This is Insanity Radio, Its Saturday the 26th November

  • Parish considers selling ageing churches to build new ones to better serve the local community
  • The Catholic parish of Egham has calculated that it would need 1.3 million pounds to bring its two churches, Our Lady of the Assumption and St. John of Rochester, up to snuff
  • Several locals have commented on this decision in protest
  • One stated that it would be opposed because ‘it’s a centre of the community’
  • Furthermore some of the buildings within the precinct of the church in Englefield Green had recently been renovated in 2013

Elsewhere in Surrey

  • Surrey County Council have postponed plans for the Runneymede Roundabout
  • The project, that will cost 7 million pounds, was put on hold after the council stated it could not continue to write checks for money it doesn’t have
  • The project, originally announced in Sept. 2014, was originally meant to cost 4 million pounds but after a redesign now will cost a total of 7.224 million
  • The decision on how to proceed has been pushed off until December

In national news

  • Serial rape-drug murderer Stephen Port given life sentence
  • Port, 41, was charged with 29 various crimes, and convicted for the murder of 4 men
  • He would lure them to his apartment before giving them lethal doses of the date rape drug GHB
  • The judge at the trial at the Old Bailey said that he should ‘die in prison’
  • Port attempted to hide his murders through fake suicide notes, even attempting to pin the blame of one of his victims in the suicide note of another

In Royal Holloway news

  • PhD in Media Arts student Iris Zaki has been awarded the Grierson Award marking her as one of the brightest up and coming documentary makers in the UK
  • Her film Women in Sink uses as filming technique she has developed called ‘the abandoned camera’ to film open conversations in closed communities
  • Installing a camera above a sink at a hair salon in Haifa Israel she was able to openly discuss various topics with customers while washing their hair
  • The film won the Sky Atlantic Best Student Documentary Grierson Award this year

In Royal Holloway Sports News

  • Swimming club running a special charity event
  • During the last week of January members of the club will swim the ‘Diamond Duke of Edinburgh’
  • This event will have each swimmer, who raises charity support beforehand, to swim the distance it would take to cover the 3 peaks, a total of 137 laps of their pool
  • Support the club and charity by donating
  • See the Swim Club Facebook group for more

Finally, tonight’s weather will see

  • Cloudy with a low of 6, raising to 8 by noon

This is Insanity Radio, its Thursday the 24th November

  • Surrey County Council are facing the High Court in a recycling battle.
  • The council imposed charges for the dumping of non-household waste at recycling centres.
  • Facing these charges Surrey residents could take the council to the High Court as they may be illegal.

Elsewhere in Surrey

  • In Frimley, a man has been found guilty of eight counts of child rape and seven counts of child cruelty.
  • After a four week trial at Guilford Crown Court Dean Stuart Talbot-Bailey, 45, has been jailed for 32 years following a multitude of crimes.

In national news

  • Thomas Mair has been jailed for life for murdering MP Jo Cox.
  • Described as an act of terror, Mair shot and stabbed the Labour MP in a violent attack in June before the EU referendum vote.
  • The 53 year old shouted ‘Britain First’ during the attack and Nazi material was found in his home. He has been jailed for life.

In Royal Holloway news

  • The university is currently in talks with The Monkey’s Forehead following the announcement that the pub will be closing in December.
  • The lease for the establishment is becoming available in January 2017 – RHUL is currently discussing purchasing the lease.

In Royal Holloway Sports News

  • The women’s 1st football beat Kingston’s 1st team yesterday 8-0 and are now through to the quarter finals

Finally, today’s weather will see it

  • Cloudy with spots of rain clearing this afternoon with highs of 11 degrees and lows of 6.

This is Insanity Radio, Its Thursday the 17th November

  • Surrey County Council’s plans to permanently switch off street lights in residential areas throughout Surrey has caused concern amongst locals.
  • The decision was made by the Council to save an estimated £210,000 a year however the ‘Shine A Light’ campaign have raised concerns about safety and a potential rise of anti-social behaviour

Elsewhere in Surrey

  • A Godalming wildlife sanctuary has called for the people of Surrey to look after tiny Hedgehogs this winter.
  • These young hedgehogs must be kept warm through the difficult winter and the RSPCA has released advice about caring for juvenile hedgehogs. 

In national news

  • UK unemployment has plummeted to an 11 year low.
  • Figures released by the ONS show that unemployment has fallen by 37,000 to 1.6 million over the past three months.

In Royal Holloway news

  • Media Arts PHD student from Royal Holloway has won a major documentary prize.
  • PHD student Iris Zaki has been recognised as one of the best up and coming documentary makers in the UK at the Grieson Awards in London.
  • Her film ‘Women in Silk’ uses the ‘Abandoned Camera’ technique that she has devised to allow her to film open conversations within closed communities.
  • Find out more on the Royal Holloway Website. 

In Royal Holloway Sports News

  • There was a win for the Royal Holloway Mens Lacrosse team yesterday, as they won their match 7-4 against the University of Kent 1st team

Finally, today’s weather:

  • This evening is cold with cloud coverage across the London area with highs of 8 degrees and winds of 12 mph

That’s the latest this is Insanity Radio

Yellow Weather Warning Issued as Storm Imogen Batters Egham

The Met Office have issued a yellow weather warning for wind for Monday 8th February as Storm Imogen hits the UK. The warning is currently described as ‘be aware’, which could mean fallen trees, localised travel disruption and the possibility of debris on roads. There is potential for the warning to be raised to amber level, at which point damage would be expected to be more widespread with structural damage and the potential for loss of power.

Currently gusts are expected to peak at 52mph at around midday, when residents will also experience more heavy rain lasting into the evening. Areas to the south are expected to be hit harder and it has been recommended that people should not make unnecessary journeys and allow extra time for their commute, especially if routes involve cross winds or exposed roads. Because of the potential for tree fall, train users in particular should check before they travel.

This storm comes almost exactly two years after the last severe floods in Egham, but there is currently no flood warning for the River Thames at Staines and Egham. If rains continue as they did on Sunday evening there is likely to be surface water across the area, especially during heavy rain, so pedestrians should wear suitable footwear and cars take great care in driving close to pavements.

Weather updates are provided at the end of Insanity News broadcasts at midday and 7pm on weekdays, and weather warnings will be updated on the Met Office website if required.

Interfaith Week: 13th-20th November

Friday 13th November saw the beginning of Royal Holloway’s Interfaith Week with an Interfaith breakfast hosted in the chapel. The earlybird students who attended were treated to free food, including adorable little loaves of bread, as well as a chance to mingle with students of all faiths and overall organisers, Chaplaincy and Faith Support.

There are a number of faith societies at Royal Holloway and in the spirit of Interfaith Week they came together for Soc Swap. Each day a different society ran an event for all, designed to show other students something about their faith. It began with Sikh Soc sharing their beliefs on heaven and hell, aided by the organisation ‘Basics of Sikhi’. Monday and Tuesday evening saw open prayer sessions from both the Chaplaincy and Hindu Society. Catholic Society welcomed author Joe Glackin for their murder mystery evening combined with games and a question and answer on their faith. On Thursday evening the CU hosted a Grill a Christian event with three local church workers answering questions from the floor about all kinds of topics from sex to suffering. The final event came from Islamic Society, who opened the Muslim Prayer Room on campus for ‘pray and chat’. The week also saw the return of Jewish Society, who flyered across campus, getting to know those who were interested in Judaism.

The Chaplaincy also ran further events, including a talk on Pilgrimage and the Faith Spaces tour. Running all through the week was the opportunity for people across campus to share what faith is to them. Thanks to a whiteboard and a camera over 40 people took part in the project with the photos available on the Chaplaincy Facebook page.

You can read more about the week from the Chaplaincy blog at

By Beth Carr

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