Graham is General manager of the retreat house at Pleshey. Set in idyllic Essex countryside just six miles from Chelmsford and with almost an acre of garden, it was founded originally as a convent in 1909. Today the retreat house is a place where people from all walks of life come to seek God and to search for the spiritual in their lives. Graham noted that whilst in our sometimes frantic lives we feel we have a great need of time, Pleshey offer a place where time almost stops still. It is a place to leave behind all the problems and cares that can overload us. Individual retreats, group retreats for a day and those that are a few days are available. Graham used the phrase that at Pleshey people are encouraged to spiritually “drink deeply and live abundantly”.
The single rooms are simply furnished yet comfortable, most rooms having an en-suite and beautiful views of the gardens, the parish church and surrounding countryside. All diets can be accommodated.
For the season of Advent there is a day retreat on 1st of December and a three day retreat 5th-7th.
More information can be found at https://www.retreathousepleshey.com
Jamie Wooding – 2 kids (in love). Released on 10th of November.
Justin Hayward – Forever Autumn. UK no 3 1979. A track from Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds.
ZZ Top – Sharp dressed man. UK no 22 1983. From the album Eliminator, UK no 3, Finland no 1. Graham chose this track. When he went to live in Greece he was exposed to a wider range of music, including that of ZZ Top.
George Michael – Jesus to a child. UK no 1, USA no 7, No 1 in Finland and six more countries. Graham chose this relaxing track. Graham finds the imagery of love being described like that of a child’s love of Jesus as powerful.
Police – Every little thing she does is magic. UK no 1, USA no 1 and in three more countries. (Only no 15 in Finland!). Graham said he could have chosen music by many bands. As he owned all the albums by Police he thought he would choose this great track.
Bruce Welch OBE is guitarist with the Shadows, Cliff Richard’s backing band 1958 – 1968. He celebrated his 81st birthday. We heard Foot tapper, 1963 UK no 1, Top 5 in six more countries.
Above, Bryan Adams in 1985.
Below Bryan Adams in 2022.
Bryan Adams celebrated his 63rd birthday. We heard the 1983 USA no 1, UK no 38. Heaven.
James Prime, keyboard player with Deacon Blue and lecturer at the University of West Scotland, is 62 years old. We heard the title track from the band’s 2014 album – A new house. UK no 2.
Thanks to Chris and Bob in Harlow, winner for the previous two weeks Chris in Guildford but today on a conference in Manchester, Graham in the studio, Patrick in Ingatestone and Drive presenter Stewart for taking part. Our winner today with four points was Chris in Harlow.
Patrick from Ingatestone requested Phd – I won’t let you down – 1982 track, UK no 3, n0 1 in Netherlands and Belgium.
ISYLA – Catch you on the ether. This Cornish duo are playing at the Eden Project on 29th of November.
Michelle Ward – Try – from our very own ‘Queen of the airwaves’, with you on PhoenixFM Monday – Friday, 10 am – 1 pm.
Chart this week in
No 3 Four Tops – Simple game. This was the highest chart position.
No 4 Al Green – Tired of being alone. This was the highest UK chart position. USA no 7. In the 2004 list Rolling Stone 500 greatest songs of all time, it was no 293.
No 14. Aretha Franklin – Spanish Harlem. this was also the highest UK chart position for Aretha’s version of this classic song. In the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs of all time, this is ranked at no 358.
Jason Mraz – Have it all. From his 2020 album, Looking for the good.
Leona Lewis – Footprints in the sand. From her 2007 album – Spirit – UK no 1, USA no 1 and seven more countries.
Mickey Wax – Little big life. 2018 release.
Brentwood School Big Band – Goldfinger. The band recorded a few years ago, under the direction of former PhoenixFM presenter, David Pickthall.
Join me next Friday when my guest Tim Lee will be talking about the continuing significance of commemorating Remembrance.