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Monday 1st March - Pinch and a Punch the First of the Month

I hope that you had a lovely weekend and you're ready for another fun packed week.  I had an exhausting weekend but i did cram in loads of fun stuff including the Theatre on Friday, Dinner with the Girls on Saturday and Couples Day on Sunday.  I just wish I could meet up with my friends more often as I really enjoy their company especially when him in doors is with me too.  Anyway less of my gushing and on with the show, here's what happened today:
GUEST: Wendy Wiggins, Youth Worker for Billericay
I was first made aware of the work being done by Billericay's Youth team when an article was published in the Brentwood Gazette about the Youth Bus which runs every Tuesday night from 6.30 to 9.30pm until the end of March.  It was bursting at the seams with at times anything up to 23 youngsters visiting the bus for a cup of Hot Chocolate, a chat with friends and advise from the youth workers who were on hand to answer any questions they had.  There are now 10 young people that regularly attend the bus so that Wendy can really get on with some quality Youth Work, and getting advisors in to chat to the young people to help them with Sexual Health, Drugs advice and finding work.
Having spoken to a lot of the Young People that use the Skate Park in Lake Meadows, Wendy has also put together a proposal to upgrade the facilities. The users of the skate park have also been heavily involved in the project attending Youth Council meetings and plan to do some fundraising of their own to show their committment to the work that is being done. 
If you want to find out more about how you can get involved in Youth Work or you are a young person who wants to get involved with the current Skate Park Project then e-mail Wendy: or go along to the Youth Bus night at Lake Meadows every Tuesday from 6.30 to 9.30pm until the end of March.
Blue Square Premier:-
Altrincham      1 - 1      Grays Athletic
Ten-man Grays' winless run extended to 13 matches but they battled to earn a point in a 1-1 draw with Altrincham at Moss Lane. Harlee Dean was dismissed late on for Grays after picking up his second yellow card.
Blue Square South:-
Maidenhead United      0 - 2      Chelmsford City
It was the Essex side's fifth clean-sheet which laid the foundations for a fourth win in five as goals from Ricky Holmes and Marlon Patterson bolstered the Clarets’ second-place position in the league.
Newport county      1 - 0      Braintree Town
Braintree played a determined match and with just one away defeat in the league all season but they were undone by a 63rd minute goal when Sam Foley pounced after a Danny Rose free-kick provided the chance.  Chelmsford are 2nd in the league. Braintree are 4th.
Ryman Premier:-
AFC Hornchurch 1 - 1 Hastings United
Billericay v Aveley was postponed
Carshalton Athletic 0 - 0 Canvey Island
Ryman Division 1 North:-
Concord Rangers 2 - 0 Brentwood Town
East Thurrock United 2 - 1 Ware
Harlow Town 1 - 2VCD Athletic
Ilford 5 - 4 Tilbury
Thames-mead Town 1 - 5 Maldon Town
Tonight, round four of the Championship Manager Cup: Aveley v Canvey Island
Canada won the final gold medal at the Winter Olympics. They took the men's ice hockey title with a sudden death three-two overtime win against the USA.

A DRIVER had to be rescued by Firefighters from his van when he got trapped three feet of flood water at Buttsbury Wash in Billericay. A spokesman for the fire service said: "This is a notorious hazard during wet weather and fire officers continue to warn motorists of the dangers. Drivers continue to travel through the ford despite the warnings, putting their own lives and those of their rescuers at risk." - Evening Echo
Following on from this story:
ESSEX firefighters were called to around 40 flood-related incidents. Some calls have seen fire crews called to help stranded motorists while others have seen firefighters dealing with electricity cables affected by the torrential rain. The most emergency calls have come from Wickford, Rawreth, Braintree and Billericay. *Full story in Monday's Echo  - Gina Marden
Children from two schools – Mountnessing Primary and The Endeavour were celebrating after hearing that their schools were among the winners of the Cash for Schools competition run by the Gazette and its sister paper the Chronicle.  Mountnessing Primary, in Roman Road, landed the second prize, of £2,000, to build a canopy area to link its indoor and outdoor play areas; and The Endeavour School, in Hogarth Avenue, Brentwood, also won the hearts of the voters and picked up £500 to go towards upgrading the library facilities with new bookshelves, seating and a desk for the computer.  - Brentwood Gazette
Alistair Campbell, a key aide to Tony Blair during his time as Prime Minister, will be talking about his new book Time to Change at Bishops Hill in Hutton on March 30. The event is part of the 11th Essex Book Festival next month. The Brentwood area will host home-grown duo from Hutton, Malcolm Burgess and Heather Reyes, along with best-selling Irish novelist Orna Ross, at Brentwood Library on March 16.  On March 23, Ingatestone Library is the venue for author Georgina Wakefield. Tickets for the events can be ordered through www.essex or call 01206 573948. - Weekly News
A new Campaign has been launched to get unsigned talent in to the top 40 for one week at the end of March.  If you are interested in your band STORMING THE CHARTS then you need to apply through the Facebook campaign page.  they will be whittled down to 40 with an online voting system after the Judges have selected the best.


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