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5th March 2011 - Remus and Fairtrade - two excellent local groups

Fran Smith popped in from the Remus Memorial Horse Sanctuary near Ingatestone. Fran talked about the Sanctuary’s tremendous work caring for various animals – not just horses - who have been victims of abuse or neglect. I was struck by the love and care for the animals, which obviously pays off as one of their horses, Shane, is an amazing 55 years old! Remus is always pleased to welcome new volunteers, to help with various aspects of keeping the sanctuary running as they feel comfortable – to find out more about volunteering, as well as the various workshops and events happening at Remus, e-mail or phone 01277 356191.

I was also joined by Malcolm Burgess from the Brentwood Fairtrade Campaign Group. Malcolm talked very enthusiastically about the history of Fairtrade and the vital difference that it makes to the lives of the producers of various everyday goods. Fairtrade Fortnight runs until 13th March, and Malcolm told us how various schools, churches and businesses throughout the area are “showing off their label”, the focus this year being cotton. Malcolm also outlined how the group is working hard to get Brentwood officially recognised as a Fairtrade town, following Billericay which achieved the status a couple of years ago. Phoenix FM is pleased to be a supporter of Fairtrade, and we’ll be covering the Fairtrade Festival which the Brentwood group is hosting next Saturday morning next to the Chapel Ruins in the High Street. Malcolm explained that members of the Brentwood group have a lot of fun raising awareness throughout the year, and are always delighted to welcome new people. To find out more phone Caryl on 01277 226834, or e-mail

Track listing:

Usher - More
Emma Bunton - What Took You So Long
Searchers - Sweets For My Sweet
Westlife - You Raise Me Up
Zutons - Zuton Fever
Olly Murs - Heart On My Sleeve
Stray Cats - Rock This Town
Owl City - Fireflies
Elvis Costello - Oliver's army
Ronan Keating - If Tomorrow Never Comes
Chesney Hawkes - The One And Only
Duffy - My Boy
Livin’ Joy - Dreamer
We Are Scientists - The Great Escape
Gramophonedzie - Why Don't You
Craig David - One More Lie (Standing In The Shadows)

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