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Welcome to Monday, I hope that you had a good weekend, it was a bit of a wash out weather wise but there was a variety of sport, X factor and Strictly for you to get involved in!!! And boy was it controversial for Cheryl Cole!!
LOCAL NEWS Moving tributes have been paid to a BBC Essex broadcaster who has died after a short battle with lung cancer. John Hayes, 61, lost his fight against the disease at Farleigh Hospice, in Chelmsford. His professional career began in the mid-Seventies at the United Biscuits Network, before moving to independent radio. IIn 1983, Mr Hayes joined Essex Radio in Southend, where he presented the mid-morning show. When he moved to BBC Essex, he headed up the Southend studio, from where he presented his morning programme. He was also the commentator at the Southend Air Show for many years. - Evening Echo
Health bosses have praised eight “health heroes” who have gone beyond the call of duty with a special award. Winners included:
Stephanie Norman, occupational therapy assistant at Mayflower day hospital, in Billericay, is another health hero for her tireless work in and out of working hours, which includes setting up an outreach group for patients.
And Dr Sarfraz, a GP at South Green Surgery, in Billericay, was also given recognised for providing excellent care over the past 15 years.

An early Barry Corr header secured Southend United a 1-0 win over Lincoln City at Roots Hall this afternoon.
The Blues striker nodded home a deep left wing cross from Ryan Hall after just three minutes.
But there was little else to excite the supporters during a mostly uneventful encounter
Even SOUTHEND United manager Paul Sturrock was disappointed by his side’s display against Lincoln City.
"That was probably our poorest performance of the season at home,” slammed the Scotsman.
“Too many people got sloppy and didn’t work hard enough in the shape of the team.” - By Chris Phillips, Evening Echo

02 Oct 10 Premier Division
Aveley 0 - 3 Cray Wanderers
Billericay Town 2 - 1 Horsham
Canvey Island 0 - 2 Kingstonian
Folkestone Invicta 1 - 1 Concord Rangers
Tonbridge Angels 7 - 1 AFC Hornchurch

02 Oct 10 F.A. Trophy - [ Preliminary Round ] Barton Rovers 3 - 1 Maldon & Tiptree
Brentwood Town 4 - 3 East Thurrock United
Cheshunt 0 - 2 Great Wakering Rovers
Fleet Town 3 - 1 Tilbury
Ilford 2 - 0 Whitstable Town
Redbridge 2 - 1 Chatham Town
Thamesmead Town 0 - 0 Heybridge Swifts
Waltham Abbey 0 - 2 Soham Town Rangers

BASKETBALL ESSEX Pirates were beaten 102-69 at home to MK Lions in the BBL Trophy tonight.
Myles Hesson top scored for the Southend based side with 27 points.

SHOWBIZ TV producers are planning to remake Dallas - focussing this time on JR's son John Ross - and it's thought 24 star Kiefer Sutherland could play the lead role. Larry Hagman - the original JR - is also being touted with a return to the show that will once more revolve around the family scandals at Southfork Ranch. It is almost 20 years since Dallas last aired in Britain.

Tickets for Glatonbury 2011 have sold out - within just over four hours of going on sale this morning. Lines opened at 9 am on Sunday - and the tickets were all snapped up by around 13.15. Organiser Emily Eavis has thanked punters for their patience on the official Twitter site, saying she wishes there was a way to fit everyone in.

X FActor results from last night FYD, 1 Direction and Belle Amie, will make up Simon Cowell's groups.
Cheryl Cole selected Cher Lloyd, former receptionist Katie Waissel and single
mum Rebecca Ferguson for her Girls category.
Matt Cardle, Nicolo Festa and Aiden Grimshaw will be mentored by Dannii
Minogue in the Boys category.
And Louis Walsh's over-28s feature Irish supermarket worker Mary Byrne, Storm

And the word on the street is that the judges will be given a wild card to select a contestant that was knocked out of the competition on Sunday.


Evening Echo, By George Thorpe
A DRIVING instructor fears signposts that have been sawn in half are an accident waiting to happem. Tape has been put on to cover the cut off point of the signs, but their sharp ends have been left sticking out. Mr Musaji first noticed one outside his house in London Road where the speed limit was being changed from 40 to 30mph. Mr Musaji said: “I am worried because some of the cut signs are just over half a metre high, and if there is an accident involving a motorist or cyclist it could be fatal. A lot of cars are made out of more lightweight metals nowadays, and at the moment I feel as if it is an accident just waiting to happen.”

A county council spokesman said: “The council has been made aware of the unwanted posts still in place at a small number of sites in the Basildon area. “Highways officers are now investigating the situation and will work to get these removed.”


05 Oct 10 Premier Division
AFC Hornchurch VS Folkestone Invicta
Concord Rangers VS Billericay Town
Harrow Borough VS Aveley
Lowestoft Town VS Canvey Island
05 Oct 10 Division One North
Brentwood Town VS Waltham Forest
Maldon & Tiptree VS Enfield Town
Wingate & Finchley VS East Thurrock United

05 Oct 10 F.A. Trophy - [ Preliminary Round - Replay ] Heybridge Swifts VS Thamesmead Town

05 Oct 10 The Championship Manager Cup - [ Second Round ] Waltham Abbey VS Needham Market

Evening Echo Sports news with Chris Phillips SOUTHEND United could be missing both their first choice strikers for tonight’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy clash at Barnet. For Barry Corr (hip) and Blair Sturrock (hamstring) face late checks on their fitness. And they could well both miss out on the second round clash at Underhill. The on loan Nathaniel Jarvis, Harry Crawford and Matt Paterson are all pushing to replace the forwards if they fail to recover in time to take on Bees. But Sturrock will definitely be forced in to at least one change as midfielder Michael Timlin is cup tied having played in the first round for Swindon Town at Southampton. Louie Soares or Adam Bouzid are in line to replace him but the Blues boss will not be making too many other alterations to his team as he is keen to reach the latter stages of the competition.

COMMONWEALTH GAMES THREE Basildon gymnasts have won a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games. Danny Lawrence, 26, Reiss Beckford, 18, and Max Whitlock, 17, who train at South Essex Gymnastics Club, off Cranes Farm Road, were part of the five-man team just pipped to the gold by Australia in Delhi yesterday. And they were trained by South Essex Gymnastics Club’s coach Scott Hann, 30, who has travelled with the squad to India. Millions nationwide tuned into BBC One to see the thrilling artistic gymnastics team competition. - More in Today’s Evening Echo

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A concert's being held on what would have been Blue Peter presenter Caron Keating's 48th birthday to raise money for breast cancer support. The second annual Pinktober concert, in London, will include performances from The Bangles, Beverley Knight, and Amy Macdonald.
Money will go to the Caron Keating Foundation, set up in memory of the TV star who died in 2004.
Justin Timberlake looks like he's put his music career on hold. In an interview he says has no plans for a follow-up to FutureSex/LoveSounds, which was out four years ago. He says "he'll know when he knows". These days, you're more likely to see the former 'N Sync star acting in films.
In a radio interview:
Sir Tom Jones has revealed that he almost earned a Licence To Kill. The Welsh music legend says James Bond bosses once considered him to play the agent. He's revealed the producer of the series, Cubby Broccoli, toyed with the idea of casting him as double-oh-seven, long before Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig.
The Metro reports that Britney Spears could soon be getting back control of her life as she met with a Los Angeles judge last week to asses her well-being, the next hearing is scheduled for October 14th
The shamed Rapper 50 cent is refusing to apologise after he appeared to urge gay men to commit suicide in a rant on Twitter. Will Young has hit back at the rap star telling his own followers '50 Cent... He is nice man, isn't he? This all comes as the US was coming to terms with a string of suicides by young gay people linked to bulying.
Katy Perry is turning in to a Bridezilla!! Russel Brand says he's been ordered by his celebrity mates and his future father in-law to keep out of Katy Perry's way when it comes to organising their wedding. The Groom has revealed: 'My control is limited but that's OK because I might make aesthetic malfunctions and shoddy decisions but it seems to be going very, very well.'


Gazette Headlines: *How NHS will cut £52M
*Hospital Snub for mum on death bed pg 3
*Woman priest is a first for parish pg5
*Conmen rob OAP of Charity donation pg9

Evening Echo: Dazzling dance troupe Diversity have injected a dose of street cred into a campaign to create a state-of-the-art children’s A&E unit in Basildon. The 11-strong south Essex group, led by Ashley Banjo from Wickford, are backing Basildon Hospital’s new Polly Parrot Appeal. The campaign, set to be launched tomorrow, aims to raise £250,000 for the new children’s A&E unit set to open at the hospital in 2012. The department – which will be the first stand alone children’s A&E in Essex – will be part of the £17million new A&E building currently being constructed at the hospital in Nethermayne. Now, with Diversity behind them, hospital bosses are calling on residents, business and workers to help them raise their target. The cash which will be spent on a multi-sensory room, which will be particularly therapeutic for children with special needs, as well as toys and other home comforts for poorly youngsters attending the A&E. To get involved with the appeal or to make a donation, call 01268 524900 ext 4198, or e-mail

05 Oct 10 Premier Division
AFC Hornchurch 4 - 0 Folkestone Invicta
Concord Rangers 1 - 1 Billericay Town
Harrow Borough 1 - 2 Aveley
Lowestoft Town 1 - 1 Canvey Island

05 Oct 10 Division One North Brentwood Town 3 - 1 Waltham Forest
Maldon & Tiptree 2 - 4 Enfield Town
Wingate & Finchley 2 - 1 East Thurrock United

05 Oct 10 F.A. Trophy - [ Preliminary Round - Replay ] Heybridge Swifts 1 - 2 Thamesmead Town

05 Oct 10 The Championship Manager Cup - [ Second Round ] Waltham Abbey 2 - 1 Needham Market

Evening Echo Sport, By Chris Phillips MATT Paterson came in from the cold to fire 10 man Southend United to a 3-1 triumph at Barnet last night. The striker has been made available for loan by Blues boss Paul Sturrock and failed to make the Scotsman's last three match-day squads.
But injuries to Barry Corr and Blair Sturrock meant Paterson was back in favour to face the Bees and he responded by bagging a brace as Blues convincingly cruised through to the third round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Common Wealth Results
Danny Lawrence was in the men's gymnastics team who took silver on Monday. Roberto Pavoni came 7th in the Men's 200m butterfly.
And in Australia at the commonwealth fencing championships Anthony Crutchett won two golds and then went on to win a team gold with the England men's sabre team beating the host team 45 - 36 on Sunday.

MOVIE NEWS The US box office number 1 Wall Street hits the cinemas today , starring Michael Douglas and Shia LaBeouf

The set of the Lord of the Rings prequel 'The Hobbit' has burned down in New
Zealand. It took 50 firefighters in Wellington three hours to bring the blaze under control - which is thought to have been started deliberately. Shooting on the film is reportedly scheduled to begin early in 2011, but it's not yet known whether the incident will delay production.
Nineties blockbuster Titanic is to be released in 3D to coincide with the 100th
anniversary of the ship's sinking. The epic, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, is the second highest grossing of all time behind another James Cameron film - Avatar.
The movie will be released in 2012.
Facebook movie "The Social Network" has found millions of friends at the US box office.
The drama took 23 million dollars over the weekend, earning the number one spot.
It's based on the founding of the popular social networking website, and stars British actor Andrew Garfield.
A film following the life of one of Britain's most notorious drug baron's premiered in London Monday night. Welshman Howard Marks spent seven years behind bars in the US in the 1980s and 90s, after police cracked his worldwide drugs operation. He was was once on the FBI's most wanted list.

New Releases this week: Wall Street: Money never Sleeps (12A)
The Death and Life of Charlie St Cloud (12A)
starring Zac Effron
Life as we know it (12A) A comedy Drama starring Katherine Heigel and Josh Duhamel as two singletons become surrogate parents to an orphaned girl when their mutual best friends die in an accident.
New York, I Love You (15) is a celebration of the Big Apple with love stories across the city.
A Town Called Panic (PG) is an animated plastic toy story with a cowboy and Indian in the lead roles - the Gazette says that it is strange but entertaining!

GO’s Best Films Made in Dagenham (15) ****
The Town (15) ****
I’m still here (15) ****
Tamara Drewe (15)****

By Sophie Edwards
Campaining residents were dealt a crushing blow when Basildon councillors approved plans to build homes on a cherished playing field. Planning bosses debated the controversial proposals to allow 25 homes on a playing field off Felmores, Pitsea, at a packed Basildon Council development control meeting last night. After two hours of debate, during which opposition and even Tory councillors spoke out against the scheme, five members voted to pass the application, while two opposed it. The move is a kick in the teeth for more than 1,000 residents who signed a petition and those who joined an online Facebook group opposing the plans.
Last night’s decision does not bode well for campaigners fighting to save two other pieces of land also earmarked for development. These are playing fields in Kent View Road, Vange, and a community centre off Pound Lane, Laindon, which will soon come before planning bosses.
The land is under threat because the Tory administration says it needs to raise cash for the £38million Sporting Village, being built in Gloucester Park.

06 Oct 10 Division One North
Ilford 2 - 0 Redbridge

Pete's look at the weekend sport and Common Wealth Games update:
- It's an international weekend, Scotland, Wales and Ireland playing, and Northern Ireland are at home to Italy. England play on Tuesday at home to Montenegro

Rugby Union - Heineken Cup gets underway, Saracens away to Clermont Auvergne, Irish at home to Munster, both on Saturday afternoon.

Golf - dunhill Cup in Scotland, Lee Westwood could become world number one if he finishes inside the top 2.

Formula 1 - Japan GP this weekend, qualifying at 6am Saturday, race at 7am Sunday.

Commonwealth Games - England with 5 golds so far - 3 in swimming, 1 in gymnastics and 1 in shooting - and 21 medals overall. Thursday’s events include athletics; 100m final (Mark Lewis Francis fastest qualifier), swimming; 800m women freestyle with Becky Adlington fastest qualifier in her favourite event (she already has 2 bronzes, 200m and relay), and it’s the semi finals of the squash with 5 English players still in the draw, guaranteeing 3 medals minimum in the individual events.

THEATRE NEWS: Former Pop Idol star Gareth Gates takes a leading role in Les Mis this
November, as the show goes on tour:

SISTER ACT ON BROADWAY! The show, based on the 1992 movie starring Whoopi Goldberg, will begin its run at the Broadway Theatre in March, producers have said. Casting for the US production has not yet been announced. The musical opened on the London stage last year and featured Goldberg as Mother Superior for a limited number of performances over the summer. The star, who made her West End debut in the show, originally played the principal role of Deloris Van Cartier in the film. On stage, the role of the singer who goes into hiding as a nun after witnessing a murder, is played by Patina Miller. Goldberg helped to produce the musical, which was originally staged in California in 2006. Performances on Broadway are due to start in March, with the public opening night on 20 April.

And from Broadway we get Shrek the Musical which opens on the 6th May 2011 at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, starring Nigel Lindsay, Richard Blackwood, Nigel Harman and Amanda Holden tickets can be bought from See Tickets 08448718810 or Ticket Master 0844 248 5070

Cliffs Pavilion
Dreamboats And Petticoats
Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran's 1960s-set musical, featuring songs by Roy Orbison and Chuck Berry, inspired by the album of the same name
11th - 16th October, 2.30 and 8pm performances
Tickets £20 - 30.50
01702 351135

Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford Palm wine and Stout - Eastern Angles
This is Segun Lee-French's exciting new play with music and dance following the life of a young British Nigerian with a mysterious past.
Friday 8th October, at 8pm
Tickets £5 - 11.50
01245 606505
(Also appearing at the Mirren Studio at the Basildon Towngate Theatre on the 28th October)

Civic Theatre, Chelmsford House of Ghosts - an Inspector Morse Mystery starring colin Barker, the sixth Doctor Who!11th - 16th October
01245 606505

Queens Theatre A Funny thing Happened on the way to the Forum - a cast of 14 of the theatres best Actor Musicians for an extravaganza of music and colour - The Gazette.
until the 16th October
Tickets £14-23
01708 443333


Evening Echo, By Sophie Edwards
Councillors who unsuccessfully voted down plans to build homes in the middle of Billericay may get another chance to oppose them – if local people raise objections. In February, developer R and G Holmes won permission on appeal to build eight houses and a flat on land behind Barclays Bank’s High Street Branch. Basildon Council and Billericay Town Council both opposed the application, arguing the site was too small and the access road too narrow for emergency vehicles to use. However, having won the appeal, the developer has been forced to put in a revised application after learning the approved plans would interfere with a sewer. The application could be decided by planning officers, without going before a planning meeting, because it is only slightly different to the original proposal.

09 Oct 10 Premier Division
AFC Hornchurch VS Billericay Town
Maidstone United VS Aveley

09 Oct 10 Division One North AFC Sudbury VS Ilford
East Thurrock United VS Thamesmead Town
Great Wakering Rovers VS Heybridge Swifts
Harlow Town VS Wingate & Finchley
Redbridge VS Maldon & Tiptree
Tilbury VS Leyton
Waltham Abbey VS Cheshunt
Waltham Forest VS Romford
Ware VS Grays Athletic

09 Oct 10 F.A. Cup - [ Third Round Qualifying ] Boreham Wood VS Enfield Town
Brentwood Town VS Woking
Canvey Island VS Dartford
Carshalton Athletic VS Braintree Town
Concord Rangers VS Hythe Town

COMMONWEALTH GAMES Evening Echo, By James Colasanti REISS Beckford has had a remarkable week at the Common-wealth Games. The 18-year-old, a product of Basildon’s South Essex Gymnastics Club, collected his second silver medal of the tournament Wednesday. He narrowly missed out on gold by 0.1 points to teammate Luke Folwell in the all-round competition following a slip on his dismount from the parallel bars.
Yesterday , the teenager, from, Beckton, east London, took part in the individual floor competition and was just pipped to the post but takes home a silver, he wasn't as successful on the rings but his teammate Luke Folwell managed to take home a silver. And he will also be in the medal hunt today when he competes in the individual vault, parallel bars, and horizontal bar events.

BASKETBALL Evening Echo, By Chris Phillips THERE has not been too much to get excited about for supporters of the Essex Pirates so far this season. Their side have started the campaign with four successive defeats and were seen off in convincing fashion by both MK Lions and Cheshire Jets last weekend. But, amid those disappointing results, has been the emergence of summer signing Myles Hesson. He has top scored in three of Pirates’ four matches so far and bagged 27 points in his side’s last home game against the Lions. The youngster is now aiming for more of the same on Sunday against the Worcester Wolves at the Southend Leisure and Tennis Centre and he already feels settled in his new surroundings. Hesson is one of the players being given an opportunity and this is his first involvement in the BBL. But, having previously played for Great Britain at under 20 level, Hesson is used to playing against top teams. The game tips off at 5pm.

TV for the weekend:
C4 10 - 10.50 - 8 out of 10 cats have guests Jack Osbourne, Uri geller, Tim Minchin and Holly Walsh. And if you get in from drinks to night and fancy a late night movie American Pie the Wedding is on ITV at 10.35. But if music is your thing then Jools Holland is on BBC 2 from 11.50 with the Steve Miller Band, Janelle Monae, Cee lo Green, the Jim Jones Revue and Senegaleses musician Cheikh Lo and Australian Jazz musician CW Stoneking

Saturday: If you want to avoid Strictly and X factor this weekend here is your alternative:
ITV2 has Runaway Bride from 5.10 starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere
Merlin is on BBC 1 from 7.40 then Doctor appears in his tardis on BBC 3 at 8.25 which finishes just in time for Die Hard 4 on C4 at 9.15!

Sunday There is live coverage of the Commonwealth Games on BBC2 from 12 - 5.15T
he Grand Prix starts at 1.10 on BBC 1 and why not finish off the weekend with a movie double and avoid the results show for Strictly come X factor.
One for the comic book fans and the young at heart: Spider-man 2 on Channel 5 which starts at 6.30. once you have packed the kids off to bed you have 2 to choose from Looking for Eric starring Eric Cantona a great British Movie one not to be missed on channel 4 or the Da Vinci Code starring Tom Hanks on Channel 5, both of which start at 9pm!
However if a movie is too much on a Sunday night you can always watch the new TV detective series which hits our screens this Sunday. Thorne is set in contemporary London and stars David Morrissey as Detective Inspector Tom Thorne who's investigating a serial killer.
David is a big fan of the legendary 1970s show The Sweeney, which he says had a big influence on him. Sky1 HD, Sunday 10th October, 9PM

National Express East Anglia
Saturday: Buses replace trains between Wickford and Southminster.
Sunday : London Liverpool Street - Southend Victoria train services a replaced by buses between Shenfield and Rayleigh.
Buses replace trains between Wickford and Southminster.

London Underground District line - On Sunday a bus service replaces trains between Turnham Green and Richmond
Piccadilly - no service between Kings Cross and Cockfosters - All weekend- a bus service will be provided
Victoria - no service between Walthamstow Central and Highbury and islington all weekend - a bus service will be provided
London Overground - no service on Sunday between Shepherd's Bush and Willesden Junction and TFL advise you to use Bus route 228 instead. There will also be no service from Willesden Junction to Watford junction - replacement buses and the bakerloo line are your recommended alternatives
Richmond to Stratford - there will be no service on Sunday but a replacement bus will be made available instead

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