Friday Night Extra 30th October 2020 with guest Sarah Wilson from the Retreat House Pleshey.

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with guest Sarah Wilson from the Retreat House Pleshey.
Friday Night Extra
Patrick Sherring

Sarah Wilson from the Retreat House at Pleshey joined me tonight to talk about the house and all that happens there to enable people to connect with God. The told us that the small village, only a few miles north of Chelmsford, is surrounded by beautiful countryside. The house, built in the 1920s is on a site that had been used for prayers previously. Evelyn Underhill is associated with the house and use to hold retreats at the house. A book of prayers written by Evelyn, based on a journal discovered in a charity shop, was published two years ago and contains many references to Pleshey. Modernised in recent times, the house regularly hosts individual and group retreats. Under the restrictions at the moment, it is still open for individuals to stay in en-suite rooms, with full board. Retreats are now available on Zoom, with two 3 day retreats and 1 one day retreat in November. More details can be found at or phoning 01245 237251 and speak to Sarah or Jo.

Tonight’s playlist
Paul Carrick – These days
Carpenters – Close to you – requested by Phyl
Kings College Choir Cambridge – When I survey the wonderous cross – chosen by Sarah
Gary Barlow – God – chosen by Sarah. He suggested that we listen to the words.

Bill Whelan – Caracena – the track she danced down the isle to at her wedding.

Birthdays this week

Drake, who celebrated his 34th birthday this week. We heard his duet with Michael Jackson – It doesn’t matter to me

Billy Wyman was 84 this week. We heard the former Rolling Stones base players band play Chicken shack bugie.

Bill now and back in the early days of the Rolling Stones.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Pete Sanders/REX/Shutterstock (142617k)

Perry Lee Tavares. The youngest of the Tavares brothers as 64 this week. We heard their 1977 track – More than a woman.

Chris, Bob and Sarah all had one point this week, so were joint winners.

Coldplay – Adventures of a lifetime. Bob requested a Coldplay track and sang along at home.

Cher, Chrissie Hynde, Neneh Cherry & Eric Clapton – LOve can build a bridge. Patrick requested this UK no 1 and 1995 Children in Need single.

Chart this week in

No 1 Jennifer Rush – The power of love – the best selling single in the year in the UK.


No 4 Elton John Nikkita

No 20 Kate Bush – Cloudbursting. This was the highest position in the UK for this track. The best placing internationally was at mo. 6 in Poland.

Stevie Wonder – Village Ghetto land – from the 1976 LP – Songs in the key of life.

Sophie Griffiths – Keep your love

Red Rum Club – Eleanor

Join me next week when my guest is Eve Rodgers from Christians Against Poverty in Brentwood.

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