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Friday Night Extra 29th May 2020 with guest Rob Saggs from CHESS.

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with guest Rob Saggs from CHESS Homeless Charity
Friday Night Extra
Patrick Sherring

Rob Saggs from CHESS joined us this evening on the phone. Rob told us that CHESS seek to relive homelessness and related hardship amongst single adults in Chelmsford and Essex through the provision of support services and temporary accommodation that helps them move on in their lives. There has been considerable public funding to help homeless people during the lockdown. However, he is concerned about the level of the funding and the long-term situation. Rob said if anyone saw a homeless person on the streets they should contact and that will ensure a visit to see the needs that need to be address. CHESS provided 32 bed spaces across the five local authorities where they work. Rob told us about the problems that the charity had with fundraising during this period and the creative ways some people have sought to support the work. More information is available on The work continues to develop and he said there was a big announcement to be made on June 2nd.

Tonight’s playlist.

Sweet Comfort band – The waiting is over

The Seekers – Some day, one day – requested by Phyl

London Grammar – Bitter Sweet Symphony – chosen by Rob

For King & County – Already home – chosen by Rob

Tears for fears – Mother’s talk

Joe Jackson – It’s different for girls – requested by Chris

Eurythmics – Sweet dreams are made of this – requested by Patrick

Micky Wax – Never going to let you go


Gary Booker of Procal Harum – 75 years old today. We heard ‘A whiter shade of pale’.

Francis Ross of Status Quo – 71 today. We enjoyed ‘in the army now’.

Mal Gaynor , drummer in Simple Minds who has also played with many other artist. 61 today. We heard ‘Stars will lead the way’.

Mel B from the Spice Gils, 45 today. We played ‘Mama’.

For the second week running Bob from Harlow was the champion.

Chart this week in 1981

No 1. Adam & the Ants – Stand and deliver.

No 7 Smokey Robinson – Being with you.

No 8. Reo Speedwagon – Keep on loving you

Goodbye Look – I can’t stop

Marvin Gaye – Mercy, mercy me

Sophie Griffiths – Who.

I look forward to your company on June 5th.


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