Tuesday , 21 October 2014
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Police Seek A127 Crash Witnesses

Police are appealing for witnesses following a five-vehicle road crash on the A127 at about 6.35am on Monday, October 20 on the London-bound carriageway near the junction with the A176. One of the drivers, a man in his 50s from Leigh, was initially trapped in one of the coaches and received serious leg and neck injuries. The carriageway was fully closed while ... Read More »

Basildon Hospital’s Excellent Stroke Care

Photo (L-R): Dr Ravi Rangasamy, clinical lead for stroke medicine at Basildon University Hospital; Patricia Barnes; Jacqueline Lim, senior ward sister Basildon University Hospital‟s Hyper Acute Stroke Unit is among the best performing in the East of England according to official statistics released this week. The Royal College of Physicians data shows that patients treated for stroke at Basildon Hospital, receive rapid access ... Read More »

Nuclear Test Veterans’ Health Anguish

John Baron, MP for Basildon and Billericay, is Patron of the British Nuclear Test Veterans’ Association (BNTVA) and actively campaigning with them on behalf of those veterans who took part in our nuclear tests in the 1950s and 1960s in Australia and the South Pacific. As part of the campaign, the BNTVA has very recently conducted a fresh study of ... Read More »


A short story from Mr Yippeeeeeee, story-teller extraordinaire and Yvonne’s guest on Good Afternoon “STOP, ” roared the King “You, you hopeless buffoon. I don’t keep you in silk slippers just for you to stretch my neck every single night. If this carries on I will have a neck like a giraffe and people will think I’ve escaped from the ... Read More »

Essex Poetry Festival: 16th Sep – 21st Oct


Click image to expand, Image Source: http://www.essex-poetry-festival.co.uk It’s the ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’, a season of ‘winnowing wind’ and ‘gathering swallows’… John Keats enshrined autumn with these words. As soon as the leaves start to look a little coppery and the air feel a bit nippier, I can’t help but recite my favourite lines from his poem ‘To ... Read More »

Free Business Workshop


Basildon Council is running a free business workshop on time management.It’s at the Basildon Centre, Room 2, St Martin’s Square, Basildon, on Thursday 25 September  from 9am to 12.30pm and run by Essex-based Pro-actions. This free business workshop helps you organise your productive time to yield time for leisure too. Have you ever wondered how some people manage to hold down senior positions, carry out voluntary ... Read More »



Chas/Dave are appearing at the Cliffs Pavillion on Sunday 14th November. Danny caught up with Chas Hodges on Good Afternoon Chas & Dave began writing and performing songs together in 1972, having been friends since the early sixties. Now celebrating their 50th Anniversary by recording their first original album in 27 years which is a mixture of vintage rock & ... Read More »

Small Business Advice Wk: Simon Burckhardt

Gateway 97.8

Small Business Advice Week has already provided some valuable insights to benefit those managing or considering managing their own businesses. The guest speaker in this interview is Simon Burckhardt who has considerable experience in the telecommunications and IT industry. He now works as the Managing Director at Vonage UK, which is part of a world-leading broadband telephony company. Simon has experience ... Read More »

Charlie Thompson from the Yellow Advertiser

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Charlie Thompson, the lead reporter from the Yellow Advertiser, is the regular Thursday guest on Drivetime here on Gateway 97.8. He highlights significant stories from the paper, discussing them with Yvonnne. Subjects this week include: heavy-handed discipline exerted by Basildon Council on someone who had the temerity to ask a question on a matter of public interest; the Coroner who was ... Read More »

Gunmetal Blues at The Queen’s Theatre


If you fancy an evening of sparkling wit, sassy music and great performance, then head for the Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch for a helping of Gunmetal Blues. It’s a stylish, sharp comedy musical mystery written by Scott Wentworth with music and lyrics from Craig Bohmler and Marion Adler. It’s also having its European première at the Queen’s and already been ... Read More »