Holly Coleman and Frances Coe talked about the Brentwood Schools Christian Worker Trust (BSCWT). This charity has been running for 31 years. They work in 28 Primary sector schools, 7 Secondary schools and 2 Specialist schools in the Brentwood area. Their six core staff and Associate Workers deliver assemblies, lessons, run clubs, provide pupil support and organise prayer spaces. Recently they have worked with over 900+ Year 6 pupils across 25 schools who will be transferring to Secondary schools this year with the ‘It’s your move’ project. The pupils are also provided with a booklet to keep. These sessions enable the Year 6 pupils to consider the Choices, Challenges and Changes associated with their upcoming moves. They also consider helpful conversation starters for meeting new friends. Continuity is also achieved with those pupils who move to Secondary schools where BSCWT hold regular activities.
Other activities happening this term have been “Curiosity trails” and “Life Spaces”. These activities encourage the pupils to be reflective and consider life’s big questions. These can include, “How do you want to be remembered?”
More information about the work of the trust can be found at https://www.bscwt.org
Jason Mraz – Best friend- from the 2014 album – Yes – USA no 2, UK no 18.
Shea Rafferty – Don’t be hard on yourself – from his 2022 album – Making history.
Kygo ft. Whitney Houston- Higher love. Frances said that she had chosen this track because, as Christians, when they talk about higher love, they are referring to God’s love for us as expressed through Jesus.
Curtis Mayfield – Move on up. This 1970 track is played in the background when the pupils are working on the ‘Move on up’ activities.
JJ Heller – Hand to hold. Ian Kemble, who could not be with us today, chose this track.
Sam Ryder recently celebrated his 34th birthday. We heard the song with which he represented the United Kingdom at the 2022 Eurovision song contest – Spaceman.UK no 2, Ireland no 5, Top 20 in Latvia and Sweden.
Dervin Gordon is aged 75 years. He was the lead singer with the Equals. We heard their 1967 track – Baby come back – No 1 in UK, Belgium, Rhodesia and South Africa, Top 10 in seven more countries and no 32 in USA.
Above, Curt Smith in the early 1980.
Below in 2023.
Curt Smith is best known as the co-lead singer and bassist in Tears for Fears. He is 62 years old. We heard the 1982 track – Mad World. UK no 3, Ireland no6 and Australia no 12. From the album – The Hurting. Curt said, “It was the first single from the finished album. We had no idea it would be a hit.”
Thanks to Chris Bob and Sarah in Harlow, Holly and Frances in the studio, Patrick in Ingatestone, Sue in Peterborough and Chris in Guildford for taking part. Our joint winners today with three points were Chris and Bob in Harlow, Holly in the studio and Patrick in Ingatestone, all with three points. Unusually we had a correct answer for each artist.
Patrick in Ingatestone requested a track by Depeche Mode. We heard – New life – this 1981 track was the first single release from their first album – Speak and spell. The single peaked in the UK at no 11, the album no 10.
The Tumbling Souls – End up running – new release from the band from The Isle of Skye.
Chart this week in
No 2 Candi Staton – Young hearts run free – UK no 2, Australia no 4, USA no 20. Re-released 1988 no 47, 1999 no 29. In the 2021 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest songs of all time, number 150.
No 15 Queen – You’re my best friend – UK no 7, USA no 16. From the album – A night at the opera – No 1 in UK, Australia, Finland, Netherlands and New Zealand. USA no 4.
2020 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest albums of all time, no 128.
No 17 Dolly Parton – Jolene – UK no 7, South Africa no 3, USA no 61. In the 2021 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest songs of all time, no 63. The single has sold over 4.5 million
Harry Chapin – W.O.L.D. Million selling single world-wide from 1973. UK no 36, USA no 26, Top 20 in multiple countries.
Sophie Ellis-Bexter – Lost in the sunshine – track from the recently released album – Hana – from the PhoenixFM A list.
Nathan Evans – Days of our lives – new release from the PhoenixFM A list.
Will Hoge – Middle of America. Released in 2014.
Join me next week when my guest Wing Commander Revd. David Norfield who will be talking about joy and health benefits of walking. He also believes, “every walk can become a pilgrimage”.