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Friday 19th February - I just can't wait for the Saturday

James Holt spoke to me this morning about his role as the Story Teller in  Eastern Angles touring production of The Long way home.  This is James' first outing with Eastern Angles and his performance skills are being stretched to the limit, playing multiple roles along with operating puppets.
Formed in 1982, Eastern Angles has blazed a trail across the East of England, becoming a national model of excellence for rural touring before expanding to include national touring, Edinburgh Festival visits and site-specific work. Its current annual programme includes: a community tour to village halls in the Spring with new writing, often with a regional flavour; a Haven Gateway site-specific show in the Summer; Platform Peterborough in the Autumn; and a unique comic extravaganza in the Sir John Mills Theatre and Seckford Theatre over the Christmas season. In between, we commission new plays, tour shows nationally, present new work by BME writers during Black History Month, and workshop new scripts.
Eastern Angles have used music, puppetry and traditional storytelling techniques to bring this folktale, The Longway Home, to life.  The story centres on a spirited old woman and her pilgrimage across country back to the seaside village of her childhood. As she treks across the land the ‘old mother’ meets an abandoned dog-boy and a tender friendship is forged. On the way, the two companions encounter a series of strange and unsettling characters - a distraught mother, a proud farmer, dangerous bandits and ghosts from the past all fighting their own personal battles.
The playwright is Charles Way who is an award-winning writer of over thirty plays. Eastern Angles audiences will remember his wonderfully atmospheric play In The Bleak Midwinter which toured the East of England back in 2000. 

The Long Way Home will be directed by Naomi Jones whose record-breaking 2009 tour, Return To Akenfield, gained glowing reviews from The Guardian (at The Brentwood Theatre) and The Times. She also directed the acclaimed Flight Path at The Bush Theatre.
Tickets can be bought from the Theatre Box office for Saturday's performance as Friday has nearly sold out: 01277 200305 
Free Credit Checks are available to Small Businesses  from Essex County Council's Libraries Business Information Service and Businesses are told to check Bills issued by the borough Council for errors
Weather dependent the following matches are due to take place this weekend:
Blue Sq Premier
Kettering Town  v  Grays Athletic
Blue Sq SouthBraintree Town v Bromley
Eastleigh v Thurrock
Lewes v Chelmsford City
Ryman PremierAveley v  Harrow Borough
Billericay Town v Maidstone United
Margate v Canvey Island
Wealdstone v AFC Hornchurch
Ryman D1 North
Brentwood Town v Harlow Town
Cheshunt v Heybridge Swifts
Concord Rangers v Thamesmead Town
Lowestoft Town v East Thurrock United
Maldon Town v Potters Bar Town
Redbridge v Great Wakering Rovers
Tilbury v Leyton
VCD Athletic v Romford
Waltham Forest v Ilford
Winter Olympics - Sarah Ainsworth starts her winter olympic bid this weekend in the freestyle skiing, Amy Williams leading the skeleton overnight, and brilliant downhill battles, especially in the women's with Chemmy Alcott finishing 15th on a really difficult course which saw some spectacular crashes, and one quite hilarious one: 
Curling hasn't been going too well although the women's team are starting to get some results so fingers crossed we can get some medals over the next week from Vancouver.

Some food for thought as it was announced that there are plans afoot for a play-off to get the 4th qualifying spot for the Champions League? I think it's a terrible, unnecessary idea - what do you think?
No 6 nations this weekend so go and watch some local football and rugby, or you can hear the latest results this weekend on the Saturday Kickabout Steve Robertson and Dan Westram.  The lads will be joined by Bernie Curtis, local secretary for the 40+ Cycling Club.  Bernie will be talking about the up and coming events for the thriving  club, which was formed in 1951 for older cyclists in South East England.  They will also be looking back over the first week of the Vancouver Winter Olympics.  Join the Phoenix fm Sports Team every Saturday from 3-6pm.

CONTROVERSIAL plans to build new homes on a conservation area off Billericay High Street have been approved despite rejections from two councils. The refusals were dramatically overturned after developer R and G Holmes appealed to the Government’s independent planning inspector. - Evening Echo

Arsonists attack home of disabled lad
POLICE are hunting arsonists who doused a family's front door with petrol and then set light to it, while they were asleep inside.  One of those asleep inside was a disabled 13-year-old boy, who uses a wheelchair, when the fire broke out in a house in Peartree Lane, in Doddinghurst, on Sunday, February 7, at 1.20am.
The family was able to get out of the house safely and called the fire service, who quickly dealt with the fire.
As a precaution, fire officers visited the family and fitted extra smoke detectors and a special bag to the back of the door in case anything flammable is put through the door.  Police are now hunting the culprits and have appealed for information.  If you saw anything suspicious on the night of the fire you should contact Dc Krout, at Brentwood CID, on 0300 333 4444.
A MAN has been charged in connection with railway trespass and a theft-related offence. He appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates Court on Saturday 13th February, where he denied the charges. He appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court today the 19th February
BRENTWOOD Council looks set to up council tax by nearly three per cent, one of its lowest increases in 16 years.
The council will finalise its 20010/11 budget at a special policy meeting, being held in the town hall on Tuesday, where it is expected to agree a 2.89 per cent rise in council tax. The rise works out at an extra 9p a week for people living in B and D band properties.  - Weekly News
SHOP owners, shoppers and councillors took pare in a Pancake Day race down Crown Street, in Brentwood.  The racers were brandishing frying pans, slipping and sliding in the rain on Tuesday. 
Lin Heath, who runs the French Quarter said “It was a little taste of old Brentwood, there was some great community spirit. We’re planning more events like this, and also hoping to include traders from Shenfield and Ingatestone into the association.”
Labour councillor Mike Le-Surf romped to victory, winning two tickets for a show at Brentwood Theatre he added: “It was good fun.” Asked if his victory was down to any special technique, the modest councillor said: “It was just a lot of luck because I did drop my pancake. I was just lucky everyone else dropped theirs too.”  - Weekly News
Ray Winstone, Seal and Leslie Ash Celebrate with you today - Many Happy Returns


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