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Friday Night Extra 22nd May 2020 with guest Canon Paul Hamilton.



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With guest Paul Hamilton
Friday Night Extra
Patrick Sherring


Canon Paul talked about how churches were ministering during lockdown in ways that were seeking to help meet the needs of people. He reminded us that the national foodbank scheme is run by the Trussel Trust, a Christian organisation. Locally some churches are involved in helping people with food distribution. Worship continues through the use of technology and people are remembering that the word church comes form a Greek word meeting the gathering of people, not a building. Many clergy have been involved with those who have lost loved ones and helping them organise appropriate commemorations. There are schemes also tackling isolation, particular with those who are elderly. Many of the Primary sector schools locally are Church of England schools that have been open for children of key workers and vulnerable children since lockdown began., Clergy are involved in the discussions concerning re-opening to more pupils. Paul also talked about how lots of us were discovering in lock-down that we are meant to be human-beings, not “human-doings”.
Tonight’s playlist
The Goodbye Look – I can’t stop – an exclusive play of the local band’s new track, released next Friday.
Bette Midler – Wind beneath my wings – requested by Phyl
John Lennon – Imagine – Paul chose this track, recalling sitting in the memorial garden to John Lennon, Strawberry Fields, in Central Park NYC.
Prince – Nothing Compares 2 U -Paul has been a big fan of Prince and told of visiting his home, open to the public after his death, and sitting at Prince’s piano. See the picture above.
U2 – Sometimes you can’t make it on your own – Paul said that this track is Bono’s homage to his father and the importance of their relationship.


David Pickthall Big Band – Music to drive by.
Sophie Griffiths – Whole – released for you to buy today.
AHA – Take on me – requested by Patrick. No 1 in 11 countries in 1986. The video won six awards.
Birthdays today.

Bernie Taupin, 70 years old today. Bernie is the long time collaborator with Elton John, writing the lyrics. We played Goodbye yellow brick road.

Jerry Dummers 65 today. Jerry was a member of The Specials and founder of Two Tone Records. The lyrics of Ghost Town appeared appropriate for now.

Morrisey 61 today. Front man of The Smiths and a solo artist. We heard the title track of Suedehead, his first solo album.

Patrick in Ingatestone, Bob in Harlow and Chris also in Harlow, played tonight guessing their ages. Bob was our champion this week.

Beach Boys – Then I kissed her – requested by champion Bob.

Chart this week in 1973.

No 1. Wizzard – See my baby jive

No 4 Dawn featuring Tony Orlando – Tie a yellow ribbon

No 18 Stevie Wonder – You are the sunshine of my life

Alison Krauss – Gravity

Lauren Diagle – Look up child

Lady Antebellum – What if I never get over you ?

Join me next week when my guest is Rob Saggs from Chess. Rob will tell us about how the work of the charity has been affected by the present situation.

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