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Essex Poetry Festival: 16th Sep – 21st Oct


Click image to expand, Image Source: 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

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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 »

Small Business Advice Week: Darshana Ubl


New research to coincide with Small Business Advice Week has revealed the biggest barriers for people starting their own businesses. It also showed that small and micro-sized businesses are far from convinced of an improvement in the economy. In “Good Afternoon” I talked to Darshana Ubl, CEO of Key Person of Influence and Female Ambassador of Small Business Advice Week, a business ... Read More »

Tom Berry at Brownstock


When DJ Happy Feet went to Brownstock he was quite bowled over — he’ll be sharing the experience between 7 and 9 on Friday evening’s “Ready for the Weekend” programme, but first you might like to hear what he told me on Wednesday’s “Good Afternoon”. Read More »

Nurses appeal gets a Fireman’s Lift

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Basildon firefighters gave Macmillan nurses a fundraising lift when they turned up at a charity quiz night on 21 August at Club Kingswood. The fundraiser sought to raise funds and awareness for the Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals Macmillan Team. The nurses’ team is an independent fundraising arm of Macmillan Support, so the money raised goes directly to the care of patients ... Read More »

Mike le Surf’s concerns over cuts in services for young people

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Mike le Surf, the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate (Labour) for South Basildon and East Thurrock tells Yvonne of his concerns at the impact of Government cut-backs on young people. He also found time for a word or two about Scottish independence while having to hurry for his train at Liverpool Street. Read More »