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Apprentice Vacancy


Basildon Computer Centre’s new shop in the Lower Galleries of the Eastgate Centre (just below Gateway 97.8′s studios) has a vacancy for an Apprentice Computer Technician. Call in at the shop or phone Paul on 07768 901944 for info. Read More »

Your Future -14


Your Future 14 — Helping young people into work As Basildon students await their GCSE results on Thursday, more than 20 regional organisations are working together to deliver a special careers event for the Borough’s young people. ‘Your Future 14’ is for local 15-19 year olds who feel they could benefit for some direction and careers guidance. Organised by Basildon Council, ... Read More »

Saag Aloo


This recipe for saag aloo (spinach with potato) from Basil Spice serves 4 – 6. You can hear Yvonne’s guest, Abbas, as broadcast on Good Afternoon. Ingredients: 20 oz (550g) (2 packets) frozen leaf spinach 1/2 pint (275ml) plus 2 tablespoons water 4 oz (110g) onions, peeled 5 tablespoons vegetable oil A pinch of ground asafœtida (optional)* 2 teaspoons whole ... Read More »

Opinion: Mayor Mo Vindicated

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Every now and then a headline story surfaces that proves to have been hardly worth a light. All too often it seems to be the case that political opponents and journalists succeed in making a mountain of a molehill with scant regard for the feelings of those unfairly attacked. For the background to this story, listen to Yvonne Read More »

DP World London Gateway — a Woman’s Place

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At one time the environment of a dockside would be the last place any self-respecting woman would want to work: heavy, dirty work, no job security, exposure to all weathers, poor conditions and pretty rough company being just a few of the drawbacks. How times have changed. Lisa Johnson is one of those women to have discovered a world of ... Read More »

Clare Panniker, Basildon Hospital Chief Exec Talking

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Clare Panniker, the Chief Executive of Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital talks to Yvonne Williams during a frank and revealing interview. Read More »

New Look for Basildon Borough Council

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The Council’s AGM has proved to yield a refreshing new look to the Council Chamber. The hefty phalanx of Tories ranged before the Mayor and her Deputy has been dramatically slimmed down. It has become a little quieter too, for hubris had tended towards rowdiness and inattention. The survivors of the night of the long electoral knives appear fewer but ... Read More »

Mabel Rogers


Local artist Mabel Rogers from Billericay released her new EP “Tides” this week and it peaked inside the top 20 on iTunes. It has been the record of the week all week on David Webster’s Brighter Breakfast. Charlie Sarson caught up with her on Good Afternoon. He revealed his favourite song on the EP is “Little Love”. You can hear ... Read More »

Basildon Art Gallery welcomes Tudor Roses


  On Friday the 2nd of May at the Basildon Art Gallery there was a Tudor history display with Tudor clothing, a book and also a canvas with a sewing pattern. Visitors to the Art Gallery saw  traditional Tudor clothing being modelled and were able to see a wonderful selection of pictures depicting the changes in fashion for both men and women over ... Read More »

Mike Le-Surf with Yvonne


Mike Le-Surf is the Labour Party Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for South Basildon and East Thurrock. He is the Leader of the Labour group in Brentwood and visited Gateway 97.8 for a chat with me on Good Afternoon. He is an Essex man through and through. In the recorded interview he comes across as a disarmingly open and friendly man. But ... Read More »