Friday Night Extra 23.10.20 with Fr. Andy Smith and Sophie Griffiths.

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with Fr. Andy Smith and Sophie Griffiths.
Friday Night Extra
Patrick Sherring

Fr. Andy Smith from Hutton and the C. of E. Area Dean of Brentwood joined me this evening. He talked about growing up in a Christian family in the north east of England, where by his late teens he was running groups in church. He married Alice and they moved to Essex. Andy worked as a youth worker in Billericay whilst simultaneously studying for the ordained ministry through St. Melitus college in London. His curacy was in Basildon, where he found engagement with the wider community particularly enriching. His training incumbent left after two years, leaving Andy for a year running the church. Three years ago he moved to Hutton to be the Priest-in-charge of St. Paters & All Saints Hutton. Recently he became the local Area Dean. He spoke passionately about the work of the church during lockdown as a venue for the distribution of food to those in need. They are also serving meals on Tuesday and Friday lunchtimes. He also spoke of the importance of using technology for maintaining services during lockdown. Andy felt the most important lesson from the lockdown experience was realising what was really important.

Tonight’s playlist
Justin Hayward – Forever Autumn
Kinks – Autumn almanac – Phyl requested a track with an autumnal theme.
Spindoctors – Princes – chosen by Andy.
U2 – Get out of your own way – chosen by Andy. He noted that this 2017 track showed the depth of Bono’s lyrics.
Red Rum Club – Eleanor – these are a band Andy described as “fun” that he discovered during lockdown.

Birthdays Quiz. Musicians who celebrated their birthdays this week. Andy played, as did Patrick in Ingatestone and Chris & Bob, having a half term break in Suffolk.

Steve Lukather, a founding member of Toto. Also a session musician who has played on over 1,500 tracks. Steve celebrated his 63rd birthday this week.

Danni Minogue was 49 years old this week. We heard her version of the song Let me show you the way to go.

Joe Egan, a founder member of Stealers Wheel with Gerry Rafferty. We heard their 1973 track Stuck in the middle with you. Joe was 74 years old this week.

Our winner tonight was Patrick, with Andy and Chris also scoring a point.

OMD – Souvenir – this 1981 UK no 3 was requested by Patrick.

We were joined on the phone by Ingatestone-based singer Sophie Griffiths. She told us that she had written her new song ‘Keep your love’ during lockdown. The track is available from today.

Chart this week in

No 1 as part of the 45 rpm’s record breaking 16 weeks at the top spot, Bryan Adams, everything I do, I do it all for you. The track was No 1 in at least 16 countries.

No 15 Enya – Caribbean dream

No 19 Queen – The show must go on – the last track recorded by Freddie Mercury before his passing.

Tom Petty – The last DJ.

Spencer David Group – Keep on Running – RIP Spencer Davis who passed away this week at the age of 81 years,

REO Speedwagon – Keep on loving you

Lauren Diagle – Inevitable.

Join me next week when my guest is Sarah Wilson, the Pleshey Retreat House acting manager.

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