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Monday 15th to Friday 19th November

I had a lovely weekend, starting off with a performance by BOSSY at the Brentwood Theatre of Our House the Musical, then a meal out with colleagues and drinks with friends on Saturday with the return of my husband on Sunday.  I hope you had a good weekend too and you are ready to face the week ahead.  Here's what happened on this mornings show ...

GUEST: Pippa Block, the regional volunteering advisor fromt he Guide Dogs for the blind.
She was talking about their current campaign to find puppy walkers and trainers before they embark on the training to become a Guide Dog.  If you are interested  you can contact them by: Telephone: 0845 371 7771
or go to the website for more information:

Evening Echo
TWELVE council homes, being illegally sub-let by fraudsters, have been seized back by Basildon Council.  The council-owned homes were illegally sub-let by tenants who live elsewhere and charge other people to live in them.  Some of the homes had also been left vacant or were being lived in by people who provided false information in order to get the home in the first place.  Basildon Council launched a crackdown on housing cheats in May this year.  At its launch the council gave housing cheats two weeks in which to come clean and hand back keys to properties they weren’t entitled to.  The council’s investigation team is now probing 75 other cases of suspected housing fraud while another 14 cases are expected to result in court prosecutions.   By the end of last month there were still 4,597 genuine people on the council’s housing list.  To report a suspected housing fraud, call 01268 294566.

Brentwood Beast is back on the Prowl pg 10
Developers Expansion pg 8
Pavements being used as public car park in town's High Street pg 7
Snore your way to stardom pg 7

13 Nov 10 | Premier Division
AFC Hornchurch     3-1    Tonbridge Angels     
Concord Rangers     2-1    Folkestone Invicta     
Cray Wanderers     3-0    Aveley     
Horsham     1-2    Billericay Town     
Kingstonian     3-1    Canvey Island     
13 Nov 10 | Division One North
Brentwood Town     3-3    Heybridge Swifts
Cheshunt     2-1    Waltham Abbey     
Grays Athletic     1-1    Ware     
Ilford         0-1    AFC Sudbury     
Leyton         0-1    Tilbury     
Maldon & Tiptree     3-2    Redbridge
Needham Market     3-2    Great Wakering Rovers     
Romford         5-1    Waltham Forest     
Thamesmead Town 1-2    East Thurrock United     
Wingate & Finchley 2-1    Harlow Town     

Evening Echo, by Chris Phillips
BILEL Mohsni bagged his first goal in the English game for Southend United this afternoon, but it was only enough to secure a 1-1 draw at home to Accrington Stanley.  The French centre-back became the first Blues defender to hit the back of the net this season when he powerfully headed home a free-kick from Peter Gilbert.  His effort cancelled out a fine first half goal from Accrington's Jimmy Ryan. But Southend were unable to conjure up a winner – despite the visitors playing the final 12 minutes with 10 men following the dismissal of Peter Murphy for a late lunge on Anthony Grant.

ESSEX Pirates produced an improved performance but were still seen off 70-58 at home to Glasgow Rocks on Saturday

Pete's Weekend of Sport - RESULTS
Boxing - David Haye beat Audley Harrison  in 3 rounds and took the WBA Heavyweight title.

Cricket - England vs. South Australia in Adelaide,  ended as a draw
England women vs. Sri Lanka in Colombo, first of 5 games in 8 days, finishing on the 22nd November. - England finished with 192 and 49.4 overs  and Sri Lanja were yet to Bat

Rugby Union - Winter internationals,
England 35 - 18. Australia
Wales 25 - 29 South Africa
Scotland 3 - 49 New Zealand

Football - Game of the weekend; West Ham 0-0 Blackpool.


Nutritionist Gillian McKeith is already beginning to wind up fellow jungle contestants down under  with her bossiness and insect phobia. She panicked on finding a spider in her bed, prompting veteran actress Britt Ekland to say: "Gillian is acting like a child. A child with too much sugar."

Katie Waissel was saved by the public vote in last night's X Factor which saw Aiden Grimshaw become the eighth contestant to leave the show. The 18 year old claimed there was a leak on twitter revealing he was in the bottom three BEFORE the final results came in. X factor presenter Dermot O'Leary dismissed the claims and told viewers they were 'uncorroborated'.
Aiden went on to tell ITV-2's The Xtra Factor he was disappointed.

The Ann Widdecombe show rolls on as she was once again saved by the public vote
on Strictly Come Dancing. US singer Michelle Williams became the sixth celebrity to leave the
competition, after her Paso Doble proved as unpopular with viewers as it was with the judges.
They said her dance with partner Brendan Cole "lost balance" and was "very stiff”

Hollywood star John Travolta has cut short a visit to Australia to fly his private plane home after his wife Kelly Preston went into early labour.          The actor had been due to appear at a promotional event in Perth but jetted back to the US after the news broke.  The couple's eldest child, Jett, died in 2009 from a seizure during a family holiday in the Bahamas.

GANDY and CHRISTENSEN in steamy ad...
Local boy David Gandy has appeared in a 12 minute short hotel promo film Away we Stay with Helena Christensen, the pair get hot and steamy in a Hotel in London's Leicester Square. It can be seen on

Evening Echo, by James Dwan
ESSEX fire service has hit back at claims its chief fire officer has had a big pay increase at a time when it is having to make huge cuts.  Essex County Fire and Rescue Service faces between £8milion and £10million in cuts.  The service hit out at a “malicious and inaccurate circular”, which claimed Chief Fire Officer David Johnson and director of finance and treasurer, Mike Clayton, had been given massive pay rises.  The e-mail circulating among firefighters claims that, comparing their pay six years ago to today, the pair had each received the equivalent of about £1,000 extra a month.  Essex Fire Authority chairman, Tony Hedley, said the service was a public body and details of its senior executive pay were “open and transparent.  These salaries have never been a secret and details are publicly available on the service website. The figures quoted by these sources are exaggerated and inaccurate.”

Evening Echo
FIRE crews put out five tonnes of paper ablaze in Billericay.  Four teams of firefighters were called out to Philpot Farm, in Billericay, on Monday evening, and doused the compressed paper with water and foam.  The blaze was put out shortly before 9pm.

Evening Echo
SEVERAL roads in Billericay will be dug up as £1.5million worth of new power cables are laid in the town.  Motorists are being warned to brace themselves for delays when UK Power Network starts its four-month project on Monday.  The project will involve excavation work taking place in London Road, Laindon Common Road, School Road and Outwood Farm Road.   Around 5km of high voltage power cables are set to be laid in the area.  A spokesman for the company, which runs the electricity network in Essex, said: “In order to minimise inconvenience to customers in the area, contractors will be working from dawn to dusk in London Road and Laindon Road, where traffic lights will be in place 24 hours a day.  “Outwood Farm Road will be closed from January 4 to the middle of February and diversions will in place.  The majority of work will be completed by March, with minor works taking place later in the year. The new network will be serving the area by September.”

16 Nov 10 Division One North
Cheshunt     VS        Grays Athletic     
Redbridge     VS        Wingate & Finchley     

16 Nov 10  The Championship Manager Cup - [ Third Round ]
Concord Rangers     VS        Dulwich Hamlet     
Cray Wanderers     VS        Folkestone Invicta     
Harrow Borough     VS        Leyton     

16 Nov 10 The Championship Manager Cup - [ Second Round ]
Heybridge Swifts     VS        Brentwood Town     

16 Nov 10 The Championship Manager Cup - [ Third Round ]
Maldon & Tiptree         VS    East Thurrock United     
Romford             VS    Aveley
Waltham Abbey         VS    Potters Bar Town     

Evening Echo
BILLERICAY Netball Club are continuing to impress.  The team play weekly at Gloucester Park in the Premiership Division and in other leagues around the county.  They entered the England Netball Regional League a couple of seasons ago in Division Two and swiftly got promoted to Division One.  But the team have continued to make progress.  They are doing very well this season too and, if that continues, they could be promoted to the All England Premier League next season.  The squad have players that play for Mavericks Youth and other players who have had county honours.

Evening Echo
CHELMSFORD Chieftains showed the 'killer instinct' their head coach Dan Birrell demanded when they thrashed the Bristol Pitbulls 16-3 in their away game in the English National League game on Sunday 6th November.  

Saturday's home game against Invicta Dynamos was due to face off at 5.40pm but had to be cancelled as the ice had melted and they were unable to get it in to a playable state.

TOP 10 Singles

TOP 10 Albums

Newly-reformed Britpop stars Pulp are to play the Isle of Wight Festival next summer.   Jarvis Cocker has regrouped with the iconic band of the 1990s to play a selection of big gigs in the coming year.
The event, which will be celebrating its 10th anniversary, has already confirmed the Kings of Leon will headline on the Friday night.


It's no Mickey Mouse thing - Christina Aguilera has a star on the Hollywood  Walk of Fame.  The pop diva, who launched her career nearly 20 years ago as part of "The New Mickey Mouse Club," received the walk's 2,432 nd star at a ceremony in Los Angeles.  She makes her movie debut in "Burlesque," which is released here in December.


Digital Spy: By Ryan Love, Entertainment Reporter
JLS have revealed that they would like to work with X Factor hopeful Cher Lloyd.

The 'Love You More' group praised the 17-year-old in an interview with New magazine and hinted that they could collaborate in the future. "She's unique. There is nobody like her," Marvin Humes said. "I think she'd work well with us."  His bandmate Aston Merrygold agreed: "100 percent. It would be fantastic."  


Digital Spy: By Ryan Love, Entertainment Reporter
The Wanted 'want to open Take That tour'
The Wanted have called on Take That to choose them as their support act for their upcoming tour.
The 'Heart Vacancy' group previously revealed that they want to open for Take That when they go on their 'Progress Tour' next year.  "We would love it if they asked us," Max George told the Daily Star. "It would be incredible. Come on boys - if you let us do it, we'll let you support us on tour!"

The Wanted are currently planning their own recently announced UK live dates.  Nathan Sykes said: "We've been discussing getting some giant springs that catapult us across the stage. It's going to be quite a strenuous show."

WEDNESDAY  - Mid week Movies
Congratulations to Prince William and Katherine, what a lovely down to earth couple, I wish them every happiness

Ireland is still the topic of conversation this morning as the impact of their failing economy could have a knock on effect on the rest of Europe if the do not ask for help!

With yesterdays engagement announcement between Prince William and Katherine could there be a Right Royal  boost to the economy with souvenirs hitting the shop floors!

The other big announcement yesterday was that Apple and music group EMI have agreed to sell The Beatles' back catalogue on iTunes after a 10 year deadlock between the two companies

The headlines in the Gazette...
Police Handed £10m Bonuses
Concerns are raised over food hygiene
Identical twins Ruby and Millie reach 95
Anti-vandal Mural stirs difference of opinion
Former Soldier in Service traffic Row

Phoenix FM exclusive from the Leader of the Council as she announces

Southend 1 -1 Macclesfield but Southend lost on Penalties

Colchester - Lost at the Weekend to Swindon 1-2

16 Nov 10  Division One North
Cheshunt     VS    Grays Athletic     Postponed (Fog)
Redbridge     1-2    Wingate & Finchley     

16 Nov 10  The Championship Manager Cup - [ Third Round ]
Concord Rangers     0-1    Dulwich Hamlet
Harrow Borough     3-0    Leyton     

16 Nov 10 The Championship Manager Cup - [ Second Round ]
Heybridge Swifts     3-2    Brentwood Town     

16 Nov 10 |The Championship Manager Cup - [ Third Round ]
Maldon & Tiptree     3-2     East Thurrock United     
Romford         3-2    Aveley     
Waltham Abbey     2-3    Potters Bar Town     

Promotion Bid Hit by Pitches - Whitton worried that heavy grounds affect his side's way of playing

It's make or break time for Killington

Bopara deal nearly done says Grayson.

New officer to get Boxing off the ropes

No top 10 this week but some Great Releases with Harry Potter being the top of the picks, Father of Girls a Brit flick is also out on Friday starring Ray winstone and his daughter Lois.  A Cannes Film festival favourite is Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, it is a Thai Film full of supernatural occurences and spirituality.  So it will be intersting to see what the box office charts will be doing next week!!

John Travolta and his expectant wife are apparently planning a silent Scientology birth.   It means the 46 year old actor's wife Kelly Preston won't be able to talk, scream or have music during labour.  The Hollywood couple have already found out they're having a boy from a scan.  Under the Scientology rules he won't be prodded for medical tests or spoken to for the first seven days of his life.

Keifer Sutherland insists making a 2-hour movie version of 24 is no bad thing.  A script for the film is still in development, and there's no news yet on when it'll be released.   Fans have questioned whether it's right to condense the format from a whole day to just two hours.  Sutherland, who plays Jack Bauer, says it gives them more options.

Family favourite "The Sound of Music" is 45 years old and celebrations are in full swing with the release of a special edition DVD and Blu-ray box set.  In recent years, the tale of the singing Von Trapps has reached a whole new  audience thanks to the stage version starring Connie Fisher - which is on tour.  She's coming to the end of her run as Maria - and says it's still fresh after 4 years:

Colin Farrell has told Sky News how he struggled to get to grips with the cockney accent for his latest film.
He plays ex-criminal Mitchel in gritty gangster flick London Boulevard alongside Keira Knightley. Farrell's character gets a job protecting a reclusive actress, played by Knightley, who is under siege from the paparazzi.

But Ray Winstone steps in to try to lure Mitchel back into the gangster underworld.

London Boulevard is released in the UK on November 24.

GUEST: Paul Leaman is the East of England Ambulance Service Trust's associate director for special operations. Your service, your say - ambulance trust wants to hear from people in Essex as they are to be given a unique opportunity to meet with bosses from the East of England Ambulance Service Trust and have a say in how it is run.   As part of the EEAST's bid to become a foundation trust it is seeking public views on how it develops its services.
There are some consultations set up for you to attend and make your voice herad, here are the dates and times:

Thursday November 18 from 4pm to 6pm at Hythe Community Centre, 1 Ventura Drive, Colchester, CO1 2FG
Tuesday November 30 from 4pm to 6pm at Salvation Army, 293 London Road, Hadleigh, Southend-on-Sea, SS7 2RF
Friday December 3 from 2pm to 4pm at Tindal Square, Chelmsford, CM1 1LX

If you can't make the event there are people on hand that you can talk to by calling: 0800 028 3021 or emailing: for information failing that you can visit the website: there you will find a full consultation document and summary leaflet,  you can also give feedback and become a member online

GUEST: Yasmin Ward popped by to tell us about the Christmas Fair at Brentwood School on December 11th which is organised by the Friends of Brentwood School and is open to the general public at the Prep School on Middleton Hall Lane , the Shenfield road end.  There will be loads of activies, stalls, food and drink.


Hazel Baker, Sky News Online
Buckingham Palace officials say it is too early to estimate the cost of next year's wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton. But the prospect of a lavish wedding, at least partly funded by the public purse at a time of widespread spending cuts, has already stirred up controversy.  While anti-monarchy and taxpayers' campaign groups call for the Windsors to cover the expense, tourism chiefs are rubbing their hands in glee at the prospect of increased revenues from visitors.

Hazel Baker, Sky News Online
The number of unemployed people in the UK fell by 9,000 in the three months to the end of September to 2.45 million, new figures show.  There was also a drop in the number claiming unemployment benefits in October, with 3,700 fewer people in line for the dole.  That took the total claimant count to 1.47 million, the first monthly fall since July which came despite moving some lone parents from income support to jobseekers' allowance.  While the figures appear encouraging, they also show 67,000 more people had to take part-time jobs or become self employed after failing to find a full-time position.  Meanwhile, the number of people out of work for longer than a year jumped by 20,000 to 817,000 and there was a similar rise in those out of a job for over six months.

Halfords announces its pre-tax profit for the 26 weeks to October 1 was up by 12.8% at £68.7m. Grew sales in car maintenance and cycling

The National Grid posts 45% rise in pre-tax profit to £938m for half year ending September 30, driven by performance & growth of asset base

THE STAGE, Published Wednesday 17 November 2010, by Alistair Smith
Producer Robert Mackintosh has emerged as the rival bidder being lined up to operate the new Westminster Theatre.  The brother of impresario Cameron Mackintosh is named with his company Maximum Theatres Ltd in a planning application submitted to Westminster City Council that will be debated this week.  Westminster will consider whether Maximum Theatres is a viable replacement for London Aloft, as the operator of the proposed venue.  The central London venue has been closed since 2002 when, following a fire, the building was demolished by its then owner with the intention of turning most of the site into flats. But a council planning constraint - known as a section 106 agreement - meant that any redevelopment would have to include a replacement theatre. While the majority of the building is now complete, the theatre itself is yet to be finished.  Although the application says that Maximum “intends to operate within the same theatre layout as London Aloft”, it gives no indication as to the type of programme it plans to stage. Mackintosh has previously produced West End shows such as Daddy Cool, but has more recently been involved with artist management in the pop music sector.

Evening Echo, By Lucy Cramer
POSTER problems have led to panto bosses pulling the plug on their production.
Eurovision star Josh Dubovie was all set to appear as Aladdin in the pantomime at the Civic Hall, Grays.  Meanwhile, posters have been going up across Basildon announcing Josh, who lives in Laindon, was turning on Basildon’s Christmas lights.  It has been claimed these led to confusion that Josh was appearing in Basildon's panto at the Towngate Theatre, which happens to be Aladdin as well.  Theatre Productions, the company behind Aladdin in Grays, have now cancelled, blaming “disappointing” ticket sales due to the posters. The firm believes people have been signing up for the Basildon version because they think Josh is starring in it.

Football; England lost 2-1 to France last night, while World Champions Spain lost 4-0 at Portugal. This weekend, Arsenal vs. Tottenham at 12.45 and Liverpool vs. West Ham at 5.15. Also FA Carlsberg Trophy, so Billericay Town away to Sutton United, Romford away to Boreham Wood.

Cricket; Ashes build up continues with England’s last game against Australia A before the first test.

Rugby Union, Winter internationals continue, England vs. Samoa at 2.30 on Saturday.

Tennis - ATP world tour finals at the O2 from Monday - Murray will play Federer amongst others in the first rouns robin.

Brentwood Handball have their first game this Saturday.

Mark Reed -popped by to tell us all about the Lighting up of Brentwood on  Thursday 2nd December from 5pm - 8pm with free parking at the Multi storey Car Park and a whole host of entertainments to keep the family entertained.

Pat and Abby - Barleylands Christmas Charity night on the 26th November, 4pm - 10.30, in aid of Burned Children's Charity.  There will be  a whole host of entertainments for you to enjoy starting with the school choirs between 4 and 6 then from 7.30 a  Robbie Williams Tribute Act takes to the stage and live music from Chris Hobart. And if you are stuck for a present or two this Christmas  there is an auction and raffle draw with some great lots on offer from Helicopter rides to vouchers for dinner! The

It is free entry with plenty of parking and there will be buckets around for donations.

Goldie Momen Putrym, Sky News Online
Fashion mogul Sir Philip Green says his Arcadia retail group will be debt free by the end of 2012, after the company saw a rise in annual profit.  Despite the group's success, Sir Philip remains cautious about the upcoming year with inflation in clothing prices driven by upward costs in raw materials, labour, and increased business tax rates and VAT.

Martin Brunt, crime correspondent
London traders plagued by bag snatchers and shoplifters have launched their own online crime-fighting force. They say they have been forced into it because police are not doing enough to catch the thieves.  Bar and shop owners have created Facewatch, a website they use to send police and each other CCTV images of thieves immediately a crime is committed.  The website also allows victims to quickly file an early witness statement while details are still fresh in their minds.  The pioneers say it is already prompting police into action, alerting businesses to threats and deterring criminals.

Evening Echo, By Gina Marden.
THE transformation of Basildon town centre has moved a step closer as the latest plans go on show.  The £1billion redevelopment plans were given fresh hope in the summer when it was announced the contract had been awarded to Barratt Homes and its partner Wilson Bowden.  This weekend, residents, shoppers and businesses will be able to look at artists’ impressions, read information about the revamp and ask questions.  
Members of Basildon Council’s town centre project team and the developers will be on hand to meet people and answer questions.  And visitors to the exhibition, which starts on Saturday, will also be able to have their say on the plans.  Proposals for the town include a tree-lined boulevard between the railway station and Gloucester Park, new shops and offices, 1,900 homes, a hotel, the expansion of the Towngate Theatre to 1,200 seats and improvements to transport.   The exhibition begins on Saturday and runs for a week until Saturday, November 27, from 10am to 5pm, and until 4pm on Sunday, November 21. It will be held in the former Waterstone’s unit at the Eastgate Shopping Centre in the town centre.

0 Nov 10 | Premier Division
Canvey Island     VS    Cray Wanderers     

20 Nov 10 | Division One North
East Thurrock United VS    Wingate & Finchley     
Enfield Town      VS    Maldon & Tiptree     
Great Wakering Rovers     VS    Potters Bar Town
Leyton         VS    Ilford     
Tilbury         VS    Cheshunt
Waltham Abbey     VS    Thamesmead Town
Waltham Forest     VS    Brentwood Town
Ware         VS    Needham Market

20 Nov 10 | F.A. Trophy - [ Third Round Qualifying ]
Bideford         VS    AFC Hornchurch     
Boreham Wood     VS    Romford     
Cirencester Town     VS    Grays Athletic
Harlow Town     VS    Maidstone United
Sutton United     VS    Billericay Town

Essex Pirates are at home this weekend playing Guildford Heat (H) BBL on Saturday at 7.30pm and Sunday they are hosts to Leicester Riders (H) BBL at 4pm

TV For the Weekend
If you didn't already know it is Children in Need tonight from 7pm with Terry Wogan, Tess Daley and Fern Cotton with live perormances from Kylie Minogue JLS and the Hairy Bikers, just to mention a few of the celebrities help raise money for Children in Need. There is a brief interruption for news and the show continues until 2am Saturday morning. But if you flick over to BBC 2 there is a Mastermind Children in Need Special.

My Pick for Saturday Night is Later with Jools Holland his guests include Led Zepplin frontman Robert Plant, Arcade Fire, The Suburbs and some Tennessee-based rockers Mona make their UK TV Debut from 11.20  on BBC2

And if music is your thing there is a repeat of Band on the run where Paul McCartney speaks to Dermot O'leary on ITV1 at 11.40pm

Keeping the musical theme this weekend School of Rock is on E4 from 9pm starring my favourite comedy actor Jack Black, then on ITV1 Kings of Leon have an access all areas with Dave Berry as he is with them while they prepare for an intimate gig in their home town of Tennessee at 10.45
One for the plus box is JFK is on BBC 2 from 11.30 - too late for me but good for those who have a day off on Monday! Also Piers Morgan interviews Kelly Osbourne on ITV1's Life Stories and questions her about her rebellious teenage years

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