St John’s Church Begins Second Phase of Building Project 

Work is due to recommence tomorrow on the second phase of the building project at St John’s Church, Egham. Builders at the parish church, situated at the end of Egham High Street on Church Road, have been working since March 2015 on creating the footprint of the new building, which is to become the new Church Centre for St John’s. The previous building, deemed small and outdated, was demolished in the first phase of work last year and it is hoped that the new one will bring greater space for the church and community, whilst complementing the original Georgian church architecture.  To commemorate and celebrate the next phase going ahead, members of the church congregation met after the morning services today and visited the building site as a group to share prayers and hopes for the new space. There has also been celebration of the recent funds raised in November through charitable donations, grants and loans.

It is hoped that the new Centre will be ready for use next year, housing church activities ranging from women’s and children’s groups to a community café and the weekly student group. Further information on the project is available at

Get Involved: Spring 2016 Applications Now Open

On Air

We’re always looking for new presenters to join the team. Whether you want to be the next Scott Mills or Greg James, or share your music taste with the world, we want to hear from you!

Being an Insanity presenter is one of the best experiences you can have. We offer full training and support, as well as the chance to broadcast to a local and student audience.

Anyone can apply for a show, so long as you are over the age of 16 when you apply. Our target audience is 15-24 years old, and as such we are looking for shows which reflect this. Whether this is a specialist show, entertainment or topical chat, if you have an idea we want to hear from you.

General applications are closed spring 2016! If you would still like to get involved with Insanity Radio please email [email protected] to see if there are any openings.

Off Air

Insanity couldn’t run without the work of our off-air teams. We truly believe we offer something for everyone, with our teams covering everything, from tech to publicity, from producing to events. See a brief description of the teams below, and email [email protected] with the teams you want to join

You don’t need prior experience to join any of the teams, just enthusiasm (and you can join more than one)! You’ll gain experience for the CV while having loads of fun!

Branding & Events

The branding and events team involves coordination of the marketing, publicity and events run by the station.

Content & Standards

Content and Standards involves training new presenters and the overall production of shows.


The tech team involves the maintenance of the electronic equipment, servers and the website.


The sound team involves the implementation and maintenance of the stations sound both in terms of creation of soundbites and audio engineering.


The music team is responsible for the music played out on air as well as music related online content such as reviews or interviews.


Community is at the heart of Insanity being a “community” radio station being set up not only for students but the wider community. The community team help with workshops of people of all ages and represent insanity in the wider community.


The news team is responsible for the news bulletins broadcast on air every day, from sports to local area news.

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

interfaith week

Insanity Radio commits to working with Mary Frances Trust

At the beginning of the academic year, the Insanity Radio Community Project, with the support of the Insanity Radio Production Board, launched an initiative to focus our fundraising efforts throughout the 2015 – 2016 academic year. As part of this, we encouraged members of Insanity Radio to put forward bids for charities that we would commit to supporting. We received bids from many presenters and members of the community and the charities that were proposed were carefully considered. After a few weeks of running this initiative, we are pleased to announce that we have come to an agreement about who we will be supporting during this year.

Today, we are proud to announce that we have reached out to the Mary Frances Trust, a mental health charity based in Leatherhead and we will be showing our support to them in future with events which can include (but aren’t limited to) marathon broadcasts, fundraising within the local community and fundraising events on campus.

The Mary Frances Trust offers a variety of services for people suffering from consequences of their mental ill health. Some of the services they provide directly and other services are being provided by, or jointly with, their partners. All of their services are designed to support people’s wellbeing and help them on their way to recovery.

After the decision was made, Insanity Radio Assistant Station Manager, Conor Ryan said “it’s such a wonderful charity, and such a wonderful cause. We look forward to working with them in the future.’

If you’d like more information on the Mary Frances Trust and what they do to support the local community, please go to their website.


Syed Aadil Ali of Insanity Radio spent the weekend at MCM Comic Con in London and wants to share his pearls of wisdom.

This past weekend, MCM Comic Con happened. For those of you who live under a rock, this is a huge convention where people dress up or ‘cosplay’ as their favourite characters from the comic book world. I had the pleasure to cover this event with three of my favourites: Sharky, Eugene and Alex aka the Melon Men. Thankfully, both Sharky and Eugene helped to take pictures of this amazing event. This event saw 130,000 people come and go over the weekend, which is a huge amount to consider. Now let’s go on to the pros and cons of this event! Continue reading “MCM WARS: A NEW HYPE”

Review of MTS's Production – Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

If ever the Musical Theatre Society needed to recruit more members, this show was the best advertisement it could have put out.  It was a testament firstly to the professionalism and passion with which they approach every production, but even more to the incredibly supportive creative community that they have created.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes the Musical was originally an adaptation of the best-selling novel of the same name written by Joseph Fields and Anita Loos. The storyline follows the voyage of two American women on their way to Paris. With a comedic heart, it captures the changing morales of women in the 1940s wrapped in the glamour of the golden age.

In many ways, this was an evening of firsts for me. It being the first MTS show I have ever been to and my first time at Jane Holloway Hall, I was not really sure what to expect. I entered the hall to be greeted by the soft rendition of Edith Piaf’s ‘Non, je ne regrette rien’ expertly performed by the live band on the left side of the stage. For such a small venue this was quiet a surprise, but it was one of many more to come.

The hall rapidly filled with a rich variety of people, from MTS members, to those who simply heard about the show like myself, to parents and friends who have come to support those on stage.

The stage held a minimalist charm, with classic furniture and vintage magazine prints decking the stage. The look came together with blue mood lighting that hinted at the cruise motif.

The lights came on to illuminate the charming girl in naval dress who welcomed the audience with a warm French accent. From this point onwards, I simply had to put down my notebook, and became fully immersed with the show.

An issue faced by many performing arts showcases is trying to eliminate the disconnect the audience may experience toward the subject of the play. In this case this could have been a massive problem as the trials the characters face can seem so trivial.  However this was completely not the case with this show. If anything the delivery of some lines was completely masked by the guffaw and applause of the crowd.

Actors delivered truly stand out performances with powerful vocals that filled Jane Holloway Hall with enchanting music. The comedic timing and actors’ chemistry really sold this musical comedy. It was clear that those on stage, those helping behind the scenes and the musical accompaniment team were just as passionate as one another about delivering the best performances.

By Valentina Mihova

Royal Holloway Science Festival: Insanity Radio Coverage Report

The Royal Holloway Science Festival, an annual event held across campus, was hosted last weekend on Saturday, 7th March. Insanity went to cover the event, and see what makes this festival one of Royal Holloway’s biggest events on the calendar.

There was a vast array of stands from different departments and societies, namely physics, biology and psychology. As well as this, external companies, museums, charities and science-based organisations had stands displaying their area of specialisation. One such stand was the Chelsea Physic Garden, a very old botanical garden in London. They showed us some interesting items from their stall. These included the plant Velcro is made from, some cork and some bamboo. They also told us that paper was originally made by wasps inside their nest. “We’re trying to show the connection between our lives and the natural word” said a representative of the Physic Garden. “We’ve had quite a lot of families visit us, but it’s really a mixture of people”.

Outside the Windsor Building, visitors got the chance to hold a bird of prey at the end of their arm. This proved very popular with both parents and children alike. There were also a number of different food outlets outside, giving visitors the ability to enjoy hot food outdoors in the beautiful spring sunshine.

Insanity also talked to an ambassador for Bloodhound SSC, who are trying to break the current land speed record – a record they hold – and hit 1000 miles per hour in a car. The current record is about 760 mph, and even transatlantic jet planes currently only fly between 650-750 miles per hour. Their aim was to “interest schoolchildren in science and engineering”, stated ambassador Clive. “We’ve got people building K’nex models, and we’re trying to get them to build something that looks like the real car”. Parents and children seemed to enjoy this activity particularly, as once their models were built, they could launch them across the floor via air cannon.

The Geology Society also had a stall inside the Windsor building, which was running a Fossil Trail. “6 different fossils are located in buildings across campus. When children find them, they talk about them, draw them and write the name of the fossil” said stall attendant Rebecca Thompson. “It’s basically like an Easter Egg hunt”.

The Science Festival was not just confined to the Windsor Building. Many activities and stalls were also located in the Bourne Building, where there are functioning laboratories. A stand that was running here was the Medicine Makers, who had a “steady stream of people” coming to inspect their stall. They showed people how painkillers worked inside our body, at the molecular level. Children could build their own model of a painkiller’s chemical composition, then attach it to the long strand of ‘protein’ with the other children’s creations.

Insanity Radio were at the event all day, conducting interviews, playing music and broadcasting the news for visitors to listen to across campus.

Written by Alice Barnes-Brown

Interviews conducted by Alice Barnes-Brown, Cheylea Hopkinson and Alika Hagon.

Royal Holloway Science Festival: The Visitors Experience

The Royal Holloway Science Festival is an event held every year for all ages, to open up the seemingly complicated world of science to young minds. For this years, there were many subjects covered on the day, including physics, mathematics, and psychology. There was even a live set up of miniature steam trains, and a falconry demonstration.

As you walk onto campus, you are greeted with crowds and crowds of people getting things to eat, and watching the spectacular bird display outside the Windsor Building. Inside, there are stalls catered to various science subjects.

We checked out the psychology sections and met a couple of friends who’d come to the event together. When asked about their main interest in coming to the festival, Imogen, 14 said “I’m most interested in the psychology, I’m thinking of doing it at uni” and friend Neha, also 14 agreed. “We came here last year, I’m interested in forensic psychology or history.” They were very keen to find out more and learn something new, and research the possibility of taking science on for further education.

Later on we spoke to a mother and daughter, who were sat on the floor building their own K’nex models of the fastest land car. We had a chat about what sort of things they’d already gotten up to, and what they looked forward to the most. Mum, Kate, told us, “We are going to do the methane talk, and the new art explorers talk. I got here super early to get to the front of the queue and get all the tickets. We’ve come every year for about 5 years, it’s amazing and really good.” Honour, 6, also told us about her day. “We went to recognise faces for psychology and I also enjoyed stroking an owl.” As the theme of the day is ‘Discoveries’, we asked Kate what her favourite scientific discovery is, at which point she laughed and said “Probably the washing machine! It gets the work done quickly and then you can go to the library.”

Outside Windsor, there were crowds of people moving towards other buildings, so we headed to the campus hub of science – Bourne Laboratory. As well as stalls greeting us at the entrance, in the depths of the building we found a collection of interesting biology activities, including live bees, arts and crafts and peeking around the gruesome but interesting zoology museum. We caught Harriet, 8 and her Dad just as they were off for lunch. “I love all science” she says, and they both told us of earlier events in the physics department, with the best thing so far being “seeing you spinning on that chair!” which Dad explained was a demonstration on angular momentum.

Our last trip was to the Boilerhouse to see the miniature steam railways. “They have Thomas!” Ben, 7, told us “I love trains, you should really check it out!” We followed his advice, and we saw gatherings of people looking at an impressive model railway in action.

The festival was from 10 am to 4 pm, with Insanity radio playing in all campus outlets, outside of Bourne Library and inside Bourne Laboratory and Windsor building.



Written by Cheylea Hopkinson

Interviews conducted by Alice Barnes-Brown, Cheylea Hopkinson and Alika Hagon.

A note about SURHUL elections

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News Headlines March 2nd

In local news…

  • Runnymede Borough Council has launched a crackdown on illegal tattoo parlors in the area. This was after an illegal tattoo business was found running from a home in Chertsey. The council received information that a sixteen year old had been tattooed there, even though the legal age for tattoos is 18. Equipment was found throughout the house, and has now been destroyed. Illegal tattoo artists might use unsterilized equipment, which can lead to blood-borne infections like Hepatitis B and C, and in some cases, AIDs. A second investigation has begun at a house in New Haw.
  • The newly inaugurated Bishop of Guildford has expressed his hope for more younger churchgoers at Church of England places of worship across Surrey. Currently, church attendance is skewed towards older people and the elderly, which he believes reflects age segregation in society. He feels confident that the diocese will be successful in attracting more teenagers and young adults, and as a father of older children he thinks it is “very good to be in touch with that generation at home”.

In national news…

  • The IS extremist nicknamed “Jihadi John” allegedly had suicidal thoughts after being harassed by MI5. The West London man apparently stated this in email exchanges with a journalist in 2010 and 2011. After a security service agent posed as a man buying his laptop, but accidentally blew his cover, Emwazi felt “like a dead man walking”.

In Royal Holloway news…

  • Royal Holloway has launched an online campaign to tackle voter apathy in the run-up to the election in May. The campaign, named #VoteBecause, aims to encourage students to use their right to vote. Participants include students, lecturers and alumni, who all hold up whiteboards with various reasons to vote written on them. Many feel it is important as this year is the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta’s signing, stressing the need for individuals to hold rulers to account.

And finally, the weather outlook for today…

  • A beautiful sunny day today, with temperatures varying between 5°C and 7°C.


By Alice Barnes-Brown

Egham Traffic Light Collision

Surrey Police have made an appeal for witnesses or anyone with information regarding a collision on Saturday 24th January, just before 9pm on Church Road.

A silver Subaru Forester reportedly left Church road before colliding with a set of traffic lights outside Egham’s newly opened Waitrose. According to witnesses, the driver and passengers fled the scene.

A Surrey Police spokesman has commented; “Members of the public reported that the vehicle driver and several other occupants had run from the scene of the collision prior to the Police attending the location.” He continued, “The vehicle was recovered and debris was cleared from the road and surrounding area shortly after 10pm.”

No one has come forward regarding this collision as of yet, but “Officers are carrying out further enquiries to establish the circumstances surrounding the collision”


Lori Murphy


Headlines for January 21st

Police are searching for a teenager who has been missing since Sunday
• Police say that Brooklyn Sutherland, who is 14, could be in the Staines or Esher areas
• She has been missing since 5pm on Sunday where she was last seen in Kingston.

An aid-worker returning from Africa was tested for Ebola at East Surrey Hospital
• The aid worker was brought out of the back of an ambulance, cocooned inside a sealed plastic container on a stretcher after landing at Gatwick airport on January 16th.
• Precautions were taken as the patient may have been exposed to the virus while helping victims of Ebola in Sierra Leone

A man has died falling from a multi-storey car park in Woking town centre
• Paramedics and an air ambulance crew were sent to the scene in Victoria Way at around 12.10pm last Wednesday afternoon
• The man was pronounced dead at the scen

By Kelsey Pringle