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Claire Mackaness from Beautiful Things talks Crochet for Mental Health

Michelle Ward chats to Claire Mackaness from Beautiful Things.

Joined in  the studio by Claire Mackaness from Beautiful Things to talk about the recent funding from Brentwood Council under the Community Fund to help people with their mental health through crochet.


Mayor of Brentwood & Do Good in Brentwood Campaign – Talk Childrens Photography Competition


Joined in the studio by The Mayor of Brentwood, William Russell and Do Good in Brentwood Campaign Director, Villeen.

Do Good in Brentwood –  Share some kindness in your local community by following the campaign, giving us some likes and getting involved.  

Children’s Photography Competition – Check Facebook link for details.

Have you entered your child’s photo into our Children’s Photography Competition yet? One of the things we’re looking for in a new Facebook/Twitter cover image is Community Spirit, so here are some ideas for the kids:

💗 Take a photo of your favourite group of people that Do Good In Brentwood – maybe organisers at Brentwood junior parkrun or a team of staff at your favourite restaurant or shop,
💗 Take a photo of people in your local community who support each other and stick together – volunteers at Beavers, Cubs or Scouts, or even your neighbours,
💗 Take a photo of people enjoying themselves at a local event.


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Recruiter, Penny Hollington talks Apprenticeships & Interview Practice Assessment Days



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

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

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

On this months show Penny discusses:-

  • Apprenticeships
  • Brentwood School Careers Convention
  • Interview Practice Assessment Days

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

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

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

We offer…

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

More Darwin Award winners!

I was once again honoured to be deputising for the fantastic MICHELLE WARD today.

As on recent occasions when deputising for Michelle, I took the chance to look at some of the various Darwin Award winners.

Now just in case you have not previously heard of the DARWIN AWARDS, these awards are doled out posthumously to those unfortunates who have met their end through their own crass stupidity.

Our first award winner today was SCOTT McKIMMIE who’s purple Volkswagen Cabriolet would not be considered roadworthy by most people, but to a handy mechanic a flaw can be considered a security feature.

Early on a Tuesday morning outside The Phoenix pub in Corby, the 39-year-old started his 1998 Cabriolet in his usual unusual manner — he put the car in gear and reached beneath the bonnet and touched two wires together to create an ignition spark.

Unfortunately he failed to remember that he had not put the handbrake on.

To make matters worse he had modified the vehicle to run with a fast idle to prevent stalling.

As black wire touched red wire the engine turned over and started, and the car lurched forward and knocked him over.

Due to the fast idle the vehicle continued on its merry way, inflicting 36 “separate injuries” on the unfortunate man as it kept going and going.

As demonstrated in a police investigation video shown subsequently in court, the engine modifications allowed the car to move forward without stalling when it was in first, second or third gear!

Coroner Anne Pember recorded a verdict of accidental death with this summary: “It is quite clear that the cause of this tragedy was the unusual starting method Mr. McKimmie used to start his car.

Keeping to a transport theme we next looked at a duo of intoxicated Dutchmen who met their end by putting their extra “DUTCH COURAGE” to the test up against an intercity express train.

One of our “would-be” heroes lay down between the tracks, confident that the entire train would pass over him. His less confident friend merely knelt down next to the track and kept his head as close as possible to where he thought the train’s profile would be.

As the duo subsequently discovered the 130 km/h train that came down the track some seconds later was both lower and wider than they thought.

Shame about that!

Our final contender today met his end much more peacefully – in the process of voting in an election no less.


A contentious issue in Canada during the 2015 elections was whether or not, voters whose faces were fully covered were eligible to vote. 

In the weeks leading up to the election scattered protesters covered their heads in various clever ways to attract the attention of the media.

On Federal Election Day itself, many joined the protest and hid their faces at the polls.

In Montreal, a 24-year-old voter took the blue ribbon by appearing at his polling station with a plastic bag over his head!

During the 45-minute wait the protestor fainted, leading to death from “respiratory complications.”

He did not vote!

See you again soon,

Actor/Vocalist Spencer Carter talks Harry Potter, Mission Impossible & Tiptoe Stage School



Joined in the studio by Actor/Singer/Teacher, Spencer Carter.

Spencer has an impressive body of work from TV’s EastEnders, films such as Mission Impossible, Harry Potter  to stage Les Misérables.

He is also came in to talk the fantastic TIPTOE Stage School which gives children and adults the chance to learn acting, dancing, singing from as little as £3.00 per class.

Many of TIPTOE students have gone on to work in film, TV and stage.

Over the years the school has focused on providing inclusive learning and training in all areas of performing arts. All teachers fully qualified, home grown and are now industry professionals.



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Essex Book Festival’s Seona Ford joins Sylvia Kent for this months Book Club

Delighted to be joined in the studio by regular Sylvia Kent with February Book Club. This months guest is Seona Ford Chair of The Essex Book Festival.


Born and bred in Essex of Scottish parents, Seona has spent much of her career working in education in the county. Throughout her life she has nurtured and developed a tremendous interest in books and writing. She belongs to several literary societies, writes poetry and is very proud to be Chair of Essex Book Festival.


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.


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Calling all PROG ROCK FANS – TAMARISK are back! New album, Launch Gig 3rd March

Joined in the studio by Andy Grant of TAMARISK to talk about their new album BREAKING THE CHAINS and the album launch gig on the 3rd March at Chinnerys (Southend).

Andy Grant talks about the band, the album and the incredible Essex musicians, producer and reuniting the band after a 30 year break.


The Gig 3rd March 2018

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ALL TOGETHER NOW – JOHNNY MACK wows Gerry Halliwell on the BBC hit show

Joined in the studio by singer/songwriter, JOHNNY MACK.

Besides writing and performing his original music, Johnny is one of the UK’s leading George Michael Tribute acts and travels all over the UK and the world with his excellent show.

This authentic high energy Tribute Show dedicated to the Music of George Michael, this show has it all… The Looks, The Voice, The Moves.

This weekend Johnny is on the BBC taking part in their new music show ALL TOGETHER NOW, hosted by Gerry Halliwell. Tune in on Saturday to see how he got on!



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Brentwood Children’s Literary Festival – July 2018

Natasha, owner of the CHICKEN AND FROG Independent Book Shop on Ongar Road, came in to talk about The Brentwood Children’s Literary Festival which is taking place in July 2018.

There will be lots of events over the course of a week with some events free and others at a maximum of £3.00 per child.



Olivia-Jayne – 16 year old singing sensation in interview & live acoustic performance

Joined in the studio by 16 year old singer Olivia-Jayne.

Olivia-Jayne performed two live songs along with her guitarist Nick and also talked about her life studying performing arts, her travelling adventure and hopes/dreams for the future.

Olivia-Jayne has a huge social media following and you can find her videos and songs on You Tube & Spotify as well as regular updates on Twitter.












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