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The West Ham Way – show 89 (with Alvin Martin)

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A second show today as Dave and Ex chat to West Ham legend Alvin Martin!

Alvin spent most of his footballing career at West Ham, playing 598 games – including the 1980 FA Cup win against Arsenal – and scoring 34 goals. He also played 17 games for England, representing the team at the 1986 World Cup.

Alvin’s son Joe – currently playing for Stevenage – has joined forces with fellow pro Harry Beautyman to form the Beautyman Martin Academy. Keep an eye on @exwhuemployee on Twitter for the chance to win a place on the next course. For more details visit

Hospice celebrates Royal Wedding with a special breakfast

On the eve of what was the wedding of the year, hospice staff and volunteers celebrated with a Royal fundraising breakfast.

The canteen at Saint Francis Hospice was transformed into a palace on Friday (May 18) and staff dressed up as the Royal couple with our Meghan look-a-like wearing a stunning wedding gown and veil from our Harold Hill retail store!

There was excitement throughout the hospice as our Harry and Meghan visited patients on the inpatient unit.

Actress and Phoenix FM presenter Vicki Michelle was also at the hospice with her sisters to visit their mum Joanie who is being cared for on the ward, and she took time to pose for photos with the Royals and join in the fun!

Jan Scott, Service Development Manager at the hospice, said, “The laughter from our staff, and the music played at our Royal Wedding Breakfast, could be heard throughout the hospice. 

“It was a truly splendid way to express our happiness in preparing for the marriage of Prince Harry to Ms Megan Markle.

“To see the people we are caring for in the inpatient unit join in the fun was just perfect.  A great day was had by all.”

Prior to the wedding, the hospice contacted Kensington Palace to let them know about the Royal breakfast event and was delighted to receive a reply, “Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle were incredibly touched that you took the trouble to write as you did in connection to their forthcoming wedding.

“It really was most thoughtful of you and greatly appreciated. His Royal Highness and Ms. Markle send you their warmest thanks and very best wishes.”

Jarvis Cocker leads new musical names announced at Standon Calling 2018

Boasting one of the most diverse and all-encompassing weekends of the summer festival calendar, Standon Calling continues to go from strength to strength with a heavyweight array of new additions and areas revealed today for their most in-demand year to date.
Phoenix FM are official media partners to this year’s festival and we’ll be there bringing news, interviews and much more as it happens.

Photo: Paul Golder
Leading the array of incredible entertainment is the iconic presence of Jarvis Cocker (DJ Set). One of the most influential and groundbreaking frontmen and songwriter of his time, Jarvis stands as a true pioneer and game-changer in British cultural history. From his time commanding the stage in Pulp, to his solo detours and beloved 6Music show – Jarvis Cocker is a name synonymous with unstoppable entertainment, and his appearance at Standon Calling this summer is bound to be a must-see moment from a true musical great.

Always playing host to innovation and unbridled festival fun, Standon Calling’s new additions ensure that 2018 will be the festival’s best yet – with electronic guru Matthew Dear confirmed for a hotly-anticipated guide through unique and celebrated grooves. Continuing that rich vein of exciting and vibrant new music, the likes of gliding indie-hop moves Easy Life, genre-hopping Bakar, the rising voice of Lily Moore and alt-pop pedal mover Ralph Taylor all joining the fray for breakthrough moments across the weekend.
After last year’s storming and packed out stage, BBC Introducing returns again with its biggest lineup to date with a weekend full of sensational and tipped new music from across the Three Counties and Essex. Topping the bill is the punchy garage-rock hooks of Ten Tonnes, whose rise over the past 12 months has seen him became a future star in the making. Taking to the stage on the same day as his brother George Ezra headlines the festival, expect it to be a special moment that points to a songwriter set to be the soundtrack for the year ahead. Across the board, the lineup boasts an unrivalled spotlight on emerging talent – whether that’s the mesmerising voice of Folly Rae, the stirring Declan J Donovan, the infectious indie grooves of Blushes, sizzling upstarts The Scruff, Standon favourite Jack Cullen and electro mover Rocky NTI. Further appearances come from Malika, Holiday Oscar, Tabou and Emma McGrath – and with a Very Special Secret Headliner to be revealed as well,.

Building on the sensational programme of entertainment spanning the stunning Lordship site, unique areas to explore have become a hallmark of Standon Calling – with some of its most daring and exciting voyages standing tall in 2018.
Longtime favourites of the festival and renowned party-starters The Great Brain Robbery return to Standon Calling this year with their greatest party yet – Tech Noir. Looking at 2018 through the eyes of 1984, Tech Noir is an apocalyptic, neon-soaked, late night sonic getaway – drenched in darkness and cutting-edge sounds. Featuring sets from the likes of alt-pop gems Artificial Pleasure and the punch Findlay amongst others – running right through to 3am with spinning DJs and much more, take a peek into the dark side and glimpse at a whole new reality.

The home of all things funk/soul/disco/house at Standon Calling for the last ten years – Groove Garden has seen a range of famous faces roll through to keep the party going, all curated by Standon’s ‘patron saint’ Kid Fiesta. Expanding from its usual home this year into a new futuristic dome, the likes of The Nextmen, The Reflex, Dr Packer and more will all be taking to the decks for the perfect summer soundtrack – grooves guaranteed.

Standon Calling has always dreamed big, but at its heart kept the unabashed heart of a good time with mates at a huge village fete – and this year they’re going one better with The Standon Calling Playing Fields. With games and activities at every turn, festival-goers can jump into the likes of Lord Trenchard’s Cricket Tournament, Binocular Football, Sock Wrestling and much more. Also, as the new home to the revered Standon Calling Dog Show expect the fields to be barking big time with an essential destination for all to jump into.
Another new venue for 2018, the Vinyl Frontier will be the ultimate living room for festival-goers to sit back and relax – with the vinyl decks spinning for campers to bring their own vinyl to soundtrack the frontier. With special guests slots taking to the decks throughout the weekend, the Vinyl Frontier is a step into the future drenched in the glory of the past.
It adds even more to one of the most in-demand festivals of the summer, with incredible sights, sounds and experiences making their mark across the weekend. Lead by headline sets from Bryan Ferry and Paloma Faith, along with a homecoming performance by local Hertford sensation George Ezra, it’s the perfect escape of fun and frivolity.
They’re joined by established titans Goldfrapp, The Horrors, Django Django and Maribou State along with innovative and fresh live favourites Tokio Myers, Little Simz, The Amazons, Marmozets, Pale Waves, Shame, Ibibio Sound Machine, Dream Wife, Tom Walker and Confidence Man. The Cuban Brothers are also set to perform a special 20th Anniversary Show, making Standon Calling an unrivalled weekend of varied and thrilling music for all. With family fun from Horrible Histories Live and Andy Day & The Odd Socks, award-winning comedy from Lucy Porter, Seann Walsh and Kerry Godliman and much more, Standon Calling is unlike any other festival this year, and a standout of the summer festival season.
Standon Calling is the full 360-degree festival experience. It is the biggest dog-friendly festival in the UK with an inimitable Dog Show, you can enjoy a mouth-watering array of stellar Food & Drink from London’s very best street food favourites, take a dip in the heated Swimming Pool, relax in the Hot Tubs or take part in a whole range of Wellbeing Classes and Workshops. Standon Calling is a trip into something more and an invitation for everyone to escape the world around them.
Now in its thirteenth year, Standon Calling offers a welcoming embrace to a weekend of music, arts, fun and pure festival joy. With an ever-growing and loyal audience from around the country, it’s a calling to an unparalleled and down-to-earth celebration that once a year pulls a community together. Nestled in the stunning Hertfordshire countryside, it’s an easy-to-reach voyage into something truly special. At Standon Calling they dare to be different, with a purposefully eclectic, inclusive and creative programme, carefully curated to reflect the unique interests of the crowds that gather year after year in its fields.
The perfect home for summer memories, Standon Calling is a defining beacon of the British festival experience.
Announced Today
Jarvis Cocker (DJ Set) // Matthew Dear (Live) // Bakar // Easy Life // Lily Moore // Rachel K Collier
Ralph Taylor // Weaver Bros // Point Mantis // ASL
BBC Introducing Stage
Top Secret Headline Set (TBA) // Ten Tonnes // Folly Rae
The Scruff // Rocky NTI // Declan J Donovan // Blushes // Jack Cullen // Emma McGrath // Malika // Holiday Oscar // Tabou
Tech Noir
Findlay // Artificial Pleasure // Anoraak // The Modern Strangers // Maethelvin // Absolute Valentine // Knights // Carnival Of Souls // House Of Kittens // The People Pile // Kalax // Gus Robertson // Mental Blank
Groove Garden
The Nextmen // The Reflex // Dr Packer
Jalapeno Soundsystem // JStar // Phat Phil Cooper // Kid Fiesta // Beatwell // Don Simon
Kengo (Cuban Brothers) B2B Jay Cardner (4 To The Floor) // Jive Talk // London Disco Society

Vicki Michelle’s Music Mix – Show 17: Robin Askwith

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Our special guest on today’s show was actor Robin Askwith, best known for his Confessions films.

Robin chatted on the phone about his career and lots of other things beside, which you can hear again on the link above.

You can see Robin on Wednesday 23 May at the Grosvenor Casino in Southend with his one man show, Robin Askwith Gives It One! as part of this year’s Southend Film Festival. Tickets are still available from here.

And I still had time for lots of great music too …

I’ll be back in two weeks’ time at 2pm – see you then.

Today’s playlist:

Ben E King – Stand By Me
Pixie Lott – Lay Me Down
Bill Withers – Lovely Day
The Crazy World of Arthur Brown – Fire
MC Hammer – U Can’t Touch This
Paul Hardcastle – Cut Loose
James Brown – (Get Up I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine, Part 1
David Essex – Rock On
Otis Redding and Carla Thomas – Tramp
Pink Floyd – Money
Monkees – I’m A Believer
Spice Girls – Who Do You Think You Are
Procol Harum – A Whiter Shade Of Pale
Earth Wind and Fire – September
Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer
T. Rex – I Love To Boogie
Stevie Wonder – Higher Ground
Brian Poole and the Tremeloes – Twist and Shout

Introducing the new Mayor of Brentwood

Brentwood Borough Council has elected Councillor Sheila Murphy as the Mayor of Brentwood for 2018/19; she will take over the role of ambassador and first citizen for the coming year.

Councillor Murphy replaces Councillor Will Russell who held the role last year.

Her appointment was made at Annual Council on Wednesday night, where members of the Council were joined in at Brentwood County High School by residents, family members and friends to witness the traditional Mayoral ceremony. Her husband Kevin will accompany her as her Consort.

Councillor Murphy, who is Brentwood’s 27th Mayor, was born in East London. She has lived in the Borough for 33 years.

While growing up, her family ran florist shops in East London before they ran a pub in Herongate. This has been in her family for 40 years, starting with her parents, then run by Sheila and her sister before she took it on on her own. She has now retired from the business and her sons continue to run it.

Sheila met Kevin when they were in school and later married in 1975. They had their sons James in 1976 and John in 1979 and now also have four grandchildren.

Sheila is very involved in her community and has been a trustee of the Herongate and Ingrave Preservation Society for 30 years. She has been a member of Herongate and Ingrave Parish Council for 14 years and is involved in many community activities locally. She has always felt part of the community and said she loves the people and where she lives adding her heart has always been in her village.

Sheila became a Borough Councillor for the Herongate, Ingrave and West Horndon ward in 2012 and has been part of the Asset and Enterprise Committee and Planning and Licensing Committee.

Sheila said: “I am proud to be representing Brentwood as Mayor and to have been chosen to do this. I’m ready to go out there and shout about how great Brentwood is and I hope to be able to carry out all my duties with dignity, grace and a smile.

“During my Mayoral year I will be highlighting and fundraising for three charities which reflect three areas that are very important to me – the community, young people and older members of the community. I have always been community minded, that’s where my heart lies, which is a running theme through all the charities I have chosen.”

Her chosen charities are:

West Horndon Village Hall – It is the hub of the local community and where most things happen. They have built it and run it themselves.

The Brentwood and District Scouts and Brentwood Division Girlguiding – Sheila will support the local groups and highlight the good work that they do with local children.

Wendy’s Kitchen – Wendy Thomas was a local lady who was a member of our church St Nicholas Church and spent many an afternoon prepping tea after church services. She was an unsung hero in Sheila’s local village. Wendy’s husband Ray has created this project in her memory – to build a new kitchen to modern standards at the church.

Sheila also intends to work with and alongside Cllr Russell’s new Community Trust Fund of Brentwood on fundraising events this coming year.

Councillor Keith Parker, ward member for Brizes and Doddinghurst, was appointed Deputy Mayor for 2018/19. His wife Frances is the Deputy Mayoress.

Glenn Tamplin – looking forward to next season

Billericay Town have had one of their most successful seasons ever – winning the Isthmian League, League Cup and Essex Senior Cup, and best-ever performances in the FA Cup (1st round) and FA Trophy (quarter finals).

So where do we go from here? Owner Glenn Tamplin spoke to us this morning about his favourite moments of the season just finished, plans to improve things both on and off the pitch, and his thoughts for the club’s new campaign in the National League South in 2018/19.

* Stay tuned to Phoenix FM and keep an eye on this website for more exciting news about Billericay Town FC next month!

Brentwood School leads tributes to John Killilea

Brentwood School Headmaster Ian Davies has led tributes to Brentwood teacher John Killilea who has died unexpectedly in his sleep.

John Killilea had taught PE and maths at Brentwood School during his 30 year stay at Brentwood School, and also served as the school’s basketball coach before his retirements in July 2016.

Paul Golder says:

I was very sad to hear about Mr Killilea’s passing. He taught me while I was a pupil at Coopers Coborn School in Upminster in the 1980s. When I worked at Brentwood School in the mid 1990s as the school accountant, I found myself in the unusual position of controlling the budgets of someone who used to make me run around the fields!

As a colleague I found John to be a very friendly, calm and relaxed person, always happy to pop by and have a chat and someone who really enjoyed life. His untimely death will sadden many thousands of local people who met him and my thoughts are with his family at this sad time.

A statement published by Brentwood School read:

It is with great sadness that we inform you that our friend and colleague Mr John Killilea passed away unexpectedly in his sleep over the weekend. Headmaster, Ian Davies, held a special assembly for students and staff this morning. Here’s what he said:

“We are meeting this morning to remember a member of staff who, very sadly, passed away during the Bank Holiday weekend.

Mr Killilea was very highly regarded and widely respected. He was a real gentleman, kind and sensitive to the needs of others and always keen to help.

He started at Brentwood School in 1986, and positively influenced many Brentwood School students past and present, either on the sports field or in the classroom.

Initially appointed as a Teacher of PE, Mr Killilea proved particularly popular on the basketball court where his experiences as a former GB International led Brentwood School to many forays on the National School’s Basketball Championship including an overall victory in the 1990’s.

Mr Killilea soon progressed to Housemaster of East House and Examinations Officer before being promoted to Director of Co-Curricular activities.

Many of you will know him as a teacher of Maths but it was on the sports field where his real passion shone through.

His undoubted experience and enthusiasm has been a significant factor in sport at Brentwood School being represented on the national stage across a wide variety of activities and he will be sorely missed by all of us.

Many of you here will know his daughter, who is now in the Third Year, and son, who is in the Prep School. Both of them, and his wife, will need all the love and support we can give them in the next months and years ahead.”

The funeral will be held at St Peter’s Church, South Weald at 1pm on Tuesday 22nd May, with a private committal at Bentley’s Crematorium after the service.

Everyone is invited to refreshments after the service at the Old Brentwoods Club, Ashwells Road. The family have requested that there are no flowers. Donations will go towards setting up a fund in memory of John to help develop young athletes.

Royalty and stars join forces for #MentalHealthMinute

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry along with stars from music, sport, stage and screen will join together for a minute-long message which will be broadcast simultaneously by hundreds of UK radio stations at 10.59am today.

The message – which you can hear above – includes contributiosn from Lady Gaga, Dame Judi Dench, David Harewood and Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill as well as special guests The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, who are all lending their voice to raise awareness of mental health.

Broadcasting to one of radio’s biggest ever collective audiences, the minute of simultaneous programming will unite community radio, commercial radio and the BBC to broadcast the same message in an historic first for radio.

Spearheaded by Radiocentre and Radio Academy and executed by content agency Somethin’ Else, the Mental Health Awareness minute, which falls in Mental Health Awareness Week, is supported by the Royal Foundation’s Heads Together which was launched to change the national conversation on mental health and tackle the stigma that prevents people from getting the help they need.

The broadcast, which is designed to encourage more people to talk openly about their mental health, includes The Duke of Cambridge saying: “Just starting a conversation on mental health can make all the difference, when you talk about something you have less reason to fear it”.

Prince Harry adds: “If you do have the courage to speak about it, you really can make things better”.

Siobhan Kenny, Chief Executive at Radiocentre, said: “Radio is coming together in a UK first today to shine a light on the important issue of mental health. Radio is unique in being both fantastically intimate and yet part of a shared experience. As well as providing company and fun, radio can be an important lifeline for listeners. It is therefore an obvious choice for us all to come together to talk about the things that matter most in our lives.”

Somethin’ Else Managing Director Steve Ackerman said: “Somethin’ Else is delighted to be working with Radiocentre on the creative and production of this exciting moment in radio history. We are pleased that the power of audio is being used to such fantastic effect and confident that what we’ve produced will get people talking.”

Roger Cutsforth, Chief Executive at The Radio Academy, said: “We have a responsibility to recognise the unique place we in radio occupy in people’s lives. This poignant moment of reflection, a first in UK radio, is a wonderful opportunity to help us improve how we support each other emotionally.”

Phoenix FM hosts its own regular podcast on Mental Health Matters, presented by Graham Stannard. To see details of past recordings visit

Mental Health Matters | Find Focus & Ancestral Healing | Series 2, Episode 7

I have enjoyed returning to the Mental Health Podcast here on Phoenix FM, especially with another couple of wonderful conversations- with entrepreneur Martin Böddeker and multi skilled therapist Marie Delanote.

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Martin Böddeker has achieved a lot in his young life, from a professional poker player, through to starting his own company. He has faced challenges along the way, including painful moments with his family and a failed first company of his own, but has faced them strongly and always sees the positive in situations and works through to outcomes. However, one thing he noticed as he worked for himself was how easy it is to be distracted while working online. It is a problem I have faced and it has affected my well being in the past, with being stuck and procrastinating.

Martin spoke honestly about his journey and how his solution to reduce being distracted became the creation of his new business- You can learn more about it here:

Marie Delanote is a Brentwood based therapist. She is one of four sisters and now has four children of her own. She has struggled with many issues in her life, including OCD, eating problems, depression and anxiety. Now also her two sons have been diagnosed with autism. Over the years she developed meditations and coping mechanisms to deal with these emotions.

She has had great success with them and has also published books- The Healing Of The 1lb Baby and now the children’s meditation book- Acorns To Great Oaks. Marie is also able to help others with a variety of therapy techniques. I learned a lot in our conversation.

Click here to see her website.

Here are the articles mentioned in the mental health news:

Here are the songs played:
Sade – By Your Side (Lovers Rock – 2000)

Corey Hart – I Am By Your Side (Boy In The Box – 1985)

Aurora Borealis – Goodbye 1 & 2 (Goodbye – 2018)

Let us know what you think of the show
Twitter: @MHMpodcast

Facebook: Search “Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM

Helpful Organisations

• Brentwood Mind 01277 234246 or

• Mind 0300 123 3393, text 86463 or

• Samaritans Free on 116 123 , e-mail: or

• SANE 0300 304 7000 (6-11pm every evening) or

• Elefriends (MH Support Forum) –

• Rethink Mental Illness website (for factsheets/blogs etc) :

• YoungMinds
• Parents Helpline: Call: 0808 802 5544 or
(Mon-Fri 9.30am-4pm, free from mobiles & landlines)

• The Silverline – 0800 4 70 80 90 (24 hours, 7 days a week) or

• The CALMzone (Campaign Against Living Miserably)
(5pm-midnight every evening)
• 0808 802 5858 if you’re in London
• or call 0800 58 58 58 Nationwide or

W&S Ryan Winsley Interview

My interview with local Actor and DJ Ryan Winsley, where we discuss his brand new film ‘Hooligan Escape.’ Available on digital download now or on DVD from Monday!

Play list:

Michael Jackson – Black or White

Prodigy – Breathe

Beastie Boys – Sabotage

The Smashing Pumpkins – Tonight Tonight

Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun




Five English football fans have a violent encounter with a group of Russian hooligans at the European Cup. Their fight leaves one man dead and a vengeful Russian with an axe to grind.

Two years later, former SAS man Ed Leighton (Ben Freeman) and four of his best mates travel to the World Cup in Russia, hoping for a trouble free tournament. Unfortunately for them, the Russians have other ideas. 

Herded into a Russian prison and dragged to an unknown secure location, Ed and his mates must find a way out. Aided by the mysterious Veronika (Ali Bastian: The Bill), Ed, Tom, Vince, Jeff and Davie (Charlie Wernham: Bad Education) must evade the most dangerous Russian gangster intent on retribution.

Starring Ben Freeman (Robin Hood The Rebellion), Ali Bastian (Undercover Hooligan, The Bill), Charlie Wernham (Bad Education) Kevin Mathurin (Rillington Place) and Ryan Winsley (Essex Boys Retribution). From the Producers of Hooligan Legacy,Caged, Undercover Hooligan and the upcoming Robin Hood The Rebellion.

Signature Entertainment presents Hooligan Escape on Digital HD 7th May & DVD 14th May