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Tuesday 9th March - Girl Power!

Yesterday was Women's day and today we look at the reputation of Essex Girls and the attempt to Exorcise the image.  There have been some very successful women from Essex including Denise van Outen  - known for her work on The Big Breakfast and then launching her West End Stage Career, there is also Romford born Millicent Martin who was sang the theme tune for 'That was the week that was', had a very successful career on the stage and then went on to star in many American sitcoms including Fraser playing Daphne's mother. Other great Actresses include Dame Maggie Smith, from Ilford and Dame Helen Mirren who was raised in Westcliffe and went to school with my Mother in Law.  And the latest edition to successful Essex girls is Bentwood's own Pixie Lott, and not forgetting Singer Alison Moyet, Athlete Sally Gunnel, and Actress Martine McCutcheon

It is jokes like What do you call an Essex girl behind a steering wheel?  An Air Bag which give the county's Girls a bad name, Luckily I have the confidence to rise above the jokes and pursue my hopes dreams and aspirations, but some girls aren't as fortunate and so a campaign has been launched and is backed by some very successful Essex Women! - Girl Power!!!

Thanks to tasteless jokes, several females in our county struggle with low self-esteem socially and in business, according to campaigners who are ready to fight back against the stereotype. Exorcising the image of the Essex girl is no small task, but it is one that the recently formed Essex Women's Advisory Group is ready to accept with open arms and minds. The group has been set up to help Essex women and girls who have found the promiscuous, white-stiletto-wearing, cheap-wine-guzzling airhead stereotype to be detrimental to their self-confidence. To combat it, they have organised a three-year programme to improve the image of the Essex Girl, and to create a fund to help nurture, educate and protect Essex females. 

The group is made up of several leading Essex figures, including Essex county council chairman Elizabeth Hart, assistant chief constable Sue Harrison, and head of Essex police criminal justice department Tricia Brennan.They have already raised £34,000, which will be shared between women's refuges in Essex, the Essex branch of the Prince's Trust and Essex Girl Guiding, and they have attracted top businesswomen and successful artists from the county to give careers advice to young Essex girls.  In her role as vice chairman of the Essex Prince's Trust, Daphne Field, who is in charge of promoting the project, came across dozens of young girls who were lacking in self-esteem. The 70-year-old, of Galleywood, said: "A lot of the girls we were helping were suffering so much from this image, so we decided to do something. There are so many successful girls in Essex and we wanted to promote this."

A massive fundraiser will take place at Hylands Park in Chelmsford on July 10 and will aim to bring together businesswomen and celebrities who either were born in Essex or have moved here.  The "Day for the Girls of Essex" will be a celebration of girls and women and the role they can play at all levels of society, and will publicise Essex Girls past and present as role models. For more information, visit - Brentwood Gazette
If you are an Essex girl who has achieved great things get in touch with Phoenix FM as we would love to have you in for a chat as inspiration to future generations of Essex Girls.

A TRUCK driver who tailgated and swore at a Braintree man who was was driving his black VW Golf  on the the Southend-bound 50mph limit stretch at around 8.15am on February 19on the A127 has prompted a police appeal for information. Police are appealing for anyone who remembers seeing the incident to contact PC Dan Bray at Leigh police station on 0300 333 4444.

YOUNG and old fans of rock n’ roll will get their share of nostalgia when the musical Shake, Ripple and Roll rolls on to an Essex stage this month.  Youngsters from Blackmore Players take to the stage for the first time to present a show that will have feet tapping. Their first show, directed by Ken Templey, is set in New York’s suburbia in the 1950s. Accompanied by a rocking and rolling soundtrack, the young actors will take the stage at the village hall, in Nine Ashes Road, Blackmore, on March 12 and 13.  Both performances will start at 8pm and entry is £4. To order tickets, call Jacqui on 01277 372386. - Weekly News
Blue Square South:-
Thurrock v Braintree Town

Ryman Premier:-
Billericay Town v Hendon
Canvey Island v Harrow Borough
Waltham Abbey v Aveley

Ryman D1 North:-
Leyton v Redbridge
Lowestoft Town v Brentwood Town
Romford v Concord Rangers
VCD Athletic v Harlow Town

All games kick-off at 7.45 and tune in tomorrow morning between 8 and 9 for the results courtesy of Steve Robertson from the Saturday Kick-about
My guest Anne Jolly from SADS UK wasn't able to make it in today but we hope to reorganise it for another date and I will let you know.  In the meantime check out the website to see what good work she has been doing in the county to raise awareness of Sudden Death Syndrome.

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