One 2 Three Friday 14.1.22 with Revd. Julie Hardy taking about on-line Alpha Course.

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with Revd. Julie Hardy taking about on-line Alpha Course.
One 2 Three
Patrick Sherring

Revd. Julie Hardy  from Bentley Common, Kelvedon Hatch and Navestock C of E churches talked about the online Alpha course beginning on 26th of January.  The course seeks to explore life, faith and meaning. The churches had run an on-line version of this course last year which had proved successful.  Revd. Julie said this enabled people to attend the course from their own homes, not having to travel and sometimes even to turn off the camera but still engage. Most of last year’s participants were local, but one came from Corringham. She emphasised that anyone could join the course, regardless of where they lived. 

Revd. Julie said that though the three churches all had the same Vicar, their styles of worship were very different. At St. Paul’s Bentley Common there is a worship band. At St. Nicholas Kelvedon Hatch there is an organist. St. Thomas Navestock has services using the Book of Common Prayer. The Sunday services across the churches are timed so that Revd. Julie can be involved with them all every week. She spoke about her calling to the ministry, where she had laughed at people who made the suggestion that she should be ordained. With her husband in the 1990s they had run a wedding video business and she never dreamed that she would end up on the other side of the camera! She told of a number of instances where she felt nudged towards ordination. This included attending a service where a Roman Catholic Priest mentioned in his homily the local building where Anglican clergy were trained. After the service she asked him why he referred to this college? His answer was that he just felt he had to mention it that day. Julie considered this was a message to her and it was where she eventually trained for the ministry.

More information about the three churches can be found at


Jason Mraz – Good old daze

Dreamgirls soundtrack – Patience

ELO – Mr. Blue sky – chosen by Revd Julie as a song she likes to hear when she is driving.

ABBA – Dancing Queen – chosen by Revd. Julie.

Coldplay – A sky full of stars – chosen by Revd. Julie. This track reminds her of family holidays.

Friday Teaser

Mary J. Blige celebrated her 51st birthday. We heard her version of the classic Elton John track – Sorry seams to be the hardest word.

Dan Fagen, best known as a founder member of Steely Dan was recently 74 years old. We heard the track from 1974 – Rikki don’t loose that number. 


Above Jimmy Page as a member of the Yardbirds in 1966.


Jimmy Page in Led Zepplin.

Below Jimmy Page in 2021.


Jimmy Page OBE. He recently celebrated his 76th birthday.

In a competition where almost all the answers were close. Bob in Harlow was correct with the age of Mary J Blige. Chris in Harlow was the closest with the age of Donald Fagen, one year out. Patrick in Ingatestone was correct with the age of Jimmy Page. This made Bob and Patrick joint winners. Julie in the studio was close with all her guesses and could possibly have won on some other weeks. Thanks to them all for taking part.

RAH Band featuring Bella Hutton – One day we will smile again.

Remembering Ronnie Spector RIP. Two tracks from the Ronettes with Ronnie on lead vocals. Be my baby – 22nd in Rolling Stone 500 Greatest songs of All time 2020 edition. No 1 in Billboard 100 greatest girl group songs of all time.

Ronettes – Baby I love you.

Remembering Michael Lang RIP. Michael was the promotor on the Woodstock Music Festival 1969 which attracted over half a million people.

Matthew’s Southern Comfort – Woodstock. The song by Joni Mitchel about the festival based on what she was told by then boyfriend Graham Nash. This band took it to No 1 in the UK.

Blood, Sweat & Tears – Spinning wheel. This USA no 2 was part of the band’s ten track set they played at Woodstock. They were among thirty two artists who performed.

Douwe Bob – Pass it on. Title track from this artists No 1 album in 2015 in the Netherlands.

The chart this week in



No 4. Mike and the Mechanics – Living years. A world-wide hit that peaked at no 2 in the UK and topped the charts in USA.

No 7  Roy Orbison – You got it. Roy died on 6th of December 1988. This posthumous release was recorded in April 1988. A UK no 3 and USA no 9, it was Top 10 in a total of 13 countries.

Next week my guest is Ivor Moody from Chelmsford Cathedral. He will be talking about his book where he discusses his interpretations of six well know songs.



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