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JIVE ACES – The incredible live session (Catch them live at Queens Theatre, Ingatestone Hall this July).

Michelle Ward was joined in the studio by the incredible JIVE ACES. The band performed live and talked about their new album and their up and coming gigs.

With over 300 gigs a year in the UK and the USA this band are as tight as a drum.

Their new album Diggin’ The Roots Volume 2 – Hot Jazz is out now on download, CD and Vinyl.


INTERVIEW PART ONE (How did the band get together) 






INTERVIEW PART TWO (Simon Cowell, Len Goodman, The Album)






INTERVIEW PART THREE (Talking Vinyl Records) 







SUNDAY 1ST JULY Queens Theatre 

SATURDAY 7TH JULY Ingatestone Hall 

Absolutely brilliant! That really put me in a good mood’ SIMON COWELL

A ray of sunshine. I loved the Jive Aces’ ALESHA DIXON

‘Infectious, Uplifting and Marvellous’ LEN GOODMAN

Dying Matters Week – 14th to 20th May


I was honoured to deputise for Michelle Ward on today’s programme during which I was joined by Laura Coyle and Bridget Moss from St Francis Hospice and Claire Edwards of the Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust to explain what DYING MATTERS WEEK is all about.

Listen again here to what the ladies told me: –

Don’t forget you can get more information from the websites – and

All being well Michelle will be back tomorrow so it’s “over and out from me”


Beauty Hacks with Hayley – Self Tanning, Softest Feet, LVL Lashes, Castor Oil, Rizla Papers & more

Michelle Ward was joined by Hayley Simpson – Make Up Artist and Beauty Expert to give some great beauty hacks, including castor oil and Rizla papers?






Black Chapel talks Producing/Remixing/Songwriting and the new single MY MIND IS MY OWN

Michelle Ward was joined by BLACK CHAPEL AKA Steve Mortimer who is a Producer, Remixer and songwriter from Essex. BLACK CHAPEL collaborates with a host of singers/songwriters for a totally unique sound and their live gigs are few and far between but always a packed venue. Also joining us, Martin Jeffries, who is Management for BLACK CHAPEL and singer/songwriter, BIRD.

The new single MY MIND IS MY OWN is out on the 12th May and is a co write with CE CE Hemmings of HEMMINGWAY.

I talked to Steve about his work as a Producer, Remixer and more. Note to self, never take an extra strong mint from the guest(s) just before you speak…..








Twitter @Blackchapel50

Dying Matters Week, Seminars, Memorial Service and Living Well in Later Life Community Event


Michelle Ward was joined in the studio by Jane Bennett and Martyn Stevens of Bennetts Funeral Directors to talk Dying Matters Week Seminars, Memorial Service and the Living Well in Later Life Community Event.


When Crisis Strikes

A crisis can be different things to different people, to a child losing a toy can be devastating; to a teenager not getting enough ‘likes’ on Facebook; to an adult being diagnosed with a life-threatening illness or losing a job is something we can connect with.  The crisis that we most often see, though, is when someone has died, sometimes because of an accident, at the hands of others or by suicide.

As part of Grief Journey Essex, Bennetts Funeral Directors, T Cribb and Sons and Paul J King Funeral Directors see families in crisis much of the time.  We are there to help families through the dreadful time as best we can, often staying in contact for years afterwards, and continuing to offer our support after initial numbness has subsided.  Many of us meet families when someone has died suddenly and unnecessarily, and to help us to understand the emotions surrounding these situations better we have invited Dr Bill Webster to speak to us and our colleagues who may meet these families – particularly HM Coroner’s officers, the Police, Fire and Ambulance Services, A&E teams, hospital staff and doctors, members of the clergy, school staff, support workers and council staff.

The seminar is not designed to replace existing policies or procedures for future crises, but to help us better understand what can be experienced by those involved, directly and indirectly, in the crisis or disaster, and how we as communities can respond.

Professional Seminar 1:
Thursday 10th May 2018 – Bentley Crematorium – 2.30 to 4.30p.m.
The Challenges of Grief after Suicide – A Seminar by Dr Bill Webster

Part 1: The Uniqueness of Grief after Suicide.
In this seminar, Dr Bill Webster will suggest some of the unique challenges of Grief after Suicide, and show how recent research has developed some alternatives to traditional theories of grief and conventional cognitive and narrative therapies.
Part 2: Healing Strategies for Grief after Suicide
What is healing? Is “closure” or “recovery” a viable goal of therapy or support, or is there a better and more realistic way of describing positive outcome. What can we realistically offer the survivors of suicide that will enable them to go on with life and living?

To book your place at this free seminar please visit or contact us on 01277 210104 or at

Professional Seminar 2:
Friday 11th May – Basildon Hospital – 10 a.m. to 12 noon and repeated at
Essex Country Cricket Club, Chelmsford – 2.30 to 4.30 p.m.
Coping with Crisis – A Seminar by Dr Bill Webster

In a world where we know that tragedies occur, organisations should have policies, procedures and personnel in place to deal with what we should do when ‘This can’t happen here’ … DOES happen.” – Dr. Bill Webster

In the past few years, we have all witnessed whether personally or through the media, numerous situations of crisis involving terrorist attacks, bombings, murders, suicides and major disasters like the Grenfell Tower tragedy which took so many lives and affected countless others.

Such incidents, which seem more widespread and frequent than ever deeply affect communities. Families and friends of those who suffered in such tragic events, as well as the many first responders and support agencies can experience distress not just by what took place on those specific days, but also during the ongoing aftermath of such events through follow up reporting and analysis.

The seminar is designed to help us better understand what is experienced by those involved, directly and indirectly, in a critical incident, and what we can do to support and empower people when crisis impacts a community, and in the aftermath?

Dr Bill Webster, a grief counsellor, comes to help us understand some of the traumatic reactions of such critical incidents, and some of the practical and emotional issues such a situation can not only create but which can linger.

  1. Understanding Trauma and Crisis
    What constitutes a crisis? Is it the event or the reaction to what has occurred?
    2. Strategies of Support during and after a Crisis
    What can we do to support people when crisis impacts a community? What helpful strategies can we offer to those affected by the sights, sounds and smells of the situations they are exposed to?
    3.  Let’s Talk: Communication Skills
    What do we say to people in crisis, and how do we say it? What helps and what doesn’t?
    4.  Understanding Resiliency: The “Bounce Back” Factor
    All too quickly, people talk about “healing” after any crisis. But what does that mean? Is “closure” or “recovery” a viable goal of therapy or support, or is there a better and more realistic way of describing a positive outcome. What can we realistically offer people after a loss that will enable them to go on with life and living?

To book your place at this free seminar in Basildon please visit  or in Chelmsford please visit or contact us on 01277 210104 or at

Public Seminar for SOBS (Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide):
Thursday 10th May – Christchurch, Warley 7 – 9 p.m. – Refreshments from 6.30 p.m.
Coping with Grief after Suicide

Dr Bill Webster is a well-known grief counsellor who has been providing grief support to people for over 30 years. He will share some of the unique challenges of coping with the loss of someone who has died by suicide, as well as some practical coping strategies to enable the survivors to find reasons to go on with life and living.

To book your place at this free seminar please visit or contact us on 01277 210104 or at

Bennetts Funerals Memorial Service:
Sunday 13th May, The Regimental Chapel, Warley – 4 p.m. followed by refreshments in the Chapel
Milestones in the Grief Journey

Dr Bill brings us some new ways of looking at grief and some practical strategies that can help us as we struggle to find ways to cope with loss and to find that life can still be meaningful.

To book your place please visit or contact us on 01277 210104 or at


Bennetts Funeral directors and undertaker services Essex

Bennetts funeral home is your local funeral director and undertaker with offices at Brentwood and Billericay serving all of Essex in arranging and planning funerals. Bennetts funerals is a family undertaker business that has served the local community with respect and sensitivity for over a 100 years. We can accommodate your funeral wishes in all types of funerals. 


Keeley Smith Sings Live THIS IS ME from the GREATEST SHOWMAN and KEALA SETTLE loved it!

Michelle Ward was joined by local singer, Keeley Smith, who talked about her life in music and performed two amazing live vocals.

Keeley recorded a version of THIS IS ME from the film THE GREATEST SHOWMAN and the actress and singer, KEALA SETTLE love it and reposted it, Keeley’s Instagram went into overdrive that day!















The Incredibile Blues Man Benjamin Bassford plays Live


Michelle Ward was joined in the studio by the incredible blues singer songwriter and guitarist, Benjamin Bassford.

Benjamin’s new album is out now – BENJAMIN BASSFORD.









STAR WARS FANS…MAY THE 4TH BE WITH YOU! Gaming Charity Event Friday 4th May 2018



Michelle Ward was joined by Sam Ingram from Northreach Recruitment to talk about a STAR WARS themed fundraising event 12pm – Friday 4th May (May the 4th be with you). A 24 hour gaming extravaganza that you can get involved with via social media, You Tube, Twitch, Facebook and Instagram not to mention interviews with the participants every 3 hours through the 24 hours of game play.




THE TEAM4 intrepid souls from the Northreach Recruitment team are giving up 24 hours of their time to raise money for The Stuart Feakins Trust. They will embark on an energy sapping 24 hours of online gaming NON STOP – except for the call of nature. You will be able to follow their progress online and watch their eyes sink deep into sockets – should be entertaining!



The Stuart Feakins Trust

The Trust was set up in February 2008 in memory of Stuart Feakins. He loved and lived life to the full through his passions for sport, film, music, outdoor activities and his work with young people in Hackney.

The Stuart Feakins Trust is about keeping every bit of this passion and his spirit alive.


Well done to the team at for putting this together

Gavin from Will Protect Ltd – Great information on WILLS and why you need one.



Michelle Ward talks to Gavin Perrett from Will Protect Ltd who came in to talk about WILLS.

Gavin covered a variety of topics concerning WILLS

  • Appointing guardians
  • Minimum age to make a WILL
  • A basic WILL
  • How long have WILL Protect Ltd been in business
  • Adding funeral arrangements and funeral plans
  • Property Investment and Mortgage Broking
  • What is Lasting Powers of Attorney
  • Free Seminar



Want to find out more then come along on TUESDAY 6th May at 6:30pm for a 7pm start at The Mary Green Manor Hotel in Brentwood. Its a great environment to come and learn about estate planning, ask questions and then if you want to you can follow up with a 121 meeting with one of the team to find out how you can protect your family and your assets. We make no charge for this event so you have nothing to lose.

Will Protect Ltd ,Saxon House, 27 Duke Street, Chelmsford, Essex. CM1 1HT

M: +44 (0) 7776 157 503

T: +44 (0) 345 894 8441



Croft & Cotes talk debut album – Symmetry – live acoustic performance & interview




Michelle Ward was joined in the studio by musical duo, Croft & Cotes, their album Symmetry is released on the 27th April along with the first single I DID. Catch them live 6th May Fiddlers Elbow, Camden details 

Croft & Cotes have since developed their own unique blend of Indie and Urban Acoustic which incorporate harmonies so tight that only twins could have. Croft & Cotes have been often described as a high energy ,breath of fresh air drawing comparisons to the likes of George Ezra, Mumford & Sons , Simon & Garfunkel and many more .











T: @croftandcotes