Friday Night Extra 11.6.21 with Ian Kemble from the Brentwood School’s Christian Worker Trust.

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with Ian Kemble from the Brentwood School’s Christian Worker Trust.
Friday Night Extra
Patrick Sherring

Ian gave an update on the work of the trust as Christians serving schools in Brentwood for thirty years. This involves taking assemblies, lessons, giving pastoral support, running lunchtime clubs, providing prayer spaces and praying for the local schools. There are well established projects around Christmas, Easter and for year six, moving on to secondary schools. The pandemic has meant the staff team of eight and the forty volunteers learning new skills to adapt to the situation. The trust continued to work with schools during this time. including going in to schools to provide pastoral support.  The videos have been well received. All the videos, together with more information about the trust and how to be involved through volunteering, supporting and prayer support, can be found at

Tonight’s playlist

Gerry Rafferty – Get it right next time – from the 1979 album Night Owl. A USA no 21 single and a UK no 30.

Simon Park Orchestra – Eye level – Phyl requested this UK no 1 that was the theme form the Thames Television Netherland’s based detective series, Van der Valk. This surprise hit sold over a million 45 rpm singles and was the 12th best selling single of the 1970s in the UK.

Chosen by Ian

Coldplay – Higher Power

Switchfoot – Hope in the Anthem

Curtis Mayfield – Move on up


Gary U.A. Bonds, born Gary Levone Anderson, had his first USA chart hit in 1960 and his last in 1981. We heard the 1981 no 11  and UK no 43- This little girl. He celebrated his 82nd birthday.

Doris Pearson was a member of the pop group Five Star. They had 4 Top 20 albums and 15 Top 40 singles. In 1987 they received the Brit Award for Best British group. We heard the 1986 UK no 3 System Addict. Doris was 55 years old during the week.

David Whyte, guitarist from the late 1980s boy band Brother Beyond was 56 years old this week. We heard the UK no 2 and Ireland no 1 The harder I try. 

Regular contestants Bob and Chris in Harlow and Patrick in Ingatestone were joined by Ian in the studio.

Ian gave the closest answer for Gary U.S. Bonds with two years out. Both Patrick and Chris were two years out with Doris Pearson. Patrick gave the correct age for David Whyte. Well done to this week’s winner Patrick and to everyone who took part.

Crosby, Stills & Nash – Teach your children well- from the 1970 album Dejavu – introspection. 

Jason Mraz – Best friend. Track from the album I Yes which charted at No 2 in USA and No 8 in the UK.

Lauren Diagel – You say. This track spent an astonishing 129 weeks at no 1 on the USA Hot Christian songs. It won the 2019 Grammy award for Best Christian Music performance/song.

David Bowie – Ashes to Ashes – requested by regular listener Patrick. Recorded in February 1980, Bowie said of this track that it was “wrapping up the seventies”.UK no 1, Top 10 in six more countries. From the album Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) which was no 1 in UK, France, Australia, New Zealand and no 12 in USA.

Chart this week in 

No 1. Rod Stewart – I don’t want to talk about it. The controversy around this track was because it was sold as a discount single. It has been said this was to ensure that the Sex Pistols, God Save the Queen did not top the cart during the week of the Silver Jubilee. This track peaked at no 2.

No 11 Marvin Gaye – Got to give it up. This track toped the charts in the USA and peaked at no 7 in the UK.

No 13 ELO –Telephone line. A UK no8, USA no 7 and a no 1 in Canada and New Zealand.

George Benson – Never give up on a Good thing. One of the tracks chosen by Paul Carr when he was a guest on the show.

Sophie Griffiths – Whole – a self-penned track by singer/songwriter Sophie from Ingatestone. Over the years she has been a regular guest on the show. You can find live performances from Sophie in the studio on the show archive.

Tome Jones – Lord help the poor and needy. Form the 2010 album Praise and blame. 

George Martin – Theme 1 (electronic version).

Thanks to everyone who has been involved in the Friday shows over the last ten years. We started with 10 – midnight and after a few years moved to 8-10pm. There have been hundreds of guests from the local community and beyond. These have ranged from school children to Bishops, charities to social action projects, authors to musicians performing live. There are archived showblogs, many with full recordings, that are available.

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