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The Billericay Christmas Market – Yvonne Kyndt

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

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

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

Yvonne Kyndt

Yvonne Kyndt

You can listen to our chat here –

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

Thanks for the mince pies Yvonne! Num num num.



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Are driverless vehicles really the future of transport?

This photo by KVVU reporter Kathleen Jacob shows a driverless shuttle bus after it collided with a big rig in Las Vegas Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, less than two hours after the automated ride service was launched. Police say no injuries were reported. It's not yet clear what caused the wreck. (Kathleen Jacob/KVVU-TV via AP)

There’s been a lot in the news lately about driverless vehicles, but knowing how easily computers can be hacked, I have to say the whole idea makes me more than a little uneasy.

I’m not sure that I am reassured by the news that the new driverless shuttle, just introduced in a blaze of publicity in Las Vegas, was involved in a crash less than 2 hours after the official launch party and unveiling ceremony.

Before the crash dozens of people had queued up for the free journey into downtown Las Vegas.

The bus, which can hold up to 12 passengers, has an attendant and computer monitor but no steering wheel or brake pedals.

It uses GPS and electronic kerb sensors to navigate the roads.

To be fair the crash was was not the result of any technical fault but was due to a lorry reversing into the bus.

Indeed the shuttle stopped when it sensed the lorry was approaching but the lorry just kept on coming.

Mercifully there were no injuries and the shuttle was able to complete 2 more circuits after the accident. 

Being a Tuesday, Margaret Mills joined me with news of an amazing 19th century woman, Clarissa Bramston and her incredible sketchbook.

If you missed it just click on the link below to hear what Margaret told me: –

See you again next week,

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A real popularity contest


Russian-armored-personnel-carriersWe hear a lot about alleged Russian interference in western elections but news has just emerged about what you need to do if you want to stand for a governor’s position in Russia – and it’s truly bizarre.

Seemingly President Putin just had a clear out of old governors to make way for new blood as it seems he wants to ensure that vigorous loyalists are in place to pave the way for smooth presidential elections in March.

But anyone thinking of applying might want to think carefully as two hopefuls have just revealed that they were expected to lie down as armoured personnel carriers were driven over them!

They also had to make parachute jumps, throw hand grenades, and fire pistols and automatic weapons.

Three of the candidates pulled out after the parachute jumps with leg injuries, and another with a bad back. Apparently the jumps were designed for guys weighing 60-70 kg, but some participants weighed in at 100 kg (16 stone).

So if the Russians really are trying to interfere with elections in the west, perhaps they could have arranged for “THE DONALD” to have been driven over by an armoured personnel carrier and chucked out of an aircraft.

Now that would really have been something!

Meanwhile from India comes news of the woman who caused uproar on a plane after she unlocked her husband’s phone, by using his thumbprint whilst he slept and discovered he was having an affair.

Phone thumbprint 

The ensuing fracas caused the plane to have to make an emergency landing as even the efforts of all the flight attendants failed to subdue her from kicking and punching her other half.

The winner of that popularity contest has yet to be revealed.

See you again tomorrow,

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More explosive vegetables!

Yesterday we told you about the award-winning vegetable grower who was raided by the security services as a result of his bulk purchases of fertilizer and other materials.

Today the boot was on the other foot as we had news of an 81-year old German man who thought he’d unearthed a World War II bomb in his garden.

giant corgette

But instead of an unexploded device, bomb disposal officers who had evacuated the area surrounding the 81-year old’s property, discovered that the suspect ordinance was in fact a particularly large courgette, which measured around 40 cm in length and weighed in at around 5kg.

Being a Tuesday, Margaret Mills joined me today to discuss a terrible railway accident which occurred close to Seven Arches Bridge on 19th September 1850.

Listen again here to what Margaret told me today: –

See you again next week,

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Growth is the word!


IMG_0822I was joined today by DAVID ROOKE, the locations director of INVEST ESSEX.

As the name implies, INVEST ESSEX are deeply committed to encouraging businesses to make their base in the county and to do whatever they can to provide help, encouragement and advice.

Listen again here to what David told me about the practical assistance they can offer: –

If you’d like to know more why not take a look at their website or contact them on Twitter via @investessex. All their key personnel are also available via Linkedin.

And sticking to growth of a different kind, in the second hour of today’s show, we heard about the award-winning vegetable grower, John Handrahan-Cook, who was mightily surprised when his house was raided and thoroughly searched by terror police.

Giant marrow

Apparently alarm bells started ringing as a result of his bulk buying of explosive fertilisers and other materials he uses to grow his giant carrots, parsnips, 70 lb marrows and 29 inch long runner beans.

Heaven alone knows what they taste like but his purchases certainly left the security services with a nasty taste in their mouths!

See you again tomorrow,


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Billericay’s Big Switch On

Jo Clark and Deborah Tonkiss from Billericay Town Council came in to talk to Eric James about the Christmas Lights Switch On, taking place on 19 November, and other events in Billericay.

Billericay Town lights

You can hear the interview again here:

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A real tearaway!

Geneva AirportToday we reported on the 7-year old girl who managed to board the one-stop train from the centre of Geneva to the local airport, where she succeeded in boarding an EasyJet flight to Ajaccio in France.

Apparently she gave her father the slip whilst they were walking round the centre of Geneva where she boarded the train link to the airport.

Her first attempt to board an aircraft was foiled when she attempted to follow airline crew for an Air France flight.

But unfazed by this initial setback, although unaccompanied and having no tickets or passport, she made it through security to the departure lounge, where she successfully bypassed the usual path through the departure gate by slipping into a passage accessible only to a child of her size and boarded an EasyJet flight to Corsica where took a seat unchallenged on the aircraft.

You might think that the authorities might be feeling a bit contrite over the apparent failure of security measures – but not a bit of it!

Whilst describing the incident as “extremely regrettable”, an official said that passport control was not obligatory in the European Schengen area, and that the girl had gone through security checks by “taking advantage of her small size” and had apparently managed to give the impression she was with adults who were passing [the checks] in front or behind her!

So there you have it.

It was not our fault!

In the second hour of today’s show I was joined once more by Margaret Mills who provided us with a look at the history of Gilwell Park, near Ongar which is currently home to the Scout Movement.

Gilwell Park !

Listen again here to what Margaret told me today: –

See you once more next week,

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More about tenancy agreements

I was joined once again today by BRIAN HUGHES, consultant solicitor of Shenfield based solicitors, Rainer Hughes.

Service Charges in leases

On recent visits Brian has tackled subjects relating to Management and Service charges and today he returned to the related issue of Service Charges paid by Tenants who own Leasehold Properties.

Listen again here to what Brian had to say on this subject: –

Later on today’s programme we heard about the confusion which resulted from the name of a nightclub being visited by a group of guys in South Wales.Pryzm Nightclub

They had booked a cab to take them to PRYZM in Cardiff, but unfortunately their taxi driver delivered them to Cardiff Prison!


See you again tomorrow,

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Cherish your freedom!



I was joined today by local authoress, FIONA BOWMAN, who’s book “DID I WAKE YOU, PET?” was published just yesterday.

You could be forgiven for being slightly mislead by the title, as the book is actually a particularly harrowing  autography about her life when she was suffering from Domestic Abuse at the hands of her then husband.

Since those years, FIONA has turned her life around to become managing director of Dysart 57 Ltd., as well as Interim Head of Facilities at Saferplaces Domestic Abuse Charity in Hertfordshire and Essex and in her spare time, Fiona is also a keen choral singer, guitarist, painter and traveller. 

Listen again here to what Fiona had to tell me today: –

If you, or if you believe, that anyone you know, might be suffering from abuse, get them to call the SAFER PLACES HELPLINE on 03301 025811 – this is a local FREEPHONE number.

Later in the programme, we heard another call for freedom, this time, though, political freedom, and from fairly close to home too – Canvey Island in fact.

Yes lead by the Canvey Island Independence party, the island is trying to wrest back control of it’s own destiny which they lost to Castle Point Borough Council in 1973.

Canvey Is independence

Ironically the Canvey Island Independence party actually holds no less than 15 of the 17 seats on the island itself but they find themselves continually outvoted by the 24 other councillors on Castle Point Borough Council from the mainland.

They were especially upset by the remarks of one councillor who is reported to have described the Island as “a wart on the landscape”, whilst a prominent local businessman, attended a business lunch at which one speaker referred to Canvey as the “biggest open prison in England”, which he felt was a bit rich given that the island is apparently home to more multi millionaires, than anywhere else nearby.

Well there you have it.

See you again soon,

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