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Friday 26th February - I'm so excited and I just can't hide it!!!

GUEST:  Alan Osborn, Chairman of the Classic Vehicle Club
The prime movers for the formation of the Charity Classic Vehicle Club were originally involved in the organisation of a very successful fund raising event in July 2000. This project was a combined effort between an established classic car club and The Rotary Club of Billericay Mayflower. Including the income from the raffle of a 1925 Ford Model T, the event raised over £26,500 for charities.

The success of this event led the main organisers to consider the potential benefits of establishing a classic car club with the prime objective of fund-raising for charities. The conclusion of their research was that with only one other club in existence in the UK with a similar objective, there was room for a new club.  Thus on January 1, 2001, the Charity Classic Vehicle Club was born.

Alan is currently accepting applications for the next Rally which follows the route of the old A12 starting off at the Bull at 8.30am and finishing at Dedham with a stop off at various points of interest on the way.  Alan has received over 60 applications already and as it coincides with the National Drive it Day why not hop in your classic vehicle and raise some money for a deserving charity, which this year will be Headway Essex
The Club is a multi-make car club and aims to provide a series of quality events throughout the year.
GUEST: Members of the Billericay Operatic Society popped in for a chat about their forthcoming Show We'll Meet Again which is heart warming show taking you through people's experiences of World War II from outbreak to the declaration of peace.  Poetry, Songs and stories will be told with ample opportunity for you to join in with the songs along the way.  It is being performed at 8pm from Tuesday 2nd March to Saturday 6th March and there is a 3pm Matinee on the Saturday. 
BRENTWOOD Rugby Club have changed this weekend's fixture.
They had been scheduled to entertain Chingford this Saturday in the league, but will instead travel to Westcliff for a league and cup match (kick-off 2.30pm).
Last night was a wash-out again.

Looking forward to the weekend, it will be weather dependent again.

Blue Square South
Maidenhead v Chelmsford
Newport v Braintree.

Ryman League Premier
Afc Hornchurch v Hastings
Billericay v Aveley
Carshalton v Canvey
Division 1 north
Concord Rangers v Brentwood
East Thurrock v Ware
Harlow v VCD Athletic
Heybridge Swifts v Potters Bar
Ilford v Tilbury
Redbridge v Leyton
Romford v Great Wakering
Thamesmead v Maldon

Winter Olympics:

In the women's ice hockey final Canada won gold beating USA 2-0

The men's semi final is tonight, and it won't be quite so sporting if it's Canada vs USA in the men's final, which takes place on Sunday night and is the final event of the 2010 Winter Olympics from Vancouver

Also this weekend, we've got the finals of the curling, Canada also in both of those
(and look out for the Norwegian men's slightly odd trousers). And the 4 man bobsleigh coming up, which is the fastest and most difficult of the bobsleigh events, and there's already been loads of crashes in the 2man event, including 2 nasty ones for the Brits

Looks like we'll only end up with the one medal, but what a sensational performance from Amy Williams to win gold last Friday night in the skeleton. It's an improvement on Turin 4 years ago when we won 1 silver, and with the funding issues prior to the Games, I think our athletes have performed really well.

Finally, spare a thought for one of the Nordic Combined competitors (that's ski jump and then a cross country race!!!), who was in the lead with just 15 competitors left in the ski-jump section, when high winds forced the competition to be delayed - and when they restarted it, they reset all the scores so it all started again from scratch...and the guy who was first eventually finished 2nd last! Harsh!

In football this weekend:

On Saturday at 12:45, it's Chelsea vs Man City, where John Terry could face Wayne Bridge, who pulled out of the England squad yesterday. Portsmouth also play away to Burnley.

On Sunday it's the Carling Cup final, Man U vs Aston Villa at Wembley

Cricket is back this weekend, England take on Bangladesh in a one day game on Sunday, that's ahead of a test series in mid-March.

And in 6 Nations, a massive game for England, at home to Ireland tomorrow at 4pm, and that's my highloight of the weekend (that was actually a typo rather than a deliberate attempt at spelling an Irish accent, but I kept it in as it amused me - Pete)

The four hour Saturday Kickabout from 2pm-6pm keeping an eye on the fixtures and with talk about the strategic board game of Go in the first hour.

Burglary at Butchers
Mr Withers arrived at his shop, DGW Meats in Bridge Parade, at 4.30am on Saturday, February 13 to find it had been broken into and a charity collection box was stolen, along with 40 burgers, two chickens and a sirloin steak.  Owner David Withers, 40, has been left so shaken by the raid on his shop in Perry Street, Billericay, that he has scrapped his early-morning shifts.

Police are now appealing for witnesses to the burglary, which happened some time between 5.30pm on Friday, February 12 and 4.40am the next day.  Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC Adam Purser at Wickford police station on 0300 333 4444 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. - Gazette

Plans are at the early stages

Plans have been submitted to Basildon District Council to knock down the 1930's Buttsbury Pre School building and create a new modern premises on the site next to Buttsbury County Infant School in Perry Street, Billericay.

Caroline Corrigan, chairman of the committee for Buttsbury Pre School said: "At the moment what we have got is very basic and is not sustainable for the next 25 years.  The new pre school would provide better disabled access and toilets.

It would also offer a training room, a new kitchen and office space along with a sensory room, to help youngsters learn by stimulating their senses.  It is hoped the project will begin in July and be completed by November. The new pre school will be a wooden structure that will be pre-fabricated off site, to minimise disruption.

Buttsbury Pre School is now waiting to hear if it has been successful in securing the funding for the project from Essex County Council's capital grants funding. - Gazette

One step forwards and two steps back!!
THE Lib Dems have called Brentwood Council’s budget a “step backwards” and said residents will suffer as a result.

Councillors voted through the budget, which includes a council tax rise of 2.89 per cent, at a special policy meeting on Tuesday night. The budget includes £1.5million in savings being made through cuts, including scrapping pest control and dog wardens, saving £60,000. This will mean residents could now face hefty bills to private contractors to remove wasps nests and other pest problems.  The council will also save £40,000 by cutting the amount of money it makes available to community groups through grants.  Lib Dem leader David Kendall said this was unacceptable. He said: “This is a very disappointing budget for the residents of Brentwood.  “The Conservative proposed 2.89 per cent council tax increase is one of the highest in Essex and their cuts in services will be felt by many residents, particular the elderly. Their plans to scrap the pest control service and slash discretionary grants are all backward steps.”  - Weekly News

Dubai shark tank sprung a leak in the shopping centre
Pirates who kidnapped 2 Brits who were sailing around the world have asked for expenses only
And Andrew Chiles throws his toys out of the pram as Chris Evans was asked to do an extended One Show on a Friday night with Christine at his side!!
Friday night
Winter Olympics live coverage from 7pm on BBC 2 with the women's curling team battling it out in the Third-Place-Play-off, and over on BBC3 the action continues at 8.15 with the Women's Parallel Giant Slalom Snowboarding.
Chris Moyles and David Mitchell lock heads in a rating race as they both have comedy quiz's on at 10pm Chris Moyles' Quiz night is on Channel 4 and The Bubble is on BBC 2
Saturday Night
If you haven't had enough of celebrities making fools of themselves on live TV then tune in to BBC1's Let's Dance for Sport Relief at 7.15pm
One for the Kids Scooby-Doo 2 is on ITV2  @9.20
Dancing on ice continues at 6.50 on ITV1 as the seven remaining celebrities skate for their lives to stay in the competition.
And on Channel 4 at 5.30 it's Glee Glee Glee Time (yes you have to sing it) with Episode 8 Mash-up - I can't wait!!!

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