sylvia’s 10th book Barking & Dagenham From Old Photographs is selling well.

Sylvia’s Blog is currently 219.000 page views.

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Paolo Morena talks P.A.N.I.C. Award hat-trick plus his new single ITS ONLY LOVE

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One of my favourite singer/songwriters and multi instrumentalist, Paolo Morena, joined me on the telephone to talk about his recent P.A.N.I.C. Award and to talk about his brand new single ITS ONLY LOVE.

Get the album THE MIGHTY SMALL out now http://paolomorena.com/

SEE THE VIDEO FOR ITS ONLY LOVE

 

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CLIC Sargent CANCER SUPPORT FOR THE YOUNG – How you can help

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Delighted to be joined in the studio by Karen Roberts from CLIC Sargent (Cancer Support for the Young). They do an amazing job and if you would like to help this organisation raise funds in a fun way then….

Join thousands of other Hair-o’s across the UK on 25 May 2016, wear a wig for the day to support children and young people with cancer.

You can wig out anywhere; with colleagues, friends or at school!

http://www.clicsargent.org.uk/content/donate

To find out more go the website and sign up, wear a wig on Wednesday 25th May and raise money!

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Remy Kendall talks Madelung Deformity

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Remy Kendall came in to talk about a little known condition called Madelung Deformity to raise awareness and also talk about a fundraising event:-

Charlottle, Kendall’s mother, set up http://madelungsawareness.org/ which is the only website dedicated to the condition. The site offers advice, help and raises funds which go to look into a cure or new treatments.

Remy has already completed a fun run to raise money and you will find her charity bracelets in many local shops. Remy is a budding singer with a great voice so we hope to have her back in the studio to sing live in the future.

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QUIZ NIGHT SATURDAY 23RD APRIL HUTTON FREE CHURCH, HANGING HILL LANE

6pm – 9pm

£5.00 for adults and over 12 / £2.50 for children under 12

Raffle

Drink, snack and free nibbles

Please bring your own NON alcoholic drinks

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What is Madelung Deformity

Madelung’s Deformity is a rare wrist deformity that affects around 1 in 800,000 but this is just a rough guide as not everyone gets correctly diagnosed due to the rarity of it.

Madelung’s Deformity effects the Ulnar & radius bones in the forearm & wrist. they grow faster than they should and continue to grow when they should of stopped.

Madelung’s Deformity becomes more apparent during puberty (ages 8-12) due to the growth spurt that occurs during this time, it is more common in females than males.

There is no cure at present for Madelung’s Deformity it can be managed with pain medication, wrist supports & other coping techniques, which differs from person to person.

In some cases surgery is sometimes recommended.

Surgery may or may not work depending on the severity of the Madelung’s & it could make The wrist (wrists) worse.
Once surgery is done it can not be undone.

Bilateral Madelung’s Deformity is when it presents in both wrists around 50% of Madelung sufferers have it in both wrists.

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The Condriacs play live in the studio

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The Condriacs are Peter Spicer & Tony Slaven, a songwriting duo from Essex.

The guys are talented musicians, Peter on guitar and Tony on vocals. To my amazement, Tony has not been singing that long, he has a cracking voice. The songs are also extremely catchy.

They have three albums worth of material and are looking for Crowd Funding to record an album, if you would like to know more http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/the-condriacs-debut-album

Interview Part 1 & Live Track WHEN YOUR GONE

Interview Part 2 & Live Track DEVILS MIST

Interview Part 3 how to get involved in Crowd Funding & Live Track I’LL TAKE IT ALL

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/The-Condriacs-1525077391131920/

Twitter @thecondriacs

 

 

 

 

 

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The Burlesque Bombshells!

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We had a visit from half a dozen bombshells today … namely members of the Burlesque Bombshells!

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Lindsay Burrell, otherwise known as Miss Cherry Bomb, and five of the Bombshells talked about how they got involved, the benefits of burlesque dancing and how the group have raised funds for good causes.

They also gave us a live demonstration and you can see their fantastic dance routine to Chris de Burgh’s Patricia The Stripper below:

Burlesque is for ladies of all shapes and sizes, backgrounds, experience and abilities. It’s fun, fascinating, fabulous and frivolous. Think poise, think glamour, think show girls and think empowerment.

It is also fantastic exercise and a great way to build confidence and meet new friends. Whether you are a complete novice or someone who has already dipped a toe, the Burlesque Bombshells is for you!

Through dance moves, techniques and props you can work through routines, look at costumes and accessories and explore the fabulous ‘burly’ world.

The classes takeplace at Danbury Sports Centre on Mondays at 8.15pm. For more information visit danburysportscentre.co.uk.

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Tom Hingley live at Phoenix FM

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It was a real pleasure to welcome Tom Hingley back to Phoenix FM!

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Tom was the lead vocalist of Inspiral Carpets from 1989 until 2011, enojying three top 10 albums and nine top 40 singles in the UK.

He’s also released a number of albums, both solo and with former band The Lovers.

Tom is now back and releasing his first single unde the Tom Hingley Band name with fellow musicians Ste Pearce and Malcolm Law. “Beggar’s Hand” will be released on this year’s Record Store Day (Saturday 16 April) and the band are donating all proceeds to two charities – LifeShare and Hop Fest – who help the homeless popluation of Manchester and Liverpool.

He spoke to Michelle about the reasons behind recording the single and his current work with the new band. We were also treated to acoustic versions of three songs, which you can see again below:

You can keep up to date on Tom’s official website at tomhingley.co.uk where you can not only hear and buy his music, but also buy his beer, Tom Hingley’s Bitter, too!

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Interview with road racer Nikki Juniper

Brentwood road racer Nikki Juniper has had a succesful career so far, winning the Women’s Road Series in 2014 and 2015.

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Nikki was at Hanningfield Reservoir today, where she trains from time to time, ahead of her next race in the calendar – the Northumbrian Water “Alexandra Tour of the Reservoir” at Derwent Reservoir in County Durham on 16 and 17 April.

Michelle had a chat with Nikki about her cycling and you can hear it again here:

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Bea Munro live in session

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We had a visit from the brilliant Bea Munro live in the studio for the first time today – and hopefully not the last.

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Bea is a 22 year old artist originally from Essex but now living in London. She spoke to Michelle about her debut album in which was recorded in Los Angeles with Grammy-nominated producer Greg Wells (who has also worked with Adele and Katy Perry). Bea has also just returned from Iceland where she was filming a video, so she’s been keeping busy!

Bea also treated us to live versions of two songs which you can see again below:

If you want to keep up to date with news about Bea’s releases and gigs then you can visit her Facebook, Twitter and Soundcloud pages.

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Vladimir Dundee!

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Dundee band Vladimir popped in to Phoenix FM to play a live session this week.

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The band comprise Ross, Peter, Sam and James and were also joined in the studio by Scott and Bob from their live crew who did a fantastic job of getting the sound right in the studio!

Vladimir have recently supported The Libertines and Sleaford Mods and also soundtracked a new Dr Martens advert late last year.

We had a chat about how the band got together and their current plans for playing live, writing and recording.

They also played some songs for us which you can see again below:

You can keep up to date with the latest news on the band’s Facebook, Twitter and Soundcloud pages.

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Sylvia Kent & Maggie Ford The Book Club (March 2016)

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Joining Sylvia and myself in the studio this month was special guest writer Elizabeth Lord AKA Maggie Ford AKA Ivy! Ivy tells us the funny story on her publishing names during the interview. Ivy is now publishing under the name Maggie Ford having released previously under the name Elizabeth Lord.

With over 32 books under her belt, Ivy talked about her book A Mothers Love – By Maggie Ford

Growing up in London’s tough East End, young Sara Porter has had to learn to take care of herself. Her mother resents her maternal responsibilities and has never shown her daughter the slightest bit of love.
Starved of affection, Sara vows not to let anyone get close and focuses instead on getting out of the East End. But still she hopes that one day she’ll find a real family to call her own…

Words of praise for Ivy’s work “Elizabeth Lord is a natural storyteller” Ruth Rendell

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MORE ABOUT SYLVIA KENT

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http://sylviakent.blogspot.co.uk/

Sylvia contributes to national, regional magazines and on-line journals. Following her Freelance Writer of the Year award for Writing Magazine, she began work on FOLKLORE OF ESSEX which contributed to Channel 5’s film COUNTY SECRETS.  Sylvia’s book THE WOMAN WRITER, published by the History Press is sold @ the British Library. This history of the Society of Women Writers & Journalists dates from 1894 and includes pioneers who made their mark in journalism, literature & poetry. Sylvia celebrates the centenary of Joyce Grenfell, a former SWWJ president. A chapter is dedicated to Joyce who meanders throughout the book which was reviewed in The Times, other dailies & YouTube. Sylvia is SWWJ’s Archivist. She work with several publishers including on-line specialists.Ebook titles are BRENTWOOD: HISTORIC TOWN & ST MARY MAGDALEN: BILLERICAY, both downloadable via Kindle. later books are kindlised. 2,000 articles are linked to Facebook,Twitter @sylviaakent & Suite 101. Film/audio clips now added.

Sylvia’s 10th book Barking & Dagenham From Old Photographs is selling well.

Sylvia’s Blog is currently 219.000 page views.

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Natalie Mbunga – live poetry and music!

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Joined in the studio by Natalie Mbunga who is a poet and singer from Romford, Essex. Accompanying Natalie, was pianist and artist, Jason Rose.

As well her singing, Natalie started Clarences Workshop in 2004 and visits schools all over London/Essex exploring Afro-Caribbean history.

You can hear the interview again here:

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Natalie also performed two pieces with Jason and you can see those performances here:

For more information on Clarences Workshop www.facebook.com/clarence.webster.

 

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Brentwood Community Firewalk

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Joined in the studio by Jane Bennett of Bennetts Funeral Directors, Penny Hollington from Hollington Associates and our very own Phoenix FM Chairman, Paul Golder, who spoke about this year’s Brentwood Community Firewalk.

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Now in its third year, the Firewalk has raised over £31,500 for local and national charities. This year’s event will be held at a new venue – The Society of Old Brentwoods in Ashwells Road, Brentwood – on Saturday 29 October 2016 at 5pm. There will be a Halloween-themed party after the event!

Visit http://www.brentwoodfirewalk.org.uk/ for further details and entry form.

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Brentwood Businesses – Marketing Tips from Biscotti Brentwood

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If you are a business in Brentwood then you should be coming along to Biscotti Brentwood.

Luke Adams came in to talk about Biscotti and his enthusiasm is amazing. I am self employed and felt inspired by Luke’s talk on Marketing.

Biscotti – Its a great way of networking and only £5.00 per meeting!

About the Biscotti Brentwood Event

Venue: Marygreen Manor Hotel, London Road, Brentwood, Essex CM14 4NR – just off the M25 at Jct.28.

Marygreen Manor Hotel: relaxed drop-in networking to suit your schedule.

Meetings: The 1st Tuesday of every month from 9.15am until 11.45am.

All businesses are welcome, from start-ups to well-established corporations, organizations, charities and local authorities.

Both men and women are invited to attend and we encourage you to invite your business colleagues and other neighbouring companies, to help support the group and grow it into the leading monthly event in the United Kingdom.

Business Biscotti is what networking is all about – meeting and forming business relationships with like-minded people. From developing direct sales and forging partnerships to help generate new business, recommendations and testimonials.

 

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Steve Brookstein – his life, music, book and more

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Joined in the studio by singer/songwriter and man with the soulful voice, Steve Brookstein.

Great chatting with Steve about his album FORGOTTEN MAN and his fantastic book, GETTING OVER THE X plus Twitter, the Press, Steve’s outlook on life, new music ventures, acting and more.

Whatever you may have read about Steve in the press, take time to listen to this interview because I met a truly genuine, funny, music loving artist and you can hear that in everything Steve says – passionate about music and only interested in making music.

We played out tracks from his album FORGOTTEN MAN along with Steve’s personal picks from other artists. We got to hear a track from his talented wife, Eileen Hunter, with the title track from her album I MISS THE SKY.

http://www.stevebrookstein.com/

 

INTERVIEW PART ONE – My first record, Influences, Trips to Cornwall – Sample of track SADIE – Steve Brookstein

 

INTERVIEW PART TWO – “If you can dream it – you’ve lived it”, Cassettes, P.A. Systems & Luther Vandross – Sample track BUSY BODY – Luther Van Dross

 

INTERVIEW PART THREE – Singing Coach, Heroes, Writing Music, Coffee Shop Fate – Sample track I MISS THE SKY – Eileen Hunter

 

INTERVIEW PART FOUR – Getting Over the X, X Factor, Max Clifford, American Politics, The Media, Fame, Wrong Pronunciations – Sample track CALIFORNIA DREAMING – Steve Brookstein

 

INTERVIEW PART FIVE – Age, Talent Shows, “I cant touch my toes”, Sliding Door Moments, Family, Acting, The Future, Twitter – Sample track FLYING EASY – Donny Hathaway

 

WHAT OTHERS HAVE SAID ABOUT STEVE’S VOICE

“F***ing Brilliant!” – Sir Tom Jones

‘Steve, totally mind blowing… any big name comparisons, he is right up there with them.’ Liane Carroll.

His short-noted delivery recalled the late Otis Redding.’ The late Jack Massarik, The Evening Standard

 

 

 

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Pete Adams – Debut album DIRTY BOOTS

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What do Madonna, Tom Jones, Stevie Wonder, Sister Sledge, Yusuf Islam, Boy George, Al Jarreau have in common? They have all worked with writer, producer, pianist Pete Adams! What a C.V. what a career in music and he has just released his debut album with a host of the finest musicians you can shake a.. well shaker at.

Picture the scene ……… The man they call the  ” Chivalrous Hombre ”  is on the run for a crime he did not commit. He stows away on a tall ship heading for South America. Once there, the adventure begins and there will be exciting escapades to undertake.
Let the music take you on a journey to that South American port, 
listen and come along for the ride.

If you love your music, then make sure you check out the interview and you will hear some samples of the excellent music from his debut album DIRTY BOOTS available to download now.

Fantastic chat with a super talented and entertaining man, who is also seriously funky.

www.dirtybootsalbum.com

INTERVIEW PART ONE plus sample tracks from the album DIRTY BOOTS – Step on It/Meet me in the Lobby/Dirty Boots

INTERVIEW PART TWO plus sample track Chivalrous Hombre

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Hypnotherapy with Vernon Harris

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We had a visit from Vernon Harris, who is not only a professional clinical hypnotherapist and psychotherapist but a lifestyle therapist as well.

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Vernon chatted about his work, and how he can help people overcome problems with weight and stress.

He also helped to clear up a few misconceptions about hypnosis!

To find out more about Vernon you can visit his website at www.vernonaharris.com.

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Doozer McDooze playing live in the studio

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In the studio today the one man band that is Doozer McDooze. A great lyricist, punchy songs and the man of a thousand festivals. Doozer has the privellage of being a full time musican and you couldn’t imagine anyone happier than Doozer and his guitar.

He has a cracking gig lined up to promote his Brand New Album at The Fiddler’s Elbow in Camden, London on 18th June, so check out his website for more details, its gonna be a stonker of a gig.

Interview Part One and live performance of Not Going Back to That

Interview Part Two and live performance of Nice Down Here

Interview Part Three and live performance of I’m the worse businessman the World has ever seen

Videos:

FOLLOW ME @DoozerMcDooze

http://www.doozermcdooze.com/

 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/doozermcdooze/doozer-mcdooze-not-going-back-to-that-album-and-la

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Mister Jones and his Guitar – live in session

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Joined in the studio by singer/songwriter Mr Jones and his guitar.

Mr Jones played three live tracks from his new album IN PLAIN SIGHT.

Really catchy tunes, great lyrics and an album you will listen to over and over.

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http://www.misterjonesandhisguitar.com/

Twitter @twospoonsjones

https://www.facebook.com/misterjonesandhisguitar/

Interview Part One including a live performance of The Crash that We Escaped

Interview Part Two including a live performance of Sound of the People

Interview Part Three including a live performance of Muscle Memory

Interview Part Four with album track Burned

 

 

 

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Essex Easter Jazz Course stars perform live

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Joined in the studio by one of the UK’s leading jazz guitarists, Tony Sandeman and the beautiful vocalist, Julia Plumb – Quinn.

Tony was in the studio to about The Essex Easter Jazz Course which takes place in Brentwood each year. Tony and Julia both performed live in the studio and I was even lucky enough to get to sing as well!

If you love jazz, if you are a singer, sax player, pianist, drummer, bassist, percussionist or guitarist and would like to learn more from some of the top players in the country take a look at the details below.

http://essexeasterjazz.com/

Essex Easter Jazz is back for it’s 3rd year.

 4th – 7th April 2016

Brentwood School, Middleton Hall Lane, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 8EE

INTERVIEW & SONG BY GEORGINA JACKSON

LIVE PERFORMANCE FROM JULIA PLUMB – QUINN & TONY SANDEMAN (HEY JUDE)

INTERVIEW PART TWO

LIVE PERFORMANCE FROM JULIA PLUMB – QUINN & TONY SANDEMAN (WADE IN THE WATER)

 

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Essex Easter Jazz Course

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Last years participants said:

“I loved being able to play all day and learn more theory quickly” – Andy Russell, (Sax)

“The band workshops helped to build my confidence” – David (Sax)

 

“The most enjoyable part for me was learning about structure and arrangements as well as the instrumental session” – Neil Sullivan (Percussion)

“I really enjoyed the lecture with the tutors as it was nice to see it all come together and to see them play. The instrumental tuition was a great chance to discuss/play and question” –  Alison Hendry (Piano)

Whether you are new to jazz looking to explore this exciting music or a gigging professional seeking to improve your jazz repertoire and improvisational skills this is the course for you.

The course is endorsed by the Spike Robinson Foundation and hosted in the fantastic surroundings of the Brentwood School Music Department.

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You will receive instrumental tuition to suit your level from some of the finest players on the UK jazz scene. These have included: Tony Sandeman (Guitar), Derek Nash, Vasilis Xenopoulos, Frank Sebastian and Zak Barret (Sax, Woodwind, Flute and Clarinet), Dan Banks (Piano and Keyboards),  Marc Cecil (Drum Kit and Percussion), Dave Chamberlian and Jonti Fisher (Bass) and Georgina Jackson (Vocals).

The course is charged at £245 per place (or £200 for early bookings), for the four days of tuition, making it one of the most competitively priced jazz courses in the country (less than £8 per hour – or less than £7 per hour if you’re an early booker).  Places will be strictly limited to seven per instrument to ensure instruments are not duplicated in the band sessions and that instrumental tuition is not over subscribed.

Following last year we expect a large take up so you are advised to book early and sign up to the blog for ongoing news approaching the course.

Course Directors:

  • Marc Cecil (marc@essexeasterjazz.com)
  • Tony Sandeman (tony@essexeasterjazz.com)

Course Bursar:

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50% off cut & style, or 25% off cut, colour and style for new clients until end of April

Joined in the studio by Jill Willis from THE VANILLA ROOM – Brentwood, who came in to talk about their fantastic spring hair sale plus what’s new in hair this spring.

The Vanilla Room is a much loved independent hair salon on Brentwood’s Wilsons Corner.

L’Oreal creative colour specialists as well as a Kerastase flagship salon, its renowned for its sophisticated styling and really personal service.t’s happening in salon this spring?

SPRING HAIR SALE.  50% off cut & style, or 25% off cut & style for new clients until end of April. Plus, our new Olaplex services, with ‘a touch of Olaplex’ from £20. Perfect for colour junkies.

Website – www.thevanillarom.co.uk

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/thevanillaroom/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/TVREssex

Address – 1a Wilsons Corner Contact details – 01277 263360

 

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Does buying Fairtrade make a difference?

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Patrick Kaberia Muthaura

We have all seen Fairtrade products at the supermarket, does buying an item in your weekly shopping make a difference? You BET IT DOES!

As part of Fairtrade Fortnight,  I was joined in the studio by Patrick Kaberia Muthaura who is a Tea Producer from Kenya.  Patrick is in the UK to promote the work of Fairtrade and to let you know what a massive difference buying Fairtrade products has made to his community.

Thank you to Patrick for a wonderful interview and we hope that you get the message out to everyone, plus I hope your football team won?

fairtrade.org.uk

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The Superb Mike Lenson Band – interview & playing live

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Joined in the studio by two of the members of the excellent Mike Lenson Band : Mike Lenson: Vocals & Guitar, Matt Weston:  Drums. The remaining band members, Chris Firth: Bass, Abe Hampton: Keys, we will give a shout out to!

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This brilliant soul, funky, reggae band are from Essex and have produced a stunning EP which is out now, available via their website.

We talked about the bands superb EP, heard a few samples of what you can expect and they performed an acoustic number live in the studio.

This lot are going to be getting loads of play on Phoenix FM and definitely one to see live! NEXT GIG The Bassment, Chelmsford (Essex Delta Blues Festival) 12th March 2016

We get to hear:-

Destination

Bring back the Sunshine

Shoot me Down

INTERVIEW PLUS SNIPPETS OF DESTINATION, BRING BACK THE SUNSHINE & SHOOT ME DOWN

LIVE ACOUSTIC VERSION OF ALWAYS

Mike Lenson Band 

http://www.mikelensonband.com

http://www.facebook.com/themikelensonband

http://www.youtube.com/MLBMusic2013

http://www.twitter.com/mikelensonband

http://www.soundcloud.com/themikelensonband

http://www.instagram.com/mikelensonband

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All the way from the USA – Tra Cee sings live in the studio

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Super American soul singer Tra Cee was in the UK for a few days and popped in to see us at Phoenix FM.

We’ve been playing Tra Cee’s track, FAVORITE SONG,  for the last couple of weeks so it was a pleasure to meet the lady herself and have her sing live in the studio. Tra Cee is in the UK for a few days doing promotions and a photoshoot in London.

INTERVIEW & LIVE PERFORMANCE OF FAVORITE SONG

Twitter @tzlewis73

https://www.facebook.com/tzlewis?pnref=story

terrorrecords.co/tracee.html

Tra Cee

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Mrs. Tracy Lewis, born in Chicago now living in Indiana and raising a beautiful family, has been singing since she could speak, winning her first talent show at the age of 6 singing Love Come Down by Evelyn Champagne King. In high school “Tra Cee” met Cabrina D. Smith aka “Mz Lady”, now her label mate, and they formed a group called The Players where they danced and rapped. At 17 years old Tra Cee filmed her first music video at Great America, covering Janet Jacksons’ “Control”.

Today Tra Cee is still singing, writing, and recording her own songs. Along side life-long best friend Mz Lady, Tra Cee is not only an artist on the Terror Records label, she is also the COO of the label and has held this position since October of 2013. With two song placements on “Reign of Terror” TR’s first MixTape, Tra Cee’s popularity is growing quickly.

While making music Tra Cee’s most influential artists are Patti LaBelle, Erykah Badu, Stephanie Mills, Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder, Teena Marie, Peabo Bryson, Chaka Khan, and Anita Baker. With family and church being a huge part of her life Tra Cee also practices music in the church, she is on the praise and worship team as well as being a choir director.

Tra Cee will be releasing her next project in 2016 and the Terror Records Family will be providing the support for a successful and beautiful album.

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Sylvia Kent & Amanda Thomas February Book Club (2016)

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Always a pleasure to have writer Sylvia Kent in the studio. Each month Sylvia brings a talented writer into Phoenix FM and this month was the turn of Amanda J Thomas.

Along with her writing, Amanda is a member of The Society of Women Writers and Journalists, The historical Novel Society, Brentwood Writer’s Circle, The Council for British Archaeology, The Kent Archaeological Society and that is to name only a few! As you can see, Amanda is extremely busy.

Amanda is a fascinating woman and plenty off air chatter followed the interview.

Amanda’s new book, Cholera – The Victorian Plague is out now.

Interview

Cholera – The Victorian Plague

Description

Discover the story of the disease that devastated the Victorian population, and brought about major changes in sanitation. Drawing on the latest scientific research and a wealth of archival material, Amanda Thomas uses first-hand accounts, blending personal stories with an overview of the history of the disease and its devastating after-effects on British society. This fascinating history of a catastrophic disease uncovers forgotten stories from each of the major cholera outbreaks in 1831-3, 1848-9, 1853-4 and 1866. Amanda Thomas reveals that Victorian theories about the disease were often closer to the truth than we might assume, among them the belief that cholera was spread by miasma, or foul air.

Find out more about Amanda’s work, her blog

http://www.ajthomas.com/

www.penandsword.com to buy a copy of the book

 

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MORE ABOUT SYLVIA KENT

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http://sylviakent.blogspot.co.uk/

Sylvia contributes to national, regional magazines and on-line journals. Following her Freelance Writer of the Year award for Writing Magazine, she began work on FOLKLORE OF ESSEX which contributed to Channel 5’s film COUNTY SECRETS.  Sylvia’s book THE WOMAN WRITER, published by the History Press is sold @ the British Library. This history of the Society of Women Writers & Journalists dates from 1894 and includes pioneers who made their mark in journalism, literature & poetry. Sylvia celebrates the centenary of Joyce Grenfell, a former SWWJ president. A chapter is dedicated to Joyce who meanders throughout the book which was reviewed in The Times, other dailies & YouTube. Sylvia is SWWJ’s Archivist. She work with several publishers including on-line specialists.Ebook titles are BRENTWOOD: HISTORIC TOWN & ST MARY MAGDALEN: BILLERICAY, both downloadable via Kindle. later books are kindlised. 2,000 articles are linked to Facebook,Twitter @sylviaakent & Suite 101. Film/audio clips now added.

Sylvia’s 10th book Barking & Dagenham From Old Photographs is selling well.

Sylvia’s Blog is currently 219.000 page views.

 

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ANON fantastic live performance & Interview

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Joined in the studio by ANON, who is a Christian rap artist, performing along with his brother and musician MisteRLees.

The combination of the music and spiritual content is something that you wont hear everyday, its easy to forget you are listening to a religious message.

I’ll Be Good which was performed live, has a great hook and will prove to be a cross over from the Christian Music into mainstream.

Really lovely guys, both massively talented and always a pleasure to welcome the boys back into Phoenix FM.

Twitter @Just_Anon_UK

Twitter @_MisteRLees

April 23rd you can catch ANON at RAP FOR CHRIST

 

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Derek Nash, the UK’s leading saxophonist talks to Phoenix FM

 

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Delighted to be joined in the studio by one of the UK’s most successful and hugely talented saxophonist, writer, arranger, producer and engineer, DEREK NASH.

A fancinating insight into DEREK’s life as one of the leading lights in the UK Jazz scene.

Derek talks about his early life in music, his writing, his passion for jazz, advice for musicians just starting out, how he became a member of The Jools Holland Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, plus working with Amy Winehouse, Jamie Callum, Tom Jones, Prince and much more.

TRACKS PLAYED

The Derek Nash Acoustic Quartet – You dig it you dig it, you dig?

Picante – Corona

Sax Appeal – Sticky Finger Boogie

 

INTERVIEW PART ONE (including music from The Derek Nash Acoustic Quartet – You’ve got to dig it, to dig it, you dig?).

INTERVIEW PART TWO (including music from Picante – Corona)

INTERVIEW PART THREE (including Sax Appeal album Funkadeen – Sticky Finger Boogie)

So many gigs to pick from the website but here are two for Essex.

24th February you can see Picante at The Maritime Room, Cliffs Pavillion, Southend. https://southendtheatres.org.uk/online/jazz-mix

8th March you can see The Derek Nash Acoustic Quartet at The Bardswell Social club, Brentwood Essex

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www.dereknash.com

http://www.dereknash.com/studio

Twitter @DerekNashsax

http://essexeasterjazz.com/

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Bob Simpson & Scott Waple – Mental Health Matters Time to Talk

Scott insisted on removing his Elf costume before the photo session!

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Joined in the studio by Bob Simpson and Scott Waple to talk about their podcast, Mental Health Matters on TIME TO TALK DAY.

Bob and Scott produce a monthly Mental Health Matters programme, covering all aspects of Mental Health.

The programme and its guests are there to help others on their mental health recovery journey. Inspirational, informative and making a difference to peoples lives.

If you have a story about your mental health journey that you feel would help others, then please contact the team at mhmatters@outlook.com or  radio@phoenixfm.com

Twitter @mhmpodcast

http://www.phoenixfm.com/category/mental-health-matters/

 

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TIME TO TALK – Fitness in Mind

Its TIME TO TALK on Phoenix FM –  let’s get the nation talking about mental health.

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My guests today:-

Wayne Banks – Co-Founder of Essex Mental Health Community, and Co-Founder of Fitness In Mind UK

Dave Davis – Founder of D2Fit, and Co-Founder and Director of the award winning Barbell Girls, and Box Fitness Instructor for Fitness In Mind.

Cezara Nicorici – Founder of Bokwa Brentwood, and Bokwa Instructor for Fitness In Mind.

Sam BrookerMentor at Fitness in Mind

For more details on Fitness in Mind visit www.brentwood-centre.co.uk/sport-and-leisure/fitness-in-mind

INTERVIEW PART ONE Wayne Banks & Cezara Nicorici

INTERVIEW PART TWO Dave Davis & Sam Brooker

 INTERVIEW PART THREE Dave Davis & Sam Brooker

 

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Fitness In Mind™ is an award winning initiative designed to promote, encourage and provide physical activity as an aid to mental wellbeing.

Sport and physical activity are proven to boost self-esteem, reduce stress, and help prevent or reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety, but getting active when you’re not feeling great isn’t easy. Low motivation, social anxiety, self-image issues, uncertainty regarding exercise, and financial expense, can all hinder us from using this vital and hugely enjoyable life tool.

At Fitness In Mind™ we strive to support individuals into fun physical activity, helping them establish and maintain a healthier lifestyle for both body and mind.

All our classes are run by specially selected, qualified instructors, and friendly Peer-Support Volunteers, giving expert tuition, emotional support, and guidance towards other useful organisations.

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Leigh LUSCIOUS – Live Lovely & Singing

Joined in the studio by the burst of energy that is Leigh Luscious! Always an entertaining interview filled with stories, live music, Jedward, X Factor, her book, Big Brother and her beautiful live performance for Chelsey Sharp.

www.LEIGHLUSCIOUS.COM for physical copies of the album THE LOOK – otherwise its ITUNES

The Book THE LIFE OF LEIGH LUSCIOUS 2011 – 2015 Currently SOLD OUT but fingers crossed it should be back in March, check Leigh’s website for details.

PART ONE

INTRODUCTION. THE ALBUM THE LOOK. TRACK LOVE STRUCK. PLAYING GUITAR, JEDWARD FANDOM.

PART TWO

CHELSEY SHARP

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VIDEO

LIVE PERFORMANCE DEDICATED TO CHELSEY SHARP – WORSHIP/CHELSEY’S SONG

 

PART THREE

HELLO MELISSA. THE ALBUM THE LOOK. A LATE CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR MICHELLE. THE CALENDAR. THE BOOK. HELLO LOTTEY. THE LOVE SONG. MORE JEDWARD DUBLIN CITY ROUNDERS. THE VOICE. YOU TUBE. BEING MUGGED. LIVE PERFORMANCE OF NEVER HAD YOUR HEART BROKEN.

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Sci-fi adventure PANDORICA – Director Tom Paton tells us more

 

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Joined in the studio by Director, Film Maker and Writer, TOM PATON who came in to talk about his brand new sci fi film, PANDORICA.

PANDORICA is looking to be one of the hits of 2016. Don’t want to give too much away so listen to Tom’s interview which is also a must for anyone looking to delve into the world of film.

If you love SCI FI (as you know I do) you are going to love this!

The film will start it previews in MARCH/APRIL 2016 and you can take look at the trailer here.

Follow the website for more information on UK premier, Comic Con appearances.

pandoricamovie.com

Twitter @PandoricaMovie

https://www.facebook.com/PandoricaMovie/?fref=ts

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Come join Mayflower Morris Men this Saturday 30th January

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Joined in the studio by Julian Whybra who is the foreman of The Mayflower Morris Men. A fascinating chat with Julian about the history of Morris Dancing.

NEW MEMBERS NEEDED!

The Mayflower Morris Men are looking for new members, all ages, besides the dancing, events, summer pub evenings, there is also a great social side to the group as you will hear in the interview.

Come and find out more on Saturday 30th January between 10am – 1pm :-

St Mary Magdalen Church, High street, Billericay. CM12 9BQ

 

CANT MAKE SATURDAY? They practise at St Mary Magdalen in the High Street every Thursday, starting at 8.00pm during school term times. As an experienced dancer or an absolute beginner you’ll be equally welcome.

 

http://mayflowermorris.com/

MORE ABOUT MAYFLOWER MORRIS MEN

The Mayflower Morris Men were formed in 1973 to dance the Morris in and around Billericay, to learn new dances, and to maintain the traditions of the Morris. Our side comes from all walks of life and has a spread of ages from the teens to the fifties. Some dance to keep fit, some because it’s part of the folk scene but all of us dance to enjoy ourselves. We have a full programme of fêtes, pub stops, and charity events throughout the spring and summer. There is no subscription and tuition is free (but you do need a pair of handkerchiefs!). We practise on Thursday evenings at 8 p.m. Come along, you’ll be made most welcome!

When well-presented, the Morris communicates to spectators something more than the simple enjoyment of watching a dance: there’s an almost tangible sense of harmony with Nature, of primæval magic, and of age-old pre-Dawn Rite conveyed. Enjoy it, and be sure to partake of the Morris’s good luck by contributing to the Bag and helping to keep a quintessential part of English rural tradition alive.

The Morris Dancing Season

Spring and summer are the seasons when you’ll see us dancing out and about in Billericay and the surrounding area. Just click on ‘Where to see us’ above and the dates and times of our season will appear.

In the autumn and winter we practise and perfect dances and teach new members. Complete beginners are always welcome. We always begin by teaching a stick dance from the village of Adderbury, Oxfordshire which has simple foot movements. We’d follow this by another one or two dances from the Adderbury tradition, perhaps a short-stick dance from Headington, and then introduce you to a handkerchief dance from Bampton which requires a bit of hands-and-feet co-ordination. Anyway, we aim to have you out dancing in time for Christmas and by the time the dancing season begins you should have four or five dances under your belt. There’s no age limit for members and tuition is free, so if you want to keep fit and enjoy yourself in learning a very old English pastime, give our Squire a call on 01277 650631 , and he’ll let you know the date and venue of our next practice session.

 

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January Book Club with Sylvia Kent & Watercolour Artist James Merriott

Joined in the studio for this months book club by Sylvia Kent and our special guest, water colour artist, James Merriott.

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Tel. 01277 210728

E-mail  joanjimcca@fsmail.net

Website  www.cottagecornerart.co.uk

SAA website  saa.co.uk/art/jamesmerriott

James’ Biography

Born in the East End of London in 1941, James Merriott is a local painter who has lived in Brentwood for over 40 years and has been painting watercolour for 35 years.  He has had a love of art all his life and from a very early age was inspired by his uncle, Jack Marriott RI (1901 to 1968 ).  Much of Jack’s work was English landscapes commissioned by various railway companies to be reproduced as poster and carriage panel.
Although, like everybody else, setbacks have occurred from time to time, James considers that his life is a constant flow of good fortune.  His career in the London Fire Brigade (1962 to 1978) was cut short with the onset of rheumatoid arthritis and the disease has remained with him ever since.
To help cope with both pain and disability James turned to his love of art  and with it developed a passion to portray the places he loves. In addition to art, his interests include old buildings of the county and butterfly conservation, all of which are evident in the enthusiasm he has for his work.
The basis of his watercolours is simplicity and he demands of himself speed of execution to obtain results.  He depends entirely on visiting the subjects he depicts, and wherever possible, paints from life.
James’ achievements have meant that he has become very busy and he demonstrates and lectures to clubs and groups. He gives private tuition to fellow painters and undertakes commissioned work. In fact anything he is asked to do he feels privileged to take on.”
 
James gets under way, first of all laying a wash on the sky area, working on the table.  He is working from an old painting he did years ago of Hadleigh Castle but is going to turn it into a snow scene. He has lightly drawn in the scene with a pencil and will build on that.
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MORE ABOUT SYLVIA KENT

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http://sylviakent.blogspot.co.uk/

Sylvia contributes to national, regional magazines and on-line journals. Following her Freelance Writer of the Year award for Writing Magazine, she began work on FOLKLORE OF ESSEX which contributed to Channel 5’s film COUNTY SECRETS.  Sylvia’s book THE WOMAN WRITER, published by the History Press is sold @ the British Library. This history of the Society of Women Writers & Journalists dates from 1894 and includes pioneers who made their mark in journalism, literature & poetry. Sylvia celebrates the centenary of Joyce Grenfell, a former SWWJ president. A chapter is dedicated to Joyce who meanders throughout the book which was reviewed in The Times, other dailies & YouTube. Sylvia is SWWJ’s Archivist. She work with several publishers including on-line specialists.Ebook titles are BRENTWOOD: HISTORIC TOWN & ST MARY MAGDALEN: BILLERICAY, both downloadable via Kindle. later books are kindlised. 2,000 articles are linked to Facebook,Twitter @sylviaakent & Suite 101. Film/audio clips now added.

Sylvia’s 10th book Barking & Dagenham From Old Photographs is selling well.

Sylvia’s Blog is currently 219.000 page views.

 

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HOMESTART NEED YOUR HELP! Brentwood!

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A pleasure to be joined in the studio by Pauline Steggles and Deborah Griffiths from the award winning charity, Homestart.

Homestart has been going for 25 years and offers a valuable service for Brentwood.

I have to say that Pauline is truly deserving of an award for the time she has given to families over the last 17 years. Very humbled to meet someone who gives so much back. Truly inspirational.

ABOUT HOME START

Receiving practical support, kindness and a listening ear from someone who truly understands can make all the difference to being able to cope during difficult or challenging times in life. The Brentwood based Charity Homestart has been providing families with practical and emotional help during such times for over 25 years but they may now be forced to stop.

This award winning charity* supports families struggling in a variety of situations with children under 5 years; as well as lending a practical hand in the home with children, volunteers are also an emotional support to a family at crisis point. Homestart has 30 dedicated and reliable trained volunteers who visit more than 100 families per year in need of support across the Brentwood area.

Homestart brought me back from a very dark place as I was suffering from post-natal depression. They showed me kindness and gave me positive energy“, Tia explained.

Every recipient family has a different story to tell but they all share the same need for both practical and emotional help from someone who understands. Catherine explains how the charity helped her during a particular low point in her life, “… having lost a close relative, feeling overwhelmed looking after my twins, a toddler and the family home, Homestart helped not just practically but by listening to me and boosting my confidence.

This warm and welcoming charity also runs a Family Playgroup enabling mothers and fathers with young children to meet and mix with others with the added benefit of trained volunteers on hand with advice and support. The group is another lifeline for families who find that it gives them structure to their day, the opportunity to meet others in similar situations, make friends and a chance for their young children to socialise with others. Jackie can’t praise the group enough, “The playgroup is an essential part of our week; it is safe and welcoming where I have met many mothers and fathers from diverse, multi-national backgrounds yet we have many things in common.”

An important outcome of the service provided is that recipients also gain confidence, hope and strength to improve their lives. Rosa who has 5 daughters first approached Homestart after the birth of her fourth daughter almost 6 years ago and she now volunteers for the charity herself, “… they have given me confidence, reassurance and encouraged me to apply for my first job as a mid-day assistant. When I first visited Homestart I had very low self-esteem, was very quiet and only spoke when being spoken to. I cannot praise the service enough. ”

Chairwoman of the charity, Pat Dedman, who began her career as a health visitor has seen first hand how families struggle and wishes the Charity had been around when she was out visiting new mothers and families in the community. She is passionate about the charity’s cause, “We are a preventative service – often families are at crisis point and without the help we provide their situations would seem overwhelming. Without further funding, now that we have lost our Lottery grant bid we will be forced to stop providing this crucial service to our local Brentwood families in their hour of need.”

 

Larchwood Children’s Centre Larchwood Gardens Brentwood CM15 9NG T 01277 263325E homestart@freenetname.co.uk

 

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Nick Sillitoe from the Rotary Club of Billericay Mayflower

Joined in the studio by Nick Sillitoe from the Rotary Club of Billericay Mayflower who came in to discuss their recent fundraising and up and coming events.

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http://www.billericayrotary.org/

https://www.facebook.com/BillericayRotary/?fref=nf

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The Book Club (December) with Sylvia Kent & Director Simon Frith

 

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A great end to the year of Book Club with Sylvia Kent and our guest, the multi-award winning filmmaker, Director and Producer, Simon Frith.

Simon came in to talk about his work and in particular Under the RadarThe Mike Edmonds Story which is in post production with a release set for early in 2016. Simon has interviewed many amazing actors/directors for this film. Star Wars and Indiana Jones Producer, Robert Watts, Film Director and Python, Terry Gilliam, Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett) Actor, Danny John Jules but to name a few.

Actor Mike Edmonds is from Southend, Essex. Having worked on Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Time Bandits, Flash Gordon, Harry Potter but to name a few. Mike has also toured with The Royal Shakespeare Company. Millions of children will also know him as Little Ron in the BBC Maid Marian and her Merry Men series.

http://www.simonfrith.co.uk/

Interview Part One

Interview Part Two

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BOOKS DISCUSSED

Donna Tarrt – The Secret History

Set in New England, The Secret History tells the story of a closely knit group of six classics students at a small, elite Vermont college, Hampden College, similar in many respects to Bennington College (in Bennington, Vermont) where Tartt was a student from 1982 to 1986.

The story is an inverted detective story, not a Whodunit but a Whydunit.

REVIEWS

“A beautifully written story, well-told, funny, sad, scary, and impossible to leave alone until I finished. . . . What a debut!” —John Grisham

The author

Donna Tartt was born in Greenwood, Mississippi, and is a graduate of Bennington College. She is the author of the novels The Secret History, The Little Friend, and The Goldfinch, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2014.

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MORE ABOUT SYLVIA KENT

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http://sylviakent.blogspot.co.uk/

Sylvia contributes to national, regional magazines and on-line journals. Following her Freelance Writer of the Year award for Writing Magazine, she began work on FOLKLORE OF ESSEX which contributed to Channel 5’s film COUNTY SECRETS.  Sylvia’s book THE WOMAN WRITER, published by the History Press is sold @ the British Library. This history of the Society of Women Writers & Journalists dates from 1894 and includes pioneers who made their mark in journalism, literature & poetry. Sylvia celebrates the centenary of Joyce Grenfell, a former SWWJ president. A chapter is dedicated to Joyce who meanders throughout the book which was reviewed in The Times, other dailies & YouTube. Sylvia is SWWJ’s Archivist. She work with several publishers including on-line specialists.Ebook titles are BRENTWOOD: HISTORIC TOWN & ST MARY MAGDALEN: BILLERICAY, both downloadable via Kindle. later books are kindlised. 2,000 articles are linked to Facebook,Twitter @sylviaakent & Suite 101. Film/audio clips now added.

Sylvia’s 10th book Barking & Dagenham From Old Photographs is selling well.

Sylvia’s Blog is currently 170.000 page views.

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Chris Booth from CHAPS talks Cardiovascular Disease

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Chris Booth the Director of CHAPS will be here each month with a show on Health Issues. Loaded with information and straight forward talking. This month Chris talks Cardiovascular Disease.

WHO ARE CHAPS?

CHAPS is a Men’s Health Charity concerned with all aspects of men’s physical health, mental health and future well-being.  We need such a charity because the health and lifespan of UK men is comparatively so poor, with health statistics lagging behind our neighbours in the western world.

CHAPS raises awareness by producing easy to read booklets, and a “Health Passport” covering all the major men’s health problems.  These are also downloadable from our comprehensive website www.chaps.uk.com.  If men are aware what can go wrong, they may take steps to prevent such problems.

We also run Health Events, usually at football stadia, where we provide FREE testing for heart and stroke risk, aortic aneurysm screening, diabetes, prostate and skin cancer screening.  These events are funded by charity dinners, donations and sponsorship.

http://www.chaps.uk.com/index

01206 321253

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On your own Christmas Day or know someone who is?

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Joined in the studio by Janet Lee, on behalf of the Methodist Churches in Billericay.

This Christmas Day, Janet and others are providing lunch (free of charge and transport) for people who might otherwise be on their own this Christmas Day. This is open to people who live in the Billericay area.

They can meet all dietary requirements too.

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD. If you know a neighbour or someone who might appreciate some company on Christmas Day, a fantastic meal, carol singing, a quiz and to be picked up and dropped off for the lunch, get in contact before the 20th December – Janet 01277 622 297 or 01277 659 530.

This year we are planning a Christmas Day Lunch for those on their own at Queens Park Community Church, Billericay and want to spread the word, not only to those who may be eligible, but to others who may know of people in this situation who would appreciate some company on this special day.  There is no charge and transport can be provided.

The lunch is at 1pm and we need responses by Sunday 20th December for catering purposes.

 

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NEW SOCKS? HELP US HELP OTHERS.

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Joined in the studio by Charles Storer MBE who runs a UK humanitarian aid charity, Hope and Aid Direct.

NEW SOCKS?

You would have seen on the news the dreadful situation at the moment in Lesbos in Greece with over 5000 migrants arriving each day on flimsy and usually overcrowded rubber boats all along the coast facing Turkey. Lots of babies, and toddlers, and children, as well as all age groups, often traumatised, always wet from the waves, cold and afraid. To date, more than 3000 people have died trying to make the crossing, yet 430,000 have made it to Lesvos this year along…..yesterday 80 boats, each with well over 30 people in, arrived along the north Lesvos coasts, and they continue to arrive all day and all night….

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

Charles is putting together urgently needed aid and taking to Lesbos, what they need is:-

  1. Waterproof and warm coats for all ages – waterproof is essential
  2. New or good as new socks for all ages, male and female
  3.  Sleeping bagsMUST be in a draw string bag, or a stuff sack with compression straps, ideally at least ‘3 season’  
  4. Funding donations – to cover our high transport costs – Payable to Hope and Aid Direct and sent to me at 18 High Street, Ingatestone, Essex, CM4 9EE or paid through our website marked Lesvos appeal Essex. www.hopeandaiddirect.org.uk

WHERE CAN I LEAVE THE ITEMS?

Ingatestone Post Office are happy to receive all such donations, or you can drop off at PHOENIX FM STUDIOS, all donations must be received in the next two weeks, no later than the 11th December.

FIND OUT MORE – MY INTERVIEW WITH CHARLES STORER MBE

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Tenek – The New Album SMOKE & MIRRORS

 

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http://www.tenek.co.uk

Joined in the studio by the boys from Tenek (Peter Steer and Geoff Pinckney) who came in to talk about their amazing new album SMOKE & MIRRORS. A packed interview with great music from the album, musical conversations and humour.

We had exclusive plays from the album of Blue Man (snippets of which you can hear during the interview).

Currently on the A List at Phoenix with What Kind of Friend, the guys talked about their early music career supporting Gary Newman and their onwards success with the release of their third album together.

Having toured across the UK and Europe, Peter and Geoff plan to start promotion over in the USA assisted by their full time Manager Cheri Freund.

 TRACKS PLAYED

  • What Kind of Friend
  • Blue Man
  • Everything Lost
  • Sunlight

PART ONE

PART TWO

OUTTAKES (COOKING WITH TENEK)

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Additional

Summer included a return performance at ‘BAS 2015’ Festival (Basildon, UK) opening for De/Vision. July brought the announcement of having signed with Distortion Productions for the North American release of their upcoming third album, ‘Smoke and Mirrors’ (release Winter 2015). Both parties are extremely

excited about working together again having formed close ties during the production of, ‘Electronic Saviors 2’ [2012]. The band will contribute an exclusive track to, ‘Electronic Saviors 4’ [release early 2016]. Fall will

bring the release of tenek’s new single, ‘What Kind of Friend?’. tenek continues to be involved with music licensing opportunities to various industries globally. *Future performances (TBA) will now include two additional band members: Steve Clark (drums) and Patrick Bennett (bass).

PR / Mgr : Cheri Freund

E: cheri@tenek.co.uk

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The Book Club (November) with Sylvia Kent & Kate Wilkie

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Joined in the studio by writer Sylvia Kent and guest, Kate Wilkie, who is the Curator at The Cater Museum at Billericay.

Kate is new to the role of Curator but has been working at The Cater Museum for the last few years. She is delighted with the new post and hopes to bring new ideas, new exhibits and maybe a name for a particular two headed lamb!

http://www.catermuseum.co.uk/

74 Billericay High Street, Billericay, Essex. CM12 9BS

MORE ABOUT SYLVIA KENT

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http://sylviakent.blogspot.co.uk/

Sylvia contributes to national, regional magazines and on-line journals. Following her Freelance Writer of the Year award for Writing Magazine, she began work on FOLKLORE OF ESSEX which contributed to Channel 5’s film COUNTY SECRETS.  Sylvia’s book THE WOMAN WRITER, published by the History Press is sold @ the British Library. This history of the Society of Women Writers & Journalists dates from 1894 and includes pioneers who made their mark in journalism, literature & poetry. Sylvia celebrates the centenary of Joyce Grenfell, a former SWWJ president. A chapter is dedicated to Joyce who meanders throughout the book which was reviewed in The Times, other dailies & YouTube. Sylvia is SWWJ’s Archivist. She work with several publishers including on-line specialists.Ebook titles are BRENTWOOD: HISTORIC TOWN & ST MARY MAGDALEN: BILLERICAY, both downloadable via Kindle. later books are kindlised. 2,000 articles are linked to Facebook,Twitter @sylviaakent & Suite 101. Film/audio clips now added.

Sylvia’s 10th book Barking & Dagenham From Old Photographs is selling well.

Sylvia’s Blog is currently 170.000 page views.

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Never heard of Bowen Therapy – Hilary Sweeney explains more

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Joined in the studio by Hilary Sweeney to talk about Bowen Therapy which works equally as well for humans as it does for canines.

Hilary is currently looking for volunteers ideally dog owners and their dogs. Listen to the interview for more or email @h_a_Sweeney@yahoo.co.uk

www.schoolofcaninebowentherapy.com

More on Bowen Therapy

We believe that the Bowen Technique is one of the most versatile and effective therapeutic treatments available today offering significant relief for many conditions. After taking a comprehensive case history and discussed your condition in detail, a treatment will consist of a series of gentle moves on skin or through light clothing, with the client usually lying on a bed or treatment couch, although it is possible to be treated seated. A session usually lasts up to an hour and frequently results in a deep sense of relaxation helping the body to recharge and balance itself.

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Chris Booth from CHAPS talks Skin Cancer

 

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Chris Booth the Director of CHAPS will be here each month with a show on Health Issues. Loaded with information and straight forward talking. This month Chris talks Skin Cancer.

 PART ONE

PART TWO

WHO ARE CHAPS?

CHAPS is a Men’s Health Charity concerned with all aspects of men’s physical health, mental health and future well-being.  We need such a charity because the health and lifespan of UK men is comparatively so poor, with health statistics lagging behind our neighbours in the western world.

CHAPS raises awareness by producing easy to read booklets, and a “Health Passport” covering all the major men’s health problems.  These are also downloadable from our comprehensive website www.chaps.uk.com.  If men are aware what can go wrong, they may take steps to prevent such problems.

We also run Health Events, usually at football stadia, where we provide FREE testing for heart and stroke risk, aortic aneurysm screening, diabetes, prostate and skin cancer screening.  These events are funded by charity dinners, donations and sponsorship.

http://www.chaps.uk.com/index

01206 321253

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Jodie Folley, who is the winner of Miss Plus Size United Kingdom 2015.

 

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Joined in the studio by Brentwood’s own Jodie Folley, who is the winner of Miss Plus Size United Kingdom 2015.

Jodie talked about how important is it just to be you, whatever size you are and how entering the beauty pageant has changed her life.

Follow Jodie on @bigprettyme1 on Twitter and Instagram

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Jodie Folley – Winner of Miss Plus Size United Kingdom 2015

We are pleased to introduce to you the winner of Miss Plus Size United Kingdom 2015, the beautiful

Jodie Folley. Miss Plus Size United Kingdom is a groundbreaking plus size beauty pageant open to big,

beautiful women with the aim of promoting body confidence and inspiring women across the UK.

Jodie is an aspiring plus size model and activist, and has a truly inspiring story which will undoubtedly

touch hearts across the nation. After a difficult childhood and spending her adult life looking after her

young family and caring for her husband, Jodie decided it was time to do something just for herself to

help gain confidence and make new friends.

Jodie applied for the pageant not knowing what the future would hold, but was amazed to be shortlisted

and called back to appear in the Grand Final 2015 and then go on to win the title. Since then, she has

transformed into a confident, inspiring plus size model and beauty queen, and has appeared in multiple

editorial plus size magazine shoots, catwalk shows, and modelled for recognisable brands such as Simply

Be, Yours Clothing, Gemma Collins, Enjeanious by Rean, Elvi, Curvissa and more.

Jodie is proof that you can be beautiful, confident and empowered at any size, and if you believe in

yourself, anything is possible. We would love to spread that message, and Jodie is now available

for modelling work, interviews and press and personal appearances.

To book Jodie Folley, please contact us at bookings@poseplusmodels.com

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Christian Growth Centre celebrate – Come Along!

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Joined in the studio by Andy and Jane Robb who lead the Christian Growth Centre Billericay.

To coincide with CGC third anniversary, on November 14th they launch the first of their Saturday night Encounter God events and at which we have as our guest speaker Amanda Wells who is over from Australia. More info here: http://eepurl.com/bC2jo1

And last, but not least, at the beginning of February 2016 we change our name to Revival Church Billericay.

A modern church for young and old, listen here to discover more…

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 14TH ENCOUNTER GOD EVENT

Venue: The Billericay School, School Road, Billericay, CM12 9LH.

Time: 7.00pm – 9.30pm

Our Welcome Team will be on hand to direct you.

Admission is free but we will be taking up a thank offering to cover the costs of the event.

 

http://www.cgcbillericay.com

Twitter: @cgcbillericay

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All She Knows – Live Music & Interview

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Fantastic live music in the studio with Glasgow based ALL SHE KNOWS -Ting  (Keyboards) Gary (Vocals) Logan (Drums) George (Guitar) Ross (Bass)

As the Scottish accent is my personal favourite I thought I was in heaven where as my guests thought I was a maniac! :) ALL SHE KNOWS are one of Scotlands fastest rising young bands already having played shows in Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and London’s O2 Arena.

The guys have their debut album out on the 15th November NOW THAT YOUR GONE. Their music is a mix of indie-pop, 80’s synthesizer chic.

http://www.allsheknows.co.uk/

T: @allsheknows

F: www.facebook.com/allsheknowsmusic

Y: youtube.com/allsheknows

INTERVIEW PART ONE

BY YOUR SIDE (LIVE TRACK)

EYES (LIVE TRACK)

NEVER LET ME GO (LIVE TRACK)

 

 

 

 

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World Diabetes Day Event Saturday 14th November Brentwood

Interview with Sharon Roberts, Eastern Regional Manager, of Diabetes UK.

Sharon joined me to discuss Talking Diabetes (Brentwood Local Group). They are holding their event day on Saturday 14th November from 10am – 4.30pm. Saturday also happens to be WORLD DIABETES DAY.

The event is completely free and a chance to hear some key speakers, do a little shopping at the market, lunch, drinks and talk about new medications. The event is open to Type 1 or Type 2 diabetics.

COMMUNITY CHURCH, DODDINGHURST ROAD, BRENTWOOD. ESSEX.

 

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MisteR LEES live in the studio

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Joined in the studio by MisteR LEES who is an incredible vocalist/singer songerwriter from Essex.

Interview and Live Performance (Part One)

Interview and Live Performance (Part Two)

Interview and Album Track (Part Three)

A little laugh before we started the interview

MORE ABOUT Mister LEES

Presently working on new material for his debut album due early next year, Joel AKA

MisteR LEES promises a body of work that is “high quality” with “simple but superb

production” . Before the album, Joel will release the ‘NEW’ EP this September as a

taster of what’s to come.

Since undergoing Artist Development with the British Academy Of New Music,

MisteR LEES has gone from strength to strength as a vocalist, songwriter, guitarist

and pianist. Christianborn

Joel describes his sound as Epic Dance but assures that

his sound is ever changing and growing with the industry itself. He sings positive

messages of peace and love, coupled with guidance to those in times of struggle.

This is particularly evident when listening to some of his newer pieces.

Born in Colchester, Essex, his musical influences include luminaries like Craig

David, Plan B and Jamie T. Like those who have innovated before him, let it be

known that MisteR LEES is carving out a rock solid reputation for himself.

Joel began his career as a part of a twoman

band known as ‘Frontline Music’, which

was formed by himself and consisted of Joel and his younger brother Samuel.

The two became popular on the local scene playing bars, pubs and clubs throughout

Essex. The ‘Frontline’ group gained a vast amount of exposure, experience and a

strong following throughout their time together. In 2011 the duo parted ways and this

twist in the journey made Joel more determined and focused on chasing his lifelong

dream of spreading his positive message throughout the world!

With an intense passion for music, Joel has grown not only as a writer but also as a

performer. Oozing with charm and charisma, MisteR LEES is most definitely a name

to look out for and an artist worthy of your playlist!

“A DIAMOND GEEZER IN THE ROUGH OF THE CITY!!”

Fore more information, contact:

Joel Lees

07518407903

misterleesofficial@gmail.com

www.soundcloud.com/misterlees

http://www.amywinehousefoundation.org/donate

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Writer Kimberley Lieb talks Someone Hiding in the Shadows

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Joined in the studio by local writer Kimberley Lieb who came in to give inspiration to any budding writer out there.

Her book is published next year Someone Hiding in the Shadows and you can read it now https://www.wattpad.com/story/6827950-someone-hiding-in-the-shadows

Twitter @kimberleySBLieb

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A tribute to Charles Myers from Vicky Davies

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A tribute for Charles Myers from Cllr Vicky Davies.

BRENTWOOD Liberal Democrat 

It is with immense sadness that we announce that Charles Myers, former Liberal Democrat councillor and group leader, has passed away after a long period of ill health.

Charles served as councillor for Pilgrims Hatch for twenty years before he retired in 2007. He leaves behind his wife Pauline, who also served as a councillor in Brentwood, and two adult sons. Our thoughts are with Pauline and their friends and family at this sad time.

Involved with Brentwood Liberal Democrats for over thirty years, he will be a sad loss to the party and much missed by his friends and colleagues. He was an active campaigner until the very end, even helping our Shenfield by-election with her nomination paperwork just three weeks ago and being as involved as he could in all our campaigns.

From 1996-97 he proudly served as Mayor of Brentwood.

Cllr Barry Aspinell, Group Leader, said:

“First and foremost, Charles was a gentleman and a kind man. He was a liberal to his very core and was supportive of us all, always willing to offer advice and assistance.

“The party has lost one of its very best, but for us, we have lost a friend.”

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The Book Club (October) with Sylvia Kent & Andrew Summers

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PART ONE

PAR TWO

Joined in the studio for this months book club with Sylvia Kent and Andrew Summers.

ANDREW SUMMERS

Was born within the sound of Bow Bells (on a quiet day), 18 months after World War II ended. He is the oldest of three brothers and is the son of a Polish immigrant, Kazimierz who had spent two years in a Soviet labour camp and an English rose Diana who had worked as a code breaker at Bletchley Park.

Andrew went to primary school in Hackney and then on the prestigious Brooke House comprehensive school, one of the first comprehensives to be set up in England. Other alumni of Brooke House were the former Queens Park Rangers and England footballer Rodney Marsh and a budding entrepreneur called Alan Sugar. Andrew was offered a Saturday job on Sugar’s stall selling car radios in Ridley Road market. However this was turned down as it interfered with Saturday morning football and clashed with a paper round.

After leaving school with five O-levels (excluding English) Andrew went on to Erith Technical College and studied computing. The only snag being (it was early days of computing) the college didn’t actually have any computers and practical experience had to gained at Imperial College in London. Nevertheless Andrew did get 3 A-levels, an Ordinary National Diploma in business studies and O-level in English at the fifth attempt!

After leaving Erith Andrew worked variously at London Zoo, (had nothing to do with animals), was a waiter at Pontins in Blackpool, sold women’s coats in D.H Evans, electrical goods in Selfridges and helped in a mental hospital. Andrew had spell as an assistant accountant in a paper company, purchased typewriters for the fledgling British Telecom then started a small printing company in Leigh on Sea where in 1984 he co-authored his first book “Getting Value from Your Printer”. There are no records of any sales of this book!

In 1989 Andrew left the world of printing and after a late in life ‘gap year’ moved into selling books working for Direct Books then fierce rivals of the Book People. Andrew next move with books was into export, and along with Glenis his wife (48 years married in 2015) created a European wide business through International Schools.

Andrew’s foray into writing and publishing began in 2006 following a very poor historical tour of Leigh-on-Sea and Hadleigh Castle where it turned out that those on the tour knew more about the area than the guide. Andrew then teamed up with John Debenham who had just completed a History degree and a year later the Essex Hundred a county history in 100 poems rolled off the press. Since then 11 more titles have been authored or edited and published under the Essex Hundred brand – mainly Essex based history, but including sailing, Soviet labour camps and a short history of Belgium. Apart from writing Andrew and John give illustrated Historical talks around the county.

Andrew lives in Hadleigh, Essex with Glenis. They have two grown up children and four grandchildren. They have no cats or dogs.

MORE ABOUT SYLVIA KENT

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http://sylviakent.blogspot.co.uk/

Sylvia contributes to national, regional magazines and on-line journals. Following her Freelance Writer of the Year award for Writing Magazine, she began work on FOLKLORE OF ESSEX which contributed to Channel 5’s film COUNTY SECRETS.  Sylvia’s book THE WOMAN WRITER, published by the History Press is sold @ the British Library. This history of the Society of Women Writers & Journalists dates from 1894 and includes pioneers who made their mark in journalism, literature & poetry. Sylvia celebrates the centenary of Joyce Grenfell, a former SWWJ president. A chapter is dedicated to Joyce who meanders throughout the book which was reviewed in The Times, other dailies & YouTube. Sylvia is SWWJ’s Archivist. She work with several publishers including on-line specialists.Ebook titles are BRENTWOOD: HISTORIC TOWN & ST MARY MAGDALEN: BILLERICAY, both downloadable via Kindle. later books are kindlised. 2,000 articles are linked to Facebook,Twitter @sylviaakent & Suite 101. Film/audio clips now added.

Sylvia’s 10th book Barking & Dagenham From Old Photographs is selling well.

Sylvia’s Blog is currently 170.000 page views.

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New Town Utopia – Film Director/Producer Christopher Smith talks about his documentary on Basildon

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Joined in the studio by film producer and director, Christopher Smith.

Over the past 2 years Christopher has been developing a documentary film that’s focused on Basildon, called New Town Utopia.  http://modernmovingimage.com/newtownutopia/.  The project is nearing completion.

The film is focused on the importance of creativity, art and culture to the town. All of the New Towns were designed to be ‘hubs’ for art and culture – in Basildon’s case its clear things may not have worked out as planned – and in the film he explores how the town has changed and why. It’s about Basildon but also touches on the roller coaster for many towns outside of major cites in the UK.

Christopher has spent considerable time observing and interviewing people from the town involved in arts and culture from the early days of the town to the present day. The characters in the film include a real range of artists and musicians from the town – from Steve Waters (the puppeteer behind Old Man Stan videos and bane of the local council) to folk and blues musician Phil Burdett, poets Ralph Dartford and Olmo Lazarus and other musicians and players in the early ’80s Towngate/electro scene that spawned Yazoo, Depeche Mode etc.

The film should be completed by the end of this year and will be targeting a run at film festivals around the world and then television broadcast and theatrical release. The documentary is already building a strong audience of fans across social media. The plan is that this  project should show Basildon in a different light and hopefully inspire positive community action (a community outreach programme to work with the film is in the early planning stages).

YOUR CHANCE TO GET INVOLED

Most of the footage has been shot by Christopher and the crew over the past 18 months. However they’ve also begun looking for archive footage or personal footage of people in the town that could help
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Feature documentary NEW TOWN UTOPIA in production:
modernmovingimage.com/newtownutopia
twitter.com/newtownutopia
instagram.com/newtownutopia

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Men’s Health Check – Prostate Cancer Awareness

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Chris Booth the Director of CHAPS will be here each month with a show on Men’s Health Issues. Loaded with information and straight forward talking. This month Chris talks Prostate Cancer Awareness.

PART ONE

PART TWO

WHO ARE CHAPS?

CHAPS is a Men’s Health Charity concerned with all aspects of men’s physical health, mental health and future well-being.  We need such a charity because the health and lifespan of UK men is comparatively so poor, with health statistics lagging behind our neighbours in the western world.

CHAPS raises awareness by producing easy to read booklets, and a “Health Passport” covering all the major men’s health problems.  These are also downloadable from our comprehensive website www.chaps.uk.com.  If men are aware what can go wrong, they may take steps to prevent such problems.

We also run Health Events, usually at football stadia, where we provide FREE testing for heart and stroke risk, aortic aneurysm screening, diabetes, prostate and skin cancer screening.  These events are funded by charity dinners, donations and sponsorship.

http://www.chaps.uk.com/index

01206 321253

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Ray Guns Look Real Enough – coming to the Queens!

Laughter and music merge into one when rock ‘n’ roll comedy double act Rayguns Look Real Enough take to the limelight. Armed with their trusty guitar and tambourine, loveable pals Ryan Beange and Matt Blair will set the stage alight with their hilarious gags and super cool tunes.

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The duo will be appearing at the Queens Theatre in Hornchurch on 28 October and Michelle spoke to Ryan Beange about the act. You can hear the interview again here:

For more details about shows to keep the kids happy during half term, visit the Queens Theatre website.

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Richard Digance Award-winning comedian and folk singer – BOOK NOW to see him at THE QUEENS THEATRE 25th OCTOBER

 

 

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It was a pleasure to interview the awarding Award-winning comedian and folk singer Richard Digance (who thought that I sounded rather posh.. if only for the introduction hahaha).

A great show coming to The Queens Theatre with Richard on Sunday 25 October at 7.30pm.

More about Richard Digance

There are few people who can sing, play guitar and tell stories all at the same time… and even fewer who have supported Steve Martin, the late Robin Williams or duetted with Brian May! With over 40 years in the business, Richard is one of the UK’s most successful entertainers. Armed with great tunes and sharp wit, he promises a unique mix of self-penned songs, rhymes and plenty of hilarious anecdotes from his life in showbiz.

And he’s certainly worked with the heavyweights – from an acoustic set with Status Quo to playing guitar with Queen icon Brian May, not to mention performing alongside The Moody Blues, Chris de Burgh, Marc Cohn and Elkie Brooks to name a few!

Starting out as a BBC comedy writer, Richard went on to support some of the world’s funniest people including superstar comedian Steve Martin in the USA and the late Robin Williams at the London Palladium. And today’s new generation of young comedians truly look up to him, with Ross Noble citing Richard as one of his main influences. Warm and charming, Richard easily engages with any crowd – from an audience of eight in the Falklands to half a million at Knebworth!

This truly multi-talented writer and performer has received a BAFTA nomination as a television entertainer, a Gold Award from the British Academy of Songwriters, a SONY Radio Award and is listed in the Virgin Anthology of Music as an influential writer of comedic songs.  He has also been recently placed amongst The Magnificent Seven of Comedy alongside Tommy Cooper and Bob Monkhouse in a list compiled by The Sunday People.

A skilled wordsmith, younger audiences will know and love Richard from his regular appearances on Countdown’s Dictionary Corner. He has also penned several books, poems, plays and scripts.

GET TICKETS HERE
Sunday 25 October at 7.30pm
Richard Digance
The Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch RM11 1QT
Tube: Hornchurch
Tickets: £16.50 | £20 | £23
Box Office: 01708 443333
Website: queens-theatre.co.uk<http://www.queens-theatre.co.uk/>

 
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Echoic – interview & tracks from their debut EP – Testify

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After what seemed like ages of being a stalker, I finally managed to meet the great lads and lass from the super band Echoic.

I have been playing their single Last Train for ages on my show and completely fell in love with the band sound. Their debut album TESTIFY is out on the 23rd October pre order now https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/testify-ep/id1022046112?ls=1

They are currently on tour across the UK with three dates in London check out the website for more details.

http://www.echoicofficial.co.uk/home

Twitter @EchoicOfficial

Who are Echoic?
Connor John Turner – Lead Vocals
Jack Ford – Guitar
Aaron Iley – Bass
Kera Stewart – Drums
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Interview Part One (sample of Last Train)
Interview Part Two (sample of Burn)
Interview Part Three (sample of My Mind)
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The Book Club (August) with Sylvia Kent

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Sylvia& Michelle (knew I should of brushed my hair!).

Joined in the studio by Sylvia Kent for this months Book Club. We talked about The Chicken & Frog Bookshop and all the great work it continues to provide for the young and old in Brentwood. A truly individual gem of a bookshop, that offers as many adventures in store as books on its shelves.  Sylvia also talked about her newspaper coverage, plus Billericay Readers Circle and more.

Chicken & Frog Book Shop

7 Security House, Ongar Road, Brentwood, Essex CM15 9AT

01277 230068

http://chickenandfrog.com/

 

 BOOK CLUB PART ONE

BOOK CLUB PART TWO

MORE ABOUT SYLVIA KENT

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http://sylviakent.blogspot.co.uk/

Sylvia contributes to national, regional magazines and on-line journals. Following her Freelance Writer of the Year award for Writing Magazine, she began work on FOLKLORE OF ESSEX which contributed to Channel 5’s film COUNTY SECRETS.  Sylvia’s book THE WOMAN WRITER, published by the History Press is sold @ the British Library. This history of the Society of Women Writers & Journalists dates from 1894 and includes pioneers who made their mark in journalism, literature & poetry. Sylvia celebrates the centenary of Joyce Grenfell, a former SWWJ president. A chapter is dedicated to Joyce who meanders throughout the book which was reviewed in The Times, other dailies & YouTube. Sylvia is SWWJ’s Archivist. She work with several publishers including on-line specialists.Ebook titles are BRENTWOOD: HISTORIC TOWN & ST MARY MAGDALEN: BILLERICAY, both downloadable via Kindle. later books are kindlised. 2,000 articles are linked to Facebook,Twitter @sylviaakent & Suite 101. Film/audio clips now added.

Sylvia’s 10th book Barking & Dagenham From Old Photographs is selling well.

Sylvia’s Blog is currently 170.000 page views.

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SUNDAY 20TH SEPTEMBER FRANKIES CAR & VINTAGE MARKET – Alan Mason tells us more!

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Alan Mason is the organiser of Frankie’s Classic Car & Bike Festival with Vintage Market taking place on Sunday 20th September 10am – 4pm.

Alan talks about how he got involved with the hospice and how he came up for the idea for the Festival which is in its 4th year.

Want a great family day out this weekend!

Essential information:

  • Location: Ford Motor Company, Dunton Technical Centre, Laindon, SS15 6EE.
  • Time: 10am-4pm.
  • Public Entry on the day: Adults £5
  • Under 12s free
  • Pre-booked classic vehicles: Cars £8 until 31st May, then £10.
  • Bikes £4 until 31st May, then £5.

 

Love cars? Love vintage markets? Live Music? And keeping the children occupied all day along with great food, beer and more, then pop along to:-

Frankie’s Classic Car & Bike Fest with Vintage Market – 20 September 2015

Our day dedicated to classic cars, bikes, vintage clothing, food, drink, and entertainment for all the family is back for its fourth year.

Join St Francis Hospice at the home of Essex’s motoring heritage, Dunton Technical Centre in Laindon to view our range of vehicles from across the years. Judging and awards will be in the following categories:

Concours cars – for the very best in show Show ‘n’ Shine cars. Split by:

Pre 1958

1958-196

1969-1979

1980-1995

Post 1995 – future classics

Bikes – split by category

 

THE HOSPICE

Saint Francis Hospice is an independent charity and one of the largest adult hospices in the UK. Our team of specialist consultants, doctors, nurses and a range of other health and social care professionals provide care and support to the individuals, their carers and family members, completely free of charge.

We serve the populations of Havering, Brentwood, Barking & Dagenham, Redbridge and West Essex. This year, we need to raise £7.3 million in voluntary income, so every donation from individuals and organisations is important to us. We also have a team of over 800 skilled and committed volunteers who help us keep our costs down and add huge value to the work we do.

https://www.sfh.org.uk/frankie-s-classic-car-and-bike-fest-with-vintage-market

Twitter @SFHUK

 
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Piccola Launches New Website & Celebrates 5 years in Brentwood

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Emma Tonkinson and Molly Howsego from Piccola

Joined in the studio by Emma and Molly from Piccola. Piccola celebrated five years in Brentwood on Saturday, having opened in September 2010, Emma and Molly tell us more about the fantastic range of products.

Piccola has a brand new website, which will enable their worldwide customers to window shop all their beautiful products from their arm chairs.

http://www.piccola.co.uk/

 

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Dave Sherrif live at Queens Theatre Hornchurch 20th September

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Joined on the line by musician DAVE SHERRIF who will be performing at the stunning QUEENS THEATRE on SUNDAY 20TH SEPTEMBER 7.30PM

The multi-talented Dave Sherrif and the versatile Together Band are perform a mix of country music and popular songs. And also performing is the fabulous Carole Gordon.

For tickets Contact http://www.queens-theatre.co.uk/ 01708 4444333

http://www.davesheriff.com/

(Apologies for the interference with the telephone signal during the interview.)

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Shilos Land play tracks from their new EP

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Joined in the studio by Shilos Land. A great bunch of lads with some exciting new music, original and bloody catchy as hell.

Paul Copesteak, Callum Eve and Tony Eve are Shilos Land. We talked about their early music loves, their new EP released on the 25th September and up and coming gigs for 2016 plus much more.

We also got to hear four fantastic track 

Little Miss May

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Keep on Burning Bridges

Get Wild

Interview Part One

 Interview Part Two

Our debut self-titled EP ‘Shilos Land’ will be released digitally on September 25th! On iTunes, Amazon.com, Google Play and TIDAL includes tracks supported by BBC Introducing & Phoenix FM

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 https://www.facebook.com/ShilosLand

Twitter @shilosland

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Your chance to meet the Founder of Street Pastors

 

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Billericay Street Pastor, Noisy Phil, joined me on the line to talk about the exciting up and coming event on September 16th called Word & Worship.

If you are interested in becoming a Street Pastor, Phil will tell you how to get involved.

You can hear the founder of The Street Pastors talk, Les Issac, along with celebration music from Jake Issac

WORDS AND WORSHIP

7.00pm arrival

7.45pm Start

Christian Growth Centre, 4 Handbury Road, Widford Industrial Estate, Chelmsford, Essex. CM1 3AE

www.spiltmilkbookings.com/event or you can purchase tickets via Phil noisyphil@gmail.com

Tickets from £8.00

 

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Steel Magnolias at the Queen’s Theatre

You may remember the 1989 Hollywood blockbuster STEEL MAGNOLIAS – a bittersweet comedy of tears and laughter which starred Julia Roberts, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakisand Sally Field.

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The film has now hit the stage with the Queens’ talented resident company of actors, including Gilian Cally, Tina Gray, Sarah Mahony, Gemma Salter, Claire Storey and Lucy Wells bringing it to audiences in September and October.

Phoenix FM’s Xanthe Bearman spoken to Gilian Cally and you can hear the interview again below:

Fragile as magnolias yet tough as steel, six women share both joy and heartache in this renowned play by Robert Harling – all whilst changing hairstyles and swapping recipes!

Set in the ‘80s in a cosy beauty salon in small-town Louisiana, Steel Magnolias takes us on an emotional ride through the circle of life – all through hilarious, heartfelt everyday conversations.

Sassy beautician Truvy’s regulars include the fiercely protective M’Lynn and her beautiful headstrong daughter Shelby, new-in-town girl Annelle, sharp-tongued Ouiser and former first lady Clairee. All are thrown together in pursuit of looking their best and their bonds of friendship are as strong as steel – seeing them through births, deaths and marriages. Their heartfelt, inspiring stories will make everyone giggle, cry and appreciate the importance of true friends.

Playwright Robert Harling drew from his own Louisiana roots and family experiences when creating Steel Magnolias, which has gone on to become a huge stage and screen triumph. He has also written several successful screenplays including The First Wives Club, Laws of Attraction, Soapdish and Evening Star, the sequel to the famous film Terms of Endearment.

Steel Magnolias is directed by the superbly talented Liz Marsh – Liz previously directed the Queen’s hit Travels with My Aunt. Design is by Dinah England and lighting design by Chris Howcroft.

Steel Magnolias will be performed at the Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, from 18 September – 10 October. Tickets are from £12.50 – £27. Call the Box Office on 01708 443333 or book online at queens-theatre.co.uk.

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PETER TALKS INDEPTH ABOUT THE WORK OF THE HOSPICE & SOME SUPRISING FACTS

FUNDRAISING PLUS UP & COMING EVENTS

Joined in the studio by Peter Stremes: PR & Communications Manager for St Francis Hospice for the monthly update on some cracking up and coming events.

Plus find out how much the hospice has raised at recent fundraisers.

We also talked about the importance of fundraising and the work that the hospice does outside of the hospice caring for people with life limiting conditions in the community.

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Love cars? Love vintage markets? Live Music? And keeping the children occupied all day along with great food, beer and more, then pop along to:-

Frankie’s Classic Car & Bike Fest with Vintage Market – 20 September 2015

Our day dedicated to classic cars, bikes, vintage clothing, food, drink, and entertainment for all the family is back for its fourth year.

Join St Francis Hospice at the home of Essex’s motoring heritage, Dunton Technical Centre in Laindon to view our range of vehicles from across the years. Judging and awards will be in the following categories:

Concours cars – for the very best in show Show ‘n’ Shine cars. Split by:

Pre 1958

1958-196

1969-1979

1980-1995

Post 1995 – future classics

Bikes – split by category

  • Essential information:
  • Location: Ford Motor Company, Dunton Technical Centre, Laindon, SS15 6EE.
  • Time: 10am-4pm.
  • Public Entry on the day: Adults £5
  • Under 12s free
  • Pre-booked classic vehicles: Cars £8 until 31st May, then £10.
  • Bikes £4 until 31st May, then £5.

 

THE HOSPICE

Saint Francis Hospice is an independent charity and one of the largest adult hospices in the UK. Our team of specialist consultants, doctors, nurses and a range of other health and social care professionals provide care and support to the individuals, their carers and family members, completely free of charge.

We serve the populations of Havering, Brentwood, Barking & Dagenham, Redbridge and West Essex. This year, we need to raise £7.3 million in voluntary income, so every donation from individuals and organisations is important to us. We also have a team of over 800 skilled and committed volunteers who help us keep our costs down and add huge value to the work we do.

https://www.sfh.org.uk/frankie-s-classic-car-and-bike-fest-with-vintage-market

Twitter @SFHUK

 

 

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Cam Southcott plays live in the studio

 

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PART TWO

Joined in the studio by violinist Cam Southcott.

Cam performed three tracks live in the studio and talked about his music and musical future.

For more http://camsouthcottmusic.weebly.com/

Twitter @CamSouthcott

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EMB host Michelle Ward plays the violin (first time for everything)

 

Hannah was celebrating her birthday and it was rude not to sing Happy Birthday and send some good wishes on my radio show. As I had Cam Southcott in the studio with his violin I thought I should accompany myself with the violin although I had never played it before.

You will be simply amazed by the ease in which I play and sing at the same time.

Let this musical sensation fill your ears and warm your heart.

I am available for Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs and Company do’s.

 

 

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Community Funding – Brentwood Lighting Up & More

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Councillor William Russell, Chair of Community & Health Committee joined me in the studio to talk about Funding, Brentwood Lighting Up and more.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS Sunday 6th September

Funding

Looking for funding?Share Fund People

Brentwood Borough Council has signed up to GRANTnet to support community groups, organisations and individuals who are seeking funding from both the private and public sector. GRANTnet is a detailed database of thousands of funders. Once registered, you can access the site to carry out your own search. Please contact the Community Services Team if you would like advice or to discuss your funding application.

Brentwood Community Fund

The Council’s Brentwood Community Fund 2015 is now open for applications for a share of £40,300.

Individuals, groups and organisations can apply for grants of up to £3,500 for causes and projects that will improve the quality of life for local people and tackle the issues that they think are important.

The fund, which is in its fourth year, will open on Monday 6th April and will run until Sunday 6th September. The bids will be assessed and reported to the Community Services Committee in November, when a decision on the allocation of funding will be made. Previously it has helped fund a new war memorial in Doddinghurst; go towards buying emergency medical equipment to support the volunteers for Four Parishes First Responders; and money to help youngsters play cricket at Brentwood Cricket Club.

The projects should show they are sustainable long term and firmly support the community-based priorities in the Council’s Corporate Plan 2013-16 under the key themes of:
– Street Scene and Environment
– Localism
– A Prosperous Borough
– Housing, Health and Wellbeing
– A Safe Borough

 

Please find score matrix under publications.

For queries, please contact the Community Services Department on 01277 312500 or email localism@brentwood.gov.uk

http://www.brentwood.gov.uk/index.php?cid=637

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