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Evening Echo
RAIL bosses have done a U-turn and said they are willing to negotiate with the owners of a snack
bar, Bread and Buffers, which was threatened with closure when in July,£1.87million plans to revamp the station were announced.   Since then, the campaigning couple have collected 3,000 signatures in protest at the move and on Thursday, along with Basildon and Billericay MP John Baron and representatives from Essex Federation of Small Businesses, they handed in their petition to the Prime Minister at Downing Street.  National Express has said they can have a spot in the refurbished station and offered them a new lease at their existing rent.

By Peter Baker
ESSEX has been planning for a decade to end the "barbarism" of burying more than 500,000 tonnes of rubbish in our green and pleasant land each year.
Now Essex County Council – responsible for disposing of our waste – is asking residents to come up with their own ideas to solve the county's junk mountain over the next 20 years.

16 Oct 10 Division One North
Heybridge Swifts  2 -  1 Ware   
Leyton  1 -  2 Waltham Abbey   

16 Oct 10 F.A. Trophy - [ First Round Qualifying ]
AFC Hornchurch  2 -  1 Brentwood Town   
Biggleswade Town  0 -  1 Billericay Town   
Cambridge City  1 -  0 Aveley   
Canvey Island  1 -  2 AFC Sudbury   
Carshalton Athletic  2 -  0 Ilford   
Enfield Town  2 -  1 Walton Casuals   
Great Wakering Rovers  1 -  2 Thamesmead Town   
Harlow Town  3 -  2 Bedford Town   
Horsham  3 -  0 Redbridge   
Soham Town Rangers  1 -  2 Grays Athletic   
Tonbridge Angels  3 -  2 Concord Rangers   
Waltham Forest  0 -  2 Romford   

Evening Echo: By Chris Phillips
SOUTHEND United suffered a desperately disappointing 2-0 defeat at home to Crewe Alexandra Saturday afternoon.  Blues produced a below par display against the Railwaymen who scored twice in the second half at Roots Hall to claim all three points.  And that came after Crewe's Ashley Westwood had earlier failed to convert a penalty.  Southend were booed off at the final whistle by their frustrated fans

SOUTHEND Rugby Club trounced Newbury Blues 100-0 at Warners Bridge yesterday.  Andrew Frost and Mike Stanley both scored a hat-trick of tries while Dan Johnson and Mark Billings bagged a brace.   Chris Green, Chris Vaughan, Sonny Gay, Simon Hoult and Perry Sansom also touched down.   Frost added a penalty and eight conversions before Hoult scored a further three.  More to follow.

Andy Murray was victorious in his match against Roger Federer, triumphing with a score of 6-3 6-2 in one hour and 25 mins!

Rugby Union - Heineken Cup London Irish lost away at Ospreys 27-16
And it was a losing streak for Saracens at home to Leinster 23- 25
But Wasps beat Glasgow  at home on Sunday 38 - 26

Storm Lee and Diva Fever have become the next two acts to be eliminated from The X Factor. Storm was the first to go after the aspiring rockstar received the least number of public votes.  Simon's groups Belle Amie and Diva Fever then took part in the sing-off before Cheryl, Dannii and Louis sent the duo home.

Paul Daniels has lost his magic touch - the magician is the latest contestant to be voted off Strictly Come Dancing. He and dance partner Ola were in the bottom two with Destiny's Child singer Michelle Williams and Brendan Cole. Judges on the BBC show described Daniels' rumba as "infantile" and "wooden".

Evening Echo
FIRE chiefs spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on new vehicles only to find they were faulty. Firefighters angrily criticised the purchase by fire chiefs, claiming such “wasted” funds came at a time when bosses were planning to cut jobs and close stations.  But Essex Fire Service’s chief fire officer has refuted the Fire Brigades Union’s claims.

By Emma Palmer
There have been glimpses inside Basildon’s £38million Sporting Village complex. Exactly a year after building work began, officials say the leisure complex in Gloucester Park is on time and on budget. Billericay-born swimming champion Mark Foster, 40, who swam for his country five times in the Olympics, joked: “I’d be happy to come down to the pool once it’s finished and try to set a new record in it!  “It sounds like an amazing facility.”


19 Oct 10  Division One North
Romford   VS   Heybridge Swifts   

19 Oct 10 The Championship Manager Cup - [ Second Round ]
Billericay Town   VS   Canvey Island   

19 Oct 10 | Essex Senior Cup - [ Third Round ]
East Thurrock United   VS   Waltham Abbey

‎16 Oct 10 - Pirates 58-85 Riders

Top 10 Singles

Top 10 Albums

It's a Double news item for Take That this morning:
Take That apparently considered ditching their name when Robbie returned to the group.  Williams' told Q magazine, they toyed with the idea of calling themselves 'The English.' He says the initial plan was for a one-off track under the assumed name - and although the idea was ditched he says it allowed the band to be more creative. They've adopted an electro pop-style for their comeback album Progress, which is out next month.


Take That are showing their musical evolution - by aping the famous "ascent of man" image.
Their version of the famous picture - which show man's development from primate over the course of several million years - is on the cover of the group's new album Progress. Top photographer Nadav Kander created the shot to mark a change in style, with less emphasis on ballads and more experimentation with electro pop.

Bing Crosby will go head to head with the X Factor in the battle for this  year's Christmas number one. The crooner is teaming up with opera star Bryn Terfel via some computer trickery to re-release the 1942 hit White Christmas. If the duet manages to pip the X Factor winner to top spot, it would be Crosby's first EVER number one single in the UK.

ITV's agreed a new three-year deal to keep hit shows The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent.
The arrangement extends the channel's nine-year relationship with music supremo Simon Cowell until 2013. The broadcaster says it's also secured exclusive UK broadcast rights to the
American version of The X Factor and America's Got Talent for ITV2.

X Factor reject Storm Lee says he was booted off the show because his performance was too "polished". The 37 year old, who dyed his hair bright pink for the show, got the lowest number of votes from the public last night. He says viewers prefer to watch contestants who are "more amateur" than him.

In the Radio Times Music legend Sir Elton John has slammed today's songwriters as "pretty awful" and reckons TV is boring.  The 63-year-old says he's not a fan of TV talent shows and confirmed he turned down the opportunity to be a judge on American Idol.  He says he does admire contemporary stars such as Lily Allen, Amy Winehouse and Lady Gaga and believes it's important they write their own songs.

It looks like Ronan Keating and his wife may be giving things another go, after they were photographed together in Australia.  The Boyzone singer and partner Yvonne announced they were divorcing in August - after rumours of his infidelity.  But now they've been pictured heading to Bondi Beach and a tattoo parlour.

Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis has denied reports that the 2012 festival has been cancelled because the Olympics will create of a shortage of portaloos.  However he did admit that the London games did play a part in his decision to make it one of Glastonbury's regular rest years.  Tickets for next year's festival have already sold out.

Guest: Joe from JJ Zarbo  poped in to tell me all about his next gig in the Seaxe Bar at the Essex Arms with support by Adrian Nation. Doors open at 8:30, but get there early because it’s going to be a full house! The gig also marks the release of their debut live album,recorded at the Brentwood Theatre a few months ago.  From that album we played Track 9: Fingers in the Till and Track 2: Inside out

Evening Echo By Mike Miners
POLICE support officers sparked an animal rescue attempt after spotting a deadly cobra wrapped round the handlebars of one of their bikes.   But the reptile which caused the alert turned out to be a rubber toy.   Before the error was spotted, the two officers had got as far as clearing the area, near Thorpe Bay Yacht Club in Eastern Esplanade, and even called for back up while the police control room contacted poisonous snake expert Iain Newby.   He said: “More and more people are keeping things like this as pets, and it’s not impossible for them to get loose. So they did exactly the right thing while they were not sure what they were dealing with, as even rubber snakes are getting more and more accurate.”   One of the PCSOs, Tristan Adams, said: “We will always err on the side of caution when dealing with incidents such as this, which could potentially pose a significant threat to members of the public. It was only a very realistic replica snake, but I’d rather we over-reacted to a false alarm than ignored a real emergency.”

Gazette By Martin Green
ITV chiefs have been berated by the people of Essex for portraying our county as "a world where nail bars, night clubs and tanning salons are a way of life". A voiceover at the start of the show from Essex celebrity Denise Van Outen explains that these are not actors – everything in the show is real.  An ITV spokesman responded to the county's criticisms by saying: "The Only Way is Essex represents a slice of Essex life. It's clearly not a representation of the whole of the county."  But Daphne Field, head of the Essex Women's Advisory Group which aims to combat the negative stereotype, said: "The problem is that there are a few of these types of people in every town in the country, from Maidstone and Basingstoke to Newcastle and Liverpool. The stereotype is getting really boring. We are an affluent county with lots of successful men and women.  And whoever came up with this show has not presented a fair cross-section of people in Essex."
Jeremy Lucas, Essex County Council cabinet member for heritage, culture and the arts, said he is proud to be an Essex man.  "The council has worked really hard to promote a greater understanding of Essex and what it is really all about," he said.  "It's disappointing people are still trying to suggest there is only one aspect to the county."

19 Oct 10 Division One North
Romford  0 -  0 Heybridge Swifts   

19 Oct 10  The Championship Manager Cup - [ Second Round ]
Billericay Town  2 -  3 Canvey Island   

19 Oct 10 | Essex Senior Cup - [ Third Round ]
East Thurrock United  3 -  2 Waltham Abbey   

20 Oct 10 | Division One North
Grays Athletic   VS   Redbridge   
Ilford   VS   Harlow Town

Canvey Island saw off Deal and Betteshanger 16-3 in the first round of the London and South Essex Intermediate Cup. But Canvey were disappointed with their performance against a side who seemed intent on annoying the referee. Deal attempted to spoil the game by constantly killing the ball or playing from offside to the extent that the ref was handing out yellow cards like playing cards. Subsequently, Deal had just 12 players with two in the sin bin and one red carded. But handling errors, missed passes and wrong options from Canvey kept Deal in the game. - Evening Echo

SEEVIC College’s netball squad have continued their fine start to the Superleague season with a 39-35 win at Truro.  Thundersley based Seevic are the only college in Essex to be invited to the Netball Superleague, where they face the toughest of opponents and Truro Sports Academy College is certainly one of them. But the Seevic team boarded flight BE805 to Newquay and set off with a win in mind. The girls’ court performance was of pure quality as the team dominated the match. Fatigue was kicking in during the last quarter and injury lead to the two most experienced players, Mikki Austin and Natalie Smith, having to come off, but the girls held on for a 39-35 win.  Goal attack Brook Dyer scored 23 goals, while Georgia Gilling added 16. Player of the match was Brook Dyer. - Evening Echo

Last night I saw Social Network and it was a brilliant movie that sees the tale unravel from inception through to the court case that the founders of Facebook found themselves tangled up in.  Great performances by the cast including Justin Timberlake who’s leaves you wanting to hate him for being so manipulative .  Here is what else you can see at the cinema this week....

Box Office results from the weekend:
1. (NEW ENTRY) Despicable Me (2010)
2. (NEW ENTRY) The Social Network (2010)
3. (NEW ENTRY) Vampires Suck (2010)
4. After 2 weeks in the top 10 Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010) still appears to be a hit with Movie goers, will it be another award winning movie for Michael Douglas?
5. Life as We Know It (2010)
6. The Town (2010)
7. Made in Dagenham (2010) - it is great to see a Brit-flick in the top 10 and doing well  - a must see for those of us who live in Essex and even more so for those that remeber the women's plight!
8. The Other Guys (2010)
9. The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud (2010)
10. Eat Pray Love (2010)

A film documenting five Rwandan children's journey to the World Cup in South Africa has premiered in London.  'Africa United' sees the friends walk over 3-thousand miles through seven countries to get to the tournament.  The film touches on tough subjects like HIV and child prostitution.

Director Mike Leigh's presented his latest offering at London Film Festival. 'Another Year' is set in London and is about a happily married couple and their lonely friends and relatives.  It's another tear-jerker like his films Vera Drake, and the Bafta-winning Secrets and Lies.  The director was joined on the red carpet by actors Jim Broadbent and Imelda Staunton who star in the film that's out next month.  

Actor Jean-Claude Van Damme's reportedly suffered a minor heart attack on the set of his new movie.
It's understood he was taken to hospital just a day after his 50th birthday.
Relatives say he's been given the all-clear by doctors and is heading home to
Belgium to recover.

Dame Helen Mirren's admitted having a big crush on Bruce Willis at the UK premiere of their latest film, Red. The American actor returned the compliment, describing the Oscar-winning actress as "sexy, beautiful and gracious." Red - which stands for Retired and Extremely Dangerous - is a comedy thriller about the CIA.

Tributes have been paid to 'Happy Days' actor Tom Bosley who's died aged 83.  According to his agent, he died of heart failure at a hospital near his Palm Springs Home. He was best known for playing hardware store owner Howard Cunningham on the classic 1970's sitcom.

GUEST: Steve Bunn, Senior Ranger at Great Notley Country Park talking about Cursed - a  spooky tour taking place across Halloween Weekend!

What is Cursed?
Cursed is a scare event that will take place on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 October. The event provides a chilling experience for visitors as they walk around a selection of live action horror mazes, giving visitors the ultimate scare experience.

Is this first time the event has been run?
We ran this event last year and it proved a huge success attracting around one thousand visitors. We anticipate for this year’s event to be even more successful.

Who is the event suitable for?
chilren 9 - to adult

How do people book tickets?
Ticket Line 0845 603 7624
Great Notley Park  01376 347134

What time does it start?
The first tour is at 6  and they run every 15mins until 10.30  

And what should they wear? Do you have any idea what the weather will be like for the weekend?
be prepared sturdy foot wear and wrap up

If you have younger children then there is  Spooky fun  on the 28th and 29th  October  (Next week) for children aged 3 - 8 years.  There will be lots of craft activities, face painting fancy dress competitions and a  look at some of the mazes and other activities for the children to get involved with.  Go to to get more information about half term activities in our country parks

Evenng Echo, By Melissa Hills
TOLLS at the Dartford Crossing are set to rise to £2.50 per journey.   Following the Chancellor's Comprehensive Spending Review, it emerged the tolls will rise to £2 next year and then up to £2.50 per crossing in 2012.
The controversial announcements will affect the thousands of motorists and businesses which use the Dartford Crossing daily. A statement from the Treasury said: "The department and the Highways Agency are developing options to improve the crossing for motorists including: exploring a new additional crossing; using free flow charging to improve efficiency; and removing charges to aid flow when congestion is most severe. The increased charges will be used to fund this work."

20 Oct 10 Division One North
Grays Athletic  2 -  2 Redbridge   
Ilford  0 -  2 Harlow Town

Evening Echo, By Chris Phillips
THE new Southend and District Badminton Association campaign got under way with last season’s Veterans’ Division One champions Greensward II losing 5-1 at St Aidans-Leigh in the Premier Division.
Greensward did not disgrace themselves though and took four of the rubbers in to three games.
Trudi Clark and Kevin Leeds both won all their rubbers for Saints, while Sara Thompson and Graeme Hurry earned the point for Greensward.
St Aidans-Leigh also visited FitzWimarc Veterans
Full results
Men’s Divison 1: Chase 3 FitzWimarc II 6.
Men’s Division 2: Hawkwell 0 FitzWimarc III 9.
Mixed Division 1: Eastwood II 2 Belle Vue 7.
Veterans’ Premier Division: St Aidans-Leigh 5 Greensward II 1; Fitzwimarc 2 St Aidans-Leigh 4.

Evening Echo, By James Colasanti
ROLLO Rollings began his love affair with fishing as a five-year-old when his dad showed him how to cast a rod off of Southend pier.   A lot of water has gone under the bridge since then during a life which has seen him carve out a successful career as a city trader, become a park warden, endure two acrimonious divorces, and survive a near death experience following a drugs overdose.
But for all of those colourful antics, he has never stopped doing the one thing which truly makes him happy – catching fish.   Despite the 67-year-old’s ongoing battle with lung cancer, he can be seen most days riding his bicycle along Southend seafront, and is an instantly recognisable figure to local fishermen.   Rollo will be casting his rod again this weekend and trying to win the £3,000 pot at the British All-Round Open in Deal, Kent.

Pete’s Weekend Sporting Fixtures:

Football: Fixtures for tonight include Europa League; Napoli vs Liverpool, Man City vs Lech Poznan.
The Game of the weekend is on Sunday 4pm Man City vs Arsenal.  Also this weekend its the final FA Cup Qualifying round, with Chelmsford away to Carshalton Athletic for a place in the 1st round proper.

Rugby League - Four Nations tournament begins (England, New Zealand, Australia and Papua New Guinea) with England vs New Zealand in Wellington, New Zealand at 8am Saturday.

Rugby Union - Return to Premiership after Heineken cup, Saturday Gloucester v Harlequins, 15:00, Exeter v London Irish, 17:15, and Sunday Wasps vs Northampton at 3pm.

Gymnastics - World Gymnastics in Rotterdam. Women's final yesterday, we finished 7th, but the men's performed way above expectation, and their final is today. There could be coverage on the BBC website but the  focus will be onthe battle for the Gold and Silver places

Formula 1 - It is the Inaugural South Korea grand prix, Mark Webber leading things going into the last 3 races. Race is at 7am on Sunday, after qualifying at 6am on Saturday

Tune in for the results on Monday’s show....

Cliffs Pavilion, Vampires Rock
A musical comedy set in New York in 2030 about Baron Von Rockula who must find a bride to live with him forever. Featuring songs by Meat Loaf, Cher and Alice Cooper.
Performance Thursday 28th at 8pm
Tickets are priced between £17.50 and £23.50

Mercury Theatre, The Grapes of Wrath
Tony Casement directs Frank Galati's adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel about a dust-bowl family seeking a better life in California
Performances until Thursday 28th at 14.30 and 19.30
Tickets between £8.50 - £19.50

Whitham Public Hall, Sweeney Todd, The Deamon Barber of Fleet Street
The Stpephen Sondhiem Musical
Performances from Monday 25th to Thursday 28th
Tickets between £8 and 12.50

Kenneth Moore Theatre, Scrooge The Musical
Performances from Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st October at 19.30 and 15.00
Tickets between £9.00 and £13.00

Ingatestone and Fryerning Community Club Theatre, Guys and Dolls
Performances Tuesday 26th to thursday 28th October at 19.45

Guest: Stephen Bimson, a dancer from Billericay,  popped by to talk about his latest dance project to raise money and awareness of the plight of young orphans living in poverty in Cambodia, scavenging through mounds of rubbish to earn 15p a day!!!  He will be heading ut at the beginning of January and needs to raise money to pay for for his trip and the work that he will be doing with the orphans.  To raise money he is organising a sponsored dance event on Sunday 15th December.  Stephen will choreograph a dance piece that you will then perform with your local dance school, at home with friends or you can go to Create dance space in Basildon and join Stephen and other dancers for the sponsored event.  For more information go to and type BimsonUK in to the search engine or click on this link

Evening Echo, By Jon Austin
AN OFCOM and police probe is being carried out after the Echo uncovered evidence an aerial had been put on top of a block of flats to transmit illegal pirate radio broadcasts.  Klash FM - a longstanding Basildon-based pirate station which specialised in garage and drum and bass music - is believed to be involved, according to residents. Anyone who knows about the locations of pirate stations in south Essex or is involved in the operating of them can call Jon Austin in confidence on 01268 469304 More in today's Echo.

23 Oct 10 Premier Division
Aveley   VS   Tonbridge Angels   
Billericay Town   VS   Margate   
Bury Town   VS   AFC Hornchurch   
Concord Rangers   VS   Tooting & Mitcham United    

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

23 Oct 10 F.A. Cup - [ Fourth Round Qualifying ]
Carshalton Athletic   VS   Chelmsford City   

Rochford Hundred charged to a convincing victory and gained sweet revenge at the same time in the Thornton Cup Plate final on Sunday.   Rochford crushed Ilford 7-3 at the neutral Crondon Park course in Stock to take one of the top Essex team competition prizes.   And it was Ilford who sent Rochford to one of their heaviest defeats ever in the Thornton last year, but there were no slip-ups this time around.  Rochford got off to a cracking start.

Have a wonderful weekend what ever you choose to do and I will see you bright and breezy Monday morning.

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