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Billericay Acts of Random Kindness

There’s a stirring in Billericay! But it’s a good one.

Matt Everard

Back on the 12th January Matt Everard, someone better known for his great sense of humour and wit, posted the following on Facebook –

“Indulge me in a serious post for a moment.

This year I want to gather an army of Billericay people.

I want to hear from Billericay folk who are prepared to give up a few hours a month to join me.

We are going to work together to improve things in our town and create a great community by pooling our resources to help others.

The people of Billericay are going to tell us what needs doing and the army are going to solve it.

There won’t be lots of meetings and committees – decisions are going to made quickly to achieve the fastest and maximum results.

I want to encourage and engage in “random acts of kindness” in our town.

I am looking for individuals, couples, groups, community figures, local businesses and people of all ages and ability.

By organising a group, people will make new friends in the town, maybe have a laugh and feel happy.

Personally, I want to be happy. I have read that helping others is a great way to feel happy.

So yes, in that way I am doing it for Matt Everard.

Good things are already starting to happen and it’s not been a week yet.”

What a brilliant idea!

So I’ve joined the Billericay Acts of Random Kindness Facebook group. It’s early days yet and we don’t quite know how it’s going to work in practise but there are already more than 500 members ready and willing to join Matt’s Army.

I thought I’d try something simple the other day when I was out and about, simply smiling at people, and I was surprised that most people smiled back.

Give it a try, it could even start a conversation. And why not join the group and spread the kindness?

The BARK Facebook page is here

I Hope to get Matt in for a chat on air soon. Let’s start a movement!

Matt takes on The Billericay Soapbox Derby last year

Billericay Rugby Football Club Supporting the Local Community

Towards the end of last year one of my guests on the show was Joe Clarke, president of Billericay Rugby Football club who came in to tell us all about the club and how they were connecting with the community.

Well now Billericay Rugby Football Club has donated £1,225.00 in support of Basildon Hospital Children’s Unit for Maintenance Chemotherapy.

Members of the NHS team Dee Harris and Clair Grayston met up with club members to collect the cheque and discuss how the money will be spent.

Left to right – Dee Harris, NHS, Clair Grayston, NHS, Angela Jasper, Alicia Jasper, aged 10, Geoff Maynard, Joe Clarke, President BRFC, Dave Watkins, Members of Billericay RFC committee

Joe said “Former player and club member Jake Fisk’s young daughter Ceci was diagnosed with Leukaemia just days before her first birthday in 2016.  Although Ceci continues to undergo extensive chemotherapy treatment, it is hoped that this will come to an end in February 2018.  We all have our fingers crossed and wish Ceci and her amazing family the very best for what has been a very tough journey.”

“With incredible care coming from Gt Ormond Street and that of the Children’s Unit at Basildon Hospital, albeit with limited resources and equipment, it gave the community rugby club the idea to hold a VP’s lunch.”

“Two of our junior members, Willow and Alicia Jasper aged 10, held a sale of their ‘soft toys’ to raise much needed funds.  These funds were initially identified to go toward child friendly IV/drip trolleys at the Basildon Hospital rather than using adult versions.”

“Should you wish to make further donations we know the family would also love you to support CLIC Sargent – they fight for young cancer patients to ensure they thrive, not just survive.”

CLIC Sargent’s website is here

How do you dispose of that now unwanted Christmas Tree?

Now the question of what to do with your Christmas Tree once the festivities are over is simple if you own a fake tree – you just pack it away until next year, but what if you bought a real one?

Well for one COSTCO customer, the answer was simple.

She returned the now dead tree back to the store and, based on the fact that the tree was indeed dead, demanded a full refund of the purchase price.

Astonishingly her bid was successful, so maybe that’s something worth trying in future!

Margaret Mills joined me in the second hour of the show to explain all about the custom relating to the DUNMOW FLITCH.

If you missed what Margaret told me today, just click on the link below:-

See you again next week,

It’s all to do with the law

I was pleased today to welcome back Brian Hughes from Shenfield based solicitors, RAINER HUGHES.

In recent weeks Brian has been looking at the knotty issues regarding tenancy issues and leading on from this, today Brian looked at the pros and cons of going into the property market as a landlord.

He initially ran through what that entails before looking once more at the position from the perspective of the potential tenant.

Listen again here tho all that Brian had to say on this subject: –

Keeping loosely to a legal brief, in the second hour we reported on an incident which occurred just over a week ago in St Ives Cambridgeshire, where it seems police are intent on tracking down and prosecuting a motorist who “thoughtlessly” drove through a puddle soaking a mother and her two children.

Noting that police close to where I live reportedly did not have the manpower available to investigate a break in involving the theft of some £20,000 worth of jewellery, it’s good to know they have their priorities right in at least some parts of the country!

See you again tomorrow,


Analyse My Dream and Introducing Song Connections

Really enjoyed todays show which was a bit of a surprise as I was still reeling from a very strange dream I had last night.
After a disastrous photography assignment where I couldn’t get the camera to work properly I had to report back to David Attenborough at the BBC. In the lift I couldn’t remember whether David was located on the 5th or the 6th floor so instead of pressing either button I pressed the button marked “Prawn Sandwich £3”
A prawn sandwich appeared but I kept pressing the button and I ended up with armfuls of them without being charged. If anyone knows how to analyse dreams perhaps you could let me know the meaning of this one!

I also introduced a new feature on today’s show – Song Connections.

Three songs with something in common. Guess the connection,

I made the first one really easy, they will get much harder!

Maximo Park – Girls Who Play Guitars

Justin Hayward – Blue Guitar

The Beatles – While My Guitar Gently Weeps

You don’t need me to tell you the connection this week but look out for future Song Connections, you’ll be scratching your head!

Bye for now…

Mine’s bigger than yours!

The past week has seen some amazing allegations reportedly contained in a new book about the workings of the current incumbent of the WHITE HOUSE.

And before that we saw some rather undiplomatic tweets from said incumbent aimed at his North Korean counterpart concerning the size of their buttons and whether or not they work.

Now that aforementioned recent book asserts that, fearing that someone might try to poison him – (who on earth would want to do that?) –  Mr Trump likes to eat food from McDonalds because he knows it is freshly cooked.  

It seems that this revelation was too much for rival fast food company, KFC who have now  joined the fray and taken a pop at Mc Donalds saying that someone should tell Ronald, the leader of that red nosed regime that whilst Ronald says he has a burger on his desk at all times, they have one in a box which is bigger and more powerful and also contains gravy!

So is it a case of the Colonel, Ronald and burgers at dawn?

Will mushrooms be on the menu and what might the fall out be?

Who knows?

Watch this space and take cover! 

Being a Tuesday, Margaret Mills joined me in the second hour of the show to describe the scene when QUEEN VICTORIA opened Epping Forest on Saturday May 6th 1882.

You can listen again here to what Margaret had to say about this event: –

Listen back to the whole show here: –

See you again next week,

A Sky High Shock!

On today’s show we heard about two incidents involving sky high costs.

First off came news from the USA where a woman was less than thrilled to receive an electricity bill for US$284Bn!

The good news is that she was given a year to settle the sum with the first minimum payment set at just under $30,000.

With all the cold weather there right now, her next bill might be higher still!

Fortunately it was all down to a computer error but she did ask her son to think about giving her a heart monitor for Christmas.

Meanwhile closer to home a man living in sheltered accommodation is facing a fine of £40,000!

So what did he do to attract this unwelcome financial penalty?

Well it seems that he became so impatient to get off a plane after an unexplained 30 minute hold up for the doors to be opened, that he decided to activate the emergency exit and leave via the wing! 

He should try flying to JFK where due to the freezing temperature and heavy snow, some people have been left sitting on the tarmac for several hours!

At the time of his offence he had just 16p in his pocket and given that he lives in a hostel for those deemed at risk, it seems unlikely that the fine will be settled any time soon.

Oh dear!

Listen again here to today’s show: –
See you again tomorrow,

The start of a New Year

Wow 2018! Can you believe it?

Maybe you’ve been partying over the past couple of weeks and if so, you may be feeling that it’s time to return to normality.

But I bet whatever you’ve been up to you won’t have matched the boozy antics of a group of students over in Maryland who got so “out of it” that when police raided their party, they were shocked to find that even the air in the room where the party was being held registered on their breathalysers as being intoxicated, if not quite over the limit!

Now that’s going some.

But well under the limit was Margaret Mills who returned today with news of the poet, John Clare, who whilst not hailing from Essex, spent many years in High Ongar.

You can listen again here to what Margaret told me today: –

See you again next week,

The Billericay Discussion Page Christmas Request Show

The Billericay Discussion Page is a Facebook group with over 23,000 members discussing all things Billericay, from lost shoes to the best takeaways, taxi services and moans about bad parking. In fact it’s anything Billericay related and is a great community resource if you want to know what’s going on in the town.Santa-Claus-carrying-sack-of-gifts

So last month I asked the good people of Billericay via the discussion page to tell us what their favourite Christmas song of all time was and this show contains all of their requests and dedications. But let’s not forget the good people of Brentwood too, you are most welcome to listen in!

You can listen to the show here:

The requests featured are:

The Pogues and Kirsty McColl – Fairytale of New York for Karen Watson,  Sarah Ann Horgan, Nikki Hammond, and Kellie Davison

Wham – Last Christmas for Susan Dale and Kerry Nicholls Pearce

The Crystals – Parade of the Wooden Soldiers for Neill Tobin

Roland Rat – Ding Dong Ding Dong Christmas Down the Drain for Bill Ratkins

The Waitresses – Christmas Wrapping for Jo Hardiman, Nicci Swainbank and Jude Edwards

Greg Lake – I Believe in Father Christmas for Ash Drake

Billy Fury – My Christmas Prayer for Daniel Heeney

Mariah Carey – All I Want for Christmas is You for Julie Newman, Susan Dale, Amy Rendell and Debbie Butcher

Bad Religion – White Christmas and The Ramones – Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight) for Neil Burgess

Kylie Minogue – Santa Baby and Jonah Lewie – Stop The Cavalry and Bobby Helms – Jingle Bell Rock for Emma Stevens

The Ronettes – Sleigh Ride for Sarah Kilby

Dora Bryan – All I Want for Christmas is a Beatle for Jacqui James

Elmo and Patsy – Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer for Maggi Warren

The Darkness – It’s Christmas Time for Jackie Rayner

Bob Dylan – Must Be Santa for Anne Clarke

Slade – Merry Christmas Everybody for Adam Adshead

Pentatonix – Mary Did You Know for John Humphries

Wizzard – I Wish It Could be Christmas Every Day and Bing Crosby and David Bowie – The Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth for Linda Campling

Thanks to all who contributed their requests to the show. I couldn’t have done it without you!


Billericay Street Pastors – Phil Norton

Billericay Street pastors are Christian volunteers from local churches who provide non-judgemental care and support to people using Billericay town centre on Friday and Saturday nights.
They are part of a national team first pioneered in 2003, and Street Pastors continues to grow throughout the UK and across the world.

Joining me today to tell us all about the Street Pastors and what they do was Phil Norton.

Phil Norton

Phil Norton

You can listen to our chat here –

You can find out more about the Billericay Street Pastors here

and The Ascension Trust website is here

The Street Pastor Team at Billericay Christmas Market this year.

The Street Pastor Team at Billericay Christmas Market this year.