One 2 Three Friday 13th of August 2021 with guest Jan Brandis from Ingatestone Brownies.

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with guest Jan Brandis from Ingatestone Brownies.
One 2 Three
Patrick Sherring

Jan said that she had joined the Ingatestone Brownies when she was aged seven years and never left. She will be receiving an award for fifty years of leadership of a the group. She told us how the group had met on Zoom lockdown. An activity during that time had been to put a rainbow card through the door on anyone they knew in their street who was on their own. One of the Brownie badges needed the girls to name fifty things that fly, so Jan invited a pilot to talk with the girls. He was amazed at the intelligence of their questions. Jan talked about the wide range of skills that the girls develop when they attend the groups. She is also very keen for them to have an input on what they would like to do. Recently they said they wanted to learn to fly kites. With the use of the internet to provide videos of instructions, the girls made kites and then flew them, much to their delight.  Jan reminded us that Brownie and Guides leaders are all volunteers. In Ingatestone the Guides group is no longer active, and Jan said how wonderful it would be if new leaders came forward. More information can be found at,uk For information about have a a group can be join, click on want to join. For anyone who would like to be involved in leadership, click on want to help.


Justin Wellington featuring Small Jam – Iko Iko – chosen last week by guest Sally Croft as one of her three tracks.

Stevie Wonder – Marsterblaster – this USA no 1 and UK no 2 came from the 1980 album Hotter than July.

Elton John – Rocketman – chosen by Jan. She had seen him at a small gig in Edmonton at the beginning of his career.  Elton sat at his piano and everyone sat in a circle around hi,. She has seen him in concert on at least six more occasions, including at his most recent appearance at Highlands House.

Madness – Our house – Jan chose this track because each year the Brownies have a residential week in north Essex. Here they turn a village hall into “our house”.

Simply Red – Something got me started. Chosen by Jan because of family memories.

The Friday teaser

Shawn Mendes celebrated his twenty third birthday. 

Shawn Mendes celebrated his 23rd birthday. We heard his UK no 1 Stitches from 2014, which he recorded when he was sixteen years old.


Chris Foreman, guitarist  with Madness, with the rest of the band in 1980.

Guitarist Chris Foreman of the band Madness, shown in his trademark bowler hat, is 60. (Getty Images: Jo Hale)

Chris recently celebrated his 65th birthday. We heard the 1979 track – One step beyond.

Jacqueline O’Sullivan from Bananarama was 61 years old. We heard the charity single with French and Saunders – Help. 

Today’s winner was Jan in the studio. Her outstanding performance included working out correctly the age of Chris Foreman.

John Batiste – Tell the truth – from his 2021 album We are.

Harry Chapin – Cats in the cradle – a USA no from 1974 and a Grammy Award winning song.

Everything but the girl – Missing – requested by Patrick. We eventually received his answers for the Friday Teaser. He would not have beaten Jan.

Ramsey Lewis – Wade in the water.

Chart this week in 

On August 14th 1967 all the pirate radio ships, apart from Radio Caroline became illegal under the Marine Offences Act and ceased broadcasting. We featured tracks they would have played in the DJs final shows.

No 1. Scott McKenzie – San Francisco. The unofficial anthem of flower power.

No 2. The Beatles – All you need is love. A world wide hit after being featured in the One World tv show, thefist to be broadcast live around the world with performances from any countries.

No 16. Nancy Sinatra  –You only live twice. John Barry wrote the music for this Bond theme and leslie Bricusse the lyrics. Film producer Cubby Broccoli wanted his friend Frank Sinatra to record the track. Frank suggested his daughter Nancy.

Dave Edmunds – Queen of hearts. This UK no 11 from 1979 is particularly like d by Chris, a regular listener to the podcast.

Sophie Griffiths – It must be love. Check out the podcast of the recent show featuring Sophie. There are many shows with Sophie as a guest in the podcast archive, including some where she is singing live.

Deodato – Also Sprach Zarathustra.

Join me next week when my guest is Tim Lee Licensed Lay Minister from St. Giles church Mountnessing. He will be telling us about the open day at the church on the Bank Holiday Monday 2-5pm..


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