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Monday 8th to Friday 12th November

I had a brilliant weekend, with Free Fireworks at Wanstead flats, a good 45 minutes of musical magic with my friends Tania and Lee.  And that was th start to a very friends orientated weekend with a house warming Saturday evening and then catching up with my girlie friends, their husbands and kids.  So this morning feeling a little tired but fulfilled.

Gazette, By Piers Meyler
The fire that almost destroyed one of Brentwood High Street's landmark buildings was an act of arson, the Gazette can reveal. Fire investigators have finally established the blaze which gutted Sugar Hut on September 13 last year was started deliberately.  The news comes in the same week that bosses at the nightspot were told by a High Court judge that their insurance claim was invalid, and they will not be getting a payout.  It means the £2million cost of refurbishing the nightclub will have to be carried by Sugar Hut – which only came out of administration last year.

06 Nov 10 Premier Division
AFC Hornchurch     2-0    Concord Rangers     
Canvey Island     1-0    Folkestone Invicta     
Carshalton Athletic     1-3    Billericay Town     
Tooting & Mitcham United     1-0    Aveley     

06 Nov 10  Division One North
Grays Athletic 0-0    Brentwood Town     
Harlow Town     3-4    Cheshunt     
Heybridge Swifts     1-2    Great Wakering Rovers
Ilford     0-1    Maldon & Tiptree     
Redbridge     4-1    Waltham Forest     
Thamesmead Town     2-2    AFC Sudbury     
Tilbury     0-2    East Thurrock United     
Waltham Abbey     0-1    Romford
Ware     5-0    Leyton     

06 Nov 10 F.A. Cup - [ First Round Proper ]
Chelmsford City     3 - 2    Hendon     

08 Nov 10 Premier Division
Aveley     VS    Harrow Borough

FA CUP (sponsored by E. ON).-2nd rd proper draw:
Wycombe v Chelmsford Ties to be played on Nov 27 & 28

Southend vs Macclesfield
Evening Echo Sport, by Chris Phillips
ANTONIO German hit the right notes on the pitch but not off it for Southend United yesterday. The 18-year-old scored from the penalty spot at Macclesfield Town on his Blues debut after signing on a month long loan from Queen's Park Rangers.  But his goal came after an indifferent pre-match singing performance.  “Luckily my football is 100 per cent better than my singing,” said German.  “I didn't know anything about it until just before I had to get up and do it.  “I tried to play it safe by doing a bit of R Kelly but it wasn't the best. “Thankfully the match went much better for me and I was really pleased to get the goal.”

Evening Echo, by Chris Phillips
ESSEX Pirates were seen off 93-60 at Worcester Wolves Saturday night.  Pirates were 18-17 in front at the end of the first quarter but were 48-30 behind at half-time.  That became 70-49 after the third quarter before Wolves easily held on to condemn Pirates to an 11th successive defeat.  Dan Briglia top scored for Pirates with 13 points while Zach Gachette added 11.

Weekend Results from Shenfield Pete
West Brom 0 - 2 Man City

The Ashes and England had a confident start to the contest with a confident win over Western Australia in Perth

England beat Western Australia by 6 wickets
Western Australia won the toss and decided to bat
Western Australia 1st Innings
242 for 8 (82.0 overs)
Western Australia 2nd Innings
223 all out (69.5 overs)

England 1st Innings
223 for 8 (62.0 overs)
England 2nd Innings
243 for 4 (47.4 overs)

Formula One - The Brazilian Grand Prix
1. Vettel
2. Webber
3. Alonso
As Hamilton finished 4th at the weekend he needs a miracle to win the drivers championship!!

Rugby Union -
England 16 - 26 New Zealand
Wales 16 - 25 Australia
Ireland 21 - 23 South Africa

Rugby League -
England 16 - 10 Papua New Guinea

Golf - the HSBC Champions competition in Shanghai, Italian Francesco Molinari holds his nerve to win the HSBC Champions in Shanghai after a thrilling battle with world number one Lee Westwood.

Horse racing - Flat Jockeys championship: Paul Hanagan held off the challenge of Richard Hughes to win the champion jockeys' title on the last day of the Flat season at Doncaster.
Irishman Hughes was two behind Hanagan going into Saturday's races but failed to surpass his rival.

Fencing: Britain's four men's foil fencers made it through to the last 64 of their competition as the World Fencing Championships got under way in Paris.

GB's Laurence Halsted was unbeaten in Thursday's preliminaries, but all four women's epee members were knocked out.  Despite injury to Beijing Olympian Richard Kruse, the men's foil squad is considered Britain's best chance of a first medal at this level since 1965. Individual finals run until Monday, followed by team finals from Tuesday until the tournament closes on Saturday, 13 November.   

Lady Gaga's cemented her place as the current queen of pop - she picked up 3 awards at last night's MTV Europe Music Awards.  She wasn't at the bash in Madrid - instead accepting her prizes via satellite.  Shakira helped provide the glamour - picking up an award for her humanitarian awards.  Bon Jovi were given the Global Icon award.  The rockers kept their acceptance speech short though.

Fashion guru Dame Vivienne Westwood is to design the trophies for next year's  Brit Awards at London's O2 Arena.The style queen will be the first star name to revamp the trophy in a big overhaul of the annual music bash which will see the 'outstanding contribution' prize disappear.
Sir Paul McCartney, Fleetwood Mac and Oasis have previously won the top gong.

Actor Jimi Mistry became the fifth celebrity to be voted off Strictly Come Dancing last night.  The judges awarded him 32 out of a possible 40 points for the quickstep, his highest in the competition, but it wasn't enough for him to stay on the show.  Mistry wiped a tear from his eye as he was given a standing ovation from both the judges and the studio audience.

And Trayc was the latest to leave the X factor house as Simon and Louis voted to keep Katie in the competition.  There has been confusion about why it didn't go to deadlock, however Dermott did announce that he would take a majority vote.  A harsh result especially as Simon admitted that tracy had the better voice.  She was very graceful in her departure  - but I am not sure that Katie will be in the competition for long as she totally ruined the sing off song.

Pamela Anderson says she'll try her powers of seduction on an unlikely audience ultra-Orthodox Jewish lawmakers in Israel.  The former Baywatch star, who's an honorary director of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is taking part in the local version of Strictly Come Dancing.  An anti-fur bill has been put on hold in Israel over concerns it could affect production of Hassidic fur hats.

Evening Echo, by Gina Marden

A FRAUD crackdown has unearthed nearly £500,000 in wrongly-paid benefits.

Basildon Council, working with the National Fraud Initiative, discovered the money was paid out by the authority during 2008/09 as a result of frauds, over payments and errors made in connection with benefit claims. Nationally £215million worth of taxpayers’ cash has been wrongly dished out or claimed by people who mislead councils about their details in order to claim extra money.    The overpaid cash was discovered by Basildon Council when they compared information they have for claimants with other organisations, such as the Department for Work and Pensions, to look for any anomalies.  The Audit Commission requires all local authorities to take part in the National Fraud Initiative as part of their responsibilities to protect the public purse.
To report suspected fraud, contact Basildon Council’s investigators on 01268 533333 or via

08 Nov 10 Premier Division
Aveley     0-2    Harrow Borough

09 Nov 10 Premier Division
Billericay Town     VS    Concord Rangers     
Folkestone Invicta     VS    AFC Hornchurch     
09 Nov 10 Division One North
AFC Sudbury     VS    Maldon & Tiptree
East Thurrock United     VS    Romford
Enfield Town     VS    Leyton
Great Wakering Rovers     VS    Grays Athletic     
Harlow Town     VS    Brentwood Town     
Heybridge Swifts     VS    Needham Market     
Redbridge     VS    Wingate & Finchley
Tilbury         VS    Thamesmead Town
Waltham Abbey     VS    Ilford

SOUTHEND Rugby Club suffered a second successive defeat Saturday afternoon, losing 28-25 at Dings Crusaders.

Last week Brentwood's women's Hockey team travelled to Bromley and Beckenham  and returned with a 7-1 defeat.

At home the men didn't have much luck either as they lost 5-7 against Waltham forest.

Brentwood Estonians were playing in the National League Division Two North and managed a home win against Loughborough Students 3-1

THe Leopards male and female teams succesfully reached the National cup Quarter Finals.  The Men overcame the Westminster Warriors 72-69 and the women beat Newham 93-15

TOP 10 singles

TOP 10 Albums

Duffy's first single 'Well, Well. Well' from her new album comes out on the 21st November and the album 'Endlessly is released on the 29th November.

Played Beady eye’s Bring on the Light - not a massive fan a bit repetitive and lacks Noels contribution!!!

Front Page of the Gazette:
I will Pay £20K to find the men who tried to kill me

Damning Council accounts verdict
Hundreds sign up in search of affair
Business hit by too 'good' bus service

09 Nov 10 Premier Division
Billericay Town     2-1    Concord Rangers
Folkestone Invicta     1-1    AFC Hornchurch     

09 Nov 10 | Division One North
AFC Sudbury     6-3    Maldon & Tiptree     
East Thurrock United     VS    Romford     Postponed
Enfield Town     2-2    Leyton     
Great Wakering Rovers     0-1 Grays Athletic
Harlow Town     0-4    Brentwood Town     
Heybridge Swifts     VS    Needham Market     Postponed
Redbridge     VS    Wingate & Finchley Postponed
Tilbury         0-1    Thamesmead Town     
Waltham Abbey     6-2    Ilford

Whitton Wants Play-off surge
Shah signs for Essex
Report on Billericay Striders 10K Road race

1. Due Date (2010) (NEW ENTRY)
2. Jackass 3D (2010) (NEW ENTRY)
3. Despicable Me (2010) After 4 weeks at the top end of the charts Despicable me makes way for two new entries
4. Saw 3D (2010) - The horror lives on !!
5. Paranormal Activity 2 (2010) - continues to be popular two weeks after Halloween
6. Red (2010/I) - Not bad for the old timers in an action movie after 3 weeks
7. The Social Network (2010)  - 4 weeks in the top 10 and this movie is still very popular!
8. Let Me In (2010) (NEW ENTRY) - Vampire's are still popular at the box office -  Go calls it an acclaimed vampire remake - A bullied young boy befriends a young female vampire who lives in secrecy with her guardian.
9. Another Year (2010) (NEW ENTRY) - is the latest acclaimed film by Mike Leigh, starring Ruth Sheen and Jim Broadbent - and in the Go section of the Gazette Ruth sheen - who is an Essex actress talks about her experience working on this movie.
10.  Burke and Hare (2010) - A black comedy about two 19th century grave robbers who find a lucrative business providing cadavers for an Edinburgh medical school.  - not a great start for this movie, I reckon it is more of a DVD watch!

Highest total gross:    Despicable Me (2010)
Highest per-screen average:    Due Date (2010)

Twilight has secured EIGHT nominations at the People's Choice Awards in America. The franchise's stars Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner will go head to head for favourite actor at the show in January.  Eminem, Katy Perry, Pink and Lady Gaga have all received multiple nominations in the music categories.

Robert De Niro is to receive a lifetime achievement award at next year's Golden Globes.  The Oscar-winning actor follows the likes of Al Pacino, Michael Douglas, Steven Spielberg and this year's winner, Martin Scorsese.  Ricky Gervais is hosting the ceremony in January.

Teenage superstar Miley Cyrus has swapped sunny LA for a rain-lashed Asda.  The Hannah Montana actress has launched a clothes range in front of screaming fans in Derby.  Many had queued for hours to see the 17-year-old.


There will be a service to commemorate those who we have lost in wars gone by on Sunday 13th at St Thomas' Church.

Brentwood Gazette
Motorists face rise in cost of parking fees
Parking in Brentwood will increase by 10p but freeze the first 2 hours at William Hunter Way and the first hour at the Multi storey and Chatham Way Carparks.  The rise is in response to the VAT increase announced by the Government.

Driver is Vilified by Residents over parking
A Motorist who has parked her car 'several times' in a road she does not live in has complained of receiving a series of anonymous vindictive letters ordering she moves it. Councillors are considering whether to impose a second parking restriction in the street between 2 and 3pm

Axe Hangs over meals on Wheels
Essex county Council has promised an alternative system if the contract with volunteer charity WRVS, which ends in October 2012 is not renewed.

Council Budget under spotlight
Council Leader Louise McKinlay will be answering questions and explaining what cuts can be expected at a meeting on December 1st at the Town Hall, the future of the Town Hall will also be discussed on November 30th.  Both Meetings Start at 6.30

There has been Praise for modest spending on Hot Drinks at Brentwood Borough Council as they spend just £120.

No Ryman League Football Results or fixtures today  - and I don't blame them as it is a rotten day to be outside.  But there is plenty for the weekend so I will give you a run down tomorrow.

Brentwood I women's team are back to form with a 5 - 1 win over Maidstone !!

John Lloyd has been crowned the winner of the end of season tournemnt and takes home the Joe Whalley Trophy

Brentwood Buccaneers' Under 12's pulled off two wins and a draw in their first London league outing on Sunday.  They defeated the Croydon Amphibians 4-1 and Chelmsford 5-1 before drawing 4-4 against Watford.

If you are a bit of a fish and fancy a go at Waterpolo you can join them for training on a Wednesday night at Brentwood County High School you can e-mail for more info.

Wildcats continue their unbeaten run in all competitions to seven consecutive wins and last week was no exception beating stingrays Black 37 - 3

Pete's Weekend of Sport
Boxing - Manchester’s MEN Arena, David Haye is fighting Audley Harrison for the WBA Heavyweight title.

Cricket - England vs. South Australia in Adelaide, from 23:30 tonight and tomorrow. Also, Sunday 4am, England women vs. Sri Lanka in Colombo, first of 5 games in 8 days, finishing on the 22nd November.

Rugby Union - Winter internationals, England vs. Australia 14:30, Wales vs. South Africa 14:30, and Scotland vs. New Zealand at 17.15.

Tennis - Paris Masters with Andy Murray vs Marin Cilic, who he beat in this year’s Australian Open semi-final.

Football - Game of the weekend; West Ham vs. Blackpool.

Hockey - England will find out this afternoon whether the 2014 World Cup will take place here, decision to be made from around 4.30pm in Switzerland.


West Side Story - Civic Theatre Chelmsford
Will be performed by Young Gen from Tuesday 16th to Saturday 20th November performances at 7.30pm and a Saturday Matinee at 3pm
Tickets are priced between £13.50 and £15.50

Jesus Christ Superstar - Cramphorn Theatre
Will be performed by Springers from Tuesday 16th to Saturday 20th November performances at 7.30pm and a Saturday Matinee at 3pm
Tickets are priced between £10 and £13

Austen's Women - Harlow Playhouse
Theatre Tours International brings to the stage a selection of key moments from Jane Austen's novels. Written by Rebecca Vaughan and Guy Masterson
Friday 12th at 8pm prices from £10 - 14

A Slight Ache & The Lover -  Mercury Theatre
Gari Jones directs a double bill by Harold Pinter. Both thought-provoking plays explore everyday relationships and the problems which occur.
Until 20th November performances at 7.30 Monday to Saturday with Matinees at 2pm on Thursdays and 2.30 on Saturdays
Prices £8.50 - 18.50

The Mysterie of Maria Marten and the Murder in the Red Barn - The Queens Theatre, Hornchurch
Chris Bond takes a story based on real-life events and adds songs, suspense and a huge dollop of laughter. But watch out for the talking scarecrows as bawdy melodrama, bumps into murder mystery, in a hilarious comedy thriller.
Performances until 20 November at 8pm with the last Matinees today at 2.30pm
Prices between £14 and £23/

Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Show - Cliffs Pavillion
A note-for-note stage production of The Beatles' famous album, augmented by a light show and large-scale screen animations.
Saturday 13th at 8pm prices between £22.50 and £25.50

Evening Echo
THREE students from Essex University are facing criminal charges after being arrested inside the Conservative Headquarters in London.  The students had joined tens of thousands of people in London on Wednesday to protest against the funding cuts and tuition fee rises proposed by the Conservative and Lib Dem government.  They were part of a convoy of six coaches from the Wivenhoe Park campus taking 300 students and lecturers to the event, organised by the National Union of Students (NUS).  A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said: “A total of 50 people have been arrested in connection with yesterday's disorder in central London.  “All were taken to various police stations around London. All have now been bailed to return pending further enquiries to dates in mid February 2011.”

Grandad David makes his mark on history
Evening Echo, By Katy Islip
A GRANDAD-OF-NINE is celebrating after putting on his gown and mortar board for his university graduation ceremony – aged more than 50 years older than most of his classmates.  David Williams, 72, picked up a BA Honours in history, from the University of London, in front of his proud wife Pat and fellow students.  The former journalist and documentary film maker said: “I went straight into work from school and had no chance of going to university then, I wasn’t bright enough and in those days only around five per cent of people went. I have had to wait more than 50 years before getting the chance and I don’t regret it at all. It’s a great way for us oldies to show we have plenty to offer after retirement."
Following his success with his degree, in which he attained a 2.1, Mr Williams is now studying for a two-year MA in sports history and culture, at De Montfort University, in Leicester.

Mayflower High School pupils win Stock Market Challenge
Evening Echo, by Emma Thomas »
TWO bright sparks from a Billericay school didn’t buckle under the pressure when they took part in a stockbroking competition – they made an £82,000 profit.  Although it wasn’t real money generated by Emma Watson and Emma Westgarth, both aged 13, the girls were still thrilled to come first in their school’s Stock Market Challenge. The Mayflower High School students, came out tops in the high stakes contest, which was organised as part of the school’s Maths Gifted and Talented Day.

13 Nov 10 Premier Division
AFC Hornchurch     VS    Tonbridge Angels     
Concord Rangers     VS    Folkestone Invicta     
Cray Wanderers     VS    Aveley     
Horsham     VS    Billericay Town     
Kingstonian     VS    Canvey Island     

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

Netherlands will be hosting the 2014 Hockey world cup!

Evening Echo, by Paul Alton
Leigh Tennis Club is set to close next year after half a century.  Club proprietor Anne Wright has decided to retire and close the private club, faced with mounting running costs. The club, in Adalia Crescent, will officially shut on March 31, 2011, and there are plans to develop the one-acre site for housing.  Anne admitted it had been a tough decision but stressed she could not afford to pay for repairs out of her own pocket.

LAN Pace (19) found the opening of the winter mats to his liking as he won Belfairs GC Stableford event on Saturday with a solid round scoring 37 points.  Belfairs Ladies have been busy this month – playing two further EWGA medals over the last week.  Last Saturday saw Joan Smith reverse places with Sue Meddle.  Then on Thursday the ladies played another EGWA Medal with Andrea Clarke winning the overall medal and division one.

Tonight I am glad that I am going to the Theatre to see Our House performed by members of BOSSY as there isn't much to write home about.  I reckon the best TV is post pub watching.

On Channel 4 it is the Million Pound drop hosted by Davina McCall which starts at 10
On BBC 1 at 11.35 Interview with the Vampire is on BBC 1 starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Christian Slater and Kirsten Dunst

Guilty Pleasure Telly
If you are the person that enjoys watching people parading around on TV as a stereo type of the county we live in then the only way is Essex is on ITV 2 at 9.30 which is followed by ghost Hunting with the Saturdays.

If you are having a relaxing afternoon and don't fancy watching England loose to Australia in the Rugby then the James Bond classic Diamonds are forever, starring Sean Connery is on ITV1 from 3.30.  and on ITV2 Babe is on at 9.10

As well as Strictly Come Xfactor there are two pop music documentaries, the conclusion of Louis Walsh and Kian Egan's Next Big Thing - Wonderland - One of the group battles with a sore throat as the band prepare for their first solo gig, Louis and Kian meet record company bosses to pick the band's debut single and the girls receive a makeover before meeting the press for the first time.

Then after X Factor at 9.30 Take That: Look Back, Don't Stare. A close-up look at the making of the band's latest album Progress, providing an insight into the feelings of Gary Barlow, Robbie Williams, Howard Donald, Jason Orange and Mark Owen on working as a five-piece again for the first time since their 1995 number one album Nobody Else. With cameras allowed into the recording studio, the five members talk about how they view Take That's initial success in the 1990s and the personal issues they had to confront in reuniting

And if that isn't enough music documentary for you there is Olly Murs Revealed at 11.45 on ITV2+1. The singer-songwriter describes his rise to fame since reaching the final of The X Factor in 2009. Cameras follow the Essex-born star's family life and his work on debut single Please Don't Let Me Go, which would become a number one hit, while contributions from Simon Cowell and fellow runners-up JLS help tell Olly Murs' story so far

And what better way to spend the afternoon than watching Back to the Future - possibly my favourite as Marty goes back to the 1950's on ITV 2 at 3.45 - Back to the Future is definately a movie that will please your inner child, however it you do have some little darlings to entertain there is Night at the Museum on E4 at 2.45 and on the +1 an hour later starring Ben Stiller, Dick Van Dyke, Robin Williams, Carla Gugino and Ricky Gervais.

After the celebrities and talent less contestants have been voted off of their respective shows you might want a touch of reality and that comes in the form of This is England is on Film4 at 9pm: Twelve-year-old Shaun lives with his mother in a shabby council flat in a bleak northern town and is lacking direction after losing his father in the Falklands War. At school, he is befriended by a skinhead gang and the leader takes the boy under his wing - a tie that draws Shaun into a world of racism and violence, but one where he begins to find a new identity. Shane Meadows' drama set in the 1980s, starring Thomas Turgoose, Stephen Graham and Jo Hartley

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