Dan Pierce chatted about the return of the Bradwell Pilgrimage. On July 2nd Christians will undertake a pilgrimage to the chapel of St. Peter’s on the wall, Bradwell. This chapel was founded by St. Cedd in the 654. After falling into not being used as a place of worship after the Reformation and had been used as a farmer’s barn, it was restored in 1920. Dan spoke about the remoteness and history of the chapel making it a “thin place”, where it was easier to leave behind all the anxieties of modern life. The pilgrimage this year is the first since 2019 and will include talks, activities and worship. There is also a shuttle bus available for those for whom the walk from St. Thomas’ church in Bradwell village to the chapel would be too challenging.
Dan also emphasised that the chapel can be visited at other times.
Julie Hardy joined us on the phone to talk about three up-coming events. Sunday 3rd of July between 3-6pm there will be a full peal of bells. This is followed at 6.30 by Hymns and then Pimms on the lawn at St. Thomas Navestock RM4 1HA. Saturday 9th of July in the Rectory Garden, Church Road 2.30 for a 3pm start, is Brass on the Grass, with Fairlop Brass. Adults £10, children £5. Saturday 16th of July at St. Thomas Navestock, 7pm for 7.30 start https://www.men2sing.org.uk will be performing ‘a repertoire of foot-tappers form Queen, Elton John, ELO, Michael Buble as well as anthems from hit musicals and choral classics. Tickets £12. More information about these events on the churches websites and Facebook pages and the PhoenixFM events guide.
Diana Ross – Turn up the sunshine
Sophie Griffiths – Evergreen
Weezer – A little bit of love – chosen by Dan. He has been a fan of the band for many years. This 2022 new track has a lovely sentiment.
Monkees – Me and Magdalena – Dan chose this as a happy track.
Harry Nilsson – Gotta get up – Dan chose this because it features in a Netflix series.
Above, David Gray in 2001.
Below, in 2022.
Much to the surprise of Dan in the studio Chris and Bob in Harlow, Patrick in Ingatestone and Chris in Guildford, David Gray recently celebrated his 54th birthday. He heard the track Sail away from the 2001 album, White ladder.
Garry Roberts, founder member and lead guitarist of the Boomtown Rats is 68 years old. We heard the 1978 track Like clockwork from the album, A tonic for the troops.
Boy George recently celebrated his 61st birthday. We heard Culture Club’s 1982 track – Time (clock of the heart)
La La Land soundtrack – Another day of sun. It was 35 degrees today. The studio is air conditioned.
Medicine Head – Rising sun. Winner of the competition today Patrick, with two correct answers, chose this 1973 UK no 13.
Ray Davies & the Crouch End chorus – Waterloo sunset. From the 2009 album – The Kink’s choral collection.
Kate Bush – Running up the hill. Requested by Chris in Harlow, who told us she was singing along whilst baking cakes and biscuits. This track is the UK no 1 and USA no 8, having been featured in a Netfix series.
Chart this week in
No 4 Richard Marx – Hazard
No 8 Take That – It only takes a minute
No 19 The Cure – Friday I’m in love
Join me next week when Lisa and Cheryl will talk about the Daily Bread Cafe now operating not just in Hutton, but also in St. Georges’ Brentwood.