Billericay Street Pastors are part of a group of Christian volunteers from local churches who provide non-judgemental care and support to people using Billericay Town Centre on Friday and Saturday nights. Groups of Street Pastors can be found in many towns around the country. Phil told us how the Billericay group was established, the training undertaken by volunteers and the kind of support they give to people. Now permanently based in The Hub in the High Street, their role has changed slightly since prior to the Covid 19 pandemic. At this time a lot of the activity is listening to people. As the night time economy opens more, the anticipation is that more practical help will be needed. Walking along the High Street in groups of three, the Street Pastors offer practical assistance, with one available to phone anyone or emergency services. With trained first aiders, they have often been able to deal with small issues. There are thirty six in the team, with tow people having joined recently. Phil gave an open invitation to anyone from any local church to come along and experience a night shadowing the street pastors. For more information contact @billericay.street pastors , email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jon Batiste – Tell the truth – from his 2021 album – We are.
Jean Michel-Jarre – Oxygen part 4. UK no 4 and Top 10 in 6 more European countries in 1978.
Matt Redman – 10,000 reasons. Chosen by Phil as a great song of faith. Do check out the videos of live performances in Trafalgar Square in London and Times Square in New York.
Phil Harris – The bare necessities. From the soundtrack of The Jungle Book. Chosen by Phil who loves singing along to this track, as he demonstrated in the studio. He particularly loves the words relating to what we really need in life.
Soft Cell – Tainted love – Phil chose this 1981 No 1 in seventeen countries, including the UK. He sees this as a song about putting life back together after something has gone wrong.
Graham Jones from Haircut 100 celebrated his 60th birthday. We heard the 1982 UK no 9, Fantastic day.
John Keeble, drummer with Spandau Ballet, is 62 years of age. We hear 1983s UK no 1 and USA no 4 True.
Heuy Lewis , lead singer and harmonica player with his band, Heuy Lewis and the News, was born on July 5th 1950., making him 71 years old. We heard The Power of love from the soundtrack of Back to the future. A USA no 1 and UK no 11.
Heuy Lewis then and now.
Phil in the studio was our winner this week, with one correct answer and two the closest. Drive time presenter Stewart was second. This week Patrick from Ingatestone did not feature on the scoreboard. I sure he will regain his crown soon.
Mike Lindup – Time to let go – a new release from the Level 42 keyboard player.
Cat Dowling – Freedom – a new release.
Chart this week
No 1 Olivia Newton John & ELO – Xanadu. Title track from the film of the same name. A UK no 1 and topped the charts in several countries. The only UK no 1 for ELO. Geoff Lynn said that this was his favourite song of all those he had written.
No 8. Korgies – Everybody’s got to learn sometime. One of only two UK chart tracks for the band. They released two tracks in 2020 and also have released two tracks in 2021.
No 9. Bob Marley – Could you be loved.
Joni Mitchel – Free man in Paris – from her 1974 album Court and spark.
Hot Chocolate – You win again. Patrick requested this 1977 track, Hot Chocolate’s only UK no 1.
Sophie Griffiths – It must be love – her new version of the Labi Siffre song that was also a hit for Madness.
ABBA – Money, money, money. An appropriate track as the album ABBA Gold passes 1,000 weeks on the UK album chart.
Focus – Sylvia
Join me next week when my first hour guest is local singer Sophie Griffiths.
In the second hour Paul Hamilton will tell us why he asked people to sponsor Water Aid instead of buying him birthday presents.